Friday, December 1
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center
Tagged: School of Social Work, Continuing Education, Garden City

Families and Substance Abuse: A Systemic-Motivational Approach to Integrating Family Systems and Addiction Perspectives

Event, Workshop, Social Work CE, In-Person Workshop

With Peter Steinglass, M.D.

4 CEs

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the Ackerman Institute’s Center for Substance Abuse and the Family approach to treating substance abuse problems within a family context, called Systemic-Motivational Therapy (SMT). Grounded in a stage/phase family-based treatment approach to substance abuse based on 2 decades of research findings, SMT integrates family systems ideas with the core concepts of motivational interviewing, as articulated by Miller and Rollnick. A central belief of SMT is that family relationships can be the key resource for enhancing motivation and promoting and sustaining behavioral change.

The workshop will utilize videotape and role-playing exercises, as well as didactic materials to introduce participants to: (a) the conceptual ideas underlying the treatment approach; and (b) specific techniques for creating a clinical environment that enhances motivation for systemic change. Particular emphasis will be placed on how SMT approaches the assessment and detoxification phases of treatment because these are the phases where SMT differs most dramatically from traditional substance abuse treatment.


At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

1) Describe the major advantages of family-level treatment approaches for substance use disorders over traditional individual-level treatment.

2) Understand the basic principles of systemic-motivational therapy (SMT) for substance use disorders.

3) Understand the clinical indications and contra-indications of the systemic-motivational treatment approach.

Peter SteinglassAbout the Speaker

Peter Steinglass, M.D., is President Emeritus of the Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Weill/Cornell University Medical College. Prior to coming to Ackerman, he was Director of the Center for Family Research and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the George Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Steinglass’ work has included extensive programmatic research into substance abuse disorders and chronic medical illnesses as they affect families, as well as studies of family adaptation to traumatic stress. He has served as editor of the journal, Family Process, as well as on numerous editorial boards. His publications include multiple journal articles and book chapters about family issues, as well as his landmark book, The Alcoholic Family.


Continuing Education Credit

  • Social Workers: Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
  • Mental Health Counselors: Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0068
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: Adelphi University is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider for continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0038
  • Psychologists: Adelphi University School of Social Work is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.
  • CASAC training hours: Program information has been submitted to the New York State Office of Addiction and Substance Abuse Services Education and Training for earning or re-credentialing for CASAC clock hours.

» See full credentialing information and CEUs

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education credits. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEUs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Accessibility Statement

Adelphi University is committed to providing an environment which is responsive to the needs of individuals with disabilities including students, faculty, administrators, staff and the larger community. The institution is equally supportive of full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. The Committee on Individuals with Disabilities (CID) pledges continued active support in achieving universal access and ensuring that academic programs, facilities, and activities are made available to all students, employees and visitors with disabilities.

Accommodations will be made to support learners with special needs to participate in the training/workshop. Please contact Araceli Palacios at 516.877.4343 to request such accommodations.

For further information, please contact:

Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC
Director, Office of Professional and Continuing Education
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516.877.4339
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Tagged: School of Social Work, Continuing Education, Garden City
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