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See NWATTC's current Training Calendar for regional offerings of the courses below; courses are also offered by request 

Northwest ATTC Courses

Courses offered by the NWATTC (Northwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center) integrate science and the experience of master clinicians into interactive learning experiences that increase practical knowledge and skill in the delivery of clinical services:

Clinical Supervision I: Building Chemical Dependency Counselor Skills

2-day Course (15 CE Hours) – designed to increase understanding and skill in assessing the clinical skills of counselors in addiction treatment settings and building learning plans for their continued professional growth and development.  Focused on the teaching and mentoring aspects of clinical supervision in the context of the Addiction Counseling Competencies.  Topics include the importance of observation, performance evaluation, negotiation of learning plans, and the structuring of supervisory interviews.

Clinical Supervision II: Managing Supervisory Dilemmas

2-day Course (15 CE Hours) – builds upon “Clinical Supervision I,” taking participants to the next level in supervisory skill development.  Participants review CS I skills and add a conceptual framework and practice in correcting counselor performance problems.  Frequently occurring ethical dilemmas in supervision are reviewed and participants practice a model for ethical decision making.

Introduction to Using Motivational Incentives (“PAMI - Promoting Awareness of Motivational Incentives”)

4-hour Course (4 CE Hours) – designed to build awareness of the use of Motivational Incentives as an evidence-based therapeutic strategy to enhance client retention in addiction treatment.   Principles, history, research, and suggestions for overcoming implementation barriers are discussed.

**Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

2-day Course (12 CE Hours) – focused on the foundational elements of MI and the spirit or counseling style that underlies its techniques.  Introductory and geared toward people with no or little exposure to MI to enhance their skills in establishing rapport, eliciting change talk, and establishing commitment language from the client. 

**Advanced Motivational Interviewing

2-day Course (12 CE Hours) – designed for individuals who have been exposed to introductory MI training and want to further develop and refine their MI skills.  Provides a brief review of the spirit, principles and basic MI skills and focuses on skill development in the areas of identifying and eliciting change talk and using strategies to decrease resistance.

**Motivational Interviewing Booster Session

1-day Course (6 hours) – designed for individuals who have attended both the introductory and advanced MI course and are interested in enhancing their proficiency in MI.  The four processes of MI are reviewed in depth and participants receive multiple opportunities to practice the MI skills and strategies designed to facilitate movement through MI processes.

**Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Counselor Motivational Interviewing Skills ("MIA:STEP”)

2-day Course (12 CE Hours) – designed for clinical supervisors who want to maintain and build the MI skills of counselors and other direct service providers.  Tools presented fortify a supervisor’s ability to provide structured, focused, and effective clinical supervision.  Participants are introduced to an effective strategy for observation-based MI-oriented clinical supervision. 

Telehealth for Administrators: A Capacity Assessment Tool
½ Day Course (3 CE Hours) - The most significant issue facing individuals with substance use disorders in frontier/rural areas is access to treatment and recovery services; the use of telehealth technology is a critical strategy for overcoming this access barrier. This training will introduce administrators to telehealth including: trends, outcomes, reimbursement, costs, technologies, and an agency focused Telehealth Capacity Assessment Tool (TCAT).
Telehealth for Treatment Providers

½ Day Course (3 CE Hours) - This introductory training will provide counselors with foundational knowledge on telehealth technologies. Specifically, participants will learn about telehealth trends, treatment outcome rates, reimbursement, privacy/security issues, ethics, building therapeutic alliances, and license portability. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to practice resolving ethical dilemmas that are typical to using telehealth technologies and view and/or participate in a ‘mock’ videocounseling session

Developing Effective Treatment Plans (“Treatment Planning MATRS”)

1-day Course (7 CE Hours) – designed to help counselors develop treatment plans that are individualized, strength-based, and oriented toward specific client needs.  Course is focused on using assessment information effectively in treatment planning and ongoing case management.

