Families and Substance Abuse: Creating a Relational Frame in the Context of Addiction Treatment

Substance abuse as a presenting problem generates a constant tension between systemic and individual treatment frameworks. Clinicians tend to approach this work from either a foundation of substance abuse intervention training and experience or relational theory and practice. This workshop seeks to integrate these ostensibly divergent treatment frames. Drawing from the synthesis of the presenters’ experiences working in an outpatient substance treatment program and their training and practice in the Ackerman Relational Approach, the presenters will guide participants in cultivating a greater range of skills to address substance abuse and support families in adapting to the pressures of addiction and treatment.

molly-bobekMolly Bobek, LCSW, 
is a teaching fellow at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and a Senior Research Associate at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. She is also the Project Director of a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded study aiming to observe, identify, and describe the core family therapy techniques for adolescent substance abuse across three different evidence-based family therapy models. Molly works with individuals, couples, and families as a therapist at Freedom Institute.

carrie-sandersCarrie Sanders, MPH, LCSW, is the current Director of Family Services and a family therapist at the Freedom Institute. Additionally, she maintains a part-time private practice. Carrie is a former researcher at the Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), completed the Ackerman Institute for the Family externship in 2011 and a clinical supervisor and family therapist in child welfare/preventive family services.

frank-wellsFrank Wells, LCSW, is a faculty member at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, a Senior Family Therapist at the Freedom Institute  and maintains his private practice Midtown Manhattan. As part of his teaching and work as co-director of the Talk Race Project at the Ackerman Institute, Frank has focused on introducing and enhancing approaches to addressing race, racism and microaggressions in training and clinical practice. He has experience in outpatient mental health treatment, and child welfare/preventive services.

Date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $135
CEUs for NYS: 6
CEUs for NASW- CT: 5


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The Ackerman Institute for the Family SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0052.

If you are an Ackerman alumni of the Externship or current Ackerman student, please contact the Training Department directly to register.

Damaly Ferreira
212 879-4900, ext 111
training@ackerman.org