Ethical and Practical Considerations for Recovery Support Workers in a Variety of Clinical and Non-Clinical Settings

Sponsor: New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

This event is tentatively scheduled to be in-person. We reserve the right to switch to virtual based on CDC advisories and best practices

PRESENTATION: The emergence of Peer Recovery Support Services has brought a new dimension to the dynamics of helping people recover from substance use disorders and the personal, family and social devastation that comes along with it.  Recovery Community Organizations have provided individuals seeking a path to recovery that works for them with a safe, understanding and welcoming place to begin and / or sustain that search.  The movement is founded in the value of individuals in long term recovery relying on their experience as well their learned skills and knowledge in order to help and guide those still searching.  As the concept of Peer to Peer Recovery Supports grows and more traditional treatment and service delivery centers recognize its value, coaches and recovery support workers increasingly are incorporated themselves into a growing number of diverse settings, both clinical and non-clinical.  However, unlike for counselors and other traditional treatment and prevention providers, the nature of their relationships with people with substance use disorder seeking recovery is frequently less clearly defined. The job description of the CRSW, the way in which recovery support workers communicate and interact with recipients and providers of services and the expectations placed on them by those with whom they work may differ greatly depending on setting. The institutional hierarchies, the scope of services delivered and the oral and written communication of information among diverse professionals may be different as well. This workshop will examine common ethical and practical issues faced by Recovery Support Workers in a variety of settings. It will focus on communication and boundary issues, clarification of expectations, provide frameworks for sorting out priorities and competing loyalties, and help establish baselines for mutual understanding and respect in interdisciplinary work settings. Ethical conflicts and dilemmas will be addressed through discussion and situational analysis. Strategies for managing these conflicts will be explored.

Participants will learn to:

  • Recognize the similarities and differences in expectations and responsibilities placed on them in different service delivery settings;
  • Balance the peer to peer relationship that is the strength of recovery supports with the boundary requirements and service delivery expectations of clinical and non-clinical work settings; and
  • Understand the importance of documentation and how to complete it in a clear, professional and ethical manner.

PRESENTER: Jacqui Abikoff, LICSW, MLADC, is the Executive Director of Horizons Counseling Center in Gilford and Plymouth, NH. She has been working with substance abusers and their families for over 25 years. Abikoff has an extensive background providing clinical services, as well as training and consultation in the areas of confidentiality and professional ethics, domestic violence, co-occurring disorders, PTSD, women’s issues, corrections and forensics. Her professional training and consultation services have been delivered to substance abuse and mental health professionals and provider agencies across the country. She is currently on the Board of the NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association.

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Event Details

October 7, 2021
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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