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Introduction to Substance Use and Recovery for Practitioners

  • YMCA Greater Austin 2015 South Interstate 35 Frontage Road Austin, TX, 78741 United States (map)

In this interactive workshop participants will gain knowledge on foundational terms and concepts related to substance abuse and recovery through a presentation of information and open discussion. We will review DSM criteria for substance use disorder and how these criteria could present in session, explore when referral to treatment is appropriate, review the different types of treatment options and resources available in the community, and discuss substance abuse/addiction within the context of the criminal justice system and its impact on clients. Come prepared with questions or scenarios you would like to explore. Workshop presented by Laura Torres, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) trained practitioner. Laura currently works at the YWCA Greater Austin as a lead counselor and Travis County Counseling and Education Services as an Offender Education Instructor. She received a Bachelor in Psychology from St. Edward’s University in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Texas State University in 2017. Laura has over 10 years of experience providing direct client services and instructional programing in correctional institutions, residential and outpatient treatment settings and community non-profits. She is personally and professionally passionate about the intersection of mental health issues, public policy, and incarceration Click here for more information.

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