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Strength & Hope, Evidence-Based Practices within the 12 Steps and other Peer Support Fellowships

February 4, 2022 @ 1:00 pm 4:30 pm EST

Registration deadline 1/28/22


Mike Bricker MS, CADC-II, NCAC-2, LPC    is a consultant on “dual recovery” from substance use and mental disorders through the STEMSS Institute, and specializes in blending research-based treatment with other Wisdom Traditions. He has educated and trained Counselors in Alaska, Oregon and the Navajo Nation.  Mike is also a Behavioral Health  Clinician for  Strong Integrated Behavioral Health in Eugene OR.   Mike specializes in providing trauma-informed care to participants in treatment for methamphetamine and other drugs of abuse, and Medication-Assisted Treatment for opioid use disorders.  Mike is a seasoned trainer who presents regularly at national conferences, is a member of the NAADAC Speakers’ Bureau, and an Approved Education Provider (#176230)


Despite decades of controversy, Twelve-Step Facilitation was finally added to the (now-defunct) NREPP catalog of Evidence-Based Practices in 2008. Still, many clinicians are ambivalent about using it in treatment. However, a deeper examination of the Steps reveals numerous components of other EBPs including Motivational Interviewing, CBT/DBT, contingency management and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. Furthermore, a slightly different emphasis in the reading of the Steps can lead to greater acceptance and less resistance on the part of patients.  We will also explore several other Peer Support Fellowships including White Bison Wellbriety (Native), Refuge Recovery (Buddhist), SMART Recovery, WFS New Life Recovery, Secular Recovery Group, and the STEMSS Supported Self-Help Model® for Co-Occurring Disorders.  

Agenda: coming

Training objectives:

  1. Identify principles of at least 3 evidence-based practices which  are inherent in all of these support groups – especially the 12 Steps;
  2. Verbalize how a slightly different emphasis in understanding the Steps can decrease patient resistance and increase acceptance of core concepts of the 12 Step Program
  3. Be able to utilize these concepts in their own practice with handout materials provided.

3 Credits: NAADAC CU’s are approved; Social Worker CE’s, Allied MH CE’s and Psychologists CE’s pending