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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

Family Peer Support Specialist (FPSS) Credential Coming 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.

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. 

Sessions offered:

  1. Assessment and Evaluation: Training completed.
  2. ASAM Guidelines and Treatment Planning: Outlining appropriate treatment impact and direction.
    January 15, 2019 via Zoom. Registration Form
    January 25, 2019 in the IBC office. Registration Form
  3. Professional Boundaries: Establishing the professional relationship and avoiding dual relationships.
    February 5, 2019 via Zoom. Registration Form
    February 8, 2019 in the IBC office. Registration Form
  4. Group Facilitation: Skills to lead, facilitate, and manage group conditions in different treatment environments.
    March 5, 2019 via Zoom. Registration Form
    March 22, 2019 in the IBC office. Registration Form
  5. Documentation: Information sharing, storage, and maintenance.
    April 2, 2019 via Zoom. Registration Form
    April 19, 2019 in the IBC office. Registration Form
  6. Helping Individuals with Substance Use Disorders: Exploring the culture, progression, and evolution of substance use disorders and treatment.
    May 7, 2019 via Zoom. Registration Form
    May 31, 2019 in the IBC office. Registration Form
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
DOWNLOAD REGISTRATION FORM

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.

January 23, 2018

Training Series - Spring 2018 trainings announced

IBC’s Training Committee has developed a 6-part training series geared toward professionals just starting out, but also for more experienced professionals who would like to brush up on some topics. Each training is offered in both the Cedar Rapids and Des Moines area, and all 6 trainings in the series will occur within 12 months. Each training is a separate 3-hour training – you may register for whichever ones you wish. Sign up below for the May training -  "Documentation: Progress Notes, Releases, Correspondence, etc."

Documentation: Progress Notes, Releases, Correspondence, etc. – May 4, 2018 in Cedar Rapids (Angie Davis, presenter) and in the IBC office (Sharaine Conner, presenter)
A necessary skill of any professional is that of documentation.  How and what do I write?  To whom am I writing 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.
Registration form for Cedar Rapids training
Registration form for Ankeny training

1/22/18

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December 12, 2017

Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training

The next Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training (SAPST) is scheduled for February 28-March 1 and March 28-29, 2018 at the Midwest Counterdrug Training Center in Johnston, IA.   

Costs for lodging and meals to attend the training are the responsibility of each agency/individual.  Participants are required to attend all four days of the training.  This training will be cancelled if less than 15 people register.  

For additional information and to register, click here. Those registered for the February 28 -March 1 training session will be auto-enrolled into the March 28-29 session.

Sepember 22, 2017

Training Series - December trainings announced

IBC’s Training Committee has developed a 6-part training series geared toward professionals just starting out, but also for more experienced professionals who would like to brush up on some topics.  We will offer one training every month (most will be held in the Des Moines and Cedar Rapids areas), so that all 6 trainings will occur within 12 months.  Each training is a separate 3-hour training – you may register for whichever ones you wish.  Training topics include:

  • Professional Boundaries and Dual Relationships – Scheduled for June 16 from 9:00-12:15 at the IBC office. (Download registration form, link to more information)
  • Assessment and Evaluation – Sharaine Connor will offer this training at the IBC office on August 4 from 1:00-4:15 (Download registration form), and Angie Davis will offer this training in Cedar Rapids on August 11 from 12:30-4:00 (Download registration form, link to more information)
  • Group Facilitation – October.  Sharaine Connor will offer this training at the IBC office on October 6, 2017, 8:30-Noon (Download registration form), and Angie Davis will offer this training on October 6, 2017, 12:30-4:00 at St. Luke’s Hospital at 810 1st Ave. NE in Cedar Rapids (Download registration form).
  • ASAM Guidelines and Treatment Planning – DecemberThis training is now full. Sharaine Connor will offer this training at the IBC office on December 1, 2017, 12:30- 4:00 (Download registration form), and Angie Davis will offer this training on December 8, 2017, 12:30-4:00 at St. Luke’s Hospital at 810 1st Ave. NE in Cedar Rapids (Download registration form).
  • Helping Individuals with Substance use Disorders – Date to be determined
  • Documentation:  Progress notes, releases, correspondence, etc. – Date to be determined
June 16, 2017

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT CERTIFICATES

Effective July 1, 2017, all certificates will be emailed, rather than sent by U.S. mail. The emailed certificate will be in color and suitable for printing on paper or cardstock by the recipient.

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