Description

Many people who experience mental health concerns also live with an addiction. While working with multiple issues at the same time is complicated, recovery from both of these issues is possible with an integrated, person-centred, and trauma-informed approach. This workshop provides a framework for assisting people to move forward with healthy ways of coping. Participants will explore the experience of living with an addiction and mental health concerns, be provided with an understanding of contributing and protective factors, and learn how to integrate strategies in a way that respects the person and supports their health.

Price: $129.00 CAD

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Continuing Education Credit Hours (CEU) 4


Some of the Topics Reviewed

  • The Words We Use Matter
  • Beliefs and Assumptions That Impact Our Ability to Support
  • Exploring Stigma, Silence, and Shame
  • Links Between Addictions and Mental Health
  • Key Considerations for Being Helpful
  • Getting to Know the Person Outside of the Problem
  • How an Integrated Approach Works
  • Screening for Addictions and Mental Health Concerns
  • Setting Realistic and Achievable Goals
  • Collaborative Intervention Strategies
  • Assessing and Promoting Readiness for Change
  • Safety and Harm Reduction
  • Skills for Emotional Regulation

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the impact of stigma, silence, and shame
  • Describe theories of change from both a mental health and addictions perspective
  • Address individual needs from a unified, person-centred perspective
  • Describe steps for working collaboratively with people on both mental health and addictions
  • Integrate treatment approaches from both the mental health and addiction fields

About This Workshop


ABOUT THE TRAINER

John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW

John Koop Harder, Trainer for CTRIJohn has been working as a therapist and trainer for over 20 years. He is a Registered Social Worker who holds a Master of Social Work degree. John is a contributing author of our Counselling Insights and Counselling in Relationships books. Much of John’s career has centred on working with children, youth, adults, and families dealing with crisis and trauma. While he has a diverse practice, he has particular interest and specialized experience in working with individuals and families impacted by mental health concerns, violence, post-war trauma recovery, gender/sexuality issues, and sexual abuse recovery. John’s work is also informed by his international experiences working with individuals and communities impacted by civil war and ethnic conflicts in Colombia, Albania, and Northern Ireland. John believes people are their own best experts and already have many of the skills, abilities, and competencies that will assist them to address the challenges influencing their lives. John is a warm and engaging facilitator who values interactive learning experiences.

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone working with those who struggle with both addictions and mental health.