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Several workshops will be held in early 2011. A 2-day CRA workshop will be held on January 17 and 18, 2011. The participants are affiliated to Novadic-Kentron, The Netherlands. The training will take place in Vught, and will be held by Dr. Roozen. Please click here for the program and content of the training. Both Dr. Meyers and Dr. Roozen will be holding a 3 day CRA/FT training on January 25th, 26th and 27th at the Stirling Management Centre, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA in Scotland and is entitled the Supporting Psychological Interventions Across Scotland. Furthermore, a training will be held by both trainers in Blanchardstown Local Drugs Task Force (Dublin) on January 31st and February 1st Content Description of a CRA workshop The 2-day CRA workshop is designed to teach therapists in-depth information about the philosophy of CRA and how to apply an array of comprehensive scientifically-supported CRA procedures to treat substance abusing patients. The CRA program repeatedly ranks as one of the top five alcohol treatments across various reviews that examine 30-50 different treatments. This behavioral treatment has proven successful with populations that are ethnically-diverse, and across a wide range of ages and SES groups. It has proven effective with both inpatients and outpatients, as well as with severely alcohol-dependent individuals and dually-diagnosed clients. CRA is based on the belief that one’s environment plays a major role in determining whether an individual will use alcohol or illicit drugs. As such, it teaches individuals how to examine the triggers and the consequences (positive and negative) for drug use, and to then re-arrange their lives so that clean, sober behavior is more rewarding than is using alcohol/drugs. Strategies that increase the likelihood that sober behavior will be supported are taught, and skills deficits are addressed in the process (e.g., problem-solving, drug-refusal, communication). Learning Objectives At the conclusion of the 2-day workshop each participant should:

  • Understand the state-of-the-art theory and rationale for the CRA. The content includes overview of CRA’s research-base and meta-analysis standings, and its underlying cognitive-behavioral principles.
  • Know methods for increasing the chance that an ambivalent substance abuser will commit to treatment and work toward behavior change. Content includes learning to identify and use a client’s reinforcers (reward system) in a way that motivates change; using basic CRA motivational techniques (e.g., involving the client in goal-setting, introducing sobriety sampling, praising small steps, avoiding confrontation).
  • Know how and when to use the CRA assessment and treatment plan materials. Content includes CRA Functional Analyses (for both drinking and pro-social behaviors), a Happiness Scale, and a Goals of Counseling plan.
  • Know how and when to use CRA behavioral skills training. Content includes problem-solving procedures, communication training, drink/drug refusal, social-recreational counseling, and relapse prevention/management procedures.
  • Understand how and when to introduce specialized CRA techniques. Content includes CRA’s job-finding program, anger management, and Antabuse monitoring.
  • Know how and when to involve significant others (such as spouses) in treatment.