Session 1: Understanding of addiction, recovery, recovery-oriented systems
Addiction involves biological, psychological, and social processes that need to be altered to
change the cycle of addiction. This module reviews the processes involved in addiction and what is
involved in recovering an addiction free lifestyle. This section will also overview the supports
that can be necessary to establish and maintain the ‘new’ lifestyle.
Session 2: Engagement techniques and skills: Understanding the stages of change and motivation
This module will provide an overview of the transtheoretical model of change (TTM), also known as
Stages of Change (SOC). Activities are designed for participants to apply the learning to case
scenarios that will be encountered in the treatment realm. A staging model will be presented along
with practical application of the model to addictions. Motivation for recovery will be discussed,
along with methods on how to facilitate this with clients.
Session 3: Building, supporting and maintaining personal recovery support networks and family
Social systems and networks adapt to the individuals involved and as individuals become addicted to
substances, their systems and networks change. Similarly, as a person begins a process of recovery,
the systems and networks can deter or promote their changing lifestyle. Long term success in
building, supporting, and maintaining personal recovery depends on social networks and family
Session 4: Relapse prevention/intervention and crisis management/planning.
When clients recognize that relapse is a process that can be broken into manageable parts, clients
are empowered to handle it more effectively. This session will provide knowledge on the relapse
process and skills to help manage triggers, thoughts, urges, and cravings. Myths of relapse will
also be explored. Elements of an effective relapse prevention plan will be discussed. "Emergency"
plans will also be discussed and options to manage crises.
Session 5: Self-help engagement and personal empowerment.
When clients come for help, they are often defeated, stuck, frozen, or in a cycle of destructive
behaviors. They have lost, given away, or struggle with reclaiming their personal power that
frequently gave them the strength, ability, and desire to move forward. In this interactive and
skill building session, 13 elements of personal power are identified, including sacrifice,
affirmations, and active vs. passive participation. Strategies and guidelines will be covered to
assist in reclaim personal power. This session also covers strategies for self-regulation.
Session 6: Cultural diversity and cultural responsive supports/services
The cultural diversity will examine the cultural context of substance abuse. It will cover the
cultural backgrounds, focusing on people of African-American, Latino/Latina, Native American,
Asian, European, and Middle Eastern descent, Women, GBLT, Aging, Homeless and Disabilities. This
session will review competencies required for working with individuals with a variety of cultural
identities, recognize differences in cultural beliefs and practices among multicultural health
settings, describe disparities in access to substance abuse treatment across diverse cultural
groups, identify culturally-specific factors affecting substance abuse among people from a variety
of cultural backgrounds, and apply multicultural/diversity competencies in addressing the needs of
clients across health settings.
Session 7: Special population issues /needs
This module will cover several special populations, including women, HIV+ clientele (and those at
risk) and LGBT issues. The material will cover a variety of issues, including values clarification
activities, terminology, theory, prevalence, relevance to addiction, and application
of the material to the treatment setting. Sensitivity training is a key component of this module,
and will be addressed through experiential learning activities. Participants will come away with
increased knowledge, skills and an understanding of how best to serve these populations.
Session 8: Recovery coaching/mentoring as part of a recovery-oriented system of care for
individuals and families in recovery
Recovery/relapse statistics demonstrate that changing addiction lifestyles is difficult and
generally requires assistance in acquiring new beliefs and behaviors. Coaching/mentoring provides a
framework for helping an individual acquire and practice the thinking and doing
necessary to enhance a new lifestyle.