This Audio/Visual Home Study course is being offered from the 2023 Preventing Relapse Symposium, designed for anyone interested in learning more about Relapse Prevention methods including professional treatment such as counselors, therapists, case managers, and program executives, as well as individuals in personal recovery with the goals of enhancing clinical techniques across all levels of care with proven and practical applications of The Gorski-CENAPS Model of Recovery and Relapse Prevention. It affords you the opportunity of completing the course at your own pace. The cost of this course is $35.00. Participants will earn 1.25 Continuing Education credit hours upon successful completion of this 75-minute course. 


  1. Register for the course. Upon payment, you are automatically enrolled in the course.
  2. Watch the course videos.
  3. Complete the Continuing Education Test by answering the questions included at the end of the course.
  4. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of completion (emailed and available through your account) with your Continuing Education credits/clock hours.  



If you are a new user your information will be collected at checkout for your account. You will receive a welcome email with the easy steps to get going on your course. Returning users can log in to their account and select the course.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this homestudy course, the participant will be able to:

  • Learn the five steps of the Denial Management Interactional Process designed to identify and manage denial in here-and-now interactions with clients.

  • Be able to assist their clients in directly identify and manage the twelve most common denial patterns that can sabotage the treatment process and quality of life.

  • Look at denial differently by normalizing and “de-pathologizing” this human defense mechanism to explain it to the clients they serve.

Course Description

This course will help you be able to deal more effectively with clients exhibiting denial and treatment resistance.  Upon completing, you will be able to understand the philosophy of resistance and denial as well as learning how to effectively intervene and disrupt your clients’ self-defeating patterns of behavior. Using terms like the “inner saboteur” or "self-defeating defenses" is an important part of helping our clients recognize, normalize, de-pathologize and manage their denial.  

One important goal of this session is to educate, normalize and de-pathologize denial so we can help our clients recognize that it is a normal part of being human.  You will learn how to identify and managing your own personal denial patterns to be more effective helping their clients see theirs.  You will be encouraged to explore your own personal defenses and how they developed to be more effective with the clients you serve. Special emphasis will be placed on building a collaborative relationship with clients.


Course curriculum

    1. About the Content

    2. Course Description

    3. Learning Objectives

    4. About the Instructor

    1. Play the Content

    1. Completion Test

    2. Course Evaluation

About this course

  • $35.00
  • 1.25 CE Credit Hours
  • No additional materials needed

Senior Instructor Dr. Stephen Grinstead

Dr. Stephen Grinstead, LMFT, ACRPS Dr. Grinstead has a Bachelors Degree in Behavioral Science, a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD). He is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT) a past California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), and an Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). He served on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program and also taught at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University Medical School and served on the faculty of University of Utah’s School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor at Alliant University teaching Masters Level and Psy.D. Students the Treating the Addicted Family System course for the Marriage and Family Therapy track for five years. Dr. Grinstead is author of the book Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test: A Body Mind Spirit Approach for Relieving Chronic Pain Suffering, as well as author of several other pain management books including Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope, Managing Pain, Coexisting Disorders, and the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide. Dr. Grinstead is also an internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and is the developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System.

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