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Tucson, AZ - The Addiction Dance: A need for family-involved therapy or family therapy?

Lunch & presentation hosted by Sonie Lee, Treatment Placement Specialists®, with Vicki Loyer, PhD., LMFT, Blue Door Psychotherapy

Presented by: Vicki Loyer PhD., LMFT


Date:  Friday, November 15, 2019

Lunch & Presentation:  11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Blue Door Psychotherapy
5929 E Pima Street
Tucson, AZ 85712

 1.5 Continuing Education Credits Provided

A DUI.  An ER visit.  An inpatient behavioral health hospitalization.  These are the songs of the intensifying substance addiction.   Family-involved therapy may be a good start, but it does not meet the needs of families experiencing the crisis of a loved one with a substance addiction.  This workshop will distinguish family-involved therapy from family therapy.  Five components of Family Therapy (proposition, counterproposition, pattern, theme, and therapeutic discourse) create the context within which the family members move from their own crisis of identity and loss to a better functioning system.  This better functioning system withstands the pressures and pain of witnessing a loved one experiencing the legal, medical, occupational, and personal devastation caused by on-going substance abuse.

Course Objectives:

  • Learn to assess the family response to substance use.
  • Learn to distinguish between family therapy and family-involved therapy.
  • Learn key factors that indicate the need for family therapy
  • Learn what to look for in quality family therapy

Presenter: Vicki Loyer, PhD., LMFT

Vicki Loyer (Carlson) Ph.D., LMFT, is the CEO/President of Blue Door Psychotherapy, a center for individual and family therapy services and a center for family therapy training.  She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Arizona Department of Psychiatry, and a Subject Matter Expert, Site Supervisor, and Instructor for Graduate Studies at Grand Canyon University.

 Using a competency focused family therapy approach to working with individuals and families, she provides equine assisted psychotherapy as an experiential therapy for greater depth. Dr. Loyer is a regular contributing author to the House Calls section of the Tucson magazine Desert Leaf, has co-author of books on premarital relationships and youth-at-risk, and has been publishing and speaking in the areas of self-injury, mental illness, addiction, and family therapy for many years.  Dr Loyer is an AAMFT Clinical Member, Approved Supervisor and a past president of the Arizona Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AzAMFT).



**This event is aimed at Clinicians (e.g., MFT, Counselor, social worker, substance abuse professionals), behavioral health professionals, attorneys and judges who are involved in the DUI court system.


RSVP Information:
An RSVP is required by completing the form below.  If you have any questions, please contact Sonie Lee at Sonie.Lee@acadiahealthcare.com  or call/text 520-488-9895.

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Date: November 15, 2019

Blue Door Psychotherapy
5929 E Pima Street
Tucson, AZ 85712
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Marks of Quality Care
  • FBI National Academy Associates
  • Higher Education Case Management Association (HECMA)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
  • National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP)
  • The Joint Commission (JCAHO) Gold Seal of Approval
  • The Jason Foundation