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February 23, 2017

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Understanding Relapse Prevention (Addictions Certificate)

February 23 and 24, 2017
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Relapse Prevention (RP) is a broad term that refers to a wide range of therapeutic techniques that aid in the prevention of lapses and the relapse of addictive behaviours. The term "relapse" was initially used in the medical field to refer to those people who re-experience a disease stage (Marlatt and Donovan, 2005). In the addiction field, this term is commonly associated with returning to addictive behaviours/substances after a period of abstinence. Relapse prevention is essentially cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) with a focus on the maintenance stage of addictive behaviour change that has three main goals:

  • To prevent a return to addictive behaviours/substances.
  • To prevent a lapse or slip from turning into a relapse.
  • To stop relapse quickly should it occur.

Relapse prevention aims to increase the client’s awareness of high-risk situations and increase coping skills, self-efficacy and control of internal and external triggers that may make the client more vulnerable to relapse. Relapse prevention is highly educational and a specialized skill set that is integral to addressing all types of addictions.

After this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Create an understanding of relapse as an unfolding process rather than an event.
  • Develop an understanding of relapse terminology.
  • Review key philosophies and theoretical approaches in relapse prevention (Gorski, Marlatt, Gordon, Annis and Davis).
  • Understand the role of relapse in the Stages of Change model.
  • Identify the three most common high-risk situations that precipitate relapse.
  • Understand the role that Seemingly Unrelated Decisions (SUD) and Apparently Irrelevant Decisions (AID) play in the relapse chain.
  • Explore how healthy lifestyle changes aid in relapse prevention.
  • Increase understanding about the power of distraction in coping with cravings.
  • Increase the helping provider’s confidence in engaging in a discussion about the essential components of relapse prevention: high-risk situations, urges and triggers.
  • Learn about the value of a support system.
  • Address common myths associated with relapse.
  • Learn and apply practical skills that will assist the client in developing an individualized relapse prevention plan.

Note: For additional learning, the book Structured Relapse Prevention: An Outpatient Counselling Approach (2nd Edition) by Marilyn A. Herie and Lyn Watkin-Merek is recommended by the instructor.

CACCF: 6 core continuing education hours.

For more information, visit the Addictions Certificate page.

  • Faculty of Social Work
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Introduction to SPSS

    This workshop is ideal for anyone working, or planning to work, with survey data. No background in research methods or statistical analysis is required. This workshop introduces basic skills in data analysis using SPSS. The day will mix discussion of statistical analysis principles (e.g. variables, formulating hypotheses, levels of measurement, univariate statistics, bivariate statistics, etc.) with hands-on training. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to import data into SPSS, recode variables, generate tables, and execute some basic descriptive analysis.

    This is a special reading week workshop, being offered by the Laurier Summer Institute of Research Methods (LSIRM), a summer school offering introductory and advanced training in research methods organized by the Laurier Centre for Community, Research, Learning and Action (CCRLA) and the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy (LISPOP).  Workshops are open to everyone. 

    About the Instructor

    Anthony Piscitelli has a strong connection to the Wilfrid Laurier University community. He is an Associate with the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy, an Assistant Practicum Instructor Part Time with the Faculty of Social Work, he has an undergraduate degree and Masters in Political Science from Laurier and is currently pursuing a part-time Doctorate in Geography at Laurier. 

    For questions or more information, please contact Sue Weare, Associate Director of the CCRLA, at

    12:00 PM - 7:00 PM Toronto MBA 1-on-1 Appointment

    Attend a personal 1-on-1 Laurier Master of Business Administration (MBA) pre-assessment appointment at our downtown Toronto Campus.

    Scheduling a personal appointment is your first step to joining the Lazaridis School MBA Program. At the session, we will discuss the admission criteria, the application process and help you determine your eligibility. We look forward to meeting with you!

    Toronto MBA Program Start Dates 

    • Part-time alternate weekend MBA begins April 2017.
    • Part-time alternate weekend MBA/CPA begins April 2017.
    • Part-time alternate weekend MBA and Executive Master of Finance begins April 2017.

    Waterloo MBA Program Start Dates

    • Full-time MBA with co-op begins August 2017.
    • One year full-time MBA program begins August 2017.

    Pre-registration is necessary.

    Personal appointments are approximately 30 minutes long and must be pre-booked online below, or directly, with Maureen Ferraro at or by phone, 519.884.0710 x6220.

  • Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Yoga Class

    Yoga Class in the Keffer Chapel – open to all. Bring your mat if you have one. If you don't, we can lend one to you.

  • Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

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