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Improving Cultural Competence (six clock hours) $45 Improve outcomes for your clients by increasing your cultural competence. Learn how to integrate improved cultural competence into your practice, and why it shouldnít be treated separately from every other kind of competence. Avoid the most common mistakes and make the best choices for your clients. Course Outline


Trauma-Informed Care (six clock hours) $45 Donít misinterpret the symptoms of trauma as resistance or lack of interest in treatment. Get the latest from the DSM V, and learn about traumaís effects on the brain, gender differences, coping styles, and practical suggestions for using trauma-informed counseling techniques. Course Outline


The Stages of Treatment (six clock hours) $45 Improve outcomes for your clients by matching your approach to their Stage of Change with the most effective Stage of Treatment. Youíll learn the latest research based suggestions for engaging your clients during the engagement stage of treatment, as well as the most efficient strategies for moving clients through the persuasion, active treatment, and relapse prevention stages. This course also includes information on running stage-informed groups and writing stage-informed treatment plans. Course Outline


Group Leadership Skills (six clock hours) $45 Learn about the most helpful group leadership skills and styles. This course also includes ways to avoid the most common mistakes, research-based therapeutic techniques that have proven most helpful, ways to integrate group therapy with other needed services, and how to handle the most common problems that arise in group therapy sessions.Course Outline


Avoiding Boundary Violations (6 clock hours) $45 is most often taken as a remedial measure by those whose credential is in jeopardy.  But itís even more effective as a preventive measure, to be sure you are making the best decisions for you, your clients, and your credential.  Part One covers the legal requirements of HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2.  Part Two covers the grayer area of counselor ethics, including dual relationships, conflicts of interest, self-disclosure, use of the Internet and social media, and guidelines for ethical decision-making.  CourseOutline

Teaching Self-Advocacy (six clock hours) $45 Learn to foster long-term, high-quality recover by teaching your clients to advocate for themselves.  This course covers assessing needs and resources, developing assertiveness skills, the benefits of transparency, Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAPS), and teaching self-advocacy in groups.  These evidence based practices help prevent relapse. Course Outline


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (six clock hours) $45 An introduction to the theory and practice of CBT, this course covers the history of CBT, the evidence base of CBT, details on four specific types of CBT, and five universal CBT techniques. It also includes several case studies that demonstrate CBT in action, and offers suggestions for integrating CBT into your current practice. Course Outline


Confidentiality Law Compliance (six clock hours) $45 Violations of federal confidentiality laws may lead to loss of license, civil lawsuits, and criminal prosecution with a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and $250,000 in fines. Learn to comply with the requirements of HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2. Includes sample forms, compliance checklists, and details on how to avoid the most common violations. Course Outline


Improving Outcomes for Mandated Clients (six credits) $45 Learn how to turn complaints into treatment goals and prevent mandated clients from going underground with what they are really thinking. This course covers reflective listening techniques, ways to uncover hidden strengths and how to use "Columbo" questions to achieve an outcome that is welcomed by the client, the counselor, and the referring party. Course Outline


Solutions for the "Treatment-Resistant" Client (six credits) $45
This course covers therapeutic techniques that are especially helpful with challenging clients. Several specific techniques are discussed, as well as the concepts of denial and "preferred views". Written homework assignments offer the "hands-on" opportunity to practice the techniques discussed. Learn how to succeed with "hopeless" clients, mandated clients, and clients "in denial". Course Outline


Vocational Rehabilitation and Substance Abuse Treatment: Part One (six credits) $45
Years of research prove that gainful employment is one of the best predictors of successful treatment. Learn how to integrate vocational rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment services to improve your success rates. Includes resources available to counselors, vocational rehabilitation screening and assessment, and how to set and achieve vocational goals. Course Outline


Treating Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders (six credits) $45
Improve outcomes for adolescent clients by learning the outreach, assessment, placement, and treatment strategies that are most successful with this special population. This course includes placement guidelines, treatment planning ideas, and how to deal with special sub-populations like juvenile justice clients, homeless adolescents, and those with coexisting disorders. Also includes guidance on the legal and ethical issues facing those who work with adolescents. Course Outline

Treatment Approaches for Women Who Abuse Alcohol and Other Drugs (six credits) $45
Learn the most effective treatment methods and models for women. Overcome barriers to outreach and incorporate all the critical components of successful treatment to this special population. Course Outline


