Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Treating Patients with Alcohol and Other Drug Problems: An Integrated Approach


Course Description: This course, based on the textbook of the same name, reviews the etiology of drug dependence, different methods of assessment, range of treatment approaches and the types of patients appropriate for them, and relapse prevention. This edition of the textbook includes new material on individual psychotherapy and family therapy as well as an updated overview of the treatment community (self-help and professional). It examines the basic assumptions and operating principles of various treatment venues to minimize the miscommunication that can occur when professionals collaborate on client care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the history of psychologists in the substance abuse field
  • Compare different models and theories that describe the addiction process
  • Analyze key issues for assessment of substance abuse and dependence
  • Analyze different treatment options and the selection process for substance abuse treatment
  • Analyze the role of individual psychotherapy plays in complementing substance abuse treatment
  • Describe how the therapist can support families during treatment process and the role of family therapy
  • Compare group therapy and self-help group options, including commonalities and differences
  • Describe various issues that impact relapse prevention

Course Components:

  • Textbook (NOT included, must be purchased separately by participant)
    - Required textbook: Robert D. Margolis and Joan E. Zweben. (2011). Treating Patients with Alcohol and Other Drug Problems: An Integrated Approach (2nd ed.). American Psychological Association.
    - Available at Amazon and other sources
  • Online text: Facing Addiction in America, 2016 (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

We allow you to obtain the textbook on your own to afford you greater flexibility. You can borrow from the library or a friend, or purchase a new or used copy for yourself or with a group of friends.

Course Credit(s): 10 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Book-Based and Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Robert D. Margolis, PhD, Joan E. Zweben, PhD, and Felipe González Castro, PhD, MSW

Content Publisher(s): American Psychological Association

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Margolis is a licensed clinical psychologist and has specialized in adolescent addiction and substance abuse since 1977. He is the founder and executive director of Solutions Intensive Outpatient Program, a treatment program for adolescents in Roswell, Georgia. Dr. Margolis was director of psychological services at the Ridgeview Institute from 1984 to 1997. Dr. Margolis received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Georgia State University. He completed an APA-approved full-time predoctoral clinical psychology internship from Duke University's Department of Psychiatry/Division of Medical Psychology. He holds the APA College Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Margolis has authored more than 15 articles and several book chapters on substance abuse and dependence.

Dr. Zweben is the founder and executive director of the 14th Street Clinic and Medical Group (1979–2007) and the East Bay Community Recovery Project (1989–present) in Oakland, California. The East Bay Community Recovery Project has been providing medical and psychosocial services to alcohol and other drug-dependent patients and their families and is a training site for graduate students and interns in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Zweben received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan. She is licensed in California, holds the APA College Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders, and is a fellow of APA's Division 50 (Addictions). Dr. Zweben is the author of four books and more than 60 articles and book chapters and is the editor of 15 monographs on treating addiction. She is also health sciences clinical professor of psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

Dr. Castro is Professor and Southwest Borderlands Scholar, Arizona State University, College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Phoenix, Arizona.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 10 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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