Patrick McElwaine Psy.D.

Event Speaker

Patrick McElwaine Psy.D.


Dr. Patrick McElwaine is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Holy Family University and a faculty member at the Beck Institute. Dr. McElwaine has over 20 years of clinical experience in various settings including outpatient community mental health clinics, residential treatment facilities, primary care settings, clinical private practice, and inpatient treatment; with expertise in addiction, anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Dr. McElwaine’s research interests focus on addiction, mental health, and stigma, with an emphasis on contributing to recovery-oriented principles such as resiliency, empowerment, confidence, autonomy, and a sense of purpose. Dr. McElwaine is a member of multiple professional psychology organizations, and serves on the Montgomery County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council. At settings including the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), various school and hospital organizations, and the Lilly Conference, he has conducted numerous presentations related to mental health, addiction, stigma, and pedagogy.

Dr. McElwaine earned a PsyD in clinical psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015.


CBT for Substance Use Disorders

Speaker: Patrick McElwaine, Psy.D.

Substance use disorders are multifaceted; they can significantly affect many parts of an individual’s life including family, work, school, and social life. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to be an effective treatment for a wide range of addictive behaviors as well as an efficacious approach to treating substance use disorders. CBT targets specific beliefs and behaviors as well as other areas of one’s life affected by substance use. Led by Patrick McElwaine, Psy.D., this workshop will focus on essentials of CBT and applying the CBT model to the substance abuse population through the lens of a trauma-informed approach. You will learn how to implement effective cognitive and behavioral interventions that can help clients to identify and change thoughts and beliefs associated with addiction and addictive behaviors. You will learn how to elicit and respond to feedback, measure progress, and prevent relapse. Through didactic, demonstrations, and practice, participants will learn about the impact of trauma and how to use values and aspirations to guide their clients’ CBT treatment to live effectively without relying on substances.

Key Take-aways

  1. Describe the specific components of the cognitive model
  2. Describe the specific components of the CBT case conceptualizations
  3. Demonstrate use of the cognitive model for their clients’ specific situations
  4. Conceptualize substance abuse using the cognitive model
  5. Identify specific points of intervention based on CBT model of addiction cycle
  6. Complete cognitive therapy case conceptualizations for their clients who abuse substances
  7. Demonstrate techniques to develop the therapeutic alliance. Discuss integration of motivational interviewing strategies and approaches with CBT interventions
  8. Define “triggers” in CBT terms
  9. Identify thought, beliefs, and behaviors associated with substance use
  10. Implement effective evidence-based interventions for substance abuse
  11. Use CBT interventions to modify thoughts, feelings, beliefs, perceptions, and behaviors associated with substance use disorders
    1. Complete thought records with clients
    2. Identify specific cognitive distortions related to substance use
    3. Describe principles of behavioral activation
    4. Complete activity schedules with clients
  12. Integrate cognitive-behavioral principles with 12-step model values
  13. Implement CBT interventions to help clients to decrease/ “survive” urges and cravings
  14. Implement effective CBT coping skills with clients for many psychosocial problems associated with substance use such as relationship problems and unhealthy lifestyles
  15. Develop and utilize effective a CBT relapse prevention protocol with SUD clients.