Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Treatment of Substance Use Disorders - Monday, July 17, 2023

Workshop Description:

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in Treatment of Substance Use Disorders training is a clinical workshop that reviews Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy theory and interventions. The thought-feeling-action model of cognitive therapy will be discussed in the context of substance use. The training builds on foundational knowledge and incorporates clinical considerations and specific interventions in treatment of Substance Use Disorders. The training focuses on core cognitive and behavioral interventions while adding elective therapeutic components to customize treatment for clients. The training targets clinicians who provide individual substance use treatment. Training experience will be highly interactive with ample opportunity for learning and refining skills through role-play, demonstration and a mock case-conceptualization exercise.

Learning Objectives
  1. Clinician will learn about how core concepts of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can be adapted for use in treatment of Substance Use Disorders.
  2. Clinician will demonstrate an understanding of new skills through small-group work and Socratic discussion.
  3. Participants will learn specific core and elective skills to use in the individualized treatment of clients.

CEUs: 1.5 Opioid & 3.5 Clinical CEs
Date: Monday, July 17, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Bey Hall, Young Auditorium
Presenter: Bernard Showers, LCSW, MINT Member

Presenter Information:

Bernard Showers, LCSW earned his MSW at Shippensburg University in 2010. He is currently employed as an Adjunct Professor with several universities, including the University of Kentucky, the University of Maryland, and Simmons University. Bernard has over ten years of experience as a licensed social worker. He provides therapy for various ages and presenting problems; however, he specializes in treating substance use disorders, Co-Occurring Disorders, Anxiety, and Depression. HE employs an eclectic approach to therapy utilizing various evidence-based practices, including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

He is currently one of approximately 1,500 Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) members worldwide. Mr. Showers has trained aspiring and active independent practitioners at many colleges, universities, governmental agencies, and companies around the United States. In addition to Motivational Interviewing, Mr. Showers has developed, presented, and published several continuing education workshops on family involvement in substance use treatment, ASAM criteria, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and group therapy. The Beck Institute has also trained Mr. Showers in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy.

Bernard is a current student in the inaugural class of the University of Kentucky’s Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) Program, with anticipated graduation in May 2022. In July 2021, Bernard Showers was the lead author on the manuscript Medication for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural America: A Review of the Literature published in the APA’s Journal of Rural Mental Health. He is passionate about bringing awareness and solutions to enhance social work students’ preparedness in meeting the nation’s micro, mezzo, and macro-level substance use needs, as examined in his doctorate capstone project titled Substance use education in social work programs: Time for a mandate?