Friday, October 12, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel Trade Center 
181 Boston Post Road W
Marlborough, MA 01752

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Rosemary Marshall 
Spectrum Health Systems, Inc. 

Returning Citizens: Not Your Average Client

Presenter: Earl Warren, III, LADC1

This interactive training will deepen your awareness of the unique needs of clients returning from extended periods of incarceration and will give you the insights and techniques necessary to increase positive treatment outcomes for these returning citizens. When released from custoday, the returning citizen not only struggles with a much higher chance of relapse and/or overdose, but also struggles with co-occurring mental health, chronic medical conditions, life-long criminality, and in many cases, trauma. Any one of these conditions can derail even the best substance use treatment. Couple this with distrust of authority, learned helplessness, and distress intolerance inherent in the criminal lifestyle, the chances for relapse and recidivism are almost guaranteed. Training topics include effective screening and assessment techniques designed to get at the core issues prior to the start of treatment, triage and placement in treatment programs, treatment issues and approaches for psychopathy and co-occurring mental health disorders, and issues of treating returning citizens under community supervision.

Learning Objectives

After participating in this program, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss the 5 domains of screening and assessment relevant to returning citizens
  • Recognize whether criminality pre-dates SUD or if SUD pre-dates ciminality
  • Identify issues that impact successful SUD treatment
  • Recall that screening and assessment have different objectives in the Criminmal Justice setting vs. the community setting
  • Describe 3 barriers to treatment common among returning citizens
  • List 2 approaches used to manage criminal thinking
  • Identify 5 traits associated with criminality
  • Demonstrate understanding of managing psychopathy
  • Describe 3 safety measures for working with personality disorders of returning citizens

Continuing Education Hours 6.0

NASW  - National Association of Social Workers - LICSW

NBCC - National Board of Certified Counselors - LMHC

LADC - Massachusett Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services

NAADAC - National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors - CAC/CADAC