DSM Finally Acknowledges Matters of the Heart

Most therapists are pretty unhappy with the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. We don’t like to be pigeonholed into pathologizing our clients with disorders that meet DSM criteria for insurance purposes. We also find that the DSM omits huge problems such as sexual addiction and the use of pornography while including arcane and […]

Psychotherapy with Men

As therapists, we share the common knowledge that psychotherapy with men and their masculinity is tough. Sometimes, men are wonderful clients, open and motivated; they make significant breakthroughs. But more often, they’ve been sent by their wives or the courts, and they’re distant and oppositional, or so agreeable that you know they’re simply trying to […]

Online and Phone Counseling: the New “Talk Therapy”

“Talk Therapy” was a revolutionary idea when launched by Sigmund Freud at the turn of the 20th century. This idea postulated that therapists could sit down face-to-face with patients, talk to them about problematic issues, and cure them of depression and anxiety. Move well into the 20th century when “The Jetson’s” television cartoon featured characters […]

Become a Drug Court Treatment Provider

Drug Court is the most exciting and fastest growing part of the many efforts of the criminal justice system and the treatment community to treat substance abuse. A whole new approach to how the courts approach individuals convicted of substance abuse offenses, Drug Courts work with clients—supporting them with regular and positive interventions in addition […]

Connecting with substance abuse groups

Facilitating substance abuse groups and designing substance abuse worksheets to help the chemically dependent admit that their powerlessness and unmanageability over substances has been the peak experience in my long career as a psychologist. I believe that developing a therapeutic alliance and using effective interventions leads to recovery. I also believe that my personal history […]

Substance Abuse Group Therapy Topics

Treatment of substance abusers is not for sissies. Addressing substance abuse group therapy topics with treatment worksheets can make it easier. Topics for Substance Abuse Groups Relapse Risk Reduction Patterns of Use Attitudes and Substance Abuse Minimization, Denial, and Blame Consequences of Use Countering Disastrous Thinking Lifestyles that Lead to Abuse and Relapse Stages of […]

The goal in batterer intervention: Stop both physical and emotional abuse

When I first starting running groups for batterers I believed my goal was to help them stop physically-abusive behavior, and I used group discussion and domestic violence worksheets to challenge them to recognize the damage they had done. I told the men in my groups that our goal was to stop and always avoid any […]

Goals for batterer intervention: Stop abusive behavior not just for partners but also for the men themselves

When you facilitate batterer intervention groups, you focus on the damage it does to women. You use group discussion and domestic violence worksheets to help men understand that domestic abuse results in painful physical injuries and emotional scars that include depression, anxiety, fear of men in general, and lowered self-esteem. You explain to abusive men […]

Effective interventions using substance abuse worksheets

In most human endeavors, some things work and others don’t. Substance abuse worksheets work. In some activities, it doesn’t matter so much what you choose. But in facilitating substance abuse groups, you can gain allies or make enemies by a simple word or two. The old axiom, at least “Do no harm,” applies here: You […]