Using The Social Atom for Assessment and Treatment Planning – Online Course

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Dates: May 4, 2020
Times:1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Unlike the more linear and structured genogram that is typically used in addiction treatment, the social atom is a free-flowing image that is created solely by a client.  It is up to the person creating the atom to decide who or what gets included in it, thus providing a “snapshot” of the important people and things in the person’s life at any given time.  They can be done in black and white or color, utilizing different sizes, shapes and art media, and reveal a tremendous amount about the nature of the relationship the client has – or doesn’t have – with people, animals, things and/or parts of self.

Social atoms are an effective assessment tool that can be used upon the client’s admission to treatment – and throughout the client’s clinical journey – allowing the clinician to see what support – or lack thereof – a client has upon entering the process. Moreover, the social atom can provide a “road map” for the client and the clinician, which can directly inform a treatment plan.  From time to time, a social atom can be created by the client to evaluate progress in treatment, and areas of needed focus for the client, especially as they shift over time.

The online course will provide participants with a thorough understanding of how to create  social atoms, process them with their client and how to utilize them for assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning.

May 4, 2020
1-2:30 pm PT
2-3:30 pm MT/3-4:30 pm CT/4-5:30 pm ET


Please register below and indicate if you need CEUs, and if so, what your license number is. You can pay via Paypal or with your credit card via Stripe. Feel free to email or call 310-744-5257 with any questions.

Please note:  this Zoom class will be recorded.

Course meets the qualifications for a total of 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for California LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs.  CAMFT approved CE Provider #123417. Provider approved by CCAPP-EI, Provider Number 2N-10-135-0220 for 1.5 CEHs.  Approved for 1.5 CEHs for Psychodrama and for Experiential Professionals (ISEP).

Participants must attend the full online course to receive CE credit.  After course completion, an evaluation form will be sent to each participant via email, and upon return of that evaluation form, a continuing education certificate will be emailed.

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Participants will understand the value of using social atoms for diagnosis.
Participants will understand the value of using social atoms for treatment planning and progress in treatment.

Participants will be able to identify at least 2 aspects of social atoms that assist in diagnosis with clients.
Participants will be able to identify at least 2 benefits of using social atoms for treatment planning.



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