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Certified Addictions-Informed Mental Health Professional (CAIMHP): Two-Day Intensive Competency Training
America is facing an epidemic of substance misuse, but there’s a major obstacle to getting people the help they need: There’s simultaneously a nationwide lack of training in addiction treatment for professionals as well as a massive need for people with this training. These problems are severe; many future mental health providers are graduating without ever completing a single course in substance abuse treatment.
But substance abuse is very much part of the real world of mental health treatment – even if that’s not why your clients came into your office. Be prepared to recognize substance use and get your clients the help they need.
Watch me, Paul Brasler, LCSW, for this intensive two-day seminar and I’ll walk you through numerous proven strategies and interventions that you need to effectively recognize and treat substance use disorders.
Complete this program, and through a combination of the latest addiction research and clear examples of treatment, you’ll learn:
- How to differentiate between casual misuse and addiction
- Who you should treat and when you should refer out
- Techniques to improve client engagement and treatment compliance
- How to modify your interventions for use with special clinical populations, including veterans
Best of all, upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be eligible to become a Certified Addictions-Informed Professional (CAIMHP) through Evergreen Certifications. Certification lets colleagues, employers, and clients know that you’ve invested the extra time and effort necessary to understand the complexities of treating addictions in clients. Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/caimhp for details.
CERTIFICATION MADE SIMPLE!
- No hidden fees – PESI pays for your application fee (a $99.99 value)!
- Simply complete this seminar and the post-event evaluation included in this training, and your application to be a Certified Addictions-Informed Professional through Evergreen Certifications is complete.*
Attendees will receive documentation of CAIMHP designation from Evergreen Certifications 4 to 6 weeks following the program. *Professional standards apply. Visit www.evergreencertifications.com/caimhp for professional requirements.
- Appraise the causes of substance use disorders & factors that reinforce drug use as related to case conceptualization.
- Analyze the basic neurobiology of addictive chemicals and its treatment implications.
- Categorize commonly misused drugs, including current “street names” of these substances, as related to assessment and treatment planning.
- Assess the signs and symptoms of substance intoxication and distinguish withdrawal syndromes for each drug class as related to case conceptualization.
- Perform a clinical assessment to distinguish substance use disorders from other mental health disorders and inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
- Analyze the various levels of substance use treatment, including medication-assisted therapies, to inform clinical treatment interventions.
- Evaluate the process of detoxification and its treatment implications.
- Utilize clinical strategies, such as motivational interviewing, to improve client engagement and foster behavioral change.
- Modify clinical interventions for use with clients in special populations, such as adolescents or pregnant women.
- Utilize clinical strategies to engage the client’s family in treatment to improve treatment outcomes.
- Demonstrate strategies used to improve the efficacy of group therapy, such as strategies for addressing disruptive members and building group cohesion.
- Evaluate ethical and legal issues related to substance use and substance use treatment, including circumstances when you should disclose client records.
The Science Behind Substance Use Disorders
Signs of Intoxication & Withdrawal Symptoms
- Biopsychosocial aspects of substance abuse
- Attachment & trauma
- The brain’s reward system
- How metabolism impacts substance abuse
Assessment of Substance Use Disorders
- Alcohol & other depressants
- Psychoactive plants & chemicals
Treatment Planning: Determine Level of Care
- How to ask sensitive intake questions
- Take-home screening tools
- Identify substances that mimic other disorders
- Spot co-occurring disorders & trauma
- How to navigate a high risk of misdiagnosis
- Non-invasive drug screenings
Recognize & Treat Behavioral/Process Addictions
- How to approach level of care decisions
- Why detox alone is NOT treatment
- Detox protocols
- Types of inpatient & outpatient treatment
- When is partial hospitalization necessary
- Which treatment level is right for your client?
- Compulsive gambling
- Compulsive sexual behaviors
- Electronic addictions
Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
Strategies to Improve Client Engagement & Treatment Compliance
- Motivational interviewing
- Reward gains & treatment compliance
- Case management: Link the client to resources
- Medication-assisted treatment
- The role of the ego in addiction & recovery
- Identify & confront defense mechanisms
- Recognize & heal past trauma
Substance Use Disorders & The Family
- Apply the A-B-C model to substance abuse
- Recognize triggers to use
- Foster coping skills
- Deconstruct negative schemas
Treatment Strategies for Special Populations
- The family’s role in recovery
- Family member roles: Enablers & heroes
- Overcome family rules that block progress
- When the client is shielded form consequences
- How & when to engage the entire family
Group Therapy Strategies
- Children & adolescents
- Active military & veterans
- LGBTQ clients
- Pregnant women
- Older adults
Legal & Ethical Issues in Treating Substance Use Disorders
- Handling intoxicated members
- How group support works differently
- Barriers to treatment
- Getting people to talk
- Spotting dealers within the group
- Referring to 12-step groups & alternatives
- Privacy laws & when you should disclose
- Impaired practitioners
- Working with incarcerated clients
- Drug treatment courts
- Bias in treating recovering clients
- Recognize & address vicarious trauma
- Limitations of the research & potential risks
- Social Workers
- Addiction Counselors
- Marriage & Family Therapists
- Nurse Practitioners
- Case Managers
- Physician Assistants
- Paramedics and Other First Responders
- Probation/Parole Officers
- Police Officers
2-Day Shame-Informed Treatment Certification Course
Shame lurks in the shadows of almost every therapy hour.
