About the 2017 Essentials online courses

Motivational Interviewing (MI) and adjuncts like Motivational Enhancement Therapy(MET) are semi-directive methods of engaging client motivation of their own behavior. They accept different levels of readiness for change. Among skills which are valued are OARS skills, Empathy and the motivation to move through Stages by reinforcing Change Talk. Find out more here.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a collaborative (client and therapist) method based on social learning theory. CBT helps clients recognize that behavior is learned, thus dyfunctional behavior can be unlearned, teaches clients how to identify their feelings and express them appropriately, helps clients realize that they can change the way they think about alcohol and drug use, helps clients to see how they perceive their own behavior. With alcohol use, CBT may have a goal of reduction of use (harm-reduction). Find out more here.
The term “Co-Occurring Disorders” describes the simultaneous existence of a Mental Health (MH) Disorder and a Substance Use Disorder (SUD), more complicated to diagnose and treat than either type of disorder alone. Many treatment strategies useful for either disorder can be used successfully. Find out more here.