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Barbara McCrady Recorded Webinar: Substance Abuse (DOES NOT OFFER CE CREDIT)

1.5 CE credits earned with successful completion of the Post Webinar Quiz

Outpatient CBT for Alcohol and Other Substance Use

Disorders:  Challenges in the Real World

with Barbara McCrady, Ph.D.


Presenter:  Barbara S. McCrady, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the Director of The Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) at the University of New Mexico.


Audience Level:  Basic (casual familiarity with topic area e.g., treated one case)


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:


  1. Describe the CBT model for conceptualizing drinking and drug use.
  2. Describe the use of functional analysis for case conceptualization and treatment planning.
  3. Describe intervention strategies for at least two clinical challenges that AUD/SUD clients present.



Alcohol and other substance use disorders (AUDs and other SUDs) are among the most prevalent problems seen in outpatient medical and mental health practices.  Cognitive behavior therapy is one efficacious approach to treating these client problems.  The CBT model includes motivational enhancement techniques, the use of functional analysis to organize coping skills oriented treatment, and additional relapse prevention techniques to maintain change.  The implementation of the treatment with voluntary, relatively high functioning clients can be straightforward, but clinical challenges are the rule rather than the exception.  Clinical issues include dealing with client ambivalence about change; developing a positive therapeutic alliance with certain clients; selection of drinking goals; difficulty with attaining abstinence or specific moderate drinking goals; and managing other social and psychological problems.  Clients who are mandated to treatment and those with low educational attainment present additional challenges, as does the integration of CBT with other client experiences such as AA or NA involvement.  In this webinar, Dr. McCrady will overview the CBT model, and then present clinical strategies for managing specific client challenges.  A case example will be used to illustrate the approach.


About the presenter:

Barbara S. McCrady, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the Director of The Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA) at the University of New Mexico.  Previously, she was the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Clinical Director of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University. Dr. McCrady received her 1969 B.S. in Biological Sciences from Purdue University and her 1975 Ph.D. in Psychology (clinical) from the University of Rhode Island.   Dr. McCrady has focused her career on the development and testing of effective treatments for persons with substance use disorders.  She created one of the first substance abuse treatment programs based on cognitive-behavioral therapy principles and tested the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of this treatment model.  She has developed an original, conjoint treatment model for substance abusers and their spouses, and has conducted programmatic research on this treatment model.  Dr. McCrady also has been active in bringing scientific attention to Alcoholics Anonymous, and has conducted controlled research evaluating alternative women’s treatment models for women with alcohol and other substance use disorders, with a special focus on women in poverty.  Her work has been funded by the NIH since 1979.  Dr. McCrady has published more than 235 scientific articles, chapters, and books, and has lectured widely on her work in the United States, Canada, and Europe.


Item No: BMRW
Member Price: $25.00
Non-Member Price: $35.00

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