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Dying to Connect: Addiction as an Attachment Disorder
Recorded on October 18, 2021
On Demand Education
Free
1.75 CE Hours
General, Substance Abuse
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Presented by
Ellen E Elliott
Speaker Bio
Education Description

Addictions counseling has changed drastically over the years as the field has widened to include a merging of theoretical concepts. As the addictions field makes room for a greater, deeper understanding of the addictive phenomenon, continued education changes the way we treat both chemical and behavioral addictions. Understanding the role attachment plays in addictive disorders and the healing power of connection is crucial to the ongoing progress of the ever-evolving addictions field. Ellen will present the concept of how healing attachment deficits through the development of intimate connections creates a path toward more fulfilling lives and healthier relationships.

The modalities have changed and now, the scope of the field itself is changing. Sex and food addictions, gambling and spending, and now even gaming and internet addictions are gaining notoriety as legitimate disorders for addictions counselors to add to the list of issues to address in treatment. Once considered compulsive behaviors, the evidence related to brain changes and genetic vulnerability is growing, but how prepared are we to provide clients who struggle with multiple addictions with the treatment they need? This workshop will help counselors prepare for the changing world of addictions by providing screening tools for identifying process addictions and information related to best treatment practices. Specific strategies for managing and treating multiple addictions in a substance abuse setting will be presented as well as information related to referral sources, specialized training, and educational materials available for various behavioral addictions.

Target Audience
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Educational Goal

Participants are expected to gain understanding in the treatment of addiction.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

1. Define and describe four attachment styles

2. Describe the connection between attachment and addictive behavior

3. Identify two treatment methods that support the development of a more secure attachment style.

CE Details
Introductory
General
Substance Abuse

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LPCCs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0220.

The Louisiana Counseling Association is approved by the Louisiana Licensed Professional Board of Examiners to offer continuing education for Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors and Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors. This program meets requirements 1.75 CE clock hours for Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors.

This course has been approved by TPN.health, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #198061, TPN.health is responsible for all aspects of the programing. Counselor Skill Group: Legal, Ethical and Professional Development.

TPN.health, #1766, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the nal authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 03/31/2022 – 03/31/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1.75 General, Substance Abuse continuing education credits. ASWB ACE credit is not available in NY and NJ.

Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LCSWs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0654.

This workshop meets the requirements and has been approved for 1.75 hours for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists in Louisiana by the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

NY LMFTs
Trusted Provider Network, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0097.

CAMFT LPCCs
Course meets the qualifications for hours of continuing education credit for LPCCs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. TPN.health is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LPCCs. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

CE Policy
TPN.health and this educator have no conflicts of interest and have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents.
About Ellen E Elliott, LCAS, LCMHC, CCS, CSAT

Ellen E. Elliott, LCAS, LPC, CCS, CSAT, PhD Candidate is the owner and director of Four Directions Counseling & Recovery Center. She is a psychotherapist who has worked in the mental health eld for 30 years and is licensed in North Carolina as an addictions specialist, a professional counselor, and a clinical supervisor for counselors and is nationally certied as a sex addiction therapist. She received her Master’s degree in Community Counseling with an emphasis in Addictions from Appalachian State University after receiving a BSW at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has specific training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (EFT), and trauma therapy. Ellen provides counseling in various areas including addictions, sexual issues, trauma, childhood abuse, intimacy and attachment, and relationships. Her goal is to assist people in addressing past trauma and creating the lives and connections they long for.

In addition to counseling, Ellen provides training related to behavioral addictions and trauma treatment as well as supervision for substance abuse and mental health counselors. As a lifelong lover of learning and culture, she is currently pursuing her PhD in Counseling and Human Development where she is completing research related to trauma experiences among indigenous populations in underdeveloped countries. Her interest in South Asia led to her study of specific idioms of distress presented among the Newar people in Nepal for the purpose of better understanding the way historical trauma is experienced in non-Western, underdeveloped nations.

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