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The Dynamics of Change: Using Stage Specific Therapy Strategies to Break the Cycle of SUDs

2 CE Hours

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Change starts with engagement. The decision to enter treatment for substance use disorders is often precipitated by a crisis of some kind. Stage of Change assessment is a straightforward method that can be used quickly in an initial encounter and yet has vital implications for guiding therapeutic interventions.

Patients who experience treatment interventions that match their stage of change demonstrate better outcomes than patients who are mismatched. Case studies will be reviewed to illustrate specific interventions to motivate change and maintain recovery, including self-management.

Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to name the 5 stages of change and, through video and live role plays, be able to identify patients in the particular stages of change.
  • Participants will be able to determine and practice three specific reactive listening techniques and will be able to report when those strategies work best in a particular stage of change.
  • Participants will be able to name three specific interventions to utilize in both precontemplation and contemplation stages of change.

This program has been approved 2.0 continuing education clock hours by the Louisiana Counseling Association as authorized by the Louisiana Professional Counselor Licensing Board of Examiners.

Addiction Counselors

This course has been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #198061, is responsible for all aspects of the programing.


Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibility for the content of the programs. 2 hours.

2.0 Credits – Click here to review AMEDCO Accreditation

Social Workers

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Amedco is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Amedco maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 2 GENERAL continuing education credits.

2.0 Credits – Click here to review AMEDCO Accreditation

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CE Policy and this educator have no conflicts of interest and have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents.
Deborah Kuzmin

As Executive Director of Hanley Center, Deborah Kuzmin, LCSW, dedicated her entire career to the study and treatment of substance use and mental health issues affecting people of all ages. She is a certified addiction specialist who has worked as a crisis hotline volunteer, discharge planner, therapist, director of case management, clinical supervisor, and clinical director.

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