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The Psychotherapy Cooperative is delighted to host a workshop with Cynthia Engel, MA, LMHCA, SUDP and instructor at Seattle University and Central Washington University.


Integrating Clients' 12-Step Work into Psychotherapeutic Process


Thursday, January 11, 2024

7:00 PM -- 9:00 PM PST

2 Continuing Education Units (CEU's) available.


The event will be held online via Zoom.

Please find location and registration details HERE 

(tickets and CEUs are free for Cooperative members)


About the Event

Therapists may be hesitant to embrace Alcoholics Anonymous or other 12-step programs due to the presence of assumptions that appear to go against what therapists have been taught are the foundations of therapy: unconditional positive regard and individual agency. And while AA, NA, and other 12-step programs do instill the belief that as an addict you are the same as every other addict, that every experience of addiction is universal, there are moments that can be processed and celebrated in therapy with clients who embrace the steps and traditions of 12-step programs. This course is intended to give a better understanding of the meaning of the 12-steps; a guide to work with your client on processing and progressing through specific steps; and how to use the milestones of the program to motivate and celebrate your client’s progress in recovery.

Register HERE!

Learning objectives

Participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of the history of 12-step programs, the traditions, and the order and meaning of each step.

  • Gain an understanding of specific steps that are beneficial for the client to process with a therapist as they progress through the AA program.

  • Gain an understanding of the traditions of the 12-step programs that will allow the therapist to integrate practices such as recovery mantras, coins, and sponsors into the therapeutic space.

  • Learn how to research the times and locations for meetings in your area, and the different modalities that are available, with the goal of being able to make a recommendation to a client who is considering a 12-step group.

Participants may obtain 2 CEU credits for attending.


About Cynthia Engel, MA, LMHCA, SUDP


Cynthia Engel graduated from the Seattle University Master of Psychology program in 2014 and immediately went into academia, teaching for Central Washington University full time and teaching a substance abuse course for Seattle University. She has volunteered at the King County Crisis Clinic, worked in inpatient and outpatient substance abuse agencies, and has been a volunteer therapist and board member at the Psychotherapy Cooperative since November 2019.

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