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Addictions and Mental Illness – Working with Co-Occurring Disorders

Oct 17, 2017 (9 AM - 4 PM)

Vancouver, British Columbia – Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre

Trainer: Robbie Chesick, MA, RCC

Robbie Chesick, Trainer with Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Inc.

About the trainer

Robbie Chesick, MA, RCC

Robbie is a registered clinical counsellor, holding a Master of Counselling degree as well as a Master of Arts degree. Her work experience includes private practice and community-based work where she provides counselling services for youth, adults and groups who struggle with mental health, addictions and trauma. In this capacity, Robbie has clinically supervised and provided structured trainings to graduate level interns. She believes that people have an innate ability to heal from suffering and regain their rightful sense of contentment, given the conditions of felt safety, respect for their unique wisdom, and provision of desired skills. She is an engaging facilitator who values interactive and informative learning experiences. She brings warmth, humour and clinical experience to her workshops.

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Many people who struggle with a mental illness also struggle with an addiction. Recovery for people coping with both of these issues is complicated because they affect each other and are intertwined. Caregivers may often be at a loss for where to start – did the addictions cause the mental illness, did the mental illness cause the addictions or is there something else leading to both? This workshop provides a framework for working systemically with both issues at the same time. Participants will explore the impact of both addiction and mental illness, an overview of the theoretical frameworks for both issues, and how to integrate strategies in a way that supports health and change.

About This Workshop

Workshop Outline

  • Overview and History of the Link
  • Statistics and Definitions
  • Beliefs and Assumptions
  • Common Dynamics and Characteristics of Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Underlying Causes
  • Impact on the Family
  • Supporting Individuals and Families
  • Overview of Mental Illness
  • Overview of Addiction
  • Treatment Models of Addiction
  • Biological Routes of Addiction
  • Psychological Routes of Addiction
  • Social Routes of Addiction
  • Coping and Regulating
  • Role of Attachment
  • Spiritual Routes of Addiction
  • Assessing for Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Barriers to Assessment and Treatment
  • Bridging the Gap – Towards a Both/And Perspective

Target Audience

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social workers, social service and health care professionals, teachers, parents, and anyone working with those who struggle with both addictions and mental illness.

Method of Delivery

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study review and small group discussion

Learning Objectives

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

  • Understand and describe theories of change from both a mental illness and addictions perspective.
  • Assess client needs from a unified perspective.
  • Articulate the need to work concurrently and collaboratively with both mental illness and addictions.
  • Integrate treatment approaches from both fields.

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October 17, 2017
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Vancouver, British Columbia – Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre
711 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia V5Z 3Y2 Canada
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Cancellation Policy

Registrations cancelled 7 or more days prior to the workshop are refundable, minus a $50.00 administrative fee. Alternatively you may receive a credit to attend a future training. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to the workshop are non-refundable. If at any time you are unable to attend, you are welcome to transfer your registration to another individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify CTRI of the name of the alternate person who will be attending.

We reserve the right to cancel workshops due to unforeseen circumstances or under-enrolment. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop fees only. Please make travel arrangements with this in mind.

Limited Seating

Register Early! To better facilitate group interaction, seating is limited.

Children and unregistered guests are not permitted in the meeting rooms.

You Will Receive

A spiral bound training manual and workshop certificate as well as morning and afternoon refreshments. Participants are on their own for lunch from noon to 1:00 PM, unless otherwise stated above. For livestream participants, you will receive a pdf copy of the manual.

Group Registration Instructions

To register a group for a workshop, register for selected workshop, then once in shoppping cart, add quanitity of participants and provide names of all participants.

Concerns and Grievances

If concerns arise throughout your interaction with the CTRI office or our workshop please contact the CTRI office directly at 204-452-9199 or [email protected].

Special Accommodations
for Disabilities

Please contact the CTRI office directly at 204-452-9199 or [email protected] to discuss any special needs or accommodations you may require to have a positive learning experience.

Continuing Education Credit

While many associations and licensing bodies accept CTRI workshops for continuing education credits, questions about approval should be directed to the specific association or licensing body for which you are requesting the credits. Credit hours: A two day workshops earns 12 continuing education hours and a one day workshop earns 6 hours. A certificate will be awarded upon the completion of the workshop.

The following associations have formally approved our workshops:

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

Alberta College of Social Workers
*Category A Competency Credit

Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada (VRA Canada)

Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada

Canadian Assessment, Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Society (CAVEWAS)

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