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IITAP has created training programs on how to deal with specific issues clients may be experiencing. These issues need tactics that can differ from traditional techniques. IITAP has recognized some of the more prevalent issues and created training’s to help you, help your clients with these issues.

Chemical Dependency Training

Research has shown that breaking the steps of recovery into well-defined tasks makes leaving the addictive life easier.  By combining, individual therapy and Twelve Step support groups, the process of overcoming addiction is possible.  This particular CMAT® training provides the format for addiction treatment professionals to integrate the 30 task model, developed by Dr. Patrick Carnes, into their practices.  By developing a greater understanding of the interaction between trauma and brain science, therapists can better serve their clients.

The objectives of the training are:

  • Understand the physiological issues associated with detoxification
  • Understand the basic concepts of the effects of addiction on neuroplasticity and the brain
  • Be able to explain why treating grief is an essential component when treating addiction
  • Be able to identify the history of addiction treatment and the evolution of the 12-step model
  • Demonstrate the ability to fully assess a client to determine appropriate level of care and formulate a treatment plan
  • Identify and recognize the types of Addiction Interaction
  • Describe how addiction can be classified as an Attachment Disorder
  • Compare the co-dependency model and attachment model approaches to treatment
  • Describe ways to effectively treat families in recovery

Facilitated by: Christopher O’Reilly and Jackson Sousa

Financial and Work Disorders Training 

This training workshop will enable clinicians to identify, assess, and treat financial and work disorders. Theories of cognitive and family systems psychology are woven together with behavioral economics and the neurobiology of decision making to create case conceptualizations of compulsive spenders, debtors, workaholics, under-earners, gamblers, and the like.

Facilitated by: Bonnie DenDooven, MC, LAC

Karpman (Drama) Triangle

The Karpman Triangle is a familiar relationship dynamic that most clinicians see their clients engage in. The three roles – victim/martyr, perpetrator/offender and rescuer/enabler – are extremely common in those affected by chemical and behavioral addictions.  This training shows clinicians an experiential method of applying the Karpman Triangle with the addict, partner, coupleship, and family. Educating clients on the roles by having them physically stand in the triangle formation and shift from role to role when processing specific events or feelings assists individuals in visualizing the impact of words and behaviors on others, experiencing the emotions of others, and learning to truly see impactful they are.  In turn, therapists learn how to provide direction on the importance of being accountable, help clients look for options and learn to negotiate.  Clinicians will leave with an extensive set of tools to help their clients decrease conflicts in their relationships.

Facilitated by: Kevin Skinner

Mindfulness in Recovery

The Mindfulness in Recovery Workshop is an excellent resource for clinicians wanting to assist clients who have undergone inpatient treatment or are going through outpatient treatment for problematic sexual behaviors. It can also be used for emotional regulation of partners of such. Other addictive behaviors will be lightly addressed.

  • Mindfulness cultivates attention from problematic sexual behaviors to the present moment in a nonjudgmental, shameless manner
  • MBRP is designed to help increase awareness of triggers, destructive thought processes, and the “automatic” reactions that control addicts’ and/or partners’ lives
  • The 8 week program template is appropriate for groups or individuals; addicts, partners or couples; and is applicable to other diagnoses (such as depression and anxiety) as well

Facilitated by: Sue Neufeld-Ellis


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