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You know it's not just addiction that you treat...

You've worked with incarcerated clients full of regret, parents feeling they’re failing their children, clients who cause irreversible damage driving under the influence...

The shame of poor choices becomes fuel to the fire of addiction that YOU need to put out.

Whether you've been in the field for decades or are just getting your footing, you'll gain the skill set from our unique dual addiction and shame certification course to treat more than the surface of addiction. Get the skills to blend CBT, DBT, REBT, Psychodynamic, and Family & Group Therapy strategies with innovative addiction treatment models and proven strategies for uprooting shame to:

  • Restore order to a hijacked brain reward system
  • Help clients reframe their symptoms to cultivate self-acceptance
  • Reprocess shame-driven thoughts, emotions, and behaviors
  • Harness the inherent healing of the therapeutic alliance
  • Apply an eclectic approach to addiction and more!

Lead your clients to long-term sobriety and create a practice that makes YOU feel proud.

Get BOTH certifications FREE for one year — REGISTER NOW!

Addiction & Shame Dual Certification Training

$1,129.96 Value
Save Big! ONLY $399.99
Earn up to 25 CE Hours included in the course tuition.

Objectives & Outline | CE Information | Certification
Become the expertwith the ultimate certifications you need to elevate your practice right now – and the transformational shame-informed addiction skills to immediately change your clients’ lives today. You’ll get strategies to:
  • Overcome fears about failure, inadequacy & rejection
  • Keep therapy moving and end shame driven-avoidance
  • Reclaim the body from shame & create acceptance
  • Build shame resiliency with empathy, forgiveness & compassion interventions
  • Differentiate between casual misuse and addiction
  • Manage PAWS, cross dependence, serotonin syndrome & excited delirium
  • Motivational Interviewing dialogues to improve client engagement & treatment compliance
  • Modify interventions for BIPOC and diverse clinical populations and avoid the 10 most common group therapy errors!

And, remember, your two certifications are FREE. Get the prestige and honor you deserve today!

Course Outline
Addiction Certification Training

Join Paul Brasler M.A., LCSW, for the most engaging and innovate addictions treatment course we've ever offered. Paul showcases effective, evidence-based treatment models for you to integrate into an eclectic approach to addiction that will create long-term sobriety in your most challenging cases.
  • Dialogues to improve motivational interviewing and "OARS" method
  • Avoid the 10 most common errors made in group therapy
  • Manage PAWS, cross dependence, serotonin syndrome & excited delirium
  • Overcome assumptions working with women, pregnant clients, cultural & racial groups, people with disabilities, homelessness, military personnel, veterans & elderly populations
Science Behind Substance Use Disorders (SUDs)
  • New gateways to addiction
  • Biopsychosocial aspects of abuse
  • 5 F's of Trauma Response
  • The brain's reward system
  • Impact of metabolism

Signs of Intoxication & Withdrawal
  • Spot PAWS, "cross dependence", serotonin syndrome & excited delirium
  • Alcohol & other depressants
  • Stimulants vs opioids
  • Prevalence of cannabinoids
  • Psychoactive plants, chemicals, inhalants & more

Assessment of SUDs
  • 4 take-home screening tools
  • Steps to assess for suicidality
  • Simplified diagnosis formulation
  • Spot trauma, comorbidities & drug-induced disorders
  • Navigate a high risk of misdiagnosis
  • Use non-invasive drug screenings

Treatment Planning: Determine Level of Care
  • How to decide level of care
  • Why detox alone is NOT treatment
  • Inpatient, outpatient or partial hospitalization?
  • Choose the right care each time

Recognize & Treat Process Addictions
  • Compulsive gambling
  • Compulsive sexual behaviors
  • Electronic addictions
  • Disordered eating

Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Strategies for Engagement & Compliance
  • Build an integrative approach
  • Apply motivational interviewing to each stage of change
  • Medication-assisted treatment, contingency management & harm reduction
  • Case management & resource use
  • Basics of Seeking Safety protocol
Psychodynamic Approaches
  • Role of the ego & how to harness it
  • Identify & confront defenses
  • Examine each client's development
  • Recognize & heal past trauma

CBT & REBT Interventions
  • Apply the A-B-C model to substance abuse
  • Recognize triggers & foster coping
  • Deconstruct negative schemas

DBT Strategies
  • Navigate SUDs and Personality Disorders
  • Support emotional regulation to decrease relapse
  • Create mindfulness practices
  • Encourage mental flexibility

SUDs & The Family
  • Address codependency
  • Function of family member's roles
  • Overcome family norms blocking progress
  • How & when to engage the family

Treatment Strategies for Special Populations
  • Overcome assumption & stigma
  • Active military & veterans
  • LGBTQ clients
  • Pregnant women
  • Older adults
  • Homelessness

Group Therapy Strategies
  • Group Therapy Strategies
  • Get people to talk
  • Structure rules & identify therapy stages
  • Handle intoxicated members & dealers within the group
  • Refer to 12-step groups & alternatives

Legal & Ethical Issues in Treating SUDs
  • Self-disclosure guidelines, personal biases & impaired practitioners
  • Work with incarcerated clients & drug treatment courts
  • Privacy laws & Duty to Warn
  • Address vicarious trauma & practice self-care
  • Risks and limitations of research

Shame Certification Training

Patti Ashley, PhD, LPC, brings a unique perspective to resolving what drives client's most destructive tendencies — shame. In this exclusive training, you'll learn to break the tyrannical power of shame and teach clients how to develop a stable, secure and authentic sense of self.
  • End shame-drive avoidance that stalls therapy
  • Reduce client's shame-filled judgmental thoughts and reactivity
  • 5 F's of trauma responses and how to use them
  • Get clients to move from feeling wrong, unlovable, and unworthy to empowered
Shame, Attachment and Social-Emotional Development
  • The difference between guilt, shame and core shame
  • Ruptured interpersonal bridges
  • Evolution of social-emotional development
  • Why is self-compassion so hard?

Neurophysiology, Polyvagal Theory and the Shutdown Response
  • Role of the vagus nerve
  • Examine neuroception & felt safety
  • Impact of core shame & implicit memory
  • 3 common responses to shame
  • How to expedite treatment
  • Mirror neurons & relational presence

Assessment Tools to Recognize Shame
  • Impact of undetected shame
  • Multicultural perspectives
  • Perfectionism, rage, blame & other defenses
  • Reading the body — non-verbal signs
  • Interview questions for relationship patterns
  • Self-assessment: identify your shame

Create a Safe and Empathetic Environment
  • Keys to attunement
  • Becoming more empathic & vulnerable
  • Avoid stigmatizing language
  • Increase power sharing

Strategies for Long-Term Change
  • Somatic approaches to cultivate secure attachment
  • Gratitude & connection strengthening exercises
  • 4 Therapeutic R's: Recognize, Respect, Regulate and Re-Story
  • 4 C's to calm nervous system and self-regulate
  • Creative arts, music and poetry, playfulness, humor and nature
  • Mindfulness meditations & visualizations for acceptance
  • Re-write client narratives
  • Research limitations and risks
Anger and Rage Strategies
  • Shame as a cover for anger
  • Create internal damage control
  • Keep the therapy room calm
  • Managing your response to anger
  • Let go of anger with compassion

Trauma, Stress & Anxiety Strategies
  • Overcome the paralysis of perfection
  • Social anxiety & self-doubt
  • Strategies to survive without guilt
  • Exercises to rediscover self-worth
  • Somatic interventions
  • Mindfulness-based, non-anxious self-consciousness

Eating Disorders Strategies
  • Role of shame in Binge Eating
  • Choice Awareness Training for moderation & presence
  • Decrease emotional eating

Substance Abuse & Addiction Strategies
  • Addressing the shame of relapse
  • Self-assertive trigger avoidance
  • Choice awareness techniques for habit modification
  • Build impulse control skills

Depression, Self-Harm & Suicidality Strategies
  • Impact of shame on depression
  • On-going suicide assessment & prevention
  • Healthy coping strategies for emotional regulation
  • Demystify shame responses and return them to their origin
Addiction & Shame Dual Certification Training

$1,129.96 Value

ONLY $399.99 — PLUS, FREE Certification for 1 Year!

