Establishing and Maintaining a Therapeutic Alliance with Substance Abuse Patients: A Cognitive Therapy Approach

About the Course:

Topics covered include: common obstacles to forming a therapeutic alliance, establishing rapport at the onset of treatment, maintaining a positive alliance over the course of treatment, and the therapeutic relationship and the case formulation.


Cory F. Newman, Ph.D.

Dr. Newman is Assistant Professor of Psychology, in Psychiatry University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Clinical Director Center for Cognitive Therapy University City Science Center.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about Establishing and Maintaining a Therapeutic Alliance with Substance Abuse Patients. It is appropriate for participants with intermediate to advanced levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. increase knowledge of common obstacles to forming a therapeutic relationship with a drug-dependent individual.

  2. be able to identify methods helpful in establishing early rapport with clients.

  3. understand ways of maintaining a positive therapeutic alliance over the course of treatment with drug abusers.

  4. learn about the therapeutic relationship and case formulations

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Course Number: 100588
Total Credit Hours: 1cr
Exam Fee: No Longer Available
Format: Online Article
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