What is Structured Relapse Prevention (SRP)?

Helen Annis developed this cognitive-behavioural approach to outpatient substance use counselling in the late 1980s at the Addiction Research Foundation, one of the founding organisations of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). SRP has been used as a stand-alone outpatient intervention of eight to 12 sessions, an aftercare component to inpatient treatment, and a tool when counselling clients who are ambivalent about changing their substance use. SRP clients are men and women of various ages and backgrounds. They have different problems and needs, and they begin treatment at different stages of readiness.


The course will teach participants how SRP is used with individuals and groups in a variety of service contexts, such as substance use treatment services, employee assistance programmes, probation settings and mental health settings.


To equip you to use a range of evidence based relapse prevention strategies while accommodating clients’ different needs and treatment goals.


This course will help participants to:

  • Teach clients how to assess their goals and make a commitment to change
  • Design an individualised treatment plan
  • Enable clients to identify his or her strengths and resources
  • Teach clients how to learn to anticipate substance use triggers and to develop alternative coping skills
  • Assist clients to develop confidence by practising coping skills in real-life risk situations
  • Enable clients to make connections between substance use and other life situations
  • Teach clients how to self-counsel by anticipating risk situations and pre-planning coping strategies.

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