Discovering Responsible Therapy

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This workshop focuses on a therapeutic paradigm developed by Dr. Stephen Mathis that combines key elements of the various cognitive and cognitive-behavioral schools of thought (e.g., CBT, DBT, REBT), Adlerian Therapy constructs (i.e., natural and logical consequences, who owns the problem, mistaken goals), and Glasser’s Reality Therapy concepts (e.g., never give up, is what the client is doing really accomplishing his/her goals). Key aspects of this approach will be introduced, along with some examples of how to apply it with clients.


  • State the core aspects from Adlerian, Reality, and Cognitive-Behavioral approaches that are utilized in this treatment paradigm and understand why they are used.
  • State the basic aspects of this treatment approach.
  • List the type of patients with which this approach is deemed most appropriatE.
  • Identify potential clients for whom this approach is not a good fit.
  • Describe how to apply this approach with co-occurring disorders.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, Licensed Professional Counselors, & LMFT
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC, & NBCC
State Board Approval
TX 2041-19
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
VCB EP # 143
OCDP Board 20 – 692785 (R1)

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 0
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Beginner to intermediate
  • Language English
  • Students 16
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Yes
Dr. Stephen Mathis, Psy.D, CCADC, CCS, MAC
Stephen Mathis is a licensed psychologist and an internationally certified addictions counselor who has been working with adolescents, young and middle adults, and families/couples since 1983. He is one of the few clinicians who works on weekends and makes house calls. In addition to providing a variety of assessments (i.e., psychoeducational, forensic, cognitive, emotional, neurological, personological), individual psychotherapy (both “regularly scheduled” and intensive outpatient), and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several colleges and training institutes, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, consults with various professionals and organizations, has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.), and is in the process of writing a book on addictions based on his development trauma model. True to the advice given to the patients he serves, Dr. Mathis adheres to a healthy lifestyle, an illicit substance-free existence, and a holistic dietary regimen, making the majority of his meals from scratch himself without using refined or artificial ingredients or simple carbohydrates. In his free time, Dr. Mathis is an avid collector of classic stringed instruments and amplifiers, as well as a being a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, arranger, and producer.