Doing Time or Doing Change?

Moving Away from Cookie Cutter Care: What Individualized Treatment Really Means

Keynote or Breakout


To achieve the goals of increased public safety, decreased legal recidivism and crime, participants need to be engaged in a self-change, accountable treatment process.  In the past, helping people change has too often depended on seeing resistance as negative, client pathology, “breaking through denial” and strategies that have disempowered and disrespected people.  Individualized treatment using the concepts and constructs of the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) Criteria and motivational interviewing and other evidence-based practices can help engage participants in lasting change.

This presentation will discuss how treatment providers and problem solving courts can work together to move people beyond compliance with mandated treatment to engage participants in responsible, accountable change and recovery.


Participants will

  1. Identify how to more purposefully join with participants to facilitate action/change.
  2. Discuss how to use The ASAM Criteria and Evidence-Based Practices to engage hard-to-reach people as an active participant in an accountable service plan.
  3. Apply The ASAM Criteria and stages of change work to increase accountability and lasting change.