Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Basic Grammar

EVENT LOCATION Cumberland Heights Campus
Who: Vivian Sypolt, LADAC II and Cindy Spelta, LADAC II
Cost: No Cost
Description: This series provides an overview of the major elements of substance abuse treatment, beginning with a review of problematic substances and co-occurring mental health disorders, expanding into evidence-based counseling modalities as used in treatment settings for substance use disorders (SUDS), including crisis management, and ending with issues of ethical, culturally responsive professional practice, of which documentation is a vital part. The series is not meant to be exhaustive, rather it is meant to raise questions and encourage further study and practice of the skills of the addiction professional.

Learning Objectives:

SUDS/MH Review

  1. The participant will describe the general impact of common problematic substances, including signs of intoxication, overdose, and withdrawal.
  2. The participant will describe the interaction of SUDS and COD.
  3. The participant will describe the major features of common COD, including anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and PTSD.
  4. The participant will describe the general impact of trauma and related substances on patients experiencing SUDS/COD and recovery from same.

Counseling Modalities

  1. The participant will describe the basic theory and tenants of the following evidence-based therapies: TSF, MI/Stages of Change, 12 Step DBT, CBT, Family Systems, and ARISE.
  2. The participant will describe specific techniques from each type of therapy that can be effectively utilized with patients experiencing SUDS/COD.

Pt/Family Crisis Management

  1. The participant will describe the stages of crisis management, including assessment, interventions to prevent crisis, and interventions to manage and then mitigate crises that occur.
  2. The participant will describe common crises experienced by patients with SUDS/COD, including harm to self or others, using substances while in treatment, psychiatric decompensation, leaving treatment prematurely, domestic violence, and life crises, involving sudden significant loss.
  3. The participant will describe immediate responses to the above crises, as well as discussing treatment planning for ongoing care post-crisis.

Ethical, Culturally Responsive Professional Practice

  1. The participant will describe the role of ethics and ethical principles in the practice of addiction treatment professionals, including the use of formal Codes of Ethics and decision-making models.
  2. The participant will discuss terms such as cultural competence, cultural humility, cultural responsiveness, and cultural integration in terms of the ongoing ethical obligation to engage in ongoing self-reflection and action to provide care to individual patients, families, and groups.
  3. The participant will discuss “professionalism” and what this means in behavioral terms when interacting with patients, families, colleagues, and the larger community.


  1. The participant will describe the basic elements of and responsibilities regarding documentation of patient care in the medical record, recognizing this as a legal document.
  2. The patient will describe the reason for and use of specific measurable goals/objectives, accompanied by behavioral descriptions of patient progress, as well as the pitfalls of using non-standardized language (jargon/slang) and/or language based on assumptions rather than behavior.

First Quarter 2023 Series:  Cinde Stewart Freeman, RN, LADAC II, QCS with presenters below assisting.

  • Dec 14- SUD/MH Review (Travis Hupp, LADAC II/Kay Harris, LPC, MHSP) 10a-12p
  • Jan 11- -Counseling Modalities (Melissa Hudgens, LPC, MHSP/Chad Hughes, LPC, MHSP) 1p-3p
  • Jan 25- -Pt/Family Crisis Mgmt (Vivian Sypolt, LADAC II/Cindy Spelta, LADAC II) 10a-12p
  • Feb 8- -Ethical, Culturally Integrated Professional Practice (Kristy Roll, LCSW/Amanda Lewis, LCSW) 1p-3p
  • March 8- -Documentation (Jennifer Sujdak, QM Director/Lindsey Hicks, QM Analyst) 10a-12p

Second Quarter 2023 Series

  • April 12 Module 2-SUD/MH Review-Kay Harris, LPC-MHSP 1p-3p
  • April 26 Module 3-Counseling Modalities—Chad Hughes-LPC, MHSP 10a-12p
  • May 10 Module 4-Patient/Family Crisis Mgmt-Cindy Spelta, LADAC II 1p-3p
  • May 24 Module 5-Ethical Culturally Integrated Professional Practice—Amanda Lewis, LCSW 10a-12p
  • June 14 Module 6-Documentation-Jennifer Sujdak 1p-3p

Third Quarter 2023 Series

  • July 12 Module 2-SUD/MH Review-Travis Hupp, LADAC II 10a-12p
  • July 26 Module 3-Counseling Modalities—Melissa Hudgens, LPC, MHSP 1p-3p
  • August 9 Module 4-Patient/Family Crisis Mgmt-Vivian Sypolt, LADAC II 10a-12p
  • August 23 Module 5-Ethical Culturally Integrated Professional Practice-Kristy Roll, LCSW 1p-3p
  • Sept 13 Module 6-Lindsey Hicks, QM Analyst 10a-12p

Fourth Quarter 2023 Series

  • Oct 11   Module 2-SUD/MH Review-Kay Harris, LPC, MHSP 1p-3p
  • Oct 25   Module 3-Counseling Modalities-Chad Hughes, LPC, MHSP 10a-12p
  • Nov 8    Module 4-Pt/Family Crisis Mgmt-Cindy Spelta, LADAC II 1p-3p
  • Nov 15 Module 5-Ethical/Culturally Integrated Professional Practice-Amanda Lewis, LCSW 10a-12p Dec 6    Module 6-Jennifer Sujdak, QM Director 1p-3p