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CBT Therapy

**See NOTES at the bottom of the page for state and license specifics. The 2022 self-study recorded audio/video-based Essential Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders course was created in 2016. It is updated once every 2 years, most recently in 2022 with updated SUD prevalence statistics, information about DSM5 changes and addiction’s effects on the family. The course features videotaped examples of clinical skills. The course will familiarize clinicians with CBT techniques used with clients in various stages of the disorders.  

For more information about course completion requirements, see “course completion requirements” below.

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 2.25 CE course. The cost is $35 and includes CE credit.


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.

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 2.25 hours, depending on level of education and experience.
Timed agenda:
1. (1.0 hour) This part of the course covers the incidence and prevalence of addiction to alcohol, marijuana and cocaine, specific biological mechanisms for the addictive process, the rationale for Best Practice Use in SUD treatment, including research outcomes with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy interventions.
2. (1.25 hours) This part of the course covers the discussion and modeling of assessment, interventions using CBT in various decision-making stages.

Refunds will be given in exceptional circumstances only within a month of registration. Previous payments will be honored only within the calendar year of registration.
Target audience: Social workers and other clinical professionals who work with clients with Substance Use Disorders.
Content level: Beginning to intermediate

Course completion requirements

To earn CE credit, participants must log in, complete a pretest, attend the entire course as determined electronically and complete 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 are available immediately on 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 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.

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 845-255-5022 or email for assistance. Contacting may also be able to give assistance.
GRIEVANCES: 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. BPTI Grievance Policy can be found here BPTI_Grievance policy 2020rev_4   . Course credit through any organization cannot be given retroactively.

NYS CASACs: See the CASAC tab for specifics about how to acquire CEs toward your credential if you are a re-credentialing CASAC.
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 for these recorded Audio/Video courses 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 and All Other Social workers: Essential Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders, #2813, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Best Practice Trainers, Inc as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 5/29/2020 – 5/29/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2.25 clinical social work continuing education credits. See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.