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Moderation-based Brief Intervention with Problem Drinking
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When: Thursday, August 17, 2017
6:00 pm -9:00 pm
Where: NASW NYC Chapter Office
50 Broadway, Suite 1001
New York, New York  10004
United States
Presenter: Kaerensa Craft, LCSW

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Many problem drinkers experience negative consequences to their drinking, though may not experience them at such a severity to prompt them to enter treatment. Those who do are typically offered one type of model--an outpatient treatment program typically lasting a number of weeks or months, and usually an abstinence-only approach. For many, this too-high level of care deters individuals from accessing needed services.


Research has shown that "one size does not fit all," and a lower level of care (e.g., 2-6 sessions) can be effective in helping individuals reduce their drinking to moderate levels and prevent the progression to an alcohol use disorder. However, working with problem drinkers to moderate their drinking presents some challenges not present in an abstinence-focused treatment, including determining with clients whether moderation is a realistic goal, and strategizing around limiting alcohol intake during drinking episodes.


This program will offer a model for brief treatment based on research of brief interventions with problem drinkers conducted at a NY psychology behavioral research lab.


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


(1) When moderation as a treatment approach is and is not indicated for problem drinking

(2) How and why brief treatment can be helpful, and when a longer-term treatment and/or higher level of care is indicated

(3) Use of Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral strategies to conduct brief treatment with problem drinkers



Kaerensa Craft, LCSW, is a project psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with Center for Addiction Services and Personalized Interventions Research. She has provided clinical care for alcohol use disorders in treatment clinics and research studies since 2002. 

She completed 5 years of psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education and the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She has delivered multiple training workshops in the areas of domestic violence, alcohol and substance abuse treatment, and motivational interviewing. In addition to working with CASPIR, she is presently in private practice in Manhattan and is an adjunct faculty for Hunter College School of Social Work, teaching Health and Mental Health.


3 CE Contact Hours



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All refunds are subject to a $20.00 administrative processing fee. Credit cannot be issued toward a future program date or substituted for another workshop. Refund requests typically require 1-2 weeks processing time.

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