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Home Study: Fall Summit 21-15 - Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance Use Disorders 

04-04-2022 15:44

*Previously Recorded on 11/05/2021 - Not a Live Event**

The results of numerous studies over the past four decades have consistently revealed the effectiveness of couple and family-based approaches for drug and alcohol abuse. Behavioral couples therapy (BCT) is a conjoint approach which has been consistently shown to produce fewer substance-related issues, greater abstinence, and improved dyadic functioning compared to individual- based treatments for married and cohabitating couples. The purpose of this training is to (a) provide the theoretical rationale for the use of couple’s therapy for substance-abusing patients and (b) describe theoretical and practical underpinnings of Behavioral couples therapy for substance use disorders (BCT-SUD) along with key components of this intervention, (c) review eligibility criteria and contra-indications, and d) present a potential model for implementation.

Dr. Keith Klostermann is an internationally renowned expert and trusted advisor in the use of Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance Use Disorders (BCT-SUD). Dr. Klostermann is licensed as both a mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist. In addition, he is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, is recognized as a Nationally Certified Counselor and is a certified family therapist. The American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) recognizes him as a Fellow in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Education and Research and Diplomate and Clinical Mental Counseling Specialist in Couples and Family Counseling, Child and Adolescent Counseling, and Military Counseling. He is a Core Faculty Member at Walden University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and has served as a clinical consultant for numerous agencies, including the Calgary Counselling Center in Calgary, Alberta; Phoenix House in New York City, and Best Self Behavioral Health, Buffalo, NY in their implementation of BCT-SUD.


AMHCA will provide 1.0 CE total after viewing and completing the accompanying quiz with a passing grade (80% or higher). American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) has been approved to provide continuing education by the National Board for Certified Counselors and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. All sales are final - home study registrations are non-refundable.

$10 member, $20 non-member

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