Emotional Intelligence Coaching for Substance Abuse Counselors

Many of the current components in inpatient substance abuse treatment programs appear to be fillers rather than substantive interventions. It is difficult to justify the inclusion of horseback riding (equestrian therapy), yoga or kick boxing in programs designed to address chemical dependency.

Addiction Is The Results of a Lack of Emotional Intelligence

Giving up an addiction is an important first step, but it is not usually enough to ensure future sobriety for the individual. This is because there will usually be a reason for why the person fell into substance abuse in the first place and that reason is likely to be still there. One of the most common motives for turning to alcohol or drugs is an inability to deal with emotions. This occurs because the individual lacks emotional intelligence.


Emotional Intelligence Defined

Emotional intelligence can be defined as the ability of the individual to assess and control the emotions of themselves and others. This type of intelligence is measured using the emotional quotient (EQ-i-2.0). This instrument is a must for use in all substance abuse programs.


A Prototype of A CEU Course For Substance Abuse Counselors

This six-hour CEU course can easily be incorporated into any inpatient or outpatient treatment program for substance abusers. This course will assist counselors in recognizing and transforming negative behaviors and transforming them into positive behaviors.

Course Objectives:

  • How to recognize your own feelings and moods.
  • How to recognize the moods of others.
  • Being able to recognize changes in individual behaviors.
  • Being able to identify stressful situations.
  • Enhancing relationships with positive decision-making.
  • Learn how to use assertive communication.
  • Learn how to teach skill enhancement in EI skills such as self-awareness, self-control, social awareness and relationship management.

Training Materials:

  • Each participant will complete the EQ-i-2.0 Emotional Intelligence Assessment.
  • Gaining Control Of Ourselves client workbook by George Anderson
  • Contrasting Wheels of Behavior

This training can be offered live, on-line or via Skype

George Anderson, LCSW, CAMF

MHS Certified EQ-i-2.0 Provider

Training Faculty, Additions Academy


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