Overcoming Resistance & Denial in Treating Substance Use Disorders

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Thursday, July 6th

12:00 PM EST – 3:15 PM EST


In this transformative workshop, you’ll learn how to recognize and manage the inner saboteur and self-defeating defenses that keep your clients stuck in a cycle of denial. Dr. Grinstead will guide you through the philosophy of resistance and denial, providing you with the tools to intervene and disrupt your clients’ self-defeating patterns.

By understanding and normalizing denial, you’ll be better equipped to help your clients see it as a natural part of the human experience. You’ll also explore your own personal defenses, allowing you to be more effective in helping your clients identify and manage theirs. Through building a collaborative relationship with your clients, you’ll be able to implement the general steps of the Denial Management Interactional Process and directly deal with the twelve most common denial patterns.

With Dr. Grinstead’s expert guidance, you’ll develop the tools necessary to implement a successful treatment plan for teaching your clients strategic denial self-management skills. Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your knowledge and transform the lives of your clients!


  • Discuss the 5 steps of the Denial Management Interactional Process for identifying and managing denial in clients
  • Assist clients in identifying and managing the 12 most common denial patterns
  • Practice using 3 or more clinical tools, including decision-making, inner dialogue, and bookmarking processes
  • Normalize and de-pathologize denial as a defense mechanism to explain it to clients

Course materials are only available to enrolled students.

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    Stephen Grinstead

    Dr. Stephen Grinstead is a seasoned expert in the field of addiction and chronic pain management, with over 35 years of experience as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), a former California Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), and an Advanced Relapse Prevention Specialist (ACRPS). He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Behavioral Science, a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, and a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders (Dr. AD), making him one of the few professionals in the world with this unique combination of expertise. Dr. Grinstead has an impressive background as an educator, having taught at several prestigious universities, including Santa Clara University, UC Berkeley Extension, Stanford University Medical School, and the University of Utah's School on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies. He also served on the faculty of UC Santa Cruz Extension Alcohol and Drug Studies Program and as an Adjunct Professor at Alliant University, where he taught Masters Level and Psy.D. students the Treating the Addicted Family System course for the Marriage and Family Therapy track for five years. In 2015, Dr. Grinstead co-founded and served as the Chief Clinical Officer of a Residential and Intensive Outpatient Triple Diagnosis Chronic Pain Management Program in Camarillo, California. He is the author of multiple books on chronic pain management, including Thank You Adversity For Yet Another Test: A Body Mind Spirit Approach for Relieving Chronic Pain Suffering, Freedom from Suffering: A Journey of Hope, Managing Pain, Coexisting Disorders, and the Addiction-Free Pain Management® Recovery Guide. Dr. Grinstead is renowned internationally for his pioneering work in preventing relapse related to addiction and chronic pain disorders and for his development of the Addiction-Free Pain Management® System. His extensive experience with chronic pain management, substance use disorders, eating addiction, and coexisting mental and personality disorders make him a valuable resource for patients and practitioners alike.

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Who This Training is For:

Social Workers, Counselors, Psychologists, Addiction Counselors, MFTs, & other Mental Health Professionals

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Once you register for this training, the course will immediately appear in your account dashboard. Inside, you’ll see a countdown timer. And once the scheduled time arrives, the live session will begin from there!

Of course! If you sign up but miss the live session… The recording will be added to your account Dashboard within 48 hours after the live session with an email notification of instructions. You will also receive home-study CE credits for watching the recording.

Yes, we have limited seating on our live webinars to keep the sessions as interactive & engaged as possible. So be sure to claim your spot before it’s too late!

No. Live webinar attendees are not required to take or pass a quiz to receive a CE certificate. (But yes for recorded webinars). You are required to pass a quiz with an 80% passing grade with 3 attempts only for recorded webinars.

Yes, most likely. We are board approved & accredited Continuing Education providers by NBCC, ASWB, & NAADAC.

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  • CE Credits 3
  • Format Live
  • Quizzes 0
  • Skill Level Intermediate
  • Certificate Yes