Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM EDT
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Avenue D and 10th Street
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Perry Point, MD 21902

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April 23, 2019 - Depression and Anxiety as Symptoms of Addiction 
Kristine Hitchens, PhD, LCSW-C, LCADC, CCDC, NBCCH

Important Notes/Announcements:

  • We are at capacity for this program and will not be able to accommodate walk-in registrations.  Please email acaporellie@chepinc.org to be added to the wait list. 
  • This program is a 1/2 DAY PROGRAM that will award certificates of 3.0 CREDIT HOURS.
  • This program is approved for NAADAC, MDSW, NBCC and general credits. These are the final offerings.  
  • By submitting your registration form, you are agreeing to CHEP's cancellation policy.  Please review in detail prior to registering.

Course Description:

This presentation will explore the relationship between depression, anxiety, and addiction.  Symptoms of depression and anxiety are often found in the later stages of addiction.  These symptoms might be indicative of a true co-occurring disorder or might just be symptoms of the disease of addiction or the trauma of witnessing its growth.  The progession of addiction for both those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction and their family members/close friends will be explored in detail.  The stages of recovery will be explored fully and will include treatment factors that improve the probability that obstacles, such as symptoms of depression and anxiety, are hurdled successfully.  LAstly, resiliency factors that imrpove the likelihood of sustained recovery efforts will be reviewed and practiced.  

Leaning Objectives:

1. Recognize the progression of addiction and how the late stage can often mimic or trigger symptoms of depression and anxiety in those addicted and their family members/close friends. 
2. Integrate the stages of recovery including methods to evaluate, address and alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety.
3. Recognize internal and external resiliency factors that can be assessed and/or nurtured for greater recovery success.  

Speaker Information:

Kristine earned her PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Bryn Mawr College in 2011 and her Master's Degree in Social Work from Widener University in 1999.  Kristine specializes in trauma, family issues and addiction treatement.  She has been the Director of family and clinical programs at premier addiction recovery facilities, developed and ran several specialized programs, worked as an adjunct professor for area colleges and universities, and volunteered with domestic violence and juvenile justine programs.  Kristine currently sits on the Board of Addictions Connections Resource, Inc. and is a member of the Harford County Trauma Institute Committee.  She is now in private practice, A Change Would Do You Good, LLC in North East, Maryland. 

Continuing Education:

National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Credits - 5.5 hours
"This course has been approved by CHEP as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider for 5.5 CEs.  NAADAC provider number 62665, CHEP is responsible for all aspects of their programming."

Maryland SW Credits - 3.0 hours
Maryland Social Workers - Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners: "Chesapeake Health Education Program, Inc. is authorized by the Board of Social Work Examiners in Maryland to sponsor social work continuing education programs and maintains full responsibility for this program.  This training qualifies for Category 1 continuing education credits."

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Credits - 3.0 hours
Certified Counselors - National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC): "Chesapeake Health Education Program, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6140.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC are clearly identified.  Chesapeake Health Education Program, Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs."  


Target Audience: Addiction Counselors, Certified Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers

Evaluation and Certificate:

All attendees are required to sign-in in order to receive credits.  Sign-in sheets will be available at the registration desk for up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the program and 30 minutes after the start of the program. 

An evaluation will be emailed to you within two business days of the program's completion.  Once you complete and submit this evaluation, your certificate will automatically generate to be saved or printed. 

Registration Information:

Department of VA Employee w. ID rate - $15
Community Provider rate - $55
Eastern Shore Hospital Center Employee w. ID - $30

We are at capacity for this program and will not be able to accommodate walk-in registrations.  Please email acaporellie@chepinc.org to be added to the wait list. 

Registration includes light breakfast items starting at 8:30am.  Lunch will not be included.

If you are registering as a Department of VA Employee, you will be required to show proof of current employment via government issued VA ID badge at check in.  If you do not have your badge, you will not be granted access to the program or you can choose to pay the regular rate.