Volume 47 | January 2024

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Hello CADTP,

Welcome to the first CADTP Counselors' Newsletter of 2024!

In this edition, you will find:

  • Feature Article: One Size Does Not Fit All: The importance of screening and assessing to determine appropriate interventions for impaired drivers
  • Easy Steps to Goal Setting for SUD Counselors in the New Year
  • New Training Opportunities for the New Year
  • Resources for the SUD Counselor
  • Recognition events: Mentor Appreciation Month and National Hugging Day

Wishing you all the best in the new year!

The CADTP Certification Board and Staff

Feature Articles

One Size Does Not Fit All

The Importance of Screening and Assessing to Determine Appropriate Interventions for Impaired Drivers

By Julie Seitz, Project Director - AllRise Impaired Driving Solutions, Duluth, MN

Introduction by Mark Stodola, NHTSA’s Probation Fellow and CADTP Certification Board Member

I am happy to share an article on impaired driving screening and assessment written by my friend and peer Julie Seitz. Julie is a Project Director with Impaired Driving Solutions (Formally the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC)), a division of All Rise (formally the National Association of Drug Court Professionals). Julie joined Impaired Driving Solutions in 2018, bringing with her 20 years of experience working in the clinical sector. 

Julie's article shines a light on the need to address the risk and needs of impaired drivers on an individual level, rather than taking a “one size fits all” approach. As part of this initial client intake, the use of a Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) can serve as an excellent starting point for client self-assessment and an avenue to better determine client needs. As an example, I am including a copy of The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), a 10-item screening tool developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to assess alcohol consumption, drinking behaviors, and alcohol-related problems. I hope you enjoy Julie’s article.

One Size Does Not Fit All

The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Tool

Easy Steps to Goal Setting for SUD Counselors in the New Year

Setting goals as an SUD counselor is about striking a balance between professional development and personal well-being.

Happy New Year! As Substance Use Disorder (SUD) counselors, the start of a new year is a perfect time to reflect on our professional journey and set meaningful goals. Goal setting is not just about envisioning a successful year; it's about creating a roadmap for personal and professional growth that ultimately enhances the support we provide to our clients.

Check out this simple guide for setting achievable goals for the year ahead.

Read the Article on CADTPCounselors.org

CADTP will continue to receive registration and renewals via email, US Mail, fax, and through the Payment Portal on the website. You can find the new online registration and renewal system if you want to check it out for future use!

Training Opportunities

What Lies Ahead: Key Trends in Overdose Prevention in 2024.

January 23rd from 11:30am -12:30pm

This webinar will include highlights from the recent National Overdose Prevention Leadership Summit and explore the most pressing issues and trends at the forefront of prevention, harm reduction, legislation, and treatment. This web forum will not only unveil the emerging trends, but also provide a closer look at the surge of Xylazine and Stimulants.

Register Here

ASAM Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders Course in Addiction Medication

Saturday, February 10th 2024 9:00 am-1:30 pm Blended Training - Complete 4 hours of online modules prior to Zoom training

Register Here

Download the Flyer

Trauma Focused Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Initial Training

February 23 & 29, & March 1, 2024| 9:00am - 1:30pm

Virtual - $1080 or $1140 with CEUs

  • Do you wish for a more structured process of how to meet your clients' needs when they have experienced trauma?
  • Do you want to instill hope, bring clarity to your work, and increase engagement of your clients and their caregivers in treating trauma?
  • Do you want to make a change in your practice that yields results, is short-term, and has measurable progress?

Topics will include pre-treatment assessment; psychoeducation; engagement of families and caregivers; skills and strategies to teach children and families relaxation; affective expression; and cognitive coping, in addition to processing of specific and complex traumas.

Register Here

Become a CADTP Approved CEU Provider

In the dynamic and ever-evolving field of substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, ongoing education is not just beneficial—it's essential. This is where becoming a certified Continuing Education (CEU) Provider under the California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) plays a pivotal role.

As a CADTP-approved CEU provider, they have the unique opportunity to offer accredited continuing education units to their employees, fostering an environment of continual professional growth and expertise.

If you're part of an organization or know a trainer skilled in this area, encourage them to consider becoming a CADTP-approved CEU provider. This step not only marks a commitment to excellence in substance abuse treatment but also plays a crucial role in shaping a more competent and skilled workforce in this vital sector.

Download the Application

Resources for the SUD Counselor

Please enjoy the recordings of CADTP Counselors’ Webinar Series! CEUs are NOT AVAILABLE for watching pre-recorded webinars.

Nurturing Resilience Among Persons in Recovery: Practical Strategies for Sustained Recovery, Aven Sutton-Armstrong, MSW, ASW

Where's the Empathy in Addiction Counseling, Bob Tyler

Considering Associations Between Substance Use and Suicide: The Role of SUD Counselors, Jason Kilmer, PhD

SAMHSA Advisory: Low Barrier Models of Care for SUD

SAMSHA TIP 33: Treatment for Stimulant Use Disorders

Check out all of the resources on the CADTP Counselors Website

January is National Mentoring Month

Take Time to Thank the Valued Mentors in Your Life

National Mentoring Month is an annual campaign celebrated in January, dedicated to raising awareness about the power and impact of mentoring. It’s a time to recognize and honor the contributions of mentors while encouraging individuals to become mentors themselves. This month-long observance highlights the value of mentoring relationships in education, personal development, and community enrichment, showcasing how mentors can positively influence the lives of others.

National Mentoring Month’s 3 key goals are:

  1. To raise awareness of all the different types of mentoring
  2. To inspire more people to become mentors, particularly younger people
  3. To advance the growth of mentoring by encouraging organizations to run mentoring programs for their people

Learn more at:

National Mentoring Month: 6 Ways You Can Get Involved In 2024

January 21 is National Hugging Day!

The Power of a Simple Hug

National Hugging Day, celebrated on January 21st, is a heartwarming occasion that embraces the simple yet profound power of a hug. This delightful day encourages everyone to spread warmth and connection through the universal gesture of hugging. Whether it's a comforting squeeze to a friend, a cozy cuddle with family members, or even a virtual hug sent across the miles, each embrace is a celebration of affection and human connection.

To partake in the festivities, reach out to loved ones with open arms, share hug-themed posts on social media, or even organize a group hug with friends. Remember, while hugging, always respect personal boundaries and consent. So, let's get ready to wrap our arms around this joyous day, one hug at a time, and remember – every hug counts!

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