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Digital Seminar

High-Functioning Alcoholics and Substance Users


Faculty:
Sarah Allen Benton
Duration:
6 Hours 05 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright :
Sep 06, 2018
Product Code:
POS054075
Media Type:
Digital Seminar


Description

What does addiction look like? Someone unkempt, unclean, and down on their luck? Disheveled and unshaven; sitting on the sidewalk with a bottle in hand? Chances are you didn’t envision a sharply dressed lawyer in the courtroom.

The reality is that many people struggling with substance use don’t fit the stereotypes. They effectively maintain personal and professional lives. Teachers, lawyers, doctors. Hidden in plain sight, these “functional addicts” are reliable at work, respected by acquaintances, and often the very picture of success.

But addiction is never functional. In truth, people “functioning” with a substance use disorder have merely managed to avoid obvious tragedy. They’re still someone in active addiction - just one who’s waiting for the bottom to drop out.

They need treatment - but treating high-functioning clients isn’t easy. Intense denial creates a formidable barrier to treatment. Avoidance including shame keeps clients from facing their addiction and fuels their defensiveness. Anxiety, depression, and trauma often co-exist as volatile partners to addiction that left untreated will likely lead to relapse. Accounting for all of these intersecting factors makes treatment planning challenging and complex.

Buy today and learn how to help these “hidden in plain sight” clients face their addiction, break through their denial, and end their silent suffering!

Key Benefits of Watching This Recording:

  • Learn how to break through the denial of high-functioning substance users
  • Dual Diagnosis assessment strategies that keep you from missing key co-occurring disorders
  • Integrated treatment/behavioral plans for addiction and related mental health issues like anxiety, depression and trauma
  • CBT-based interventions to modify cognitive distortions and challenge irrational beliefs in one-on-one therapy
  • Shame resiliency techniques that stop shame from derailing addiction treatment
  • Motivational and stage of change tailored strategies - help clients to commit to their recovery
  • How to integrate 12-step and clinical models for dual diagnosis clients

Credits


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after completing and passing the on-line post-test evaluation). 

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards


Addiction Counselors

NAADAC

This self-study course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.


California Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the CCAPP-EI, Provider #: OS-03-036-1019. This activity meets the qualifications for 6.0 CEH's (continuing education hours).


Connecticut Addiction Counselors

Provider #120924. This course has been approved as a CCB approved training and has been awarded 6.25 hours by the Connecticut Certification Board.


Counselors

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New York Counselors

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South Carolina Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists

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Marriage & Family Therapists

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Florida Nurses

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PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education. PESI, Inc. designates this self-study activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Canadian Psychologists

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Social Workers

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Canadian Social Workers

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education credits for completing this intermediate level self-study course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation. Full attendance is required. No partial credit will be offered for partial attendance. Canadian provinces may accept activities approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.


Colorado Social Workers

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Florida Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Mental Health Counselors

CE Broker

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number #50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 6.25 continuing education credits.


Illinois Social Workers

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Kansas Social Workers

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Minnesota Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the State of Minnesota, Board of Social Work. Provider #: CEP-140. This self-study package has been approved for 6.0 continuing education hours. This certificate has been issued upon successful completion of a post-test.


New Jersey Social Workers

This self-study course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #10 Course #1916 from 06/18/2018 to 06/18/2020. Social Workers will receive number and type of credit(s): Clinical Practice 6.25. Full attendance is required. No partial credit will be offered for partial attendance. 

 

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New York Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0008. This self-study activity will qualify for 7.5 contact hours. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. 


Ohio Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists

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Pennsylvania Social Workers, Counselors, and Marriage & Family Therapists

This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


California Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, and Licensed Educational Psychologists

This intermediate activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


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Handouts

Faculty

Sarah Allen Benton Related seminars and products: 1

MS, LMHC, LPC, AADC


Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC, AADC is the author of the book Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic and has been featured frequently in the media, including the New York Times. She has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “The Today Show”, “The CBS Early Show”, NPR, and is a blogger for www.PsychologyToday.com.

