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Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies

December 2021

Motivational Interviewing: The Basics

December 1, 10:00 am - December 2, 3:00 pm
$200

Instructor: David Prescott, LICSW and Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP

Wednesday and Thursday, December 1 – 2, 2021   –  10:00AM to 3:00PM
Friday, December 10, 2021   –  2:00PM to 3:00PM
Friday, December 17, 2021   – 2:00PM to 3:00PM

This introductory two-day workshop offers practitioners in alcohol and other drugs prevention, criminal justice, health care and social services the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and to begin to incorporate them into their work. This two-day training will discuss this effective approach in the care of challenging clients, and provide participants with an opportunity to explore creative ways of integrating these approaches into an effective therapeutic intervention with an understanding about when to use MI. Motivational Interviewing is a client/ patient centered, evidence-based practice and guiding method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. During this two-day workshop, participants will learn the basics of Motivational Interviewing; explore ways of integrating Motivational Interviewing theories into other types of care approaches, and practice Motivational Interviewing on “challenging” client/ patient through real (as opposed to role) playing and discussion. In the subsequent four weeks the course will meet for one hour each Wednesday to discuss and practice motivational interviewing skills.

 

CE Credits total: 11  clinical

12/1/21 to 12/2/21
10
:00 am – 3:00 pm
4.5 ce each day

12/10 
2:00pm-3pm
1 ce

12/17
2:00pm-3pm
1 ce

Multi-Family Therapy

December 9, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$99

Instructors: Frank Greenagel, MPAP, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, ACSW, ICADC, CJC, CCS  and   Steve Seibelts, LCSW

Ongoing multi-family therapy groups are not often seen in treatment programs, despite the family being a critical element for individuals in early recovery.  We will discuss the three integral parts of a multi-family therapy program: more curative power, additional avenues for learning with less resistance, and therapist ease and economy; these factors work together to enhance the therapeutic effectiveness of the group.  We will review the four key components that should be utilized at the start of a multi-family group. Specific interventions for working with families will be discussed along with the benefits of multi-family therapy. We will review techniques and answer questions about working with parents, spouses, siblings, children and close friends. Boundaries and resources will also be discussed.

CE Credits: 6 Clinical

Participatory Cinema: Dissociative Disorders

December 15, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$99

Instructor: Anthony Tobia, MD

Home Alone is a 1990 comedy written by John Hughes that follows Kevin McCallister as he defends his home from burglars after his family accidentally leaves him behind on their vacation to Paris. We will analyze this holiday classic and discover the true meaning of the Christmas spirit, archetypal warnings (you better be good), and the root cause of dissociation. The physiology of dissociation will be presented, allowing for a creative and festive discussion of the dissociative disorders.
Movies have long been utilized to highlight varied areas in the field of psychiatry including the role of the psychiatrist, issues in medical ethics, and the stigma toward people with mental illness. At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, comprehensive curricula have been created utilizing films as fictional case accounts of mental disorders. At the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies, facilitated discussion of a selected film is achieved via social media as well as traditional PowerPoint didactic. Each seminar will show a feature-length film with a live Twitter feed on the screen that will transform the movie into an educational didactic.

CE Credits: 6

Dr. Ayana Jordan

December 15, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Conducting Culturally-Informed Research: Successes, Areas of Opportunity, and Future Directions.   To join: Link to webinar  Meeting ID: 99203601 2387  Passcode: 431406 Download Dr Ayana Jordan Flyer 12-15-21

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Substance Use and Youth: Current Trends, Warning Signs, and Engagement Techniques

December 16, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$99

Instructors: Crystal Wytenus, MA, MPA, LPC, LCADC, NCC, ACS

This workshop encourages increased awareness on the current substance use trends among youth in the country as well as specifically in the State of New Jersey.  The workshop will place emphasis on the importance of early detection of youth at risk and proactive actions to reduce substance use in this population.  The workshop highlights the benefits of appropriate utilization of engagement techniques, including techniques from motivational interviewing and the nurtured heart approach, in order to effectively detect and address substance use issues in this population.  Lastly, this will introduce the Wraparound Model of Care, which is a holistic approach that includes a focus on family and community engagement to “wrap” around a youth and can be utilized with youth struggling from substance use.  Participants will learn how this model of care can be used promote prevention, compliment traditional treatment services, and reinforce sustained recovery from substance use for our youth.

