ACT for Substance Use and Addictions

ACT for Substance Use and Addictions

10
CE Hours available

Take a moment and consider how “close” to addiction you are at this moment in your life. 

Do you personally struggle with substance use or addiction?
Does your partner or someone in your innermost circle?
Perhaps a family member? A close friend? A colleague?
What about the clients you support? How many of them know this struggle?

 Most of us do not need to look far to see someone we care about struggling with addiction. This is true for you, the human being, and even more true for you, the provider, that comes into contact with the lives of so many every day. As clinicians, the ubiquity of substance use and addiction is so vast that we must be able to engage with it effectively, whether we identify as “specialists” in treating substance use or not. All clinicians will benefit from having a foundational understanding of substance use and addictions and a flexible, compassionate, and authentic approach to supporting clients and their loved ones with these struggles.

The “What” of this course:
In this course, you will be empowered to use the principles of Contextual Behavioral Science (CBS) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to:

  • Understand substance use and addictions through a contextually-sensitive and ACT-consistent lens, including the impact of historical, sociopolitical and culture influences on these behaviors
  • Help your clients, your colleagues and yourself to notice, name and undermine substance use stigma when it is encountered
  • Embrace your own discomfort, fear or uncertainty about substance use and addiction in order remain skillful and prevent burnout when you encounter them clinically
  • Engage with the three pillars of ACT – Open, Aware, Engaged – as anchors to learn effective techniques to address common clinical presentations: managing relapse, working through cravings and fusion with the “addict” self-narrative
  • Develop trauma-sensitive responses to difficult behaviors in the therapy room, including lying behaviors, ambivalence about change, and reactive anger.
  • Find common ground between the ACT approach and Mutual Help Groups such as 12 Step, SMART Recovery, and others.

The “How” of this course:
Each session will include the introduction of new learning material, enlivening small group and breakout discussions, and experiential practices to bring key concepts and interventions to life. Dan will support participants in looking inward, to identify areas for growth and sources of strength in the learning process. He will also provide participants with concrete skills you can share with clients, including dynamic visual learning aids. Finally, a sense of community will be cultivated throughout the course, tapping into the collective wisdom and experience of participants.

This training offers 10 CE hours if attended live. We can only provide CE to those who are present via Zoom for the live sessions. However, the sessions will be recorded and available to watch later. Registrants may access these recordings at any time for up to nine months after the live training ends.

Before registering, please review conflict of interest disclosures and complete CE information here.

Session 1 | November 6, 2024, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST

  • Naming the contextual influences (including societal, interpersonal and intrapersonal) that shape our assessment and treatment of substance use and addictions
  • Applying the ACT lens to substance use and engaging clients in a conversation about it

Session 2 | November 13, 2024, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST

  • Naming and reducing the effects of stigma and clinician discomfort on treatment and the therapy relationship
  • Empowering clinicians with self-awareness and self-knowledge to reduce burnout and increase willingness to engage with substance use and addictions in session

Session 3 | November 20, 2024, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST

  • How to apply ACT interventions to common presentations, including ambivalence around change, functional analysis of behavior and relapse, cravings, and fusion with addiction “identity”
  • Using ACT/CBS lens for trauma-informed care of substance use

Session 4 | December 4, 2024, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST

  • Responding compassionately and effectively to lying & difficult behaviors in session.
  • How to support client engagement with community supports

Session 5 | December 11, 2024, 12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. EST

  • Applying ACT to case examples
  • Integrating ACT into your professional context & role

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify societal, interpersonal and intrapersonal contextual factors that shape our assessment and treatment of substance use and addictions.
  2. Define and conceptualize substance use and addictions through the lens of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
  3. Give examples of substance use stigma and apply ACT-consistent techniques for undermining stigma.
  4. Identify ACT-consistent techniques for responding to common clinical presentations (relapse, ambivalence, cravings, self-narratives).
  5. Describe ACT-consistent interventions for difficult interactions in the therapeutic relationship (lying behavior, antagonism, distrust).
  6. Integrate principles of trauma-informed care with ACT-consistent approach to substance use and addictions.
  7. Identify community-based Mutual Help Groups and describe how they can align with ACT-consistent treatment goals.

Please review complete CE and conflict-of-interest disclosure information prior to registering. This live online course is sponsored by Praxis Continuing Education and Training and is approved for 10 CE Hours by the following listed below. There was no commercial support for this activity. None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Praxis CET maintains responsibility for the program with the CE approvals outlined below:

Joint Accreditation: In support of improving patient care, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

IPCE: This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 10 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

Nursing: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc designates this activity for a maximum of 10 ANCC contact hours.

Physicians: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: Continuing Education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided through the co-sponsorship of the American Psychological Association (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP). The APA CEP Office maintains responsibly for the content of the programs.

Social Workers: As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. Social workers completing this course receive 10 clinical continuing education credits.

Drug and Alcohol Counselors: This course has been approved by Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 10 CE hours. NAADAC Provider #165310, Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc, is responsible for all aspects of its programming.

National Counselors: Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6759. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Praxis Continuing Education and Training, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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Mental health professionals beginner-intermediate level

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We understand, sometimes things come up!

Praxis will offer a full refund to registrants of both live and live-online trainings who cancel their registration up to 14 days before the course or workshop start date, minus an administrative processing fee of $30 for a 2-day workshop or online course, and a $50 fee for a 4-day workshop. If cancelled within 14 days, no refund will be issued, however, a credit for the same amount will be applied toward another learning product, which expires within 1 year. Please email us at online@praxiscet.com to cancel a registration.