This module(course) discusses how families in which one or more members has a substance abuse problem, substance abuse treatment and family therapy can be
integrated to provide effective solutions to multiple problems. The integrated
treatment models described in this module can serve as a guide for conjoint treatment
approaches. In addition, this module discusses the advantages and limitations of
integrated treatment models. Finally, the module discusses the care that must be
taken in the choice of an integrated therapeutic model.
The goals and objectives of this course are for the student to:
• Understand the value of integrated models for clients;
• Understand the value of integrated models for treatment
• Appreciate the limitations of integrated models;
• Identify the levels of involvement with families;
• Understand what determines the level of involvement;
• Understand how to use the family to engage the client in treatment;
• Identify the approaches to engagement;
• Understand how to select an integrated model for substance abuse
• Understand Structural/strategic Family therapy theory, techniques
• Understand Multidimensional therapy theory, research, techniques,
and core components;
• Understand Multiple Family therapy theory and techniques;
• Understand Multisystemic Family therapy theory,
• Understand Behavioral Family therapy and Cognitive-behavioral
family therapy theory, techniques, and strategies;
• Understand Family/larger system/case management
therapy theory, techniques, and strategies;
• Understand Network Therapy theory, techniques, and strategies;
• Understand Bowen Family Systems therapy theory, techniques, and
• Understand Solution-focused Brief therapy theory, techniques, and
• Understand how to match therapeutic techniques to levels of
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.