CEU Webinar to Increase Understanding of the Relationship between Trauma and Addiction

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month in May, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers will offer a free continuing education (CEU) webinar for healthcare professionals.

The webinar, “Dual Recovery fromTutor with class of students Trauma and Addiction,” will give participants the opportunity to earn one CEU and learn how to identify signs of trauma-infused personalities and how and when to intervene.

The Webinar presenter is Dr. John Fusco, Psy.D., M.Div., a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Gateway Treatment Centers. Dr. Fusco trains and supervises psychology students to provide diagnostic testing, biofeedback and individual, group and family psychotherapy in an inpatient addictions program for adolescents and adults with mental health related issues.

“Past and current traumas have a ripple effect over decades in the lives of individuals,” Fusco said. “These traumas account for much if not most of a person’s difficulties in living, anxiety, depression as well as inefficient and ineffective coping strategies, including  the use of substances of addiction.”

The webinar will be offered on two occasions: Wednesday, May 18 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 24 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Participants can receive one CEU IAODAPCA, NAADAC, Illinois: LCPC, LPC, LCSW, LSW, Nursing, Psychologist.

Registration in advance is required at RecoverGateway.org/training and space is limited.

“The trauma infused personality is a syndrome of troubling thoughts, feelings and behaviors which go down to the marrow of a person’s psychological bones. It impacts almost everything about a person’s relationships, view of self and view of the world,” Fusco said.

Other areas to be discussed include coping mechanisms, stages of recovery and appropriate interventions for each stage.

To learn more about this training, visit  RecoverGateway.org/training.

Webinars for Healthcare Professionals: The Relationship between Grief and Addiction

Webinar Trainer: Jim Scarpace, Executive Director Gateway Aurora

Webinar Trainer: Jim Scarpace, Executive Director Gateway Aurora

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment will host two expert-led CEU webinars in May to help healthcare and medical professionals better understand the relationship between grief and addiction. Participants will learn how to recognize symptoms and behaviors an individual who struggles with grief and addiction issues may exhibit. The treatment strategies and intervention techniques used in addiction treatment to help those who may be using substances to cope with grief and loss issues will also be covered.

Healthcare professionals may earn one continuing education credit compliments of Gateway while increasing their understanding of the close relationship between grief and substance use disorders. Gateway’s webinars will only be offered Tuesday, May. 19 and Thursday, May 28, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

There is a strong relationship between substance use disorders and traumatic experiences, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). “Grief is one of the most difficult traumatic experiences to overcome and can lead to patterns of despair, depression and overwhelming feelings of emotion. Individuals struggling with grief will sometimes use drugs and alcohol to cope with these issues,” said Jim Scarpace, Executive Director, Gateway Aurora.  “This webinar was developed to help healthcare professionals identify trauma related issues, as well as to understand effective strategies and treatment approaches that are available to treat them.”

To sign up for a webinar, please visit RecoverGateway.org/Training.

Free Webinar for Healthcare Professionals: How to Motivate Patients to Enter Substance Abuse Treatment

Doctors, nurses, practice managers and counselors all play a key role in talking to patients about their overall healthcare, which should include discussing use of drugs or alcohol.” Patricia Ryding Psy.D., Executive Director, Gateway Lake Villa

Doctors, nurses, practice managers and counselors all play a key role in talking to patients about their overall healthcare, which should include discussing use of drugs or alcohol.” Patricia Ryding Psy.D., Executive Director, Gateway Lake Villa

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment will host two expert-led CEU webinars in March to assist healthcare and medical professionals with developing skills they can use to encourage patients to engage in substance abuse treatment. Participants will learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of a possible addictive disorder and assess their patients’ readiness for change. Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based intervention method, also will be covered in the training.

Healthcare professionals may earn one continuing education credit compliments of Gateway while increasing their understanding of how to assist patients regarding substance abuse issues.  Gateway’s webinars will only be offered Thursday, Mar. 26 and Tuesday, Mar. 31, 2015 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, nearly one in 10 Americans over age 12 is classified with substance abuse or dependence. “Doctors, nurses, practice managers and counselors all play a key role in talking to patients about their overall healthcare, which should include discussing use of drugs or alcohol,” said Patricia Ryding Psy.D., Executive Director, Gateway Lake Villa.  “We designed this new training based on what healthcare professionals said they needed most, they need to better understand what tools are most effective for motivating their patients to consider treatment for alcoholism or drug abuse.”

Gateway’s webinars will cover important topics, like how to identify symptoms of a substance abuse disorder and understanding motivation and clinical intervention concepts.

To sign up for a webinar, please visit RecoverGateway.org/Training.

Online CEU Training: How to Screen for Substance Abuse Issues to Enhance Patient Care Outcomes

free ceu training, webinar, healthcare profesionalsGateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment will kick off a new year with two expert-led online training courses in January 2015, which offer healthcare professionals the tools needed for productive patient exchanges about alcohol and drug use. Led by Gateway’s Medical Director John Larson M.D., healthcare professionals are invited to register on two different dates for a free Lunchtime Learning CEU Webinar—Thursday, January 22 and Tuesday, January 27, 2015, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—and earn 1 CEU compliments of Gateway.

