Webinar | Building Strength and Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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City/Region/State
Washington, D.C.
Country
United States

Building Strength and Resilience during the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Focus on Parents with Substance Use Disorders and Their Children

A live webinar exploring strategies for building strength and resilience in parents with substance use disorders during this difficult time.

Presenter: Hendrée E Jones, PhD, Executive Director, UNC Horizons, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Carolina

Moderator: Cary Hopkins Eyles, MA, CAP
Date: 11/11/2020 at 9:00am Eastern / 2pm London

Location: Webinar
To register please email Cary Hopkins Eyles at: eylesc [at] icuddr [dot] org

Event Language

English

Creating a Recovery-Ready Community

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City/Region/State
Online

ATTC are very pleased and proud to announce the establishment of the Addiction Peer Recovery Center of Excellence (APR CoE). 
Led by a steering committee of peer recovery leaders from across the nation, the centre will provide training and technical assistance related to substance use disorder recovery.

This webinar will explore the recovery-ready ecosystems model and community framework from the individual level to the policy level.

The speaker will present information about models of peer-delivered recovery support services; including recovery community organizations, recovery housing, recovery high schools, employment and education, and re-entry support services. The APR CoE is partnering with Faces & Voices of Recovery to offer this webinar.

Please click here for the presenter's bio. 

October 26, 2020

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Eastern

(2pm Central / 1pm Mountain / 12pm Pacific)

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

NASEM

Forum on Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

 

August 26, 2020

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

This webinar, sponsored by the Northwest ATTC, discussed the unique attributes of recovery residences and how they change the odds in recovery success.

Webinar: ISSUP Ukraine - Clinical Aspects of Substance Use Disorders

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Event Date
City/Region/State
Kiev
Country
Ukraine

ISSUP Ukraine is pleased to invite you to attend a webinar on Clinical Aspects of Substance Use Disorders. The webinar is scheduled to be presented on Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (Ukraine time). The webinar will be presented in Ukrainian and Russian. 

July 2, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (Ukraine time)

Click here to register! 

Featured Speakers:
• Iryna Pinchuk, Institute of Psychiatry of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv 
  Director, ISSUP – Ukraine

• Yuliia Yachnik, University Clinic of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Doctor psychologist 
  Report: Substance use disorders and COVID-19, review of recommendations

• Olha Myshakivska, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Teaching Assistant 
  Report: Amphetamine-type stimulant use disorders - features of the problem and approaches

• Lyudmyla Matviyets, P.L.Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Associate        Professor
  Report: Organizational and therapeutic measures of the primary care physician in case of suspected use of amphetamine-type psychoactive substances by the 
  patient

• Stanislav Chumak, Institute of Psychiatry of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv 
  Report: Senior Researcher, «Comorbid mental disorders in users of psychoactive substances

• Eugeniu Cotelea, Republican Narcology Dispensary, Republic of Moldova, MD
  Report: Gender differences of clinical aspects and risk factors of patients with alcohol addiction

Event Language

Ukrainian

Motivational Interviewing Course Recordings

We are excited to bring you these recordings from the first ISSUP virtual training course on Motivational Interviewing presented by Igor Koutsenok, MD, MS, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry.

Motivational Interviewing is an essential, client-centered, counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. We are absolutely thrilled to bring you this skills-building opportunity presented by a recognized expert in the field of MI.

The course consisted of four sessions.The courses and slides are available for your use below. 

Session 1: 

Motivational Interviewing: Basic Understanding

After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, practical exercises helped participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Research evidence was reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities was also considered.  

Session 2: 

Fundamental Skills in MI - OARS

This session will focus on Fundamental Skills in MI (OARS), providing practical exercises to help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Participants will learn strategies for engaging patients in a collaborative relationship in the treatment process and assist them in achieving sustainable positive behavioral changes. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.    

Session 3: 

Fundamental Skills in MI Continued

This third session covers more advanced skills and the integration of MI with other strategies and treatment modalities. This includes recognition and responding to change talk and sustain talk, forming reflections and levels of reflections.

Session 4: 

Fundamental Skills in MI Continued

The fourth and final session continues to build on fundamental MI skills covered in the third session.

Course Slides

Igor koutsenok ISSUP

Motivational Interviewing Course: Assisting Patients in Making Sustainable Positive Lifestyle Changes

We invite you to register for this free webinar-based training course on Motivational Interviewing (MI). The three week long series is presented by Igor Koutsenok, MD, MS, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry.

