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Addiction and Recovery Training Summit
LPCA Office
3091 Governors Lake Dr NW, STE 570
Norcross, Georgia 30071
United States

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 9:00 AM to Friday, January 28, 2022, 4:15 PM EDT
Category: LPCA Sponsored NBCC approved


This is offered as a live, synchronous virtual training. REGISTER HERE


The 18-hour summit will focus upon Substance Use Disorders, issues related to addiction and Recovery.


9 AM - 4:15 PM Each Day


Approved by LPCA, NBCC and GACA


Total Approved Hours:  18


Core Hours Approved:  12


Ethics Hours Approved: 6


 Day 1:   AM 


The Power of Story and Community Support Groups in Recovery


Presenter: Susan Drew, CPS-MH


Storytelling within community support groups has been an integral part of the recovery process for decades. It is a powerful tool that substance abuse counselors can utilized and support in the treatment process for any type of addiction. While there are numerous benefits to storytelling, there are potential risks such as reliving the trauma and feeling of shame that can be managed through the therapeutic process.


Learning Objectives:


  1. Participants will explore how story is a powerful tool in the recovery process
  2. Participants will learn how to support clients as they develop and explore their own story in recovery
  3. Participants will explore community support group options and how they support their client’s story


Day 1:   PM:


“Brain Power” Utilizing Innovative Neuroscience Breakthroughs and neuroplasticity as a Pathway to Healing Addictive Behavioral Health Patterns, Breaking Cycles of Defeat, Promote Positive Change


Presenter:  Deborah R.  Alexander, LICDC, ICADC, ICCS, CADC-II-CCS


In this life changing workshop information will be provided to overview cutting edge advancements in the field of neuroscience to explore the brain and addiction. It is designed to equip professionals to focus on development of service capacities and to embrace interventions that shift from crisis driven to a strength based continuum of care. Interventions that harness brain power, and increase brain capacity to change the brain will be explored.


Participants will obtain education and information and ideas for implementation of coping skills that advance brain power using neuroplasticity, nootropics, and neurogenesis as a pathway to healing addictive and negative behavioral patterns, and to break cycles of defeat. Information presented will be based on current research and work in medical and scientific field(s) on breakthroughs by prominent persons in the field(s). Examination to assist participants to understand this phenomena and ways to implement best practice skill sets in clinical treatment and planning will take place during the workshop interaction will be encouraged. 


Learning Objectives:


  1. Presenter will explore, describe, some of the ways the brain can be trained to forge new pathways for healing of addictive cycles and break patterns in addiction, behavioral health.
  2. Presenter will explain how gaining knowledge of neuroplasticity use of nootropics and other supplements will assist clinicians to provide an improved quality of services.
  3. Presenter will assist participants to uncover myths about the brain, capacity of the brain, basic structure, and healing of the brain.
  4. Participants will learn how to apply some basic and simple techniques, examples include “neurobics” and nootropics to present and use for self-care and in the clinical treatment setting of behavioral health and addiction.


Day 2:  AM: 


Three is Company: Addictions, Abusers, & Adult Crime Victims


Presenter: Victoria Griffin, LPC, CPCS, CCTP, MAC, SAP, CAMS


This workshop is intended to provide an overview of the impact and role of drugs and alcohols in intimate partner/ dating relationships and sexual assault/ rape. This workshop will also cover some of the legal aspects involved that can impact the therapeutic relationship. Finally, we will cover the role of the therapist/substance abuse professional in working with crime victims versus abusers.


Learning Objectives:


  1. Attendees will learn the impact of alcohol and substance use in intimate partner violence and dating violence before and after the violent incident.
  2. Attendees will learn how the criminal justice system plays a defining role in the classification of victim and abuser particularly when alcohol and drugs are involved.
  3. Attendees will the distinguish between working with crime victims versus adults with a history of abuse and ways to address the needs of crime victim.


