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**See NOTES at the bottom of the page for state and license specifics. The 2019-2021  self-study recorded audio/video-based “Essential Cognitive Behavioral Therapy  for Substance Use Disorders_2021” course updated once every 3 years, most recently in 2020 with the recording of a clinical video which demonstrates the use of the AUDIT, a WHO-developed tool for the identification of Alcohol Use problems. 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.
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.
CE Information This is a 6 CEs course which is FREE for CASACs. 


About the Clinical Instructor: 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. Read his bio here.
About the Narrator Instructor: 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. (BPTI), 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. Read her bio here.

Refunds 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:  CASACs and other clinical professionals 
Content level:
Beginning to intermediate

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: self-paced, expected to complete in  approximately 6 hours, depending on level of education and experience. 
Below are approximate times for completion. Credits are assigned by the average completion time of your group (not your individual educational level.) See NOTES for further explanation.

Timed agenda:
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, complete a pretest, attend the entire course as determined electronically and complete a pretest, an online course evaluation and a posttest with at least 75% accuracy. Anyone who does not pass the posttest with 75% accuracy can get a second chance using the training materials. Further attempts will require authorization by the CE Director. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion. Course credit cannot be given retroactively. No partial credit can be given for any partially completed course. 
Terms and Conditions of the “Essential Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders” Research Study: Please click on the link to read about the terms and conditions of the research study of which this course is a part .

Course interaction & system requirements
This 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 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
DISABILITIES and technical difficulties:
For disabilities and/or technical difficulties, please contact Ruth at 845-810-0022 or 845-255-5022 or email for assistance. Contacting may also 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 or by phone at 845-255-5022 or 845-810-0022. BPTI Grievance Policy can be found here BPTI_Grievance policy 2020rev_4  

NYS CASACs: Best Practice Trainers, Inc is a recognized CE provider for NYS OASAS (#0806) and has individual course and provider level approval to offer CEs for these webinars to NYS re-credentialing CASACs.
NYS and All Other Social Workers: see Self-Study page for information about CEs and Courses for self-study courses such as this one.