SGVPA December 2022 CE Event
Systemic Influences, Macro/Micro, on Substance Abuse and Addiction
Presenter:  Michael Barnett, LPCC, LPC
Saturday, December 10, 2022
In Person CE 
9:00am – 3:00pm
(Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided)
This is a live, in person CE Event. Systemic Influences, Macro/Micro, on Substance Abuse and Addiction  


Addiction is one of the most complex issues that faces the field of mental health today. With over 100 years of treatment, and extraordinary developments in the neuroscience of addiction, treatment success remains frighteningly ineffective. Currently hundreds of thousands of people across the globe suffer and die from addictive disorders each year. Therapists working with clients presenting with active addiction face this distressing problem on a daily basis without adequate tools to genuinely help. 
The focus of this workshop will be to explore addiction and addictive processes through the lens of attachment theory. Having a cohesive understanding of the underpinnings of what actually drives addictive processes will provide clinicians with a clear map for approaching the challenges of working with clients on the addictive continuum. The scope of this training is twofold:  it addresses the often unacknowledged sociocultural/systemic forces that are predicative of addictive processes, as well as the experience of  personal/interpersonal realities addiction in our lives.
Through examining the source of emotional distress both in the world, and within the individual, we will explore how to psychotherapeutically heal and transform hidden underlying emotional distress through the clinical application of attachment theory. We will do so through the lens of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). EFT has over three decades of empirically validated research on how to activate the internal circuitry of the nervous system through attachment processes as a means of accessing and transforming the neural networks that hold the traumatic distress that propels addictive self-medication in the first place.
This workshop will explore understanding addiction as an adaptive strategy to cope with deeply entrenched emotional pain when leaning into the care of safe loving others available to help soothe and process emotional distress is not an option. This perspective offers a framework for creating deep healing through attachment processes as a means of removing the source of addiction and providing supportive resources to guide people struggling with addictive processes into a healthier life.
This training will offer an integration of didactic material, video clips of actual clinical sessions, and break out discussion groups to process the material. A segment of the training is focused on self -of-the-therapist/counter transferential processes that may prevent the therapist for being more present and effective with clients suffering with addiction.

Learning Objectives:  After attending event, participants will be able to: 

  1. Describe and identify addiction through the lens of attachment theory
  2. Describe one relational, and emotional function of addictive processes
  3. Describe one impact of sociocultural fragmentation and dislocation on addiction
  4. Utilize EFT and attachment processes to break through addictive denial without shaming and confrontation
  5. Identify two personal biases that alter presence and presence when working with clients on the addictive continuum

For a total of 5.0 LIVE CE Credits Each for Psychologists, LCSWs, and LMFTs.
Licensed SGVPA members           $200                  Licensed SGVPA non-members   $250
Unlicensed Post-grad members      $60                Unlicensed Post-grad members          $8
Student members                            $30                Student non-members                        $5
    Affiliate members                           $40                 Affiliate non-members                         $60
CPA is co-sponsoring with The San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the Board of Behavioral Sciences for their licenses. Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 5 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.