2014 Workshop Series - Aaron T. Beck Institute

Friday April 4, 2014, 12:30-4:00pm
"Effective Treatment Interventions for Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders"

Presenter: Lynn Leblanc-Marrone, LMHC, CADAC
Lynn LeBlanc-Marrone is a Licensed Mental Health and Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor with 30 years of experience in treating substance disorders. She currently works as a Clinical Supervisor for Spectrum Health Systems Outpatient Division. Ms. LeBlanc-Marrone teaches at Assumption College, Anna Maria College, and Westfield State University/AdCare Educational Institute-Addiction Counselor Education Program.

Registration Form (Word)

Maison Hall, Assumption College campus - Directions

Most, if not all, behavioral health professionals, will encounter individuals and families who are affected by substance use disorders. The prevalence of alcohol and drug abuse in the United States is a Public Health concern that has had an impact on every major area of American Society. With rising overdose deaths, addiction treatment truly is a life or death necessity. The good news is that addiction is highly treatable! The workshop will review evidence-based interventions that the participant can use in clinical practice.


  1. A clinician does not need to be an addiction specialist to make effective interventions with individuals suffering from substance use disorders. Your role is vital.
  2. At least 5 evidence based interventions in addiction treatment.
  3. Examples of ways to use CBT based interventions in group treatment with substance abusers.

COST: Only $50.00

Friday May 30, 2014, 12:30-4:00pm
"High-Yield Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Brief Sessions"

Presenter: Jesse H. Wright, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Jesse H. Wright is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville where he also serves as Vice Chairman for Academic Affairs and Director of the U of L Depression Center. He is the principal author of eight books on cognitive-behavior therapy and the first multimedia computer program for treatment of depression. His newest book, Breaking Free from Depression: Pathways to Wellness, was written with his daughter, Laura McCray, M.D.

Dr. Wright’s research is focused on developing and testing computer-assisted psychotherapy methods for improving the efficiency of treatment and enhancing the psychotherapeutic experience. He is currently serving as a Principal Investigator of an NIMH sponsored, multi-site study of computer-assisted CBT for depression. An online version of Good Days Ahead, his research group’s empirically tested software is being used extensively in clinical care and research.

Dr. Wright is the lead author of a trilogy of “hybrid” books from American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. which integrate text and video to help readers learn the key methods of CBT. Learning Cognitive-Behavior Therapy: An Illustrated Guide is being used as a standard text in training programs throughout the world. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Severe Mental Illness, which presents advanced strategies for treating challenging conditions, was chosen as the “Mental Health Book of the Year” for 2009 by the British Medical Association. High-Yield Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Brief  Sessions is designed to help clinicians blend the effective methods of CBT with pharmacotherapy in sessions that are shorter than the classic “fifty minute hour.”

Dr. Wright was the Founding President of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the President of the Kentucky Psychiatric Association. He is a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. Dr. Wright has received the Distinguished Educator of the Year Award from the University of Louisville among other awards. He lectures widely on mood disorders, cognitive-behavior therapy, psychopharmacology, and computer-aided psychotherapy.

Registration Form (Word)

Kennedy Hall, Room 112, Assumption College campus - Directions

CBT was originally developed for use in traditional “50-minute hours.” However, methods have been described for reducing the length of sessions for patients who may benefit from a shortened format for therapy. Brief sessions have been used by psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, and others who may prescribe medications and wish to incorporate CBT methods into their clinical work. But, brief sessions may also be used by non-prescribing clinicians for applications in which an abbreviated clinical contact may be appropriate or preferred (for example in the treatment of psychosis or bipolar disorder, or in hospital settings).

This workshop will provide guidelines for selecting patients for brief sessions, pacing and organizing the flow of treatment, and maximizing efficiency and learning. Specific tools will be suggested for making brief therapy contacts highly useful to patients. Methods will be illustrated and practiced for conducting brief sessions for patients with anxiety and mood disorders.


  1. Describe core modifications of standard CBT for use in brief sessions
  2. List applications, indications, and limitations for brief CBT sessions
  3. Detail methods for enhancing the impact of brief sessions
  4. Practice using brief CBT sessions for anxiety and depression

COST: Only $50.00


LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORSAssumption College is recognized by the National Board of Certified Counselors to offer continuing education units for LMHCs. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines: Provider Number 4009.

SOCIAL WORKERS: Application has been made to the MA chapter of NASW for CEU'S

Contact Sue Volungis in the Counseling Psychology department at 508-767-7390.