14th Annual Miriam O. Smith Educational Series (MOSES)
Community and Professional learn a new approach to treating addictions from Dr. Adi Jaffe
CINCINNATI MARCH 27, 2018
Since only 10% of people addicted to drugs and alcohol seek treatment, what is stopping the other 90%?
“The problem is in the approach,” says addiction and stigma expert, Adi Jaffe, PhD.
Dr. Jaffe offered a new and positive approach to treating addictions when Jewish Family Service presented seminars on Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16. Thursday’s event, Addiction: Shedding the Shame and Stigma was for the community as part of its free Alan R. Mack Speakers Series. Professionals earned continuing education units at Friday’s event, Alternative Approaches to Addiction: Reducing shame through a client centered approach, which was the agency’s 14th Annual Miriam O. Smith Educational Series (MOSES) professional development workshop. The events were sponsored by Mercy Health.
“Addiction comes with many labels,” explained Dr. Jaffe. “People often associate addicts with being weak-willed, unreliable, and liars.” He emphasized that people with addictions deserve to be viewed as individuals, spoken to without judgment, treated without preconceived assumptions and stereotypes, and accepted when making mistakes. “These stigmas, along with the shame associated with addiction, affect behavior and sabotage recovery.”
He shared research that identified Shame as one of four primary barriers to seeking addiction treatment. The others are Cost, Logistics, and Abstinence.
The cost and logistics for traditional treatment is often prohibitive for most addicts. “How many people have a job that allows them to leave work 10 hours a week, or can afford to go into residential housing for up to 90 days that can cost thousands of dollars? But we use these barriers as an excuse to claim addicts are in denial if they aren’t able to leave work or pay big dollars for treatment.”
Abstinence was one of the strongest barriers reported by those surveyed. “In reality people with addiction initially come to us to stop the pain, not for sobriety. Yet total sobriety is first thing they are asked to do. If we find out what they want help with and start there instead, it is more likely to result in successful treatment.”
Dr. Jaffe explained that it is imperative for people with addiction to have more control over their treatment options and be able to make their own choices, even if this means making mistakes along the way. “We are making recovery more difficult by marginalizing people with addiction and persuading them that we know what’s best for them and that they are incapable of helping themselves,” he said.
“Not all addictions are the same, and what works for some will not always work for others. AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) may work and it has its place, but it should no longer be the standard treatment for a DUI or public intoxication. It is only meant for people who personally select that treatment. Our job is not to mandate, but find what works for them - that helps them for life.”He added that we need to stop using resistance as an excuse to why clients are not getting better. “Stop putting up barriers and make it easier to get help. Give people a choice. Shift the perspective to remove hopelessness. And show them that you are there to help them up when they stumble.”
Dr. Jaffe lectures in the Psychology department at UCLA and is the President and Co-Founder of IGNTD, a company focused on alleviating suffering and inspiring hope. His views on addiction and his research on the topic have been published in dozens of journals and online publications. He also has appeared on numerous television shows and documentaries discussing current topics in addiction and the problem of addiction as a whole.
Linda Kean, Jewish Family Service Director of Education and Mentoring, acknowledged the volunteer committee who suggested Dr. Jaffe as a speaker. “Debi (Varland, Jewish Family Service Education Manager) and I thank our MOSES speaker search committee for recognizing the wide-spread problem of addiction with an exceptionally low treatment success, and finding an expert who offers an alternative solution,” she said. The search committee was chaired by Alyce Ellison and Susan Shorr. They were joined by Deborah Smith Blackmer, Linda Fabe, Gail Friedman, Arlene Herman, Nancy Postow, and Joan Van Epps.
Jewish Family Service, a 501(c)3 non-profit agency, strengthens lives of people in times of need by providing social services that guide them along their road to stability, self-reliance, and personal growth. Jewish Family Service receives support in part from Jewish Federation Cincinnati, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, and United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
Reducing shame through a client centered approach
with renowned addiction expert and TEDx speaker,
Adi Jaffe, PhD
Professional Development Workshop: 6 CEs
8:30 am - 4 pm Friday, March 16, 2018
Addiction is one of the most prevalent and destructive mental health issues the United States has ever faced, with overdose deaths alone overtaking all other forms of accidental deaths in the nation. In the past five years alone, the U.S. has seen a 50% increase in drug-related deaths, for a total of approximately 150,000 annual deaths NOT including tobacco. This means a drug-related death happens approximately every 3 seconds.
