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Practicing Alcohol Moderation: A Harm Reduction Alternative to the Abstinence-Only Model

March 19, 2020, Noon - 1:30 p.m. ET
Craig James, LCSW, LSATP, MAC, Cyndi Turner, LCSW, LSATP, MAC 

Nearly 90 million people in the United States struggle with alcohol use but are not physically dependent. Most treatment is designed for the severe alcohol user, which accounts for about 17 million Americans, leaving the majority of people experiencing problems from alcohol without appropriate services. In 2014, the National Association of Social Workers put out the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice for Clients with Substance Use Disorders. They state that in accordance with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition), substance use is no longer viewed as an either/or phenomenon and should be viewed as existing along a continuum. Additionally, they state that a harm reduction approach is consistent with the social work value of self-determination and meeting the client where the client is. 

However, the traditional recommendation for drinkers experiencing problems is to encourage them to admit   that they are “alcoholics” who must quit drinking forever and who must attend 12-step meetings. There is over 50 years of research that proves that the harm reduction strategy of alcohol moderation is a more effective treatment option. This presentation will give an overview of harm reduction, differentiate types of drinkers and their treatment needs, interpret the Alcohol Moderation Assessment, develop a Moderate Drinking Plan, and teach tools for alcohol moderation.

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1. Differentiate types of alcohol users and the changing treatment landscape. 
2. Describe how the Alcohol Moderation Assessment gives predictions on who may be a good candidate for alcohol moderation.
3. Explain how to develop an Alcohol Moderation Plan for appropriate clients.

Craig James, LCSW, LSATP, MAC has been in the addiction treatment field for over twenty years. He is the Co-Founder & Director of Operations of Insight Into Action Therapy and Insight Recovery Centers. He serves on the board of the Northern Virginia Region Association of Addiction Professionals.

Cyndi Turner, LCSW, LSATP, MAC has been a therapist for almost three decades. She is the Co-Founder & Clinical Director of Insight Into Action Therapy and Insight Recovery Centers and is a national trainer on alcohol moderation. Cyndi is the author of Can I Keep Drinking? How You Can Decide When Enough is Enough, The Clinician’s Guide to Alcohol Moderation: Alternative Methods and Management Techniques, and Practicing Alcohol Moderation: A Comprehensive Workbook.

1.5 CEs for social workers and psychologists. CEs for psychologists are offered through Orlando Behavior Health.*

To receive CE credits, you must attend the entirety of the webinar. Partial credit will not be awarded to those who attend only a portion of the presentation. Therefore, late arrival or an early departure of greater than 10 minutes constitutes not attending a class in its entirety. Participants must also complete a post-test and an evaluation at the end of the webinar. See here for more infomation about Smith SSW CE Accreditation.

*Co-sponsored training events for psychology CE credit with Smith College School for Social Work. Orlando Behavior Health, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. OBH (DBA Amego Prepare) maintains responsibility for this program and its content.