Since healthcare professionals are in a unique position to alleviate the stigma associated with substance abuse issues, Gateway’s webinar will cover important topics, like the steps of a brief intervention and how to distinguish the various levels of substance use issues likely to be encountered in a healthcare setting.

“Discussing substance abuse issues with patients can be tricky. Whether real or perceived, there are challenges when it comes to talking with patients about substance abuse, including time constraints and our innate aversion to awkwardness,” says Dr. John Larson, Corporate Medical Director, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment. “Yet, skipping the topic entirely is a huge disservice to patients who depend on healthcare professionals to help keep them healthy.”

To sign up for a webinar, please visit RecoverGateway.org/Training.

Gateway CEU Trainings to Enhance Heroin Overdose Prevention Awareness

heroin overdose, gateway treatment centers, naloxone, free ceu trainingGateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment will host two expert-led webinars in November regarding the importance of expanding Narcan® or Naloxone-friendly zones to help remedy the heartbreaking heroin overdose trend in Illinois. Healthcare professionals may earn 1 continuing education credit compliments of Gateway while increasing knowledge surrounding heroin abuse via online trainings offered Thursday, Nov. 13 and Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

According to The Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, the most severe heroin problem in the nation as measured by emergency room visits resides in the suburbs of Chicagoland. In 2010, Chicago metropolitan hospitals recorded 24,360 admissions related to heroin—the most in the nation.

“We have an unprecedented heroin problem here in Illinois, which calls for exceptional vigilance and a concerted community-wide response. Arming first responders with Naloxone has proven to save lives in areas hit hard by heroin, like DuPage County, so we must continue awareness efforts in order to expand Naloxone-friendly zones in Illinois,” explains Carl Scroggins, Program Supervisor, Gateway Treatment Centers.

Led by Carl Scroggins, Gateway’s resident expert on overdose prevention, participants will learn valuable information about heroin abuse and overdose prevention, including physiological effects of opioid/heroin abuse and steps healthcare providers and families can take to implement overdose prevention strategies. Healthcare professionals logged on for the entire duration of the 1-hour training will earn 1 continuing education credit—courtesy of Gateway Treatment Centers.

To sign up for a webinar, please visit RecoverGateway.org/Training. For resources about heroin abuse, please visit RecoverGateway.org/Heroin.

 

NOVEMBER 2014: GATEWAY TREATMENT CENTERS PRESENT FREE ONLINE CEU TRAININGS

OPIOID OVERDOSE AVERTED: NALOXONE-FRIENDLY ZONES SAVE LIVES

naloxone, heroin, opioids, webinar, free ceu training, gateway alcohol and drug treatmentThis November, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment is offering an expert-led webinar about the importance of growing Illinois’ Naloxone-friendly zones to reverse the opioid overdose epidemic. Join us during your lunchtime on November 13th or 18th to earn a continuing education credit courtesy of Gateway!

The goal of this webinar is to encourage healthcare professionals to take the most appropriate course of action in the event of an opioid overdose. Learn valuable information related to overdose and Naloxone as presented by Carl Scroggins, Gateway’s resident expert on overdose prevention.

  • 1 CEU – IAODAPCA, NAADAC, Illinois: LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing,
    Psychology
  • Cost: FREE with Registration
  • Registration only available online

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CHOOSE YOUR DATE

Thursday, November 13th
12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m.
(Additional Time for Q&A)
Register

Tuesday, Novmeber 18th
12:30p.m. – 1:30p.m.
(Additional Time for Q&A)
Register

Space is limited! Register today at
RecoveryGateway.org/Training

 

GATEWAY AWARENESS EFFORT TAKES AIM AT MARIJUANA AMBIGUITIES

marijuana, gateway treatment centersCuriosity about marijuana appears to be at an all-time high. Opinion polls reveal the majority of American adults now support legalization of marijuana. Already the most popular illicit drug among Americans with more than 17 million past-month users, legalization of marijuana for recreational and medical use by some states opens the door for millions of new Americans to try pot for the first time.

“Research shows when people use drugs that affect dopamine in the brain, such as opiates, alcohol and marijuana, it can have long-term consequences on the executive function area of the brain, inhibiting one’s ability to plan long-term and delay gratification in service of bigger goals,” explains Dr. John Larson, Corporate Medical Director, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment.

As more and more Americans are lighting up, Gateway Treatment Centers are tempering the hype with a public awareness effort highlighting the real-life repercussions of marijuana use. Gateway’s concerted effort precedes summer—when teens are generally more likely to try marijuana for first time—and it encompasses state-wide county-by-county community outreach, an informative online resource center as well as a continuing education component for professionals.

On Thursday, May 15, 2014, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., behavioral healthcare and nursing professionals can earn 1 CE and learn from Gateway’s addiction experts via an online webinar titled “Altered States: Marijuana, the Brain and Legalization.” The hour-long training followed by question and answer session with the trainers will award each participant who logs on 1 CEU NAADAC for the following Illinois license designations: LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC and Nursing.

