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September Webinar: CBT for Substance Use Disorder



This is a 2-part clinical training workshop that reviews Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy theory and interventions for the treatment of substance use disorders. The thought-feeling-action model of cognitive therapy will be discussed in the context of substance use. The training builds on foundational CBT knowledge and incorporates clinical considerations and specific interventions in treatment of Substance Use Disorders. The training also focuses on core cognitive and behavioral interventions while adding elective therapeutic components to customize treatment for clients.

Clinicians who provide individual substance use treatment will benefit most from this series. The training experience will be highly interactive with ample opportunity for learning and refining skills through role-play, demonstration, and a mock case-conceptualization exercise.


About the Instructor:

Dr. Bernard Showers, DSW, LCSW, earned his MSW at Shippensburg University in 2010. He is currently employed as an Adjunct Professor with several universities, including the University of Kentucky, the University of Maryland, and Simmons University. Bernard has over ten years of experience as a licensed social worker. He provides therapy for various ages and presenting problems; however, he specializes in treating substance use disorders, Co-Occurring Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. He employs an eclectic approach to therapy utilizing various evidence-based practices, including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy


Participants will learn to:

  • differentiate how core concepts of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can be adapted for use in treatment of substance use disorders.
  • demonstrate an understanding of new skills through small-group work and Socratic discussion.
  • demonstrate specific core CBT-SUD skills use in the individualized treatment of clients.
  • examine specific elective CBT-SUD skills use in the individualized treatment of clients.
  • construct a case conceptualization through case vignette.
  • compare behavioral and cognitive interventions in the treatment of individuals with substance use disorders.
  • examine a case vignette in the creation a proposed course of treatment.

Course Outline

Day One Agenda


  • Thought, Feeling, Action Model (relationship)
  • Social Learning Theory and Emergence of Substance Use Disorders
  • Application of Cognitive Model


  • Addressing Motivation for Treatment
  • Motivational Interviewing Spirt
  • P-A-C-E
  • Video (Monty Roberts, Join Up)

10:30AM- 10:45AM BREAK


  • Specific Strategies of Motivational Interviewing
  • o Importance and Confidence Rules
  • o Elicit-Provide-Elicit
  • o O-A-R-S
  • Initial Clinical Assessment/Functional Analysis

Day Two Agenda

09:00AM- 09:30AM

  • Session Structure
  • Socratic Questioning/Guided Discovery

09:30AM- 10:30 AM

  • Case Conceptualization
  • Example Case Conceptualization in Small Groups

10:30AM-10:45AM BREAK

10:45AM- 11:30AM

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment Approaches
  • o Recognizing Cravings and Urges
  • § Urge Surfing
  • § Trigger Identification
  • § Urge Monitoring
  • — Coping with Cravings and Urges
  • § Cognitive Restructuring
  • § Automatic Thought Identification
  • § Evaluation of Thoughts


  • Other Treatment Foci
  • o Mood
  • o Social Skills
  • o Listening Skills
  • o Support for Recovery
  • o Problem-Solving
  • Termination
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