March 2004 – Tips & Topics

TIPS and TOPICS
Vol 1, No.11
March 2004

In this issue
– SAVVY
– SKILLS
– SOUL
– Until next time

WELCOME!

Recently I was training on the ASAM Criteria. I was surprised by some fundamental misunderstandings even from people using the criteria for many years. As you may know, I have been involved with, and chaired the development of the Patient Placement Criteria (PPC) for the Treatment of Substance Related Disorders of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) since its beginning in the late 1980’s. For those of you who do not know the ASAM PPC, these are consensus criteria that match people with substance use problems to the appropriate level of care within a broad continuum of services.

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February 2004 – Tips & Topics

TIPS and TOPICS
Volume 1, No. 10
February 2004

In this issue
– SAVVY……..
– SKILLS……..
– SOUL………
– STUMP the SHRINK…
– SUGGESTIONS………
– SHARING SOLUTIONS…….
– Until next time……..

WELCOME!

On February 11, 2004 there was a press release from Join Together- a project of the Boston University School of Public Health- that had convened a national policy panel in the summer of 2002. Their task was to address the quality of treatment for substance use disorders. The panel’s primary recommendation called for a fundamental change in the payment system for treating drug and alcohol disorders – that payment should be based on the results achieved; that purchasers of treatment services should reward results.

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January 2004 – Tips & Topics

TIPS and TOPICS
Volume 1, No. 9
January 2004

In this issue
– SAVVY
– SKILLS
– SOUL
– STUMP the SHRINK
– SUCCESS STORIES
– Until next time

WELCOME!

It is already moving towards February. I know it is clichéd to say, but I can’t believe how fast the year is racing by. I hope you are as busy (in the productive sense) as I am. But I also hope you have more balance in your life than I have at present. I have already broken my New Year’s resolution for more balance. By declaring this here I am putting myself on notice to check the balance-meter more often and more effectively.

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December 2003 – Tips & Topics


TIPS and TOPICS
Vol 1, No.8
December 2003

In this issue
– SAVVY
– SKILLS
– SOUL
– SUCCESS STORIES
– SHAMELESS SELLING
– Until next time

WELCOME!

Holiday greetings everyone! Thank you for reading this December edition of TIPS and TOPICS. I enjoy sharing some thoughts with you each month. I am glad that many of you find some tidbit to help you think about the work we do for the people we serve.

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November 2003 – Tips & Topics

TIPS and TOPICS
Volume 1, No. 7
November 2003

In this issue
– SAVVY……..
– SKILLS……..
– SOUL………
– STUMP the SHRINK…
– Until next time……

WELCOME!

Welcome to November’s edition of TIPS and TOPICS. Thanks to all of you who take the time to write to tell me how you are appreciating and using the TIPS and TOPICS with your team and agency. I may not have written you back, but I do read all your messages and am very grateful for your comments and questions.

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October 2003 – Tips & Topics

TIPS and TOPICS
Vol 1, No.6
October 2003

In this issue

– SAVVY
– SKILLS
– SOUL
– SHAMELESS SELLING
– STUMP the SHRINK
– Until next time

WELCOME!

A TIPS & TOPICS reader recently asked about information on adolescent treatment. I realized that many of you are working with youth and adolescents, and we have not addressed your needs specifically thus far. So for everyone who works with adolescents, or has ever been an adolescent, this edition is for you.

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August/September 2003 – Tips & Topics

TIPS and TOPICS
Vol 1, No.5
August- September 2003

– SAVVY
– SKILLS
– SOUL
– STUMP the SHRINK
– SUCCESS STORIES
– Until next time

WELCOME!

I have been in summer vacation mode, so this August edition of TIPS & TOPICS is a little later than usual. In fact, since this is already September, I’ve decied to give myself a break and give you less mail to read. So this is now an expanded August-September edition which has the usual sections, with two additional sections that appear periodically – “Stump the Shrink” and “Success Stories”.

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July 2003 – Tips & Topics

TIPS and TOPICS
Vol 1, No.3
June 2003

In this issue
– SAVVY
– SKILLS
– SOUL
– SUCCESS STORIES
– Until next time……

WELCOME!

