Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy For Substance Use Disorders

Friday, April 21, 2017, 12:30pm - 4:00pm 

"Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy For Substance Use Disorders"

Presenter: Leonard A. Doerfler, Ph.D. 

Leonard A. Doerfler, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts, is Professor and Director, Clinical Counseling Psychology Program, Assumption College, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Diplomate and Fellow, Academy of Cognitive Therapy, Academy of Cognitive Therapy Certified Trainer/Consultant, and Fellow, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. His clinical, research, and teaching interests focus on cognitive-behavioral interventions for addictive behaviors, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders. He has extensive experience in training and supervising mental health professionals in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapies.



La Maison Francaise/Salon, Assumption College campus - Directions


Effective psychosocial treatments for substance use disorders address drug use behavior, along with enhancing clients’ skills in coping with everyday life problems, increasing individuals’ sense of self-efficacy, and enhancing clients’ motivation for behavior change. Cognitive-behavioral interventions have been shown to be effective treatments for substance use disorders, but very few clinicians have been trained to use these interventions with clients who present with substance use problems. This workshop will review the evidence for the efficacy of CBT for substance use disorders and outline a model for clinical practice. Elements of effective interventions, including motivational issues and therapeutic style, will be described in this workshop.  


Participants in this workshop will learn:

  1. A CBT model of substance abuse treatment
  2. Strategies to assess alcohol and drug use and related problems
  3. Elements of CBT interventions