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Group Therapy With Diverse Clients

About the Course

This course explores the research-practice gap in implementation of evidence-based (EBTs) in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment. While clinical trials focus primarily on individual therapy, the majority of SUD specialty treatment is offered in a group format. Clinicians n SUD specialty treatment settings were interviewed. They emphasized the need for flexibility in facilitating groups and explored difficulties managing complex group dynamics. The researchers give attention to the role of social inequities faced by ethnoracial minority clients. Keywords: substance use disorder (SUD), group therapy, evidence-based practice (EBP), qualitative research, social inequities, diversity

This course is based on the reading-based online articles, Complexities With Group Therapy Facilitation in Substance Use Disorder Specialty Treatment Settings and Group Psychotherapy in Specialty Clinics for Substance Use Disorder Treatment:The Challenge of Ethnoracially Diverse Clients created by Dennis Wendt, PhD and Joseph P. Gone, PhD in 2018.

Publication Date:

J Subst Abuse Treat. 2018 May; Int J Group Psychother. 2018 2018

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Dennis Wendt, PhD

Dr. Wendt is an Associate Professor in the Department of Education and Counseling Psychology at McGill University and Director of the Cultural and Indigenous Research on Counseling Psychology (CIRC) lab. He has spent more than a decade working with Indigenous communities developing and evaluating culturally relevant interventions in both mental health and substance use. He has published multiple works in peer reviewed journals.

Joseph P. Gone, PhD

Joseph P. Gone is Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Anthropology) and the Faculty of Medicine (Global Health and Social Medicine) at Harvard University. He has published more than 75 articles and chapters exploring the cultural psychology of self, identity, personhood, and social relations in Indigenous community settings vis-a-vis the mental health professions, with particular attention to therapeutic interventions such as psychotherapy and traditional healing. A fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and of seven divisions within the American Psychological Association, he has served on the editorial boards of seven scientific journals and reviewed manuscripts for more than 70 additional journals in the behavioral and health sciences. A recipient of several fellowships and career awards, he was named a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in 2014.

Course Creator

Casadi "Khaki" Marino, PhD, LCSW
Casadi "Khaki" Marino, PhD, LCSW, is a social worker with experience in many different treatment settings and with a wide range of client populations. She has worked in residential care, secure and forensic settings, and in emergency rooms. She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and holds certificates in EMDR, Trauma Informed Services, and Domestic Violence. She is currently working as a therapist in an outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry clinic.

Recommended For:

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

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize the research-practice gap substance use disorder (SUD) treatment settings
  2. Describe the challenges and barriers in SUD group facilitation including complex group dynamics
  3. Discuss the significance of social dimensions including poverty and racial discrimination in substance use disorders

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Course Number 103319
2.25 CE credit hours
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