Effective Integration of 12-Step Programs into Client Care

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Presented by Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC

Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Co-Owner of Benton Behavioral Health Consulting, LLC. She is currently the Director of Clinical Services at Aware Recovery Care home-based addiction treatment in North Haven, CT and Clinical Consultant for The Strathmore House transitional sober living for men in Boston, MA. She worked previously as an outpatient therapist specializing in addiction treatment at Insight Counseling in Ridgefield, CT; Turnbridge young adult male addiction treatment in New Haven, CT; and at McLean Hospital at McLean Brook transitional living program for dual diagnosis in Belmont, MA. She is author of the book, “Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic” and has been featured frequently in the media including the NY Times and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, NPR and is a blogger for PsychologyToday.com. She has been in long-term recovery since 2004.

Workshop Description

The acuity of Substance Use Disorders has recently increased and it is imperative that health care professionals are fully informed regarding 12-Step programs, still the most widely attended mutual help groups in North America. Inevitably, professionals will treat clients who are in such programs and ideally, they should be able to include the 12-Step model in client care. Connecting with individual narratives has been an important part of the history of these programs and it is crucial to explore the benefits of this treatment modality. Additionally, these programs possess a unique culture, language and lifestyle—and many common misconceptions surround them. Therefore, professionals will gain a deeper understanding than what they may have previously learned about these unique programs in order to effectively integrate the 12-Step and clinical models and to build ongoing rapport with such clients. During this one-day workshop both challenges and treatment strategies will be discussed with case examples and video segments.

Workshop Topics
Narratives, Language and 12-Step Programs
- Personal Story and Journal of 12-Step Recovery Process
- Video Josh B.
- Narratives as Evidence-Based Care
- Exploring Unique Language and Expressions

The 12-Step Process
- The Role of a Sponsor
- Defining and Examining Benefits and Challenges of Each “Step”
- Associated Mood Symptoms with 12 Steps

The 12-Step Recovery Lifestyle
- Advantages and Disadvantages of Anonymity
- Debunking Myths and Stereotypes
- Supportive and Damaging 12-Step Interpersonal Dynamics

Spirituality and Recovery
- Addiction and the Human “Void”
- Evidence-Based Perspective of Spirituality and Healing
- Modifications for Atheist and Agnostic Clients

Strategies to Integrate the 12 Step and Clinical Models
- 12-Step Support for Treating Dual Diagnoses and Medication Prescribing
- Benefits and Challenges
- Complementary 12-Step Program Literature

Who Should Attend?

- Mental Health & Addictions Nurses, Psychologists, Psychiatrists
- Therapists, Addictions Counsellors, Social Workers
- Selected Staff in: Harm Reduction, Group Homes, Family Social Service Agencies, Family Violence Programs
- Occupational Therapists, Occupational Health Nurses