Igor Koutsenok ISSUP Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is an essential, client-centered, counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. We are absolutely thrilled to bring you this skills-building opportunity presented by a recognized expert in the field of MI.

The course consists of four sessions to be held during June 2020 (see course descriptions and session dates below).

We highly encourage registration for all sessions.

Course Description

This is a training in evidence-based clinical methods of motivational interviewing (MI). After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, practical exercises will help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building therapeutic relationships in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.     

Course Objectives

The goal is to provide knowledge and practical skill training for various practitioners on effective ways to enhance motivation of patients with substance use disorders that require significant behavioral changes to initiate and sustain positive and healthy behavioral choices. Skill building, and experiential training will be emphasized throughout the course by exercises to develop a therapeutic alliance with patients, assess patient needs, level of engagement in treatment process, structure treatment sessions, select appropriate interventions, and assist patient in maintaining motivation for a sustainable behavioral change.

Participants will learn the basic and advanced skills in motivational interviewing and strategies for engaging patients in collaborative relationship in treatment process and assist them in achieving sustainable positive behavioral changes. The course will:

  1. Help participants to acquire a systemic perspective of motivational interviewing and other motivational enhancement strategies;
  2. Build necessary clinical skills and attitudes to implement new strategies in working with ambivalent patients.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, every participant will be able to:

  1. Describe all the aspects of the spirit of MI
  2. Explain the differences between MI and other counselling strategies
  3. Demonstrate the ability to respond to clients with reflective listening statements
  4. Identify change talk within client speech
  5. Generate open questions designed to elicit change talk
  6. Generate MI-consistent responses to client resistant statements
  7. Differentiate commitment language from other forms of change talk
  8. Provide and empathetic summary statements collecting change talk

Course Content, Dates & Registration

Session 1: Thursday June 4th 2020

Motivational Interviewing: Basic Understanding

After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, practical exercises will help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.  

Learning outcomes:

  • Introduction: Motivation and behavioral change in addiction medicine
  • Review of the concepts of Ambivalence, Stages of change, the righting reflex, limits of persuasion.
  • Spirit of MI
  • Expressing empathy
  • Roadblocks to communication
  • Four Processes in MI

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar Recording 

Slide Deck

Session 2: Thursday June 11th 2020

Fundamental Skills in MI - OARS

This session will focus on Fundamental Skills in MI (OARS), providing practical exercises to help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Participants will learn strategies for engaging patients in a collaborative relationship in the treatment process and assist them in achieving sustainable positive behavioral changes. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.    

Learning outcomes:

  • Open and closed ended questions
  • Affirmations
  • Summaries
  • Rowing with OARS

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording

Session 3: Thursday June 18th 2020

Fundamental Skills in MI Continued

This third session will continue to focus on MI fundamentals, with a focus on more advanced skills and the integration of MI with other strategies and treatment modalities. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes.       

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognition and responding to change talk and sustain talk
  • Forming reflections
  • Levels of reflections
  • Recognizing readiness
  • Initial and intermediate planning
  • Integration with other skills and strategies

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording 

Session 4: Friday June 19th 2020

The fourth and final session will continue to build on MI Fundamentals covered in Session 3, increasing your knowledge of advanced MI skills.

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording 

We look forward to you joining us for these virtual sessions! Please contact info [at] issup [dot] net if you have any questions.

About Professor Koutsenok

Dr. Igor Koutsenok is а Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Director of the Center for Addiction Research, Training and Application, Director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR International Addiction Technology Transfer Center-Ukraine, and a co-director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR South East Asia Addiction Technology Transfer Center. He is also a Vice-President of the International Consortium of Universities on Drug Demand Reduction.

In 1983 he graduated as a medical doctor from the National Medical University in Kiev, (Ukraine). In 1986, he completed his psychiatry residency training and received degree as psychiatrist from the Medical University in Sofia (Bulgaria). In 1993-1996 he received a degree in addiction psychiatry at the University of London, Department of Addictive Behavior and Psychological Medicine at St. Georges Hospital Medical School. In 1996, he was recruited by the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and since then he serves as faculty member of the Department. In 2013-2016 he served as Chief of Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Office in Vienna.

Over the last 25 years Dr. Koutsenok led the design and implementation of multiple training and technical assistance programs for mental health and addiction treatment practitioners, primary health care and social work practitioners, criminal justice professionals in the United States and around the world. He is also directing the UCSD Summer Clinical Institute - the second longest running Summer Institute in the United States (over 40 years). Dr. Koutsenok is also a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). 

