Anchorage Classroom Learning

Introduction to Addictive Behavior


This course will provide an overview of substance use disorders/addiction from etiology to treatment. The course will focus on CSAT’s model of addiction that looks at how the brain and body responds even before exposure to the object of addiction. The course will also cover the effects of drugs on the brain – both long and short term, pharmacotherapy, triggers, craving, and recovery issues.
Date: November 29, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Trainer: Janet M. Carter, M.Ed
Cost: $35.00
Location: Radact Office
CEU: 8 hours

Introduction to Client Centered Counseling


This course will provide information on the characteristics of the effective counselor, establishing a counseling relationship, and defining counselor and client roles. Through applied exercises students will be introduced to the practice of the client-centered approach, using communication skills such as listening, attending, reflection, paraphrasing, and summarizing.
Date: Nov 30-Dec 1, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Trainer: Gloria Eldridge, Ph.D
Cost: $70.00
Location: Radact Office
CEU: 16 hours

A New Look at Relapse Prevention


This presentation which utilizes the current best practices in relapse prevention, develops an approach which begins at the point of initial assessment, integrates Gorski's approach to relapse prevention (e.g., warning signs of relapse) with the cognitive-behavioral approach of Alan Marlatt (e.g., triggers, high-risk situations and the abstinence violation effect) with Structured Relapse Prevention (an approach based on a stages of change). All of this is presented using the DSM-5 diagnoses and ASAM six dimensions as the structure for doing an assessment of relapse risk and developing a relapse prevention plan. The major difference between this workshop and others on relapse prevention is the focus on the provider rather than the patient/client. When a client relapses, all too often we say that the client wasn't ready, was in denial, or was non-compliant. The workshop looks at the provider's role and what aspects of treatment increase or decrease the likelihood of client relapse including the use of anti-addiction medications. participants will be provided with a "Stressor-Related Relapse Trigger Inventory based on the previous DSM-IV Axis IV, developed by the presenter.
Date: December 4, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Trainer: Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA
Cost: $35.00
Location: Radact Office
CEU: 8 hours

Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Issues Among Older Adults through the ASAM Lens


More older adults are admitted to acute care hospitals for alcohol-related disorders than for heart attacks!! This workshop will describe the challenges of assessment, intervention and treatment of older adults with substance use and co-occurring mental health problems. There will be discussion of six major problems areas encountered when working with older adults with substance-related disorders: (1) identification; (2) diagnosis; (3) assessment; (4) intervention; (5) referral; and (6) treatment and assessment. Appropriate responses to problems in each of the areas will be presented. A broad-based gerontological assessment process will be discussed using the structure of the ASAM 6 Dimensions with emphasis on co-occurring disorders. Older adult specific assessment instruments for depression, dementia and substance use disorders will be presented, including the newest screening instrument for problems with alcohol, prescribed and over the counter medications. As part of good mental health, the myths and realities of sexuality among older adults will be discussed.
Date: December 5, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Trainer: Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA
Cost: $35.00
Location: Radact Office
CEU: 8 hours

Documentation and Treatment Planning: From Frustration to Proficiency


This workshop will answer the questions of: (1)what is treatment planning and what are its purposes; (2) why perform treatment planning and its importance beyond any regulatory or reimbursement requirements; (3) when to do treatment planning; (4) with whom and; (5) how to do it efficiently and effectively? The emphasis will be on appropriate documentation, without which the treatment planning is limited in usefulness. A model for ASAM dimensional assessment leading naturally to a treatment plan will be developed using case studies will be used to allow participants to identify assessment and treatment planning deficiencies by the use of case studies. Emphasis will be placed on specificity and measurability of treatment plan objectives with a discussion of problem definition and selection. Most importantly, a documentation system will be presented that guarantees the linkage between the assessment information, the treatment plan objectives and the progress notes.

The relationship of progress notes to the treatment plan and the role of language which differs from agency to agency will be discussed.
Date: December 6, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Trainer: Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA
Cost: $35.00
Location: Radact Office
CEU: 8 hours

Community Resource Use and Case Management


This workshop will begin with a description and principles of case management and then to the entire issue of screening and assessment, including the DSM-5 and their relationships to relapse and case management. There will be discussion of the role of case management with clients who have co-occurring medical problems (ASAM, Dimension 2,); co-occurring mental health problems (ASAM, Dimension 3); readiness to change (ASAM, Dimension 4); the role of the case manager in helping clients avoid relapse (ASAM, Dimension 5); and the role of environment (ASAM Dimension 6). A model for identifying needed recovery support services will be presented. All of this is only effective if supported by appropriate documentation. The workshop will conclude with a discussion about determining and assessing outcomes to the case management process.
Date: December 7, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Trainer: Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA
Cost: $35.00
Location: Radact Office
CEU: 8 hours

Opioid Use & Abuse in the Context of a Legal Drug Culture


The presentation will begin with a description of our "legal drug culture" that has influenced the current drug epidemic. Included in this section is information of drug marketing in general, direct-to-consumer marketing (TV) and prescribing patterns. The history of opioid use starting in 3400 B.C. (opioid use not new) and continuing to the current time will be discussed. The effects of opioid addiction, attempts to modify prescribing practices and control access to opioids will demonstrate why the increase in heroin addiction as unintended consequences. The dangers of fentanyl and other analogues (e.g., carfentanil) will be discussed. Those people at higher risk for overdose will be identified. The systems for overdose reversal, and how they save lives but do little alone to stem the opioid epidemic will be described and one potential solution offered. The inadequacy of psychosocial treatment alone for many opioid addicts will be discussed and the description of the current anti-addiction drugs for opioid dependence (methadone, Suboxone and Vivitrol), their similarities and differences, how they work and their role in conjunction with psychosocial treatment. Research results will be presented.
Date: December 8, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Trainer: Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA
Cost: $35.00
Location: Radact Office
CEU: 8 hours
Please call or email if you would like to register for any of the classes
Call Virginia @ 907-563-9202 or email virginiar@gci.net to register
RADACT office location: 3901 Old Seward Hwy., Ste. 8