 6 Clinical CE Credits

Cross-cultural Communication for Addiction Professionals

December 17, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$99

Instructor: Regina Ford, MA

Every community, population, and group has its own culture, but how is culture understood when it is mainly comprised of unwritten rules? Culture is more than age, race, gender, and socioeconomic status. However, it can be difficult to assess the way culture shapes the identity of self and the way identity guides how we serve others. How does cultural competence differ from cultural sensitivity? And where does cultural awareness come into play? Participants will be able to list the components that constitute culture: norms, values, language, artifacts, technology, and symbols. Participants will be guided in critiquing their self-identified culture. The impact of implicit bias on professionalism will be discussed. Participants will be able to state the difference between cultural competence, cultural awareness, cultural sensitivity, and cultural humility. Participants will demonstrate the differences in approach to those in positions of power, while illustrating skills needed to build trustful relationships. Participants will construct effective strategies for communication that addresses potential barriers and builds relationships of trust.

CE Credits: 6 cultural

January 2022

The Power of Groups Using Motivational Interviewing

January 5, 2022, 10:00 am - January 6, 2022, 3:00 pm
$200

Instructor: Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP

This two-day training will provide information on how to use groups as a treatment strategy and incorporate Motivational Interviewing. We will address why using Motivational Interviewing in a therapeutic support group format is extremely effective. Group work provides several important steps that help break isolation often experienced by a consumer.  This training experience will provide information on the issues and care of special populations (adolescents, dual diagnosis, addiction, intimacy, low-income families, parents, etc.) through the use of support groups in care.  We will also explore the issues of assessment, interaction, group norms, and various forms of support for the consumer within the context of Motivational Interviewing..  We will also address “why” the therapeutic support group format is extremely effective.  We will also assess how the role of the group leader and the roles of the participants play in the group process and explore the importance of therapeutic contracts, goal setting, group frequency, duration and process some stages of group development.

CE Credits: 9 clinical

Compassionate Listening

January 12, 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$59

Instructor: Roseann Cervelli, MS, LCADC, CCS, CPS

No matter our profession or role in life, if we are engaged with people, the skill of Compassionate Listening is an essential one to develop and own. Compassionate Listening is the ability to sustain a sense of caring connection and belonging to others in their experiences of suffering or discomfort.  It is a quality of therapeutic presence, in which one is able to provide-just through their listening-an authentic sense of value and validation to the ones they serve. In this class, adapted from the work of Kristen Neff’ Mindful Self-Compassion Program, participants will discover how to listen from the neck down, or what is termed “embodied listening.”  With Compassionate listening, one is mindfully and compassionately present, not only to the client’s experience, but also to the thoughts, sensations, feelings etc. that arise within oneself as the recipient of the client’s story.

CE Credits: 3 Clinical 

Why Can’t They “Just STOP”?

January 13, 2022, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$99

Instructor: Ana Guerra, LCSW, LPC, LCADC, CCS

An estimated 12% of children in America live with a parent with a Substance Use Disorder (SAMHSA, 2017). The increase in Opioid Use Disorders has contributed to the prevalence of the problem. Both children and professionals wonder why love isn’t enough to triumph over parental use. This course will address the question “Why can’t they just stop?” and the brain disease of “addiction”. The “family illness” will also be examined as it relates to the impact of substance use on the individual and family members. Misconceptions about such families and substance use disorders as well as potential counselor biases will be explored. Participants will be presented with resources and techniques designed to enhance services for children or families challenged by substance use disorders.

CE Credits: 6 Clinical 

Addiction as a Neurobiological Disease: Matter-of-fact or Myth? (Part 1 of 2)

January 18, 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$59

Instructor: Julianne Price, PhD

Participants will discuss modern theories of addiction as a neurobiological disorder and relevant clinical implications. Historical models of biobehavioral addiction research and their evolution into the current biopsychosocial model of addiction will be dissected. We will explore the ways in which moves toward the disease model of addiction has both helped and hindered clinical practice.

CE Credits: 3 Clinical 

Participatory Cinema: Cognitive Disorders

January 19, 2022, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$99

Instructor: Anthony Tobia, MD

Anastasia (1997) is an animated musical alternate-history film based on the 1954 play of the same name. The film follows the Grand Duchess Anastasia, an eighteen-year-old amnesiac, who searches for her deceased family. We pair the musical with Stephen King’s The Mist which allows for a creative review of potential substances that can induce the behavior depicted in the Grand Duchess. Movies have long been utilized to highlight varied areas in the field of psychiatry including the role of the psychiatrist, issues in medical ethics, and the stigma toward people with mental illness. At Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, comprehensive curricula have been created utilizing films as fictional case accounts of mental disorders. At the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies, facilitated discussion of a selected film is achieved via social media as well as traditional PowerPoint didactic. Each seminar will show a feature-length film with a live Twitter feed on the screen that will transform the movie into an educational didactic.

