AllCEUs Counseling CEUs http://www.allceus.com Unlimited CEUs for $59. LPC CEUs| LCSW | LMFT | NCC | Addiction Counselors Over 700 CE hours approved by NBCC|NAADAC|CAADAC|CBBS and more Thu, 09 Oct 2014 21:58:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Counseling Veterans Part 1 of 6 http://www.allceus.com/2014/07/counseling-veterans-part-1-of-6/ http://www.allceus.com/2014/07/counseling-veterans-part-1-of-6/#respond Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:23:01 +0000 http://www.allceus.com/?p=2293 While some people believe that you cannot effectively work with veterans unless you have “been there,” there are many others who believe that once clinicians understand the culture, they can be a very effective part of a multidisciplinary team.

After working with veterans for the last 8 years, I believe four of the biggest problems working with civilian counselors have been: Their lack of understanding of chain of command and the military way of doing things; their lack of knowledge about terms (You can find a short list here: http://www.itstactical.com/intellicom/language/military-acronymsterminology-and-slang-reference/), an excessive focus on talking about feelings and lack of understanding regarding the need to compartmentalize those feelings in order to function.

In the military, there is a definite chain of command. Subordinates are expected to do what they are told, whether they like it or not. It is not a democracy. There is no suggestion box for improving workplace conditions. Subordinates do not question superior officers. Asking a patient: “Did you tell him how that made you feel?” or “What would have happened if you had suggested…” and sometimes “Maybe you should talk to someone higher up the chain of command” would be completely inappropriate and destroy any rapport. Understanding this hierarchical culture is essential to working with a veteran or active duty soldier. (As an aside, helping significant others embrace this concept is crucial as well.) Understanding the terminology is vital to understanding what is being said. While it may not destroy rapport, it can disrupt momentum when a patient is recounting what happened. Growing up in a family of law enforcement and military people, I always thought everyone knew 10-codes. They were part of my vocabulary. I would find myself stumbling through conversations sometimes to try and back up and explain in civilian terms what I was saying. You can imagine how a patient in crisis, who is immersed in recounting what happened, might get frustrated. Remember that terminology differs to an extent between branches of the military.

Finally, the focus on feelings. We do want our patients to identify their feelings, but many soldiers are not comfortable talking about the “F-word” right away. Replacing the term “feeling” with “reaction” can be somewhat helpful. Labeling feelings in your paraphrases can also be quite helpful. For many veterans, talking about feelings is also difficult because they have compartmentalized for so long. Imagine storing stuff in boxes in your attic for years. Some of the boxes are labeled. Some of them are not. You are not quite sure what you’ll find in any of them. Accessing feelings and reactions can be much like exploring a dark, crowded attic. It can be very intimidating to open those Pandora’s Boxes for fear that something they did not want to remember would be in there, or they will be overcome and not able to close the box again.

It is important for people (veterans or not) to understand the function of their emotional reactions. There is a purpose. This can help them feel the feeling, then make an educated decision about what (if anything) to do with it. Dialectical Behavior Therapy approaches are very useful as is Cognitive Processing Therapy. You can watch an introduction to the course AllCEUs recently did on the new PTSD criteria in the DSM V and an overview of Cognitive Processing Therapy.

These will provide just a few tips for working with veterans. Look here for additional resources, and stay tuned for more helpful information.

