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Professional Continuing Education at RCA

At Recovery Centers of America, we believe it is our responsibility to create a trained workforce and educate the world on behavioral health, inclusive of drug and alcohol addiction. It is our goal to educate over 5,000 individuals each year through our continuing education courses. And it is our hope that these individuals educate, help, and inform thousands more in their professional work, personal lives, and communities. Continuing education for mental health professionals and addiction professionals is one way to do just that.

Continuing Education Courses for Addiction Professionals at RCA

Continuing education is essential for professionals in the addiction recovery field to maintain licensure, enhance their knowledge base, and stay current on the latest treatment modalities. Recovery Centers of America is unique in that we offer free mental health continuing education seminars and continued education courses for Licensed Clinicians, Licensed Social Workers, Caseworkers, Certified Peer Specialists, Recovery Support Specialists, and Psychologists, as well as unlicensed individuals in the field of Substance Use Disorders or Mental Health Disorders. Courses are offered by addiction professionals with decades of experience frequently throughout the regions we serve on a variety of topics including:

  • Trauma in Substance Use Disorder
    • The vast majority of people with Substance Use Disorder have also experienced some type of trauma in their lives. This training will help clinicians strengthen their skills in providing trauma-informed treatment to their patients with Substance Use Disorders by increasing their understanding of the effects of both trauma and substance use on the brain and exploring effective methods of helping people heal from trauma.
  • Ethics in Substance Use Disorder Treatment
    • This training will provide education on ethical standards specific to substance use disorder treatment. Specific consideration will be made in the areas of dual relationships, boundaries, self-disclosure, and the use of social media.
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
    • Using adult learning techniques and case studies to illustrate common clinical issues, the Co-Occurring Training offers opportunities for clinicians to discuss common psychiatric disorder or issues that our patients tend to experience along with their addiction. To increase competency, this training exposes common signs and symptoms, what to look for when symptoms escalate, behavioral patterns, specific interventions to use, and clinical blind spots. Other topics covered include: Counter-transference, Differential Diagnosis, Staff-Splitting, and Suicidality.
  • Intervention Theories and Practices
    • This training includes a combination of lecture, participant brainstorming and self-assessment.  This training will offer an introduction to different models of intervention and basic skills necessary for an interventionist.
  • Treating the Family in Addiction: The Forgotten Patient
    • This training will explore the importance of family engagement and identify key reasons for the necessity for families to remain engaged in their loved one’s treatment.  Participants will explore the historical value of families being involved in substance use treatment, how familiar roles can affect treatment and the messages received by their loved one currently in treatment and learn effective family therapy tools to help engage families.
  • ADHD in Substance Use Disorder
    • This training will discuss what ADHD is and the neurobiology and etiology that increases the likelihood of someone being diagnosed with ADHD.  The training will explore the symptoms and strengths of ADHD and tie in how SUD is linked to this diagnosis. And finally, effective treatment options will be identified to help stop the trend of people with ADHD being at higher risk for substance abuse, including working to know the facts, the use of medication, and understanding the triggers.
  • First Responder Suicide Prevention
  • Identifying Substance Use Disorder in the Workplace

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