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Denver Area Professional Development Seminar


Registration, Networking           10:30am-11:00am ( Please be prompt as lunch orders will not be taken after 11:15am)
Plated Lunch                                   11:00am -  12:00pm
Presentation:                                   12:00pm -  2:00pm 

Ocean Prime DTC- Aspen Room (Formerly Cool River Café)
8000 E Belleview Ave
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: (303) 552-3000
Complimentary Valet Parking Available

2.0 Continuing Education Credits

Friday, October 18, 2019
Title: Helping Couples in Recovery Build Secure Attachments

Presenters: Lana Isaacson, LCSW, MFT, CAC III and Jason Polk, LCSW, LAC, PACT II

Addiction as an attachment disorder is now a well-accepted concept in both the addiction and the couples and family therapy fields. A logical solution is to help partners develop a secure attachment (versus previous practices of a recovering individual only doing so with their sponsor, fellowship/peers, therapist, etc.). Creating a secure attachment with one’s intimate partner requires an even greater level of courage though because it brings to the surface all unresolved wounds as opportunities for healing and growth. Using an attachment lens, we will focus on the goals most widely identified by couples in recovery: trust, communication, and building a secure relationship foundation. Dr. Bob Navarra found that evidenced-based therapy for couples in recovery can help these couples beat the statistics (couples affected by addiction have a 4-7 times higher rate of divorce). In addition, “satisfying family relationships constitute one of the greatest predictors of long-term recovery”. This is an experiential workshop in which participants will be practicing the techniques learned in a supportive, strength-based environment. You will leave with new skills to use with your clients and in your own relationship!

*Define the difference between an insecure attachment (anxious or avoidant style) and a secure attachment in the context of addiction and recovery, and briefly assess your own attachment style.
*Identify and explain the two most important relationship skills in rebuilding trust.
*Explain three couples therapy interventions that help couples in recovery develop a secure attachment.

Lana Isaacson is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions counselor, and has a certificate in marriage and family therapy. Lana specializes in couples and families in recovery (from trauma, substance use, and mental health issues) at her private practice. She is trained in the Gottman Institute’s Couples Addiction and Recovery program, the Relational Life Therapy, and the PACT model. Lana has a private practice in Lakewood and Centennial, and teaches at the University of Denver and Denver Family Institute. Her vision is that couples will pass down the gifts of recovery and a loving, fulfilling, and passionate relationship to future generations. She co-facilitates couples in a recovery workshop called “Have Each Other's Backs Again” and a couple’s workshop for parents called “Keeping the Spark Alive.”

Jason Polk is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addictions Counselor. His motivation for entering the field began with recovering from the consequences of drug use and finding a degree of comfort in his own skin. However, his relational recovery did not begin until his late 30s. After a divorce, he decided that he wanted to help others avoid similar experiences. He now focuses primarily on working with couples and he is a level II PACT therapist and is also in the process of becoming a certified RLT couples therapist.

2.0 Continuing Education Credits

Attendees for this advanced presentation are behavioral healthcare professionals in private practice, treatment program clinical directors/staff, community agencies and various mental health disciplines.

Sierra Tucson is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; Sierra Tucson maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Sign up and save! $25 per person with pre-registration due the Sunday prior to the event, (no refund after this date). Please register online with your credit card to take advantage of the lower rate.  (Late registration at the door, $35 cash or check.)

For additional information, you may call or email:
Diane Sanders


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