November 2023 Research Review Club #5 – Behavioral Treatment Of Substance Use Disorders


Course Date: Sunday, November 12, 2023 @ 11 am – 12 pm (CST)

Instructors: Jordan Litt, M.Ed, BCBA, LBA-NYS and Mitalben Patel., M.S., BCBA

1 general BACB® CEU provided upon course completion – full course description below

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**This course will provide the participant with 1 Learning Type BACB CEUs**

Description of General Learning Type CE Event: Join us for our monthly Research Review Club on 11/12/23 where we will be covering: “A Preliminary Investigation of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as a Treatment for Marijuana Dependence in Adults” 1 General CEU will be provided for participating in an online discussion and completing a final quiz based on the live discussion. It is strongly recommended that you read the article prior to the live event to get the most out of the course.

Research Abstract: In this investigation, 3 adults who met criteria for marijuana dependence were treated using an abbreviated version of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). The treatment was delivered in eight weekly 90-min individual sessions. The effects of the intervention were assessed using a nonconcurrent multiple baseline across participants design. Self-reported marijuana use, confirmed through oral swabs, reached zero levels for all participants at posttreatment. At a 3-month follow-up, 1 participant was still abstinent and the other 2 were using but at a lower average level of consumption compared to baseline. Depression, anxiety, withdrawal symptoms, and general levels of experiential avoidance generally improved. This preliminary test suggests that additional development and testing of ACT for marijuana use are warranted.

Keywords: acceptance and commitment therapy, treatment, marijuana, dependence

Article Citation: Twohig, M. P., Shoenberger, D., & Hayes, S. C. (2007). A preliminary investigation of acceptance and commitment therapy as a treatment for marijuana dependence in adults. Journal of applied behavior analysis, 40(4), 619–632.

Target Audience: Board Certified Behavior Analysts, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts or anyone interested in Behavior Analytic Research!

Learning Objectives: As a result of this course, participants will be able to …

  • Summarize the information from Twohig, M. P., Shoenberger, D., & Hayes, S. C. (2007).
  • Identify common themes throughout the research by Twohig, M. P., Shoenberger, D., & Hayes, S. C. (2007).
  • Discuss specific ideas from the research by Twohig, M. P., Shoenberger, D., & Hayes, S. C. (2007), with other participants.
  • Identify how the research by Twohig, M. P., Shoenberger, D., & Hayes, S. C. (2007), can be generalized to their practice.
  • Identify how the research by Twohig, M. P., Shoenberger, D., & Hayes, S. C. (2007), could not be generalized to their practice and/or what modifications would be needed to do so.

**CEUs by Study Notes ABA LLC is an Authorized Continuing Education Provider (ACE) approved by the BACB® to offer continuing education. Upon completion of the requirements of each course the participant will be provided with 1 Learning Type BACB® CEUs**