Full Course Description
Addictive Behavior as the Problem
- Utilize clinical strategies to alleviate symptoms of shame in clients.
- Integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions that teach clients how to regulate their nervous systems and alleviate symptoms of anxiety.
- Analyze the efficacy of cognitive interventions to improve treatment outcomes.
Introduction to co-existence of substance abuse and mental health issues within clients
Experiencing Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with trauma
- Introduction to trauma and addications in clients
- Introduction to trauma' impact on children
- Helping Clients Reduce Their Shame
- In-depth overview of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
The Neurophysiology of Addiction & Brain Based Relapse Prevention
- Explain to clients the fundamental brain changes that occur with addiction.
- Develop a treatment approach that addresses the five fundamental tasks of recovery.
- Practice a comprehensive systematic relapse prevention plan.
- Implement the four essential strategies in the relapse prevention plan.
- Utilize cognitive and experiential techniques to increase the client’s motivation to prevent relapse.
- Identify clients who are likely to relapse from those that are not likely to relapse.
The Neurophysiology of Addiction
- The continuum of abuse to dependence
- Normal neuro-transmission
- The neurophysiology of dependence
- Addiction’s influence on co-occurring disorders such as depression and anxiety
The Neurophysiology of Motivation and Desire
- Addiction’s hijacking of the reward and motivational system
- The relationship between emotional dysregulation and relapse
- The relationship between the frontal lobes, motivation and relapse
The Five Tasks of Recovery
- Core emotional issues such as depression and anxiety that are driving the addiction
- Strategies for day-to-day emotional regulation
- Relapse prevention
- Changing the Motivational System: Life satisfaction and dopamine
- Structuring ongoing recovery support
Relapse Prevention From a Brain Perspective
- Dopamine–driven triggers for relapse
- Cognitive, behavioral, and emotional relapse prevention strategies
- Motivational coping: the essence of a brain-based relapse prevention plan
- Practice the feeling of not wanting to relapse
The Elements to Long-Term Relapse Prevention
- Effectively assess relapse potential
- Prepare for the dopamine spikes
- Train the family/support system
- Identity as a non-user without loss
- The Life Plan: long-term life satisfaction free of addiction
The Neurophysiology of Addiction & Brain Based Relapse Prevention Part 2
A Harm-Reduction Approach to Addictions
- Addiction as a Dilemma
- Valerie Case Study
Harm Reduction Principles
- Curiosity, Respect, Acceptance
- Small Incremental Change
- Public Health/Medical Harm Reduction
Challenges & Diversity of People with Risky & Addictive Behavior
- Clinical Challenges
- Limitations in the U.S.
- The Tyranny of “Abstinence-Only”
- Motivational Stages of Change
- Scientific Revolution/Paradigm Shift
- Multiple Meanings Model
- Relational Psychoanalysis & Meaning
- Cyclical Psychodynamics
- Psychobiosocial Model
Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy
- Seven Therapeutic Tasks of IHRP
1. Assess how addictive behavior reflects the interplay of biology, meaning, habit, and social context, and the implications for treatment.
2. Explain why the harm-reduction stance of “meeting people where they are” is essential to effective treatment.
3. Describe seven therapeutic tasks combining relational, CBT, and mindfulness interventions to help people change addictive behaviors.
4. Use strategies to address risky behaviors in session, including Urge Surfing, Unwrapping the Urge, Microanalysis, Embracing Ambivalence, Decisional Balance, and the Ideal Use Plan. Copyright :
The iPorn Universe
- Articulate for clients the differences between porn use and the signs and symptoms of addiction.
- Characterize and address the trends of modern porn addiction that can negatively affect clients, such as interpersonal conflict, inability to become aroused by real sex, dysphoria, an increase in thrill-seeking behaviors, and self-isolation.
- Analyze the neurobiological mechanisms of behavioral/process addictions, and integrate salient treatment approaches into your practice, including CBT-Internet Addiction, holistic lifestyle attunements, and elements of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction.
For the Purposes of Psychoeducation, Articulate for Clients the Differences Between Porn Use and the Signs and Symptoms of Addiction
- Identify when usage become problematic.
