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With over 25 years in the field of addiction and criminal justice, our trainer brings a multitude of experiences and skills that provide professionals with trainings that are new, evidence-based and on the leading edge of science and technology.


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2020 National / International
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New Evidence-Based Training Series

Most state and federal funding sources are requiring use of evidence-based treatment models by qualified staff. This series offers professionals in addictions, criminal justice and mental health a training series to meet the new demands.

Customized Trainings

  • Prescription Drugs, Heroin, Opiates and Medication Assisted Treatment

  • Understanding Cannabis, CBD, Medical Marijuana and Vaping

  • Substance Use Disorders and Process Addictions

  • Trauma Informed Care and Developing a Trauma Informed System of Care

  • Ethics in Treatment of Substance Use Disorders and Teletherapy

  • New Trends in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health

  • Substance Use Disorders, Personality Disorders and Trauma

  • Understanding and Utilizing ASAM (American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria.)

Matrix Model of Treatment (Adult)
This treatment modality is recognized as evidence based manual zed treatment developed by the Matrix Institute. It is endorsed by NIDA, CSAT and SAMSHA. This training will prepare participants to implement and utilize the Matrix Model of Treatment. The presentation will include a brief review of the effects of methamphetamine and stimulants, the principals and components of the Matrix Model, which include triggers, cravings, roadmap to recovery and families and addiction. It will also include a brief review of the components of Matrix which includes cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Participants will also learn and apply the Matrix lesson plans.

Matrix Model of Treatment (Teen -Adolescent)
This treatment modality is recognized as evidence-based manualized treatment developed by the Matrix Institute. It is endorsed by NIDA, CSAT and SAMSHA. This training will prepare participants to implement and utilize the Matrix Model of Treatment.
The presentation includes a brief review of the effects of methamphetamine and stimulants, the principals and components of the Matrix Model, including triggers, cravings, roadmap to recovery and families and addiction. It also includes a brief review of the components of Matrix; cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Participants will also learn and apply the Matrix lesson plans This version addresses issues specific to treating teens.

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Compassion Fatigue and Professional Burnout
Professionals in the healthcare field expose themselves to clients with trauma and other extreme life events on a daily basis. Without self-care the professional can also display symptoms referred to as compassion fatigue. The professional working with these symptoms often don’t realize the symptoms exist. This training will help professionals identify the symptoms of compassion fatigue and ways to combat those symptoms. This training will discuss the differences between Professional Burnout and Compassion Fatigue. This training is a must for supervisors to be able identify these symptoms and provide appropriate interventions. We will also discuss how these issues impact not only the professional but the other staff, agencies and employers.

New Trends in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
Professionals must be ready for change. Technology and bioscience will change how behavioral health is delivered in the future. All healthcare professionals must understand new treatment trends will change the addiction and behavioral health field. This training will review emerging trends in addiction treatment such as recent information of neuroscience, addiction pharmacology and medications based on bioscience. Digital medications, DNA to test for appropriate medications to determine which medications are best based on person’s DNA. This technology is available now.

One new strategy involves using "vaccines," or immunotherapies, which target the drug itself-rather than the implicated neural pathways or receptors-by binding to the drug and blocking its entry into the brain. Cocaine and nicotine vaccines are both imminent for release in 2013, and one for methamphetamine addiction is under development.

This training will provide new and updated information for all professionals. National surveys have long documented the high prevalence of drug abuse among people diagnosed with psychiatric disorders, such as ADHD and PTSD. Supported research focusing on genetic and gender vulnerabilities, similar brain regions involved in co-occurring disorders, and environmental and developmental influences. New drugs for trauma will also be discussed. Professionals must see how these trends will impact not only services but how treatment is delivered in the future.

Understanding Mental Health Disorders in Treatment of Addiction: A Guide for the Professional
This training is designed to provide professionals a comprehensive understanding of common mental health disorders in order to provide improved integrated care. We will discuss these disorders and the emerging treatment for each of the disorders. This training will be helpful to addiction counselors to better understand the co-occurring dynamics of addiction and mental health. It is also beneficial to mental health professionals to better understand the relationship of addiction and mental health disorders.