For many years, Dr. Koutsenok taught general and addiction psychiatry to medical students, psychiatry residents, psychology trainees, social workers, criminal justice professionals, and policy makers around the world. He is a recipient of numerous national and international awards. He has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific publications, one monograph, and contributed to 4 book. Dr. Koutsenok has been invited as a presenter and trainer to hundreds of conferences and workshops in the USA and more than 40 countries around the world. He is a proud father of three.

UNODC Nigeria launches DrugHelpNet: A Network of Nigerian Health Professionals to Provide over-the-phone Assistance to Drug Users in Need

Based on the 2019 Drug Use Survey in Nigeria, UNODC estimates that there are more than three million Nigerians living with some of a drug use disorder. Government imposed lockdowns, implemented across most Nigerian States, weigh particularly heavy on people with drug use disorders. While access to drugs has become more difficult, the same challenges apply to accessing treatment and counselling services. The self-imposed isolation can indeed be burdensome for those suffering from drug use disorders as well as their families.

In order to provide immediate and practical relief, UNODC Nigeria within the framework of the EU-funded Nigeria Drugs Project, partnered with 80 frontline health workers, including medical doctors, drug counsellors and allied professionals across Nigeria to provide over-the-phone assistance for drug users and their loved ones, who need such services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The health professionals who enthusiastically responded to UNODC’s request to establish this network have been trained and certified under the project in drug treatment using the Treatnet methodology and/or Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC).

Thus, people with drug use disorders and/or their family members who experience distress during the lockdown and require advice, whether medical or from a counsellor, will be able to contact any of the underlisted doctors/counsellors in the geopolitical zones where they reside for advice.

Ensuring access to treatment services for drug users is key to achieving SDG3 – Good Health and Wellbeing and we must ensure that we Leave No One Behind by not excluding drug users from the COVID-19 response.

Supporting the Families of Substance Users: An Interview with Vivienne Evans OBE

Event Date
City/Region/State
London
Country
United Kingdom

Register for the next webinar in the ISSUP Expert days series:

ISSUP Expert Days

Please join us on Friday 24th of April at 2pm (GMT) for an interview with Vivienne Evans OBE, ISSUP Board member and Chief Executive of Adfam - the UK’s national umbrella organisation for children and families affected by substance misuse. Adfam’s mission is to empower family members and carers, supporting frontline workers and influencing decision-makers to stop drug and alcohol use from threatening and ultimately destroying family relationships and wellbeing.

Recent research published by Adfam revealed that almost 1 in 3 adults in the UK have been negatively affected by the substance use of someone they know, including family members. Many families suffer in silence without access to adequate support. The harms can range from mental health problems, abuse, relationship difficulties, financial strain and isolation to many other forms of stigma.

What ways can you inform your practice to improve outcomes for families? How should you approach the provision of ongoing support for children affected by parental substance misuse? How can providers ensure families are given the necessary opportunities to recover and thrive? What strategies can you use to help families overcome stigma and find the confidence to access the support they need?

Vivienne will be helping participants to navigate these questions and more. You will learn how to offer effective support to enable families to improve their health and wellbeing, stay in work, participate in society and build and maintain positive relationships.

About Vivienne

Vivienne Evans OBE is the Chief Executive of Adfam and has extensive background experience in drug and alcohol education, prevention and working with young people. She is a former member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and chaired its working group on the implementation of Hidden Harm.  She also chaired the Drug Sector Skills Consortium, funded by the Department of Health, from 2012 until its conclusion in 2015. For more information about ADFAM and its work with families and professionals, visit: https://adfam.org.uk/

How to join the webinar

Step 1: Register

First click here and register to book your place on the webinar. There are limited places available and only registered users will have access to the webinar. All you have to do is click here to save your place. Plus, we'll send you a link to watch the recording at your leisure after the live session.

Step 2: Join the webinar

After you have registered for the webinar you will receive instructions on how to join at the specified time.

Event Language

English

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Free Online Recovery Meetings and Virtual Platforms

 

• 12 Steps.org

https://www.12step.org/social/online-meeting-calendar/

The Free Peer Recovery Support Webinar Series Starts on Friday, March 27

Peer recovery support services are increasingly becoming an important part of the behavioral healthcare workforce. They not only help people with behavioral health conditions connect to, engage in, and be active participants in treatment and recovery support services but they can also change the culture of an organization in a positive way.

