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Assessing and Treating Chemical Dependency: A Systemic Perspective (for current CPsy students only; both days are required)
Course # - CPSY x 258
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 15
· Be conversant about theory and concepts in contemporary addiction research and treatment with chemically dependent individuals
· Have an increased understanding/appreciation of the complexity of addiction treatment as well as development and articulation of therapeutic technique as it relates to practice with individual clients and with the couple system
· Apply a comprehensive model of treatment inclusive of developmental, systemic, psychodynamic (attachment and identity formation), and trauma theory
· Have increased familiarity with 12 step programs and how to incorporate them into treatment
This experiential two-day course provides tools for assessment and treatment of individuals and couples dealing with addiction.
Day One covers: Current neurological and biological theories of addiction; the developmental stages and tasks in recovery; use of 12-step programs, as well as alternatives to 12-step approaches; relapse prevention, and special treatment issues. Participants will participate in role plays to practice basic assessment and treatment strategies.
Day Two covers: dynamics in chemically dependent family systems. The focus in particular on working with the couple system is based on the Couple Recovery Development Approach (CRDA), a research-based relational approach aimed at helping couples at all stages of recovery. Participants will practice in role plays specific strategies aimed at facilitating ?Couple Recovery?.
Dr. Navarra, clinician and researcher, specializes in treating couples in recovery from addiction. He is Research Associate at Mental Research Institute and Co-founder of the Center for Couples in Recovery, where he developed the "Couple Recovery Development Approach" (CRDA), a research-based relational model of recovery. He has presented his research at numerous professional conferences and workshops. Currently, he is collaborating with renowned relationship researcher Dr. John Gottman in designing a research study on the effectiveness of couple therapy in outpatient alcoholism treatment programs. Publication credits include chapters in two books on treating couples in recovery and articles on couple recovery.