Thank-you for taking the time to read this third edition of TIPS and TOPICS. If you are receiving this for the first time, the April and May editions are on my website. Certainly feel free to forward TIPS and TOPICS to others who may be interested.

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June 2003 – Tips & Topics

TIPS and TOPICS
Vol 1, No.3
June 2003

In this issue
– SAVVY
– SKILLS
– SOUL
– SUCCESS STORIES
– Until next time……

WELCOME!

Thank-you for taking the time to read this third edition of TIPS and TOPICS. If you are receiving this for the first time, the April and May editions are on my website. Certainly feel free to forward TIPS and TOPICS to others who may be interested.

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May 2003 – Tips & Topics

TIPS and TOPICS
Vol 1, No.2
May 2003

In this issue
– SAVVY
– SKILLS
– SOUL
– STUMP the SHRINK
– Until next time

WELCOME!

Welcome back to this second edition of TIPS and TOPICS.

The response to the first edition was very positive and satisfying. If you are receiving TIPS and TOPICS for the first time, thanks for signing up along with over a hundred of your colleagues. For a few of you with whom I have had professional contact in the past, I took the liberty of sending this along to you this month. If you would like to keep receiving it, I’ll be happy to send it. But if you are overwhelmed with information already and would rather not receive TIPS and TOPICS free each month, then I totally understand if you unsubscribe (see Unsubscribe link at the very end).

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April 2003 – Tips & Topics

Why I started this Ezine!
>> Clinicians have ongoing clinical questions that need answers!

I have been training and consulting for over 25 years, but fulltime for nearly the last seven years. I travel the country & get repeated requests for answers to questions on the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria and other topics. People ask about books, videos and audio learning materials they can obtain. They want help to implement and apply knowledge and skills presented in one or two-day workshops. An Ezine is one way to answer those common questions and requests more efficiently.

>> To help people apply new-found knowledge!

Budget deficits are hitting almost every state. Attending a workshop can change one’s knowledge and skills immediately. However, fewer can afford to take the time and funds to learn onsite at a workshop. Continual learning is essential, but a challenge to achieve without some ongoing prompting, supervision or assistance. An Ezine is a vehicle to provide supplements and support to previous workshop attendees, or to those who have so far been unable to get to an onsite training.

>>Because I want to make a difference in our field!

Out of sight, out of mind! I want my work to make a real difference in providing, managing and funding person-centered services. An Ezine is a channel available to stay in touch and keep making positive changes in our work. It is a way to feed “Tips and Topics” to healthcare providers sincerely interested in applying concepts and skills to change( for the better) the way we serve people in behavioral health.

What to expect from the Ezine
>> You will receive it once a month.
Please forward it to other interested individuals. Suggest that colleagues sign up on my website.

>> It will be a relatively brief communication.
While, on occasion, I may excerpt or include material from other sources (appropriately referenced of course), most material will be original and be focused on practical tips and topics in the following areas:
— implementation of the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria;
— providing and documenting individualized person- centered services;
— clinical and systems issues to do with co-occurring mental and substance-related disorders (dual diagnosis);
— ways to engage, empower and collaborate with people in getting what they want and changing what they want.

>> There will be 3 Sections: SAVVY, SKILLS, and SOUL
Each section will hopefully imrpove who we are as professionals and as people – it’s not just about “doing”, but also about the “being”!
“Savvy”- to improve our knowledge, wisdom and practical grasp of topics;
“Skills” to focus on tips to improve practical competence;
“Soul” to enrich a person’s total self – both yourself and others;
>>From time to time, I will add in “Successes” & “Stump the Shrink”
In “Successes”, I’ll share what has been working for you and others in the practice of “doing” and “being”.
In “Stump the Shrink”, I will focus on questions and dilemmas you and others face in the “real world. ” I’ll try to answer them; or perhaps I’ll be stumped for a good answer.

>> YOU CAN EXPECT THE NEXT ISSUE TO BE MUCH SHORTER.

So enough introduction. On with it!