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 Paul Brasler, LCSW in this intensive two-day recording and he’ll walk you through numerous proven strategies and interventions that you need to effectively recognize and treat substance use disorders.
Watch 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, this training meets the educational requirements when applying 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 to get started!
Continuing Professional Development Certificates
- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 12.5 hours CPD.
Manual - Certified Addictions- Informed Mental Health Professional (CAIMHP)
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.
Paul has extensive experience in working with people with substance use disorders. After finishing school, Paul went to work at an adolescent residential treatment program, where he developed a treatment track for adolescents with substance use disorders. In 2003, he became a senior clinician in the Chesterfield County Juvenile Drug Court and provided individual, family, adolescent group and multifamily group therapies. After working at the drug court for seven years, Paul moved on to conduct psychiatric and substance misuse evaluations in emergency departments in the Greater Richmond, Virginia area. Paul has also served as adjunct faculty in the school of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he developed a graduate course in substance abuse treatment.
Paul has been a PESI presenter since 2016, and he has presented classes on mental health emergencies and high-risk clients across the country. He recently released his first book, High-Risk Clients: Evidence-Based Assessment & Clinical Tools to Recognize and Effectively Respond to Mental Health Crises (PESI Publishing 2019).
Financial: Paul Brasler is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Paul Brasler has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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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 behavioural 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
Biopsychosocial aspects of substance abuse
Attachment & trauma
The brain’s reward system
How metabolism impacts substance abuse
Signs of Intoxication & Withdrawal Symptoms
Alcohol & other depressants
Psychoactive plants & chemicals
Assessment of Substance Use Disorders
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
Treatment Planning: Determine Level of Care
How to approach level of care decisions
Why detox alone is NOT treatment
Types of inpatient & outpatient treatment
When is partial hospitalization necessary
Which treatment level is right for your client?
Recognize & Treat Behavioural/Process Addictions
Compulsive sexual behaviours
Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
Strategies to Improve Client Engagement & Treatment Compliance
Reward gains & treatment compliance
Case management: Link the client to resources
The role of the ego in addiction & recovery
Identify & confront defence mechanisms
Recognize & heal past trauma
Apply the A-B-C model to substance abuse
Recognize triggers to use
Foster coping skills
Deconstruct negative schemas
Substance Use Disorders & The Family
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
Treatment Strategies for Special Populations
Children & adolescents
Active military & veterans
Group Therapy Strategies
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
Legal & Ethical Issues in Treating Substance Use Disorders