Free CEU Webinars in Honor of National Recovery Month in September: “Current Drug Trends and Treatment Options”

national-recovery-monthIn honor of National Recovery Month in September, Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers will offer a free continuing education (CEU) webinar for healthcare professionals.

The webinar, “Fentanyl, Sizzurp, Vaping and Other Current Drug Trends,” will give participants the opportunity to earn one CEU and learn about current drug trends and treatment options.

The webinar presenter is Rachel Obafemi, LCPC, MISA, CADC, a Program Director at Gateway Treatment Centers. Rachel implements program improvements and standards, evaluates clinical programming and ensures excellent delivery service through best practices and evidence-based curriculums.

“It is imperative as healthcare providers that we have a knowledge base of current trends in substance use to better assist individuals who struggle with substance use challenges,” Obafemi said. “As medical marijuana and opiate overdose become more common in the general population, it is helpful to have an understanding of the complexity of the issues.”

It's like one mindThe webinar will be offered on two occasions: Thursday, September 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and Tuesday, September 20 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 Recovergatway.org/Training and space is limited.

“A lack of knowledge in the area of current substance use can hinder our ability to identify the needs of our patients. If such an integral part of an individual’s life is foreign to those providing care, then we are unable to promote health and wellness to our patients as a whole,” Obafemi said.

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.

 

May 2014: Gateway Treatment Centers Offers Two Free CEU Webinars

Gateway Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers will offer a Lunchtime Learning Series in May featuring two complimentary webinars:

  • Altered States: Marijuana, the Brain and Legalization
    May 15, 2014
  • Understanding Mindfulness-Based Sobriety *New! CEUs available: IAODAPCA & Psychology
    May 21, 2014

ALTERED STATES: MARIJUANA, THE BRAIN AND LEGALIZATION
MAY 15, 2014: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Plus Additional time for Q&A)

1 CEU – NAADAC, Illinois: LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

About the Training
From board rooms to family rooms, marijuana legalization continues to be a hot topic. This is largely due to rapidly changing attitudes toward marijuana in the United States. In fact, the majority of American adults (55%) now support legalization of marijuana.*

As the taboo surrounding marijuana appears to dissipate, the webinar will serve as an important reminder regarding the health repercussions and legal implications associated with marijuana.

What You Will Learn

  • Short-term effects marijuana abuse has on the body and brain.
  • Long-term physical and social implications of abuse.
  • Why long-term users find it hard to quit.
  • Legal changes concerning medical and recreational marijuana.

Training provides: 1 CEU NAADAC, Illinois: LCSW, LSW, LCPC,
LPC, Nursing

Cost: FREE with Registration

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Meet the Trainers

gateway treatment centersDr. John Larson
Corporate Medical Director
Gateway Treatment Centers

With more than 40 years of professional experience in the addiction and behavioral health fields, Dr. John Larson oversees medical practices at Gateway’s network of treatment centers.

KAren WEbinar imageKaren Wolownik Albert, LCSW
Program Director
Gateway Lake Villa

Karen has been a member of the clinical team at the Gateway Treatment Center in Lake Villa since 2010. She leads efforts related to the quality of care and program development for the Adult Men’s and Women’s Residential Programs and the Young Men’s Residential Bridge Program.

 

UNDERSTANDING MINDFULNESS-BASED SOBRIETY
MAY 21, 2014: 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (Plus Additional time for Q&A)

About the Training
The goal of this webinar is to increase understanding of mindfulness and its use in substance abuse treatment programs.

Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. The practice is highly effective in treating emotion dysregulation, stress, depression, grief and impulsivity—all of which are at risk of fueling addiction .

What You Will Learn

  • The basics of mindfulness practice.
  • The history and development of the Mindfulness-Based Therapy model.
  • How Gateway’s unique approach to mindful sobriety integrates Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention Therapy.

Training provides: 1 CEU IAODAPCA, NAADAC, Illinois: Psychology, LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing

Cost: FREE with Registration

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Meet The Trainers

phil welches gateway treatment centersDr. Phil Welches
Clinical Director
Gateway Treatment Centers

A licensed clinical psychologist, Gateway Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches joined Gateway Foundation in 2003 and directs clinical services at all 10 Gateway Treatment Centers.

nick turner gateway treatment centersNick Turner, MSW, LCSW, CADC
Clinical Supervisor
Gateway Foundation Chicago River North

Nick Turner is a Clinical Supervisor that specializes in providing individual and group counseling for those with substance abuse and mental health needs.

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