Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders

for professionals in psychology, behavioral health, social work, and Nebraska licensed alcohol and drug counselors

Presented by Dr. John Herdman


The videos below include Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of Dr. John Herdman’s training on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders.

Part 1:
Foundation Skills in CBT for SUD

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Part 2:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for SUD

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Part 3:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for SUD

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Part 4:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for SUD

(Dr. John Herdman)


This presentation provides the foundation and application skills needed to effectively perform Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with substance use disordered clients. The presentation briefly reviews the DSM-5 substance use disorder diagnostic criteria, and assists counselors to know the different types and applications of CBT that focus on cognitive restructuring, modifying behavior, and developing alternative coping skills. CBT is an evidence-based counseling therapy often used in substance use treatment, both in individual and group counseling. CBT is a general classification of psychotherapy, based on social learning theory, which emphasizes how our thinking interacts with how we feel and what we do. A counselor using CBT helps a client to recognize their style of thinking and to modify it through the use of evidence and logic, which is especially true for clients with substance use issues and co‑occurring disorders in the application of thinking errors and maladaptive behaviors.


  • Identify the DSM-5 criteria used to make a substance use diagnosis.
  • Describe the 12 Foundational Skills needed to effectively implement CBT.
  • Describe the eight skills needed to effectively perform CBT, including Irrational Triggers, Bad Habits, Self-Defeating Beliefs, Rational Self Analysis, and Rational Emotive Imagery.


Date Presented: Fri., Nov. 20, 2020, 8:30am – 4pm CDT
Date Training Expires: November 20, 2022

About the Speaker

Dr. John Herdman

Parallels Mental Health Counseling

Dr. John Herdman is a licensed psychologist and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. He has over 46 years of school, military, counseling, and consulting experience. He is the owner and Clinical Director of Parallels Mental Health Counseling. Dr. Herdman uses his years of experience to help clients make positive changes in their lives. As a specialist in addictions (substance and process), he uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) as an evidence-based therapy practice to help clients change negative emotions and negative behaviors. In 2018, Dr. Herdman published his fourth book called “A Rational Workbook for Change.” Also in 2018, he published the Seventh Edition of his seminal book “Global Criteria: The 12 Core Functions of the Substance Abuse Counselor.”

These trainings were funded in whole or in part by funds from the SAMHSA Community Mental Health Block Grant, SAMHSA Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Block Grant and state funds sub-granted from the Nebraska Department of Health and Services, Division of Behavioral Health.