Substance Abuse Group Counseling TIP 41- 20 Hours

Contact Hours: 20

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP

Based in part on TIP 41 from SAMHSA and Counselor Toolbox Episodes 128-131


  • Identify the five models of group therapy currently used in substance abuse treatment and the three other types of groups that can be integrated into the five models
  • Differentiate between 12-step self-help groups and interpersonal process groups
  • Identify at least 10 advantages of group treatment
  • Identify the three modifications that need to be made to group treatment in order to improve its effectiveness in substance abuse settings
  • Discuss how the client's stage of readiness for change affects the types of groups he or she will be in
  • Describe the characteristics of each of the five group models used in substance abuse treatment
  • Effectively match clients with appropriate groups
  • Accurately assess client readiness for group primary placement considerations
  • Identify as six dimensions assess for the ASAM patient placement criteria
  • Identify the six levels of treatment identified by the ASAM patient placement criteria that
  • Identify the three other criteria we should be considered when determining the patient's appropriateness for group therapy
  • Identify the difference between culture, cultural knowledge, cultural awareness
  • Understand the components of the diversity wheel
  • Identify strategies for handling issues that arise when group norms and cultural values conflict
  • Identify the six guidelines for clinicians on the evaluating bias and prejudice
  • Identify for techniques that can be helpful in providing substance abuse treatment to a culturally diverse groups
  • Identify six guidelines for preparing the group for a new member from a racial or ethnic minority
  • Discuss the benefits of fixed and revolving membership groups
  • Identify the most effective ways to prepare client for participation in groups is that
  • Be familiar with the recommended issues to discuss in pre-group interviews
  • Discuss ways for increasing retention in groups
  • Identify specific group tasks appropriate for each phase of the group
  • Discuss how to convert conflict and resistance in the positive energy that powers the group's
  • Explain how to deal with disruptive group members
  • Explain how to cool down runaway affect or turn a crisis into an opportunity
  • Identify six of the most common errors the group leaders make
  • Describe four types of training that are recommended for group therapists
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