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New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

Dedicated to Advancing Addiction Professionals in New Hampshire

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • May 01, 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Remote via Zoom
  • 39


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

A 3-Hour Training with Dr. Foad Afshar

May 1, 2023


PRESENTATION: Cognitive Behavior Therapy is one of the most commonly Evidence-Based Therapeutic Techniques currently in use throughout the world. When used appropriately and competently, it offers clients a model for managing their emotions and behavioral responses to their emotional life as well as improves their cognitive capacity for processing complex emotions. 

Finding its roots in Albert Ellis’ Rational Emotive Therapy, CBT was refined by Aaron Beck, MD who realized there are specific patterns of thinking in people who are depressed or anxious. These patterns, he thought, reinforce the emotions and maintain their power and momentum and by challenging and changing these though patterns he demonstrated that these feelings can be altered. 

Individuals who are engaged in substance misuse often suffer the same types of patterned thinking which leads to symptom alleviation through continued misuse. Using CBT can be an effective tool in addressing these patterns for this population as well. 

This brief workshop reviews some of these patterns, and helps the participants recognize them and use current strategies and techniques of CBT to address and modify them in an effort to alleviate symptoms and improve mental health functioning. 

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the theoretical framework of Cognitive Behavior Therapy;

  2. Understand how our thinking maintains our emotional state through examples and exercises;

  3. Distinguish basic techniques of CBT to address change; and

  4. Describe the limitation of CBT in the treatment process.  

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dr. Afshar has been a professional psychotherapist, trainer and educator for over 35 years.  He received his Doctorate in Professional Psychology (Psy.D.) from California Coast University, his Masters in Counseling from Harvard University and his Bachelors in Psychology from U.Mass-Boston. He is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and School Psychologist. He is also a certified School Principle, and School Counselor.   Dr. Afshar has been a Director of Special Education & Guidance for SAU #37 & 50, Director of Guidance & Advising for Pinkerton Academy has taught courses in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Special Education, School Guidance and Psychology of Design at the graduate and undergraduate levels for the past 35 years. Dr. Afshar’s professional experience in addiction and recovery includes both clinical work as the Admissions Director of the Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Center (Later Dorchester Counseling Center) in Dorchester as well Associate Executive Director and Clinical Director of Noddle’s Island Multi-service Agency in East Boston, Massachusetts. He was the addictions consultant at the Massachusetts General Hospital—The Charlestown Clinic in Boston, and has consulted extensively with medical, legal, educational and business organization around the issues of addiction prevention, intervention and recovery He has taught courses on addiction at the graduate and undergraduate levels in topics such as Psychopharmacology of Addiction, History and Socio-Politics of Addiction, and treatment models.   With a wide range of professional expertise spanning nearly 4 decades, Dr. Afshar brings a considerable breadth and depth of understanding of addictions and mental health issues as applicable in a variety of settings, age spans and affected populations.  

REGISTRATION FEE: *NHADACA Members $30;  *Non-Members $40; *NBCC add $5. For registration information contact: 603-225-7060 or

3 Contact Hours Available
CRSW Performance Domains: 4
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 6-8, 11, 18
CPS Domains: 6
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Only one registrant per form.  For multiple registrants you must register each one individually.  Registration is not complete or guaranteed until payment is received.  Payment by means other than credit card may slow down completion of registration.  Checks and cash are still accepted, however, your registration will be placed on a pending list until payment is received.  We strongly encourage payment by credit card for training of high demand topics.  Thank you.

This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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