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Women and Drinking: Preventing Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancies
by M. M. Velasquez, K. Ingersoll, M. B. Sobell, L. Carter Sobell

Series: Advances in Psychotherapy – Evidence-Based Practice
ISBN: 978-0-88937-401-0; Vol. 34
2016, xii + 84 pp. Print edition $29.80 US

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An essential resource for anyone providing help or services to women at risk for alcohol-exposed pregnancies.

Drinking during pregnancy can cause a range of disabilities that have lifelong effects yet are 100% preventable. A variety of brief motivational behavioral interventions developed for nonpregnant women of childbearing age can effectively prevent alcohol-exposed pregnancies (AEP).

This book outlines clinical definitions and the history of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), epidemiology and effects across the lifespan, evidence-based prevention practices such as CHOICES and CHOICES-like interventions, and opportunities for dissemination.

Based on decades of scientific research and clinical refinement, this volume is packed with helpful illustrative case vignettes, therapist–patient dialogues, sample forms, and handouts. The information and resources presented will help a wide variety of practitioners in diverse settings, ranging from high-risk settings such as mental health and substance abuse treatment centers to primary care clinics and universities, deliver interventions targeting behavior change.

Praise for the Book:

"While there are lots of books on FASD, this volume shines by getting to the heart of the matter of preventing this major health issue – avoiding an alcohol exposed pregnancy. This is a must-have resource for health professionals working with women of childbearing age to help identify and intervene with those at risk."

Edward Riley, PhD, Distinguished Professor Psychology and Director, Center for Behavioral Teratology, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

"The authors have put together an excellent summary of a number of prevention and intervention strategies developed to decrease adverse pregnancy outcomes associated with prenatal alcohol exposure. I particularly appreciate the emphasis on the project CHOICES which provides women with a balanced and logical approach to prevention of alcohol-exposed pregnancies. The section on screening for at-risk drinking is excellent, as is the information on how to ask a woman about her drinking habits. I especially like the 'clinical pearls' that are interspersed throughout the book."

Kenneth Jones, MD, Distinguished Professor, Dept of Pediatrics, Univ of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.

Group Therapy for Substance Use Disorders
A Motivational Cognitive-Behavioral Approach
by Linda C. Sobell, PhD, ABPP & Mark B. Sobell, PhD, ABPP
270 pages (paperback)
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN 978-1-60918-051-5
List price: $35.00
PDF Format
ISBN 978-1-60918-475-9
List price: $35.00
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Guilford Press

"The Sobells are preeminent in the addiction treatment field. This engaging book presents the evidence behind their innovative group treatment approach and synthesizes decades of research and clinical experience. Readers will find a wealth of clinical examples, practical advice, handouts, and tools to measure client progress. The Sobells show how leading a group is like conducting an orchestra, and provide wise insights into ‘making the music come from the group.'"
—Mary Marden Velasquez, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Translated into Spanish: Terapia de grupo para los trastornos por consumo de sustancias: Un enfoque  cognitivo-condutctual. (2015). Sobell, L. C. & Sobell, M. B. Madrid, Spain: Ediciones Piramide. Can be ordered from

This authoritative book presents a groundbreaking evidence-based approach to conducting therapy groups for persons with substance use disorders. The approach integrates cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, and relapse prevention techniques, while capitalizing on the power of group processes. clinicians are provided with a detailed intervention framework and clear-cut strategies for helping clients to set and meet their own treatment goals. More than two dozen ready-to-use reproducible assessment tools, handouts, homework exercises, and session outlines are supplied in a convenient large-size format.

Promoting self-change from addictive behaviors: Practical implications for policy, prevention, and treatment 
by Harald Klingemann and Linda Carter Sobell (Eds.)
260 pages (Hardcover)
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN 978-0-387-71286-4
List price: $79.95
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Assessing Alcohol Problems Using Motivational Interviewing with Linda Carter Sobell, PhD, ABPP and Mark Sobell, PhD, ABPP
Part of the Behavioral Health and Health Counseling APA Psychotherapy Video Series
LIST PRICE: $99.95
ITEM #: 4310845
ISBN 13: 978-1-4338-0327-7
RUNNING TIME: Over 100 minutes / FORMAT: DVD [Closed Captioned]

About the Video: In Assessing Alcohol Problems Using Motivational Interviewing, Dr. Linda Sobell demonstrates cognitive–behavioral motivational interviewing techniques for assessing a patient's alcohol use, and then she and Dr. Mark Sobell discuss this useful approach for working with individuals with substance use disorders. Motivational interviewing is a client-centered, directive method for eliciting intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving a person's ambivalence to change using open-ended questions, reflective listening, and decisional balancing. This nonjudgmental, nonconfrontational interviewing style is designed to minimize a patient's resistance. The goal is to construct an interaction with patients so they feel comfortable discussing their risky or problem behavior.

In this session, Dr. Linda Sobell works with a young man with a history of problem drinking whose recent break-up with his girlfriend triggered increased risky alcohol use. Dr. Sobell assesses his readiness for change and then interviews him about triggers, behaviors, and cognitions associated with his drinking, emphasizing throughout that the patient has the choice to change, thereby empowering the patient.