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September CEU Training Reminder

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 Time: 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Location: St. Mary's University- Family Life Center

251 W. Ligustrum San Antonio, TX 78228

Cost: Free for SAAMFT Members and Subscribers

$15 for Non-Members

$10 for students (includes CEU certificate) $5 for students (does not include CEU certificate)

RSVP to Laurie Charlés at by Friday September 16

Opioids: The Legal and Illicit Abuse

Reginald D. Lawson, MA, LMFT, LPC, LCDC

Mental health professionals can expect to approximately 50-60% of their clients to have problems that originate from their own or a family member’s alcohol or drug problem. The occurrence of comorbidity of mental health issues and substance abuse problems is approximately 60%. The effects of addiction are everywhere and yet the behavior is often hidden or recognized until the invisible appears, usually with dramatic results. How do we as mental health professionals and relationship gurus advise and console the hurting who provide us dialogues like: They were prescribed by my doctor so it is okay for me to take them. The pain I am experiencing is only alleviated by these substances. The epidemic of prescription drug abuse and addiction is destroying families and young lives all over the country. This disease does not discriminate and devastates lives regardless of culture, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, education, gender, or religious upbringing. This morning I will share knowledge, experience, and techniques that will assist in your being able to ask the correct questions, assess the situation, and provide the better clinical and caring information to assist the individual and/or families to recovery from the effects of these mind changing substances. About the Presenter. Reginald D. Lawson, MA, LMFT, LPC, LCDC, retired from the U.S. Army with almost 23 years combined service in the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines. He is a graduate of St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, where he received a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is a certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Faith-Based Anger Management Specialist, and currently studying EMDR with Compassion Works in Houston, Texas. He is currently manager for Rise Recovery and QCC for their training institute. He specializes in working with families, individuals, and children suffering from the trauma and/or devastating effects associated with drug and alcohol use, abuse, and addiction. Reginald provides various services to assist families and individuals overcome the effects of the disease of addiction, renew important relationships, and discover a new normal in their personal life. He provides prevention and educational services to schools, colleges, medical professionals, faith organizations, and other mental health professionals and organizations.

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