A Licensed Mental Health Counselor and co-owner of Benton Behavioral Health Consulting, LLC, Sarah is a clinical consultant for Aware Recover Care and the former director of clinical services at Aware Recovery Care, a home-based addiction treatment in North Haven, CT. She is also a clinical consultant for The Strathmore House transitional sober living for men in Boston, MA. She worked previously as an outpatient therapist specializing in addiction treatment at Insight Counseling in Ridgefield, CT, Turnbridge young adult male addiction treatment in New Haven, CT and at McLean Hospital at McLean Brook transitional living program for dual diagnosis in Belmont, MA.

Sarah approaches addiction from the position of a counselor with lived experience, having been in long term recovery from alcoholism since February 2004.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Sarah Benton is the owner of Benton Behavioral Health Consulting. She is an author for Praeger Publishers and receives royalties. Ms. Benton receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Sarah Benton has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


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Objectives

  1. Explore how the DSM-IV TR® and DSM-5® diagnostic criteria relates to high-functioning users of alcohol and other substances.
  2. Assess how the unique characteristics and treatment challenges of working with high-functioning alcoholics informs clinical approach with this population.
  3. Formulate a treatment plan for working with high-functioning drug users based on the stages of change model of overcoming addiction.
  4. Investigate how evidence-based integrated treatment approaches can be employed by clinicians working with dual diagnosis clients.
  5. Assess the benefits and limitations of 12-step programs on dual diagnosis treatment and employ strategies for effective integration into client care.
  6. Communicate how shame can negatively impact therapy for substance use disorders and analyze the role of compassion and forgiveness in the addiction treatment process.

Outline

Level of Functioning and Populations at Risk
  • How stereotypes hide functioning alcoholics and drug users
  • The profile of the high-functioning person in active addiction
  • Challenges of diagnosing and working with high-functioning young adults
  • Early recovery patterns – low functioning vs. high functioning
Break the Cycle of Shame and Addiction In High-Functioning Alcohol and Drug Users
  • The myth of shame as a motivator for recovery
  • The latest research on shame and addiction
  • Compassion-based communication techniques to:
    • Bring shame into the light
    • Break down defensiveness
  • The role of self-compassion in addiction treatment
  • Recovery pride
Dual Diagnosis:
Integrated Strategies for Co-Occurring Disorders
  • The impact of co-occurring disorders on addiction treatment outcomes
  • DSM-5® and diagnosing high-functioning alcoholism and addiction
  • Initial screening approaches
  • Assessment tools to identify
    • High functioning alcoholics and substance users
    • Presence of co-occurring disorders
    • Readiness for change
    • Strengths that support recovery
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome vs. mental health symptoms
Move Clients Toward Post-Traumatic Growth With Interventions Informed by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Shattered Vase Exercise – plant the seeds of possibility
  • Creating narratives
  • Letter writing
  • Positive remembering and repositioning
  • Reframe the meaning
Clinical Tools Tailored to Functional People Experiencing an Alcohol or Drug Problem
  • Crisis intervention – when and how
  • How to establish rapport and trust
  • Collaborative goal setting
  • Establishing a behavioral plan
  • Targeted treatment approaches for Dual Diagnosis clients
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • Identify and challenge cognitive distortions about substance use
    • Create positive reframes
  • Motivational Interviewing
    • Treatment strategies based on readiness for change
    • Motivational tools – keep clients in treatment
    • Harm reduction – meeting clients where they are at
  • Narrative Therapy and case example
    • Personal stories of change and forming non-addiction identities
  • Non-traditional addiction treatment
  • Using family system leverage to motivate change
  • Family agreements and contracts
Where 12-Step Programs Can Fall Short And How to Make them Work for Your Client
  • 12-Step programs – benefits and limitations with high functioning clients
  • Program models and language
  • Supporting dual diagnosis treatment
  • Effective strategies for integrating 12-Step models into treatment
Research, Research Limitations and Potential Treatment Risks
  • Research and research limitations
  • How private pay care keeps the high-functioning population under the radar
  • When clients don’t identify as being alcoholic

Target Audience

  • Social Workers 
  • Counselors 
  • Psychologists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses 
  • Public Health Department Staff
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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