Cultural Humility Series, Part VIII: Social Responsibility in the Addiction Profession

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 @ 3-5:00pm ET (2CT/1MT/12PT)

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Traditionally, cultural competence trainings have been used to convey information on cultural considerations and mitigate the harm that can be done to clients when there is a lack of cultural awareness. Today, cultural humility trainings must evolve to include self-awareness strategies that promote a better understanding of defensiveness, emotional reactivity, and social responsibility. Treatment providers must go beyond cultural competence and address the systemic biases and racist structures that exist in our society and impact addiction treatment. Cultural competence and antiracism must go hand-in-hand. This presentation will start with an exploration of cultural identity and the use of self in the therapeutic environment; examine triggering terms; look at the impact of systemic racism on SUD treatment; and provide concrete action steps for the addiction workforce.

Learning Objectives
  • Explore how owning one’s individual cultural identity shapes perceptions of normality, abnormality, and the counseling process.
  • Define critical terms that form a basis of a culturally competent and antiracist framework.
  • Explore the impact of systemic racism on SUD treatment providers.
  • Provide concrete actions steps for counselors and a clear definition of social responsibility for the addiction workforce.

Education is FREE to all professionals

Earn 2 Continuing Education Hours (CEs)

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Samson Teklemariam, MA, LPC, CPTM, is the Director of Training and Professional Development for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. He is an accomplished leader with a history of driving organizational results with learning and development solutions. Known for implementing initiatives that support organizational priorities and produce measurable outcomes, Teklemariam has been a leader in the field of addiction treatment for over ten years. He is a certified lead trainer for Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBI-SA), Calm Every Storm: Crisis Prevention & Intervention, and experienced in treating trauma-related disorders using TFCBT, Seeking Safety, and Mapping Enhanced Counseling Techniques. Teklemariam previously worked for Phoenix House Foundation as the National Director of Learning & Development; in this role, he managed a training department covering 100+ programs in 12 states.

Jessica O’Brien, MA, LCSW, CASAC, CPTM, is the Training & Professional Development Content Manager at NAADAC. In this role, O’Brien is responsible for managing past, present, and future training content accessible to NAADAC members and the broader public. Prior to joining NAADAC, O’Brien worked for ten years at Phoenix Houses of New York & Long Island where she began as a social worker and was quickly promoted to Clinical Supervisor and Program Director. She has been dedicated to the addiction treatment field for over 12 years and has experience in a variety of settings, including: adolescent and adult outpatient, adolescent and adult intensive residential, school-based prevention, court-based services, stabilization, and recovery centers.

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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