Day 2: PM: 


Recognizing and Responding to Behavioral Addictions in Clinical Practice


Presenter:  Dr. Amanda Giordano, PhD, LPC


Behavioral addictions such as gaming, gambling, sex, pornography, social media, and food affect a substantial number of clients. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to conceptualize, assess, and treat a variety of behavioral addictions. Specifically, the presenter will describe the neuroscience of behavioral addictions, signs and symptoms, and treatment considerations. Attendees will gain in-depth knowledge related to internet gaming addiction, sex and pornography addiction, gambling addiction, and nonsuicidal self-injury.


Learning objectives:


  1. Attendees will be able to conceptualize behavioral addictions using a public health model and describe two methods for recognizing behavioral addictions in clinical work.
  2. Attendees will be able to discuss assessment instruments, treatment considerations, and 12-step support for a variety of behavioral addictions including internet gaming addiction, sex and pornography addiction, nonsuicidal self-injury, and gambling addiction.
  3. Attendees will be able to synthesize current research and relevant neuroscience related to the prevalence and nature of behavioral addictions.


Day 3:  AM:   


Ethics and Substance Use Disorders


Presenter:  Jim Seckman, M.Div., MAC, CAC II, CCS


Working with clients with a Substance Use Disorder presents some unique challenges when it comes to ethics, particularly as it relates to therapeutic boundaries. This workshop is designed to give counselors an understanding of how their theoretical approach to SUD and how their ethical decision-making style interact and affect their boundaries with this population.


Learning Objectives:


  1. Participants will be able to identify their theoretical approach to SUD.
    Participants will be able to verbalize their personal approach to ethics and ethical decision-making and how that impacts their work as a counselor.
    Participants will be able to verbalize an understanding of professional boundaries and identify how boundaries are critical to an ethical counseling practice.


Day 3: PM:  


Everyday Ethics for Everyone


Presenter:  Dawn Allred, LPC, MAC


Every day we are faced with many decisions about our clients, clinical judgments, and the way to conduct business.  As a professional, we must have an ethical foundation to make these decisions. This presentation will address the guiding ethical principles and how to apply practical ethics to our daily work.


Learning Objectives:


  1. Participants will be able to identity at least 4 guiding ethical principles of the counseling profession
  2. Participants will name 3 ways to avoid the most violated ethical principles in the profession
  3. Participants will learn 3 strategies to implement ethical decision making in their professional practice





Deborah R.  Alexander, LICDC, ICADC, ICCS, CADC-II-CCS, is a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor who is currently employed with Cobb County Community Services Board, and holds the position of Substance Use Programs Manager.  Deborah has provided services and supervised in all levels of care, currently manages and coordinates the clinical programs, staff, interns, and provides clinical supervision as well. Prior to current position Deborah has experience in numerous clinical arenas including; training, research, crisis intervention, proposal writing, fundraising, and fiducial management.


She is a Certified Life Coach, who offers online coaching sessions in the areas of lifestyle including; happiness, health, wellness, spirituality, finances, and non-profit acumen. Deborah is the founder of a new non-profit organization Spirituality Institute of North America.   


Deborah has designated a life time commitment to advancement of knowledge and skill development of persons in the helping field of Chemical Dependency and Behavioral Health.  Deborah has a passion for assisting and developing professional leaders, those seeking to provide innovative services, intuitive care, wellness, holistic integrative healthcare. 


Her enthusiasm for coaching and empowering professionals and individuals in creative venues, has prompted her to author and co-author and present best practice seminars in areas of Spirituality, Neuroplasticity, Happiness, and Vision Board creation. This gift has lead her through doors of leadership in these ground breaking arenas.  Ms. Alexander has a passion to assist clinicians who are seeking ideas on optimum wellness and holistic healthcare. Deborah recently received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity.


Dawn Allred, LPC, MAC, has 30 years of experience in community mental health specializing in complex issues such as severe co-occurring disorders, crisis intervention, homelessness, and legal issues. Dawn is the owner of Sunrise Consulting, specializing in behavioral health program consultation, development, and professional trainings. She served 2 years as the Ethics Chairperson for the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia.  Dawn also is a behavioral health program surveyor with CARF. She is dedicated to bringing a holistic approach to services, understanding there are many pathways to recovery.


