Achieving Balance: Basic Concepts and Applications



Nature exists in a balanced continuum of such constructs as light and dark, fire and water, land and air, liquid and solid, etc. Humans, with their advanced prefrontal abilities, often forget that they, too, are a part of Nature and not separate from or immune from it. In a world where faster, bigger, better, richer, smarter, and similar topics seem to be emphasized in our society, the cost is often paid in terms of one’s existential being, familial life, emotional well-being, not “stopping to smell the roses”, and loss of living in the moment. This can also bleed in one’s professional work when dogmatic adherence to institutional concepts and “there’s only one way to rock” mentalities prevail at the expense of creatively applying empirically-validated therapeutic modalities to match one’s own personality and needs of one’s clients. This workshop is given to help participants take stock in their current scenarios and make changes to bring back the balance in their own lives while assisting those they treat to do likewise.


  • Discover the origins of various ways of defining balance and how these drive the applications of this concept.
  • Identify some areas in their own lives that could use some tweaking to achieve a more balanced existence.
  • Apply new insights and tactics to various areas of their own lives.
  • Use newly discovered awareness tactics to help clients identify areas in their own lives that could benefit from more balance.
  • Show clients learned constructs and methods of achieving balance to apply them to various life areas and/or issues from which they are suffering.
Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Addiction Counselors, & Licensed Professional Counselors
Content level: Beginner to intermediate
2 CE hour credits approved by ASWB, NAADAC & NBCC
State Board Approval
ADACBGA # 19-12-17-1212
FCB # 5387-A
OCDP BOARD # 50-29024

Course Features

  • Lectures 2
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level Intermediate to Advanced
  • Language English
  • Students 8
  • Certificate Yes
  • Assessments Self
    • Lecture.1
      Achieving Balance: Basic Concepts and Applications
    • Lecture.1
      Achieving Balance: Basic Concepts and Applications
  • QUIZ
    • Quiz.1
      Achieving Balance: Basic Concepts and Applications 15 questions

Stephen Mathis is a licensed psychologist and an internationally certified addictions counselor who has been working with adolescents, young and middle adults, and families/couples since 1983. He is one of the few clinicians who works on weekends and makes house calls. In addition to providing a variety of assessments (i.e., psychoeducational, forensic, cognitive, emotional, neurological, personological), individual psychotherapy (both “regularly scheduled” and intensive outpatient), and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several colleges and training institutes, conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics, supervises other therapists, consults with various professionals and organizations, has pioneered a new form of music-assisted therapy (M.A.TH.I.S.), and is in the process of writing a book on addictions based on his development trauma model. True to the advice given to the patients he serves, Dr. Mathis adheres to a healthy lifestyle, an illicit substance-free existence, and a holistic dietary regimen, making the majority of his meals from scratch himself without using refined or artificial ingredients or simple carbohydrates. In his free time, Dr. Mathis is an avid collector of classic stringed instruments and amplifiers, as well as a being a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, arranger, and producer.