Witnessing the addictive process in someone we love leaves us grasping for anything that might make an impact on our substance abusing loved one. Families come up with different coping behaviors. One way is by placating the addiction (“enabling” or “co-dependency”). Other families try a “tough love” strategy, which often lacks love and leads to isolation and hopelessness. This workshop will introduce CRAFT, Community Reinforcement and Family Training. CRAFT is an evidence-based practice that fosters attachment, clear boundaries and positive reinforcement to empower individuals and families struggling with addiction. This session will include video, lecture and experiential exercises.
Brian Serna, M.A., LPCC, LADAC, is a nationally recognized trainer in the treatment of addictions. He also facilitates workshops on improving cross-cultural counseling skills, treating co-occurring disorders, ethics and working with adolescents. He is currently the health and wellness division director for the Pueblo of Tesuque and maintains a private practice in Santa Fe.