Developing an evidence-based, multimedia group counseling curriculum toolkit

Adam C. Brooks, Graham DiGuiseppi, Alexandre Laudet, Beth Rosenwasser, Dan Knoblach, Carolyn M. Carpenedo, Deni Carise, Kimberly C. Kirby

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Training community-based addiction counselors in empirically supported treatments (ESTs) far exceeds the ever-decreasing resources of publicly funded treatment agencies. This feasibility study describes the development and pilot testing of a group counseling toolkit (an approach adapted from the education field) focused on relapse prevention (RP). When counselors (N = 17) used the RP toolkit after 3 hours of training, their content adherence scores on "coping with craving" and "drug refusal skills" showed significant improvement, as indicated by very large effect sizes (Cohen's d = 1.49 and 1.34, respectively). Counselor skillfulness, in the "adequate-to-average" range at baseline, did not change. Although this feasibility study indicates some benefit to counselor EST acquisition, it is important to note that the impact of the curriculum on client outcomes is unknown. Because a majority of addiction treatment is delivered in group format, a multimedia curriculum approach may assist counselors in applying ESTs in the context of actual service delivery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-189
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Substance Abuse Treatment
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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