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Group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders and Addictive Behaviors

Date of Call: 
Friday, June 9, 2017
Bruce Liese, PhD, ABPP
Program Description: 

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has been well validated for the treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs) and addictive behaviors – and group treatment is common in the treatment of these problems. This program presents a cognitive-behavioral therapy addictions group (CBTAG) for diverse addictive behaviors, including SUDs, gambling disorder, Internet gaming, and binge eating. Theory and research are presented for CBT and group therapy. We focus on the design and facilitation of the CBTAG and teach participants to identify individuals appropriate for such a diverse group. We highlight cognitive, behavioral, affective, and physiological processes common to various addictive behaviors; teach participants to identify target cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal problems, and; describe coping skills taught in the CBTAG.

Speaker Bio: 

Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP is Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Courtesy Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Divisions 50 (Addictions) and 29 (Psychotherapy).  Dr. Liese serves as President-elect of APA Division 50 (Society of Addiction Psychology). Dr. Liese is a researcher, teacher, clinical supervisor, and clinician. Presently Dr. Liese teaches courses on addictive behaviors, psychotherapy, and evidence-based practice in psychology (EBPP) and he supervises more than a dozen psychotherapy trainees. In 2015 he received the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training award from APA Division 50.

Learning Objectives: 

As a result of participating in this CE program, learners will be able to describe and explain:

  1. The structure of group CBT for SUDS and Addictive behaviors
  2. Five common factors that contribute to the efficacy of group CBT (e.g., cohesiveness, psychoeducation)
  3. Three specific techniques that facilitate client learning in group CBT

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