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Denial Management Counseling Training - February 2024 - Virtual

Denial Management Counseling Training - February 2024 - Virtual

Regular price $425.00 USD
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Register & Pay here for  the February 1st - 3rd, 2024 - Pacific Time - Virtual Denial Management Counseling Training

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This is a live interactive training facilitated through a video/web conferencing platform. 

Training Days/Times

Thursday and Friday - The training will be conducted from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with an hour break for lunch and a 15-minute break each morning and afternoon.
Saturday: The training will be conducted from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, with a 30-minute break for lunch and a 15-minute break in the morning.

Continuing Education

For our 3-day Training Program, participants who attend all 3 days will receive 20 CE credit hours and a Certificate of Completion. Please note, participants must be present for the entire training to receive the education credits and certificate of participation.

Training Materials

CENAPS will send the training manual and workbook after receiving registration information and payments online or by mail/check. An electronic link (zoom) will be sent prior to the start of the course as well as notes on what will be needed to participate each day.

Certified Denial Management Specialist (CDMS) – About Certification

This training provides the classroom hours needed to receive competency certification from CENAPS. After attending, participants have the option to complete the corresponding Competency Certification Portfolio, which must be reviewed and approved by CENAPS to receive credentials. This requires an additional $150.00 for the portfolio review.

About the 3-Day Denial Management Counseling Training

Denial is a serious problem in the treatment of addiction and coexisting personality and mental disorders.  This course will present an overview of a comprehensive clinical system for managing denial and creating intrinsic motivation for treatment. 

The 3-Day Denial Management Counseling (DMC) Training instructs clinicians/counselors on the methods they can teach clients to identify and manage the denial patterns they use that prevent them from getting help for their substance use disorder. This includes the Denial Management Interaction Process, Denial Pattern Identification and Management, Presenting Problems and Denial, Brief Life and Addiction History Denial, Addiction Symptom Review, and Self-Evaluation Skills. 

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to deal more effectively with clients exhibiting severe denial and treatment resistance.

Training participants will be able to explain the philosophy of denial and denial management that forms the basis of Denial Management Counseling (DMC).

Training participants will be able to explain the general steps of the DMC Interactional Process designed to manage denial in here-and-now interactions with clients. 

Training participants will learn how to directly deal with the twelve most common denial patterns used by addicted clients.

Training participants will learn how to implement a treatment plan for teaching client’s denial self-management training in individual, group, or psychoeducation sessions.

This training is instructor-led with most time requiring participants to be actively engaged. Training methods include brief lectures, clinical demonstrations, small group exercises, role play, and large group discussions. Training participants will leave the training with several clinical skills that can be used in their practice immediately.

About the Instructors

Stephen F. Grinstead, Dr. AD
Gorski-CENAPS Senior Instructor & Consultant

Dr. Grinstead has a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science, a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD).  He is a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (LMFT) a past California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), and a Certified Denial Management Specialist (CDMS), and an Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). Dr. Grinstead is also an internationally recognized expert in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and is the developer of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. He has been working with chronic pain management, substance use disorders, eating addiction and coexisting mental disorders since 1984. He has also authored and co-authored books on Relapse Prevention and Denial Management with Terence T. Gorski since 1996. In 2019, Dr. Grinstead also published his ultimate chronic pain management book Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test: A Body Mind Spirit Approach for Relieving Chronic Pain Suffering. 


Alana Van Zanten, MA
Gorski-CENAPS Senior Instructor & Consultant

Alana is a licensed psychotherapist in California, Connecticut, Nevada, Oregon, New Hampshire, and Washington. She has been working in addiction treatment for over a decade, and her practice specializes in helping people as they both enter in and sustain recovery from substance use disorders. In addition to Alana’s clinical practice, she has worked as a trainer and consultant. Alana is passionate about the CENAPS- Gorski Relapse Prevention model and enjoys helping other providers learn to implement the model with fidelity to help their clients.


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