Evidence-Based Strategies for Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorders

Substance use remains a significant public health concern. Unilateral treatment programs have been developed to address the needs of family members who have loved ones involved with substances but are not engaged in treatment. These strategies have also been extended to address the needs of family members after their loved ones engage in treatment.  This workshop will present a support program that blends Motivational Interviewing, The Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy strategies to help family members respond to loved ones struggling with substance use disorders. Presenters will review how the four domains of the program: Helping with Understanding; Helping with Self-Care; Helping with Words; Helping with Actions are utilized in the context of treatment and a parent-to-parent support network. 



Ken Carpenter

Kenneth Carpenter, PhD, is a clinical research scientist and clinician who has received federal and private foundation grant money for investigating the psychological, behavioral, and neurobiological factors associated with addictive behaviors and their treatment. Dr. Carpenter has over 15 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based motivational and cognitive-behavioral strategies for facilitating important lifestyle changes. He is the Director of Training at CMC: Foundation for Change, holds an academic appointment in Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry and is a Research Scientist in the Division on Substance Abuse and the Substance Treatment and Research Services (S.T.A.R.S.) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.


  • 6 contact hours for nurses.
    CCSME Provider Unit is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
    Accreditation status does not imply endorsement by ANCC, NE-MSD or CCSME Provider Unit.

  • 6 contact hours pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors.

  • 6 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided.
    CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.

  • 6 contact hours for CHES.
    CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.

  • Certificate of attendance for 6 contact hours for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and other professionals.

Certificates will be emailed to participants upon completion of an online course evaluation. No partial credit will be given.


Check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. The program begins at 8:30 a.m.

Bring in your own refreshments. Lunch will be on your own.

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