Jennifer Baity, LCSW

Jennifer specializes in training on the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. See below for a current list of available training topics from Motivational Interviewing to Bipolar Disorder to the 2-day BBS required class for LCSWs, LMFTS, and LPCCs on Identification and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders. 

Motivational Interviewing  2 hours - 3 days plus coaching

Learn how to help guide your clients into developing motivation to change problematic and risky behaviors (e.g. substance use disorders, poor eating habits, treatment engagement and adherance, and tobacco use). "Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change.  It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. ” (Miller and Rollnick 2012) Strengthen your ability to motivate your clients to make and maintain positive changes. You will become familiar with the spirit, principles and basic techniques of MI. Through interactive exercises, role-play, practice, video, and case examples, you will learn to apply MI flexibly and effectively and to make it a natural and integrated part of your clinical practice. MI was recently redesigned to include Miller & Rollnick's new four-process model and Jennifer includes these changes in her trainings. 

Motivational Interviewing  3-Hour Refresher 

Become more confident in your MI counseling! This three-hour course is for people who have had (at minimum) a two-day beginner's course in motivational interviewing and who want to refresh their skills, update their knowledge, and develop better competence in MI. MI is an excellent evidence-based practice for assisting clients to initiate change in a wide range of problem behaviors. Review the spirit and principles of motivational interviewing. Refresh and develop your skills in helping people who are 'stuck' or unsure of the need for change. Participants will practice skills to help better apply MI theory to real life situations. 

Demystifying Drugs and Alcohol  

This 2-day, 15-hour in-depth pre-licensure class on the assessment and treatment of substance-related disorders was developed for ASWs and MFTIs. It is also appropriate for any other staff members who want simply to learn more about this issue. Topics covered include: drugs and their effects, current trends, screening and assessment, warning signs, an overview of substance-related disorders as defined in the DSM-5, treatment strategies such as relapse prevention, harm reduction and motivational interviewing, dual diagnosis/co-occurring disorders, referral information and more. Attendees should leave this training with a solid basic understanding on how recognize and treat people with substance-related problems and how to differentiate them from people who  use drugs without significant problems.

Screening, Assessment & Intervention Strategies for Substance Users  1-4-hour trainings, adapted from Demystifying Drugs and Alcohol (above).

Harm Reduction   3-7 hours 

Learn how to help clients who engage in high-risk drug and alcohol use to reduce the potential harms related to these choices (e.g. overdose, contraction of blood-borne pathogens like HIV and hepatitis, victimization, homelessness, job loss, relationship stresses, etc.)

Overdose Prevention

Harm Reduction and Specific Substances (e.g. safer use of Alcohol, Amphetamines, Cocaine, Opioids, Hallucinogens, etc.)

Harm Reduction in an Institutional Setting

History of Harm Reduction

The Impact of Substance Use on Our Bodies & Our Minds   7 hours

    Why do humans enjoy using drugs? What happens to our brains and our bodies when we do? In this course, attendees learn the:       Impact of substance use on the brain, including:
   ·    Current trends
   ·    The involvement of neurotransmitters in why we enjoy and often benefit from substance use
   ·    How addiction occurs and why many people with severe SUDs can’t ‘just quit'
   ·    Blackouts, Memory loss and Dementia
         Short-term and long-term effects and health consequences of drugs and alcohol, including:
   ·    Intoxication,  Heavy Use,  Tolerance, and Withdrawal
   ·    Diabetes
   ·    HIV, Hepatitis B&C, and Abscesses

    Cultural Considerations: The differing effects of substances on:      ·    Men, Women, Adolescents, Adults and Older Adults
   ·    People with different genetic issues and ethnic backgrounds
        Treatment Implications of these issues

Relapse Prevention Counseling
 7 hours

Addiction to substances is a problem that often leads to relapse (recurrence of severe Substance Use Disorder symptoms) thereby making the prevention of relapse one of the critical elements of effective treatment. Studies have shown that 54 percent of all alcohol and other drug abuse patients can be expected to relapse, and that 61 percent of that number will have multiple periods of relapse. Although relapse is a symptom of addiction, it is preventable. This class will examine the process of relapse, along with information about recognizing its "warning signs," or triggers, and the elements of relapse prevention treatment methodologies.  

