Group Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Stages of Change Therapy Manual

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About the Course:

This manual offers treatment strategies based on the transtheoretical model of behavior change. In this model, change is seen as a progression through a series of five stages. Clinicians are trained to assess clients’ readiness to change and to enhance client motivation by utilizing various techniques. It presents materials and instructions for conducting 29 group sessions. These sessions can also be adapted for use in individual sessions.


Guilford Press

Publication Date:

2001 Edition

Course Material Authors

Velasquez, Mary Marden

Mary Marden Velasquez, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Practice and Community Medicine at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School. Dr. Velasquez’s background and training are in the area of clinical psychology, health psychology, and public health.

Maurer, Gaylyn Gaddy

Gaylyn Gaddy Maurer, MA, has worked in the substance abuse field in both research and clinical settings. She has worked with a variety of populations, including veterans, felony probationers and the dually diagnosed.


Cathy Crouch, MSW, has worked in research institutions as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities.

DiClemente,Carlo C.

Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, is the codeveloper, with Dr. James Prochaska, of the transtheoretical model of behavior change. He has written numerous articles and books examining the process of human behavior change and the application of this model to a variety of behaviors. He has directed an outpatient alcoholism treatment program and has served as a consultant to the National Institute of Drug Abuse and to other private, public and national treatment programs.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who work with substance abusing clients. It is appropriate for participants at all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. To identify clients’ readiness to change stage and to enhance clients’ motivation to change by utilizing a series of techniques.

  2. To review basic guidelines for facilitating groups.

  3. To identify the physiological ways that alcohol and other drugs can affect the body.

  4. To learn ways to help clients manage their thoughts, cravings and stress levels to avoid substance abuse.

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