Training Addiction Counselors in Group CBT for Depression

Preliminary Findings

Published in: IACP Newsletter, v. 11, iss. 1/ACT Newsletter, v. 10, iss. 1, June 2009, p. 2

by Kimberly A. Hepner, Stephanie Woo, Katherine E. Watkins

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Individuals with alcohol and other drug (AOD) disorders frequently suffer from depression, leading to reduced quality of life and poorer AOD treatment outcomes (Kirschner et al., 2002). Limited access to empirically supported interventions for depression within public sector AOD treatment settings could be increased if CBT for depression were provided within these settings. In preparation for a clinical trial of group CBT for depression in substance abusers in residential treatment, the authors adapted an existing CBT treatment manual (Munoz et al., 2000) and trained addiction counselors to deliver the intervention.

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