This Home Study course provides you with a guided set of learning activities that provide high quality content, linked to research and other related academic work, along with access to Gorski-CENAPS Faculty. It affords you the opportunity of completing the course at your own pace. The cost of this course is $49.00 Participants will earn 3 Continuing Education credit hours upon successful completion. 



  1. Register for the course. Upon payment, you are automatically enrolled in the course.
  2. Read course text thoroughly.
  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:

  • Explain the relapse process.

  • Describe the common warning sign of relapse.

  • Understand the concept of relapse prevention therapy and how they relate to the stages of recovery.

  • Identify the different types of relapse preventions support groups meetings and how to structure each meeting effectively following the relapse prevention protocol.

  • Identify the differences between sponsorship or therapy and how to apply the appropriate processes.

Course Description

This home study course explains how to develop a self-help support group that focuses on recovery and relapse prevention while working cooperatively with Twelve Step programs and other self-help groups. It includes everything needed to get a group started. The most commonly asked questions about relapse prevention are answered. The concept of meeting attendance and sponsorship are clearly explained. Preambles and standard meeting agendas are provided. Recovery from chemical dependency is a process, not an event. The recovery process begins when chemically dependent people first recognize they are having problems because of their alcohol or other drug use. The goal is reached when they can live a meaningful and comfortable life without the need for alcohol or other drugs.

Bibliography: This course was developed by Terence T. Gorski and based on the publication How to Start Relapse Prevention Support Groups written by Terence. T. Gorski.

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All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No portion of this course and materials may be reproduced in any manner without the written permission of the CENAPS Corporation.

Course curriculum

    1. Instructions

    1. What is Relapse?

    2. What Are the Common Warning Signs of Relapse?

    3. What Is Relapse Prevention Therapy?

    4. How Are RP Support Groups Different from RP Therapy?

    5. When Did the First Relapse Prevention Support Groups Begin?

    6. What Are the Basic Principles upon Which Relapse Prevention Support Groups Are Built?

    7. What Are the Membership Requirements of a Relapse Prevention Support Group?

    8. How Are Relapse Prevention Support Groups Related to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Other Twelve Step Programs?

    9. Is There a Standard Format for Relapse Prevention Support Group Meetings?

    10. Are There Different Types of Meetings?

    11. What Is a Relapse Prevention Sponsor? Why Is It Important to Have One?

    12. How Is Sponsorship Different from Counseling or Therapy?

    13. When Is Relapse Prevention Finished?

    14. A Final Word

    1. Appendix 1: Preamble Read at the Start of RP Support Group Meetings

    2. Appendix 2: Standard Meeting Agenda

    3. Appendix 3: The Relapse Prevention Pledge

    4. Appendix 4: Writing a Personal Warning Sign List

    5. Appendix 5: Guidelines for Telling Your Story There are two types of relapse prevention talks.


    1. Course Completion Test

    2. Course Evaluation

About this course

  • $49.00
  • 3 CE Credit Hours
  • No additional materials needed

Senior Instructor Roland Williams

Roland Williams, MA, MAC, LAADC, ACRPS, NCACII, CADCII, SAP Gorski-CENAPS President/CEO and Director of Training Roland began with CENAPS in 1990 and is an internationally certified Addictions Counselor. He was personally mentored by Terry Gorski to teach RPT. He has worked world-wide as a counselor, interventionist, lecturer, trainer, teacher, author and consultant specializing in addiction related issues working in substance abuse treatment since 1986. As a consultant he has assisted many treatment centers to develop world class addiction treatment protocols as well as to create clinical treatment models.