Community Reinforcement Approach

The Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) is a psychosocial intervention for individuals with alcohol and other drug use disorders that has been adapted for several populations. In the Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA), clinicians and patients work collaboratively on identifying individual goals, and conducting a functional analysis of substance use (i.e., taking a closer look at the function served by the use of substances) and functional analysis of healthy social behaviors (i.e., sober activities).

During the treatment, the patient learns practical skills to meet his or her goals including communication, problem solving, and assertive drink and drug refusal (i.e., effective ways to comfortably handle direct and indirect pressure to drink or use drugs). Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) may also incorporate job-hunting skills and social or recreational counseling to identify sober activities. The CRA clinician is likely to take an active role in the treatment, including role playing to help the patient learn and practice skills, and encouraging him/her to sample new activities.

Educational Objectives

After completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the theory and principles of CRA.
  • Use the tools presented to develop and build on their own skills in working with clients while using a CRA approach and principles.
  • Gainfully work with clients who are experiencing addiction while using CRA.

4.5CE’s for

  • DMH- Addiction Therapist
  • DMH- Mental Health Therapist
  • DMH – Licensed Administrator
  • MAAP (Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals)
  • Social Work

Presenter

Curtis Oliver with the Opioid Response Network (ORN)

Location

Virtual

Date

Jul. 8, 2021

Time

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Presenter

Curtis Oliver with the Opioid Response Network (ORN)

Location

Virtual