Psychotherapy for Substance Use: Brief Interventions

Presented by Dr. Wiplove Lamba

Wednesday, November 13, 2024 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST
Price: $225 + HST per person | $125 + HST for Students
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
Light breakfast, lunch and coffee included

Dr. Wiplove LambaJoin Dr. Wiplove Lamba for an in-depth exploration of evidence-based psychotherapies and behavioural tools that improve outcomes for patients with substance use disorder and behavioural addictions.

The session will introduce you to key concepts in:

  • Motivational Interviewing;
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy;
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy;
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy;
  • Community Reinforcement Approach; and
  • Contingency Management.

You will also be introduced to new approaches for treating concurrent trauma and substance use. Participants will be invited to watch pre-recorded didactic presentations online before arriving in Hamilton, so that the training session can focus on building competence and experiential exercises. Attendees will receive permission to use the documents provided in the workshop, and will gain access to a community of practice.

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.

The art of engagement and behavior change: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing and the Community Reinforcement Approach. Exercises: Spirit of MI and functional analysis.

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Advanced approaches to behavior change: A look at distress tolerance skills and behavior chain analysis. Exercises: Behaviour chain analysis and teaching distress tolerance skills.

10:45 a.m. -12:30 p.m.


12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Complex trauma, PTSD and substance use: A look at stage wise approach vs. trauma treatment for concurrent disorders.
Exercises: Mock group and grounding strategies.

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Changing the environment: Contingency management and support for the family member in practice. Exercises: Communication skills and completing CM workshop.

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Debrief, evaluations and questions