Co-Occurring Disorders (COD) (Dual Diagnosis)
 7 hours 

Inividuals who have co-existing substance-related and psychiatric disorders must overcome a number of significant hurdles on their way to recovery: multiple health and social problems, double the stigma, a poor response to traditional treatments, a lack of joint treatment options, and a chronic cycle of treatment entry and re-entry. Learn which of your clients are at highest risk for developing COD and how you can use evidence-based practices (such as integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment) in your practice to help them recover.

Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders  7 hours

Many youth with mental health disorders also have co-occurring substance-related disorders (COD). Across a range of studies 54 to 95 percent of youth in alcohol and drug treatment also have conduct or oppositional defiant disorder; mood disorders are evident in approximately half of these teens and 15 to 42 percent exhibit anxiety disorders (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder; social phobia). Dr. Ken Minkoff states that “co-morbidity is so common that dual diagnosis should be expected rather than considered an exception." Do YOU know how to best treat drug and alcohol problems in your COD clients? Would you like to know how?  

Drugs and Their Effects
 2 - 7 hours

Study an overview of psychoactive drugs, their effects on the body/brain, signs/symptoms of drug use, and the risks and benefits of using each drug. There is a particular focus on newer drugs and/or newer formulations of substances that people have used for quite some time (e.g. "bath salts", cannabis "wax", and hallucinogens).  

Methamphetamine  7 hours

Many people are concerned about the impact meth has on clients, families, children, and communities. Learn the facts about this powerful drug. This class covers the history and manufacturing of the drug, its impact on drug endangered children; fetal, youth, adolescent, and adult health and psychiatric effects; gender issues,  trauma issues and their impact on treatment; diagnosis and evidence-based treatment strategies, so participants feel prepared to assist a range of clients who have meth-related problems.

Self-help Groups
 2-3 hours 

Explore an overview of  12-step groups (e.g. Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Crystal Meth Anonymous, and Dual Recovery Anonymous), LifeRing, SMART Recovery, Moderation Management, HAMS, and others and the barriers to and benefits of participating in them, information about the structure, format, and “tools” of these programs. Identification of  how following the 12 Steps or the suggestions in any of these programs helps people rebuild their lives.  

How to Talk to Youth about Drugs
 3 hours 

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  3 hours 

Excessive harmful substance use 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.

Working with Active Substance Users/Harm Reduction Therapy  7 hours

Do you have clients who are currently using drugs and alcohol? You’re not alone. Studies have found that 90% or more people who use substances problematically don't want to stop - at least not immediately. Learn clinical strategies to engage and treat this population. You can make a difference in engaging with and helping these clients improve their quality of life, even if they decide to continue using drugs. Learn about drugs and their effects, current trends, diagnosis of substance-related problems, engagement strategies, harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and individual, group, and family treatment strategies.  

Substance Abuse in a Residential Setting   3 hours

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  3 hours 

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
 2 hours 

Learn about interactions between commonly prescribed psychiatric medications, alcohol and street drugs. Learn what we know about which drugs interact most dangerously with these medications and how to educate and counsel your clients about this potentially life-threatening issue.  

Bipolar Disorder   7 hours

This overview class will help you in diagnosing and treating clients with bipolar disorder, separating bipolar symptoms from common co-occurring disorders and misdiagnoses (e.g. Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), excessive substance use, schizophrenia, and other mental health problems, as well as evidence-based intervention strategies and a look at commonly used medications. Through use of lecture, discussion and vignettes to assist you to learn and retain the information, this class will leave you feeling more confident in your work with clients with Bipolar Disorder.

Developmental Disabilities (DD)
 6 hours

This class on DD focuses on the major categories of DD: autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, hearing loss, intellectual disabilities, and vision impairment. Learn about how to assist clients and their families with these disabilities.  

Disruptive, Impulse Control, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Conduct Disorders
 7 hours 

Review diagnostic criteria for these disorders, how to rule out mental health diagnoses with similar clinical presentations, and study effective treatment strategies for these problems.  

Anxiety Disorders  3 hours 

Learn about anxiety disorders listed in DSM-5: generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), phobias and social anxiety disorder (also known as social phobia), selective mutism, panic disorder, 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.