557 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Registration Open

The Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) in colaboration with the Brown University Distance Learning Program, is offering a credited, on-line course on cognitive behavioral therapy.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a treatment approach that has gained widespread application in the treatment of a variety of mental health issues, including substance abuse. Several important features of CBT make it particularly promising as a treatment for substance abuse and dependence:

  • CBT is a short-term, comparatively brief approach well suited to the resource capabilities of most clinical programs.
  • CBT has been extensively evaluated in rigorous clinical trials and has solid empirical support as treatment for substance abuse.
  • CBT is structured, goal-oriented, and focused on the immediate problems faced by substance abusers entering treatment who are struggling to control their substance use.
  • CBT is a flexible, individualized approach that can be adapted to a wide range of patients as well as a variety of settings (inpatient, outpatient) and formats (group, individual).
  • CBT is compatible with a range of other treatments the patient may receive, such as pharmacotherapy and self-help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

CBT’s broad approach encompasses several important common tasks of successful substance abuse treatment.

This four week course will explore the central elements of CBT in the treatment of Substance Use Disorders and examine CBT treatment manuals that address alcohol and cocaine addiction.


Justin Enggasser, Ph.D. is an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Staff Psychologist at VA Boston Healthcare System, and licensed Psychologist and Health Service Provider in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. He provides direct clinical services through the residential and outpatient substance abuse treatment programs at VA Boston. Dr. Enggasser has published several studies in the areas of depression and substance use. He is currently involved in projects developing and testing new treatment models (a gender-specific cognitive-behavioral treatment protocol for women with substance use disorders) and treatment delivery methods (web-based interventions for problem drinking).

Course Objectives

  • Identifying the precursors and consequences of a client’s substance abuse behavior;
  • Identify the characteristics of different attributional processes;
  • Define the roles of cognition and behavior in the relapse process;
  • Improve clients’ self-confidence in dealing with high-risk situations;
  • Identify the critical elements of the therapist-client relationship.

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course, beginning on July 04, 2011. Requirements are:

  • Required on-line reading (one hour per week)
  • Completion of pre and post test
  • Completion of weekly homework assignments (one hour per week)
  • Participation in the weekly course forum
  • Completion of an on-line course evaluation

*Please note that there are no real time events associated with this course. Lessons will be posted on the class home page on Tuesday and responses are due the following Monday. With the exception of the first weeks lesson which will be posted Monday with the responses due the following Monday. Assignments can be accessed at the participant’s convenience.

A full refund is available up until July 12, 2011 after which there will be no refunds.


$60.00 Certification

  • This four-week course, which begins on July 04, 2011, has been approved by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) for 8 educational credits. It is being provided by the Brown Distance Learning program, which is accredited as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider (#000151).
  • This course is approved by the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) for 8 Category 1 continuing education for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC’s). The CCB is an IC&RC affiliate.
  • The New York State OASAS does accept distance learning CEUs provided by institutions of higher learning for individuals pursuing or renewing a CASAC, CPP or CPS.
  • Brown DLP is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP ™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. (provider # 6463) 2 clock hours will be provided for this event.

$80.00 Certification

  • This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider # 886514487) for 8 continuing education contact hours.

*Combined certificates are available upon request.

Certificates will be mailed within two weeks to participants in the program for its duration who submit all required materials.

Please contact your local certification board to verify reciprocity or acceptance of Brown Distance Learning contact hours.

To participate, you must have:

  • An E-mail address and the capacity to retrieve and send E-mail;
  • Access to World Wide Web (the following programs provide WWW access: Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Explorer)
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher is the preferred browser for Brown DLP online courses
  • The ability to navigate the World Wide Web
  • A basic understanding of how to use a computer and send and receive email


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: July 04, 2011 or when the course limit is reached.

To register for this course please log into your account or create your account then log into your account and click the Enroll in a New Course link at the bottom of your account page. On the Enrollment page select ‘557 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy’ using the pull down menu and click on the enroll button. Having enrolled into the course you will be prompted for payment. You may make your payment online or by regular mail. To view payment information please use the payment policies.

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