A Strength-Based Motivational Approach for Treating Addictions and other Mental Health Disorders

Presented by Stephen F. Grinstead, Dr. AD, LMFT, ACRPS

Live Streaming November 24, 2021


6 Hours  |    Pre-approved for 6 CEUs


This online course will be streaming live on November 24, 2021 from 8:30am – 4:00pm PT, 10:30am – 6:00pm CT, 11:30am – 7:00pm ET after purchase.

10:00am – 10:15am PT, 12:00pm – 12:15pm CT, 1:00pm – 1:15pm ET
12:00pm – 1:00pm PT, 2:00pm – 3:00pm CT, 3:00pm- 4:00pm ET
2:30pm – 2:45pm PT, 4:30pm – 4:45pm CT, 5:30pm – 5:45pm ET

Recored footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until December 27, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on November 23, 2021. 

By attending and participating in this workshop you will be able to deal more effectively with clients exhibiting denial and treatment resistance.  Upon completing this workshop, you will be able to understand the philosophy of resistance and denial as well as learning how to effectively intervene and disrupt your clients’ self-defeating patterns of behaviour.

Using terms like the “inner saboteur” or self-defeating defences is an important part of helping our clients recognize, normalize, de-pathologize and manage their denial.  One important goal of this workshop is to educate, normalize and de-pathologize denial so we can help our clients recognize that it is a normal part of being human.  You will learn how to identify and managing your personal denial patterns to be more effective helping their clients see theirs.  You will be encouraged to explore your own personal defences and how they developed in order to be more effective with the clients you serve. Special emphasis will be placed on building a collaborative relationship with clients.

You will also learn the general steps of the Denial Management Interactional Process that is designed to manage denial in here-and-now interactions with clients and how to directly deal with the twelve most common denial patterns used by people with self-defeating patterns of behaviour. Finally, this workshop teaches you how to develop the tools necessary to implement a successful treatment plan for teaching your clients strategic denial self-management skills.

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Understanding Denial As Part Of The Human Condition

  • Exploring and Understanding The Inner Saboteur
  • Understanding the Role of Cognitive Dissonance
  • Denial As a Set Of Automatic and Unconscious Mistaken Beliefs, Thoughts and Perceptions
  • Five Steps to Better Decision Making

Understanding Denial As a Psychological Defence Mechanism

  • Operational Definition of Denial
  • Using Denial to Cope with Painful Reality
  • Understanding the Emotional Drivers of Denial
  • Understanding the Levels of Denial
  • Understanding the Anatomy of Denial

Learning About The Twelve Most Common Denial Patterns

  • Defining Each Denial Pattern
  • Exploring Mistaken Beliefs of Each Denial Pattern
  • The Big Five Denial Patterns
  • The Small Seven Denial Patterns
  • Artistic Interpretations of Each Denial Pattern

Identifying and Rating Your Personal Denial Patterns

  • Rating the Big Five Denial Patterns
  • Identifying and Personalizing Your Most Problematic Big Five Denial Patterns
  • Rating the Small Seven Denial Patterns
  • Identifying and Personalizing Your Most Problematic Small Seven Denial Patterns

Identifying and Managing The Inner Saboteur (aka Denial)

  • Using the Formula for Success
  • Understanding Denial Self-Management
  • Utilizing the Denial Management Interactional Process
  • Learning the Antidote for Denial

Building Your Denial Management Toolbox

  • Stress Identification and the Stress Thermometer
  • Relaxation Response Tools
  • Cognitive Behavioural Restructuring
  • Understanding and Using the Conceptual Pyramid
  • Using a Bookmarking Process
  • Using the Inner Dialog Process

By attending this presentation participants will be able to:

  1. Learn the five steps of the Denial Management Interactional Process designed to identify and manage denial in here-and-now interactions with clients.
  2. Be able to assist their clients in directly identify and manage the twelve most common denial patterns that can sabotage the treatment process and quality of life.
  3. Practice three or more clinical tools covered in this process including how to make better decisions, conduct an inner dialog process to help manage denial and a bookmarking process designed to keep clients focused on the immediate goal of treatment.
  4. Look at denial differently by normalizing and “de-pathologizing” this human defense mechanism in order to explain it to the clients they serve.
  5. Identify and manage at least one of their personal Big Five Denial Patterns.
  6. Identify and manage at least one of their personal Small Seven Denial Patterns.

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, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, School Counsellors, Behaviour Specialists, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Stephen F. Grinstead, Dr. AD, LMFT, ACRPS has a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioural Science, a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD).  He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT) a past California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (CADC-II), and, a Certified Denial Management Specialist (CDMS) an Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). He served on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program and also taught at Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension and Stanford University Medical School and served on the faculty of University of Utah’s School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies as well as serving as an Adjunct Professor at Alliant University teaching Masters Level and Psy.D. Students the Treating the Addicted Family System course for the Marriage and Family Therapy track for five years.

From 2015 to 2018, Dr. Grinstead was the Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of a Triple Diagnosis Residential and Intensive Outpatient Chronic Pain Management Program in California.  He is author of the book Thank You Adversity for Yet Another Test: A Body Mind Spirit Approach for Relieving Chronic Pain Suffering, as well as author of several other pain management books including Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope, Managing Pain, Coexisting Disorders, and the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide. Dr. Grinstead is also an internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and is the developer of the Evidence-Based Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. He has been working with chronic pain management, substance use disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental and personality disorders since 1984. Since 1996, he has trained well over 40,000 healthcare providers in Seminars, Workshops and Trainings across the United States and Canada.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

All fees are in Canadian dollars ($CAD).

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