Help in Understanding 12-Steps
A Clinician’s Guide to 12-Step Recovery is designed for the therapist who is not familiar with the theory and basics of 12-Step programs but will inevitably work with clients participating in 12-Step groups. Published by Norton Professional Books, the 262-page hardcover book is designed to address an “uneasy alliance” between a client in a 12-Step fellowship and a non-recovering therapist who might not be fully accepted by the client. The book offers tools for integrating psychotherapy and 12-Step programs. Sections of the book include a look at what happens at AA, defining a therapeutic stance, and challenges in researching the 12-Step fellowship. For more information, visit
Spanish-Language Assessment Tool
The Spanish-language version of a Web-enabled Addiction Severity Index (ASI) has been validated in a study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Published in the January 2009 issue of Drug and Alcohol Dependence, the study examined the Spanish version of ASI-MV Connect, developed by Massachusetts-based Inflexxion Inc. The Web-enabled system includes a client self-administered ASI interview, clinical reports and an Internet-based data analysis tool. Customarily, “clinicians have been translating the ASI ‘on the fly,’ which raises questions about the reliability and the validity of the ASI data being collected,” Inflexxion vice president Albert Villapiano says of the rationale for establishing the Spanish version. The study indicated that no participants rejected the Web version or reported being confused in using it. For more information, visit www.inflexxion.com.
Home Study Coursework
Contemporary Teaching offers 41 home-study courses for continuing education units (CEUs), including coursework in becoming a certified 12-Step consultant. The organization’s Web site www.contemporaryteaching.com includes course descriptions as well as a listing of certifying organizations that recognize the home-study curricula for credentialing purposes. Contemporary Teaching is coordinated by Michael Yeager, clinical director of Solution Focused Therapy Services, a private practice in Houston. For more information about the 12-Step consultant certification, visit www.12steprecoveryprogram.com.
Primer on AA Alternative
Empowering Your Sober Self: The LifeRing Approach to Addiction Recovery offers detailed information on one of the most well-known alternative recovery programs to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Written by Martin Nicolaus, a co-founder of LifeRing Secular Recovery, the book offers guidance toward working an alcohol and drug recovery program based on a three “S” approach of sobriety, secularity and self-help.
The book, published by Jossey-Bass, combines a detailed outline of the LifeRing program with engaging anecdotes, exercises and self-tests. It can be used as a resource by both the counselor and the addict. For more information, visit http://wileyptnews.com.