- Examine how non-problematic usage can be tracked to prevent a slip into addiction.
For Assessment and Treatment Planning, Identify Which Modern Porn Addiction Trends Are Most Affecting Your Clients’ Well-Being
- Recognize what deficiencies in lifestyle may be contributing to problematic levels of porn usage for your clients.
- Identify inflamed emotional needs which may be fueling problematic porn for your clients.
- Discover the common trends of porn addiction, based on Mark Griffiths’ research into the Domains of Behavioral Addictions (Salience, Mood Modification, Tolerance, Withdrawal, Conflict, and Relapse).
Outline the Neurobiological Mechanisms of Behavioral/Process Addictions and Their Treatment Implications
- Explore how behavioral/process addictions affect the brains reward circuits.
- Discover how behavioral/process addictions affect brain development.
- Examine how behavioral/process addictions differ from substance-based addictions.
- Limitations of current research – case study model and paucity of research base
Utilize Clinical Strategies That Integrate Modern Treatments for Porn Addiction
- Explore the effectiveness of traditional relational approaches on the underlying causes of behavioral/process addictions.
- Discover Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Internet Addiction (CBT-IA) as the first direct treatment for behavioral/process addictions.
- Review Holistic lifestyle attunement strategies.
- Integrate Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) into a behavioral/process addiction treatment program.
Addiction Treatment and Couples Therapy: Using Emotionally Focused Therapy to Strengthen Sobriety
- The Medical Model and Addiction
- Key Figures in Modern Treatment
- Emotion Focused Therapy
- Emotion Focused Therapy for PTSD
- Definition of Trauma
- The Power of Treating Trauma Within the Context of the Couple Relationship
- Neuroplasticity and Change
- Importance of Heightened Emotion in Change
- How Emotion is More Powerful than Cognition
- Adverse Childhood Experiences
- Adverse Childhood Experiences and Addiction
- Attachment and Trauma is Key to Working with Addiction
- Importance of Context in a Person’s Life
- Cycle of Trauma Attachment and Addiction
- How the Couple System Hijacks Attachment Fluidity
- The Relationship between Attachment and Emotion in Systemic Change
- How Partner’s Stress Strategies Become the Other Partner’s Negative Trigger
- The Process of EFT
- Five Basic Moves of EFT
- Addressing the Addiction through Attachment Style
- Experientially Engage Client with the Underlying Emotion that Addiction Regulates
- Discover how to use micro-tracking to identify and make explicit the rigid negative attachment-based patterns that perpetuate relational distress in addictive relationships
- Discover how to systematically engage emotion to create bonding moments that support the addict in reaching out to their partner rather than their substance/behavior of choice
- Discover how to apply powerful attachment-based interventions as an effective alternative to the familiar modes of confronting denial that often fail and trigger relapse
Grief and Addiction
As a result of the opioid epidemic, the United States saw its largest recorded increase in overdose deaths last year, which is now officially the leading cause of death among adults under 50.
What do we need to do differently for clients grieving for a loved one who overdosed? And how do therapists themselves deal with the loss of an addicted client?
- Explore why addiction grief is often weighted in self-blame and guilt
- Explore how to help loved ones sort through the shame, isolation, and the roles they played in an addiction death
- Explore particular tools for helping clients deal with addiction grief and the “if only’s” that accompany it, such as responsibility clarification and separating out the loved one’s voice from the addiction
The Opioid Epidemic
Substance Related Causes of Death
Death Shapes Grief
Pure Grief versus External Triggers
Understanding Survivors Guilt
Sudden Death versus Suicide
- Three most common challenges
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Telehealth Treatment of Addictive Behavior with Janina Fisher, PhD
- Determine the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and addictive behavior
- Appraise the ‘Abstinence/Relapse Cycle’
- Implement mindfulness and somatic techniques to help clients regulate their nervous systems
- Plan resources that support clients’ recovery from their addictions
The Autonomic Nervous System & Addictive Behavior
Working with the Abstinence/Relapse Cycle
Techniques to Implement to Regulate the Nervous System
- Mindfulness approaches
- Somatic approaches
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