Working with Substance Misuse

Can be taken as an individual course or as a part of:

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

2 days 8:30am – 4:30pm 14 CPD hours

Course Brief


The course covers conceptualisations of Substance Misuse from behavioural and cognitive perspectives, with theories of its development, maintenance and an emphasis on practical CBT interventions for helping clients to manage, control and eliminate their substance misuse (SM) more successfully.

This course is part of the training programme that enables you to complete the BPS Approved Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You can build up gradually your CBT training portfolio by attending all the courses within the programme at the pace that suits you. All your training hours will be calculated, recorded in an individual validated log and accumulated towards your full Diploma.


Issues covered include:

  • Cognitive-Behavioural Models of Substance Misuse: From Beck’s Cognitive Theory through to Drummond’s Cue Exposure Theory
  • CBT, Stages Of Change & Motivational Interviewing – How do they fit together?
  • Developing a collaborative relationship with SM clients through the use of Socratic Questioning
  • Developing Self Monitoring amongst SM clients
  • Increasing Self Efficacy and challenging negative Self Schemas
  • Activity Scheduling & Behavioural Activation for SM clients
  • Problem Solving Skills training
  • Cue Exposure Therapy
  • Developing a relapse prevention programme for Substance Misuse

Click here for the full SDS Accreditation terms for the BPS Approved Master Practitioner Diploma in CBT:

Course Tutor

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Director of SDS Seminars

Paul Grantham, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine, Accredited CBT Therapist. He is the Founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.


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