Evidence-Based Strategies for Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorders


Kenneth Carpenter, PhD

Substance use remains a significant public health concern. Unilateral treatment programs have been developed to address the needs of family members who have loved ones involved with substances but are not engaged in treatment. These strategies have also been extended to address the needs of family members after their loved ones engage in treatment.  This workshop will present a support program that blends Motivational Interviewing, The Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy strategies to help family members respond to loved ones struggling with addiction. Presenters will review how the four domains of the program: Helping with Understanding; Helping with Self-Care; Helping with Words; Helping with Actions are utilized in the context of treatment and a parent-to-parent support network.


Kenneth Carpenter, PhD, is a clinical research scientist and clinician who has received federal and private foundation grant money for investigating the psychological, behavioral, and neurobiological factors associated with addictive behaviors and their treatment. Dr. Carpenter has over 15 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based motivational and cognitive-behavioral strategies for facilitating important lifestyle changes. He is the Director of Training at CMC: Foundation for Change, holds an academic appointment in Columbia University’s Department of Psychiatry and is a Research Scientist in the Division on Substance Abuse and the Substance Treatment and Research Services (S.T.A.R.S.) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.


Seasons Event & Conference Ctr, Ramada Plaza
155 Riverside St
Portland, ME 04103


Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine

8:30 AM4:00 PM
Seasons Event & Conference Ctr, Ramada Plaza

Off Campus