Jennifer Baity, LCSW
Substance Abuse: An Overview
Explore: What is a drug? Why do we use them? What do drugs look like? When are people most likely to overdose? Who is at risk? Why can’t they just quit? Examine the symptoms and difference between use, abuse, and dependence on drugs and why it matters; how addiction affects families; stages of change; harm reduction; and types of treatment.
Relapse Prevention Counseling
Addiction is a chronic relapsing disorder, thereby making the prevention of relapse one of the critical elements of effective treatment for alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse. Studies have shown that 54% of all alcohol and other drug abuse patients can be expected to relapse and that 61% of that number will have multiple periods of relapse. Although relapse is a symptom of addiction, it is preventable. Examine the process of relapse, how to recognize its "warning signs" or triggers, and the elements of relapse prevention treatment methodologies.
Explore how to help your clients develop the motivation to change problem behaviors (e.g. substance abuse/dependence). Motivational interviewing is a client-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. All motivational interviewing classes include an overview of Stages of Change. Beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes are available.
- What are the Stages of Change?
- How to work with clients in each stage; emphasis on the Pre-contemplation and Contemplation stages
- How providing stage-matched interventions can improve client outcomes and counselor job satisfaction
These classes are designed to teach staff about how to help clients who engage in high-risk drug and alcohol use to reduce the potential harm related to these choices (e.g. overdose, contraction of blood-borne pathogens like HIV and hepatitis, victimization, homelessness, job loss, relationship stresses, etc.)
Harm Reduction and specific substances (e.g. safer use of alcohol, amphetamines, cocaine, Opioids, ecstasy, etc.)
Harm Reduction in an Institutional Setting
History of Harm Reduction
Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders (COD)
Individuals who have co-existing substance-related and psychiatric disorders must overcome a number of significant hurdles on their way to recovery: multiple health & social problems, double the stigma, a poor response to traditional treatments, a lack of joint treatment options, & a chronic cycle of treatment entry and re-entry. Learn which of your clients are at highest risk for COD and how to use evidence-based practices (such as integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment) in your practice to help them recover.
Demystifying Drugs and Alcohol 15 hour pre-licensure class
In the assessment and treatment of substance-related disorders for LCSWs and MFTs – also appropriate for any staff members who want to learn more about this topic. Topics covered include: drugs and their effects, screening and assessment, warning signs, an overview of substance-related disorders, treatment strategies such as relapse prevention, harm reduction and motivational interviewing, dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorders and more.
Screening, Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Substance Users
1-4-hour long trainings, adapted from Demystifying Drugs and Alcohol (above).
Drugs and Their Effects
Study an overview and/or more in-depth coverage of psychoactive drugs, their effects on the body/brain, signs/symptoms of drug use, and the risks and benefits of using each drug.
- An overview of psychoactive/addictive drugs
- Their effects on the body/brain
- Signs/symptoms of drug use
- Risks and benefits of using each drug
Many people are concerned about the impact meth has on clients, families, children, and communities. Learn the facts about this powerful drug. This class also covers assessment and evidence-based treatment strategies so participants feel more prepared to assist clients who have meth-related problems.
Explore an overview of 12-step groups (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Crystal Meth Anonymous, and Dual Recovery Anonymous). Study the barriers to and benefits of participating in them. Obtain information about the structure, format, and “tools” of 12-step programs. Learn to identify how following the 12 Steps aids recovery from addiction.
How to Talk to Youth about Drugs
With the best of intentions, parents, teachers, and counselors often do more harm than good when talking with youth about drugs and alcohol. Learn educational and counseling strategies that work to help youth navigate this difficult issue.
How to Talk to Families about Drugs
Drug use/abuse and dependence can affect the whole family system. Learn through case-based examples how to talk to families about their child’s or their parent’s substance-related problems.
Addiction is a Brain Disease
"Drug addiction is a brain disease," says Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). "Although initial drug use might be voluntary, once addiction develops this control is markedly disrupted”. Learn about the latest addiction-related science and how it answers the question: “why can’t addicts just quit?”
Working with Active Substance Users
Do you have clients who are currently using drugs and alcohol? Well you’re not alone. Studies have found that 80% or more people who use substances problematically don't want to stop - at least not immediately. Learn strategies to engage and treat this population. You can make a difference in helping these clients improve their quality of life, even if they decide to continue using drugs. Learn about drugs and their effects, diagnosis of substance-related problems, engagement strategies, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and individual, group, and family treatment strategies.
Substance Abuse in a Residential Setting
But they’re not supposed to do that here! Learn about drugs and their effects, milieu management, and coming together as a team to address drug-related issues in a residential treatment setting.
Substance Abuse in a School Setting
But they’re not supposed to do that here! Learn about drugs and their effects, milieu management and coming together as a team to address drug-related issues in a school-based setting.
Substance Use and Prescribed Medications
Study interactions between commonly prescribed psychiatric medications, alcohol and street drugs. Learn which drugs interact most dangerously with these medications and how to counsel your clients about this.
Addiction and Recovery: Impact on Problem Drug Users and Their Children
Both drug and alcohol use and recovery from these problems often affects children negatively. Learn about this issue and how to mitigate the negative effects on children and adolescents.
MENTAL HEALTH-RELATED TRAININGS
Learn to discern the difference between bipolar symptoms and symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, drug abuse, schizophrenia, and other mental health problems. Study intervention strategies and commonly used medications.
Developmental Disabilities (DD)
Explore the major categories of Developmental Disabilities: autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, mental retardation, and vision impairment. Learn about how to assist clients with these disabilities.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
Review diagnostic criteria for both disorders, how to rule out other mental health diagnoses with similar clinical presentations, and will teach participants effective treatment strategies for these problems.
Learn about the anxiety disorders listed in DSM-IV: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), phobias and social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia), selective mutism, panic disorder with and without agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety secondary to medical condition, acute stress disorder (ASD), and substance-induced anxiety disorder. This three hour class covers diagnosis, the impact each diagnosis can have on functioning, cultural and gender considerations, and common treatments.
Making Effective Referrals
Explore the best ways to ensure that the referrals you make are a good fit for your client and help their lives improve. This workshop helps to build skills in case management, ethics, and legal issues. Examine how to make referrals that are appropriate to your clients' culture, language, gender, sexual orientation, age, and developmental level.