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As with any form of psychosocial intervention.  Just because it is "talk" or "behavior" therapy does not mean it is not potentially intrusive or harmful.  Please ensure you are competent to offer any service and have received appropriate training and supervision to do so.  See your local regulatory college for more information.  Supporting Safer Therapy is also a good website for more information on this topic.  


More Training in CBT

  • Christine Padesky is a fantastic presenter who covers basic CBT skills. She is also one of the authors of the seminal book, Mind Over Mood. She regularly offers workshops and her website has many helpful resources on CBT. Workshop information is available here.

  • The Beck Institute provides training on various CBT skills, as well as CBT for Substance Use. Information on workshops is available at their website here.


helpful books

CBT - General

General Substance Use Treatment Issues

CBT for Substance Use

Motivational Interviewing


Helpful Websites

For more info on evidence-based practices in substance use and mental health:

For assessment and/or monitoring client outcomes:

For readings to give and/or use with clients:

Contingency Management Programming

Motivational Interviewing

Substance Use & Brain Injury:


  • Erowid - Erowid is a website with information submitted by users regarding various substances. Have a client using something that you’re not familiar with? Check out this website.

  • Drug Identification Guide - Developed by the Sunshine Coast Health Centre in BC this guide reviews common substances and indicators of use.

  • Portico Network - this site aims to connect web resources across Canada about mental health and addiction. It has resources about treatments and services but also tools for health professionals as well.

  • Prescription Pixel - a resource aimed at computer gamers to provide education and support around mental health issues. There are forums to share mental health experiences, lists of games that some people find helpful during tough times, lists of games about mental health, in addition to info and resources about mental health in general.

  • Keely Kolmes - This is a Psychologist who is an expert in Social Media - as well as ethical considerations regarding these new technologies. My current social media policy is based on her excellent version from her website.


resources for clients

See the Client Resource section of this website.

Did you know there many forms of peer support outside of traditional 12-step meetings?  Do you know what happens in these peer support meetings?  Find out!

Here is a list of a just few addition specific peer support organizations you may want to know about:

Often these organizations have great websites, and sometimes you may be able to attend as a 'guest' to certain meetings.  Meetings- and how a client reacts to each- can vary greatly.  In suggesting peer support groups to any client, make sure they have the right resources to decide if a peer support group is right for them and their particular needs.  Here is just one handout (there are many out there) on how to find a helpful peer support group.


resources for family members and loves ones affected by substance use

See the Resources for Families section of this website.