Group Therapy: An Addictions Perspective
by Allen Berger
Addiction is a complex syndrome that undermines clients’ functioning and depletes their resources, and individual therapy alone can often miss the mark. Through informative discussion and live clinical demonstrations, psychotherapist and addiction specialist, Allen Berger, PhD will enhance your clinical efficacy with these challenging clients by sharing the many benefits of group therapy.
Individual therapy for clients struggling with addiction can be isolating and frustrating for both the client and therapist, leading to an endless cycle of improvement and relapse. Further, individual therapy does not provide the opportunity for clients to receive much needed social feedback and support. By watching the clinical demonstrations and discussions in this highly instructive video, you will learn how to integrate the varied forms of group therapy into your case conceptualization, treatment planning and intervention. In turn, your clients will benefit from a challenging yet supportive and restorative social and clinical milieu, and the opportunity for lasting change.

During treatment, clients often shield themselves behind defenses, limiting their capacity for recovery and along with it, your clinical effectiveness. The client testimonials, lively instructive discussions and clinical demonstrations in this video will help you to more effectively challenge your clients towards openness and lasting change. By watching, learning and practicing the lessons in this video, you will both enhance your group skills, and more effectively structure your individual work with addicted clients in rhythm with the changes occurring in group therapy. 
In Depth
Integrating emotional awareness, correction of cognitive distortions and enhanced interpersonal functioning is essential to recovery from addiction. Dr. Berger and fellow experts in this presentation will show you how to incorporate elements of the Johari Window, a technique that uses a grid to help individuals understand their relationship with themselves and with others, with components of Gestalt and cognitive therapy. As a result, your clients will more adaptively process their feelings, battle irrational thoughts, change maladaptive addictive behaviors and strengthen healthy relationships.
  • Your clinical impact will be deepened and be further enhanced as you watch clinicians in action:
  • Dan, who has shunned contact and been self-reliant since leaving an abusive childhood home, opens up to others for the first time.
  • Ginger unburdens herself of a lifetime of shame by sharing the painful effects that drinking has had on her children.
  • Liz shares a tragic event in the safe atmosphere provided by the group. 
Instructive and engaging, this video will be a welcome, but more importantly useful, addition in your toolbox of treatment options for addictions.     

Length of video: 00:49:01

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-557-2

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-557-1

Allen Berger, PhD is a psychotherapist who has been helping men and women discover the best in themselves for over forty years. He has written extensively about the experience of recovery, emotional sobriety, integrating modern psychotherapy and the 12 Steps, and the psychological forces operating in the Twelve Steps. He is the author of the recovery mainstay 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery and 12 Smart Things to do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone: Choosing Emotional Sobriety through Right Action and Self Awareness. His other books include: 12 More Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery, 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends, and Love - Secrets Revealed. You can learn more about Dr. Berger and his work at
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