This course contains two articles that discuss evidence-based practice, group therapy and mindfulness in substance use disorder treatment. The first article examines evidence-based practice vs treatment—as-usual in group therapy, as well as evidence-based treatment implementation. It includes: treatment modalities and group therapy structure, use of EB practice components and questionable practices, and clinician and organizational factors. The second article discusses mindfulness and acceptance based therapy in the treatment of substance use in their randomized control trial. It includes: mindfulness based treatments for substance use (specifically Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention MBRP), Acceptance-Based Treatments (ACT) for substance use, and integrating mindfulness and acceptance for residential treatment.
This course is based on the article, Group Therapy for Substance Use Disorders: A Survey of Clinician Practices created by Dennis C. Wendt, PhD et al. in 2017 and the article A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Mindfulness and Acceptance Group Therapy for Residential Substance Use Patients created by Ryan C. Shorey, PhD et al. in 2017.
Course Material Authors
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Dennis C. Wendt, PhD
Dr. Dennis C. Wendt is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Dr. Wendt's research focuses on partnering with Indigenous communities in exploring, developing, and evaluating culturally relevant interventions pertaining to mental health, substance use, and community wellness. He is also interested in evidence-based practice considerations for substance use disorders, as well as philosophical aspects of clinical psychology and research methods. His work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.
Ryan C. Shorey, PhD
Dr. Shorey is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Ohio University and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His work focuses on family violence and he has had more than 100 articles published in peer reviewed journals. He has also presented at conferences in the United States and Canada.
L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.
Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Acknowledge the benefits of groups and mindfulness in the treatment of Substance use patients.
Identify barriers to the use of evidence-based treatment, group therapy structure, questionable practices, and how provider philosophy dictates approach.
Summarize the importance of mindfulness as a technique and efficacy as an approach.
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Faculty: L.A. Rankin
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