 

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New Resource Section for Helping Our Military http://www.allceus.com/2014/04/new-resource-section-for-helping-our-military/ http://www.allceus.com/2014/04/new-resource-section-for-helping-our-military/#respond Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:54:46 +0000 http://www.allceus.com/?p=2211 As an Approved Continuing Education Provider for NBCC, we are supporting the Joining Forces Initiative to help clinicians better serve military service members and their families.  Visit our resources page Military Resources for Family, Friends, Employers  or Military Resources for Clinicians

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Foundations of Recovery: Factors Impacting Long Term Recovery for Patients with Co-Occurring Disorders (Dual Diagnosis) http://www.allceus.com/2014/02/foundations-of-recovery/ http://www.allceus.com/2014/02/foundations-of-recovery/#respond Tue, 25 Feb 2014 18:30:48 +0000 http://www.allceus.com/?p=2114 The Foundations of Recovery article series is designed to highlight scholarly research and aid addiction counselors in translating that knowledge into practice with their patients with co-occurring disorders.  In order to provide solace from the problems related to substance abuse and mental health issues, therapists need to focus on addressing all the concerns patients bring including PTSD and co-occurring mood disorders.  This article focuses on three studies done by Paige Crosby Ouimette which focus on the factors that may impact long-term recovery for persons with co-occurring disorders.  The findings are not black and white, but do provide support for screening for co-occurring disorders, including PTSD, referrals for concurrent psychiatric treatment and participation in outpatient programs in addition to self-help support groups.

Course and Treatment of Patients With Both Substance Use and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders

PAIGE CROSBY OUIMETTE, PAMELA J. BROWN and LISA M. NAJAVITS.  Addictive Behaviors. Volume 23, Issue 6, November–December 1998, Pages 785–795

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common co-occurring diagnosis in patients with substance use disorders (SUDs). Despite the documented prevalence of this particular “dual diagnosis,” relatively little is known about effective treatment for SUD-PTSD patients. Based on this review, the following is noted: PTSD is highly prevalent in SUD patients, consistently associated with poorer SUD treatment outcomes, and related to distinct barriers to treatment. Specific treatment practices are recommended for substance abuse treatment providers: (a) All patients should be carefully screened and evaluated for trauma and PTSD; (b) referrals should be provided for concurrent treatment of SUD-PTSD, if available, or for psychological counseling with the recommendation that trauma/PTSD be addressed; and (c) increased intensity of SUD treatment should be offered in conjunction with referrals for family treatment and self-help group participation.

 

Influence of Outpatient Treatment and 12-Step Group Involvement on One-Year Substance Abuse Treatment Outcomes

Paige Crosby Ouimette, Rudolf H. Moos, John W. Finney (J. Stud. Alcohol 59: 513-522, 1998)

This study examined the effects of different types of aftercare regimens  on treatment outcomes.  Patients who participated in both outpatient treatment and 12-step groups fared the best on 1-year outcomes. Patients who did not obtain aftercare had the poorest outcomes. In terms of the amount of intervention received, patients who had more outpatient mental health treatment, who more frequently attended 12-step groups or were more involved in 12-step activities had better 1-year outcomes. In addition, patients who kept regular outpatient appointments over a longer time period fared better than those who did not.

 

Dual diagnosis patients in substance abuse treatment: relationship of general coping and substance-specific coping to 1-year outcome

Franz Moggi, Paige Crosby Ouimette, Rudolf H. Moos, John W. Finney

This study examined general and substance-specific coping skills and their relationship to treatment climate, continuing care and 1-year post-treatment functioning among dual diagnosis patients (i.e. co-occurrence of substance use and psychiatric disorders). Patients with co-occurring disorders (dual diagnoses) modestly improved on general and substance-specific coping skills over the 1-year follow-up period. Patients who were in programs with a dual diagnosis treatment climate and who participated in more 12-Step self-help groups showed slightly more gains in adaptive coping. Both general and substance-specific coping were associated with abstinence, but only general coping was associated with freedom from significant psychiatric symptoms. Therefore, enhancing general and substance-specific coping skills in substance abuse treatment may reduce dual diagnosis patients’ post-treatment substance use and improve their psychological functioning.