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy - was developed specifically to treat Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) because conventional therapy was proving to be problematic for this illness. Developed by Marsha Line ham, Ph.D., at the University of Washington in Seattle, DBT focuses on skills training for both internal and interpersonal processes. Both individual and group therapy are part of the program. This training will teach information and skill sets needed to utilize DBT in the treatment process. DBT combines standard cognitive-behavioral techniques for emotion regulation and reality-testing with concepts of distress tolerance, acceptance, and mindful awareness. DBT may be the first therapy that has been experimentally demonstrated to be generally effective in treating personality disorders.

Systems of Care and Integration of Addiction and Primary Health Care
As healthcare systems change we must look at the way we currently do business. This training will address the trends in integrated care and how behavioral health can work with primary care successfully. We will review new federal policy in the states and how other countries are leading the way in the new framework.

Treating the Mandated Addicted Offender
This training offers participants working with mandated offenders; evidence based treatment options and includes criminal thinking and addiction, principals of treating the mandated offender. Case presentations/videos will be utilized to promote group discussions in the area of addressing both addiction and criminal thinking. Discusses Thinking 4 Change, utilization of a modified Therapeutic Community with evidence based practices. CBT and MI. Great training for addictions, corrections, probation, parole and court professionals. This training will also discuss CJ assessments, criminogenic factors, risk potential and motivational indicators.

The Pharmacology and Neurobiology of Addiction
Alcohol and drugs change the brain chemistry in fundamental ways. This training provides participants and opportunity to look at the process of changing brain chemistry to enable them adapt appropriate treatment protocols that match changing brain chemistry. It will also show the process of triggers and cravings and how those affect the process of recovery and relapse. Review various drugs and how they impact behavior and treatments processes for drugs of abuse. Review signs, symptoms and impact of drugs.

The presentation will show PET scans and videos that show how the brain is affected and also show times frames on the brain healing process. NEW! Medications in the treatment of addiction. How new medications can help in treatment. Great training for mental health staff.


Legal & Ethical Aspects of Treatment: Avoiding Malpractice and Potential
Working in the addiction treatment arena requires not only special clinical skills, but also considerable knowledge of certain legal responsibilities. This training will review the legal requirements in working with addiction populations. We will discuss with aspects of CFR-42 and differences in HIPPA requirements. We will also discuss the legal differences in working in a mental health arena and that of an addiction arena. Clinicians not fully understanding differences in areas such as subpoenas, open themselves up to significant potential legal implications. This training will provide clinicians information to protect themselves from typical malpractice issues and other common legal concerns. This training is a must for beginning clinicians and all licensed professionals.

Working With Personality Disorders, Co-Dependency, Trauma and Addictions
Professionals working in addiction and mental health know all too well the challenges of working with co-occurring disorders of addiction, personality disorders, co-dependency and trauma. This training will provide information on new trends in treatment of these disorders and how treatment professionals can manage these difficult behaviors. New trends of treatment are now available to provide better treatment outcomes. This is a great training for all treatment professionals to better understand issues around these complex disorders.

The Resistant Client: Adult and Adolescent
This training will look at how to engage clients even when they are considered treatment resistant, uncooperative or non-compliant. This training will look at different tactics used by clients and how move them thru Stages of Change and promote positive behavior change. Great training for juvenile justice and corrections staff. This training will also look at risk factors, evidence based models and how to utilize a multi-modality treatment to obtain best possible outcomes even in criminal justice programs and settings. We will also review adolescent and adult brain chemistry, cognitive impairments and how to adapt treatment based on cognitive functioning.

Co-Occurring Disorders: A Guide Through Tip 42
Research indicates that those who present for addiction treatment have other clinical issues in addition to addiction. This training will teach the difference in various models used for co-occurring disorders and will specifically look at integrated multi-modality treatment and how professionals can best implement this evidence based approach. Training will particularly look at assessments. This training will provide a guide thru NIDA TIP 42 and its recommendations. Also helpful for gaining hours for new Co-Occurring certification offered by IC&RC.

Addiction Severity Index: Utilizing the ASI in Assessment and Treatment
This training will provide all healthcare professionals information on how to utilize the Addiction Severity Index. This tool can be a vital resource in the addiction assessment process. This instrument utilizes 5 categories for evaluation, addiction, mental health, primary health, family and employment which can be used to determine appropriate treatment and placement. In addition to the listed information this tool provides specific components that summarize the clinical evaluation that can be used and submitted for child welfare and court mandated assessments. Private agencies, public agencies and private practice professionals will find the information beneficial in improving treatment care and outcomes even those utilizing public required bio-psycho-social processes. Leading recommended assessment tool for addictions.