The Stages and Processes of Change: Part One (six clock hours) $45 Improve outcomes by learning about the transtheoretical model, supported by 15 years of research validating its effectiveness. Learn to match your interventions to the stage of change of your clients. This course includes a complete explanation of the stages of change model, and suggestions for therapeutic techniques most appropriate for each stage. Proven to improve retention rates and graduation rates, and reduce the incidence of relapse. Course Outline


Case Management and Substance Abuse Treatment (six clock hours) $45 Research links good case management to better outcomes for substance abuse clients. This course covers core competencies, case management principles, and how to meet the challenges of case management in pre-treatment, primary treatment, and aftercare. Learn the different models of case management, how to avoid the potential conflicts that arise among providers of services to a common client, and how to evaluate the success of your case management efforts. Also includes advice on meeting the special needs of nine special populations. Course Outline


The Ethics of Substance Abuse Treatment (six clock hours) $45 This course covers the practical application of ethical principles to situations faced by addiction counselors every day. Topics include the ethics of professional relationships, confidentiality, treatment planning, documentation, fees for service, advertising, referring, evaluation and assessment, conducting research and publishing. Also includes self-assessment checklists for both counselors and clinical supervisors. Learn to act with integrity AND help protect yourself from lawsuits. Course Outline


Family-Involved Substance Abuse Treatment (six clock hours) $45Learn how to improve outcomes by blending the most helpful strategies and techniques of family therapy and substance abuse treatment. This course will help you turn "co-dependents" and "enablers" into partners, and make long-term, quality sobriety a reality for your clients. Course Outline


Improving Outcomes for Dually Diagnosed Clients (six clock hours) $45 This course will help improve outcomes for dually diagnosed clients by helping both mental health and addiction professionals learn to deal effectively with this special population. Examine the differences between the mental health and addiction treatment systems, acquire knowledge of the components of successful case management for those with dual disorders, and learn about treatment considerations for those with specific mood, anxiety, and personality disorders.Course Outline


Motivational Enhancement Therapy (six clock hours) $45  Get the latest in Motivational Interviewing! Learn the principles and basic concepts of motivational interviewing. Based on years of solid research, these techniques have proven to be an excellent way to completely disarm "resistant" clients, motivate clients "in denial", and even help those who are openly hostile to the idea of treatment. Learn to assess readiness to change, avoid arguments, roll with resistance, support self-efficacy, establish rapport and trust, deal with reservations about changing, explore and set goals, initiate a change plan, and stabilize and support change. Course Outline


Medication and Substance Abuse Treatment (six clock hours) $45 The right dose of the right medication at the right time can support recovery as surely as a wrong medication or dosage can undermine recovery.  Learn about the latest in addiction medicine, psychotherapeutic medications to treat co-occurring disorders, and helping your clients develop realistic expectations for what each medication can and cannot do.  Also addresses the different challenges faced by mental health and addiction programs.  Includes suggestions for communicating with prescribers, and a sample medication policy.Course Outline


Addressing Suicide Risk in Substance Abuse Clients (six clock hours)$45 This could be the most important course you ever takeóeven if you only use it once in your life. Learn how to gather information, access supervision, and take responsible action with clients who exhibit warning signs or have risk factors for suicide. Designed for substance abuse counselors, this course is also relevant for any others who may encounter suicidal clients. Includes specific and practical information about what to do and how to do it. Course Outline


Implementing Evidence Based Practices (six clock hours) $45 takes you step by step through the process of improving outcomes by implementing new program components proven to be effective. Includes how to select the right EBP to match your program, how to get your program through the pre-planning, planning, implementation, evaluation, and maintenance phases. Course Outline


Integrating Tobacco Use Interventions Into Chemical Dependence Services (six clock hours) $45 Smoking is more likely to kill your clients than drug or alcohol use, and research shows itís best to treat nicotine dependence and other substance abuse at the same time. Learn about the most effective pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions, how smoking and quitting affects co-occurring disorders, and how to address tobacco use in a treatment plan. Course Outline


Clinical Supervision (six clock hours) $45 This course looks at several models of clinical supervision, as well as legal and ethical issues crucial to successful supervision. Learn how to address burnout and compassion fatigue, create Individual Development Plans, and structure supervision sessions for maximum impact. Also includes sample forms and templates to make your job easier.
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Detoxification and Substance Abuse Treatment (six clock hours) $45 Improve client outcomes by learning the basics of detox, including settings, levels of care, and patient placement.  Be able to read the signs and symptoms of intoxication and withdrawal for all substances of abuse.  Prevent or resolve the most common psychosocial and biomedical issues.  Plus, detailed guidance for special populations including, adolescents, women, angry clients, and chronic relapsers.  Course Outline

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