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Friday, May 19, 2017
9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.


Adelphi University Manhattan Center
75 Varick Street, Suite 200
New York, NY 10013

Substance Abuse and The Family: A Relational Frame

CE: 5
Cost: $95.00

Clinicians working in the field of substance abuse tend to approach this work from a foundation of substance abuse intervention and an individual treatment framework, even when family involvement is thought to be crucial. Clinicians working with a relational frame tend to struggle with how to address substance abuse when it becomes a significant issue with a particular individual the family.

This training seeks to integrate these ostensibly divergent treatment frames. Drawing from the combination of my experience working in an outpatient substance abuse treatment program and my training and practice in a relational approach, I will guide clinicians in cultivating a greater range of skills to address substance abuse and support families in adapting to the pressures of addiction and treatment. I will provide an overview of key ideas, terms and treatment approaches and we will explore dilemmas that arise in combining these two frameworks. Much of the training will involve group discussions, case presentation and experiential exercises to explore the training content.
Training Objectives

  • Provide education regarding dynamics of addiction and common treatment contexts and modalities
  • Help clinicians understand more what it means to work relationally in the context of substance abuse.
  • Help clinicians to identify opportunities to put addiction in its place by externalizing the problem, elevating resiliencies in the family and nurturing relationships.
  • Learn some common ways that substance abuse shifts family dynamics
  • Help clinicians to identify their shifting roles as related to the various stages of substance use and recovery

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About the Speaker

Carrie Sanders (LCSW Hunter University, MPH, Columbia University, B.A. University of California at Berkeley) is the Director of Family Services at the Freedom Institute, an outpatient substance abuse treatment program in New York.  Ms. Sanders runs Freedom’s comprehensive and unique family therapy program and adolescent services as well as provides family, couples and individual therapy.  Before coming to Freedom, she worked for ten years doing program development, clinical research and policy work in HIV, cancer and substance abuse. Ms. Sanders has a post-graduate Certificate in Family Therapy from the Ackerman Institute for the Family. 

Adelphi University is grateful to co-sponsor this workshop with the Freedom Institute.

Continuing Education Credit

  • Social Workers: Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0032.
  • Mental Health Counselors: Adelphi University School of Social Work is recognized by the NYS Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0068
  • Marriage and Family Therapists: Adelphi University is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider for continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0038
  • Psychologists: Adelphi University School of Social Work is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.The School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.

» See full credentialing information and CEUs

New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education credits. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEUs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

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For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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