 

Twelve-Step and Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Comparison of Treatment Effectiveness

Paige Crosby Ouimette, John W. Finney, Rudolf H. Moos.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 1997, Vol. 65, No. 2, 230-240

The comparative effectiveness of 12-step and cognitive-behavioral (C-B) models of substance abuse treatment was examined among 3,018 patients from 15 programs at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. Across program types, participants showed significant improvements in functioning from treatment admission to a 1-year follow-up.  Patients showed similar improvement at the 1-year follow-up, regardless of type of treatment received.

Summary of the Foundations

  • All patients should be carefully screened and evaluated for trauma and PTSD
  • Referrals should be provided for concurrent treatment of SUD-PTSD, if available, or for psychological counseling with the recommendation that trauma/PTSD be addressed
  • Increased intensity of SUD treatment should be offered in conjunction with referrals for family treatment and self-help group participation.
  • Patients whose aftercare programs were more intense (i.e. self-help groups plus therapy) and were longer in duration fared better at one year.
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Happy February http://www.allceus.com/2014/02/happy-february/ http://www.allceus.com/2014/02/happy-february/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:42:03 +0000 http://www.allceus.com/?p=2055 A lot has been going on at AllCEUs.  In January we started our live training each Saturday for people wanting to become Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselors.  In addition to providing the course face-to-face, our diligent tech staff has set it up so the courses are simulcast in an online, interactive webinar form.  As if that was not enough, we are also creating an online, instructor led version of the same training. Participants will be able to watch the videos, read the materials and complete assignments when it is convenient.  Instructors will grade the assignments ad provide feedback as needed.  Additionally, the instructors are available for video chat and host a monthly (optional) group chat for all participants.

Our live, interactive Wednesday webinars are continuing.  We are gradually covering all of the best practices published by SAMHSA, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center for Child Traumatic Health, The Addiction Technology Transfer Center, and the counseling related best practices from Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.  We encourage you to drop by at http://allceus.com/live to watch the presentations for free on Wednesdays at 6pm CST, 7pm EST.   You only have to pay if you want to get CEUs. :)

Both the Wednesday and Saturday classes are approved for CEUs by NBCC, NAADAC, CAADAC and CBBS, among others.

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Great Site for Psych Info http://www.allceus.com/2014/01/great-site-for-psych-info/ http://www.allceus.com/2014/01/great-site-for-psych-info/#respond Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:12:47 +0000 http://www.allceus.com/?p=2000 In preparing for this week’s addiction counselor certification class, I came across this docs youtube channel.  http://www.youtube.com/user/jajsamos911

It is SO worth watching the videos and going to the site.  I wish I had a professor like him in grad school.  The series of videos I like the most is the Geezer’s Dirty Dozen.  In these presentations he gives you a pretty concise overview of a topic in 12 slides.

Here is his blog as well.  http://thepracticalpsychosomaticist.com/

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December Renewals http://www.allceus.com/2013/12/december-ceu-renewals-lpc/ http://www.allceus.com/2013/12/december-ceu-renewals-lpc/#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:51:13 +0000 http://www.allceus.com/?p=1951 While there are a lot of states that require you renew on the anniversary of your licensure date, some states have predetermined times.

North Dakota Addiction Counselors, Oklahoma Addiction Counselors and Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), and South Dakota Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) and Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) all renew in December.

The good news is that it is not too late to get your NBCC approved or NAADAC Approved CEUs.  These states do not appear to have limits to online courses.  Counselors can earn their CEUs in these states through our online continuing education program up until the day of their renewal, which is December 31st in most cases.

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Registration has begun for 2014 LADC Training in Lebanon, TN with limited online slots. http://www.allceus.com/2013/12/registration-has-begun-for-2014-ladc-training-in-lebanon-tn-with-limited-online-slots/ http://www.allceus.com/2013/12/registration-has-begun-for-2014-ladc-training-in-lebanon-tn-with-limited-online-slots/#respond Sun, 01 Dec 2013 20:16:45 +0000 http://www.allceus.com/?p=1923 AllCEUs will be offering another live training series beginning in January 11th 2014.

Registration will close on January 4th.

