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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Functional Analysis with Roger Ellison


Roger Ellison has been working through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques to help reduce his drinking. In this session, help him fill out a self-monitoring record and examine a recent drinking episode to show how thoughts, feelings, and events interact with each other during an episode.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most used and extensively studied treatments for alcohol use disorders (SUDs). Once a client has been introduced to CBT, a therapist will need to do a Functional Analysis. This analysis is key in helping a client understand potential patterns in their drinking habits.


Social Work,
Healthcare & Students


3 - 5

Average Time
per Session

30 - 45

Teaching Objectives:

  • Discussing Functional Analysis Topics
  • Developing a Positive and Collaborative Relationship
  • Utilizing Core CBT Concepts to Structure the Conversation

Included in Training:

  • A Training Guide with information on conducting a Functional Analysis with a client.
  • A Simulated Conversation with a varied character to prepare learners for exploring a client's individual thoughts and feelings toward drinking.
  • Comprehensive Feedback during and after each play to help guide skill development.

This training was developed in collaboration with Binghamton University, Brown University, & Yale School of Medicine.

This training can be purchased as a part of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training Suite. Please visit CBT Suite for more information.


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