Objectives & Outline | CE Information | Certification

Dual-certification is a simple process of getting two certifications from just one training course! Addiction certification is highly sought-after by employers, sometimes even required — plus, you'll have the added education in shame-informed care. In just one simple course, you'll have the opportunity to grow your practice two-fold by gaining the education to treat clients with addiction, overwhelming shame or both!

Become certified in just three easy steps!

  • Step 1: Watch this online course.
    Step 2: Complete the CE test(s) and instantly print your certificate(s) of completion.
    Step 3: Submit the Certification Questionnaire included in this training, and your application is complete.*


That’s it! No hidden fees. No catch. Just certification made EASY.

*Professional standards apply.

Learn more about becoming a Certified Addictions-Informed Mental Health Professional (CAIMHP) at:

Learn more about becoming a Certified Shame-Informed Treatment Specialist (CSTS) at:

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Your addiction and shame certifications demonstrate elevated competency and that you have met established guidelines of education and training. Being certified allows tailoring your practice to working with the clients YOU want. Certification is one of the easiest and safest paths to career success. But don't just take my word for it, listen to your colleagues:

"I love the certifications I have from Evergreen Certifications! I feel that it has helped me narrow my focus and be targeted in my training rather than choosing from the several trainings out there in various subjects. Now, I go to Evergreen Certifications to find out what may be helpful to add to my skillset, look at the recommended trainings and go from there!"
— Mary E.

"Certification has opened up my practice in ways I could never have imagined!"
— Don S.


Yes! If your goals are to improve outcomes, grow your practice, and enhance subject-area training, you've found the key to your success! You'll get a deepened understanding of substance use and it's commonly underlying driver, shame. When you complete this course, you'll have a robust set of skills and techniques to ensure you've met clear and established guidelines for certification.

Plus, we're covering the cost of both certifications for one year!


With over 24-hours of self-paced video training, experiential exercises, insightful commentary, concrete strategies and case examples, you will have new clinical strategies that you can immediately apply! We encourage you to take the time to fully absorb everything. Watch the videos. Read the materials. Get your CE hours! Earn your certification!

But, if you review all of the course materials and are still not satisfied, call us at 800-844-8260. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.


Yes! Once you register for this self-paced course, the materials — including slides, handouts, worksheets and more — are yours to keep, access, and review forever.


Meet Your Experts:


Paul Brasler, MA, LCSW
Paul Brasler, MA, LCSW, has worked in the social work field for the past 22 years. He is the head of behavioral health for Daily Planet Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides comprehensive and integrated healthcare and mental health services (including medication-assisted opioid treatment). Paul is also president of Providence Consulting & Education L.L.C., through which he provides clinical supervision and professional education services.

Click here for information about Paul Brasler
Patti Ashley, Ph.D., LPC
Patti Ashley, Ph.D., LPC, has integrated 40 years of experience in special education, child development, and psychology into her wholehearted work as a psychotherapist, author, international speaker, and authenticity architect coach. She brings unique insights into the identification and treatment of shame, trauma, grief and dysfunctional family patterns.

Click here for information about Patti Ashley

Addiction & Shame Dual Certification Traininge

$1,129.96 Value
ONLY $399.99 TODAY — PLUS, FREE Certification for 1 Year!
Earn up to 25 CE Hours included in the course tuition.

Objectives & Outline | CE Information | Certification
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