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Counselor Toolbox Podcast

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.
461 Episodes
Explore PACER strategies to help children develop tools to stay healthy and happy Motivation ~ 5 Dimensions ~ Physical: Energy, comfort, health ~ Affective: Happy ~ Cognitive: Why is it something you would want to do? ~ Environmental: Prompts/Triggers; star charts; token economies ~ Relational: How will it make [caregiver] happy ~ Other ~ Seek […]
PACER Strategies for Mental Health ~ Relational ~ Social support to prevent distress and aid in coping and prevention of cognitive decline (which means supports need to be mentally and physically healthy too) ~ Significant others ~ Support groups ~ Spiritual leaders ~ Self esteem ~ Communication skills to ask for what is needed and maintain boundaries ~ Respite care for caregivers
Immunity and Mental Health
Summary - HIV impacts the person Physically, Affectively, Cognitively, Environmentally and Relationally - Behavioral health professionals can aid in screening for comorbid/confounding conditions and making referrals as appropriate - Behavioral health professionals can - Enhance and maintain motivation for treatment compliance - Assist in processing powerful emotions related to the diagnosis and associated issues - Introduce cognitive behavioral tools and strategies to help the person cope - Educate the individual, SOs and community about HIV transmission and treatment (reduce stigma and improve health behaviors)
Summary ~ Diabetes impacts people multidimensionally (PACER) ~ Counselors, social workers and case managers can assist through ~ Screening ~ Health education ~ Goal setting and planning ~ Motivational enhancement and maintenance ~ Addressing grief and anxiety issues associated with having a chronic illness
Summary - Employment provides a variety of benefits to the person in recovery - Self-Esteem - Structure - Financial independence - Social Support - A safe(er) place to practice new skills - ONet provides an online resource to identify career skills and abilities and jobs that fit the person - The first 6 months of employment often require significant support from a coach/sponsor/therapist - Maintaining Motivation - Identifying family of origin issues
Summary ~ Family approaches recognize the reciprocal impact of every individual and every relationship on the functioning of the whole system ~ Family systems resist change in favor of homeostasis ~ It is important to assess ~ The health and wellbeing of all members of the family ~ The PACER needs of each individual and their readiness for change for every treatment goal. ~ Develop a unified vision of what health and happiness look like and each person’s tasks in helping the family move toward that goal.
Summary ~ According to the CDC approximately ~ 13% of American adults have diabetes ~ 35% have prediabetes ~ Diabetes is an autoimmune condition ~ Autoimmune conditions cause and are caused by inflammation ~ Inflammation hyperexcites the HPA-Axis ~ Inflammation and HPA-Axis overactivation are associated with depression and anxiety ~ All people with depression and anxiety should be evaluated for autoimmune issues including diabetes ~ Integrative recovery plans should focus on reducing inflammation, regulating the HPA-Axis to prevent or mitigate any autoimmune issues.
Summary ~ Stress is ubiquitous and comes in many forms ~ The goal is to reduce distress to free up energy for eustress and still have some left over. ~ Like a cell phone battery ~ Use the energy for the apps and activities you want ~ Eliminate or suspend apps that drain your battery ~ Each day your phone needs time to plugin and recharge



