June 4, 2020


Recovery: With & Without Abstinence, Presented by Dee-Dee Stout, MA, CADC II

This is an exclusive training for BHTEN. Please contact the hosting agency for registration details.

About the event

Harm Reduction (HR) has been a dirty word in traditional substance use treatment for many years.  While Medications As Treatment (MAT) has changed much of that, MAT is not the only HR strategy used in treating SUDs and even it is still controversial in many agencies let alone in 12-Step support groups.  Using HR in SUDs work is a collection of skills borrowing from psychotherapy, public health, counseling, coaching, and more.  And it's transforming as well.  Recently the long-held motto of harm reduction has changed -  from "meeting people where they're at" to "meeting people where they're at and not leaving them there."  What hasn't changed is the client-centered focus at the core of all of harm reduction strategies.  One favorite motto of those of us working in harm reduction is "Any positive change" (Chicago Recovery Alliance) meaning we measure successful outcomes not from an "abstinence-only" position but from "any change in the direction of better health," which is in keeping with SAMHSA's own definition of recovery.  This training will provide a bit of HR history, definitions of several terms, and includes some skill-building in HR strategies, and more.  Finally, since HR is a culture shift, we'll leave lots of time for questions and conversation. Bring your questions, your cases, and your open mind!

About the trainer

Dee-Dee Stout has undergraduate degrees in Psychology & Human Sexuality as well as a Special Major Master’s degree in Health Counseling. She was a CCAPP-California certified/licensed alcohol & other drugs counselor for 20 years before leaving the professional organization due to its lack of harm reduction focus. She is also a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Additionally, Dee-Dee has worked in all modalities of drug treatment including prevention and management for nearly 35 years. As someone with a personal history of addiction and other psychiatric diagnoses as well as extensive specialized clinical training in diverse & holistic topics from Health Coaching/Fitness Training to Motivational Interviewing (MI in groups, in supervision, and with trauma-informed work) to iRest to CRAFT to Harm Reduction (and much more), Dee-Dee brings a unique personal view to all conversations. Currently Adjunct Faculty at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA, Dee-Dee has also been on faculty at numerous Bay Area colleges and universities. Finally, Dee-Dee continues to be interviewed on television, radio, film, and print, discussing treatment issues, harm reduction, drug policies and more, is a frequent conference speaker and presenter, and continues to provide frequent contributions to numerous best-selling books as well as scholarly papers on treatment issues, including harm reduction and trauma informed work using MI. Dee-Dee is best known for her wicked sense of humor and her ability to make clear complicated topics. Her book, “Coming to Harm Reduction Kicking and Screaming: Looking for Harm Reduction in a 12-Step World,” is widely available and has received positive reviews. Currently, her writing can be found on the Families for Sensible Drug Policy website (FSDP.org; a non-profit advocacy group) where she has a regular blog titled “Family Matters/Families Matter.”

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