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Education and Training

Learn from experts in the field. MnTC offers a variety of online learning opportunities on topics related to substance use disorders, alcohol and drug prevention, behavioral health issues, and more.

Client Engagement & Retention in Addiction Treatment: Best Practices

Keeping clients engaged in addiction treatment can be difficult. Low motivation, withdrawal and mental health issues are just a few of the challenges associated with treatment completion. However, research indicates that the longer clients are retained in addiction treatment the better their outcomes. Leaders of three nationally known programs will discuss addiction treatment best practices designed to:

  1. Engage Clients – help clients quickly become connected to the program & staff.
  2. Retain Clients – help clients’ complete programs through various levels of residential, outpatient care and alumni support.

CEU Amount: 2
Length: 2 Hours

The Science and Art of Engaging Resistant and Traumatized Youth

This web-based training will provide evidence-informed approaches and practical applications for those working with resistant and traumatized youth. Ultimately, it addresses the value of engaging and investing in this population — not merely in providing treatment — but in their continuing care for addiction, for mental health recovery, and for complex behavioral issues. This training will integrate a client-centered approach with a trauma-informed care framework, and principles and practices of motivational enhancement therapy. Science informs but does not direct clinical practice and other helping professions; the art of applied science is relational in nature — building rapport, motivating, and supporting the teenager toward creation of a new, healthy lifestyle.

CEU Amount: 2
Length: 2 Hours

Cultural Bias And Sensitivity In Substance Use Disorder Treatment: Cultural Beliefs And Recovery

This webinar explains the role of cultural beliefs and belonging in both addiction and recovery; it demonstrates how cultural beliefs and belonging, when addressed during the treatment process, lead to better outcomes. You will see several examples of treatment and aftercare programs that are following this model.

CEU Amount: 2
Length: 2 Hours

Addition “Intervention” Skills During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed a number of unique challenges for professional counselors and church communities. Social isolation, loneliness, concerns about health, family, finances and employment have created extraordinary stress. Those stressors can exacerbate mental health concerns and lead to abuse of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol sales in the month of March alone jumped 55%. Millions of Americans are currently isolated, struggling with substance abuse, and they need help.
Professional counselors, Religious leaders or concerned family members can play a central role in helping those struggling with substance abuse seek help. However, effective interventions require particular knowledge and skills. This webinar will provide you with an understanding of the principles of “intervention”. It will allow you to feel more confident in developing and implementing a plan to help the struggling addict get the assistance they need.

CEU Amount: 1
Length: 1.25 Hours

Criminal Thinking, Mental Health, And Relapse Prevention Integrated Therapeutic Approaches

In addition to polysubstance and mental health disorders, clients with extensive justice system involvement often have criminal patterns of thinking and behavior that present a clinical challenge to treatment programs.

This webinar will examine the interaction of these issues, along with evidence-based principles, and practices you can use to address them.

CEU Amount: 1
Length: 1 Hour

Hope In The Time Of COVID-19

During this pandemic, people who suffer with mental health and substance use issues are extremely vulnerable and at risk due to the isolation, quarantine and social-distancing measures that have been necessary. We are seeing increased substance use, relapses for those who were solidly in recovery, and overdoses. These realities strain our behavioral health care delivery system and challenge both our current standards of practice and the capacities of our clinicians. How do we effectively instill hope? What are the sources and drivers of despair? How do we apply evidence-based interventions and methods that are proven to increase health, well-being, positive emotion, and most importantly, hope?

CEU Amount: 1
Length: 1 Hour

Out of Options – Working With The Most Challenging Teens

This web-based training provides evidence-informed treatment approaches and practical applications for those working with the most challenging adolescents. Ultimately it addresses how to break through and help a population that, historically, has been difficult to help. We will first address classic and popular approaches such as use of discipline and power to motivate behavior; debunk myths about what works and what doesn’t work to engage; address underlying issues and thought-patterns that lead to defiant and self-sabotaging behaviors; and, share evidence-informed concepts and practical applications to drive engagement when working with this population.

CEU Amount: 1.5
Length: 1.5 Hours

Building Emotional Grit And Resilience – A Practical Guide

This webinar provides a practical and evidence-informed approach to addressing what’s become known as “compassion fatigue” and offers insights, practical tips, and exercises to enhance emotional strength and resilience. Learn how we, as humans, react when exposed to continuous trauma and crisis; recognize symptoms of emotional fatigue in yourself and others; and, learn practical skills to help manage your emotions and build emotional grit. We will also learn how professionals who are managing their own fatigue can only improve the way they are able to be zealous and effective advocates for the clients they serve.

CEU Amount: 1.5
Length: 1.5 Hours

Medical Interventions for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders

While affecting people from all walks of life, Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders are on the rise and when they occur together both conditions worsen. Treating co-occurring disorders requires more intense, specialized, and one-on-one treatment options than if a person was suffering from one or the other. Oftentimes, Psychotherapeutic medications including antidepressants, anti-anxiety, Mood stabilizers, as well as anti-psychotic medications are used to stabilize and treat co-occurring disorders. Also, anti-addiction medications which help to minimize cravings and withdrawal symptoms can improve overall health and well-being. Join us and learn about the most common co-occurring disorders and the medical interventions used to treat them.

CEU Amount: 2
Length: 2 Hours

Spirituality, Science & Addiction Treatment – Faith as an Evidence Based Intervention for Substance Dependence

This Webinar will examine the history of Spirituality and addiction treatment and recovery. Review research that demonstrates the effectiveness of Spiritual integration in addiction treatment and recovery. Present practical “motivational” interventions designed to help clients integrate spirituality into addiction treatment.

CEU Amount: 1
Length: 1 Hour

Women, Treatment, and Recovery: The Importance of Gender Responsivity 

This webinar explores the distinctive needs of women as they make decisions about substance use disorder treatment; looks at treatment approaches that have led to positive outcomes; and provides scientific evidence to support positive outcomes. You will hear directly from four treatment providers, and have the opportunity for Q&A with panel members.

CEU Amount: 2
Length: 2 Hours

Criminal Thinking, Substance Use Disorder, And Recovery Evidence-Informed Practices And Panel Discussion

This presentation meets the learning goals for educating attorneys about the elimination of bias or prejudice in the administration of justice based on race and/or culture.

The central core duties and obligations of an attorney is to represent defendants facing criminal charges in state, federal and appellate courts. Their scope of practice includes bail bond hearings, plea bargains, trial, revocation hearings (parole or probation), appeals and post-conviction remedies. Attorneys have many tools that can be utilized to represent clients such as diversion programs, Drug and DWI Courts, which focus on treating the underlying treating substance addiction issue(s) associated with criminal activity and thereby reducing recidivism.

CEU Amount: 2
Length: 2 Hours

Working with and Advocating for Mother’s with Substance Use Disorder

This webinar explores the distinctions of family-centered treatment, the specific needs of mother’s involved in Child Protective Services, integrating parenting skills into case-planning, the use of Certified Peer Recovery Services, the importance of continuity of care, and how to effectively advocate and partner with court service for positive outcomes for families.

CEU Amount: 2
Length: 2 Hours