Objectives - Define bullying - Explore the types of bullying - Identify characteristics of bullies - Identify motivations for bullying - Identify effects of bullying - Explore interventions to - Stop Bullying - Help bullying victims
Intro ~ ADHD is often a life-long condition and predisposes people to the development of mood and addictive disorders. ~ Mood disorders are associated with worse ADHD symptoms. ~ As such, early intervention and a life-span approach needs to be considered
Intro ~ ADHD is one of the most common psychiatric disorders, with a worldwide prevalence of 5.2 % among children and adolescents, persisting into adulthood in 60–70 % of cases either as a residual or as a full clinical disorder ~ Medications used to treat ADHD such as methylphenidate, amphetamine, and atomoxetine indicate a dopamine/norepinephrine dysfunction as the neurochemical basis of ADHD and a potential target for anxiety and depression ~ The presence of probable ADHD and the severity of ADHD symptoms are related with the severity of insomnia, even after controlling the depression, anxiety
Summary - There is significant overlap between OCD and other psychiatric disorders - While ERP and SSRIs are the gold standard for addressing OCD behaviors, it is also important to address other underlying issues which may contribute to neurotransmitter disruption. - Trauma history (powerlessness and unsafeness) - Lack of emotional regulation skills - Lack of happiness promoting behaviors - Lack of secure attachment (oxytocin) - Poor nutrition, sleep, iron deficiency - Hormone imbalances (gonadal or thyroid) - Medication side effects (hormones, steroids, thyroid, RLS, antipsychotics)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Addiction Awareness #ocdawareness #obsessivecompulsivedisorder Cheap CEUs are available for this presentation at Objectives ~ Define obsessions and compulsions ~ Define obsessive compulsive personality disorder ~ Define addiction ~ Explore common obsessions and compulsions and their function ~ Explore why addiction often co-occurs with OCD ~ Identify interventions appropriate to assist […]
Symptoms of the Flu - Fever or feeling feverish/chills, sweats - Cough, chest discomfort - Sore throat - Runny or stuffy nose, sinus congestion - Muscle or body aches - Headaches - Exhaustion - Vomiting and diarrhea Types - Major Depressive Disorder (including w/psychotic features) - Persistent Depressive Disorder (High Functioning Depression) - Postpartum Depression - Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder - Depression in Early Recovery From Addiction - Bipolar Depression - Seasonal Affective Disorder - Grief - Situational Depression (not including grief) - Depression due to a general medical condition (autoimmune issues, stroke, heart disease, dementia…)
Improving Health Literacy with Health Coaching Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes PhD, LPC-MHSP, LMHC Executive Director, AllCEUs Counseling CEUs Objectives – Define health literacy – Explain why health literacy is important – Explore health literacy in a recovery oriented system of care – Identify at least 5 ways to improve health literacy – Explain what health coaching […]
Summary - Like a bonzai tree there are times when the brain is developing and malleable. - The brain begins development in the first trimester and continues until age 24. - During adolescence different parts of the brain develop at different times (different branches of the tree) - An insult to the immature brain can cause much more dramatic changes because of its malleability (sapling vs. hardened branch) - All drugs appear to alter parts of the brain associated with learning, memory, emotion regulation, planning and problem solving and impulse control.
Objectives - Identify risk and protective factors for - Prematurity/Miscarriage/Stillbirth - Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Explore treatment issues for the family
Summary - Opioids have a place for acute pain management - Opioids have also been associated with reductions in anxiety and depression - Dependence and tolerance develop quickly - Currently opioids are very easily diverted - Prevention needs to focus on all of the reasons people abuse opioids including stress and anxiety management, depression, and pain
Summary - Suicidality is not uncommon - It is important to regularly screen all clients for suicidality (e.g. check in sheets, monitoring logs) - Suicidality is an opportunity for change - A variety of different issues can contribute to suicidality. - Early recovery is a period of extreme vulnerability for many people and treatment plans should always contain a suicide prevention plan (does not substitute for active monitoring)
Comments (15)

Peter S

Very helpful free content!

Aug 3rd

Iris Huertas

this episode is cutting in and out. :(

Apr 21st

Donna Smith

I am addictive addiction and I find these podcasts really useful

Dec 8th

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

Alyssa Guardiana

new to this... :) lets try

May 1st

Mail U

Simple, yet thought-provoking...

Apr 4th


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Mar 11th

Cassie Marie Jones

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Dec 9th

Ian Robertson

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Nov 22nd

Jacob Bacinski

great information. concise presentation. SO good.

Aug 30th

Kristine Hughes

As a Recreation Therapist, I could not love the content of this podcast more than I do.

Jul 25th

Jacob Bacinski

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Jun 18th

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May 28th

Werner van der Westhuizen

Awesome podcast. My go-to resource.

Apr 30th

Ashley MaclinMcclintock

I love your podcasts! They are SO helpful as a first year full-time MSW student!❤

Mar 5th
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