Understanding and Utilization of ASAM Criteria (American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria)
This training will assist professionals working in all areas of health care in understanding how to utilize ASAM Patient Placement Criteria. This tool is utilized not only by addiction professionals in the treatment planning process but also by insurance companies, manage care companies, and private and public agencies in the delivery of addiction services. The training will review the fundamentals and how to utilize the criteria and dimensions of ASAM.

Implementing Recovery Coaching Model into Treatment
The School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, indicates that recovery coaches can significantly reduce the number of substance-exposed births as well as help reunite substance-involved families, saving state child-welfare systems millions of dollars in foster-care and other placement costs. This latest research suggest that Recovery Coaches, case workers with special training in addiction, relapse prevention, case management and counseling improve treatment outcomes. This training will teach basics of Recovery Coaching. These specialized staff in addition to evidence based models provide a strong foundation for long tern recovery. This training will teach basic case management skills, addiction counseling and relapse prevention concepts with evidence based model utilized in the Recovery Coaching model. With reduced funding for intensive programs clients need alternatives to supplement treatment. This will demonstrate how to implement the model. Recommended for all staff but also case managers and child welfare staff.

Treatment of Addiction and Criminality
This training will provide valuable information on assessment, treatment and improved overall outcomes in working with clients with addiction and criminality. Motivational Interviewing is a wonderful clinical tool used by professionals. Information will be provided regarding utilization and caution when using MI with anti-social personality disorders. The training will also provide information the treatment professional must have when working in the criminal justice system. Many issues related to the client needs and treatment process involve understanding criminal justice processes. The training will provide information related to addiction, criminality and criminal justice systems.

Evidence-Based Practices in the Criminal Justice Setting
The addicted criminal justice client is one of the most difficult and risky populations to treat. This training will look at evidence-based methods that can be utilized in a criminal justice setting such as jails, prisons and drug courts. This will address ways to handle manipulation from the clients, decrease staff splitting, anti-social behaviors. Treatment models of What Works, Thinking for Change, and Matrix.

Multi-modality Evidence-Based Models of Treatment
One of the newest terms in working in integrated care is the utilization of multi-.modality evidence-based approaches. SAMSHA and CSAT also look for these key terms in grant funding and how agencies utilize these principals. This training will review multi-modality approaches such as Matrix Model, Motivational Interviewing, Contingency Management, DBT, CBT and others in an integrated model. Once we define these models we will look at the formation and utilization of a multi-modality treatment approach and how your practice or agency can benefit.

The Anti-Social Personality
In working with criminal justice populations it is often difficult to determine whether behavior is related to the addiction or if those characteristics are anti-social in nature. This training will address the DSM criteria for both diagnoses and separate the similarities and differences in those behaviors and determine how to assess, treat provide appropriate re-entry services for those with anti-social behaviors.

Addiction, Conduct Disorders and Teens
Often not only does the teen present with addiction issues but has become involved with the legal system or social service agencies due to behavior related problems or a diagnosis of conduct disorder. This training will look at the differences and similarities in DSM criteria between substance dependence, abuse and conduct disorders. It will address how treatment should address the different tactics used by teens displaying both addictive behavior and problem conduct behavior. Discussions of evidence based models and how these need to be adapted to consider the conduct disorder issues. Will look at how to assess risk potential and motivational indicators.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a short term comparatively brief approach well suited to the resource capabilities of most clinical programs. CBT has been extensively evaluated in rigorous clinical trials and has solid empirical support as treatment especially for methamphetamines. This presentation will provide participants with a better understanding of the basics of this treatment modality and changing behavior.

Latest Trends in Neuroscience of Addiction Treatment
The addiction field is rapidly changing. Not only do professionals need to have excellent clinical skills, they also need an understanding of the process of addiction and the process of recovery. Understanding the neuroscience of addiction can assist clinicians in this process and how to utilize certain treatment modalities at the right time and place specific to the needs of the client. In addition to understanding the neuroscience of addiction we will also discuss new trends in addiction treatment and new medications used to treat addiction.

Test Preparation for the Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Professional Certification
This training prepares those interested in becoming certified as a criminal justice addiction professional. This credential has been recognized by the National Drug Court Institute as a credential to meet the demands of those who treat addicted offenders. This credential gives participants a unique set of competencies to provide effective evidence based treatment interventions. This credential prepares those testing for the credential by reviewing standards and core requirements.

