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Brief Program Description

The Healthy Lifestyles Guided Self-Change Program, a specialty outpatient program at Nova Southeastern University's (NSU) Psychology Services Center, offers a unique evidence-based treatment not available elsewhere in Florida.

The Guided Self-Change treatment is an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral program that utilizes a motivational approach for individuals with substance use problems. It was established in 1984 in Canada by Drs. Linda and Mark Sobell, and brought to NSU in 1996. Both Dr. Linda Sobell and Dr. Mark Sobell are licensed psychologists in Florida and are Board Certified in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. The treatment has been evaluated in eight different clinical trials, including in Canada, the US, Sweden and Mexico.

Listed in the Society of Clinical Psychology’s (Division 12, APA) website for Research-Supported Psychological Treatment. Listed as Guided Self-Change for Mixed Substance Abuse/Dependence (

The approach has been tested with a variety of clinical populations (i.e., adolescents, adults, men, women, Hispanics, African-Americans, and Caucasians), and has been evaluated in group and individual formats. The program is not confrontational. Clients are treatedwith respect and are full collaborators in the development of their treatment plan. An emphasis is placed on giving clients responsibility for changing, in recognition that effective change cannot be imposed but must be internally motivated. Guided Self-Change treatment is individualized to meet the needs of each client. Thus, the number of sessions is based on the needs and evaluation of each client. Services are available in Spanish and English.

The most recent book describing the Guided Self-Change intervention in both a group and individual is titled: Group Therapy for Substance Use Disorders: A Motivational Cognitive-Behavioral Approach. Guilford Press, 2011, by Linda C.Sobell, PhD, ABPP & Mark B. Sobell, PhD, ABPP. Copies may be ordered from Amazon

Available Services

Services are offered for people concerned about becoming healthier, losing weight, exercising more, changing their alcohol use, quitting smoking (for more information see Free Quit Smoking Now Program), quitting gambling, changing their drug use, and improving sleep. Services are available in English and Spanish. A sliding fee scale is available. Individuals are interested in services or desiring moreinformation can call the program directly at (954) 262-5873 or 954 262-5968 or email us at Individuals areusually seen within 24-48 hours of their first call to the program. The program is open Monday through Thursday 9 am to 8 pm and Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Changing Your Drinking on Your Own

As part of a large community study, which was conducted in 48 states and funded by a federal grant (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), we sent participants materials that they could complete on their own to help them decide if they wanted to change their drinking. The materials used in the study are freely available and can be downloaded from the following link. The materials have been slightly modified to accommodate their being used on a website.

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