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Understanding and Treating High-Functioning Alcoholics, Substance Use Disorders and Dual Diagnosis
Recorded on February 17, 2022
On Demand Education
Free
3 CE Hours
Clinical, Diagnosis, Substance Abuse
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Presented by
Sarah Benton
Speaker Bio
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Education Description

Using the educator’s personal story as a case-study, this workshop will explore the characteristics, personality traits, recovery, and treatment challenges of high-functioning alcoholics and Substance Use Disorders. The “continuum” of alcohol and Substance Use Disorders will be discussed as well as diagnostic challenges. Additional treatment and prevention suggestions will be offered that are unique for this population. Evidence-based integrated treatment for dual diagnosis care will be denied and treatment strategies will be described. Finally, shame as a barrier to treatment for this population will be explored.

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

Participants will gain competency in identifying and treating high functioning alcoholics and substance use disorder.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. List 4 unique characteristics and treatment challenges of high-functioning alcoholic and Substance Use Disorders
  2. Identify 2 challenges with the DSM-IV TR and DSM-V diagnostic criteria as they relate to high-functioning alcoholics and Substance Use Disorders
  3. Explain 3 treatment strategies for working with this client population
  4. Describe 1 evidence based integrated treatment approach for working with clients who have dual diagnoses
  5. Explain how shame is a barrier to this client population seeking treatment
CE Details
Introductory
Clinical
Diagnosis
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 3.0 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 programming. Counselor Skill Group: Legal, Ethical and Professional Development.

TPN.health is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. TPN.health maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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 final 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 3 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.

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 LMFTs. 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 marriage and family therapists #MFT-0097.

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.
Sarah Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC, AADC

Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC, AADC is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is Co-Owner of Benton Behavioral Health Consulting, Clinical Consultant for Aware Recovery Care, MA, and The Strathmore House transitional sober living for men in Boston, Massachusetts. She worked previously as the Clinical Director at Aware Recovery Care in-home addiction treatment in Connecticut, in private practice as an addiction therapist at Insight Counseling in Ridgefield, CT, Turnbridge extended care in New Haven, CT, and at McLean Hospital at McLean Brook transitional living program for dual diagnosis in Belmont, MA. She is a seasoned international speaker, author of the book, “Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic” and has been featured frequently in the media including the NY Times, and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, The CBS Early Show, NPR, SiriusXM and is a blogger for PsychologyToday.com.

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