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Addictive Behavior as the Problem

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  1. Utilize clinical strategies to alleviate symptoms of shame in clients.
  2. Integrate Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions that teach clients how to regulate their nervous systems and alleviate symptoms of anxiety.
  3. 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

Copyright : 03/20/2016

The Neurophysiology of Addiction & Brain Based Relapse Prevention

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The Neurophysiology of Addiction

The Neurophysiology of Motivation and Desire

The Five Tasks of Recovery

Relapse Prevention From a Brain Perspective

The Elements to Long-Term Relapse Prevention

Copyright : 01/15/2015

The Neurophysiology of Addiction & Brain Based Relapse Prevention Part 2

Copyright : 01/15/2015

A Harm-Reduction Approach to Addictions

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Compassionate Pragmatism

Harm Reduction Principles

Challenges & Diversity of People with Risky & Addictive Behavior

Theoretical Models

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy


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 : 03/22/2019

The iPorn Universe

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  1. Articulate for clients the differences between porn use and the signs and symptoms of addiction. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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

For Assessment and Treatment Planning, Identify Which Modern Porn Addiction Trends Are Most Affecting Your Clients’ Well-Being

Outline the Neurobiological Mechanisms of Behavioral/Process Addictions and Their Treatment Implications

Utilize Clinical Strategies That Integrate Modern Treatments for Porn Addiction

Copyright : 03/23/2019

Addiction Treatment and Couples Therapy: Using Emotionally Focused Therapy to Strengthen Sobriety

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  1. The Medical Model and Addiction
    1. Key Figures in Modern Treatment
  2. Emotion Focused Therapy
    1. Emotion Focused Therapy for PTSD
    2. Definition of Trauma
    3. The Power of Treating Trauma Within the Context of the Couple Relationship
  3. Neuroplasticity and Change
    1. Importance of Heightened Emotion in Change
    2. How Emotion is More Powerful than Cognition
  4. Adverse Childhood Experiences
    1. Adverse Childhood Experiences and Addiction
    2. Attachment and Trauma is Key to Working with Addiction
    3. Importance of Context in a Person’s Life
  5. Cycle of Trauma Attachment and Addiction
    1. How the Couple System Hijacks Attachment Fluidity
    2. The Relationship between Attachment and Emotion in Systemic Change
    3. How Partner’s Stress Strategies Become the Other Partner’s Negative Trigger
  6. The Process of EFT
    1. Five Basic Moves of EFT
    2. Addressing the Addiction through Attachment Style
    3. Experientially Engage Client with the Underlying Emotion that Addiction Regulates


Copyright : 03/25/2017

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?

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  1. Explore why addiction grief is often weighted in self-blame and guilt
  2. Explore how to help loved ones sort through the shame, isolation, and the roles they played in an addiction death
  3. 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

The 3 C’s of Addiction

Copyright : 03/24/2018

Telehealth Treatment of Addictive Behavior with Janina Fisher, PhD

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  1. Determine the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and addictive behavior
  2. Appraise the ‘Abstinence/Relapse Cycle’
  3. Implement mindfulness and somatic techniques to help clients regulate their nervous systems
  4. 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

Resources for Addictions Recovery

Copyright : 06/01/2020