2017 Course Offerings

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Session 1
Monday - Wednesday 9 a.m. – 12:00 noon

SSAS17101: Motivational Interviewing
Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP
Motivational Interviewing is a person-centered, evidence-based practice; it is a goal-oriented style of communication for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. This introductory level course offers practitioners in criminal justice, health care, and social services the opportunity to learn the fundamentals, spirit, structure and skills. Participants will explore ways of integrating Motivational Interviewing into other “helping” approaches. Motivational Interviewing is ideal for all populations regardless of gender, age, other diverse groups, or problem severity and shows the greatest impact for oppressed groups (minorities, adolescents) compared to other common "care" models. We will actively practice using Motivational Interviewing relational and technical component. We develop strategies for working with "challenging" people through real, role playing and discussion.
CEU Hours: 10

SSAS17102: Relapse Prevention: Using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies
Claudia Blackburn, MS, PsyD
Many people who relapse still find recovery. Although the onset of a relapse is multifactorial, failure to engage in coping strategies in the moment is often involved – some reasons include not recognizing the need for help, feeling overwhelmed or hopeless, failing to use available supports, not practicing coping strategies before a crisis, and forgetting to use previously learned skills. Using the most science-informed cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches in relapse prevention, participants will learn approaches, specific skills, and detailed interventions associated with relapse prevention. This experiential and skill-based training will go beyond standard relapse prevention interventions and integrate current science-based CBT strategies.
CEU Hours: 10

SSAS17103: Holistic Approaches to Addiction and Mental Health Recovery
Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, MAC, BCHHP
To be successful, recovery must go beyond cessation of substance use and include return to health across multiple dimensions and domains. This course emphasizes holistic and integrative approaches that promote addiction recovery by examining bio-psycho-social-spiritual model and wellness dimensions. Special attention will be devoted to the importance of improving physical health through nutrition, exercise and other wellness practices. Participants will also learn specific techniques of coaching and motivational enhancement therapy to promote proactive client strategies towards health, wellness, and recovery. Cultural philosophies of health, disease, and disease management will be explored.
CEU Hours: 10

SSAS17104: Addiction and Criminality
William Hample, LCADC, CJC
Substance use disorders, criminality and mental health issues often co-occur making it difficult to create strategies that work across multiple domains. This course will examine how substance use in criminal offenders increases the problem of recidivism and criminality in substance users, impacts treatment, and relapse. Participants will discuss addiction treatment as an alternative to incarceration and ways to support successful re-entry of individuals leaving the criminal justice system with substance use problems. Emphasis will be placed upon evidence-based practices that can support the unique and specific needs of special populations (e.g., gender, race, sexual orientation, religious) that may require additional treatment resources to enhance their recovery process.
CEU Hours: 10

SSAS17105: Being Trauma Informed
Kathryn Bedard, MA, LCADC, CMS
A trauma-informed approach incorporates realizing the prevalence of trauma, recognizing the effects of trauma, and responding to this knowledge. Using self-assessment, this course looks at how trauma informed participants are, examines the impact of trauma using Adverse Childhood Experiences, provides understanding of screening and assessment, grounding techniques, and through case study examines the core element of trauma informed care and how to put them into practice. Included in this course will be a contrast of cultures, cultural aspects of trauma, particularly in relation to racial-ethnic diversity and community of origin.
CEU Hours: 10

SSAS17106: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorders
Shireen L. Rizvi, Ph.D, ABPP
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) for Substance Use Disorders (SUD) is a treatment developed for individuals with SUD and pervasive emotion dysregulation. This course will cover the theoretical foundations and practical components of DBT in order to provide participants with a comprehensive working knowledge of the adaptations to be made when working with this complicated and diverse population. Specifically, topics will include tailoring DBT skills to address substance use problems, the additional DBT-SUD skills, and the influence of cultural factors in the delivery of the treatment.
CEU Hours: 10


Session 2
Monday – Wednesday 1:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m