CE Credits: 6

Integrating the Pursuit of Happiness in SUD Treatment

January 20, 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$59

Instructor: Andrew Walsh, MSW, LCSW

Research indicates that up to 60% of the substance use disorder population has experienced at least one two-week depressive episode. Depression is one of the leading causes of relapse in addiction. Additionally, approximately 25% of substance abuse counselors experience burnout. There are many misconceptions about happiness. Research shows three important themes with happiness. Many people are unhappy. They think they know what will make them happy. They are wrong. This course explores the science behind happiness. It identifies fallacies about happiness, what actually makes people happy, and how substance abuse counselors can integrate the intentional pursuit of happiness into their practice as a front-line treatment to reduce depression. Finally, this course will explore how the appropriate pursuit of happiness can reduce the level of burnout among substance abuse counselors.

CE Credits: 3 

Through a Trauma Informed Lens: Rethinking Addiction Treatment

January 21, 2022, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$99

Instructor: Dr. Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW, LCADC

Providers of substance abuse treatment recognize that most clients have trauma histories that complicate treatment and compromise recovery. Kaiser Permanente’s Adverse Childhood Experiences study has officially established the link between traumatic childhood experiences and the risk of developing addictions. Therefore, providing trauma-informed substance abuse treatment is imperative; and this requires a paradigm shift in how we think about addiction and how we interpret and respond to the behaviors commonly seen in individuals with substance use disorders. This session will define and describe a trauma informed approach to addiction treatment and will assist clinicians in creating trauma-sensitive environments and providing effective trauma-focused interventions.

CE Credits: 6 Clinical 

Addiction as a Neurobiological Disease: Matter-of-fact or Myth? (Part 2 of 2)

January 25, 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$59

Instructor: Julianne Price, PhD

Participants will discuss modern theories of addiction as a neurobiological disorder and relevant clinical implications. Historical models of biobehavioral addiction research and their evolution into the current biopsychosocial model of addiction will be dissected. We will explore the ways in which moves toward the disease model of addiction has both helped and hindered clinical practice.

CE Credits: 3 Clinical 

Suicide Across the Lifespan: Counseling and Prevention

January 27, 2022, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$99

Instructor: Frank Greenagel, MPAP, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, ACSW, ICADC, CJC, CCS

Suicide rates in the USA have almost doubled since 1999. Social scientists and policy makers indicate that the following factors have contributed to the increase: economic problems, the opioid epidemic, social isolation, the continual decline of the American family, distrust in institutions, lack of health care access, and racism. Prevention and counseling programs have largely been inadequate in addressing suicide and the fall-out from it. This course will examine data in the US and various states, trends, prevention, and counseling. Additional emphasis will be given to working with the survivors of those that complete suicide.

CE Credits: 6 Clinical 

February 2022

Motivational Interviewing: Practice of Supervision and Coaching

February 2, 2022, 10:00 am - February 3, 2022, 3:00 pm
$200

Instructor: Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP

This two-day training will include effective methods of supervising workers and provide an opportunity to explore creative ways of integrating effective interventions with workers in motivating them to grow in skill and work with our most “challenging” clients. The experience of parallel process using Motivational Interviewing in supervision and coaching staff in using the spirit, structure and skills will be illustrated using case presentations and interactive exercises. This course best defined as a worker centered guiding method for enhancing the intrinsic motivation within the worker by helping them to explore their counter transference and while using Motivational Interviewing as a client centered, evidence based model of treatment with clients in ambivalence. ​The Motivational Interviewing Assessment: Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency (MIA:STEP) package is a collection of tools for mentoring counselors and other clinicians in the use of MI skills during clinical assessments. During the NIDA clinical trials research the MI assessment protocol improved both client attendance and retention during the first four weeks of outpatient care. The researchers also discovered that the development and maintenance of MI skills was a challenge for the counselors engaged in the study. Participating in workshop training was not sufficient preparation. Ongoing feedback and mentoring were needed in order for most counselors to use MI skillfully. This package of products is meant to be used in the context of clinical supervision or mentoring. Use of these tools can help enhance both counselor MI skills and the quality and nature of the mentoring process. It’s a win-win for clients and agency staff alike.

CE Credits: 9 Clinical

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Strategies for Individual Sessions

February 9, 2022, 9:00 am - February 10, 2022, 4:00 pm
$229

Instructor: Nathalie Edmond, PsyD, RYT

DBT is an evidenced based treatment which has shown its effectiveness with treating emotion dysregulation and related self-harm behaviors. DBT has been adapted for different populations across different settings. This seminar will provide an overview of DBT skills and core concepts such as biosocial theory of emotion dysregulation, dialectics, dialectical abstinence, behaviorism, behavior chain analysis, and mindfulness that can be incorporated into clinical work. There will be a discussion of ways to adapt the treatment to meet the fundamental principles of DBT for a variety of settings.

