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Recorded on Wednesday, March 15, 2023

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It is widely known that the original creators of the 12-step recovery program were largely White, Christian, middle-class men and they still remain the biggest population in most 12-step programs today. This talk will discuss the common experiences people from marginalized populations encounter when working a 12-step program designed for a privileged population, and different cultural adaptations that have been utilized to address these different experiences. Topics covered will be the role of powerlessness, the God problem, focus on personal responsibility, dealing with discrimination and oppression, and finding self-reflection in group members.


Jorja Jamison, PhD, LP, is a Psychologist and Professor at the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, where she trained counselors in the treatment of substance use and mental health disorders for over a decade. She earned her Doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Illinois and completed her predoctoral internship year at Duke University. She is a Licensed Psychologist with the state of Minnesota and also maintains a small private practice. Jamison specializes in adolescent addiction, vocational issues for recovering individuals, multicultural counseling, and addiction within the LGBTQ+ community. She has given numerous lectures and workshops at places like the American Psychological Association Annual Conference, the National Conference on Addiction Disorders, and more.

Learning Objectives
  • Participants will be able to identify common experiences that people from marginalized backgrounds have when working a 12-Step recovery program.
  • Participants will be able to analyze the limitations of 12-Step recovery programs in addressing discrimination and oppression.
  • Participants will be able to identify appropriate cultural adaptations for people working a 12-Step recovery program.
Content Level

Beginning and Intermediate.

  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.
  • Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.

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Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters. 


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