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

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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.