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Addiction Counseling Training
2 June 2005

BISMARCK (UTN) - "Clinical Evaluation - Assessment", in the field of addiction counseling is the topic of a training session Friday, June 24th for substance abuse counselors. The session is part of the "Toolbox Training Series," presented by Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Centers.

      Training covers sensitivity to culture, age and gender; problem assessment including social history; identifying client strengths, existing support systems, motivation, reliability and corroboration; assessing mental health, family violence, health status; treatment recommendations; supervision and consultation; and documenting findings and recommendations. The presenter is Amber Rand, MA, LMHC, & CADC.

      This training is geared for entry-level substance abuse counselors and for more experienced counselors seeking to "brush-up" on skills. The 12 module "toolbox" series began in March with monthly sessions; it concludes in 2006.

      Toolbox Training is an addiction-counseling curriculum based on the SAMHSA TAP #21, "Addiction Counseling Competencies."

      Rands' one-half-day session, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., originates in Iowa and is presented in North Dakota over the Interactive Video Network (IVN), including the IVN site in room 210 of the Jack Barden Center at United Tribes Technical College and the site at Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt. Training carries 4.5 CEUs per session and a registration fee.

      To review a brochure and/or register online, visit the Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center website, www.pattc.org, or call Ros at 319-335-5368.

      For more information contact Julie Creed, Prairielands ND Coordinator, United Tribes Technical College, 3315 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504, 701-255-3285 x 1410.


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