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Free Online Continuing Education Training

The following webinars were developed by Gateway Treatment Centers to provide information on substance abuse and mental health topics for healthcare and related professionals. Continued educational credits are not available for viewing webinar recordings.

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Free, Online CEU Training:
Understanding Addiction: Why Can’t Those Affected Just Say No?

Addiction has a stigma attached to it, causing many to blame the struggling individual for the problems and assume that they should just be able to stop using if they want to. However, research has shown that addiction is a progressive disease. Psychoactive drugs change brain function and alter emotions, consciousness, and other processes. Because of the way drugs work in the brain, addiction can form, causing compulsive behavior and a lack of control over seeking and taking the drug. An understanding of this process and what it means for those struggling with substance abuse can help a clinician better understand treatment of addictions and how to manage triggers.

What You Will Learn:

  • History and current use of psychoactive substances
  • How drugs work in the brain and what it means for addiction
  • Cycle of addiction
  • Cause of cravings, relapse, and triggers

Learn more about the science of addiction through our upcoming lunchtime webinars on Wednesday, February 15th or Thursday, February 23rd.

February 23rd, 2017
12:30-1:30 p.m. CDT
Additional time for Q&A

Register Now for this Webinar

1 CEU*

NAADAC, Illinois: LCSW, LSW, LCPC, LPC, Nursing, Psychology, IAODAPCA (Counselor I, Preventionist I, CARS I, MISA I, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP I, CRSS II, MAATP I, NCRS II, CFPP II)

*IMPORTANT: A continuing education credit is only available to individuals who register and log on to the webinar for at least 60 minutes. Credits cannot be provided to members of a group sharing the same login and/or computer.


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Registration is only available online. Register now, space is limited. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Meet the Trainer

A'nna Jurich, MS, LCPC
Program Director
Gateway Carbondale

A'nna has worked with Gateway Foundation since 1994, and has worked as a clinician in addictions and mental health for the past 24 years. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing and EMDR.

A'nna graduated with a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern Illinois University and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. She currently serves as the Program Director of clinical programs at Gateway's Carbondale site.

Please direct all webinar questions to

Addressing Substance Use: Tools for Healthcare Professionals
As a healthcare professional, you will likely meet individuals you think should seriously consider substance abuse treatment. This webinar will provide participants with the tools needed to have non-confrontational discussions regarding alcohol or drug use, help individuals recognize their own substance abuse issues and motivate someone to consider treatment.

Altered States: Marijuana, the Brain and Legalization
From board rooms to family rooms, marijuana legalization continues to be a hot topic. This is largely due to rapidly changing attitudes toward marijuana in the United States.

Co-Occurring Disorders
The webinar will introduce you, in a very practical way, to current, research-based approaches that will improve your ability to succeed with individuals that are challenged by the presence of a co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues.

Current Drug Trends & Treatment
To help nurses distinguish the signs and symptoms of drugs most commonly abused and misused today, Gateway Foundation created this webinar "Current Drug Trends & Treatment."

Dangerous and Deadly: Understanding Rx Drug and Heroin Abuse
Prescription drug abuse is a growing trend. Following marijuana and alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter drugs have become the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older. The process of becoming dependent on prescription drugs can begin easily and often, innocently.

Dual Recovery from Trauma and Addiction
Alcohol and other drugs are commonly used to self-medicate against negative symptoms associated with trauma exposure, such as anxiety, irritability, guilt or shame. This webinar will help you better understand the signs of trauma-infused personalities, how and when to intervene, and more.

Emerging Teen Drug Trends and Treatment Options
The abuse of prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin remains steady among teens, while a declining number of teenagers see this as a problem. Today, drugs like synthetic marijuana and so-called "bath salts" are popular among teens, and overdoses from heroin are on the rise in communities throughout Illinois.

Enhancing Patient Motivation For Entering Substance Abuse Treatment
In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of encouraging patients to engage in substance abuse treatment. Participants will learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of a possible addictive disorder, and assessing patients' readiness for change. Motivational Interviewing, an evidence-based intervention method, also will be covered.

Fentanyl, Sizzurp, Vaping and Other Current Drug Trends
Did you know that "Sizzurp" is making a comeback from the 1960's, or that vape pens can be used to ingest marijuana? In order to prevent, identify and treat substance abuse it is critical to stay informed.

Heroin & Opioid Rx
The goal of the webinar is to provide valuable information regarding the drugs reported on the news and seen in the ER. You will learn: trends, signs and symptoms of heroin and opiate use, the effects of heroin and opioid use on the mind and body, and the use of Naloxone "the overdose drug."

Mindfulness-Based Sobriety
The goal of this webinar is to increase understanding of mindfulness and its use in substance abuse treatment programs. Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.

Motivational Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based method of communication for supporting behavior change. This introductory webinar session introduces you to the concept and principles of Motivational Interviewing.

Not Legal: K2 & Bath Salts
This webinar provides critical information about K2 and bath salts including the signs and symptoms you should be aware of.

Opioid & Alcohol Dependence
The goal of this webinar is to increase understanding of the advanced treatment options available for those struggling with opiate and alcohol abuse.

Opioid Overdose Averted: Naloxone-Friendly Zones Save Lives
The goal of this webinar is to encourage healthcare professionals and residents to take the most appropriate course of action in the event of an opioid overdose. Find out how Illinois law enables treatment centers like Gateway, as well as concerned citizens, to ensure the safety of others dependent on opioids like heroin, OxyContin and Percocet.

Substance Use to Self-Medicate
This webinar will introduce medical professionals to current, research-based trends in the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.

Suicide and Substance Use: Is There a Connection?
This Gateway training provides insights to help better understand the relationship between mental illness, substance use disorders and suicide.

Understanding the Relationship Between Grief And Addiction
This Gateway training provides an introduction to understanding the relationship between grief and addiction. Individuals experiencing grief and loss may turn to drugs and alcohol to cope, which could lead to an alcohol or drug dependency. For those already struggling with a substance use disorder, grief and loss can be substantial triggers for relapse.

Understanding K2 & Bath Salts
They are not as innocent as they seem. Professionally packaged and found in stores or on the Internet, K2 and bath salts have grabbed headlines due to the unpredictable, dangerous behaviors and fatalities resulting from use of these illegal synthetic drugs.

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