With the goal of supporting the increase of Peer Recovery Support Specialists in the workforce, NAADAC presents their new FREE Peer Recovery Support webinar series presented by nationally recognized trainers.

Peer Recovery Support Series, Section I: Building a Successful Culture in Your Organization
  • Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 12:00-1:30pm ET (11 CT/10 MT/9 PT)
  • Earn 1.5 CEs
  • Register Now
Peer Recovery Support Series, Section II: Hiring, Onboarding, and Integration
  • Friday, April 10, 2020 @ 12:00-1:30pm ET (11 CT/10 MT/9 PT)
  • Earn 1.5 CEs
  • Register Now
Peer Recovery Support Series, Section III: Understanding the Pathway and the Process
  • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 3:00-5:00pm ET (2 CT/1 MT/12 PT)
  • Earn 2 CEs
  • Register Now
Peer Recovery Support Series, Section IV: The Participatory Process for Solutions to Addiction
  • Friday, April 17, 2020 @ 12:00-1:00pm ET (11 CT/10 MT/9 PT)
  • Earn 1 CE
  • Register Now
Peer Recovery Support Series, Section V: Supervision and Management
  • Friday, April 24, 2020 @ 12:00-1:30pm ET (11 CT/10 MT/9 PT)
  • Earn 1.5 CEs
  • Register Now
Peer Recovery Support Series, Section VI: A Deeper Dive Into Coaching Recovery
  • Friday, May 15, 2020 @ 12:00-2:00pm ET (11 CT/10 MT/9 PT)
  • Earn 2 CEs
  • Register Now

Trajectories of psychological distress during recovery from polysubstance use disorder

Abstract
Introduction: Polysubstance use is a prevalent substance use pattern with adverse effects on psychological distress and diminished treatment outcomes. Although polysubstance use often dominates clinical practice, the trajectories of substance use and psychological distress in the initial phase of treatment have been subject to few empirical investigations.

Material and Methods: 141 patients initiating inpatient or outpatient treatment for substance use disorder were followed for 12 months, using multiple assessments. We assessed psychological distress and substance use at baseline and at 3-, 6-, and 12-month follow-up visits. We implemented an SMS tracker of substance use during follow-up to reduce the impact of missing data.

Results: Stable abstinence was associated with a lower baseline SCL-90-R score, as well as a more rapid symptomatic decline during the first 3 months of abstinence. Unstable abstinence was associated with higher GSI scores at baseline, but also with a significant drop in scores across the follow-up period. Relapse was associated with an initial drop in GSI scores, but a subsequent increase in GSI scores at later follow-ups.

Conclusions: Most participants had a rapid reduction of psychological distress during the first 3 months of abstinence. Elevated levels of psychological distress may indicate an increased risk of drug use or relapse and should be monitored carefully. Our findings highlight the importance of early screening for psychological distress in SUD treatment, and advocate the use of tentative diagnostic procedures in the early phase of treatment of PSUD.

Keywords: Polysubstance abuse, psychological distress, addiction, substance use disorder, Treatment, Recovery, SCL-90-R

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

UPSIDES stands for Using Peer Support In Developing Empowering Mental Health Services and is a consortium of scientists, mental health professionals, stakeholders and peer workers from six countries in Europe (Germany and UK), Africa (Uganda, Tanzania) and Asia (Israel and India).

 

Fostering Couple Recovery: Tools for Counsellors and Therapists

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City/Region/State
Webinar

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 3-5:00pm ET (2CT/1MT/12PT)

Description

A relational approach to addiction treatment is the missing component in most contemporary addiction models, even though this default assumption conflicts with most empirical evidence. Long-standing and well-established research has consistently supported couple and family approaches for treating addictive disorders. One approach, the Couple Recovery Development Approach (CRDA), offers specific strategies for addiction professionals to help couples develop a relationship recovery that supports individual recovery, maximizing the chances for a successful recovery for individual family members, as well as the family.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify and describe the three components of a successful couple recovery.
  • Apply four strategies counselors and therapists can employ to strengthen couple recovery.
  • Define and differentiate interdependency from codependency.
Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

This Northwest ATTC webinar, presented by Lydia Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP, investigates the connection between psychological trauma and substance use disorders, the neurobiological adaptations that arise in response to trauma, and the ways in which these same adaptations make one vulnerable

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

9 out of 10 people with substance abuse problems started using by age 18. What puts someone at risk for early onset drug or alcohol use? is is heritable? How are brain circuits involved? UCSF doctors answer these questions and discuss detection, diagnoses and treatment.