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The Intersection of Inner Consent and Personal Responsibility When Working with Addictions

Presented by Carissa Muth, BSW, MA, CCC, R.Psych

Friday, May 26, 2023  |  Calgary, ab

Date & Location

Friday, May 26, 2023 – Friday, May 26, 2023

8:30am – 12:00pm Morning Session

1:00pm – 4:00pm Afternoon Session

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Workshop Description

These workshops are a part of the Western Canada Mental Health Summit: Improving Skills & Competencies for Mental Health & Education Professionals. Registration and full conference line-up can be found HERE


ALL PROFESSIONALS | Workshop #25: The Intersection of Inner Consent and Personal Responsibility When Working with Addictions

MORNING SESSION | 8:30am – 12:00pm   May 26, 2023

This session is not available for live stream.

Traditional ‘treatment’ for addiction has mainly come out of the Disease Model and therefore focuses on the ‘powerlessness’ of the individual. Existential psychology, with its focus on personal responsibility, assumes that addiction arises in the individual as a response to an existential vacuum. It is existentially impossible to feel fulfillment and have personal meaning without taking responsibility for oneself. Inner consent is the concept used to describe one’s “inner felt-yes,” and it is a way to make authentic and congruent decisions. In this presentation, Sara will explore the intersection of inner consent and personal responsibility during addiction treatment and how it can improve treatment outcomes.

ALL PROFESSIONALS | Workshop #30: The Family Impact on Substance Use Disorder Treatment

AFTERNOON SESSION | 1:00pm – 4:00pm   May 26, 2023

This session is not available for live stream.

Effectively working with the families of individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) can have a direct impact on the SUD recovery process. The importance of social support for recovery has been extensively stated in research, but limited studies have explored the mechanisms of change. This presentation will provide the findings of a systematic literature review considering the last 6 years of research exploring how families impact SUD treatment.  These findings will expand the ability of therapists to effectively develop and implement family programming and interventions to increase motivation for treatment and decrease relapse rates posttreatment.

Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

Workshop #25: The Intersection of Inner Consent and Personal Responsibility When Working with Addictions


  • Understand what is meant by the term inner consent and how to illicit this experientially.
  • Understand how personal responsibility relates to a subjective feeling of fulfillment in life.
  • Understand how both inner consent and personal responsibility can be harnessed in the treatment of addiction.

Workshop #30: The Family Impact on Substance Use Disorder Treatment

  • Gain awareness of the mechanisms of change for families with loved ones in SUD recovery
  • Develop an understanding of effective interventions for increasing positive family impact
  • Acquire skills to guide families toward optimally supporting their loved ones in recovery


Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

† 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, BSW, MA, CCC, R.Psych

Carissa Muth, R.Psych., is a clinical psychologist in Alberta specializing in Substance Use Disorder. She will obtain her doctorate in psychology from California Southern University in December of 2022 and obtained her M.A. in counselling in 2015. Her research to date has focused on attachment theory, systems theory, and family involvement in SUD treatment. She has over eight years of experience in inpatient and outpatient settings and currently provides psychological and psychoeducational assessments, group and individual psychotherapy, and psychoeducational workshops.  Due to the complex and often co-morbid nature of SUD, her areas of expertise also include anxiety, depression, stress management, families, couples, PTSD, ADHD, religious trauma, and LGBTQIA2S+ related struggles.

Who Should Attend

Mental Health Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all other mental health professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Education Professionals: All education professionals who work with children or youth including, but not limited to K–12 Classroom Teachers, School Counsellors, Learning Assistance/Resource Teachers, School Administrators, School Paraprofessionals including Special Education Assistants, Classroom Assistants and Childcare Workers and all other professionals who support behavioural challenges and complex learning needs.

Recommended Accommodation

Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre

1316 33 St NE, T2A 6B6, Calgary, AB

phone:  403.248.8888

website:  www.calgaryplaza.com/

 Full map & directions

Our rates:

Call: Please contact the hotel directly for current group rates, when booking please reference “Jack Hirose & Associates”. To make a reservation over the phone, please call 403.248.8888 or 1.800.661.1464.

Email: Email your reservation request to res@calgaryplaza.com

*please note, room reservations are subject to availability*

Please keep in mind when booking Jack Hirose and Associates corporate guest rooms, reservations booked for most hotels can be cancelled within 48 hours. If you are booking guest rooms through third-party websites in many instances the reservations booked cannot be cancelled.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual 1 Day Enrollment $259 $279
Individual 2 Day Enrollment $469 $489
Individual 3 Day Enrollment $659 $679
Group 3-7 $639 $659
Group 8-14 $619 $639
Group 15+ $599 $619
Full-Time Student $599 $619

All fees are in Canadian Dollars ($CAD)

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

Early bird cutoff date: May 10, 2023
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Wednesday, May 10, 2023.

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