It certainly is that time of year- again! The holiday season! Many of us find comfort in the joy of the holidays by sharing our food, planning events with family, being grateful for all of life's blessing and being able to give to others through unconditional love. Having said that, many of us still have a hard time during the holiday season. We miss loved ones that have passed on, our finances dictate what we can give to others and, at times, we feel very alone. I mean really, when you get through all the media hype, the sales pitches and the money spent, I really need for a recipe for handling the holidays. Balancing the joyful feelings with the feelings of loss around the holidays has always been due to mixture of many things for me. So I fight back with a mixture of ingredients for a Happy Holiday cake! So what is the recipe for holiday happiness? Oh heck, I don't know that any more than anyone else does but I do have ingredients (I like to call it my Holiday cake toolkit) for a cake that fills my heart and soul with the spirit of the holidays and I would like to humbly share them with you. 1) Make a daily list of things I am grateful for and share the top one with a close friend. (a pinch of gratitude goes a long way )
2) Reach out to others. When I am self-centered, I am not feeling good about myself but when I am centered on caring for others, I feel much better. (A cup of giving to others mixes well with the pinch of gratitude)
3) Do not buy items just because I can...... have a list and a limit... (Sprinkle some common sense to every purchase)
4) Go to meetings, church, dinner or any social events ESPECIALLY when I don't want too. (Two heaping spoonful’s of giving and getting out of myself)
5) Honor my higher power. Honor my higher power. Honor my higher power. (One huge bucket of love)
6) Honor my lost loved ones by knowing they watch over me and my family. (Mix in some shared memories about my lost loved ones with a few current special people)
Well, that's a bit of my recipe to a happy holiday season for me. My biggest ingredient added to them all is a huge portion of being present, not getting a present, being in the moment with myself and with others. Share your ingredients with us at MTS so we can pass them on to others! Have a wonderful, grateful and present Holiday season!
From Mary Hubbard and the MTS Team!
As some of you may have heard there is a collaboration going on between two of the largest certifying agencies in CA. There has been both opposition and support for this new venture. I would like to share why I fully support this now voted upon venture. I was asked to present a workshop at both conferences which was very fun. I was able to speak on two of my favorite topics: Clinical Supervision at CAADAC and Group Skills at CAARR. It was fun and I had great interactive attendees who had wonderful input. At the Clinical supervision workshop the audience was ninety percent counselor with over fifteen years experience! I found that to be fascinating and said a lot of self actualization; always growing, learning and moving forward. By being involved in both conferences, it allowed me to watch both executive teams present the vision of collaboration and CAADAC and CAARR becoming CCAPP. My most lasting impression came from the fact that both longstanding organizations were able to see the bigger picture and negotiate, give in, bargain, and compliment each other to the point where the voting was a huge success. Susan Blackshear, Ken Jones, Warren Daniels and Richard DeCuir were inspirational to me as I watched these leaders in the field work out details that were much bigger than each agency separately! Great job Leadership of CAARR and CAADAC- my hat is off to you!
Ultimately though, my vote could not be determined by my being impressed with these leaders and their staff, I needed assurances and details to know that my CADC II and LAADC were not going to be "watered down." I was also concerned about MARSTE Training Services school and how it would fair under the new CCAPP. Let me make a disclaimer right now- I am not an expert on this new consortium but I listened carefully, asked questions and think I understand what they are doing. Here are a few loud and important points I heard from both:
A) Together CCAPP will make over 9,000 professionals and 500 agencies. A LOUD AND CLEAR VOICE TO STAND UP FOR OUR PROFESSION!
B) Current CADC and CAS counselors will be transferred to the new career path with what they currently are qualified for. A CAS counselor will not jump to a CADC II without the required academic hours, practicum course and experience and supervised hours. They are working on a new Career path that (draft) looks like this (a) intern/worker/student (b) certified addiction counselor- least amount of hours and experience (c) Certified Reciprocally Counselor- Similar to a CADC II which can work in other states who have the same IC&RC standardized testing (d) clinical supervision- may include a BA (e) Advanced Licensed Counselor.
(C) It is time for Change and for us a professionals to have a voice. We need to charge of our profession so it is not stamped out by behavioral health! We are not peer counselors, we are training, skilled professionals in the healing field.
This process should take about six to nine months and more will be revealed as it moves along. My suggestion to CCAPP is that they work out the membership process for all so everyone can receive ongoing updates from CCAPP instead of ones from CAARR and CAADAC. Alright I know it is a lot but I also plan to have our own MTS faculty & CAADAC Regional representative Jason Allison, facilitate an MI training and also give an overview of the process during that training.
Lastly Rhonda Messimore, Pete Nielson & Jim Mooney (RIP) should get a special recognition for their commitment to this wonderful vision of AOD/SUD professionals becoming a voice to be heard! I am sure there are others well deserving of recognition, but not being in the loop, I can only acknowledge what is transparent to me. These three people stand out about the rest!
Thank you and please feel free to comment as I would love to hear your feedback. Lets keep moving our field foward!
Information about upcoming events will be in the next blog!
Law and Ethics Course starts on August 22, 2013. Take classes separately or take the whole course..... Upgrade your certification or start your education toward certification.....
CAARR, Breining and CAADAC approved.
