Friday, December 1, 2017
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center

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

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.

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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.


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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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.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

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For further information, please contact:

Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
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