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Harm Reduction Approaches for Alcohol Use Disorders

  • Friday, June 26, 2020
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • ONLINE ZOOM
  • 52

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Presenters: Cyndi Turner, LCSW, LSATP, MAC and Craig James, LCSW, LSATP, MAC

CEUs:  Category 1 | 1.5 CEUs - To receive credit you must logon to the Zoom meeting at the start time and stay on for the entire duration of the webinar, a short online post-test will be issued after the workshop prior to receiving the certificate. 

In 2014, the National Association of Social Workers put out the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice for Clients with Substance Use Disorders. They state that in accordance with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition) that substance use is no longer viewed as an either/or phenomenon, should be viewed as existing along a continuum, and that a harm reduction approach is consistent with the social work value of self-determination and meeting the client where the client is. However, the traditional recommendation for drinkers experiencing problems remains admitting that they are “alcoholics” who must quit drinking forever and attend 12-step meetings. There is over 50 years of research that proves that the harm reduction strategy of alcohol moderation is a more effective treatment option. Attendees will be able differentiate types of drinkers, predict who is a candidate for alcohol moderation with the Alcohol Moderation Assessment, and develop a Alcohol Moderation Plan using moderation tools for the 90 million people who struggle with alcohol misuse.

Workshop Objectives:

Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  1. Understand why harm reduction is an effective treatment option for the majority of alcohol users
  2. Predict who is a candidate for alcohol moderation using the Alcohol Moderation Assessment
  3. Develop and monitor a Alcohol Moderation Plan
  4. Utilize alcohol moderation tools

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