Also approved for advanced classes for CAADE, BRN and BBS - CEU's.
contact me at 619-663-6095 email@example.com
Thursday night workshops all focusing on Laws, ethics, legal issues, ethics of prevention and intervention. Come join us in class, we learn and have a good time doing it!
Mary Hubbard, MA is presenting at the CAARR and the CAADAC conference!
I am so excited to be part of two upcoming great conferences!
The CAARR conference
is September 15 through September 18th, 2013 in Palm Springs, California. I will be presenting on Group skills, one of my favorite topics! This will be an interactive session with tools you can leave with an use in your professional positions as counselors.On October 3, 2013 my team and I will be in Sacramento for the CAADAC conference (October 3-5) and I will be providing a 2.5 session on Clinical Supervision, again, one of my favorite topics! This workshop is an evening session that will focus on supervision in an integrated environment and the challenges of "wearing of two hats" -both administrative duties and the growth and development of our employees. Come support me and at that same time, Have a great time in Palm Springs and or Sacramento!
Five to Fifteen is my story of trying to live, which very early on became a struggle; and ultimately, a fight to protect what piece of my soul might still be intact underneath layers of coping mechanisms. Fortunately, there were also magnificent times and events to remind me of life’s beauty. Pain is relative; everyone has it, but the degree to which one suffers determines the difference between pain and joy. Thus, great depths of pain bring with them a heightened consciousness of bliss, the experience of which becomes more than it would have been otherwise. So don’t think I’m crazy when I say I’m grateful for all that has happened in my life.
Highly sought after trainer and author, Denise Sassoon, BA, RAS, will be coming to San Diego for a special workshop and book signing event on July 18, 2013 9am -12pm. Workshop Fee $15 Followed by a no cost Book Signing event
The workshop will cover criminal justice, incarceration and rehabilitation Denise will use experiences from her recently published book to explain the increased need to work with those who are incarcerated, addicted or in search of themselves. (Participants do not have to attend the workshop to attend the book signing but you must register and pay to attend the workshop.) CLICK here to register and Click here to pay
Jason Allison, CADC II, will be presenting an interactive workshop on May 17 and May 24, 2013 from 5:30 to 9:30 (Thursdays) in the McAlister Institute Training Room in El Cajon. Jason is a trained coder for motivational interviewing specifically using the Motivational Interviewing Assessment: Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency (MIA:STEP).
MARSTE Training Services is excited to have Jason be the instructor and welcome him as our latest addition to the MTS Faculty. Other upcoming trainings to note are
The Spirit Of Motivational Interviewing 05/16/2013
Motivational Interviewing 05/23/2013
Clinical application of skills of Co-Occurring Disorders 05/30/2013
Assessing and Treatment in Primary Care Medical Settings 06/06/2013
Counseling Families with SUD issues 06/13/2013
Therapeutic Group Approaches and Skills 06/20/2013
MTS New enrollment date 06/27/2013
MARSTE Training Services (MTS) next enrollment date for CAARR, Breining and CAADAC certification courses starts October 17, 2013. Join us for an exciting and interactive course in Alcohol and other drug studies.
I love this class because it includes stages of human and family development and how to use this information with a personal and skilled counseling style. There is a focus on the 12 core functions and TAP 21 material (so if you are planning on taking a exam soon, this is a great class for studying the test material).
In addition, there is a focus on the culture competencies required for effective counseling services. Come join us on Thursday nights (5:30 to 9:30) in El Cajon for your continuing education hours, upgrade to the next level of certification or just to part of a great group of people who are interested in being the best counselors they can be! Take a look at our great schedule here
. Interested? Just give me a call 619-663-6095 or view the website www.marsteschool.com
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
MTS is aware of the need for the following renewal requirements
for licensed CAADAC counselors (LAADC). We have put together a few trainings in April, May, June and July for LAADC's or for those that are thinking about
becoming licensed. MTS has become very good at the requirements for licensure with CAADAC and you may be surprised to know that you have most of the qualifications.
If you are interested in the trainings please go to the website and review (register and make payment) or call me for more information. If you are interested in finding out more about a LAADAC application, schedule an appointment, pay the appointment fee on line and we can meet to discuss. You may be surprised how easy it is. Thank you and Hope you are enjoying this beautiful sunny day!
Phone 619-663-6095 www.marsteservices.com email@example.com
"UNDERSTANDING DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS"
San Diego Regional Center and MARSTE Training Services (MTS) present: Systems Working Together for Change
A four part series focusing on developmental disabilities and substance use disorders. Please plan on attending all four sessions. Workshops are every Thursday in April, 2013 at McAlister Institute Training Room from 12:30 to 4:00. Training is free.
Cost for continuing education is $15 per class for 3.5 Continuing Education Hours ($60 for 14 hours) Discount for SDRC employees or vendors, McAlister Institute employees and MTS students or previous training attendees ($45 for 14 hours). email for discount code if applicable @ firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 619-663-6095 Visit the MTS Website to register
. No walk-in and space fills up fast!
MARSTE is excited to be partnering, exhibiting and supporting with AOD CE's at this wonderful conference!
March 1st and 2nd
Compassionate Approaches with Responsible Ethics!
Moderator: Dr. Nate Lowe
See full information regarding registration and speakers at www.doctornatelowe.com