Course: Hidden Addictions
by Marilyn Freimuth
Assessment Practices for Psychotherapists, Counselors and Health Providers
This book helps clinicians understand how to assess for and recognize addictive behaviors and their consequences. The focus is on the types of client's psychotherapists are most likely to see, that is, client's who come into treatment asking for help with depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, or marital problems. Addictive behaviors are defined broadly to include substance-based addictions and those that arise from excessive behaviors, also know as process addictions.
This book is intended for professional in the mental health fields who, whether they currently know it or not, work with persons who have or may develop addictions. This book will help them identify a client’s addictive use of a mood-altering substance or behavior and its impact on the process and outcome of psychotherapy. Attention is paid to the reasons why addictions often go unrecognized in psychotherapy. This book is an excellent resource for learning about structured as well as interview-based methods of addiction assessment. The assessment process is presented in a manner that can be seamlessly integrated into the ongoing dialogue between patient and treatment provider.
Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:
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Bio: Marilyn FreimuthMarilyn Freimuth has been on the faculty of the Fielding Graduate University for over sixteen years. She is also on the teaching faculty of the Alonso Center for Psychodynamic Studies. With her students, Dr. Freimuth has a number of ongoing research projects designed to improve the assessment of addictions and the integration of addiction assessment and psychotherapy. Her Earlier research addressed psychotherapists’ attitudes toward twelve-step programs and how a patient's experience with self-help programs can be incorporated into psychotherapy. She lectures on the assessment and treatment of addictions and is a practicing clinical psychologist and supervisor.