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Predictors of Therapeutic Alliance, Treatment Feedback, and Clinical Outcomes Among African American Women in Treatment for Co-Occurring PTSD and SUD

About the Course

Black women are at heightened risk for trauma exposure, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and substance use disorders (SUDs), compared to White women and the general population. The current study examines treatment engagement and retention predictors of alliance and the mediating role of alliance for PTSD+SUD outcomes among Black women.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Predictors of Therapeutic Alliance, Treatment Feedback, and Clinical Outcomes Among African American Women in Treatment for Co-Occurring PTSD and SUD created by Alexandria G. Bauer, PhD et al. in 2022.

Publication Date:

J Subst Abuse Treat. 2022 August ; 139: 108766. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2022.108766. Aug 2022

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.

Alexandria G. Bauer, PhD

Dr Bauer is an Assistant Research Professor at the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies and Applied Psychology, Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Her research interests include understanding and addressing health disparities that burden Black/African American and other racial/ethnic minority populations, particularly using community-based participatory research strategies. She has had multiple works published in peer reviewed journals.

Lesia M. Ruglass, PhD

Dr. Ruglass s a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and an Adjunct Associate Research Professor at the Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies at Rutgers University. She has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and presented her work nationally and internationally. She is co-author of the book, Psychology of Trauma 101 (with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Springer Publishing) and co-editor of the book, Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan: Challenges, Vulnerabilities, and Strengths (with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Routledge Publishing). Dr. Ruglass was recently elected as Member-at-Large (Public Interest) for the Society of Addiction Psychology, APA, Division 50.

Course Creator

Hana Kuc, LMHC, NCC, CASAC

Hana Kuc is a Licensed Mental Heath counselor and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor who has been working in the field for 13 years. In that time she has worked as a counselor, therapist, educator and director. Hana has specialized in working with clients on medication assisted treatment, who are in recovery from opiates, and are also diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

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. Describe the purpose of the current study and summarize existing research on treatment engagement and therapeutic alliance in Black women with SUD and PTSD.
  2. Outline study methods, results and conclusions.
  3. Summarize the limitations and suggestions for future research.

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Course Number 103441
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