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Addiction and Ethics: Developing Compassion, Removing Stigma, Providing Hope for Recovery


Dave Spencer, LCSW, received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Idaho State University in 2009 and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University in 2010. He has extensive experience working with adults and children with various mental health and substance use disorders. Early on in his career Dave was given the opportunity to treat people struggling with addiction, and this has been an area of interest for him ever since. He has been able to manage substance abuse treatment programs at Pearl Health Clinic in Idaho Falls, ID. Dave is skilled in CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Neurofeedback, and Solution-Focused treatment. His specialties include working with those struggling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, developmental delays, addiction, and substance abuse/dependence. When Dave is not working his day job as a therapist, he enjoys working as a Certified Adoption Professional, helping couples to expand their families. Dave became a therapist because of his belief in the importance of family, with focus on family growth, unity, and preservation.


Addiction is present perhaps more than we know, or are willing to admit. As providers encounter clients with addictions, it is important to be aware and understanding of some of the ethical and legal issues that can arise, and how to address those in a treatment setting. Addictions come in many forms from substance abuse and dependence, to behavioral addictions like gambling, spending, sex, social media, or binge watching tv shows, as well as more serious self-harming addictions. This training will cover several points in working with an addicted population, from assessing for addiction, to treating addiction, and evaluating for co-morbid issues. The training will emphasize ethical or legal issues in addiction work. Participants will learn about some common addiction issues, they will explore case scenarios, and they will have discussions about ways to best approach this population.

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