Addictions, Counseling and Therapy.

People with addiction or criminal behavior problems have one priority when it comes to behavior change. We need to address permission-granting beliefs about AOD/CTC, alcohol and other drugs/criminal thinking and conduct, ASAP in treatment. This is a basic CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) principle according to Judith S. Beck, author and therapist. Then we can address […]

Belief Clutches, Attorneys, and Clients

Substance abuse treatment, counselors and therapists deal with the beliefs and values of clients throughout their careers. Why is this so important? “There will be no long-term behavior changes unless core beliefs and values are changed first”, according to Wanberg and Milkman.” Paraphrasing Beck, “Permission-granting limiting beliefs about alcohol and other drug use and criminal […]

Validation by Parents is important.

We all need to feel okay and accepted. Parenting plays the major part in this process. “You’re no good.” “You’ll never amount to anything.” “You don’t deserve…, X.” You fill in the blank. This could be an example of traumatized parents acting out on and traumatizing their children because that’s all they know. This type […]

Validation: a Good Feeling

The cognitive process is the same for all of us. Offenders and criminal justice and addictions professionals too. We all have a similar operating system. CBT map image from Drug Court Treatment: The Verdict, p.15, Amazon.com explains how the process works in detail. The CLE and CEU classes, above, describe this in detail.

Adequate Criminal Defense Definition

Do you have grounds for appeal as a mandated drug court treatment client? “Substance abuse treatment focuses on negative beliefs about self and facilitating or permission-granting beliefs about substance abuse” said Judy Beck, a Cognitive Theory expert. For the drug court substance abuse treatment programs, I would add ‘permission-granting beliefs about AOD/alcohol and other drugs […]

The Rainmaker

” In the legal context, a rainmaker can be a lawyer who brings many clients to a law firm. In other words, a rainmaker is a lawyer who generates a large amount of business for a law firm usually through wide contacts within the business community” according to uslegal.com. Click on classes on the home […]

California State Bar Association approves MCLE.

“Judges’ and Attorneys’ Drug Court Desk Reference” has been approved for MCLE in California. It’s listed as Provider #19867, Program #159959. Keeping the Drug Court Promise is sacrosanct. It gives Hope to offenders and perhaps underserved participants. Effective drug courts can offer improved public safety for their communities too. Additionally, successful drug court programs help […]

Augmented Reality, SUD and Drug Court Treatment – 34 CEU

34 NAADAC Approved CEU, $145.00. Provider# 192679. Employment Application for Agency Trainer-Coach. Content/Purpose: Counselors, Drug Court Clinicians, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and other professionals will understand and be able explain how to help clients see, hear and feel the Cognitive Behavior Theory (CBT) solutions more clearly, using augmented reality skills and resources clients […]