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March 18, 2020

IBC 5th Annual C.A.R.E. Conference

IBC 5th Annual C.A.R.E. Conference to be held August 27-28, 2020.  Registration will open May 1 with early-bird pricing until May 31.

Informational flyer

January 14, 2020

IBC Presents a 7-part Training Series:

"GROUP FACILITATION", Friday, April 24, 2020, 9 am - 12:15 pm, presented by Sharaine Conner, LMSW, IADC, will be delivered via Zoom (not at the IBC office).
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Training Description: Teaching, training, moderating, guiding, diffusing, and offering a safe space – thee are all skills of a group facilitator.  In this installment, participants will identify the benefits of group services and how facilitation enhances those benefits.  Included in the focus will be the dynamics of a group and the methods of participation on the part of the facilitator.

"HELPING INDIVIDUALS WITH SUBSTANCE USE DISORDERS", Friday, May 22, 2020, 9 am - 12:15 pm, presented by Sharaine Conner, LMSW, IADC, at the IBC Ankeny Office location.
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Training Description: Participants will explore the services specifically related to substance use disorders, how they evolve and change, and their effectiveness.  Understanding disease and disorder as it relates to substance use will empower participants to find their place in assisting others.  Counseling necessitates the understanding that working with substance use disorders can be perplexing and challenging, whether it is with patients, other professionals, or in your community.  This installment offers a method of shining light on the subject.

"PROFESSIONAL DOCUMENTATION", Friday, June 19, 2020, 9 am - 12:15 pm, presented by Sharaine Conner, LMSW, IADC, at the IBC Ankeny Office location.
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Training Description: A necessary skill of any professional is that of documentation.  How and what do I write?  To whom do I write it?  Are there different ways to say the same thing?  How much is determined by my employer and what is expected by state or national guidelines?  This installment tackles the subject of correspondence and documentation.  Participants will be presented with standard correspondence and documentation as well as challenged with ethical dilemmas related to correspondence and documentation.

"ETHICS - THE BASICS", Friday, July 17, 2020, 9 am - 12:15 pm, presented by Sharaine Conner, LMSW, IADC, at the IBC Ankeny Office location.
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Training Description: This training will generate discussion on common ethical dilemmas, address clinical and therapeutic relationships, and offer guidance to avoid unethical situations.  One specific area of concentration in this training is providing services in rural areas, answering:  what is a dual relationship, and how can professionals maintain both their identity in the community as well as professional boundaries?

November 5, 2019

Codependency Training

"CODEPENDENCY TRAINING", Friday, November 8, 2019, 1:00-3:00 pm, presented by Ellen Landers, B.S., CADC, at the IBC Ankeny Office location.
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Training Description: By the end of this session, attendees will: Learn the characteristics of codependency, Recognize the many areas of codependency, Learn the difference between caretaking vs. caregiving, Learn more about themselves, and Be able to identify behaviors and beliefs in themselves to help maintain healthy relationships with clients.

April 15, 2019

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.
Link to Exhibitor Agreement and Information

April 14, 2019

Training "Working with Deaf Individuals" has been CANCELLED

New Training: “Working with Deaf Individuals,” July 26, 2019, 9:00 am -12:15 pm,  in the IBC Ankeny office. CANCELLED

November 22, 2018

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.

November 21, 2018

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.
November 18, 2018

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.

September 22, 2018

Assessment and Evaluation (Session 1 in Essentials in Counseling Series)

November 6, 2018, 1:00-4:15 pm in the IBC office and via Zoom

This first installment of the six-session training series offers different approaches to assessment and evaluation.  We will address why this service is provided by a trained professional and not an online survey.  We will also determine when the service is provided (hint:  it isn’t a one-and-done session!).  Assessment and evaluation require the professional provide an environment of trust.  Participants will build confidence and identify “what works” when meeting with patients for this service. DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

April 20,2018

IBC Announces its 3rd Annual C.A.R.E. Conference

September 27-28, 2018
Lutheran Church of Hope – 925 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines

Day one of this year’s conference will feature 3.0 hours on “Ethics in the Digital Age,” lead by Scott Breedlove (MO).  Mark Sanders (IL) will be back as our keynote on Friday morning to speak on “Tailoring Addictions Treatment: A Focus on the Unique Needs of Men and Women Seeking Recovery.”  Friday afternoon will consist of 2 concurrent sessions to choose from:  “Self-Care” with Scott Breedlove or “Opioid Pain Killers and the Heroin Epidemic” with Pat Reinert and Al Fear.

Download the Conference Registration Form which includes speaker bios and list of nearby hotels. Also download list of nearby restaurants.

Download a full Conference Agenda and description of sessions.

Would you or your agency like to exhibit at our conference? Download an Exhibitor Agreement.