Couples Therapy for Addictions: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach
by Barbara S. McCrady
See Barbara S. McCrady work with a couple struggling with addictions in an actual couples therapy session.

Part of the 7-video series: Brief Therapy for Addictions
Dr. McCrady reminds us that alcohol and drug problems always exist in a context that includes families and relationships, and that couples therapy is an important model for working with addictions. Dr. McCrady uses a behavioral approach that helps the client change his or her addictive behaviors, helps the partner learn to respond differently, and helps the couple change the relationship itself. In this addictions video, Dr. McCrady works with a young couple trying to change behaviors related to alcohol and marijuana use. Jon Carlson and Judy Lewis introduce Dr. McCrady, and facilitate an in-depth discussion of the further impact and uses of the model.

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What therapists are saying…

"This video is a wonderful example of culturally sensitive cross-racial treatment with an African American couple struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. I use it regularly in my courses and highly recommend it."

-- Nancy Boyd-Franklin, PhD, Professor II, Rutgers University -Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology; Author of Black Families in Therapy: Understanding the African American Experience.
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From watching this addictions video, you will:

• Develop an understanding of the key concepts of Couples Therapy for Addictions and its relevance in addictions counseling today.
• Gain insight into McCrady's therapy style, and how she helps clients change their addictions by fostering change in their relationships.
• Learn how to apply couples therapy to help your clients successfully tackle their addictions.

Length of video: 01:56:00

Number of Discs: 1

English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD

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Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-068-6

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-068-2

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-069-4

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-069-9

Barbara S. McCrady, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University and the Clinical Director of the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies. Her primary clinical and research interests include alcohol abuse/dependence and the ways in which families and social support systems can assist in the recovery process.


CE credits: 7

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the relevance of couples therapy approaches in addictions counseling and psychotherapy today.
  • Gain insight into McCrady's therapy style, and how she helps clients change their addictions by fostering change in their relationships.
  • Learn how to apply key strategies of cognitive-behavioral couples therapy to help your clients successfully tackle their addictions.
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