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TIP34- Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse-Brief Humanistic, Existential and Psychodynamic Therapies

About the Course:

This course examines brief humanistic and existential therapies and brief psychodynamic therapy. It includes: humanistic and existential therapies, the humanistic approach to therapy, client-centered therapy, narrative therapy, transpersonal therapy, Gestalt therapy, the existential approach to therapy, with the response form each approach to a case study, introduction to brief psychodynamic therapy, psychodynamic therapy for substance abuse, a second case study with a response from each approach, supportive-expressive therapy, clients most suitable for psychodynamic therapy, psychodynamic concepts useful in substance abuse treatment, the therapeutic alliance, developmental level, insight, defense mechanisms and resistance, transference, etiology, integrating psychodynamic concepts into substance abuse treatment, models of brief psychodynamic therapy, Mann’s Time-Limited Psychotherapy (TLP), Sifneos’ Short-Term Anxiety- Provoking Psychotherapy (STAPP), Davanloo’s Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), SE psychoanalytic psychotherapy, The Vanderbilt Approach to Time- Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy (TLDP), short-term dynamic therapy of stress response syndromes, brief adaptive psychotherapy, dynamic supportive psychotherapy, self psychological approach, interpersonal psychotherapy and other research.

This course is based on the reading-based online, TIP34- Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse-Brief Humanistic, Existential and Psychodynamic Therapies created by SAMHSA in 2012.

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Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the humanistic, existential and psychodynamic therapies are effective for substance abuse treatment.

  2. Identify the various approaches within each therapy, and the population that would best benefit for each approach.

  3. Extrapolate the philosophical theory behind each approach.

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

3 CE Credit hours

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NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)

3 CE Credit hours

This course has been approved by CE Learning Systems, service provider of, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #107243, CE Learning Systems is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

3 CPD hours

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Course Material

This exam only covers Chapter 6 and 7.

References begin on page 173.

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Course Number 102576
3 credit hours
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