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 a 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.
After completing this course, participants will be able to:
Available Continuing Education: 4.5 hours
DMH – Addiction Therapist
DMH – Mental Health Therapist
DMH – Licensed Administrator
MAAP – Mississippi Association of Addiction Professionals
Curtis Oliver, MSP