Susan Drew, CPS-MH, is an active member of the recovery community and has been a recovering addict for many years. Her story was nominated for Emmy and has been featured in the media multiple times. Susan is currently a certified peer support specialist, double trouble facilitator, and graduate of the Recovery Institute of GA.


Susan was featured on 11alive where she survived a serial killer targeting prostitutes on the street. One caption for Susan’s story stated she “lived to die on the streets of Atlanta, until one night when she was left for dead.” One of Susan’s biggest regrets from her life on the streets and using drugs is not appearing in court to testify against the man who nearly took her life. That was the power of drugs in her life. Susan is now working hard to become an advocate for women in prostitution and individuals seeking recovery from drugs.


Dr. Amanda Giordano, PhD, LPC, is an associate professor of counseling at the University of Georgia. She is the sole author of a clinical reference book titled, A Clinical Guide to Treating Behavioral Addictions and co-author of an addiction counseling textbook titled, Addiction Counseling: A Practical Approach. Dr. Giordano works to advance the counseling field with rigorous research and has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Giordano regularly teaches addictions counseling courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In 2018, she was awarded the Addictions/Offender Educator Excellence Award from the International Association of Addictions & Offender Counselors. Additionally, Dr. Giordano has experience as an editorial board member for several prominent counseling journals including the Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling, Journal of Counseling & Development, and Counseling & Values.


Victoria Griffin, LPC, CPCS, CCTP, MAC, SAP, CAMS,  is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from the University of West Georgia. She has over 10+ years as a therapist working in various clinical settings. Presently, she specializes in trauma, crisis intervention, addictions, and clinical supervision. She possesses specialized training and/or certifications in EMDR, trauma, crisis intervention stress management, addictions, anger management, and clinical supervision.


 Her work in addictions and substance use started in drug court. As a both a Clinician and Offender Advocate of the Court, she worked with criminal offenders in drug court provided substance use counseling, anger management, and Moral Reconation Therapy to address addiction issues as well as violent crimes including domestic violence. In 2012, Victoria developed a desire to learn and understand more about serving victims since many of the offenders were also victims themselves, particularly the women population in drug court.  So, she began volunteering as a victim advocate and support group facilitator working with victims of crimes in a local domestic violence taskforce.  Out of this found passion for working with crime victims of sexual assault/rape and violence, her private practice Resiliency Counseling was born. “My mission as a therapist is to empower resilience to thrive and courage to heal with compassion, integrity, and fidelity”.


This year Victoria has expanded her professional role by serving as an expert witness in crime victim cases.  Recently, she has joined the Georgia Coalition on Domestic Violence in which she received training to begin working specifically with victims of homicide and suicide. Victoria intends to continue her work in serving crime victims and survivors of abuse by training and educating other professionals on ways to effectively support and serve the needs of this specific population.


In her personal life, Victoria values the importance of holistic health that embodies mental, emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual wellness.  She has taken a recent interest in alternative healthy lifestyle practices and running. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog Jackson, salsa dancing, listening to podcasts/audiobooks, and spending time with friends and family, something the pandemic has made her appreciate and value more each day.


Jim Seckman, M.Div., MAC, CACII, CCS, has over 30 years experience working in the field of addiction treatment in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential. He has served as Spiritual Life Director, CEO, and Clinical Director of MARR, Inc., Executive Director of Breakthru House, Coordinator for Addiction Services at Emory University Hospital, Clinical Coordinator for SAFE Recovery Systems, and on the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association Ethics Committee. Jim’s goal for training is to equip counselors with the insight, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide the best possible services to their clients.


Full Summit Price:               Non-Member:  $329.00


                                               Member:  $269.00


Daily Summit Rate:              Non-Member:  $129.00


                                               Member:  $99.00




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