Seminars for Front Line Workers Serving the Addictive Client
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Serving the Addictive Client

Available on demand for groups of 7 or more

These series of seminars are designed for front line workers serving clients with addictive behaviors, or those with loved ones struggling with addictions.. Trainees will gain understanding of addictive behavior, types of addictions and recovering strategies.

Note: For information on St. Clair’s Chemical Dependency Counselling Certificate Program, please contact Continuing Education at (519) 972-2711 or visit www.learnsomethingnew.ca.

MODULE 1: OVERVIEW OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE - CAUSES, RISKS, THEORIES & MODELS
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This overview workshop designed for human service professionals serving clients and/or families with addictions will delve into what causes addictions, who is at risk of addictions, theories & models of addictions, psychological and physical dependence, basic pharmacology, how drugs are administered, stages of change, relapse cycle, harm reduction techniques, treatment for addictions and maintenance of treatment programs, local resources available in your community.
MODULE 2: METHADONE TREATMENT – KNOW THE PROBLEM: FACTS, MYTHS & FAQ’S
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Methadone myths, facts & FAQ’s are covered in this workshop. Topics to include:
  • Myths, facts & history of methadone
  • How does it work? – pharmacological breakdown
  • Adverse effects – signs, symptoms, risks & side effects
  • Tolerance, dependence, detection & interaction with other drugs
  • Function ability
  • Overdose, mortality & abuse
  • Tapering off
  • Methadone & concurrent disorders
  • Methadone maintenance treatment
  • Other similar drugs
  • Consultation contact
  • Community resources & contacts (prevention, intervention, self-help groups).
  • Chatham, Kent, London/Middlesex counties
  • Recovering Addicts Community Contacts List
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Centre of Addictions & Mental Health
MODULE 3: ASSESSMENT – AND TREATMENT PLANNING IN ADDICTION : ISSUES, EXPECTATIONS AND LIMITATIONS OF CLIENT EMPLOYABILITY
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Trainees will be able to employ basic assessment tools to gain an understanding of issues, expectations and limitations of the employability of the client and how and when to advocate for their rights and welfare. Topics to include: Stages of change, Mandatory Reporting, Confidentiality, Case Management,: Assessment & Treatment Planning; Case Management principals, Best practices, Client Centered Service; Individualized Assessments, The Stepped Approach to Care, The 6 Critical Functions in the Process of Change, Case Managers, Linking services, Commonly Used Screening Instruments, Various Alcohol screening tests, Hepatitis C, The 4 Stages of Treatment Planning, Client placement criteria, Barriers to treatment, Men, Women, Families, LGBTTTIQ substance abuse, preparing clients for treatment, and Effective Case Note Writing.
MODULE 4: FAMILIES & ADDICTION – THE FAMILY DYNAMICS -FUNCTIONAL –VS- DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILIES
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Trainees will be introduced to theories related to family systems and functional vs. dysfunctional systems, and the effect of abuse on families. Topics to include:
  • Family dynamic theories
  • Family systems theory
  • Functional vs. Dysfunctional Systems
  • Enabling
  • Codependency
  • Boundaries
  • Rules
  • Family types
  • Blended
  • Extended
  • Nuclear
  • Same-sex
  • The impact of substance abuse on the family and its members
  • Family dynamics – the impact on family
  • Children of dysfunctional families
  • Adult children of dysfunctional families
  • Neglect
  • Signs, symptoms of domestic violence
  • Genetic & Familial Influence.
MODULE 5: COMMUNICATIONS & ADDICTIONS EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE WITH ADDICTIVE CLIENTS
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Trainees will be introduced to the concepts and application of diverse interpersonal communication skills via lecture & role play. Topics to Include:
  • Fostering sensitive disclosure, empathy, positive regard
  • Reflective Skills (attending, clarifying, etc.)
  • Directive Skills (Leading)
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Verifying Perception
  • CIO – check it out
  • Gathering Details
  • Furthering – (full sentence requests)
  • Prompting –(cues to advance)
  • Questioning (how to ask & what to avoid)
  • Identifying & Resolving Discrepancies
  • Challenging
  • Lion or lamb Approach
  • Genetic & Familial Influence.
MODULE 6: WORKING EFFECTIVELY WITH ADDICTIVE CLIENTS - -COUNTERPRODUCTIVE INDICATORS – INVENTION & ENABLING CNT
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Trainees will be introduced to techniques in handling client behaviors and problem solving. Topics to include:
Recognition of various counterproductive behavior indicators:
  • Distressed & aggressive clients
  • Outbursts & Defense mechanisms
  • Impasses & Plateaus
  • Manifestations of client resistance
  • Task, maintenance & self-oriented behaviours
  • Intervention strategies for common problems
  • Verbally threatening behavior
  • Hostility – violence & Suicidal ideation
  • Motivational Techniques-Stages of change
  • Reinforcement, Affirmation vs. Enabling
  • Boundary differentiation
  • Encouragement, rewards & instilling hope
  • Identify client potential & Autonomy
  • Problem Solving techniques (3 What’s)
  • Counselor/Client Conflicts – Obstacles
  • Clients in Crisis
  • Dynamics in Relapse
MODULE 7: THE UNINTENTIONAL ADDICT HOW ADDICTION HAPPENS TO NICE PEOPLE
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Addiction to Prescription Drugs is ten times the problem of illegal drugs, far more gripping and debilitating than heroin or cocaine addiction, costs society and individuals billions of dollars, and affects the quality of life of millions worldwide who become accidental addicts. This workshop explores how addiction happens. Topics include: addiction and the brain; overview of the most commonly prescribed drugs that can lead to addiction; withdrawal and tolerance; cross tolerance; drug interactions; prescription drugs and the elderly; warning signs; alcohol and prescription drugs; psychological impacts.
MODULE 8: PROBLEM GAMBLING
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This seven hour workshop will examine the prevalence of gambling addiction in Ontario as well as the treatment and supports available for problem gamblers. Topics will include the history of gambling, current trends, gambling addiction and its effects on the family and the individual. Upon completion of this workshop, trainees will:
  • Identify and understand the differences between social gambling, problem gambling, compulsive gambling, and gambling addiction.
  • Describe the neurological effects of gambling on the person and how they relate to human cognition, emotion, behaviour and life style.
  • Understand and identify appropriate treatment options for problem gamblers, as well as their family members and friends.
  • Compare and contrast gambling activities with other potentially problematic activities, as well as addictive substances.

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