Spirituality in Recovery for Clients with Dual Diagnosis/Co-Occurring Disorders

La’Tesha Sampson, MPA, MSW, LCSW

Course Description:
Recovering individuals often report high levels of religious faith and religious affiliation, often identifying themselves as being more spiritual than religious. Additionally, among recovering individuals, higher levels of religious faith and spirituality are associated with a more optimistic life orientation, greater perceived social support, higher resilience to stress, and lower levels of anxiety. Similarly, in mental health treatment, religion and spirituality can be effective coping mechanisms, though they are often underutilized in many treatment plans. Integrating spirituality can lead to better-rounded goal attainment and provide an enduring resource for consumers in distress. Participants in this interactive training will develop awareness of the difference between religion and spirituality, as well as the importance of integrating spirituality into treatment for clients with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the value of spirituality and religious renewal in clinical practice.
  2. Define the difference between spirituality and religion.
  3. Develop skills necessary for using spirituality as an effective instrument of change in the treatment of co-occurring disorders, as well as integrating all elements of spirituality into the overall treatment of clients.

Presenter Bio:
La’Tesha Sampson is a NJ Licensed Clinical Social Worker, full time faculty at the Rutgers University School of Social Work, and President and Founder of Great Joy Counseling and Consulting Services in Westfield, NJ. La’Tesha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Syracuse University, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Metropolitan College of New York, and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Kean University. Currently, La’Tesha is completing her Ph.D. in Urban Health at Rutgers University, where her dissertation work is based on Spirituality and Mental Health treatment for African Americans.

Location: Eisenhower Conference Center, 80 Beaufort Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey
Date:   September 16, 2016   Time: 9:00am-3:30pm
Registration and continental breakfast will take place between 9:00-9:30a.m.
The workshop will begin promptly at 9:30a.m.
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9:30 – 10:45am Introduction and Overview
Concepts of Spirituality
10:45 – 11:00am Morning Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Framework of Spirituality
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 – 2:30pm Strategies to integrate spirituality into your practice setting
2:30 – 2:45pm Afternoon Break
2:45 – 3:15pm Interactive Role Play
3:15- 3:30pm Questions and Answers/Wrap-up

Target Audience:  Social Workers, Counselors, and other mental health and substance abuse professionals.

This course is appropriate for intermediate level participants.

Continuing Education Credits: FAMILYConnections, Provider #1252, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. FAMILYConnections maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB ACE Approval Period: 01/10/2014 – 01/10/2017. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 5.0 social and cultural competency continuing education clock hours.

This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards – ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #34 Course #1002 from 08/30/2016 to 08/30/2018. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Social and Cultural Competence 5. 

FAMILYConnections, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6604. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Counselors will receive 5.0 CE hours.

FAMILYConnections is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

In accordance with ASWB guidelines, all participants must sign in and sign out and complete a course evaluation in order to receive CEs. Partial credit will not be given to those arriving late or leaving early. Certificates will be awarded to participants after they have signed out at the completion of the course.

Facilities: If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Niki DeVonish, Coordinator, at 973-323-3454 or by email at ndevonish@cultureconnectionsnj.org

Priority & free registration will be open to staff of DMHAS-contracted agencies and self-help centers until September 9, 2016. Cancellations must be made by September 12, 2016. Refunds will be not be issued for registrations cancelled after September 12th.

Registration for this training has been closed. 

Grievances: Please contact Niki DeVonish, Coordinator, at 973-323-3454 with any grievances.

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