This 5 hour course presents an overview of the role and efficacy of group therapy in substance abuse treatment. It presents critical research and clinical findings and distills them into practical guidelines for practitioners who utilize group therapy in substance abuse treatment settings. The course is designed to help treatment professionals expand their awareness and comprehension of dynamics that commonly occur in treatment groups. The goal is that these insights will prepare counselors to manage their groups and help individual members. The course is based upon TIP 41: Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy.
Goals and Objectives
1. To understand the definitions, advantages, and modifications of group treatment for substance abuse.
2. To understand five types of groups used in substance abuse treatment.
3. To learn the criteria for placing a client in a group.
4. To learn how groups develop and specific tasks in various phases of groups.
5. To understand the stages of treatment in group therapy.
6. To learn the concepts and techniques of group leadership.
7. To understand the skills of group therapy, clinicians needs, the purpose and value of clinical supervision, and how to get training to be a group leader or supervisor of group leaders.
Your Course Instructor:
Robert A. Shearer, Ph.D.
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.