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CBT for Substance Use, Auckland, 21 September


Thu, Sep. 21, 2017

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Presenter :

Nicole Cope and John Berks


Thursday 21 September 2017
9:00am – 4:30pm


Centre for Psychology, Massey University
Dairy Flat Highway, Albany Village, Auckland

Overview of the training

CBT practitioners commonly encounter substance use disorders; as a stand-alone problem and comorbid with other mental health disorders. Yet CBT practitioners are often less confident in dealing with substance use disorders than other commonly occurring mental health problems. CBT has been shown to be one of the most efficacious psychological treatments for substance use problems, using techniques that are familiar to CBT practitioners.

Guiding this therapy, Aaron Beck and Alan Marlatt have both developed cognitive-behavioural models for understanding substance use disorders and the relapse process. This workshop covers both Beck and Marlatt’s frameworks for understanding problematic substance use; and in particular understanding the relapse process using functional analysis. The workshop shows how in practice combining these frameworks with skills training can help your clients.

Key topics covered in the workshop include: substance use disorders and the relapse process, conducting a functional analysis of problematic use, understanding cognitions and cognitive distortions related to substance use, cognitive and behavioural strategies for relapse prevention. Motivational interviewing will not be covered.

About the presenters

Nicole Cope is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with 15 years experience in the fields of mental health and addictions. She works as a Senior Clinical Psychologist at Waitemata District Health Board’s Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS), mostly with co-existing disorders. She is a therapist in CADS’ DBT programme and also maintains a small private practice. Her main model of practice is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, along with mindfulness-based modalities.

John Berks is a consultant psychiatrist and graduate of the Massey CBT programme. He works full-time in the Waitemata District Health Board’s Community Alcohol and Drug Services. One of his main interests is promoting evidence-based psychological treatments for substance use disorders.


$250 for professionals
$200 for Massey University staff (permanent and fixed term)
$125 for students (Fill-time students only)

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided and included in the fee. Certificates of attendance are provided to all attendees who complete the workshop.

Numbers are limited and places will be allocated in order of receipt of registration.

How to Register

Please complete the online registration form for each attendee. Secure credit card payment can be made for one or multiple attendees or contact Helen for alternative payment options:

Helen McMaster, Centre for Psychology, Massey University, Private Bag 102904, North Shore Mail Centre, Auckland 0745.

Phone : 09 213-6095
Fax : 09 414-7328
Email :

Cancellation Policy

If the workshop is cancelled due to lack of enrolments, a full refund will be given. 
Refund requests received more than one week before the workshop will be refunded in full, requests received less than one week will incur a 50% charge. 
No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the Workshop.