Spiritual Transformations in Conjunction with Non-12 Step Mutual Aid Group Attendance

2024 Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Free Webinar Series

June Webinar:
Spiritual Transformations in Conjunction with Non-12 Step Mutual Aid Group Attendance
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
3:00 – 4:30 pm Eastern Time, (2:00 pm Central/1:00 pm Mountain/12:00 pm Pacific Time)

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Continuing Education Credit: 1.5 CEs

Twelve-Step programs seek and encourage “spiritual transformations” as an essential element of the recovery process. Unexpectedly, I began detecting such events in SMART Recovery mutual aid meetings. The SMART program is evidence-based and secular. These epiphanies occur mainly in two forms. The first is “AHA!” moments of intense intellectual clarity. The second is a secular conversion experience, which can be ecstatic and rapturous and, at times, frightening. I have accumulated 143 of the former and 48 of the latter over my 34-year facilitator career. The cardinal evidence of these events is a total absence of urges, subsequently. Some have a clear predicate, while others “just happened.” In this presentation, I will present several examples of each of these types of events and speculate on the underlying neurobiological mechanisms, using medical events for analogies.

Joseph Gerstein, MD, FACP, practiced internal medicine and pain management for 30 years followed by 10 years as the Medical Director for Tufts Health Plan, a non-profit HMO. He was the Founding President of SMART Recovery, 501c3, in 1994 and has facilitated over 4,000 SMART meetings, 800 in prisons. He retired as an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and is currently the Co-Chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine Special Interest Group on Criminal Justice. He served on the boards of SMART Recovery Australia for 12 years and UK SMART Recovery for four years and is now a board member of SMART Recovery USA. He is a strong advocate of multiple pathways to recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to recognize the ubiquity of epiphanies in the recovery process, whether in “spiritual” or “secular” programs.
  • Participants will be able to describe three of the predicates of these experiences.
  • Participants will be able to describe similarity of these epiphanies to similar medical events.

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Earn 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEs)

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This course meets the qualifications for one and a half (1.5) hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Who Should Attend:
Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.

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