Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 7:30 AM to 12:15 PM EDT
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Beaver Creek Country Club 
9535 Mapleville Rd
Hagerstown, MD 21740

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Curt Miller 
Brook Lane Health Services 
301-733-0331 x 1228 

The Connection Between Attachment and Substance Use Disorder

Wednesday, May 18, 2022   *   8:00 am - 12:15 pm (4 CEUs)

(7:30 - 8:00 am Check-in & continental Breakfast)

Beaver Creek Country Club, 9353 Mapleville Rd, Hagerstown, MD 21740

This program is funded in part by the William B. and Sylvia A. Hunsburger Fund

Attachment is the foundation of health interpersonal relationships and conscience-formation. It has a profound impact on trust, one’s sense of self, and executive function. This seminar will discuss attachment theory and how unhealthy attachment can influence substance use. Discussion will include how difficulty in developing and maintaining meaningful interpersonal relations and self-regulating emotions can lead individuals to seek meaningful relationships through the use of substances. Treatment modalities and approaches will be presented to help clients address deficits in interpersonal relationships, emotional regulation, trust-building and vulnerability, while addressing substance use disorders.

At the conclusion of the seminar, attendees should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of attachment theory
  • Differentiate between healthy and unhealthy attachment
  • Identify the connection between attachment disorders and substance abuse disorders, and the barriers these present in treatment
  • Explore practices that promote healing of attachment wounds
  • Connect the benefits of group therapy and 12 Step fellowships to attachment and healthy relationships

Featuring John Houton, LPC, CAADC, SAP/SAE

John Houton is a licensed professional counselor and certified advanced alcohol and drug counselor practicing in Lancaster, PA. He has been providing mental health services for children and adults for over 15 years and has extensive experience with early childhood and attachment difficulties, substance use disorders, and sexually problematic behaviors. He is particularly passionate about the effects of early-life attachment deficits on adult function. In addition to working at WellSpan Philhaven Hospital in Mt. Gretna, PA and private practice, John supervises clinicians and conducts trainings and workshops for healthcare providers, professional organizations, and children and youth service organizations throughout the region. John is also a substance abuse professional (SAP) the Department of Transportation (DOT) working with DOT regulated employees returning to work after a violation has occurred and a substance abuse expert (SAE) working with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to assist employees in the Fitness for Duty process.

Registration Information:

Seminar Fee:  $89.00  (4 CEUs)

Cancellation Policy: A $10.00 processing fee applies to all cancellations. To receive a refund (less the $10.00 cancellation fee), cancellations must be made in writing and received no later than one week prior to the seminar. After that date, no refunds will be made.

Continuing Education Credits:

An important message about Continuing Education Credits:  Brook Lane seminars are approved for continuing education credits as an entire event.  PARTIAL CREDIT WILL NOT BE AWARDED. To assure that you receive continuing education credit, you must be on time and complete the entire seminar.

Counselors/Therapists:  Brook Lane Health Services has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP TM) # 5452. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  Brook Lane solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  This program will provide 4 clock hours; partial credit will not be awarded.

Social Workers:  Brook Lane Health Services is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. This program will provide 4.0 credit hours of Category I continuing education; partial credit will not be awarded.   

Psychologists:  The Maryland State Board of Examiners for Psychologists will accept continuing education hours provided by Brook Lane, an approved CE sponsor by the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners.

Other Healthcare Professionals and Attendees:  A certificate of completion noting the number of educational/contact hours will be provided for other disciplines to allow attendees to apply for CE credit as an individual.