Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Group Therapy for Substance Abuse Treatment


Course Description: This course presents an overview of the role and efficacy of group therapy in substance abuse treatment planning. This course offers research and clinical findings and distills them into practical guidelines for practitioners of group therapy modalities in the field of substance abuse treatment. The course describes effective types of group therapy and offers a theoretical basis for group therapy’s effectiveness in the treatment of substance use disorders. This work also will be a useful guide to supervisors and trainers of beginning counselors, as well as to experienced counselors. Finally, the course is meant to provide researchers and clinicians with a guide to sources of information and topics for further inquiry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the purpose, main characteristics, leadership, and techniques of five group therapy models, three specialty groups, and groups that focus on solving a single problem
  • Discuss the many considerations that should be weighed before placing a client in a particular group, especially keying the group to the client’s stage of change and stage of recovery
  • Compare fixed and revolving types of therapy groups and describe ways to prepare clients for participation
  • Describe different therapeutic strategies and approaches to leadership in the early, middle, and late stages of treatment
  • Explain the characteristics, duties, and concepts important to promote effective group leadership in treating substance abuse

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 9 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Philip J. Flores, PhD, COP, FAGPA, and Jeffrey M. Georgi, MDiv, CGP, CSAC, LPC, CCS

Content Publisher(s): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Philip J. Flores
Adjunct Clinical Supervisor
Department of Psychology
Georgia State University

Jeffrey M. Georgi
Clinical Director
Department of Behavioral Science
Duke School of Nursing and Duke University Medical Center
Senior Clinician
Duke Addictions Program
Duke University Medical Center 

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: 5/2/2021-5/2/2024. 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 9 clinical continuing education clock hours.

American Psychological Association
CEmobile, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
CEmobile, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0454.
The Education Law and Commissioner’s Regulations allow a LMSW or LCSW to complete no more than one-third of the required hours as self-study in each registration period. This would translate to a limit of 12 hours for a typical 36-month registration period.
A New York State LMSW or LCSW is responsible for complying with New York laws, rules and regulations.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
CEmobile, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6879. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CEmobile, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

The following are California BBS-recognized approval agencies:
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
American Psychological Association (APA)

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