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The Clinician’s Guide to Substance Use Disorders

Practical Tools for Assessment, Treatment & Recovery

Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW
Publication Date:
Oct 04, 2022
PESI Publishing
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Written in his signature personable yet straightforward style, Paul Brasler, LCSW, offers a clinically sound, must-have resource for health care professionals who are working with substance use disorders in any capacity.

With its strong emphasis on person-centered care, this book offers a refreshing approach for working alongside people with substance use disorders that humanizes the addiction crisis and shifts the focus to the person, not their diagnosis. Each chapter includes reproducible handouts, exercises, and assessment tools that walk readers through the stages of the therapeutic process, from intake and assessment to treatment planning and recovery.

Whether you work in mental health, medical, educational, religious, or legal settings, the tools in this book will help you:

  • Confront stigma and lower barriers to treatment
  • Determine the correct level of care
  • Understand the unique intoxication and withdrawal profiles of each substance
  • Ask the right screening and assessment questions
  • Address and treat common co-occurring disorders
  • Work with substance use disorders in the family
  • Improve client engagement across various stages of change
  • Consider strategies for special populations, including adolescents, racial and ethnic minorities, military personnel, and more
  • Navigate common legal and ethical issues



Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW's Profile

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Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW, became a licensed clinical social worker in 2002. He is the owner of Providence Consulting & Education, LLC, through which he provides clinical supervision and professional education services. Additionally, Paul provides Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy and other clinical services as part of a small practice. Paul has extensive experience in working with people in crisis and people living with substance use disorders, including adolescent residential treatment, community mental health settings, hospital emergency departments, Juvenile Court, and private practice.

Paul has been a PESI national presenter since 2016, and he has presented classes across the country on mental health emergencies, high-risk clients, resiliency, and a certification course for clinicians working with people with substance use disorders. His second book, The Clinician’s Guide to Substance Use Disorders: Practical Tools for Assessment, Treatment & Recovery, PESI Publishing, was published in October 2022. Paul lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his beautiful wife, three sons, a cowardly dog, and two dwarf rabbits who are quietly plotting to destroy the world.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Paul Brasler maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with LifeStance Health and Alchemy Wellness. He receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Paul Brasler has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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