Wellness and Recovery: Practical Applications for Addictions Professionals -
AND Counselor Wellness

A Two-Day Intensive Training

Presented by John Newport, Ph.D., CEAP

Author: The Wellness-Recovery Connection

Training Summary:
A 2-Day intensive, participatory training focusing on leading edge applications in addictions treatment/sobriety maintenance, drawing on materials presented in Dr. Newport's landmark book The Wellness-Recovery Connection: Charting Your Pathway to Optimal Health While Recovering from Alcoholism and Drug Addiction (Health Communications, Inc., 2004).

Participants will learn how to bring added value to their programs, through gaining an understanding of key principles of wellness and recovery and their applications in primary treatment, continuing care and ongoing sobriety maintenance. They will learn how to assist clients struggling with addictive disorders to strengthen their recovery, safeguard against relapse and add years - if not decades - to their life expectancies.

In Day 2, participants will acquire an appreciation of the need to take care of themselves to avoid burn-out and maximize their levels of health and vitality. Topics covered include: the co-dependent counselor, costs of burn-out, steps that programs and staff can take to guard against burn-out and promote counselor wellness, and action planning for wellness. The second day culminates with each participant developing their own personalized "Action Plan for Wellness and Combating Burn-Out".

Who Should Attend:
Addictions professionals, and therapists, social workers, nurses and other professionals working with chemically dependent clients.

Trainer's Qualifications:
Dr. John Newport is passionately committed to empowering people struggling with addictive disorders to strengthen their recovery by taking charge of their health. His groundbreaking research on the role of healthy lifestyles in promoting lasting recovery from addictive disorders culminated in publication of The Wellness-Recovery Connection. He has authored over 200 articles on addictions and health care issues and is a featured columnist for Counselor: The Magazine for Addictions Professionals, and Steps for Recovery. He currently travels across the country presenting trainings on wellness and recovery, and is developing a series of Wellness and Recovery Workbooks in collaboration with Terence T. Gorski, President of the CENAPS Corporation.

Day 1: Wellness and Recovery - Practical Applications for Addictions Professionals

Learning Objectives:

At the end of Day 1, participants will:

  1. Have acquired a basic understanding of the following concepts:
    • Wellness lifestyle programming, and its application throughout the full continuum of treatment and recovery
    • Why wellness and recovery go hand in hand
    • How wellness programming contributes to positive treatment outcomes
    • Role of wellness in relapse prevention
    • Nutritional foundations for recovery
    • Fitness and recovery
    • Combating addiction to nicotine and other “substitute addictions”
  2. Be able to incorporate basic wellness and recovery principles in both group and individual counseling sessions.
  3. Be able to identify cost-effective ways of expanding wellness content in their own programs, while keeping core program content intact.


Part 1 - Wellness and Recovery 101

  1. Introduction to Wellness and Recovery
  2. Wellness and Recovery: Recent Historical Context
  3. Basic Concepts of Wellness and Recovery
  4. Role of Wellness in Safeguarding Against Relapse

Part 2 - In-Depth Look at Practical Applications of Wellness in Recovery

  1. Laying a Sound Nutritional Foundation for Recovery
  2. Fitness and Recovery
  3. Freedom from Nicotine: The Leading Cause of Death for People in Recovery
  4. Stress Management, Central Purpose and Life Satisfaction
  5. Special Applications of Wellness Principles in Co-Occurring Disorders
  6. Application of wellness principles in primary treatment, continuing care and beyond
  7. Brainstorming: Practical applications of wellness and recovery in participants' own programs

Learning Sequence:
The format for Day 1 is structured to provide an effective balance between didactic presentation/discussion and a variety of participatory exercises - including "wellness breaks", designed to bring FUN to the learning process.

Day 2: Counselor Wellness

Learning Objectives:

At the end of Day 2, participants will:

  1. Be able to give a working definition of burn-out, cite common signs of burn-out, and identify these signs in themselves and others.
  2. Understand why addictions professionals are particularly susceptible to burn-out, and appreciate the importance of occupational hazards of working in the field and personal factors contributing to burn-out.
  3. Understand and appreciate the process of healing from burn-out and promoting counselor wellness - including recommended actions for both individual counselors and treatment programs.
  4. Develop a personal "Action Plan for Wellness and Combating Burn-Out", including an identification of personal strengths and weaknesses, conducting a personal wellness inventory, and identifying both long-range and short-range wellness goals and associated action steps.
  5. Implement their Action Plans for Wellness and Combating Burn-out, and periodically monitor their progress.


Part 1 - Overview of Counselor Wellness and Combating Burn-Out

  1. Introduction - Workshop Objectives
  2. Focus on Counselor Wellness - First the "Bad News"
    • The Addictions Field - A Perfect Storm for Burn-Out
    • Counselor Co-Dependency
    • Costs of Burn-Out
  3. Healing from Burn-Out and Promoting Counselor Wellness
    • Steps individual counselors can take
    • Steps programs can take
    • "Quotes from the experts"

Part 2 - Action Planning for Wellness and Combating Burn-Out

  1. The Action Planning for Wellness Cycle
  2. Exercises: Combating Counselor Burn-Out, and Long Range Wellness Goals
  3. Completing your Action Plan for Wellness: Personal Wellness Inventory, identifying realistic Short-Range Goals and associated Action Steps
  4. Preparation for implementing your Wellness Plan and monitoring your progress
  5. Sharing highlights of Wellness Plans – What are your next steps?

Special Note:
Format for Day 2 provides an effective blending of didactic presentation/discussion and group learning exercises.


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