Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest

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The purpose of the Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest is to provide low-cost training for the staff, interns and volunteers of member agencies and other professional caregivers. All training provided must meet all standards of and be recognized for continuing-education credit by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO).

Upcoming Trainings

Friday, January 18th, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Humor Matters: Clinical Applications of Humor in Treatment

Friday, February 8th, 2019
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Behavioral Health Integration: The Integrative Care Approach

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Integrating Trauma-Informed Care Into Group Therapy
Friday, February 9th, 2018 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
6 CEU Hours
Sponsored By
Kaiser Permanente
Cowlitz Indian Tribal Treatment
7700 NE 26th Ave, Vancouver, WA 98665
Off NE 78th Street - Park at 40 Et 8 Bingo Parlor

“Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”
Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Training Brochure

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Goal of Training
In this combined informational and interactive workshop, counselors will learn how to incorporate trauma-informed counseling practices and approaches into their work with substance use and mental health groups. This workshop will cover best practice approaches for three different kinds of groups: Motivational interviewing, relational/process, and cognitive behavioral groups. Participants will learn trauma-informed group leadership skills to increase their competence and confidence when working with trauma issues in group settings. In addition, the training will cover group therapy strategies to address triggers, relapse, and long-term recovery. This is an experiential training, and we invite your participation.

Behavioral Objectives
Participants of this training will gain knowledge to:

  • Identify SAMHSA’s 6 key principles of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions,
  • Learn three trauma-specific interventions through experiential practice and demonstration of skills,
  • Develop a number of leadership skills for increasing counselor competence.
  • Recognize common group challenges and increase efficacy at facilitating group member participation, and
  • Recognize trauma triggers and address relapse events that can impact continued group participation and ongoing recovery.


8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 9:10 CDTC Announcements and Introductions
9:10 - 10:00 Overview of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Concepts and Practice
10:00 - 10:15 Review of basic structures and goals of Group Therapy
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - Noon TIC applications for Relational/Process Groups
Noon - 1:00 Lunch ***On Your Own***
1:00 - 2:30 TIC applications for CBT Groups, including Seeking Safety Treatment
2:30 - 2:45 Break
2:45 - 4:15 TIC applications for MI Groups
4:15 - 4:30 Training Evaluation and CDTC Wrap-Up

Ashlee Whitehead, MA, LPC, CADCI, currently serves as the Clinical Services Manager for Brookside Center for Addiction Medicine Residential Treatment at Kaiser Permanente. She completed her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and Addiction at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR in 2003. Prior to transitioning to Kaiser in 2017, Ashlee had a fifteen-year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Portland Health Care System, providing evidence-based individual and group psychotherapy to military Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Ashlee is a certified provider in both Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy and held the role of national PE consultant. Throughout her career, clinical supervision has been a strong area of interest. During her VA career, Ashlee also served as the Portland VA’s Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator and launched a VA/Community MST Taskforce that has provided trainings to hundreds of providers in the Pacific Northwest. Ashlee is a published author in the areas of Pain, Substance Use & PTSD.

Victor Panza, MA, CADCI, began his journey in the helping field in 2001 as a case manager at a foster care agency in Pittsburgh, PA. His passion and interest grew quickly for this work. From there forward, Victor has held various positions in addiction treatment from assessment facilitator to primary therapist. After finishing his Masters of Arts in Counseling at Lewis and Clark College in 2015 he began work as an on call therapist in Kaiser Permanente's addiction medicine department and then a therapist at the Brookside Center. He has since been attending specialized training in Manhattan, NYC for modern psychoanalytic group therapy and has facilitated trainings on trauma informed care to multidisciplinary teams.

John Raven , LPC, CDP, CADC II, is a chemical dependency counselor at Kaiser Permanente, where he provides addiction medicine consultation for patients and staff at the Kaiser hospitals. He has over 10 years providing mental health and addictions counseling for various community agencies including DePaul, Hazelden, the State of Oregon. He has had a private practice in Oregon since 2012 where he sees adults and couples struggling with addiction and codependency issues and has published two self-help books on the topic, Don't Feed The Ducks!: Overcoming Unhealthy Helping in your Life & Relationships, and The 30-Day Healthy Boundaries Challenge.

Pre-registration and payment in advance is required.

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  The CDTC Refund/Cancellation Policy:

For full refund, cancellation of attendance must be received by the CDTC at least 3 days prior to the event.

Cancellations made in less than 3 days of the event are subject to a $15 handling charge. Occasionally, changes are made due to speaker availability or unforeseen circumstances. The CDTC will send out an email announcement to the registration contact and provide an update on our website.

If we are aware of bad weather in the area, the CDTC will extend the full refund deadline to include the morning of the training. The CDTC still must receive notice of cancellation of attendance prior to 10 a.m.

Lunch: There is a one hour lunch break on your own. There is a large cafeteria at the hospital in addition to a smaller cafe and coffee shop with pre-made meals available. Several lunch options are available to the East, past I-205. It is recommended that you check google maps to check for lunch options including Sweet Tomatoes, Chuck's Produce, or fast food restaurants such as Arby's, Taco Bell or Burgerville.
Date: Friday, February 9th, 2018 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Place: Cowlitz Indian Tribal Treatment
7700 NE 26th Ave.,
Vancouver, WA 98665
Park at 40 Et 8 Bingo Parlor

To keep interruptions at a minimum, it is requested that all cell phones and pagers
be turned off during the training. Due to state-manadated temperatures, the thermostats
in our classrooms are set and cannot be changed.
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Amboy, WA 98601