What is Informed Recovery? A Look at our Past and Present as We Forge Ahead with Our Future

This training will explore the history of mental health and substance use disorder treatment as a means of drawing comparisons to our evidence based practices of today. People with active substance use disorders often present to treatment with strained or limited resources and poor impulse control. They are traumatized and vulnerable. This set of conditions can set the stage for uninformed agreement to interventions and treatment methods that simply will not work with each and every individual entering the treatment environment. Fundamental to effective clinical relationships is the therapeutic alliance, the quality of which can make or break a treatment experience for individuals.
Given the often-mandated need to strictly adhere to Evidence-Based practices and/or evidence informed treatment, are we able to meet both individual needs through a dynamic and caring partnership with our clients and also pair appropriate evidence based practices in a clinical setting? How are the outcomes of these treatments being assessed for effectiveness both in the short term and long term? Are one size fits all approaches to treatment being overused and oversold to clients in crisis? Are we adequately able to inform our clients as to the benefits and harms of the treatments we are providing? Just because something is evidence based does not mean that it is the correct treatment for the individual who is seeking care. Various forms of treatment including but not limited to psychotropic medication, manualized therapies, and MH advanced directives will be reviewed and explored to determine what informed consent and individualized treatment really looks like and how we as practitioners can best advocate for our patients.

Date: 
Friday, May 25, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
PCB Hours Approved: 
6 hrs
Presenter: 
Paula Siers-Burns,BSED, LCSW, CAADC, CCPG
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