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Tue, Jun 30



Substance Use Presentation Series Package ($120)

This is a live, online class! Earn 8 CEU's approved by the American Psychological Association (APA)

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Time & Location

Jun 30, 2020, 11:00 AM MDT – Jul 21, 2020, 1:00 PM MDT


About the Event

This package includes all 4 Substance Use Presentation Series events! 

Join us every Tuesday from 11:00am - 1:00pm MST from June 30th to July 21st, 2020. 

Treating Substance Use Disorders: Five Decades of Surprises

William R. Miller, Ph.D.

Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry

The University of New Mexico

Treating substance use disorders (SUDs) should be part of the training of all mainstream medical and behavioral health care providers.  In this 2-hour webinar I hope to convey some of the most important, interesting, and unexpected things I have learned in 48 years of addiction research and treatment.  What works in treating SUDs?  Is there one superior approach?  Is more treatment better?  Is addiction an incurable disease?  How can we help concerned family members?  What about motivation for change, relapse, denial, waiting lists, intake, manual-guided treatment, moderation, and matching clients to the best treatment?  If I were designing a SUD treatment system now, what would it be?  Using scientific method, these are the kinds of questions I have been asking for five decades, and the answers may surprise you. 

Therapist Characteristics in Substance Use Disorder Treatments

Theresa B. Moyers, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor Department of Psychology

The University of New Mexico

Dr. Moyers research focuses on the active mechanisms in empirically-based addictions treatments, particularly motivational interviewing. Specifically, she is interested in exploring client language during Motivational Interviewing (MI) sessions and its possible influence on substance use outcomes. In addition, her research explores so called "common" factors, such as empathy, as possible explanations for the effectiveness of treatments.  In this class, Dr. Moyers will discuss the evidence for therapist effects in substance abuse treatment, indicating that interpersonal skills of clinicians are likely to be important contributors of client outcomes.  She will also discuss two specific interpersonal skills and the evidence for them.  Finally, Dr. Moyers will talk about ways that clinicians can improve their interpersonal skills whatever their access to resources. 

Research and Trends in Women and Alcohol Use

Barbara McCrady, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Psychology

The University of New Mexico

This presentation will provide an overview of current knowledge of women with alcohol use disorder (AUD). Women with AUD experience unique barriers to treatment and are less likely to get treatment than men with AUD. Women enter treatment with more severe AUD and more complex psychological, social, and service needs than men. Treatment programs may reduce barriers to entering AUD treatment and provide services that address the unique needs of women.

Dr. McCrady is internationally known for her work in empirically supported treatments for substance use disorders, with a particular focus on conjoint therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, mutual help groups, and therapies for women. Dr. McCrady has published more than 250 refereed papers, books, book chapters, and commentaries, and has lectured widely on her work in the United States, Canada, and Europe.  This class will focus on her research and trends discovered in women and alcohol use. 

Community-based AA and 12-Step Treatment  

J. Scott Tonigan, Ph.D.

Research Professor Department of Psychology 

Interim Director, Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions Chair, UNM main campus Institutional Review Board (IRB)

The University of New Mexico

Dr. Tonigan is a trained methodologist with more than three decades of experience as a federally-funded investigator of AA-related behavioral change. As a psychometrician, Dr. Tonigan has co-authored several influential assessment tools in 12-step addiction research.  In this class, he will share his research findings and the therapeutic implications.


  • William R. Miller (SUD Series)




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