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Cognitive behavioral therapy for substance use disorders

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Substance Use Disorders (SUDs)

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based, psycho-social intervention method that aims to treat substance use disorders (SUDs). CBT is a short-term and focused therapeutic approach to help people learn to better identify the negative and self-defeating thoughts/actions that can contribute to substance use. Individuals with an SUD may often struggle with negative feelings or thoughts that can make recovery more difficult. Because CBT focuses on identifying and replacing such thought patterns with more adaptive ones, it can help improve an individual’s outlook and skills that support recovery.

This 7-week, interactive Enhanced Professional Learning (EPL) online series will provide collaborative training and practice opportunities essential to the development of CBT skills.


Every Tuesday, October 24 – December 12, 2023 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm Mountain/2:30 – 4:00 pm Central (we will be skipping our session the week of the Thanksgiving holiday)


By the end of the CBT for SUDs series, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how CBT can be used to treat SUDs
  • Identify the key components of a cognitive behavioral approach to understanding urges, cravings, social pressure, high-risk situations, triggers, and relapse prevention
  • Describe how key CBT techniques can address specific behaviors and negative thought patterns in therapeutic sessions
  • Identify how CBT can be used in group therapy settings


Behavioral health, substance use disorders, and recovery service providers located in HHS Region 8 (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming)


  • Attend a live 1-hour Orientation session on Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 1:30 pm Mountain/2:30 pm Central
  • Commit to 6-weeks of training for 1.5 hours weekly from October 31 – December 12, 2023 (skipping the week of the Thanksgiving holiday)
  • Complete weekly self-study learning activities
  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize Zoom videoconferencing platform (i.e., an internet connection, webcam, computer/laptop/tablet, speakers, and microphone)
  • Be prepared and actively engage while on camera during the scheduled series time


Thomas Broffman, PHD, LICSW, CAADAC, CCS, CEAP


The first 35 registrants will receive a waiver that covers the entire $350 cost of participation. Once the 35 spots have been filled, registration will be closed. Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full requirements, please defer this opportunity to others.

Note: Registrants enrolled in this series are expected to attend the orientation and Week 1 sessions. If you cannot attend these sessions, you will forfeit your attendance. In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by Week 1 to be able fully participate and be on camera during the session. This is not a webinar series and active participation is required to gain/improve skills.


The series has been approved for a total of 16 contact hours (15-hours content instruction and 1-hour orientation session). No credit will be awarded for non-attendance or partial attendance. The knowledge and skills learned should be applied within the framework of any applicable operating and/or credentialing regulations in your state of practice.


Please contact MPATTC Staff at or by phone at 775-784-6265.

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