**See NOTES at the bottom of the page for state and license specifics. The 2019-2020  self-study recorded audio/video-based “Essential Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  for Substance Use Disorders” course was developed in 2014 – 2015 for social work and other clinical professionals working with substance use disorders and is updated once every 3 years, most recently in 2017 – 2018 with the update of prevalence statistics for  alcohol, cocaine and marijuana,  the addition of a Spanish translation, and the addition of an assessment tool for opiate-risk.   It is available in English and Spanish. It features videotaped examples of clinical skills.  The course will familiarize clinicians with CBT techniques used with clients in various stages of the disorders.  Only CASACs are eligible for this course at no cost.  CASACs can begin the course immediately here for English  and here for Spanish. Others can register for this course here.
See “course completion requirements” below for more information about posttests, etc. 

About the Course: This is a clinical course that demonstrates how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is used with Substance Use Disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a collaborative (client and therapist) method based on social learning theory. CBT helps clients recognize that behavior is learned, thus dysfunctional behavior can be unlearned, teaches clients how to identify their feelings and express them appropriately, helps clients realize that they can change the way they think about alcohol and drug use, helps clients to see how they perceive their own behavior. With alcohol use, CBT may have a goal of reduction of use (harm-reduction). CBT is most often abstinence-oriented for drug use. It includes relapse prevention and coping skills training.
This is a 6 CE course for NYS clinicians. Cost is $30 and includes CE credit.
will be given in exceptional circumstances only within a month of registration. Payments will be honored only within the calendar year of registration.

Target audience: NYS Social workers. LMHCs, CASACs and other clinical professionals 
Content level:
Beginning to intermediate

About the Authors/Instructors:
Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D.  is currently in private practice in New York City and in upstate NY. She is the Continuing Education Director of the non-profit organization Best Practice Trainers, Inc., which has a research and training mission. She has 40 years’ experience working in mental health settings as a clinician, teacher, and author, and 14 years’ experience in direct practice with Substance Use Disorders. She is a thoughtful and thought-provoking writer.
Richard Coleman, LMSW is currently in practice in upstate New York. He has over 50 years experience working in mental health settings as a clinician and author, and 20 years experience in direct practice with Substance Use Disorders. He is an engaging and dynamic clinician.

Course Goals and Objectives. .  .

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

1.  identify the  prevalence of alcohol,  and/ or marijuana use in adolescent and adult populations.
2.  describe 1 effect of substance use disorders on each of the following: behavior, psychological and physical health of  individuals.
3.  describe 1 effect of substance use disorders on the behavior and social well-being of families.
4.  describe 1 effect of substance use disorders on the social well-being of communities.
5.  describe one practice of CBT-based models of treatment for substance use disorder related problems.
6.  list  2 assessment tools for alcohol use disorders.
7.  list 2 substance use disorder treatment strategies for adolescents.
8.  describe 2 CBT strategies useful for a client who is undergoing substance use (alcohol, marijuana, or cocaine) disorder treatment.
9.  describe one evidence-based outcome of CBT-based models of treatment for  substance use disorder related problems.
10.  describe the use of CBT as an adjunct in the treatment of opiate use disorders.

Course Agenda: expected to complete in 6 hours, self-paced 

1. (1.0 hour) Incidence and prevalence of addiction to alcohol, marijuana and cocaine for adults and teens, and consequences
 2. (.5 hour) Specific biological mechanisms for cocaine, alcohol, marijuana
 3. (.5 hour) Rationale for Best Practice Use in SUD treatment
 4.(.5 hour) Discussion of research concerning CBT use with cocaine, alcohol, marijuana
 5. (1.5 hours) Discussion and modeling of assessment with CBT methods
 6. (2 hours) Discussion and modeling of presentation of CBT concepts, methods of dealing with craving and refusal skills

Course completion requirements

To earn CE credit, participants must log in, attend the entire course as determined electronically and complete a posttest with at least 75% accuracy and an online course evaluation. Anyone who does not pass the posttest with 75% accuracy can get a second chance. Further attempts will require authorization by the CE Director. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.

Course interaction & system requirements
This self-study recorded audio/video online course is self-paced/non-interactive. Course questions, comments and complaints can be directed to the Continuing Education Director by email at ruth@bestpracticetrainers.org or by phone at 845-255-5022 or 845-810-0022.

System requirements:
Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
Internet browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
Broadband Internet connections: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.
Media viewing requirements: Adobe Reader, Flash Player, & HTML5
For technical difficulties/disabilitiessuch as not having devices with technology which meets operating system requirements, or having difficulty with that technology, paper copies of pretests and posttests can be mailed.
For those with hearing difficulties, the courses have a written narrative which may be accessed with the click of a button. For those who are “print-disabled,” the courses are narrated.
Other difficulties with technology (can’t open a second window on your device, can’t get access to the training site, can’t remember password, etc.) may be able to be remedied by contacting helpdesk@bestpracticetrainers.org which may be able to give assistance.
BPTI maintains responsibility for this course. Course questions, comments and complaints can be directed to the Continuing Education Director by email at ruth@bestpracticetrainers.org or by phone at 845-255-5022 or 845-810-0022. BPTI Grievance Policy can be found here BPTI_Grievance policy Course credit through any organization cannot be given retroactively.

**NOTES: NYS OASAS (provider # 0806) has authorized 6 credits for re-credentialing CASACs who take this training. (Provider level and individual course level approval).
NYS Clinicians:
Best Practice Trainers, Inc is a recognized CE provider for NYS Social Workers (# SW-0519) and LMHCs (#MHC-0124) and has provider level approval to offer CEs to NYS SWers and LMHCs.  Registrants should note that only 1/3 of contact hours needed  for NY LCSWs and LMSWs can come from non-interactive web coursework.
NJ Social Workers: Our organization has applied for consideration of CE credits to ASWB ACE for each of these recorded audio/video based online courses.

All Other Social Workers: Our organization has submitted an application for consideration of approval as an ASWB ACE provider. See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.