CAAP Sponsored: Healthy Attachments: Healing Relationships, in Recovery, Using EFT
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Event Date: 4/21/2016 - 4/21/2016

Event Overview

Sponsor: Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals

Speaker: Michael Dinnen, LCSW, CAC III, CSAT

Executive Director, Colorado Region: Shadow Mountain Recovery Denver

True connection and intimacy cannot be fully realized without healthy attachment.  Michael Dinneen will describe the process of healing relationships through the use of EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) attachment work.  The workshop will allow attendees to learn about practical tools that will help the people they serve from stage I to stage II recovery.  As a robust recovery maintenance approach, increased resiliency and dynamic wellness emerge in the therapy process.  EFT is a systems approach and contemporary treatment approaches show greater success when systemic issues are addressed, specifically through attachment work from the beginning of recovery.  The more attention is given to understanding family systems based attachment work for clients, the greater the likelihood for clarity of relapse trigger identification and stabilization of recovery across the client support system, yielding an integrated and diversified recovery growth. 

Learning Objectives:  Participants who attend this workshop will be able to:

  1. Articulate the fundamentals of Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  2. Present at least three structured EFT techniques
  3. Articulate how attachment work is essential for intimacy disorder phase II work
  4. Identify barriers to treatment and recovery through the lens of healthy attachment
  5. Access resiliency growth and milestone development.


Bio:  Michael Dinneen is a certified addiction counselor, overseeing the treatment for Shadow Mountain Recovery in Denver and Colorado Springs   He has over 20 years of experience in the addiction field and serves as an international trainer and mentor for substance abuse counselors. He also has presented at numerous conferences. He earned his BA degree from Boston College in and a Master’s from the University of Denver. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Certified Addiction Counselor supervisor-level (CAC III), and a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist. He wrote The Gift of Fulfillment, a self-help book designed to show people how to improve their lives using spiritual principles through easy-to-follow directions. The book was published in August, 2013. Michael is excited to work with Shadow Mountain Recovery to bring cutting edge treatment to a boarder range of clients helping to restore families to health from addiction and other maladaptive behaviors.