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Practical Intervention Strategies to Help Adolescents and Adults who Struggle with Addictions

Presented by Carissa Muth, Psy.D., CCC, R.Psych

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 – Thursday, July 25, 2024  |  Richmond, bc

Date & Location

Wednesday, July 24, 2024 – Thursday, July 25, 2024

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Kwantlen Polytechnic University – The Melville Centre for Dialogue

8771 Lansdowne Road
Richmond, BC

2nd Floor

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Workshop Description

Addictions is a disease of the brain, addictions is a response to using psychoactive drugs, addictions is progressive mistaken usage in response to environmental cues.  Each of these phrases describes one of the many theories on addictions and each of these theories dictates a different method of treatment. So, how do mental health professionals navigate this complex field to provide the most ethical and effective treatment for clients?  This workshop will explore a holistic and integrated model of addictions, incorporating findings from neuroscience, psychology, and existentialism, thus allowing participants to have both a guiding framework to treat addictions while incorporating a myriad of therapeutic interventions.  Starting from an understanding of adolescent substance use and covering treatment throughout the lifespan, this workshop will provide practical intervention strategies for clinicians. Whether new to the field or experienced in working with addictions participants will acquire additional tools to help understand and treat substance and process addictions in both adolescents and adults.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Day One:

  • Understanding addictions
    • Process and substance addictions
    • Motivation
    • Spontaneous remission
    • Neurological impacts
  • Views on addiction
    • Disease model
    • Personality elements
    • Stimuli response
    • Coping with distress
    • Holistic model (Biopsychosocial)
  • Addictions and adolescents
    • Role of adolescent period
    • Identity development
  • Contributing Psychological factors
    • Learned helplessness
    • Schemas
    • Behavioural conditioning


Day Two:

  • Assessment
    • Risk factors
      • Adverse Childhood Experience Questionnaire
      • Co-morbidities
    • SCID -5
    • Tobacco, Alcohol, Prescription medication, and other Substance use Tool
    • Alcohol Screening and Brief Intervention for Youth: A Practitioner’s Guide (NIAAA)
    • CRAFFT
    • Differential diagnoses
  • Conceptualization and treatment planning
  • Treatment with adolescents
    • Development components
    • Positive approach
    • Working with parents
  • Treatment with adults
    • Narrative approach
    • CBT
    • Meaning Therapy
    • Feedback Informed Treatment
    • Facilitating group therapy
    • Addressing comorbidities
  • Relapse Prevention
    • Impact on neurological recovery
    • Transtheoretical stages of change
    • Self-awareness – stress curve

Learning Objectives

  • Develop an integrated evidenced-based framework for conceptualizing and treating addictions.
  • Obtain age-appropriate techniques for treating addictions.
  • Understand barriers to addiction treatment such as neurological impacts from chronic use.
  • Establish a holistic understanding of addictions in order to create robust and effective treatment plans.
  • Gain awareness of contributing psychological factors to addictions and incorporate them in treatment.
  • Develop skills for accurately screening for and assessing addictions.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

     Jack Hirose & Associates is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Jack Hirose & Associates maintains responsibility for the program.

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Carissa Muth, Psy.D., CCC, R.Psych

Dr. Carissa Muth is a registered psychologist in Alberta and the Clinical Director at the Sunshine Coast Health Centre and Georgia Strait Women’s Clinic. She holds Doctorate of Psychology, Master of Arts in Counselling, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees and ran a private practice in Alberta for the last eight years. Her research to date has focused on attachment theory, systems theory, and family involvement in addictions. With almost a decade of experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, Dr. Muth has provided psychological assessments, therapeutic treatments and conducted research in the field of substance addictions and comorbid psychological disorders. With a passion for learning, she has developed an eclectic understanding of the etiology and treatment of mental health and psychological disorders. Borrowing from this perspective, Dr. Muth integrates a variety of therapeutic modalities in order to provide feedback-informed holistic care to clients.

Who Should Attend

Education and Clinical Professionals: K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors/Psychologists, Learning Assistance/ Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers. All other professionals who support students including but not limited to: Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Addiction Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Probation Officers, and Early Childhood Educators.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $489.00 $509.00
Group 3-7 $469.00 $489.00
Group 8-14 $449.00 $469.00
Group 15+ $429.00 $449.00
Full-Time Student $429.00 $449.00

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD). Prices are per person.

Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: July 10, 2024
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, July 10, 2024.

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