Description of Telehealth Treatment of Addictive Behavior
Without support and blaming themselves for being ‘weak,’ it is not surprising that many individuals under stress rely on addictive behavior to manage their intense feelings and impulses.
Substance abuse, eating disorders, and impulsive acting out all have the effect of calming an irritable nervous system and creating distance from emotions and body sensations. Working effectively on addictions recovery is enhanced by an understanding of why it feels safer to use (or to act out sexually or to restrict, binge, and purge) than to experience one’s feelings and memories.
The challenge of helping addicted clients is magnified by the current COVID crisis and need to work virtually.
Just when stress is heightened for all human beings, access to 12-step programs and psychotherapy are now limited to telehealth contact. This recording will give you a conceptual “map” for understanding addiction as a survival strategy for regulating environmental stress and personal distress.
Using mindfulness-based and body-centered strategies drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, you can develop a toolkit for helping clients with addictive behavior virtually even in the midst of a pandemic.
What you’ll learn in Telehealth Treatment of Addictive Behavior
- Determine the relationship between the autonomic nervous system and addictive behavior
- Appraise the ‘Abstinence/Relapse Cycle’
- Implement mindfulness and somatic techniques to help clients regulate their nervous systems
- Plan resources that support clients’ recovery from their addictions
The Autonomic Nervous System & Addictive Behavior
Working with the Abstinence/Relapse Cycle
Techniques to Implement to Regulate the Nervous System
- Mindfulness approaches
- Somatic approaches
Resources for Addictions Recovery
Who is Telehealth Treatment of Addictive Behavior course for
- Social Workers
- Marriage and Family Therapists
- Addiction Counselors
- Case Managers
- Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals
About Janina Fisher
Janina Fisher, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and former instructor at The Trauma Center, a research and treatment center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known as an expert on the treatment of trauma, Dr. Fisher has also been treating individuals, couples and families since 1980.
She is past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, Assistant Educational Director of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological research and newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.
She is co-author with Pat Ogden of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Attachment and Trauma (2015) and author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Internal Self-Alienation (2017) and the forthcoming book, Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (in press).
Financial: Dr. Janina Fisher has an employment relationship with the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She is a consultant for Khiron House Clinics and the Massachusetts Department of MH Restraint and Seclusion Initiative. Dr. Fisher receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. Dr. Fisher has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Janina Fisher is on the advisory board for the Trauma Research Foundation.
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