CE Credits: 12 Clinical

Harm Reduction and Motivational Interviewing: Exploring the Commonalities, Stigma, and How to Integrate in Treatment

February 17, 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$59

Instructor: Allison Dickens, LPC, LCADC, ACS 

Understanding substance use disorders means understanding that abstinence-only treatment does not work for all individuals seeking treatment.  Research shows that treatment-seeking individuals respond more positively when the treatment environment is non-coercive and non-judgmental, and assists the individual in meeting their personal goals in safe and effective ways, as opposed to insisting upon complete cessation of use.  As our country moves towards increased legalization of formerly illicit substances, clinicians must learn how to understand substance use within the context, assist our consumers in learning to reduce harmful consequences of their use, and educate these individuals on how to minimize these harmful consequences while still empowering them to make their own decisions about their substance use.  The purpose of this workshop is to explain the principles of harm reduction as it applies to substance use and how to incorporate these principles into clinical practice.  Further, this workshop will explore some stigma regarding harm reduction and will address harm reduction policy in practice.  Finally, this workshop will discuss the use of Motivational Interviewing to set meaningful goals for individuals in treatment, support all goals set by individuals, and explore motivation to change.

3 CE clinical

From the Bottom Up: Treating Trauma in Substance Abuse Settings

February 18, 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$59

Instructor: Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW, LCADC

Providers of substance abuse treatment recognize that most clients have trauma histories that complicate treatment and compromise recovery. Kaiser Permanente’s Adverse Childhood Experiences study has clearly established the link between traumatic childhood experiences and the risk of developing addictions.  The reality is that we can no longer just treat the substance use disorder; the underlying trauma must also be addressed. Leading trauma experts have demonstrated that unresolved trauma is often stored in the body and interventions designed to primarily target cognitions are ineffective for individuals with complex trauma histories. Treatment programs are now seeking to adopt interventions that also treat the emotional and physical manifestations of trauma to improve recovery outcomes for their clients. This workshop will present a trauma-informed model of addiction treatment that combines sound addiction treatment protocols, poly vagal theory, emotional regulation skills training and body-based interventions. It will offer experiential exercises for participants to practice emotional regulation and body based interventions they can use in group and individual treatment.

CE Credits: 3 Clinical

Implementing Harm Reduction Practices in Peer Recovery Organizations

February 23, 2022, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$99

Instructor: Regina Ford, MA

Harm reduction incorporates an array of evidence-based and informed strategies ranging from safer use to abstinence to address conditions of use along with the use itself. The purpose of this workshop is to provide governments, non-governmental organizations, medical providers, and affected communities the essential skills needed to develop and sustain successful strategies that address the needs of drug users and other vulnerable groups. Participants will learn harm reduction terminology, definitions, and philosophies and explore the history of harm reduction and criminalization of drugs. This seminar will explain the foundations and benefits of harm reduction approaches and their strategies to reduce harm, risks, and further complications from drug use for the individual and the community. The seminar will dispel some common myths of harm reduction and the continuum of substance use (SUD) treatment and recovery. Attendees will understand harm reduction principles and services and define what it means to “practice” harm reduction.

CE Credits: 6 Clinical

March 2022

Outreach and Advocacy for Peers

March 9, 2022, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$59

Instructor: Regina Ford, MA

Many direct-service professionals struggle with performing outreach and promoting peer advocacy to connect with their target audience. For direct service providers, outreach is particularly challenging when budgets are tight. How do you create an outreach message that your consumer (and potential funders) will understand? How do you perform outreach with a tight budget and limited staff? Which community organizations are adversaries or allies? Effective outreach has more to do with strategy and less to do with budgets. The purpose of this workshop is for attendees to learn the fundamentals and explain the differences of outreach, marketing, advocacy, and peer certification distinctions, describe outreach and advocacy guidelines for peer organizations, and identify characteristics of successful and challenging community partnerships. Attendees will also create a simplified outreach plan with measurable goals that are effective in reaching consumers.

CE Credits: 3

April 2022

Emerging Addiction Conference

April 29, 2022, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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May 2022

Harm Reduction Conference

May 19, 2022, 9:00 am - May 20, 2022, 4:00 pm
Room 200, 607 Allison Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854 United States
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The Nurtured Heart Approach ®: Transforming Substance Use Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Outcomes

May 26, 2022, 9:00 pm
$59

Crystal Wytenus, LPC, LCADC, NCC, ACS, Nurtured Heart Approach ®Advanced Trainer

The Nurtured Heart Approach® (NHA) is a relationship-focused methodology that is an effective tool for creating healthy relationships and repairing strained relationships. Founded strategically in “The 3 Stands™” for helping individuals build Inner Wealth ™ and assisting individuals to use their intensity in successful ways. In children, strong Inner Wealth is correlated to successful prevention practices. In addition, individuals struggling with substance use can benefit from developing a strong Inner Wealth to build resiliency and rebuild relationships with their support networks. The utilization of the Nurtured Heart Approach ® with this population can promote prevention, compliment treatment efforts and enhance sustained recovery from substances.

CE Credits: 6 (clinical)

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