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Course: Treating Alcohol and Drug Problems in Psychotherapy Practice
by Dr. Arnold M. Washton and Dr. Joan E. Zweben

CE Credit Hours: 10
Fee: $50

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Doing What Works

Written by two experienced clinicians, this book fills a key need by presenting an integrated model for dealing with substance use disorders (SUDs) in an office-based practice. Flexible, nondogmatic and practical, the text focuses on 'what works' in addressing SUDs from initial assessment through early, middle, and the later stages of treatment. The volume presents foundational issues and advances to detailed descriptions of clinical techniques. The authors show how to use a combination of motivational, cognitive-behavioral, 12-step, and psychodynamic strategies with individuals in different stages of change. The critical importance of the therapeutic relationship is underscored and information is applicable whether a person is specifically seeking help for an SUD or has entered therapy for other reasons.

Special topics include when to make referrals to specialized programs or practitioners, how to involve family members and significant others in treatment, the use of in-office drug testing, and considerations in providing office-based group therapy for SUDs. The material is enlivened by numerous case vignettes and helpful appendices include reproducible patient forms and handouts.

Educational Objectives

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

  • Be better prepared to conduct assessments of substance use
  • Have an increased ability to motivate patients to change
  • Be more skilled at developing an individualized treatment plan
  • Have a greater repertoire for working toward mutually agreed-on goals of abstinence or harm reduction
  • Have increased skills to reduce risks and manage setbacks

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book 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. 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

  • 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
  • Drug Abuse: Origins and Interventions, Edited by Meyer D. Glantz and Christine R. Hartel 1999 492 pages APA, Washington DC
  • Hanley Center, 5200 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407-2374
    Phone: 561-841-1000
    Toll Free 1-800-444-7008

Bio: Dr. Arnold M. Washton and Dr. Joan E. Zweben

Arnold M. Washton, PhD, is Executive Director of Recovery Options, a private practice in New York City and Princeton, New Jersey, specializing in the treatment of alcohol and drug problems in professionals and executives. Dr. Washton received his PhD from City University of New York, NY, in 1978 and he is an addiction psychologist and recognized expert in substance use disorders (SUDs). His professional publications include journal articles and several books on addiction and treatment. He is affiliated with Lenox Hill Hospital, Silver Hill Hospital and The University Medical Center and Princeton House Behavioral Health, Princeton, New Jersey.

Joan E. Zweben, PhD, is founder and Executive Director of the 14th Street Clinic and Medical Group and the East Bay Community Recovery Project. These are affiliated organizations providing comprehensive treatment in Oakland, California. She is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and a clinical psychologist with more than 35 years of experience in treating addictions and training treatment practitioners. She is committed to providing flexible, evidence-based treatment to challenging and underserved populations. She is the author of two previous books and more than 55 articles or book chapters, and the editor of 15 monographs on treating addiction. Dr. Zweben received her degree in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.