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

Approval for 6 CEUs by: Georgia Society for Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW)
Approval for 6 CEUs by: The Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, Inc. (LPCA-GA)

Registration is from 8:30am-9:00am | Registration fee covers all materials, snacks, and parking
PIHC Cancellation Policy: No refunds or cancellations within 48 hours of the event.

Early Registration: Now through April 19  | $100.00 (CEUs included)
Late Registration:  April 20-26 | $125.00 (CEUs included)
Student Registration: Now through April 26 | $50.00 (CEUs included) You must show your student ID upon entry

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.

Goals and Objectives:
1. To gain an understanding of the insecure attachment styles and their influence on emotional maturity
2. To gain an understanding of how the counselor’s insecure attachment style contributes to the dynamics in the therapeutic relationship
3. To gain an understanding of how the lack of emotional maturity can contribute to addiction
4. To explore if a focus on emotional maturity can enhance one’s ability to function more securely
5. To consider the role of instinct as a necessary component of an effective strategy when working with insecure attachment styles and emotional immaturity
6. To explore elements of secure attachment styles and practice methods that enhance the therapeutic relationship

Moneta Sinclair (Ed.D., LPC) is dedicated to providing exceptional mental health services to marginalized populations such as substance abusers affected by HIV/AIDS and the persistently mentally ill. She is currently the Clinical Director of Addiction Services at Positive Impact.  As an administrator, Moneta co-developed and manages the agency’s licensed intensive outpatient and continuing care drug and alcohol treatment and education program and supervises staff in client navigation, risk reduction, mental health, and case management services.

John Williams (BS, CADC II, CCS, ICADC II, I CCS) is a certified additions counselor with over 30 years of experience in human services working with diverse populations, and is currently works with Positive Impact Health Centers’ IMPACT substance abuse program.  With over 21 years of direct care addiction experience, John has worked specifically with the HIV/AIDS population and substance abusing clients in the criminal justice system.  His experience includes substance abuse program development, program management, and staff training and development.  John has been a trainer at the Institute for Clinical and Professional Development of Georgia, Inc. for the past three years.

For questions regarding this training, or questions about registration, please contact Tim McDaniel via email at tim.mcdaniel@pihcga.org or via phone at 404.977.5108.


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