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Author: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

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Counselors, coaches and sober companions help hundreds of thousands of people affected by Addictions and Mental Health issues each year. Learn about the current research and practical counseling tools to improve your skills and provide the best possible services. Counselor Toolbox targets counselors, coaches and companions, but can also provide useful counseling self-help tools for persons struggling with these issues and their loved ones. AllCEUs is an approved counseling continuing education provider for addiction and mental health counselors in most states. Counseling CEUs are available for each episode.
336 Episodes
424 -Supporting the Person Without EnablingInstructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise SnipesExecutive Director: AllCEUs Counselor Continuing EducationPodcast host: Counselor Toolbox and Happiness Isn’t Brain SurgeryObjectives– Explore how a person becomes an enabler– Define enabling– Examine the consequences of enabling– Learn about the connection between enabling and co-dependency– Define characteristics of codependency and how they may develop from being in an enabling relationship– Examine practical strategies to provide support and encouragement to the loved one without enabling.What Makes an Enabler– A person that you love who is in trouble or experiencing pain– An addicted person– A person with mental health issue– A person with chronic pain– A child– A sense of responsibility for the problem (If I would have been more aware…, If I had…)– Denial that there is a problem requiring professional help (in
Nephrology Social Work

Nephrology Social Work


423 -Nephrology Social WorkBetween writing notes, filing insurance claims, and scheduling with clients, it can be hard to stay organized. That’s why I recommend TherapyNotes. Their easy-to-use platform lets you manage your practice securely and efficiently. Visit to get two free months of TherapyNotes by just using the promo code CEU when you sign up for a free trial at– Identify the causes of kidney failure– Explore the consequences of kidney failureFacts about CKD– 1 in 7 or 30 million American adults have CKD and 1 in 3 are at increased risk.– Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure.– Heart disease is the major cause of death for all people with CKD.– Hypertension causes CKD and CKD causes hypertension.– High risk groups include– those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney failure.– African Americans (diabete
ReReleaseGut Health & Mental Health: The Impact of the Second BrainDr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, Executive Director: AllCEUs.comCEUs are available for this presentation at AllCEUs writing notes, filing insurance claims, and scheduling with clients, it can be hard to stay organized. That’s why I recommend TherapyNotes. Their easy-to-use platform lets you manage your practice securely and efficiently. Visit to get two free months of TherapyNotes by just using the promo code CEU when you sign up for a free trial at This is for educational purposes only and not intended to replace medical advice. Always have clients discuss any nutritional changes or supplements with a Registered Dietician or their primary care physician.Objectives~ BREIFLY review the findings from the research identifying the connection between the brain and the gut~ Differentiate gut health fr
421 -Mental Health & the Elderly12 Key PointsPodcast is part of A La Carte Course: Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHCExecutive Director, AllCEUs.comPodcast Host: Counselor Toolbox & Case Management ToolboxObjectives– Review 12 key issues that either differ or often go overlooked in people over 65Psychosocial Adjustment to Aging– There are multiple psychosocial aspects to aging– Integrity vs. Despair– Loss of physical functioning– Death of friends– Changes in social relationships– Frequent mental distress (FMD) may interfere with major life activities, such as eating well, maintaining a household, working, or sustaining personal relationships.– Older adults with FMD were more likely to engage in behaviors that can contribute to poor health, such as smoking, not getting recommend amounts of exercise, or eating a diet with few fruits and vegetables (1
420 -Wellness & Illness Prevention Concepts & StrategiesBuy the A La Carte Course here: Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHCExecutive Director, AllCEUs.comPodcast Host: Counselor Toolbox & Case Management ToolboxObjectives– Explain the purpose of wellness and disease prevention– Identify the benefits of it– Define the 3 types of prevention and intervention activities– Describe the steps to initiate a change– Apply knowledge of the principles of effective programsPurpose of Prevention and Early Intervention– Attainment of the highest possible standard of health depends on a comprehensive, holistic approach which goes beyond the traditional curative care, involving communities, health providers and other stakeholders.– This holistic approach should empower individuals and communities to take actions for their own health, foster leadership for public heal
