Brief Strategic / Interactional Therapies in the Treatment of Substance Abuse

Brief interventions and therapies, including solution-focused brief therapy, have become increasingly important modalities in the treatment of substance abuse. This program provides a discussion of the general theories that provide the basis for strategic / interactional therapies, information on when to use brief therapy with substance abuse clients, and a case study using strategic / interactional approaches with a substance-abusing client.

Target audience:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses

This CE course is designated as intermediate.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants should be able to

  • Describe strategic / interactional therapies;
  • Discuss the use of brief / interactional therapies in the treatment of substance abuse.
  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Part 1: Introduction
  • Part 2: Strategic/Interactional Therapies
  • Part 3: Compatibility with 12-Step Programs
  • Part 4: When To Use Strategic/Interactional Therapies
  • Part 5: Strength of Strategic/Interactional Therapies
  • Part 6: Duration of Therapy and Frequency of Sessions
  • Part 7: Applicability to Different Types of Clients
  • Part 8: When Might This Approach Not Be the Best?
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series 34: Brief Interventions and Brief Therapies for Substance Abuse

Consensus Panel


Kristen Lawton Barry, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
Alcohol Research Center
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Workgroup Leaders

Christopher W. Dunn, PhD, MAC, CDC
Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Jerry P. Flanzer, DSW, LCSW, CAC
Recovery and Family Treatment, Inc.
Alexandria, Virginia

Stephen Gedo, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Gaffney, South Carolina

Eugene Herrington, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Counseling and Psychological Services
Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, Georgia

Fredrick Rotgers, PsyD
Program for Addictions Consultation and Treatment
Center of Alcohol Studies
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Terry Soo-Hoo, PhD
Clinic Director/Assistant Professor
Counseling Psychology Department
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, California


Janice S. Bennett, MS, CSAC
Pacific Consulting and Training Services of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii

Robert L. Chapman, MSSW, CADOAC, CRPS
Cumberland Heights
Nashville, Tennessee

John W. Herdman, PhD, CADAC
The Encouragement Place
Lincoln, Nebraska

Fanny G. Nicholson, CCSW, ACSW, NCACI, CSAE
Alcohol and Drug Specialist
Oconaluftee Job Corps
Cherokee, North Carolina

Mary Alice Orito, CSW, CASAC, NCACI
Evaluation Supervisor
Stuyvesant Square Outpatient Services for Chemical Dependency
New York, New York

Jerome J. Platt, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health
Director, Institute for Addictive Disorders
Hahnemann School of Medicine
Allegheny University of the Health Sciences
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Marilyn Sawyer Sommers, PhD, RN
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio

Clinical Deputy Director
Aliviane NO-AD, Inc.
El Paso, Texas

Ava H. Stanley, MD
Somerset, New Jersey

Robert S. Stephens, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg, Virginia

APA approved, Yo! At Health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. At Health maintains responsibility for the program and its content.

At Health is an approved provider of the California Board of Behavior Sciences (PCE 3319). These courses meet the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

At Health is a provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN), Provider # CEP 15512.

California Licensed Vocational Nurses and California Psychiatric Technicians can take online courses by California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) approved providers, such as At Health, to fulfill their CE requirements.

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Programs are available for continuing education credit for social workers through the co-sponsorship of At Health, Inc., and Amedco, LLC.  Amedco, #1346, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Amedco maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 6/24/2016 to 6/24/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. The following recognize the ASWB program: AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WY.  Participants must pass a posttest with a score of 80% or higher and complete an attendance/evaluation form in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance. is an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, provider #908.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social work in Arkansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, master's level psychologists, licensed clinical psychotherapists, and alcohol and other drug abuse counselors in Kansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice and for social work in Nebraska.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for psychologists, pastoral psychotherapists, clinical social workers, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and alcohol and drug abuse counselors in New Hampshire.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marital and family therapists, and clinical pastoral therapists in Tennessee. is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #148460.

The above CE sponsorships are honored by many additional state boards of social work, marriage and family therapy, and licensed professional counseling. Some restrictions may apply. Check with your state board or certifying organization to find out if online courses or home study are accepted as part of your continuing education requirement for license renewal or re-certification, or call At Health at 888-284-3258 for information regarding CE approvals.

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