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**See NOTES at the bottom of the page for state and license specifics.
COUPLES DYNAMICS and RECOVERY webinar (2 CEs and $35) is presented by Afua Forson, MD, LMFT )
In this two-hour long intermediate to advanced level, online, self-study, recorded webinar created in December, 2021, for social work and other clinical professionals, Dr. Forson outlines the neurological basis of attraction/attachment and the neurological basis of addiction/recovery. It discusses Behavioral Couples Therapy as an evidence based treatment for couples for whom substance use is a problem. She extends the discussion to those couples who may have a substance use disorder problem, describing 3 typical cases of couples in various stages of recovery and discussing effective interventions. Participants will be able to describe one effect that stress has on the body, describe the mechanism in which stress affects brain function, list one way counselors can facilitate emotional regulation for distressed couples, and identify 2 levels of substance use that are appropriate for couples who want to understand Behavioral Couples Therapy.

Afua Forson, MD, LMFT
Afua Forson, MD, LMFT

About the Author:


Afua Forson, MD, LMFT specializes in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has been schooled in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) (Sue Johnson), and has obtained her license to practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has a background in medicine, which has allowed her to effectively integrate mental health issues with a medical etiology into her clinical work. Her training in medicine allows her to understand the difficulties that chronic medical issues can cause in relationships. She believes the BPTI trainings about substance use have been helpful for her focus on relationships, since substance use disorders affect one in five families.

Course Objectives

Participants will be able to:
1. describe one effect that stress has on the body.
2. describe one way in which addiction hijacks the existing neuronal pathways that facilitate satisfaction or pleasure
3. describe one way that counselors can facilitate emotional regulation for a distressed couple
4. identify 2 levels of substance use that are appropriate for couples who want to engage in  Behavioral Couples Therapy

Refunds will be given in exceptional circumstances only within a month of registration. Previous payments will be honored only within the calendar year of registration.

Target audience: Social workers and other clinical professionals who work with clients with Substance Use Disorders.
Content level: Intermediate

Course completion requirements

To earn CE credit, participants must log in, attend the entire course as determined electronically and complete a course evaluation and posttest with at least 75% accuracy. Participants will have a second chance with access to training materials if they do not pass at 75% the first time. Further attempts must be authorized by the CE Director. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion. Course credit through any organization cannot be given retroactively. No partial credit can be given for any partially completed course.

Course interaction & system requirements
These online recorded webinars are self-paced/non-interactive. Course questions, comments and complaints can be directed to the Continuing Education Director Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D. by email at ruth@bestpracticetrainers.org or by phone at 845-255-5022 or 845-810-0022.

System requirements:
Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
Internet browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
Broadband Internet connections: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.
Media viewing requirements: Adobe Reader, Flash Player, & HTML5
DISABILITIES and technical difficulties: For disability accommodation or technical difficulties, please contact the Helpdesk at helpdesk@bestpracticetrainers.org or contact Ruth at ruth@bestpracticetrainers.org or call 845-210-0022 or 845-255-5022.
GRIEVANCES: BPTI maintains responsibility for this course. Course questions, comments and complaints can be directed to the Continuing Education Director by email at ruth@bestpracticetrainers.org or by phone at 845-255-5022 or 845-810-0022. BPTI Grievance Policy can be found  here BPTI_Grievance policy 2020rev_4 

**NOTES:
For CASACs: Best Practice Trainers, Inc is a recognized CE provider for NYS OASAS (#0806) and has individual course and provider level approval to offer CEs for these webinars to NYS re-credentialing CASACs. 
For NYS Clinicians: Best Practice Trainers, Inc is a recognized CE provider for NYS Social Workers (# SW-0519) and LMHCs (#MHC-0124) and has provider level approval to offer CEs for these recorded webinars to NYS SWers and LMHCs. Registrants should note that only 1/3 of contact hours needed  for NY LCSWs and LMSWs can come from non-interactive web coursework.

NJ and All Other Social Workers: An ASWB ACE application has been submitted for this course in March, 2022.  Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.