The Whole Person Approach to Substance Use Disorder


HOWEVER, I’ve got another in the works for Friday, December 7 from 9:30AM to 4:30PM at UNE in Portland, this time for SIX contact hours.

To register for the DECEMBER 7 training, please click here.

(The December training is $115 due to the additional contact hour.)




CE Training for Therapists

The Whole Person Approach to Substance Use Disorder

Date: Fri., November 16, 2018

Time: 10AM – 4PM (5 contact hours)

Location: University of New England, Portland campus

Cost: $100



*If you do not have a PayPal account you can still register after clicking through by clicking the “Pay with Credit or Debit Card” button.


Course Description:

Substance use disorders and mental health challenges have long been treated as separate issues. However, many therapists find that in actual practice it is impossible to disentangle one from the other.

An increasing body of evidence shows that both trauma and social isolation increase the risk of addiction. In this training we will discuss the benefits vs. the risks of treating substance use and mental health challenges concurrently and explore substance use disorder from the disease perspective, the social perspective, and the “individual problem” perspective.

What works? First, we will critically examine the definition of “evidence-based practice.” Then we will look at why some practice theories do not easily lend themselves to study. Unlike CBT, for instance, relational-cultural theory is not easily codified for analysis. The American Psychological Association’s Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy nevertheless asserts that the relationship between therapist and client is critical to effective outcomes.

Motivational interviewing is a recognized evidence-based practice that is relationally based. In this training we will review some of the basic tenets of motivational interviewing and you will get to practice integrating these into your work. You will also learn about and practice a number of effective body-mind modalities.

Finally, we will consider Maine’s heroin crisis from the macro perspective, identifying the social sources of the problem and how those might be addressed.



*If you do not have a PayPal account you can still register after clicking through by clicking the “Pay with Credit or Debit Card” button.



Through a combination of didactic, experiential, and small group learning, by the end of the day you will be able to:

  1. Identify how substance use disorder and trauma interact.
  2. Identify and integrate evidence-based practices that will help your clients with co-occurring disorders.
  3. Learn effective coping skills you can teach clients with substance use disorder and trauma to help them move forward successfully. (You can also integrate them into your own self-care program!)



Jennifer Lunden, LCSW, LADC. Councilor at the Center for Creative HealingPresented by Jennifer Lunden, LCSW, LADC, CCS. The founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Healing—a group of therapists based in Portland, Maine— Lunden practiced as a therapist for 15 years. Now an adjunct professor of Social Work teaching for Simmons and UNE’s online programs, she is also a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) offering individual and group supervision.