2019 C.A.R.E. Conference

IBC is excited to announce that registration is now open for their 4th Annual C.A.R.E. Conference: September 19-20, 2019 at Courtyard by Marriott in Ankeny, IA. This year’s conference will be 2 full days with national speakers Ed Baker (Vermont) presenting about opioids and Debra Salz (Cedar Rapids) doing a session on self-care, as well as other great presenters on topics of human trafficking, microaggressions, Celebrate Recovery, Trauma Informed Care, and Ethics. Reduced registration price through May 31 which includes 12 CEU’s (if attending both days), lunches, snacks, materials and door prizes.
NASW has determined that this program meets the criteria of the Iowa Board of Social Work for 12.0 hours (6.0 hours each day) of continuing education.
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Pay Your Fees Online

You can now pay your fees online using either your PayPal account, or a debit or credit card.  Go to the Pay Fees Online page and click on the service you wish to use to pay your fee. Fill in the form, and be sure to fill in the “Purpose of Payment” section to indicate which items you are  paying for.  If you are making payment for someone other than yourself or your agency, be sure to also indicate that person’s name.  Please note that a 3.5% surcharge will be added to the total to cover processing fees.

IBC Training Series: Essentials in Counseling

IBC is offering a training series designed for new (and more seasoned) professionals.  The series will cover a wide variety of topics.  The series is offered in its entirety or as individual sessions, so you are not obligated to attend all of the sessions. 

This series can benefit a wide variety of helping professionals and is not just for counselors focused on substance use disorders.  In attendance at previous sessions were: substance, developmental disability, and MH counselors; patient support staff, peer supports, criminal justice professionals, nursing staff, physicians, social workers, and teachers.  Although the content is aimed toward professionals just starting out, any and all professionals are welcome who may want to brush up, expand, or explore their skills in a certain area. Click Read more for details.

Each session will be offered in the IBC office as well as through Zoom. Registration forms and payments will be accepted until noon the day prior to each training. Both the completed registration form and payment is required, as well as an email from IBC, before registration is complete.

Sessions offered:

  1. Assessment and Evaluation: Training completed.
  2. ASAM Guidelines and Treatment Planning: Training completed.
  3. Professional Boundaries: Establishing the professional relationship and avoiding dual relationships: Training completed
  4. Group Facilitation: Skills to lead, facilitate, and manage group conditions in different treatment environments. Training completed
  5. Documentation: Information sharing, storage, and maintenance.Training completed.
  6. Helping Individuals with Substance Use Disorders: Exploring the culture, progression, and evolution of substance use disorders and treatment.Training completed.

NEW Family Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) Credential December 1, 2018

Family Peer Support Specialists (FPSS) provide a variety of services to families.  These include sharing expertise by providing information, teaching coping skills, providing emotional support and helping parents become advocates.  Family Peer Support Specialists often help families navigate the child servicing services and help them understand available options for their child.  FPSS’s may accompany parents to meetings to ensure the parents’ voices are heard.  They are able to assist families by modeling good communication skills and sharing their own experiences in a positive manner.  The FPSS Handbook and Application are available on the website.