Course summary and description
This course(Module) is the first of two courses based on a NIDA developed therapy
manual, CBA-1, for drug addiction. The course is intended for use by drug abuse treatment
practitioners, mental health professionals, and all others concerned with the
treatment of drug addiction.
Cognitive-Behavior coping skills treatment (CBT) is a short-term, focused approach
to helping cocaine-dependent individuals. This course presents an overview, basic
principles, structure and format of sessions, and an initial session of CBT.
Course Goals and Objectives
The goals/objectives of this course are for the student to understand:
• The components of CBT;
• The parameters of CBT;
• The active ingredients of CBT;
• CBT compared to other treatments;
• The basic principles of learned behavior;
• The basic principles of functional analysis;
• The basic principles of skill training;
• The 20/20/20 rule;
• The first, second, and final third of a session;
• How to integrate CBT and medication;
• The goals of the first session;
• The key interventions of the first session;
• How to enhance motivation;
• How to negotiate treatment goals;
• How to present the CBT model;
• How to establish ground rules;
• How to introduce functional analysis.
Cognitive-Behavioral therapy has been used for treatment of a wide variety of
psychological and substance use disorders. The effectiveness of the approach
is supported by hundreds of research studies and investigations. The current
course materials were produced in 1998, but the approach developed into the
“New Wave” of cognitive behavioral therapy and remains very current in its
application. Consequently, the student can remain confident in the efficacy of
the treatment approach in treating substance use disorders. Note the following
McHugh, R.K.(2010). Cognitive behavioral therapy for substance use disorders.
Psychiatric Clinics of North America, Vol 33, pp. 511-525.
Tolin, D.F. (2010). Is cognitive-behavior therapy more effective than other therapies?:
A meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, Vol 30, pp. 710-720.
Callaghan, R., Taylor, L., Victor, J.C. & Lentz, T. (2007). A case comparison of
readmission patterns between primary methamphetamine-using and primary cocaine-
using adolescents engaged in inpatient substance abuse treatment. Addictive
Behaviors, Vol 32, pp. 3101-3106.
About the Instructor:
Dr. Robert A. Shearer is a retired professor of Criminal Justice, Sam Houston State University. He received his Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychology from Texas A & M University, Commerce. Prior to teaching Criminal Justice, he taught Educational Psychology at Mississippi State University on campus and in the extension program across rural Mississippi during the civil rights era.
He has been teaching, training, consulting and conducting research in the fields of Criminal Justice, human behavior, and addictions for over thirty-six years. He is the author of over sixty professional and refereed articles in Criminal Justice and behavior. He is also the author of Interviewing: Theories, techniques, and practices, 5th edition published by Prentice Hall. Dr. Shearer has also created over a dozen measurement, research, and assessment instruments in Criminal Justice and addictions.
He has been a psychotherapist in private practice and served as a consultant to dozens of local, state, and national agencies. His interests continue to be substance abuse program assessment and evaluation. He has taught courses in interviewing, human behavior, substance abuse counseling, drugs-crime-social policy, assessment and treatment planning, and educational psychology. He has also taught several university level psychology courses in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division, led group therapy in prison, trained group therapists, and served as an expert witness in various courts of law.
He has been the president of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counseling and the editor of the Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling as well as a member of many Criminal Justice, criminology, and counseling professional organizations prior to retirement.