Holistic Addiction Treatment Certification by The Hirose Institute

Hirose Institute Certification Course

Presented by Carissa Muth, Psy.D., CCC, R.Psych

On Demand | Available Now


24 Hours | Approved for CEU’s


This workshop is on-demand, content will be available immediately after purchase.

Footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until January 27, 2025. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.

Workshop Description:

This 4-week certificate program will provide attendees with practical tools for the assessment and treatment of substance addictions. Traditionally substance addiction treatment and subsequent cessation are considered a necessary first step before addressing additional psychological symptoms or presenting issues.  However, this viewpoint often eliminates access to help for individuals and their families who are not yet committed to sobriety.  Rather, having a broader understanding of the development and treatment of the disorder can equip treatment providers with an effective yet flexible approach enabling them to support a wider array of clients.

Utilizing current empirical evidence, this program will provide an overview of the field of addictions from a holistic understanding of the development of the disorder. From there, guidance will be offered for the assessment of substance addictions with the goal to equip treatment providers to optimally recommend a path of treatment.  Given the complexity and persistent nature of substance addictions, effective treatment is multifaceted and often lengthy.  Having a holistic understanding and tools to address each component increases the likelihood, and often confidence, of treatment providers.

As such, attendees will leave this program equipped with practical techniques to address aspects of the biological, social, psychological, and existential components of substance addiction. This includes an overview of various invention methods including CBT and narrative therapy in order to address a variety of client presentations.

Bringing her years of experiences in both outpatient and inpatient settings, Dr. Muth will present the complex topic of substance addiction in a practical and useful manner.  Using examples, humour, and an eclectic understanding of psychology and substance addiction, Dr. Muth will aim to leave attendees both entertained and confident in their understanding of substance addictions.

Session 1:

  • Understanding addictions
    • History of Substance Use Disorder
    • Understanding the impact of stigma
    • Historical interventions and influences
    • Current areas of exploration and research
    • Definition of substance use
    • Overlap with process disorders

Session 2:

  • Four components of substance addictions
    • Psychological (ACE study, developmental impacts, attachment)
    • Biological (Reward circuit in the brain, genetic influences)
    • Social (Community impact, social learning theory)
    • Existential (Meaning and purpose)

Session 3:

  • Assessing addictions
    • Tools for assessment
    • Differential diagnosis
    • Concurrent disorders
  • Working with clients in addictive addiction
    • Stages of Change Model
    • Professional boundaries and countertransference
    • Informed consent and confidentiality
    • Ethical dilemmas
    • Role as treatment provider
    • Recommendations for inpatient treatment
    • Working with families
    • Harm reduction
    • Interventions

Session 4:

  • Treatment methods
    • Holistic care
      • Biological (psychotropic interventions)
      • Social (community interventions and family involvement)
      • Psychological (CBT, narrative therapy, attachment, IPT, etc.)
      • Existential (Understanding what addiction provides)
    • Feedback informed treatment (ORS/SRS overview)
    • Relapse prevention and posttreatment care
    • Community recovery groups
      • Alcoholics Anonymous
      • SMART Recovery
    • Accountability
    • Motivation
    • Evaluating success
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of historical perspectives of addictions and how they continue to influence treatment decisions and stigmatization.
  • Formulate treatment plans based on a robust understand of various components contributing to the development of the disorder.
  • Competently navigate the addiction field through a basic understanding of various perspectives and current areas of research.
  • Demonstrate an ability to generally assessment addictions and provide treatment recommendations.
  • Develop the ability to guide clients and their families through the recovery process.
  • Integrate a focus on the client’s relationship with substances into treatment.
  • Obtain a roadmap for recovery and tools to increase client success at various stages.
  • Gain an understanding of various treatment interventions for addictions.

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Dr. Carissa Muth is a registered psychologist in Alberta and the Clinical Director at the Sunshine Coast Health Centre and Georgia Strait Women’s Clinic. She holds Doctorate of Psychology, Master of Arts in Counselling, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees and ran a private practice in Alberta for the last eight years.  Her research to date has focused on attachment theory, systems theory, and family involvement in addictions. With almost a decade of experience in inpatient and outpatient settings, Dr. Muth has provided psychological assessments, therapeutic treatments and conducted research in the field of substance addictions and comorbid psychological disorders. With a passion for learning, she has developed an eclectic understanding of the etiology and treatment of mental health and psychological disorders. Borrowing from this perspective, Dr. Muth integrates a variety of therapeutic modalities in order to provide feedback-informed holistic care to clients.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment849.00N/A
Full-Time Student699.00N/A

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  • Canadian Psychological Association
    The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved continuing education credits