Community Building and Milieu Therapy as Treatment for Substance Ab...

Participants will be challenged to look outside of simply relying on programmatic structure in the treatment of substance abusing adolescents.  While the program’s structure ensures safety and structure, therapists and staff must be able to facilitate the creation of community in order to truly engage their clients in sustainable recovery.  The teachings will be based on the assumption that “the core of addiction does not lie in the what is swallowed or injected, it is in the pain that is felt”.  Much of this pain is created from being chronically starved of appropriate and healthy social bonds.  Helping adolescents learn how to choose their milieu and create bonds based on something that matters might just be the antidote to the disease of addiction that plagues them.

Presentation Details:

WHEN: Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 9:00AM – 5:00PM
WHERE: Cumberland Heights Campus – 8283 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN 37209 – Room TBD
WHO: Presenters: Lu Vaughn, Patrick Barrasso, Tony Barrasso

Presentation Objectives:

  • Define a working understanding of both community and milieu
  • Develop an understanding of how community is a necessary and vital element of recovery
  • Develop an understanding of the role of the staff in the building of community
  • Develop an understanding of the role of the client in the building of community
  • Develop an understanding of how the hierarchy of needs aligns with community building
  • Development of skills in order to manage a milieu which not only allows but also invites clients to join
  • Learn to identify and manage a negative culture that will arise and disrupt the community
  • How to incorporate the 12-step into community creation
  • Learn how the creation of community and culture have worked in different settings

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