Helping Clients in Recovery Achieve Emotional Sobriety

Presented by Allen Berger, PhD on 07-12-2019 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Emotional sobriety has begun to take its rightful place in the treatment of addiction. Simply stated, emotional sobriety is the ability to be a determining force in one's life. This involves taking 100% responsibility for creating one's own experience. Self-regulation is an important part of emotional sobriety. 

In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Allen Berger, PhD will discuss the concept of emotional sobriety from the work of Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Dr. Berger will also discuss how emotional sobriety relates to a much larger perspective in psychotherapy and how clinicians can help clients achieve this state of mind. 

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Summarize the definition of emotional sobriety and its elements.
  2. Describe two ways that emotional dependency interferes with emotional sobriety.
  3. Apply two interventions to help a client recover their emotional center of gravity.
  4. Summarize two of the columns of the Emotional Sobriety Inventory Form. 
  5. List two ways that Chair Work can facilitate a client's awareness of their emotional dependency. 

Statement of program material's accuracy, utility, and risks: The contents of this program are based primarily on research done over the past thirty years of integrating modern psychotherapy with the Twelve Step Recovery methodology. Quotes used are from several master psychotherapists. References will be provided. 
 
Declaration of conflicts of interest and commercial support: None

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

2 CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within Counseling Services. 

GoodTherapy is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy, provider #1352, 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. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours. 

GoodTherapy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.

GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.

GoodTherapy, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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Mental health professionals who are not members can attend this live web conference for $29.95 or access the homestudy recording for $14.95. Sign up here to purchase this CE course and earn a CE certificate.

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Meet the Presenter

Allen Berger, PhD

Allen Berger, PhD

Allen Berger, PhD is an internationally recognized expert in the science of recovery. He is the clinical director of The Institute for Optimal Recovery and Emotional Sobriety and the California Institute of Gestalt Experiential Therapy. Dr. Berger wrote Hazelden’s popular recovery mainstay 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery (2008) as well as 12 Smart Things to do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone (2010), 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends (2013), and 12 More Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery (2016). His first book, Love Secrets Revealed (2006), was dedicated to Dr. Walter Kempler, his dear friend and mentor. 

Dr. Berger is widely known for his work on several areas of recovery that include: 

 • Integrating modern psychotherapy with the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous 

 • Understanding the psychological forces operating in the 12 Steps 

 • Emotional Sobriety 

 • Helping new patients understand the benefits of group therapy and helping them learn how to get the most out of it 

 • Helping families adjust to the challenges of recovery 

 • Training therapists and counselors in Process-Focused Recovery Counseling and Gestalt Experiential Therapy. 

For more information about Dr. Berger and his work, please visit www.abphd.com.

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Continuing Education Provider Approvals

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
  • Logo GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
  • Logo This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
  • aceGoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, 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. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2019 - 03/30/2022. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.
  • Person Centered Tech, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Person Centered Tech, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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