About the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy online course

The CBT online course  is available to all NYS social workers (LMSWs and LCSWs), LMHCs, and CASACs in 2018*.
*In 2018, NASW members nationwide are also eligible to get credit for the CBT course. 

Course Goals and Objectives. .  .

The CBT course has been updated for 2018. Participants will gain an understanding of the disease of addiction: models of addiction, outcomes of addiction, modes of treatment, ethical responsibilities to clients, CBT intervention and treatment strategies which are effective with teens and adults who use cocaine, marijuana and alcohol. Participants will gain applicable assessment and treatment skills.

1. Participants will understand the incidence and prevalence of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana use in adolescent and adult populations.
2. Participants will understand the behavior, psychological, physical health and social effects of alcohol and substance use, abuse or dependence on individuals, families and communities.
3. Participants will understand the philosophies, practices, policies and outcomes of the most generally accepted models of treatment, recovery, relapse-prevention and continuing care for alcohol and substance use, abuse or dependence-related problems.
4. Participants will understand the ethical rationale for, and the use of CBT strategies for alcohol and substance use, abuse and dependence diagnosis and treatment.

Course Agenda: expected to complete in 6 hours, self-paced
 1. (1.0 hour) Incidence and prevalence of addiction to alcohol, marijuana and cocaine for adults and teens, and consequences
 2. (.5 hour)Specific biological mechanisms for cocaine, alcohol, marijuana
 3. (.5 hour)Rationale for Best Practice Use in SUD treatment
 4.(.5 hour) Discussion of research concerning CBT use with cocaine, alcohol, marijuana
 5. (1 hour) Discussion and Modeling of assessment with CBT methods
 6. (2 hours) Discussion and modeling of presentation of CBT concepts, methods of dealing with craving and refusal skills