PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Personal Development

We can learn something new anytime we believe we can.

– Virginia Satir

RECOVERY ASSISTANTS COURSE

This course offers an introduction to offering professional support for recovery from all kinds of addictive behaviours. It is part-time and is taught by a staff of qualified, experienced trainers. It includes 50 supervised internship hours at local registered treatment facilities. It provides an overview of addiction, treatment and recovery, as well as a foundation in counselling skills, including an introduction to Motivational Interviewing.

The Modules run over 12 weeks, with fortnightly sessions on Fridays at 16h30 – 18h30. Modules may be done independently and the course can begin with any module. There are regular assignments and feedback and journalling is used as a personal development tool.

Module 1: ASSESSMENT & INITIAL CONSULTATION:
Orientation; the Nature of the Illness;  Taking a Substance History; Physical Effects & Detoxification ; Psycho-social Assessment; Stages of Change

Module 2: COMPLEX ISSUES: Trauma & Addiction; Dual Diagnosis; Process Addictions Part I (Introduction & Codependency) Process Addiction Part II (Sexual Addiction); Process Addictions Part III (Eating Disorders & Compulsive spending); Family Effects.

Module 3: COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Empathy, Trust & listening; Self-reflection: Johari’s Window;  Styles & Approaches; Introduction to Motivational Interviewing; Recovery Coaching; Boundaries in relationships.

Module 4: RECOVERY, RELAPSE AND OTHER TOPICS: Transference & Counter-transference; Ethics & Record Keeping; Relapse Prevention;  Integrated Approach; Year-end function.

 

SUPERVISION & TRAINING FOR ADDICTION TREATMENT PROFESSIONALS

All too often organizations working in the field of addiction & recovery are effected by the chaos of addiction. Individual professionals find themselves unable to maintain professional boundaries, depleted and burnt out. We assist professionals and organizations to maintain a culture of recovery that is sustainable and congruent with the support offered to clients. This may be done through:

  • Individual or group staff supervision based on 12 step principles
  • Assisting organizations develop and maintain healthy systems and structures
  • One-day trainings on a Systemic Approach to Recovery from Addiction; Communication & Boundaries in the workplace

 

A FAMILY SYSTEMS APPROACH TO RECOVERY FROM ADDICTION

Addiction both affects and is affected by a whole network of individuals connected to the ‘addict’. Current research shows the effectiveness of a systemic approach to addiction that includes social and other networks in the treatment process. We offer lectures, workshops and training for health professionals and organizations informed by the latest international evidence-based practice on how to integrate this approach in practice.