Orientation is on January 4th at 10am at our offices–

WHO: Anyone interested in becoming a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.

WHAT: This training series provides the 270 face to face academic training hours required to be eligible for an alcohol and drug counselor license or certification in most states.

WHEN: Class times are from 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm each Saturday.  You can choose either the morning session, the evening session or the whole-day training. If you choose the half day, it will take 90 weeks to complete.  If you choose the whole day, you will be done in 40 weeks.

COST: $10/contact hour, payable weekly.  A 20% discount is available for those who pay a month or more in advance.

WHERE: We can accommodate 16 people in our Lebanon, TN offices and 9 people via live, interactive video presence. If you are one of the people attending via live, interactive video, you will need to install VSee on your computer or ipad (It is like skype, but more stable) so the instructor can interact with you in real-time. You will only need the free account :)

HOW: Email info@allceus.com or call us at 615-220-6005 to get a registration form emailed to you and to discuss you specific training needs.

NOTE: Once we establish how many people are going to be in the addiction counselor training track, we will open up remaining slots each week to LPCs needing NBCC approved CEUs and LADCs needing NAADAC approved CEUs.

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December Counseling Renewals http://www.allceus.com/2013/12/december-counseling-renewals/ http://www.allceus.com/2013/12/december-counseling-renewals/#respond Sun, 01 Dec 2013 19:59:19 +0000 http://www.allceus.com/?p=1921 It is that time of year again.  Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and Licensed and Certified Addiction Counselors need to get their continuing education for renewal.  Several of these professions renew at the end of December in Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.  But, never fear.  AllCEUs has NBCC and NAADAC approved CEUs available 24 hours a day.  We will also continue offering our live interactive workshops at 7pm EST, 6pm CST on Wednesdays.  Our next 3 live, interactive online workshops will be 12/4, 12/11 and 12/18.  Remember it is free to attend and participate in the live webinars.  You only pay if you want continuing education credits.

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Dogs Have Feelings Too http://www.allceus.com/2013/10/dogs-have-feelings-too/ http://www.allceus.com/2013/10/dogs-have-feelings-too/#respond Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:12:50 +0000 http://www.allceus.com/?p=1865 Dogs Have Feelings Too

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Changing CEU Requirements http://www.allceus.com/2013/08/ceu_requirements/ http://www.allceus.com/2013/08/ceu_requirements/#respond Thu, 15 Aug 2013 13:51:22 +0000 http://www.allceus.com/?p=1734 Over the past 5 years it seems that regulations around continuing education have gone backwards. Even as online master’s and doctoral degrees are being offered through most universities and colleges, licensure boards are actually beginning to restrict the number of self study, online CEUs. Click here to see a table summarizing the changes.

Nearly every state EXCEPT Florida, Massachusetts, Montana, New York, Oregon, Virginia and Wyoming limit the number of independent study, asynchronous, online CEUs. It is becoming increasingly important to check with your state board to verify acceptable continuing education activities.

The wording in the statutes is very vague in most cases. What is and is not allowed? Our belief is that the intent of the statutes was to limit self-study and online learning that did not allow real-time interaction with the instructor. Our webinars
• Have a live instructor (and occur in real time just like a traditional class)
• Provide an interactive with a monitored chat room and regular polls of students
• Require login with a username and password
• Log your IP address to verify your identity
• Have a brief quiz at the end so the participant can demonstrate mastery of the material

AllCEUs is working hard to make sure that you have affordable options. Beginning Friday September 6th, we will be offering a weekly 1 hour, online interactive CEU workshop at 2pm EST/1pm CST.
It is easy. You will:
1. Purchase the course.
2. Login to the course by 5pm EST
3. Click on the link to open the conference window
4. Choose a nickname (we suggest first name, last initial)
5. At 5pm, the course will begin.
6. When the course is over, you will be directed to the brief, 10 question quiz.
7. Once you pass the quiz you can print your certificate.

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