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Raising the Bottoms; A Course in Therapeutic Addiction Intervention

This course offers a unique blend of traditional Johnson Intervention wisdom and a series of task-oriented strategies that provide the therapist with a clear framework that facilitates motivation to change and “raises the bottom” of knowledge for the intervention team (IT) members, the addicted person (AP), and the treatment process.

leademThe model takes the therapist well beyond the traditional notion that the main objective is to get the addict into treatment and holds that a successful intervention gets everyone who needs help treatment and that the treatment matches the identified needs. The model addresses the therapeutic needs of the concerned others in a way that greatly reduces the protagonist’s resistance to getting help and promotes a shared model of recovery rather than focusing on the “addict as the identified patient model” which can be shaming and often thwarts the intended goal of offering help.

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Friday, March 1st:

Registration:     3:30pm – 4:40pm

Part 1:                 4:30pm –  6:30pm

Dinner:               6:30pm – 7:00pm

Part 2:                 7:00pm – 9:30pm

Saturday, March 2nd:

Registration:      7:00am – 8:00am (Continental Breakfast)

Part 3:                 8:00am – 12:00pm

Lunch:                12:00pm – 12:30pm

Part 4:                 12:30pm – 2:00pm


Course Objectives:

The course is designed to introduce therapists who already possess a working knowledge of the dynamics of addiction to a variety of models  for facilitating a professionally led therapeutic intervention. Participants will have the opportunity to utilize therapeutic components of their body of professional knowledge in a way that is essential to facilitate a successful intervention.


10 NASW and APA CEC for licensed therapists who work with individuals and families impacted by addictive disorders.

Participants in the CEC course will:

1.   Discuss the risk/benefit analysis of conducting an intervention

2.   List the core intervention components of the Raising the Bottoms- three phase intervention process

3.   Name the usual obstacles to a successful intervention and methods for mitigating their negative impact

4.   Identify themselves or another as “point person”

to assess the level of crisis the protagonist is in and pre-intervention intervention actions that should be considered

5.   Conduct an initial needs assessment with prospective intervention team members to verify that justification for an intervention is warranted

6.   Discuss the need for individualized intervention team training plan in which the psycho-educational components match the needs as identified by the team assessment process as well as the therapeutic idiosyncratic needs of the protagonist

7.   List the therapeutic tasks associated with helping the IT members to develop their “First Aid Kit”

8.   Discuss the therapeutic tasks associated with facilitating the actual intervention process with the addicted person

9.   List preparation steps for the IT,AP, and the receiving treatment provider for the transition into treatment

10. Demonstrate the skills needed to facilitate a therapeutic addiction intervention

Elements Behavioral Health is an approved provider for continuing education by the following authorities: NAADAC (NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program No.624); NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors Provider No.6580). NBCC approval is limited to the sponsoring organization and does not necessarily reflect endorsements of individual offerings. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for (10) continuing education credits. Elements is approved by the APA (American Psychological Association) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Elements maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Ranch is an approved provider for continuing education by the following autihority: NASW (Provider No. 886487573). The Ranch maintains responsibility for tihis program. Full­ time participants can be awarded up to (10) CE’s upon completion of required evaluations.

Promises is an approved provider for continuing education by tihe following authorities: Board of Behavioral Sciences Examiners (Provider #PCE 2724) for MFT’s & LCSW’s; CaUfornia Board of Registered Nursing (Provider #CEP 14368) for Registered Nurses. Full­ time participants can be awarded up to (10) CE’s upon completion of required evaluations. Participants shall be provided certificates documenting attendance  in this program and should retain this document. Participants should check with their respective State Boards to confirm acceptance of these credits. Partial credit is not offered by any of tihe aforementioned credentialing providers.

Cost:  Special pricing being offered at $100 per person

Refunds are provided when canceling 7 days before the event.  No refunds available if canceling within 7 days of event.

If you require ADA accommodations,  please contact our office at least 7 days in advance of the event so that we can ensure accommodations are made.


For Questions about this event: Call Chuck or Vicky Robinson, Event Hosts at (405) 513-7459

Seats are limited!  Register here or call Jeanette Lisalda to register by phone: 866-825-1104.