Treating Alcoholism in Psychotherapy: The Developmental Model in Action
by Stephanie Brown
Watch addiction expert Stephanie Brown integrate addiction recovery principles into treatment with a patient struggling with alcoholism.

Part of the 2-Video Series: Treating Alcoholism in Psychotherapy
Finally, a video that shows clinicians of all orientations how to provide effective treatment for alcoholics, without having to choose between a 12-step versus psychotherapeutic approach! Dr. Brown demonstrates her Developmental Model in the treatment of "Ted," a forty-eight year old manager, who initially denies that his drinking is related to problems at home and on-the-job. While skillfully fostering the therapeutic alliance, Dr. Brown gently but persistently brings alcohol into the focus of the treatment. This video follows the course of treatment through the four stages of the Developmental Model: Drinking, Transition, Early Recovery, and Ongoing Recovery. In a dramatic reenactment of key moments in seven outpatient sessions over the course of five years, we see Dr. Brown address the multitude of challenges inherent in the treatment of alcoholics.  

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What therapists are saying…

"The Stephanie Brown video series is an excellent teaching tool for the university graduate MFT students in my Substance Abuse Disorders and Treatment course. Dr. Brown lays out her developmentally based treatment strategy and shows how to actually put it into action with a client. My students, many of whom are clinic interns already, found not just rhetoric, but a conceptualization and tools they could start using immediately."

-- Nancy Young - PhD, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, Chapman University, California
"These unique videos demonstrate how a master clinician, Dr. Stephanie Brown, understands and works with alcoholic patients. These videos will be serve both the experienced clinician as well as those less familiar with alcoholism, treating them to a scholarly but readily understandable presentation by one of our most learned clinicians and teachers in the field."

-- Edward J. Khantzian, M.D. - Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
"These videos illustrate the process of recovery from both the patient's and the therapist's perspective. A must for anyone contemplating work in employee assistance, chemical dependency treatment, and general psychotherapy."

-- Patricia M. Armstrong, Ph.D. - Vice President and Manager Employee Assistance Services Wells Fargo & Co.
"Absolutely superb! One of the very best training videos I've ever seen. Valuable for beginning and experienced clinicians."

-- Ellyn Bader, Ph.D. - Director, The Couples Institute
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Length of video: 2:10:00

Number of Discs: 2

English subtitles available on: Stream

This DVD plays in All Regions

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-004-X

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-004-0

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-005-8

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-005-7

Stephanie Brown, PhD, is a clinician, author, teacher, researcher, and consultant in the field of addictions. She is a licensed psychologist with over 35 years of clinical experience and an internationally recognized expert on the trauma and the treatment of alcoholics and their families. Dr. Brown is currently the Director of The Addictions Institute in Menlo Park, California, an outpatient clinic, and a Research Associate at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, CA, where she co-directs The Family Recovery Research Project. She is currently applying this research to the development of a new extended family treatment program at Mayflower in Marin County. She is also Consulting Director of the Institute on Addictions at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Francisco. Dr. Brown founded the Alcohol Clinic at Stanford University Medical Center in 1977 and served as its director for eight years, developing the dynamic model of alcoholism recovery and its application to the long-term treatment of all members of an alcoholic family. Dr. Brown served on the California State Alcoholism Advisory Board and was a founding member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA.) Visit Stephanie Brown's Addictions Institute website.

Awards: Dr. Brown received the Bronze Key Award (1983) and the Humanitarian Award (1984) from the National Council on Alcoholism and the Community Service Award from the California Society for the Treatment of Alcoholism and other Drug Dependencies in 1986. In 1991 she received an Academic Specialist Award from the U.S.I.A. to teach in Poland. More recently, she received the Norman Zinberg Memorial Award from Harvard University (2000), the Clark Vincent Award from the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (2001), and the Janet Geringer Woititz award from Health Communications, Inc. (2005).

Books and Videos: Dr. Brown is the author of Treating the Alcoholic, and Treating Adult Children of Alcoholics, and Editor of Treating Alcoholism, and A Place Called Self: Women, Sobriety and Radical Transformation. Her latest book is Speed: Facing our Addiction to Faster and Faster--and Overcoming our Fear of Slowing Down. She is coauthor of The Alcoholic Family in Recovery: A Developmental Model, and The Family Recovery Guide  and co-editor of The Handbook of Addiction Treatment for Women. She has also completed two training videos, Treating Alcoholism in Psychotherapy  and Stages of Family Recovery. She lectures widely and maintains a private practice.

CE credits: 4

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to assess for appropriate treatment modality.
  • Learn how to work effectively with denial and resistance.
  • Learn how to modify your technique to the needs of each developmental stage.
  • Learn how to integrate Alcoholics Anonymous into the treatment.
  • Learn how to deal with relapses, and other complications and setbacks.
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