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Digital Seminar

Disordered Drinking

A Shame-Free Approach to Helping Clients Examine Their Relationship with Alcohol

Amanda White, LPC
3 Hours 01 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jan 10, 2023
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Do you work with clients whose drinking has become problematic but who don’t identify as “alcoholics”? 

Perhaps they don’t meet criteria for an alcohol use disorder. Perhaps they have zero interest in traditional abstinence-based treatment methods that involve going to rehab or attending 12-step groups. And, above all, you’re not a “substance use counselor.” 

You’re not alone. Many clients struggle with excessive alcohol use, or disordered drinking, but are unwilling to question their relationship with alcohol without feeling pressured to admit they are an alcoholic. This type of problematic alcohol use is rampant, underreported, and showing up in clinician offices everywhere.    

Watch Amanda E. White, LPC, clinician, author, and a sober person herself, for this 3-hour recording, as she teaches you how to help clients pivot away from the question “Am I an alcoholic?” and consider instead “Would my life be better without alcohol?”  

Using a harm-reduction approach that meets clients wherever they are on the journey to sobriety, Amanda will show you how to help clients: 

  • Explore their alcohol use in a non-stigmatizing way 

  • Build the motivation to cut back or abstain from alcohol altogether 

  • Work through barriers to recovery and relapse prevention 

  • Optimize the three essential tools for recovery from disordered drinking—whether they choose to stop drinking or not 

  • And so much more! 


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 3 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Amanda E. White, LPC, is a licensed therapist specializing in substance use disorders and the creator of the popular Instagram account @therapyforwomen. She is the founder and owner of the Therapy for Women Center, a group therapy practice based in Philadelphia serving clients across the country. She is the author of the book Not Drinking Tonight: A Guide to Creating a Sober Life You Love and has been featured in notable publications such as Forbes, The Washington Post, Shape, Women’s Health magazine, and more.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Amanda White has an employment relationship with Therapy for Women and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Amanda White has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Utilize clinical interventions with clients who exhibit problematic drinking behavior. 
  2. Create treatment goals and skills for clients who identify as disordered drinkers.  
  3. Appraise clients’ barriers to treatment. 


Alcohol Use Disorders (AUDs) v. Disordered Drinking 

When does drinking become a disorder? 

Changes from DSM IV to V criteria for AUDs (and what they mean for clients) 

Who are we leaving out? 

Countertransference: Exploring our own biases around alcohol 

Unpacking cultural expectations and dispelling myths about alcohol 

3 Essential Tools for Recovery: Emotion Regulation, Boundaries, and Self-Care 

The Iceberg Theory 

Strategies to help clients identify and process their emotions  

Six types of boundaries 

Why alcohol isn’t self-care (and exploring what is) 


Barriers to Recovery and Relapse Prevention:  

When clients’ jobs, families, and social lives revolve around alcohol 

Sober dating, socializing, and sex 

Supporting your client when their partner still drinks 

Types of triggers and how to realistically plan for them 

Coping with cravings and urge surfing 


Harm Reduction: Mindful Drinking and Moderation 

What is harm reduction?  

Evidence supporting harm reduction 

How to help clients identify when moderation isn’t working 

Mindful drinking practices 

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