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Group Process for Addicted Populations ~ Chemical Dependency Training Consortium Event
PeaceHealth Southwest Mill Plain Campus Health Education Center
Vancouver, WA
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This is an Intermediate Training most appropriate for participants who have been working in the mental health and/or addictions field for several years, are certified and needing additional training, and are familiar with the basic concepts of the subject matter.

Goal of Training
This course will build upon foundational principles of the group therapy process specific to populations engaged in the treatment of substance use disorders. The information as it relates to the course objectives will be discussion driven, as well as experiential. Participants will observe and participate in role play exercises in an effort to enhance skills and assist with integration into clinical practice.

The theoretical framework for the class is drawn from the group systems approach described in "The Theory of Practice of Group Psychotherapy" by Irving Yalom and from group practice guidelines described in TIP 41, Substance Abuse Treatment.: Group Therapy. The workshop will emphasize how focusing on "process" rather than "content" in group practice can help patients develop a stronger awareness of self, improve self-management skills and deepen connection to others.

Yalom writes that the fundamental tasks of the group therapist are to:
1. Create and maintain the group
2. Build a group culture
3. Activate and illuminate the here-and-now in therapy

"Group can be far more real than the world out there...Members go through vital life experiences together: the reality distorting facades are doffed as members try hard to be honest with one another." --Irving Yalom, "The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy"

Behavioral Objectives
Participants of this training will be able to:
- Describe the purpose and benefits of group counseling in the treatment of people with substance use disorders,
- Screening for group admission,
- Recognize the difference between content and process in working with group dynamics,
- Describe the characteristics of an effective working group and curative factors of effective group treatment, and
- Identify the stages of growth in the timeline of a group and how to intervene effectively in each of these stages.

9:00 - 9:10CDTC Staff Announcements & Introductions
9:10 - 10:00Purpose and benefits of group process
                       Curative factors in group treatment
10:00 - 10:15Break
10:15 - 11:15Content vs. Process
                       Characteristics of an Effective Group
                       Questions and Inquiry
11:15 - NoonStages of Growth
                       Questions and participant case examples
Noon - 1:00Lunch **on your own**
1:00 - 2:45Group demo introduction
                       Demo exercises
                       Discussion, questions, and observations
2:45 - 3:00Break
3:00 - 3:45Small Group Exercises
3:45 - 4:15Discussion and observations
4:15 - 4:30Evaluations and wrap up

Anderson Rice, MA, LPC, CADC I, is the Clinical Supervisor at the Kaiser East Interstate Addiction Medicine location. He has over 11 years of experience in the addictions field. Before working in outpatient treatment, he worked in residential treatment settings including Kaiser's Brookside program, Pathways in Columbia County, and DePaul Treatment Centers in Portland. Process groups have been a primary treatment modality throughout his career, and he estimates that he has facilitated several thousand groups throughout his career. Anderson has extensive training in the treatment of trauma through the Somatic Experiencing (SE) Trauma Institute, with this being an area of primary emphasis in his clinical work.

Bob Dobres, LCSW, is a chemical dependency counselor at the Kaiser Permanente East Interstate Clinic, where he co-leads groups in an intensive outpatient program for the Addiction Medicine Department. He has over 15 years' experience providing mental health and addictions counseling for Kaiser Permanente and in private practice, where he sees adults, adolescents and couples. He has completed advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and provides clinical supervision to students and other professionals in the field.

This course has been approved by CDTC,
as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6 CE. NAADAC  Provider #721, CDTC is responsible for all aspect of their programing.
Full attendance is required to receive credit; variable credit for partial attendance may not be awarded.

Please notify CDTC if you are unable to attend training.
- Refund: A refund of the registration cost, not any associated fees, may be given only when notification is given at least 3 days
prior to the training. Notification under 3 days will follow the credit
- Credit: If notification is given within 1 week after the training, a credit will be
given for the next training only.
- If CDTC cancels training, registration fees will be refunded in full.

Lunch:There is a one hour lunch break on your own. There is a large cafeteria at the hospital in addition to a smaller cafe and coffee shop with pre-made meals available. Several lunch options are available to the East, past I-205. It is recommended that you check google maps to check for lunch options including Sweet Tomatoes, Chuck's Produce, or fast food restaurants such as Arby's, Taco Bell or Burgerville.
Registration Options
There are no active dates for this event.
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
Other > Health & Wellness

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


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