Examining the Intersection of Attachment, Emotional Maturity, and Addiction
Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 9:00am-4:45pm | Positive Impact Health Centers | 523 Church Street | Decatur, GA 30030
This training will explore the intersection of attachment style, emotional maturity, and addiction as we investigate how each may drive and sustain the other. We will first examine attachments styles and how they impact interpersonal relationships, including the counseling relationship. We will try to gain insight into the role of insecure attachment styles as contributors to emotional immaturity and subsequent vulnerability to addiction. The training will draw on the experiences and insights of the participants to answer the question: Can a focus on emotional maturity enhance one’s ability to function more securely leading to a modification of insecure attachment styles? Small group discussions and role play will examine therapeutic approaches for working with clients with insecure attachment styles and employing concrete strategies for increasing mature responses to stressors that can trigger substance use. In addition, as mental health professionals, we are educated and highly trained in the use of theories and techniques which can sometimes diminish our inclination to respond instinctually. In this training, the role of the counselor’s instinct and awareness of attachment style dynamics are discussed as potentially effective guides in working with insecure attachment styles and immature reactive patterns.
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Ethics of Harm Reduction with Substance Use Disorder Clients
Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 9:00am-4:45pm | Positive Impact Health Centers | 523 Church Street | Decatur, GA 30030
The primary goal of this workshop will be to identify the ethical concerns associated with harm reduction strategies and interventions. As part of that goal, training will define Harm Reduction as an alternative to abstinence-based treatment options. This workshop will include information on determining client appropriateness for harm reduction strategies, as well as, structured treatment planning ideas. Participants will learn ethical guidelines for mental health professionals working in the addiction field. The training will address scenarios of ethical conflict and discuss ways to protect both the client and clinician when using harm reduction strategies.
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