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What's Next: Relapse Prevention and Craving Management ~ Chemical Dependency Training Consortium Event
PeaceHealth Southwest Mill Plain Campus Health Education Center
Vancouver, WA
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Relapse is a process that begins when clients start slipping back into old behavior patterns. A relapse begins long before they take their first drink, drug or gamble. This training aims to address increasing counselor understanding and skills related to promoting effective relapse prevention.

Participants will be introduced to a useful and teachable definition of relapse that allows for the earliest possible intervention in their client's relapse process and dynamic. Assessing the client's relapse dynamic and identifying effective interventions will be explored. A 10-Point Cravings Management will be reviewed that will assist the therapeutic relationship in identify cravings, urges and consequences. The utilization of Psychopharmacology for Addiction Recovery will be reviewed including medications to specifically address cravings. Alternatives to medication management will be explored and practice provided.  This training is considered an advanced educational level. It is appropriate for clinicians and those professionals who have a thorough understanding of the basic concepts, yet are looking for an in-depth and detailed presentation and practice of the subject area.

Participants of this training will
Learn a teachable definition of relapse,
Understand 6 means of assessing a client's relapse dynamic,
Become familiar with a 10-point craving management tool to use with clients,
Identify the role of medication management utilization and limitations, and
Define mindfulness and provide concrete examples of technique benefits.


9:00 - 9:10   CDTC Staff Announcements & Introductions
9:10  10:00   Defining Relapse Behavior
10:00  10:45   The How & Why of Relapse
10:45 - 11:00  Break
11:00 - 12:00  Craving Management Tools
12:00 - 1:00   Lunch ***On Your Own***
1:00 - 2:15   Utilizing Mindfulness Mentally & Physically
2:15 -2:30    Break
2:30 - 4:15   The Role of Pharmacotherapy
4:15  4:30    CDTC Staff Wrap Up and Closing

Don Petersen, CDP, CADC II is an Addiction Therapist with the Substance abuse Treatment Program of the Portland VA Medical Center, Vancouver Division. He has been in the addictions field for 23 years; 5 years for Central City Concern's Hooper Detox Center; followed by 18 years at the VA's elder-specific Class of '45.

Kathleen A. Frederick, MSW, LICSW, CADCII provides education and case management under the VA Buprenorphine Program. Additionally she is the Chairperson for the Portland VA Social Work Professional Standards Board. She is currently working on her Education Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University. She has worked for the Veteran's Health Administration since 2005.

Nancy McFarlane is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist with Specialization in Behavioral Health. She is additionally a registered Yoga Teacher, a certified Yoga Therapist and trained Tai Chi teacher. She provides instruction in mindfulness-based interventions to patients with substance use disorders, anxiety and depressive disorders, and military sexual trauma. She has worked with the VA Portland Health Care System since 1990.
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At this time there are no more seats available for attendees, please contact the CDTC at 503-805-0989 to be placed on this training wait list. This training event has ended. Please see our website for additional training opportunities.


PeaceHealth Southwest Mill Plain Campus Health Education Center (View)
600 N.E. 92nd Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98664
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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