419 -13 Useful Brief InterventionsInstructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes, PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHCCEUs are available at Review the benefits of brief interventions~ Identify the goals of brief interventions~ Explore 13 brief interventions that can be used with most clientsBenefits~ Reduce no-show~ Increase treatment engagement~ Increase compliance~ Increase self-efficacy~ Reduce aggression and isolation~ Provide an interim for clients on waiting listsGoals of Brief Interventions~ Goals should be…~ Specific~ Measurable~ Achievable in 8-10 weeks~ Relevant~ Time Limited~ Purpose:~ Reduce the likelihood of damage/additional problems from the current issue. (i.e. family, work, health, self-esteem, guilt, anger)~ Provide rapid measurable change to increase hope and motivationTarget Symptoms~ General Symptoms~ Depression/anxiety (mood)~ Muscle tension~ Sleep disturbances~ Concentration~ Irritability~ Fatigue~ Lethargy/psychomotor r
418 -Psychosocial Aspects of DisabilityCEUs are available at Define Disability~ Review the phases of disability adjustment~ Explore the concept of Disability Identity~ Identify aspects of disabilities which increase stigma~ Explore the 5 As of intervention~ Using ecological theory, explore the psychosocial impact of the disability on the individual and family.Define Disability~ Any mental health, addictive or physical health issue which restrict or alter a person’s regular or desired activities.~ Examples~ Addiction~ HIV~ Paraplegia~ Deafness~ Visual Impairment~ Down’s Syndrome~ Schizophrenia~ Autism~ Muscular Dystrophy~ Chron’s DiseaseAdjustment to Disability~ Many people experience more than four stages of adjustment to a physical disability:~ Shock~ Anxiety~ Denial~ Mourning/Depression~ Withdrawal~ Internalized anger & Externalized aggression~ Acknowledgment~ Acceptance~ AdjustmentDisability Identity~ The ben
417 -Communicating with the Cognitively ImpairedInstructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes, PhDExecutive Director:, Counselor Education and TrainingPodcast Host: Counselor Toolbox & Happiness Isn’t Brain SurgeryObjectives~Define cognitive impairment~Explore symptoms of cognitive impairment in~Alzheimer’s~Dementias~Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders~Review APA Treatment Guidelines for counselors working with persons with Alzheimer’s~Identify methods for effective communication~Learn how to handle difficult behaviors~Identify specific issues and interventions for a person with a FASDSymptoms of Cognitive Impairment~The development of multiple cognitive deficits manifested by both~(1) memory impairment (impaired ability to learn new information or to recall previously learned information)~(2) one (or more) of the following cognitive disturbances:~(a) aphasia (language disturbance)~(b) apraxia (impaired ability to carry out motor activities despite
416 -Supporting Clients on Medication Assisted TherapiesDr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHCExecutive Director, AllCEUs Counselor EducationPodcast Host: Counselor Toolbox, Case Management Toolbox, NCMHCE Exam ReviewCEUs at:– Define MAT– Explore barriers to treatmentWhat is Our Goal– Help people– Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety– Agitation– Sleep disruption– Anhedonia– Fatigue– Feelings of worthlessness and guilt– Stay alive (not overdose or commit suicide)– Be relatively pain free (bidirectional with depression and anxiety)– Be independent– Improve interpersonal relationships– Be financially secure– Be “productive” members of society to their abilityGoals– Pain, financial instability, lack of independence, poor relationships, mood disorders, low self-esteem, lack of effective coping s
415 -Relapse Prevention Groups for Addiction and Mental Health DisordersPart of the Co-Occurring Disorders Recovery Coaching SeriesDr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHCExecutive Director, AllCEUsObjectives~Define Relapse~Identify triggers and warning signs of relapse~Review Relapse Syndrome and possible interventions~Explore the acronym DREAM~Define and identify vulnerabilities~Define and identify exceptions~Develop a relapse prevention planTypes of Relapse~Emotional relapse~Mental relapse~Physical relapse~Behavioral RelapseRelapse Warning Signs~Emotional Cues~Anger and irritability~Anxiety~Depression~Resentment~Mood Swings~Boredom ~Mental Cues~Negativity~All or none thinking~Concentration problems~Memory problems~Rigidity/Problem solving difficulties~Physical Cues~Sleep problems~Appetite problems~Medication noncompliance~Fatigue~Pain~Tension~Social Cues~Unhelpful friends~Isolation~Not asking for help~Se
Comments (9)

Jason Rohman

Thank you for the many relapse prevention tools I can share with my clients! How do I access the charts used for group and individual sessions mentioned in the podcast?

Jun 28th

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