Anger, Addictions and Forgiveness Workshop: March 21, 2020

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Join us at this workshop for counselors, leaders and professionals! Provides 3.5 NBCC CE hours, NAMA CEUs and IAODAPCE CEUs (pending).

Time: 8 a.m. CST -- 12:15 p.m. MCNAMA (Midwest Chapter of NAMA) meeting and lunch to follow for those interested in joining this NAMA chapter.
Location: 1200 Harger Rd., Conference Room, Lower Level.
Contact Lynette Hoy at with any questions.
Seating is limited. Addon the fee for lunch to attend the MCNAMA meeting below.

Anger, Addictions and Forgiveness Workshop: March 21, 2020

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    Addiction is a very complicated thing to fully understand and treat. A witch’s brew of genetics, physiology, psychology and sociology combine in an infinite array of factors which can result in one person doing something which provides pleasure or avoids pain with full control and no ill effect, and another person becoming addicted to that very same thing.

    Our emotions are a phenomenon all to themselves yet play a major role in this witch’s brew of addiction. Anger is an emotion that plays a huge part in addiction in both direct and wildly convoluted ways. Fear, hurt, perceived slights, defensiveness and projection on to others of wrongs in the addict’s life destroy relationships, families, friendships and jobs. Grudges stoke the fires of anger and keep it burning fiercely. The addict turns to their addiction to deal with it. In all the issues that must be dealt with in the treatment of addiction, anger needs to be an essential topic and a subject deeply delved into, not just for the addict, but for the family as well. Because anger breeds anger in others.

    Forgiveness is one of the most effective tools for dealing with anger and one of the least understood by clinicians as a therapeutic intervention. Forgiving and being forgiven by the addict themselves, and all those in their lives.

    OBJECTIVES As a result of this workshop, the participant will:

    1) Gain a better and more therapeutic understanding of anger.

    2) Better understand the role of anger in addiction.

    3) Learn about what forgiveness is and how it relates to anger.

    4) Learn how to help the addict use forgiveness to deal with the issues effecting their addiction and recovery.

    5) Understand the anger in family members and others in the addict’s life which damage their lives and the life and recovery of the addict.

    6) Learn a simple paradigm of addiction and human functioning to better understand their clients and intervene more effectively.

    PRESENTER: Glen Cannon is a private practitioner in Naperville, Illinois and a consultant and trainer for AMI the Anger Management Institute in Oak Brook, Illinois. He is a CAMS IV and Certified Addictions counselor. He has been counseling individuals and families with gambling, alcohol and other addictions, anxiety and anger issues for 45 years. He is a former president of the board of directors of IAODAPCA, the certification board for addiction counselors in Illinois, currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling and is acting President of the Midwest chapter of the NAMA.

    SCHEDULE: 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Registration

    8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Presentation

    10:00 AM - 10:15 AM Break

    10:15 AM – 12:00 PM Presentation

    12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Questions

    12:15 PM – 2:00 PM MCNAMA Meeting: for those NAMA members who are interested in becoming members and helping to set standards for anger management providers and programs!

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