Friday, March 31, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT
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W. Keith Sutton, Psy.D. 
Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy 

Spring 2023: DBT for Alcohol and Drug Addiction: Skills and Strategies for Emotional Regulation, Recovery, and Relapse Prevention

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a short-term and research-based therapeutic model that focuses on helping people to manage emotions that may be intense and painful. Often, alcohol may be used as a method of coping or self-medicating difficult emotions, such as anxiety or depression. DBT can help a person learn how to cope with these emotions and provide tools for managing them. It can also help clients to work through potential triggers and curb self-destructive and maladaptive behaviors. Combining the application of DBT and the Twelve Steps allows individuals to address the underlying issues of addiction and manage daily stressors. Applying DBT for alcohol and drug addiction helps build relationships to delve into and maintain a healthy state of mind while painting the daily commitment to stay clean and sober. DBT and AA/NA emphasize abstinence and focus on behavior change, developing sober interests, and identifying and changing dysfunctional thoughts and behavior.

Laura Petracek, Ph.D., LCSW, is a certified DBT therapist who, as a recovering addict herself, uses her own experience with recovery and treatment to help others. Dr. Petracek received her Master of Social Work from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has worked in the field of psychotherapy for more than thirty years. Dr. Petracek is an LGBTQ+ member and ally. She is committed to providing the highest quality psychotherapy services, as a psychologist and author, that honor where individuals are on their growth journey. Dr. Petracek is the author of The DBT Workbook for Alcohol and Drug Addiction and The Anger Workbook for Women.

Information on Continuing Education Credit for Health Professionals
  • CE credits for psychologists are provided by the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (IAP) which is sponsoring this program. The Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.  
  • LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFTs, and other mental health professionals from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board as to whether or not they accept programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.  
  • For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, or about CE, contact the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy at info@sfiap.com.