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A Manualized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group for Diverse Addictive Behaviors

CE Credit: 3

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Length: 3 hours

Exam Items: 10

This program was orignially webcast on May 15, 2015, and is now available on-demand. 

This workshop presents a manualized cognitive–behavioral therapy addictions group (CBTAG) for diverse addictions, including drug, alcohol, tobacco, gambling, spending, and Internet addictions. Theory and research are presented for group therapy and cognitive–behavioral therapy of addictive behaviors. The presenter focuses on the design and facilitation of the CBTAG and teaches workshop participants to identify group members appropriate for such a diverse group. He highlights cognitive, behavioral, affective, and physiological processes common to addictive behaviors and teaches strategies for addressing problems common to individuals struggling with addictions.

Learning Objective 1
Conceptualize diverse addictive behaviors (e.g., drug and alcohol misuse, binge eating, problem gambling, Internet addiction) according to a cognitive-behavioral perspective.

Learning Objective 2
Describe the structure and essential components of a CBTAG session, including facilitative conditions (e.g., group cohesion) that enhance the effectiveness of the group.

Learning Objective 3
Design and implement a CBTAG in their own agency, organization, or community, serving a group of people with diverse addictive behaviors.

Presenter: Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Liese is a Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Courtesy Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas. He is a teacher, scholar, clinician, and clinical supervisor who has supervised hundreds of psychotherapists. He has lectured and presented workshops nationally and internationally. He has more than 50 publications and has co-authored two texts on addictive behaviors with Dr. Aaron T. Beck. Dr. Liese was also editor of The Addictions Newsletter for ten years, an official publication of APA Division 50 (Addictions). For this work he received the President’s Citation for Distinguished Service to Division 50.


Supplementary Materials

  • Manualized CBT Group