It can push your clients to hide their innermost feelings, put them into a freeze state where they feel trapped and powerless, or cause them to lash out at you in-session as they mask their shame with anger and blame.
Yet for most of us, working with shame wasn’t part of our university or supervised training. How will you move your clients forward when they’ve spent a lifetime viewing themselves as wrong, unlovable, and unworthy of getting better?
This 2-day Certification Training will give you the skills and tools you need to end the tyrannical hold of shame and empower your clients to develop the acceptance of themselves, others and reality necessary for the effective treatment of shame-prone clients with trauma, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use, and anger issues.
Watch and get the training you need to:
- End shame avoidance that stalls therapy
- Reduce judgmental thoughts and reactivity
- Reclaim the body from shame
- Overcome fears about failure, inadequacy and rejection that get clients stuck
- Build shame resiliency with interventions based on empathy, forgiveness and compassion
- Discriminate between guilt and core shame and elaborate on the adaptive, social and clinical implications.
- Evaluate the role of attachment in the formation of a shame-based identity.
- Investigate the neurophysiology of shame as seen through the lens of Porges’ polyvagal theory.
- Assess for verbal and non-verbal signs of shame in clients.
- Employ interview questions for assessing shame in clients’ relationships and current patterns.
- Investigate how clinicians can enhance attunement to create trust and openness with shame-prone clients.
- Evaluate how therapists can use co-regulation to create a sense of safety and equal power in the therapeutic relationship.
- Support how clinicians can increase vulnerability and self-awareness of their own shame to overcome barriers of relational presence.
- Investigate how shame acts as a cover for anger and explain how compassion exercises can be employed to help clients let go of anger.
- Evaluate the importance of managing shame in clients with substance use issues in efforts to prevent relapse.
- Employ somatic interventions to help cultivate secure attachment in trauma clients.
- Communicate how shame pushes clients into binge eating and clarify how self-acceptance interventions can be used to reduce emotional eating.
Shame, Attachment and Social-Emotional Development
The Neurophysiology of Shame:
Polyvagal Theory, Shame and the Shutdown Response
- The difference between guilt, shame and core shame
- Shame and attachment
- Ruptured interpersonal bridges
- The evolution of social-emotional development
- Why self-compassion is so hard to access
Recognizing Shame: Assessment Tools
- Shame and the Vagus Nerve
- Neuroception, shame and felt safety
- Core shame and implicit memory
- Three common responses to shame
- How addressing shame expedites treatment
How to Create a Safe and Empathetic Therapeutic Environment
- Why shame goes undetected by clinicians
- Multicultural perspectives
- Perfectionism, rage, blame and other defenses against shame
- Reading the body - non-verbal signs of shame
- Interview questions for assessing shame in relationships and current patterns
- Self-assessment: identify your own shame
- Mirror neurons and relational presence
- Attunement as the key to therapeutic change
- Large Empathy and being vulnerable
- Avoid stigmatizing language in therapy
- Co-regulating safety and equal power in the therapeutic relationship
Re-Write the Story of Shame into “I Am Enough”:
Clinical Strategies to Cultivate Secure Attachment and Self-Compassion
- Somatic approaches to cultivate secure attachment
- Self-compassion and gratitude exercises
- The four therapeutic “R”s: Recognize, Respect, Regulate and Re-Story
- Four “C” shovels to calm nervous system and self-regulate shame response
- Exercises to strengthen connections
- Creative arts, music and poetry – increase neuroplasticity
- Playfulness, humor and being in nature can rewire the brain
- Mindfulness and meditations for non-judgmental awareness of shame
- Narratives and visualizations to re-write clients stories to safety and being enough
- Research, limitations and potential risks
Connect Shame-Informed Clinical Strategies to the Treatment of:
Anger and Rage
- Shame of fear: Shame as a cover for anger
- Self-acceptance techniques for internal damage control
- Compassion and forgiveness exercises to let go of anger
- Somatic interventions
- Strategies to survive without guilt
- Exercises to rediscover self-worth
Stress and Anxiety
- Mediate the paralysis of perfection with self-acceptance
- Social anxiety as shame & self-doubt
- Mindfulness-based, non-anxious self-consciousness
- How shame pushes clients into binge eating
- Choice Awareness Training for moderation & presence
- Self-acceptance strategies for emotional eating
Substance Abuse and Addiction
- Addressing the shame of relapse
- Self-assertive trigger avoidance
- Choice awareness techniques for habit modification
- Build craving/impulse control skill power
Depression, Self-Harm & Suicidality
- Recognize how internalized shame can deepen depression
- Developing healthy coping strategies for uncomfortable feelings
- Demystifying shame responses and returning them to their origin
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Clinical Social Worker
- Certified Addictions Counselor
- Marriage and Family Therapist
- Psychiatric Nurses and NPs
- School Counselor
- School Psychologist