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APC: 12-step facilitation and self-help groups for addiction - Keith Humphreys, PhD


Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.  He is also a Senior Research Career Scientist at the VA Health Services Research Center in Palo Alto and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London.  His research addresses the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders, the formation of public policy and the extent to which subjects in medical research differ from patients seen in everyday clinical practice.

For his work in the multinational humanitarian effort to rebuild the psychiatric care system of Iraq and in the national redesign of the VA health system's mental health services for Iraq war veterans, he won the 2009 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Public Interest.  He and the authors of "Drug Policy and the Public Good" won the 2010 British Medical Association's Award for Public Health Book of the Year.

Dr. Humphreys has been extensively involved in the formation of public policy, having testified to Congress on multiple occasions, and having served as a member of the White House Commission on Drug Free Communities, the VA National Mental Health Task Force, and the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.  During the Obama Administration, he spent a sabbatical year as Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He has also testified on numerous occasions in the U.K. Parliament and advises multiple government agencies in the U.K.  He created and co-directs the Stanford Network on Addiction Policy, which brings scientists and policy makers together to improve public policies regarding addictive substances.  He is also leading the Stanford-Lancet Commission on the North American Opioid Crisis.



Learning Objectives:
12-step mutual help groups are the most widely sought source of support for people seeking to recovery from addiction, and specialist interventions (e.g., 12 step facilitation counseling) have been created to increase patients' likelihood of accepting them. But popularity does not necessarily equate with effectiveness, so researchers have spent decades evaluating the impact of these groups. This presentation reviews that research and also discusses the mechanisms through which 12-step groups affect members.

Learning Objectives:
Understand the research base behind 12-step interventions
Acquire practical clinical strategies for facilitation 12-step group involvement
Analyze the cost and care implications of 12-step fellowships
Method of Learner Participation and How Learners Receive Credit for this On-Demand Material

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2.  Review the activity objectives and CME information.

3.  Participate in the CME activity via watching the video and reviewing the slide handouts.

4.  Complete the CME evaluation form. This form provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; and the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness.

5.  Credit documentation/reporting: Your CME certificate will be available for download and saved in your transcript.

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Course Content


1. View the recorded presentation (60-75 minutes).




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4. Following your completion of the evaluation, you must select and claim your preferred certificate type on the next page. Once claimed, a download button will appear in your transcript. If you do not see the download button or can not access your certificate, return to the course evaluation and claim your preferred certificate.

Post Survey


5. 90 days following your completion of this activity, you will receive a survey (2 questions) to ask about changes in your practice.


Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Mar 09, 2027
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1.5 Attendance Credits
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