Well-versed in the treatment of substance use disorders, Gateway trainers Dr. John Larson and Karen Wolownik Albert, Program Director, Gateway Treatment Center in Lake Villa, will cover all the bases—from marijuana addiction and changes marijuana uses creates in the brain to long-term implications of extended marijuana use, and much more.

More information and resources about health risks related to marijuana use are available at recovergateway.org/marijuana. For teens and adults struggling with substance abuse issues, Gateway Treatment Centers offer specialized alcohol and drug treatment programs that instill the tools and knowledge necessary for individuals to live fulfilling, productive lives without the use alcohol or drugs. To arrange a free, confidential consultation, please call 877-505-HOPE (4673).

Symposium to Address Substance Abuse and Violence

domestic violenceJoin representatives of Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment on Friday, October 25 for The Substance Abuse and Family Violence Symposium presented by 22nd Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council in partnership with McHenry County College. The all-day symposium kicks off at 8:15 a.m. at Luecht Conference Center at McHenry Community College.

 Experts will analyze the effects of substance abuse on family violence, crime and the effects of trauma and substance use in context of domestic violence. Attendees will explore critical topics in breakout sessions and hear two nationally known keynote speakers and some of the state’s leading experts on substance abuse and family violence.

 Keynote Speakers:

  • Substance Misuse and Partner Violence: What We Know and What We Are Doing by Larry Bennett, Ph.D., LCSW, Professor at Jane Addams School of Social Work, University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Understanding Trauma and Substance Use in the Context of Domestic Violence by Patricia Bland, MA, CDP, Director of Substance Abuse Training and Technical Assistance, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health

Made possible through the generous donations of Gateway Foundation, Direct Counseling and McHenry County Regional Office of Education, the symposium also will touch on: substance abuse assessments and treatment for better outcomes; substance abuse issues specific to men; and teens, alcohol and violence. To register, please contact the Shah Center at (815) 455-8593 or email shahcenter@mchenry.edu.

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Drug Abuse Treatment Center Offers Free Continuing Education Workshops

Gateway Foundation’s Lunchtime Learning Series Addresses the Opioid Epedemic

Drug abuse is a pervasive social issue that affects millions of Americans. All too often the outcome of abusing drugs and alcohol is tragic.

To help medical professionals better understand heroin and opiate abuse and treatment options available for those struggling with opiate and alcohol addiction, Gateway Foundation is hosting two different, educational webinars this October. Hear directly from Gateway Foundation’s drug abuse treatment experts and advance your understanding of these important topics.

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OCTOBER LUNCHTIME LEARNING SERIES WEBINARS

Advanced Treatment for Opioid & Alcohol Dependence:
Training provides: 1 CE
Location: Online
October 10 or October 24, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The goal of this webinar is to increase your understanding of the advanced treatment options available for those struggling with opiate and alcohol abuse. As part of a comprehensive program, medication assisted treatment includes use of medicine, counseling and therapy to help individuals modify their behavior to make better lifestyle changes. Research shows that medication assisted treatment helps people remain drug and alcohol free.

You will learn: how medication can effectively address withdrawal symptoms, the benefits of Suboxone®, Vivitrol®, and other medications, and the importance of integrated treatment for successful outcomes.

Heroin & Opioid RX: Expert Insight to an Epidemic:
Training provides: 1 CE
Location: Online
October 22or October 30, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

As the consumption of one of the most highly addictive drugs continues to rise, Gateway Foundation takes a closer look at the devastating consequences of heroin abuse.

  • In the past 5 years heroin use has increased 75% (Source: SAMHSA).
  • The Illinois State Crime Commission says heroin use is an epidemic.

The goal of the webinar is to provide valuable information regarding the drugs reported on the news and seen in the ER. You will learn: trends, signs and symptoms of heroin and opiate use, the effects of heroin and opioid use on the mind and body, and the use of naloxone “the overdose drug.”

Don’t miss out. Sign up for Gateway Foundation’s FREE Lunchtime Learning Series of four webinars and earn up to 2 CEs (NAADAC, Illinois – LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing).

Space is Limited. Registration only available online at RecoverGateway.org/Training

Enhance Awareness with Gateway Foundation’s CEU Training Program

CEU Training

Social workers from University of Chicago Medical Center earned their continuing education credits without leaving the Hyde Park hospital, thanks to Gateway Foundation. Gateway Foundation’s Clinical Supervisor Nick Turner. MSW, LCSW, CADC, recently presented to a group of social workers on co-occurring disorders and leading treatment methods to support their professional development.

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment offers professionals throughout Illinois opportunities to earn continuing education credits through the state of Illinois, NAADAC and IAODAPCA. Our presenters include licensed and credentialed addiction professionals who not only educate, but engage groups on a variety of topics related to substance abuse. Let Gateway’s experts share their know-how about current drug trends, co-occurring disorders, motivational interviewing and more.

For added convenience, an area Outreach Coordinator will help plan the best program and coordinate logistics for a seamless training session.

Please contact us for more information or to schedule a training workshop.

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