CPSY x648: The Heart of Recovery From Addictions – The Patient Experience
DATE: May 2nd
TIME: 9:30-4:30PM (lunch provided)
LOCATION: Loyola Hall, Rm. 160(Subject to change)
WORKSHOP FEE: $168
Course meets the qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Science.
Successful recovery from any addiction involves a transformation of the entire person. At times the psychological community, recovery community, and treatment community are at odds over how to best address the needs of addicts and alcoholics. This course aims at offering an overview of the most effective treatments available to allow a person the opportunity to experience real peace of mind in recovery and freedom from the addictive prison. Included in the course is understanding the strength and shadow side of the current approaches to addressing the disease of addiction. The course will include personal stories of the teachers, guest speakers, along with real – in the trenches shared experiences from working in a treatment facility that now treats 500 alcoholics and addicts each year. Also discussed in this course is the power of self-compassion and positive psychology and its vital role in allowing for complete recovery, in body, mind and spirit, from any addiction. There will also be very many down to earth – hands on – practical skill building opportunities for people seeking concrete ways to help foster positive change for alcoholics and addicts they may work with.
- Understand the most effective treatments in body, mind, and spirit for
alcoholics and addicts
- How to implement the most effective treatments as a therapist (see above for
all topics that will be covered)
- Informal question and answer periods will guide assessment to assure students
are tracking with the material presented.
- The opportunity to actually do some of the assignments typically given to
patients in a treatment setting to taste the transformative power recovery can
have for individuals trying to get clean and sober.
Anyone currently in graduate school training in the helping professions, or licensed therapists and social workers or interns seeking to understand what really works for helping alcoholics and addicts get and maintain, long-term contented sobriety.
Brad Koch, MFT has had a variety of life experiences that have led him to work full-time as an MFT treating addictions since 2005. His life journey has involved backpacking adventures across New Zealand, 264 skydives, becoming a successful tenured 6th grade school teacher at one point in his life , discovering the transformative power of recovery for himself in 2003 through three months in residence at the Hazelden-Betty Ford foundation – one of the best treatment centers on earth, getting a masters degree in counseling psychology from Santa Clara University in 2006 and now has personally established education curriculum in use at Kaiser Permanente’s Chemical Dependency Recovery Program in Cupertino, where he has worked since 2006. Also, an avid meditator and student of mindfulness-based stress reduction, Brad has enjoyed going on silent meditation retreats at Spirit Rock in Marin County and sees the practices of mindfulness, love, and compassion as central to the recovery journey. He is married to a wonderful woman he met in graduate school at Santa Clara University in 2004 and they have two amazing kids.
Guest speakers include:
Brian Penrose, MFT, a SCU alumni, will be discussing dual diagnosis
Len Depaolo, MFT is a manager at Kaiser's Chemical Dependency Recovery Program with decades of experience working with addictions in a treatment center, and in private practice, he will discuss several things, including long term issues that can come up with longer term sobriety.
His bio is here:
Keith Nelson, LCSW, is well known in the area as an expert in Chemical Dependency Treatment. He is also a manager at Kaiser's Chemical Dependency Recovery Program and in private practice. He has specialty training in DBT and will be discussing the role of DBT for people recovering from addictions.
His Kaiser bio is here:
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