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Northwest ATTC Courses

See NWATTC's current Training Calendar for regional offerings of the courses below; courses are also offered by request

Our courses integrate science and the experience of master clinicians into interactive learning experiences that increase practical knowledge and skill in the delivery of clinical services.  Below are descriptions of several of our courses.  These are offered periodically throughout the region, and can be requested and tailored to a particular agency or region's needs.  Current offerings can be found on the Trainings and Events page.
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Clinical Supervision I: Developing Clinical Supervision Skills for Substance Use Disorder Treatment  2-day Course (15 CE Hours) -  focuses on building specific skills essential to supervision in Substance Use Disorder Treatment.  Participants will be introduced to TAP 21, Clinical Counseling Competencies for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Counselors, and taught how to use this document to identify a counselor’s strengths and challenges.  In addition, participants will learn how to use the RUBRICS to assess counselor performance and create a professional development plan to increase proficiency.  Participants will be introduced to TIP 52 which examines the clinical supervision process in Substance Use Disorder Treatment.

Clinical Supervision II: Building Supervision Skills  2-day Course (15 CE Hours)  - a follow up to Clinical Supervision I and will review all the essential supervision skills as well as train participants to manage difficult supervision tasks and resolve ethical dilemmas.  Participants will practice skills in group exercises and role playing.  Change strategies will be discussed as well as implementation of the clinical supervision model. 

Introduction to Using Motivational Incentives (PAMI - Promoting Awareness of Motivational Incentives) 4-hour Course (3 CE Hours)  - designed to build awareness of the use of Motivational Incentives as an evidence-based practice to enhance client engagement and  retention in addiction treatment.  Participants will be provided an opportunity to develop a specific incentive program for their particular service area and experience incentives through a demonstration of the “fish bowl” method.

**Introduction to Motivational Interviewing 2-day Course (12 CE Hours) - focused on the foundational elements of MI and the spirit or counseling style that underlies its techniques. Introductory and geared toward people with no or little exposure to MI to enhance their skills in establishing rapport, eliciting change talk, and establishing commitment language from the client.

**Advanced Motivational Interviewing 2-day Course (12 CE Hours) - designed for individuals who have been exposed to introductory MI training and want to further develop and refine their MI skills.  Provides a brief review of the spirit, principles and basic MI skills and focuses on skill development in the areas of identifying and eliciting change talk and using strategies to decrease resistance.

**Motivational Interviewing Booster Session 1-day Course (7 CE hours)designed for individuals who have attended both the introductory and advanced MI course and are interested in enhancing their proficiency in MI. The four processes of MI are reviewed in depth and participants receive multiple opportunities to practice the MI skills and strategies designed to facilitate movement through MI processes.

**Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Counselor Motivational Interviewing Skills (MIA:STEP) 2-day Course (12 CE Hours) ~ designed for clinical supervisors who want to maintain and build the MI skills of counselors and other direct service providers. Tools presented fortify a supervisor’s ability to provide structured, focused, and effective clinical supervision. Participants are introduced to an effective strategy for observation-based MI-oriented clinical supervision. 

Developing Effective Treatment Plans (Treatment Planning MATRS) 1-day Course (7 CE Hours) - provides an opportunity for the beginning counselor as well as those who have experience in developing treatment plans to enhance skills.  The focus is on developing individualized treatment plans which are measurable, attainable, time-limited, realistic and specific.  Participants will develop a treatment plan in a group process to improve skills in creating treatment plans which will guide the treatment process.  The emphasis will be on making the treatment planning process easy and simple for both the counselor and the client.

Buprenorphine Treatment: Education for Multidisciplinary Addiction Professionals 4-6 hour Course (4-6 CE Hours) - aims to increase understanding of the role of Buprenorphine in medication-assisted treatment of opioid dependence. Content is focused on treatment strategies and philosophy, the role of Buprenorphine in recovery, and the value of coordinated client care. The course may also be tailored with a focus on Buprenorphine Treatment for Young Adults.

**Group Counseling & Facilitation Skills 3-day Course (21 CE Hours) - interactive training in how to establish and facilitate productive process-oriented and psycho-educational groups. Content includes stages of group development, resolving conflict in groups, and practicing interventions that facilitate group growth.   

Enhancing Motivation in Group Counseling 2-day Course (14 CE Hours) assumes a basic understanding of group counseling processes and designed to facilitate improvement in client readiness to change. Practice-oriented and focused on interventions that address change and improve group process. Participants have opportunity to identify difficult situations for practice during the course.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender/Transsexual Issues in Addiction Treatment 1-day Course (6 CE Hours) - provides addiction counselors and clinical supervisors with practical knowledge and skills for engaging and treating LGBT individuals seeking recovery. Course centers on enhancing familiarity with issues and barriers faced by LGBT persons in addiction treatment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 2-day Course (12 CE Hours) - focuses on building skills in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for substance use disorder counseling interventions. Participants will have the opportunity to develop or improve skills in the use of CBT appropriate for those clients with substance use disorders.  Participants will be provided exercises in the use of a CBT curriculum appropriate the substance use disorder treatment.

Recovery Oriented Systems of Care 1-day Course (7 CE Hours) participants will be taught the importance of peer-based supports and recovery coaching on enhancing the motivation of people seeking recovery. How the current strengths and resources in your community can help to maintain recovery for patients.  Review statistic supporting the movement toward a ROSC and the importance of having a strategic plan in plan. Will review the ROSC Framework developed by the City of Philadelphia. Explore what are the first steps to develop a ROSC in your community and an introduction to the eight Key Performance Arenas linked to long-term recovery outcomes.

Introduction to Care Coordination  -  introduces participants to research, concepts and models of practice. Teaches how Care Coordinators partner with youth, families and community providers to strengthen linkages that lead to improved health outcomes.  The training covers key features of CC which are: motivational interviewing, client driven service plans, care conferences, and Recovery Oriented System of Care. The training exposes participants to a framework for High Performing Care Coordinators; CC Competencies; the task of Care Coordinators; and examines an active CC program.

Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)  - introduces participants to the key components of SBIRT. Participants will learn about the rationale and background of SBIRT, to include the research supporting SBIRT. Standardized screening instruments and the methodology for incorporating them into a clinical practice will be introduced. The four key steps of providing the Brief Negotiated Interview will be reviewed and participants will have an opportunity role-play and practice delivering a brief intervention.

**Northwest ATTC is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

To request a training please contact either:

Ariel Singer


Jennifer Verbeck







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