These are obstacles that people face when seeking help for substance use disorders. Each obstacle is a threat to recovery that can keep treatment dropout rates high and success rates low.
You can remove some of the biggest barriers to substance use treatment by offering telehealth as a treatment lifeline to clients fighting for their lives!
This training will show you how you can provide effective, HIPAA-compliant substance use treatment via telehealth so you can expand accessibility, improve client retention and engagement, and provide a treatment space for those who feel uncomfortable coming to a physical office.
Join addictions treatment expert, speaker, and author Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW, and he’ll provide you with the skills you need to:
Navigate privacy & informed consent issues unique to telehealth
Remotely address safety concerns
Screen & assess for drug use at a distance
Deliver trauma-informed treatment interventions
Boost client engagement, even when you’re not in the same room
Tailor proven treatment strategies for virtual delivery
Apply your skills to virtual group sessions
Telehealth will continue to grow and become a more integral component of addiction treatment.
Don’t wait to add this valuable treatment format to your work! Set up your clients for recovery success!
Paul Brasler, MA, LCSW, has worked in the social work field for the past 22 years. He is the head of behavioral health for Daily Planet Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides comprehensive and integrated healthcare and mental health services (including medication-assisted opioid treatment). Paul is also president of Providence Consulting & Education L.L.C., through which he provides clinical supervision and professional education services.
Paul has extensive experience in working with people with substance use disorders. After finishing school, Paul went to work at an adolescent residential treatment program, where he developed a treatment track for adolescents with substance use disorders. In 2003, he became a senior clinician in the Chesterfield County Juvenile Drug Court and provided individual, family, adolescent group and multifamily group therapies. After working at the drug court for seven years, Paul moved on to conduct psychiatric and substance misuse evaluations in emergency departments in the Greater Richmond, Virginia area. Paul has also served as adjunct faculty in the school of social work at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he developed a graduate course in substance abuse treatment.
Paul has been a PESI presenter since 2016, and he has presented classes on mental health emergencies and high-risk clients across the country. He recently released his first book, High-Risk Clients: Evidence-Based Assessment & Clinical Tools to Recognize and Effectively Respond to Mental Health Crises (PESI Publishing 2019).
Financial: Paul Brasler is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Paul Brasler has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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Assess telehealth considerations and their clinical implications, including when its use is contra-indicated and the need for informed consent.
Appraise the causes of substance use disorders and factors that reinforce drug use, including factors related to trauma and attachment, as related to case conceptualization.
Assess for signs and symptoms of both substance intoxication and withdrawal syndromes for alcohol, methamphetamine, and opioids.
Adapt substance use screening and assessment tools for delivery via telehealth.
Utilize clinical strategies, such as motivational interviewing, via telehealth to improve client engagement and foster behavioural change.
Demonstrate strategies used to improve the efficacy of individual and group therapies through telehealth.
Telehealth & Substance Use Disorders: What You Need to Know
Basics of telehealth: The do’s & don’ts
When telehealth is not appropriate
Virtual privacy concerns
What to tell your clients before starting
Informed consent: Why it’s different for telehealth
The Science Behind Substance Use Disorders
Biopsychosocial aspects of substance abuse
The role of trauma & attachment
Compromised immune systems
Using while isolated: The most dangerous substances
Telehealth Screening & Assessment: How Do You Know if a Client is Using?
Assessment when you can’t see or smell
Distance drug screening: Reduce potential harm
How to ask sensitive intake questions
Screening tools you can use at a distance
Remote Treatment Planning & Delivery
Client-reported withdrawal screenings
Making level of care decisions remotely
Withdrawal management alone is not treatment
Withdrawal management protocols & support through telehealth
Inpatient or outpatient treatment?
Stages of change
Key strategies of motivational interviewing
Relapse prevention strategies
What to do when clients relapse
Distance Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
Apply the A-B-C model to substance abuse
Recognize triggers to use via telehealth
Foster coping skills
Deconstruct negative schemas
Strategies for Group Telehealth
Tailor interventions for virtual groups
Barriers to treatment
Getting people to talk
Referring to virtual 12-step groups
More Strategies to Improve Client Engagement & Get Treatment Buy-In