Group Therapy for Substance Use Disorders: Basics and Beyond

Tuesday, October 22
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: Coronado Springs Resort, Coronado N-Q
CE: 1.5

Primary Presenter(s)

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    Kellie Rollins, PsyD

    Staff Psychologist
    San Francisco VA Health Care System

Group therapy is a powerful treatment modality and an essential component of addiction treatment given its therapeutic efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Expert clinical practice guidelines support group therapy as a staple of addiction treatment and is a core component of many programs. However, despite the popularity, many counselors and/or clinicians do not receive formal training or ongoing consultation/supervision in group therapy theory and clinical practice. This workshop will review practical foundations of group therapy for SUD, advantages/limitations of group therapy, qualities of an effective group therapist, stages of group development, cultural considerations, ethical concerns, and specific issues for OTPs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to identify and distinguish between the different types of group therapies commonly used in substance use disorders treatment.
  • Upon completion of the workshop, participants will understand ways to assess patient readiness for group and suggested criteria for the placement of patients into each type of group therapy.
  • Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be able to identify at therapist tasks in each stage of group treatment.

Like too many New Yorkers, I know what it's like to lose a loved one to addiction—there’s an empty chair at our family table where my nephew, Michael, should be. This is personal for me. Today we’re taking action to combat the opioid epidemic and offer New Yorkers hope. Thread⬇️

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