Still, treatment engagement is extremely poor and outcomes are disappointingly lacking, leaving many hopeless in the face of disaster. This workshop will reconsider our current approaches to treating addiction and offer a completely new take on the problem, tying our current understanding to the treatment problem.
Every clinician comes across clients whose drinking or drug use interferes with their therapeutic process. Nevertheless, most clients report not wanting to completely quit drinking and begin to withdraw when approached with abstinence options. This workshop will allow participants to overcome barriers to engagement while providing a toolkit to help clients improve even if they are not interested in complete abstinence or do not identify as “addicts.”
This workshop will allow participants to overcome barriers to engagement while providing a toolkit to help clients improve even if they are not interested in complete abstinence or do not identify as “addicts.”
DATE: Friday, March 16, 2018
TIME: 8:30 am - 4 pm (Check in begins at 8 am)
PLACE: Cooper Creek Event Center, 4040 Cooper Rd, Blue Ash, OH 45241
FEES: $140 by 5 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2018
$130 for 2 or more from the same agency registering at one
time by March 7, 2018
After 5 pm March 7, 2018 a late fee of $15 per registrant will apply.
Registration includes choice of lunch and 6 CEs
Questions or for disability accommodations: 513-985-1581 or firstname.lastname@example.org
8 - 8:30 am
8:30 - 10 am
The Addiction problem – prevalence, impact and causes
10 - 10:15 am
10:15 - 11:45 am
Current treatment failures – Poor engagement and terrible outcomes
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
12:30 - 2 pm
Looking up – Reformulating addiction thinking to address treatment
Innovative ways to address gaps and treatment failures
2 - 2:15 pm
2:15 - 3:45 pm
Tools and methods for immediate application
3:45 - 4 pm
Discussion and closing
Key Learning Objectives
Participants will learn to:
Registration includes 6 Continuing Education Credits for the following:
Social Work CE (Reciprocal for Nursing)
Marriage and Family Therapy CPE
Chemical Dependency RCH
Occupational Therapy CE
Teacher Contact Hours
Certificate of Completion
Registration includes your choice of box lunch:
Sunflower Chicken Salad on Croissant
Tuna Salad on Croissant
Roasted Vegetable Wrap
Field Green Salad with Grilled Chicken
Kosher Tuna Salad Sandwich
All sandwiches include: Fruit Salad, Pasta Salad, Bagged Snack, & Cookie
Who should attend?
This program is designed for Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Educators, Psychologists, Case Managers, Nurses, Chemical Dependency Counselors, Physicians, Life Coaches, Clergy, Psychiatrists, and Occupational Therapists.
Adi Jaffe PhD
Adi Jaffe is a nationally recognized expert on mental health, addiction and stigma. He lectures in the Psychology department at UCLA and is the President and Co-Founder of IGNTD, a company focused on alleviating suffering and inspiring hope.
Dr. Jaffe’s work and research focus on changing the way Americans think about, and deal with mental health and addiction issues. He is passionate about the role of shame in destroying lives and aims to greatly reduce the stigma of mental health in this country. In this context, Dr. Jaffe has used his personal experience as an incredibly effective inspirational and motivational tool.
Since he received his doctorate from UCLA in 2010, Dr. Jaffe has become known through his online and academic writing. His views on addiction and his research on the topic have been published in dozens of journals and online publications and he has appeared on numerous television shows and documentaries discussing current topics in addiction and the problem of addiction as a whole.
Questions? Email email@example.com or leave a message at 513-985-1581
A refund minus $20 per person administrative fee will be issued upon request for cancellations received by 5 pm Wednesday, March 7, 2018. No refunds will be issued after March 7, 2018.
Jewish Family Service established the annual Miriam O. Smith Educational Series (MOSES) program in 2004 to provide an opportunity for professional development as well as offer the community a chance to learn from nationally recognized mental health experts. The series honors the memory of Miriam O. Smith, a long time social worker at Jewish Family Service who provided extensive individual and family therapy, headed the adoption program, and also served as interim director of the agency.
FREE COMMUNITY WORKSHOP
Alan R. Mack Speaker Series presents
Addiction: Shedding the Shame and Stigma
with Adi Jaffe, PhD
7-8:30 pm Thursday, March 15, 2018
Cooper Creek Event Center, Blue Ash, OH