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Integrate 12-Step Programs into Therapy
Digital Seminar
$219.99 USD
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Digital Seminar
Downloadable/Streaming MP4 Video and MP3 Audio with electronic manual and instructions.
CE Available:
No, CE credit is not available
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  1. Analyze myths and misconceptions about 12-step programs that could potentially interfere with therapy.
  2. Investigate recovery language and concepts from 12-step programs to better understand experiences clients may want to share in sessions.
  3. Evaluate how clinicians can improve their ability to initiate dialogue and recommendations for clients in 12-step programs to build rapport and connection.
  4. Support dual diagnosis clients on medication assisted treatment in navigating 12-step programs and maintaining a healthy relationship with their chosen support systems.
  5. Investigate how clinicians can mitigate countertransference issues that might arise and obstruct effective treatment with substance use clients who are also involved in 12-step programs.
  6. Analyze effective ways to integrate 12-step models into client treatment plans as an adjunct to therapy.
12-Step Program Narratives, Language and Therapy-Interfering Misconceptions
  • Personal story of 12-step recovery process
  • Narratives as evidence-based care
  • Exploring unique language and expressions to improve rapport
  • Dispelling 12-Step misconception that can negatively impact therapy
Spirituality and Recovery in 12-Step Programs
  • Exploring the connection between addiction and the human “void”
  • Evidence-based perspective of spirituality and healing
  • Modifications for atheist and agnostic clients
12-Step Challenges and Relevant Themes to Process in Therapy
  • Defining and examining each “Step”
  • Powerlessness vs. making a choice
  • Identifying mood symptoms that may correlate with 12-Steps
  • Improving dialogue and communication with 12-step clients
  • How to handle countertransference - when clients get 12-step advice we question
How the 12-Step Recovery Lifestyle Impacts Treatment
  • The importance of connection and community
  • Advantages and disadvantages of anonymity
  • Debunking myths and stereotypes
  • Supportive and damaging 12-step interpersonal dynamics
Strategies to Integrate the 12-Step and Clinical Models
  • 12-step support for treating co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Strategies for initiating dialogue and recommendations for clients
  • Combining medication assisted treatment and 12-step approaches
  • Navigating interpersonal and social issues
  • Relapse prevention and management approaches
  • Research and treatment risks and limitations


Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC, AADC, is the author of the book, Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic and has been featured frequently in the media including the New York Times and has appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, “The Today Show”, “The CBS Early Show”, NPR and is a blogger for

A Licensed Mental Health Counselor and co-owner of Benton Behavioral Health Consulting, LLC, Sarah is a clinical consultant for Aware Recovery Care and the former director of clinical services at Aware Recovery Care, a home-based addiction treatment in North Haven CT. She is also a clinical consultant for The Strathmore House transitional sober living for men in Boston, MA. She worked previously as an outpatient therapist specializing in addiction treatment at Insight Counseling in Ridgefield, CT, Turnbridge young adult male addiction treatment in New Haven, CT and at McLean Hospital at McLean Brook transistional living program for dual diagnosis in Belmont, MA.

Sarah approaches addiction from the posistion of a counsleor with lived experience, having been in long term recovery from alcoholism since February 2004.
Continuing Education Credits
CE Credit is not available for this product.
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