C4 is offering a series of ongoing webinars where you will learn best practices and hone your skills in the behavioral health field.

8 Ways to Wellbeing for Recovering People

This course awards 1 CE Hour. 

Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLCs) identified in “8 Ways to Wellbeing for Recovering People,” are an underutilized, but profoundly effective treatment for optimizing mental health and supporting recovery from most psychiatric issues, such as addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and trauma. In addition, they are an effective intervention for relapse prevention. Based on the exhaustive research of Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. at the University of CA at Irvine, these TLCs described and amplified in this workshop, can serve as core curriculum for inpatient or outpatient programs, as well as individual use. Why “lifestyle changes?” Because research shows that TLCs, such as changing ones diet, getting regular exercise, relaxation, healthy recreation, time outdoors in nature, fostering supportive relationships, spiritual practice and service to others can be enormously beneficial for optimizing mental and physical health and wellbeing.TLCs are not the whole answer. Nothing is. They are a proven modality in addiction treatment.

Emerging Digital Health Technologies and Continuing Care

This course awards 1 CE Hour. 

Many patients, perhaps the majority, do not engage in standard continuing care although it may be available for them. This creates a strong case for the importance of new continuing care models that can supplement, and in some cases replace, the traditional clinical-based approach. Emerging digital health technologies (DHT’s) show promise for helping both to refine therapies for the client’s individual needs while providing support in settings beyond the clinic. This webinar is designed for treatment personnel who want to consider offering continuing care and support services via the Internet for individual, group, family or alumni completing initial recovery programs. Participants will be introduced to basic ethical practices that will enable them to introduce and implement secure Internet technology into the clinical setting and ongoing care plan.

Adult ADHD, Amphetamne, Addiction, and the Amygdala

This course awards 1 CE Hour. 

ADHD and addiction commonly co-occur and each condition affects the course of the other. There is strong evidence for benefit of stimulant medication in treatment of adult ADHD, but frustratingly, these benefits don’t translate well to their use in early recovery. In this presentation, we will consider the evidence for approaches to ADHD in the addiction treatment setting, look at the latest evidence on the nature of adult ADHD, and examine the overlap between childhood trauma and ADHD, including how both conditions are mediated through the amygdala, and the implications of this connection in developing treatment strategies.

The Wounded Healer: Helping the Helper

This course awards 1 CE Hour. 

Burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma are landmines in the field of addiction. Many of us struggle with work demands, familial expectations, not to mention the desire for a fulfilling personal life. Our supervisors repeat the mantra, “don’t forget your self care!” But who has the energy to schedule a massage or even run a bubble bath after a stressful day? In order to thrive in this field, it’s crucial we shine a light on what really matters when it comes to caring for ourselves and the barriers that get in the way of being our best selves. This experiential workshop will differentially define burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma; provide a deep understanding of self-compassion (and what gets in the way); and support participants in evaluating crucial components of their individual self-care plan to support the healthiest version of themselves.

Trauma, Shame, and Addiction – How did we get here…and how do we change?

This course awards 1 CE Hour. 

As the opioid epidemic continues to unfold on the American landscape, our society is experiencing the loss of the flower of a generation. Studies reveals that alcohol use remains an even larger and growing public health problem than opioids. Marijuana use has become so casual as to usher itself into mainstream America, an innocuous choice for some perhaps, but for many others including the youngest amongst us its effects are devastating. Addiction is now a public health concern of epic proportions.

What about the undercurrents to addiction, the things that frequently start addiction, that fuel addiction? What about the undertreated public health menace that directly impacts and precedes addiction, and negatively affects the health and longevity of individuals and families? This silent menace is trauma, especially trauma from childhood. Learn to recognize that untreated trauma leads to the failure of so many individuals who find themselves chronically relapsing into the spiral of opioid addiction, alcoholism, gambling and sex addiction.

Beyond Trauma-Informed Care: The MET(T)A Protocol

This course awards 1.25 CE Hours. 

The mental health treatment field has made great strides in recognizing the role that trauma plays in presenting problems and disorders by providing trauma-informed care. However, considering the widespread impact that trauma has on survivors, simply realizing this impact, recognizing the symptoms of trauma, and responding to them is not enough to heal the damage done. The disorders that can manifest from surviving a trauma, such as PTSD, major depressive disorder, substance use disorders, and eating disorders, the risky behaviors that trauma triggers such as self-injurious behaviors, promiscuity, isolation, etc., and the life-changing decisions that result from it such as suicide, speaks for the need for the vital move from trauma-informed care to trauma-focused care that the mental health field must make in order to ethically and effectively treat trauma.

