Substance Use Disorders: Current Trends and Treatment Skills

Price: $180.00
August 19, 2017
9:00 am – 4:00 pm ~ 6 CE credit hours
Alliant International University ~ Los Angeles Campus
Instructor: Peter S. Theodore, Ph.D

Free for CSPP Faculty, and CSPP Alumni: Enter CSPPLA to attend the workshop for free.

$180 certificate fee for non-CSPP Core Faculty, CSPP Adjunct Faculty, and licensed mental health professionals.

I. Philosophy of Workshop
This workshop will be facilitated from a broad-based perspective that encourages but does not limit treatment goals to abstinence.  Participants/attendees will engage in dialogue about their personal willingness to meet their clients where they are at with respect to their “readiness” to change.  Therapeutic skills will be taught and issues explored that will help move clients in the direction of abstinence and to help prevent relapse once abstinence is achieved.

II. Goals of Workshop
This workshop will explore the intersection of substance use disorders and common co-occurring disorders—dual diagnoses. Broadly, this workshop will discuss and explore diagnostic criteria, prevalence rates, biopsychosocial co-factors, developmental theories, sexual health and risk factors, and an overview of various approaches to treatment. More specifically, students will gain awareness of issues and skills essential to providing multi-culturally affirmative treatment of substance use disorders and other addictions. Workshop attendees will be expected to communicate openly about issues related to addiction, while maintaining safe personal boundaries and respecting other’s points of view.

III. Objectives
1)    Discuss current controversies in assessing and diagnosing substance use disorders (i.e., recreational use, substance use versus misuse).

2)    Understand methods of assessing and diagnosing substance use disorders according to the DSM-5.

3)    Gain awareness of biopsychosocial co-factors that influence cycles of addiction and become familiar with various developmental theories that will assist in case-conceptualization.

4)    Review core tenants and differential aspects of various treatment models (i.e., 12-Steps/abstinence-based models, Stages of Change Model, Harm Reduction).

5)    Review cognitive-behavioral treatment skills that traverse models of recovery.

6)     Engage in self-reflection and build awareness of multicultural issues and personal biases that influence assessment and treatment of clients with substance use disorders.


Instructor:  Peter S. Theodore, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist, PSY 22511, Associate Professor, California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, Los Angeles