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Addictions - Claudette PORTELLI/Grégory LAMBRETTE/Mario BLAISE/Alain MOREL/Jean-Pierre COUTERON-EN3M9-2022/23

1.000,00 €



Web training module 2022/23
(in French and English with consecutive translation into French)


“From the most classic forms to new dependencies”

Claudette PORTELLIClaudette

Gregory LAMBRETTEGregory

Alain MorelAlain

Mario BlaiseMario

Jean-Pierre COUTERONJean-Pierre

5 training sessions with Claudette Portelli, Gregory Lambrette, Mario Blaise, Alain Morel and Jean-Pierre Couteron

Addictions are at the heart of our societies and often constitute an unequaled source of suffering both for dependent people and for their families. This 5-course module is intended for anyone interested in the systemic and strategic therapeutic model applied to addictions and more broadly to any problem related to pleasure.


The objective of this module is to teach a brief strategic approach which provides participants with a better understanding of classically recognized addictions and new forms that have appeared more recently. It is a question of moving from a static nosographic definition to an operational dynamic diagnosis of addictions. This module is to be understood as a deepening articulated around the specific problems related to pleasure (and which we usually call addictions) of the systemic and strategic model.

After a presentation of classic addictions (alcohol and drugs) at their different levels but also new addictions (addictions exacerbated by the overuse of technology), often underestimated and poorly managed, the factors that make new addictions more insidious than classic addictions, especially in adolescents and young adults.

The brief strategic approach is then expanded to understand pleasure-based compulsive behaviors and corresponding evidence-based therapeutic interventions. We will dwell on their progressive formation (use, abuse, dependence), their great resistance to change, the contemporary family dynamics that lead to inadequate management but also to secondary benefits. In addition, we will analyze the reasons why interventions based on common sense most often fail and are a hindrance to any effective and efficient intervention.

Based on evidence-based clinical research carried out in OCD clinics in Malta, Italy and Ireland as well as in different partner clinics of the Strategic Therapy Center (Arezzo, Italy) directed by Professor Gorgio Nardone, this training includes some direct and indirect interventions that have enabled adolescents and their families to gradually emerge from seemingly hopeless situations.

Objective of the module

  • Present the history and theory of classic addictions
  • Show how the brief strategic approach applies to the treatment of classic addictions and new addictions
  • Explain pleasure-based compulsive behavior
  • Address resistance to change
  • Enter into logics of self-deception
  • Clinically illustrate the different components of the approach or the different techniques used
  • Defining indirect therapy when the client refuses to come to therapy
  • Inventory contemporary family models


Module program

• Session 1: Thursday 09/02/2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Addictions - S1 - Claudette PORTELLI - Translator: Silvia SPOLAORE - EN3M9-2022/23
• Session 2: Thursday 03/16/2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Addictions - S2 - Claudette PORTELLI - Translator: Silvia SPOLAORE - EN3M9-2022/23
• Session 3: Monday 04/03/2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Addictions - S3 - Grégory LAMBRETTE - EN3M9-2022/23
• Session 4: Monday 05/15/2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Addictions - S4 - Jean-Pierre COUTERON / Alain MOREL - EN3M9-2022/23
• Session 5: Wednesday 06/28/2023 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Europe/Paris: Addictions - S5 - Mario BLAISE- EN3M9-2022/23

Skills acquired at the end of the training (pedagogical objectives)

  • Carry out an operational diagnosis by going from the why to the how of the problem to finely analyze the addictive problem.
  • Understand the type of underlying dominant emotion/sensation and the type of resistance to change in order to choose the best intervention strategy.
  • Strengthen the patient's therapeutic alliance by using strategic communication and feedback tools to improve patient engagement and adherence to prescriptions.
  • Understand the main prescriptions used in brief strategic addiction therapy to optimize its interventions.
  • Carry out a strategic intervention by following certain protocols with rigor and flexibility to adapt to the uniqueness of the patient and his situation.

Target audience and prerequisites


This Diploma is open to health and helping relationship professionals who can certify effective practice.

  • Minimum BAC+4 level with clinical practice in the helping relationship,
  • Psychologists, doctors, psychiatrists, health and helping relationship professionals who can certify an effective practice,
  • Correct command of French (being able to express oneself orally and in writing),
  • Commitment to practicing intervention sessions,
  • Digital prerequisites:
    • Have a computer (with camera and microphone) and a phone in good working order
    • Have a regularly used email address
    • Have internet access with sufficient speed (videoconferencing, video playback)
    • Have a place suitable for monitoring the training
    • Know how to use basic digital tools: internet, messaging, search engine
    • Know how to use word processing tools, spreadsheets and presentation tools (power point type)


Claudette PORTELLI : PhD in Psychology, CTS psychologist, trainer and coach (Italy - Malta). Author of "Knowledge through change", " Obsessions, compulsions, manias: understand them and overcome them quickly" and "Le nuove dipendenze".

Grégory LAMBRETTE is a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Lorraine; psychologist/psychotherapist/supervisor in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg within a consultation center in the field of additions and trainer at the Gregory Bateson Institute.

Dr. Alain MOREL : Psychiatrist, Managing Director of the OPPELIA association, President of the Association for Research and Promotion of Experiential Approaches (ARPAE), Co-founder of the European Federation of Drug Addiction Workers.

Dr. Mario BLAISE : Psychiatrist and family therapist. He directs the Marmottan Medical Center in Paris, a public care structure for addiction and drug addiction. He also acted as a family therapist at the Monceau center.

Jean-Pierre COUTERON : Pyschologist, he has worked since 2014 in a center for care, support and prevention in addictology and a consultation for young consumers of the Oppelia association in Boulogne-Billancourt. Since the 1990s, he has campaigned for harm reduction policies in terms of drugs, in particular in favor of the opening of consumption rooms at lower risk.


Modality, means and teaching aids

  • Live distance courses integrating simulations, role-playing, exercises and case studies to promote the participation and involvement of all students and interaction with teachers
  • A course rhythm allowing the integration of personal work
  • Interactive and experiential approach
  • Individual work, in pairs and sub-groups during and outside the sessions
  • Personalized Moodle account including course videos and educational animations, course materials, documentary bases and all types of educational documents, review exercises, accessible 24/24

Evaluation and monitoring methods

Obtaining the certificate for this module requires: 

  • to have passed 75% of the homework to be done outside of class (MCQ, videos, homework, collaborative work, etc.) 
  • to have attended at least 75% of the course sessions 

Assessment of student satisfaction

At the end of the training, a satisfaction questionnaire will be completed by each participant so that they can assess the relevance of the content of the training with regard to their professional practice and the achievement of their objectives.

--> 95% of our students are satisfied with their training  = number of students who gave a score greater than or equal to 7 out of 10 (0: "not at all satisfied"; 10: "completely satisfied")


  • Special rate : €1,000 including tax
  • Price reserved for lac students : €700 including tax
  • Company/agreement rate : €1,150 including tax


Version of 04-08-2022