Trauma-focused care assumes that unhealed trauma plays a major role in presenting issues, denotes greater action in the delivery of treatment services, and promotes proactive treatment planning to heal the legacy of trauma. The MET(T)A (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Agencies) Protocol provides the trauma-focused solution that survivors of trauma need to find long-lasting recovery. The MET(T)A Protocol is a new and innovative way to envision and implement agency mental health treatment that is grounded in the over 30 years of research, theory, and practice of EMDR therapy, as well as the 2600 years of research theory and practice of the Buddhist psychology of Mindfulness. It honors the current belief that there is a deep need for trauma resolution to be a key focus of treatment to strengthen relapse prevention and create sustainable long-term recovery.

This webinar will make the case for the move from trauma-informed care to trauma-focused care by applying EMDR therapy as a complete psychotherapy instead of as a technique or approach, with mindfulness as a stabilizing anchor for treatment effects and Buddhist psychology as a philosophical system to treat mental health disorders.

How Advances in HIT, Devices, Sensors and Wearables are Improving Behavioral Healthcare

This course awards 1 CE Hour. 

This panel session will focus on how advancing technology is enabling innovation and improvement in behavioral health and recovery especially around the value of data and analytics, interoperability and clinical decision support. Sensor improvement, wearable technology, and virtual reality is advancing and removing barriers to care and facilitating connection among patients, clinicians and care managers. These evolving capabilities are driving better outcomes, powerful analytics, and personalization of care essential for value-based care. Technology focused on in this panel will include data sharing, sensors/wearables, assessments, analytics/ML, and other patient and clinical workflow tools. Attending this session will give the clinician and the program leadership new information about current and new tools to improve efficacy, outcomes, and quality of care and recovery support.

Digital Addiction, ADHD and ASD Spectrum Disorders: A Discussion of Co-Morbidity and Treatment

This course awards 1.25 CE Hours. 

Panelists will describe and discuss the co-morbidity of Tech Addiction with ADHD and ASD. Special focus will be made to treatment considerations when these complicated conditions collide. A case example will be discussed.

How Technology is Advancing Care Through Improved Engagement

This course awards 1.5 CE Hours. 

This panel session will focus in the use of technology to help deliver care, to make care more accessible, extend the continuum and improve patient engagement and outcomes. The emphasis here will be on mHealth, digital therapeutics and Telehealth/Web based counseling and recovery support. Attending this session will give clinicians and the program leaders information about current and most innovative new tools to support, extend and enhance care and recovery outcomes.

The Craving Mind: How Insights from the Intersection of Tech and Neuroscience Inform Habit Change and Addiction Treatment

This course awards 1.25 CE Hours. 

We are all vulnerable to craving. Whether it’s a compulsion to constantly check social media, overeat, smoke, excessively drink, or any other behavior, we may find ourselves uncontrollably repeating. Why are bad habits so hard to overcome? Can we learn how our minds work, and even tap into this very process to find a key to conquer the cravings we know are unhealthy for us and open our natural capacities for awareness and kindness? In this talk, using examples from his lab’s clinical studies of in-person and app-based mindfulness training as well as data from neuroimaging paradigms, Dr. Brewer will describe why habits are formed, and how awareness helps us tap into these very behavioral and brain mechanisms that encourage habitual behaviors in order to overcome them. He will also show how we can use these to build our natural capacities of awareness, kindness, and curiosity.

Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World

This course awards 1.5 CE Hours.

Our lives are becoming increasingly enmeshed with technology. While there are certainly many benefits of technology, its seductive lure has our children (and us!) disconnecting from what is most important in life – each other and the world around us. To be both successful and happy in life, it is imperative that we learn to navigate these often-treacherous waters. In this presentation, we will discuss why technologies such as texting and social media have such a grip on us, what effects technology is having on our brains, and strategies to use technology in healthier, more balanced ways. To this end, Dr. Brooks will introduce the Tech Happy Life model as an approach to manage the pull of screens more effectively.

Addiction Disrupts Brain Reward – So How Do We Restore It?

This course awards 1 CE Hour. 

For a half-century, we’ve known that drugs disrupt brain reward. Amidst a public health emergency, are we addressing this challenge? Contingency Management (CM) drives healthy brain reward. It’s our best-researched and most effective — yet paradoxically least utilized – approach. After 100 successful random controlled trials, real-world challenges still abound: ethics (is paying patients money enabling?), resources (who pays?), testing (truly random, witnessed drug screens?) and management (who does intricate accounting?). Digital health apps now surmount each of these obstacles, aiding motivation, harm reduction, MAT adherence, sobriety and treatment retention. Impacts are real: decreased drinking, longer treatment retention, better program completion. Even busy, oversubscribed and scarcely-resourced providers can now easily achieve implementation to cope with this epidemic – and the next one.