Buprenorphine Treatment: Education for Multidisciplinary Addiction Professionals

4-6 hour Course (4-6 CE Hours) – aims to increase understanding of the role of Buprenorphine in medication-assisted treatment of opioid dependence.  Content is focused on treatment strategies and philosophy, the role of Buprenorphine in recovery, and the value of coordinated client care.  The course may also be tailored with a focus on Buprenorphine Treatment for Young Adults.

Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction

1-6 hour Course (1-6 CE Hours) - in this workshop participants will get an overview of the recent epidemiology of opioid (pharmaceutical and heroin) abuse and addiction as well as a quick review of the signs and symptoms of the acute and chronic use of opioids and withdrawal symptomatology.  The bulk of the presentation will focus on the details of use of and patient response to the various FDA approved medications for the treatment of opioid addiction – buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone.

Medication Assisted Treatment of Addiction

3-6 hour Course (3-6 CE Hours) - in this workshop participants will receive detailed information about the use of FDA approved medications for the treatment of alcohol, opioid and nicotine addiction.  Participants will also learn about the varieties of patient responses to these medications and the barriers to their use in the treatment of addiction.

**Group Counseling & Facilitation Skills

3-day Course (21 CE Hours) – interactive training in how to establish and facilitate productive process-oriented and psycho-educational groups.  Content includes stages of group development, resolving conflict in groups, and practicing interventions that facilitate group growth.   

Enhancing Motivation in Group Counseling

2-day Course (14 CE Hours) – assumes a basic understanding of group counseling processes and designed to facilitate improvement in client readiness to change.  Practice-oriented and focused on interventions that address change and improve group process.  Participants have opportunity to identify difficult situations for practice during the course.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender/Transsexual Issues in Addiction Treatment

1-day Course (6 CE Hours) – provides addiction counselors and clinical supervisors with practical knowledge and skills for engaging and treating LGBT individuals seeking recovery.  Course centers on enhancing familiarity with issues and barriers faced by LGBT persons in addiction treatment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

2-day Course (14 CE Hours) – focuses on building skills in the use of cognitive behavioral therapy for counseling interventions.  Participants will have the opportunity to develop or improve skills in the use of CBT appropriate for those clients with substance use disorders and mental health issues.

Recovery Oriented Systems of Care

1-day Course (7 CE Hours) – Participants will be taught the importance of peer-based supports and recovery coaching for enhancing the motivation of people seeking recovery; and about how the current strengths and resources in their communities can be used to help maintain recovery for patients.  They will also review statistics supporting the movement toward ROSC, the importance of having a strategic plan in place, and the ROSC Framework developed by the City of Philadelphia.  The course will also help participants begin to identify first steps toward developing a ROSC in their communities, and provide an introduction to the eight Key Performance Arenas linked to long-term recovery outcomes.

Introduction to Care Coordination

1-day course (6 CE Hours) -The Care Coordination (CC) training introduces participants to research, concepts, and models of practice.  It also teaches how Care Coordinators partner with youth, families, and community providers to strengthen linkages that lead to improved health outcomes.  The training covers key features of CC, which are:  motivational interviewing, client-driven service plans, care conferences, and Recovery Oriented System of Care.  The training exposes participants to a framework for High Performing Care Coordinators; CC Competencies; the task of Care Coordinators; and examines an active CC program.

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT)

1-day course (6 CE Hours) - The SBIRT Basic Workshop introduces participants to the key components of SBIRT, the rationale for and background of SBIRT, and supporting research.  Standardized screening instruments and the methodology for incorporating them into a clinical practice will also be introduced.  The four key steps of providing the Brief Negotiated Interview will be reviewed and participants will have an opportunity to role-play and practice delivering a brief intervention.

Brief Treatment in Primary Care

1-day course (6 CE Hours) - The Brief Treatment Workshop provides primary care behavioral health clinicians a refresher on key treatment strategies for addressing substance use in a primary care setting, over the course of 4-8 treatment sessions.  Key topics include Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy and Trauma-Informed Care.


Online Courses

Check out ATTC's Health eKnowledge portal, where you will find free and low cost courses of interest to addiction counselors and others who work in behavioral health.