The 7 Skills for Addiction-Free Living: Assertiveness
by Robert Alberti
Learn techniques and strategies that will give people in recovery choices on how and when to be assertive, and enable them to navigate challenging life situations without compromising their self respect and commitment to recovery.

In this engaging and informative video, Dr. Bob Alberti, renowned expert on assertiveness training, teaches the nuts and bolts of this critical skill.

Dr. Alberti explores this topic with the help of a live studio audience of men and women grappling with different issues in the stages of recovery from substance abuse. Through role-plays and discussion, he teaches a step-by-step process for how to become a more assertive person, demonstrating respect for yourself and the other person. Exercises focus on essential aspects of assertiveness training such as nonverbal behavior, saying no, using “I” messages, and, most importantly, remembering that you have a right to stand up for yourself.

This video is part of the series 7 Skills for Addiction-Free Living, and is primarily geared towards people in recovery, as well as their family members and loved ones. It is also an excellent resource for educators and trainers in addiction counseling programs, as well as staff at recovery treatment centers. Therapists in private practice will want this in their library to lend to clients struggling with substance abuse.

What therapists are saying…

"Balancing one’s sobriety with the complex social interactions that take place every day requires the capacity to know what kinds of assertiveness skills work best, how to assess when they are appropriate, and how to implement them in ways that are respectful to oneself and to the world at large. Psychologist Robert Alberti takes the listener through a series of strategies for practicing assertiveness by examining the many verbal and nonverbal cues we send to another through our words, stance, tone, facial expressions, gestures and verbal timing. Setting limits with another is reviewed, and the critical art of saying ‘No’ and using ‘I’ statements are taught, role-played, and discussed by video participants. Helpful to therapists as the learned skills of assertiveness can be practiced and re-explored as job interviews, new relationships, family issues, setting limits around one’s sobriety etc. surface. Recommended for clients in all stages of recovery."

-- Margaret Petersen, MFT, Pleasanton, California
"This video models how to say 'no' in different social situations when declining alcohol--another great tool of recovery is eloquently demonstrated. Loaning this DVD to clients in recovery will have them coming back for more pearls of wisdom."

-- Thomas Gonda, Jr, MD, MFT, Berkeley, California
In Depth
By watching this video viewers will:
• Learn how to say no and express themselves more easily, firmly and powerfully without demeaning others.
• Develop the skills and attitude that will help them overcome obstacles to standing up for themselves.
• Gain more self-respect by identifying ways to make choices that support them in living their best life.

Length of video: 1:50:00

English subtitles available

Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-277-8

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-278-6

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-278-5

Robert Alberti, PhD, is a psychologist, editor, consultant, Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and Clinical Member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the author of several books, including the million-copy bestseller Your Perfect Right: Assertiveness and Equality in Your Life and Relationships. 

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