SSAS17201: Treating 21st Century Drug Use
Frank Greenagel, LCSW, LCADC, ACSW, CJC, CCS
Drug trends are constantly evolving: synthetic cannabinoids (K2, spice, space), bath salts, Adderall, Molly, buprenorphine, hydrocodone, Fentanyl, Kratom, GHB, DMX and oxycodone all present addiction counselors with unique challenges.  Participants will be taught the side effects, withdrawal symptoms, street names, costs, common places these chemicals are bought, legal issues around them, state and federal policies that are addressing the problems caused by these substances, and strategies you can use to treat clients who use these drugs. We will review data regarding racial disparities in treatment admission and the criminal justice system and discuss ways of addressing it.
CEU Hours: 10

SSAS17202: Building Motivation: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Early Recovery
Claudia Blackburn, MS, PsyD
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) uses mindfulness and behavioral activation/changes to increase clients' psychological coping and wellbeing. In essence, it helps individuals engage in positive behaviors, based on their own values, while experiencing new challenges in early recovery. ACT can increase effective action; reduce disruptive thoughts and feelings, maladaptive behaviors; alleviate emotional distress; decrease avoidant behaviors; engage in value-based decisions; and form action steps that support their recovery goals. This course addresses how to incorporate ACT in individual and group treatment settings. Beyond the initial introduction, training will focus on ACT strategies that target motivation, particularly with clients in early recovery. Participants will have the opportunity to learn specific strategies through active demonstrations.
CEU Hours: 10

SSAS17203: Providing Culturally Competent and Integrated LGBTQ Addictions Treatment
Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, MAC, BCHHP
Evidence suggests that there is a high risk of addiction and mental health issues in the LGBTQ community. This course will prepare the addiction and mental health practitioner with accurately recognizing, assessing, and treating individuals who identify as LGBTQIA and who present with substance use related problems.  Special attention will be paid to comprehension of sexuality self-identifier terms, culturally-specific risk and etiological factors, and evidence-based culturally-competent treatment considerations.  Participants will explore the disparity that exists between treatment need and treatment seeking, which may be due in part to a lack of culturally-competent practitioners.
CEU Hours: 10

SSAS17204: The Recovery Movement’s Role in the Treatment Continuum
Megan Sullivan, LPC, LCADC
The peer recovery movement is grounded in the idea that there are benefits of having helpers that are representative of the community they are serving. This may be specific to race, socio-economic status, or community of origin. A peer specialist will ideally understand the environment and vernacular of the community that they are serving, and can serve as a bridge for other addiction specialists. They are also tasked with introducing those entering recovery to the subculture of the recovery community, which has its own language and norms. This course will outline the origins and goals of the Recovery Movement and how it can be utilized successfully in the treatment continuum. Participants will learn about new research in the efficacy of employing those with real life experience in addiction recovery to be paid professionals using their experience to guide a person or family seeking recovery.
CEU Hours: 10

SSAS17205: Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy for Engagement, Treatment and Continuing Care
Bob Lynn, EdD, LPC
Multi-Dimensional Family Therapy begins with the basic foundations of family therapy and then takes the student far beyond in exploring all of the systems that clients must live and work within. This is an experiential course where students learn and practice new and innovative methods of engaging systems to support ongoing recovery from substance use disorders. Participants will learn appropriate interventions that challenge destructive patterns, guide families and larger systems in reaching more productive levels of functioning and achieving a greater quality of life, and meeting the client where they present, which includes religious, cultural and nontraditional family systems. A major focus of this course is the narrative that recognizes the role that diversity plays in the healing process.
CEU Hours: 10

SSAS17206: Mindfulness Techniques for Treatment of Addiction
Nathalie Edmond, PsyD
Mindfulness is emerging as a treatment that can help with a range of addictions.  Mindfulness can help individuals become more aware of their cravings as well as thoughts, sensations and emotions underlying the cravings.  A mindful therapist can be more present in session, more compassionate less vulnerable to burnout, and more effective.  This course will provide an overview of mindfulness techniques to help both the client and clinician in treatment. It will distinguish secular from non-secular approaches to mindfulness and review how mindfulness can be introduced or adapted to fit with different cultures. Participants will engage in mindfulness exercises and focus on being present. Specific mindfulness exercises related to addiction treatment will be reviewed.
CEU Hours: 10