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Course: The Stages of Change Workbook: Practical Exercises for Personal Awareness and Change
by Dr. James E. Phelan

CE Credit Hours: 4
Fee: $19

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This course is based on the workbook by the same name, The Stages of Change Workbook: Practical Exercises for Personal Awareness and Change, by James E. Phelan, MSW, PsyD. The approach outlined in this course is significantly influenced by the Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM) and by the Motivational Interviewing (MI) model. The practical exercises are geared towards each stage of change whereby each stage offers unique opportunities and the practical exercises are aimed at facilitating these opportunities.

This workbook can be helpful to anyone undecided about change, striving to stay focused or desiring increased awareness and personal growth. The exercises can be applied to help in the recovery process of addictions and or to many of the struggles clients bring to therapeutic settings.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Have a better understanding of the connection between the stages of change and recovery.
  • Be able to help clients apply the practical exercises that can help in any stage of change in order to foster a more positive way to view and approach addictions or other life struggles.
  • Have an increased understanding of the stages of change within a practical forum.
  • Posses a greater ability to ask clients questions that can help guide them through the stages of change.
  • Have more techniques and strategies at their disposal to help clients who are struggling with change, addictions, and other life struggles.
  • Be able to understand various questions, tools, resources, and concepts that they can use to assist clients who are in any stage of change

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is suitable for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The printed book or ebook is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version of the test. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
Additional Resources On This Site for CE

Additional Resources Not On This Site

  • NAADAC The Association for Addiction Professionals ph.800.548.0497
  • Drug Abuse Treatment Through Collaboration: Practice and Research Partnerships That Work, Edited by James L. Sorenson, Richard A. Rawson, Joseph Guydish, and Joan E. Zweben 2003. 325 pgs. APA, Washington DC
  • Trauma and Drug Abuse: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment of Comorbid Disorders, Edited by Paige Ouimette and Pamela J. Brown 2003. 315 pages APA, Washington DC
  • Hanley Center
    5200 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407-2374
    Toll Free 1-800-444-7008

Bio: James Phelan

James E. (Jim) Phelan received his Doctorate degree in Psychology (Psy.D) from the Southern California University for Professional Studies, his Masters degree in Social Work (MSW) from Marywood University, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. In addition, he is a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD) and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICADC). He is a Research Associate to the American Psychoanalytic Association and Mental Health Affiliate to the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. He is also a military veteran having served in both the U.S. Army and the U.S. Air Force.

James E. Phelan, 420 N James Rd, Columbus, Ohio 43219

(614) 571-7093,,