The Addiction Professional and the “Use of Self”: Impact on Helper and Help Seeker

2024 Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Free Webinar Series

July Webinar:
The Addiction Professional and the “Use of Self”: Impact on Helper and Help Seeker
Thursday, July 25, 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

Intentional awareness of and skillful use of self by addiction treatment, prevention, and recovery professionals who partner directly with people seeking help is an essential aptitude to create an effective therapeutic relationship. Effective use of self, and the connection that results, is powerfully and reliably associated with successful helping. Conversely, overuse, inappropriate use, or other non-therapeutic use can impede progress and cause harm. Effective addiction professionals develop a skill set in the intentional, yet authentic use of self when engaging with help seekers. Accordingly, educators, trainers, as well as clinical and peer supervisors should cover therapeutic use of self when preparing and guiding counselors, therapists, and peer professionals. Importantly, therapeutic use of self requires that professionals attend to both their intrapersonal issues and the “in-the-room” interpersonal dynamics that may impact their ability to help.


Terrence D. Walton, MSW, is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals. Prior to joining NAADAC, Walton spent ten years as chief operating officer of another national membership association, where he led initiatives for addiction treatment and justice system professionals who work with those impacted by addiction who are involved in the legal system. Previously, Walton was director of treatment for a federal pretrial services agency and directed a community-based adolescent OP treatment program in Washington, DC.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to describe four critical components of the use of self in professional helping—self-awareness, self-disclosure, self-control, and self-care.
  • Participants will be able to state at least four ethical considerations for peer professionals and other helpers with lived addiction and recovery experience.
  • Participants will be able to skillfully use self-disclosure to maximize its therapeutic value and mitigate its therapeutic risks.

Content Level:
All levels.

  • Beginning level courses introduce learners to a content area; include information about a condition, treatment method, or issue; and involve learning and comprehending content.
  • Intermediate level courses provide information that builds on knowledge practitioners with some experience already have. These courses focus on skill-building or adding knowledge, possibly following a brief overview of basic information, and involve using information in concrete situations and understanding the underlying structure of the material.
  • Advanced level courses provide content for participants who have been working in the content area and have a clear understanding of the issues. These courses cover and address the complexities involved in the work and involve synthesizing material to create new patterns or structures or evaluating material for a specific purpose.

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Education is FREE to all professionals.

Earn 1.5 Continuing Education Hours (CEs)

To earn a CE Certificate for viewing this webinar, you must view the webinar in its entirety, pass the CE quiz, and complete the online survey evaluation.

Upon completing the webinar, you will have access to the CE quiz within the course you are taking. Find the CE quiz and click “purchase.” NAADAC members will be prompted to register for the CE quiz for free, while non-members will be prompted to pay a $25 processing fee to access the quiz.

A score of 80% or higher is required to pass the CE quiz and access your CE certificate. You have 10 opportunities to pass the quiz. If you are unable to pass the quiz in the allocated number of tries, then you must retake the course.

Upon passing the CE quiz, you will be required to complete the survey evaluation for the course. Once that is completed, your CE certificate will be immediately available to print. All certificates will be stored in the NAADAC Education Center under your profile name.

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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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