An Open Discussion AA Meeting Opens My Mind: A Powerful Group Offers Understanding about Clinical Decisions

  • Penelope Moore graduate of Boston University School of Social Work (2011) and former student of Maryann Amodeo PhD LICSW


An Open Discussion Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meeting opens the mind of a social work graduate student to the many ways that AA can assist and support people who are challenged by addictive substances.  In writing up a fieldwork experience for a course on addictions, she recalls three psychotherapy clients whom she had referred to AA prior to graduate school.  The Open Discussion meeting helps her to understand what these clients found at AA.  A description of the meeting is interwoven with observations and narrative concerning the process of gaining new perspective.  Psychotherapists of all theoretical perspectives are encouraged to attend an Open AA meeting to listen and learn.

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