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Substance Abuse Counseling Skills


Lake Mary

Date and Time:

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM


For many, recovery is a lifelong process, and yet we know that recovery is possible. Rooted in SAMHSA’s guiding principles of recovery, with emphasis on relationship-based, trauma-informed, person-centered and strengths-based approaches; this workshop will offer hands-on learning to implementing evidence supported practices in substance use counseling with key skills for assessing opioid overdose risk and providing overdose prevention counseling.


Through brief lecture, demonstration, case scenario and role-play, this workshop will build the practitioner’s toolkit with some of the most evidence-supported practices, including approaches from Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness-based interventions, and Relapse Prevention Therapy.

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for clinicians, clinical supervisors, program managers, prevention agencies, community coalitions and executives in substance abuse and mental health agencies, Managing Entities and DCF program staff.

Presented by:

Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC, is the Director of Substance Use Treatment Programs at Thresholds, Co-Owner/Founder of Roots Counseling & Training Solutions, Independent Consultant for both the Illinois Co-Occurring Center for Excellence and the Midwest Harm Reduction Institute, as well as Adjunct Faculty at The University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. Gabriela brings over a decade of experience providing direct services, training, and consultation, as well as designing and leading programs using Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Trauma-informed Care, Housing First, and third wave behavioral interventions. Gabriela graduated from University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, earning certifications in Evidence-based Practice and Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counseling. She currently serves as an executive member of Department of Human's Services / Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Women's Committee of the Illinois Advisory Council, and President of the Southwest Coalition on Substance Abuse. In 2017, Gabriela was recognized by the Illinois Association of Addiction Professionals chapter of NADAAC with the Rising Star award. Gabriela has presented locally and nationally on a range of topics specific to serving highly vulnerable and medically complex populations, and has provided consultation and technical assistance to programs serving homeless individuals, families, and youth with co-occurring disorders locally, nationally, and internationally.


Lake Mary

Hotel Information:

Hilton Garden Inn  

705 Currency Circle

Lake Mary, Florida, 32746, USA

 (407) 531-9900


5.5 Continuing Education Units/Contact Hours are provided for this event

Florida Certification Board Recognized Education Provider
Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 3/31/2019
Florida Board of Nursing Provider #50-676, Exp. Date 10/31/2018


Workshop Registration is Full

Please email Cynthia Berg ( to be added to the waiting list.

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