Updated: Developing a Behavioral Treatment Protocol in Conjunction with MAT

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Direct providership by American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry

Kenneth M. Carpenter, Ph.D. | Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, Center for Motivation and Change, New York, NY

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Center for Motivation and Change, New York, NY

Module Description
NOTE: This module has been updated and is being re-released with new information and sources. The module also includes an audio option with Dr. Carpenter and Dr. Kosanke’s recording of their presentation.

This module provides an overview of four principles that may play an important role in facilitating behavior change among substance dependent individuals.  The combination of psychosocial and medication assisted treatment protocols can provide an additive benefit to individuals striving to alter their substance use. Empirically supported treatments vary in their theoretical orientation and the emphasis they place on specific dimensions of change.  Developing a psychosocial treatment plan that addresses these four domains (i.e. coping skills, competing reinforcers, how individuals talk about their change plan, and utilizing social supports)  can enhance the overall effectiveness of a medication assisted protocol.  This module also outlines the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach to treatment, a particularly effective framework for engaging family members in the treatment process.

Educational Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity participants should be able to:

  • Identify the importance of evidenced based practices for substance use disorders.
  • Identify four key components of a behavioral treatment protocol.
  • Provide examples for each of the four components.
  • Describe the basic tenets of the Community Reinforcement and Family Training approach. 

Accreditation Statement 
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement
American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 (one and one-half) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PA Accreditation
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 1.5 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.

Method of participation in the learning process
In order to receive a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, participants must participate in the entire module, answer post-test questions, pass with a 70% pass rate and complete an evaluation at the end of the activity.