The 2019 CBT training will be offered to LCSWs,  LMSWs,  LMHCs and re-credentialing CASACs in New York. Only CASACs are eligible for this training at no cost. See NOTES on the registration page for state and license specifics.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 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. Register for this course here.

Course Goals and Objectives. .  .

Goals: Participants will gain an understanding of the disease of addiction: models of addiction, outcomes of addiction, modes of treatment, ethical responsibilities to clients, CBT intervention and treatment strategies which are effective with teens and adults who use cocaine, marijuana and alcohol. Participants will gain applicable assessment and treatment skills. CASACs can begin the course immediately here.


1. Participants will understand the incidence and prevalence of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana use in adolescent and adult populations.
2. Participants will be able to discuss effects of substance use disorders on the behavior, psychological and physical health and social well-being of individuals, families and communities.
3. Participants will understand and will be able to discuss the philosophies, practices, and outcomes of CBT-based models of treatment for substance use disorder related problems.
4. Participants will be able to identify assessment tools for alcohol use disorders.
5. Participants will be able to identify substance use disorder treatment strategies for adolescents.
6. Participants will be able to discuss the use of CBT strategies for substance use disorder treatment for the following substances – alcohol, marijuana, cocaine. Participants will be able to discuss 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 hour) 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

NOTES: NYS OASAS has authorized 6 credits for re-credentialing CASACs who take this training. NY State has authorized 6 credits for LMSWs,  LCSWs, and LMHCs who take this training.  Registrants should note that only 1/3 of contact hours needed  for NY LCSWs and LMSWs can come from web coursework.