Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance Abuse

Rationale, Methods, and Findings

About the Course:

This course is a brief, but solid investigation into the research and application of behavioral couples therapy, as differentiated from the family disease and family systems approaches, as well as other behavioral approaches.

Publication Date:

August, 2004

Authors

William Fals-Stewart, Ph.D.; Timothy J. O'Farrell, PhD, ABPP; Gary R. Birchler, Ph.D.

About the Authors:

William Fals-Stewart, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Wynne Family Research Center, University of Rochester, and Director, Family and Addiction Research Group in Buffalo, New York

Timothy J. O’Farrell, PhD, ABPP is Professor of Psychology in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry at the VA Boston Healthcare System in Brockton, MA where he directs the Families and Addiction Program and the Counseling for Alcoholics’ Marriages (CALM) Project.

Dr. Birchler received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1972 from the University of Oregon, Eugene, and completed an internship in Clinical Psychology at the Palo Alto V. A. Medical Center the same year. He joined the University of California at San Diego Department of Psychiatry in August 1972. Currently, he is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine; Adjunct Professor, San Diego State University and Adjunct Professor, University of San Diego. He serves as Co-Director of the UCSD/VA Psychology Internship Program, and Director, Family Mental Health Program, VA San Diego Healthcare System.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about the behavior of adult couples with substance abuse problems, related research findings, and behavioral intervention strategies. It is appropriate for introductory, intermediate, and advanced-level participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe and discuss behavioral couples therapy and it’s application to treating substance abusers.

  2. Develop an alternative approach to treating substance abusing couples outside the medical and family systems models.

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