Methamphetamine and Treatment Modalities
This training offers participants a through understanding of the effects and neurobiology of methamphetamine. It will review the history of meth to its present devastating effects on individuals and communities across the country. It also reviews the current most appropriate treatment modalities for methamphetamines. Utilization of PET scans and brain chemistry that demonstrates recovery is possible.

The Assessment
Of all the important dynamics of counseling the assessment is the most important factor in positive outcomes. Without an accurate and appropriate assessment critical information and processes are lost. This training will specifically focus on assessment tools which are used for various populations, addiction, criminal justice, adolescent and co-occurring and how those needs are vastly different. Additional processes that will provide vital information which is often overlooked. This will also look at how to assess risk factors, motivational indicators and criminogenic risks.

Motivational Interviewing: A Required Clinical Tool
Knowledge and skill in motivational interviewing are critical tools in working with resistant and other client populations. The appropriate use of motivational interviewing is also critical. Clinicians working with clients with certain disorders such as personality and anti-social personality disorders will need to use caution utilizing MI. This training will discuss the typical use of Motivational Interviewing, but also discuss some of the key issues and challenges in using MI with certain disorders and populations. We will also address special skills needed, how to adjust treatment and how and when to use MI with the more challenging populations.

Addiction 101
This training is intended for those just starting in the field of addiction or the audience that wants a basic understanding of addiction. It will address specifics of alcohol and numerous other drugs including methamphetamines. It will cover signs symptoms and effects of alcohol and other drugs. Great for criminal justice staff and mental health staff who want a better understanding of addiction and treatment.

Case Management and Substance Abuse Treatment: A Guide Thru TIP 27
This training will provide information on the functions and attitudes of successful case management in a substance abuse treatment setting. We will look at, screening, linking, client engagement, referral and utilization of case management services.

Prescription Medication Addiction: Treatment for Successful Outcomes
Prescription medication dependency and abuse is a growing national treatment issue. More and more clients are presenting with these addictions along with medical and other co-occurring issues. This training will look at the evidenced-based treatment options along with the issues related to pharmacological interventions. We will also look at how suboxone, naltrexone and other medications can work effectively with behavioral interventions. Great new training for a growing complicated problem for both adults and adolescents. This training will also address the specific needs for military and veterans presenting with prescription and pain medication disorders. We will also look at the neurochemistry changes associated with prescription medication addiction and how to integrate treatment based on that information.

Dynamics of the Group Process
The group process is a wonderful treatment tool when utilized appropriately. This training will teach core skills in building the group dynamic, proper engagement strategies, building the group as a positive format, assessing resistance and how the group process can become a motivating process.

Drug Courts, Re-entry, Addiction and Families: An Integrated Approach to Treatment and Systems of Care
The trainings will look at those individuals involved in the justice system and how the disease of addiction impacts not only the addicted person but also the impact on families. We will look at how to integrate systems of care that treat the whole family and how to access needed services for the entire family structure. This training will also look at how the correction community and treatment providers can work to provide integrated services for those being released from prison systems.

Addiction and Families
The training will address how addiction impacts not only the person recovering from addiction, but changes the family will undergo as a life of recovery begins. This training will assist in providing professionals information on how to engage the families in the treatment process and provide appropriate education on addiction from a family perspective. It will also discuss the roles families take while during the addiction process and then in the recovery process.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Addiction and Criminal Justice Treatment
Many professional working in addiction are not familiar with the requirements of federal and state laws that impact addiction treatment. This training will provide detailed information on how professionals, community service workers, peer specialist and case managers can navigate these complicated legal issues. We will review the differences in HIPPA laws and CFR 42 and the requirements that must be followed by all professionals. We will also discuss specific issues around ethics and how professionals must respond to ethical challenges in a growing and ever changing system that now includes electronic treatment issues. The training will also provide information on requirements and new topics of information regarding treatment and electronic therapy and support. Great training for mental health professionals to obtain knowledge around legal requirements in addiction treatment.

Comprehensive Treatment of Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders
This training will take a comprehensive look at the components needed for adolescent substance use disorders. We will look at assessment needs, treatment issues, brain chemistry and the adolescent, family and peer issues and integration of evidence-based services. Will we also discuss the difficult task of family involvement when treating an adolescent.. This training will also provide information on new drugs SPICE, SALVIA and prescription medications of abuse.

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