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Supporting Clients Through Recovery Using Emotional Regulation and Motivational Tools and Techniques

Marin County Psychological Association Presents:

 Dr. Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D.


Supporting Clients Through Recovery Using Emotional Regulation and Motivational Tools and Techniques

This course is for therapists who see clients who are in Substance Use Disorder recovery programs. You may treat clients who present with an addiction, or a client who reveals months into therapy that they are abusing alcohol or drugs. Approximately 15 million adults in the US struggle with Alcohol Abuse Disorders, but less than 10% receive treatment. This workshop will also apply to other drugs of abuse and behavioral addictions such as eating, shopping, gaming, gambling and others.


Attendees will learn to support clients with tools from the evidence-based approach of Motivational Interviewing. Attendees will learn the general principles to develop discrepancy, support self-efficacy, roll with resistance and express empathy. We will explore the role of motivation as an executive function that can be built through self-talk strategies. 


In addition, emerging research shows the benefits of emotional regulation in resisting cravings for drugs and alcohol. This course will include a special emphasis on emotional regulation tools. Coping with cravings and urges to use substances will be highlighted as an area for intervention. The technique of identifying a “felt sense” will be reviewed for application to clients' cravings for alcohol and drugs. An overview of executive functioning and its relationship to addictions will be included.


Learning Objectives:

List four general principles of Motivational Interviewing

Assess the client’s level of self-reported craving on a scale of 1 to 10

Discuss at least two interventions for increasing emotional resilience

Utilize the three basic steps of urge surfing



Lara Honos-Webb, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Walnut Creek, California. She is author of seven books including Six Super Skills for Executive Functioning, Brain Hacks, The Gift of ADHD, and The Gift of Adult ADD. She has published 26 scholarly articles. Her website is


Saturday, November 13th

10:00 am to 12:00 pm   2 CE credits


MCPA Members: Free      Non-Members: $50      Students $10.



Login: 9:50-10:00 am 

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online to zoom platform - laptop or desktop with webcam and internet connection required. Smart phone can also be used.  Zoom program download or app required. Your camera must be on to get CE credits.



Questions?  Rick Pomfret 


The California Psychological Association (CPA) is co-sponsoring with the Marin County Psychological Association.  CPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and recognized by the BBS to offer CE credit for its licensees. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 

Saturday, November 13, 2021, 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Zoom Online Platform - zoom meeting location details emailed automatically upon registration
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Rick Pomfret
(415)963-3536 (p)
Continuing Education
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Cancellation Policy:
The fee for the event is non-refundable.
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