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Curriculum & treatment modalities offered
Living in Balance Curriculum
The Living in Balance program includes three separate curriculums:
This section provides a solid foundation of client education by addressing issues commonly
faced by clients in early recovery. Sessions educate clients on terminology, substances, triggers, and relapse prevention, the relationship between sex and substances and various emotional components of addiction and recovery.
This section offers client education on in-depth, focused topics, such as self-help and Twelve Step programs, physical issues, social and family issues, sexual abuse and compulsive sexual behaviors, grief and loss, money management, nutrition and exercise, medication assisted treatment and chronic pain and opioids, strategies for older adults, and advanced relapse prevention.
This section focuses on co-occurring disorders topics, including treatment, phases of dual
recovery, self-help groups, medication use, relapse prevention, and more.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tries to identify and change negative thinking patterns and pushes for positive behavioral changes. DBT may be used to treat suicidal and other self-destructive behaviors. The four modules of treatment skills are:
1. Mindfulness Skills – are considered core skills because they help a person develop the
ability to control their attention which is a skill that is needed before a person can learn to
regulate their emotions. In this module, the goal is to help clients learn to fully participate in their lives.
2. Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills – are taught so that clients learn to balance the ability
to be assertive (ask for what they want and to say no), keep an improve relationships, and
increase self-respect. The goal is to decrease interpersonal conflict, improve active interpersonal problem solving, and build positive social support.
3. Emotion Regulation Skills – help individuals appreciate the purpose of emotions when
encountering different problems and situations. Clients learn to accurately identify and
label emotions, change emotional responses to situations, reduce vulnerability to negative
emotions, and learn to manage extreme emotions. For most clients, the development of
these skills includes the process of learning an emotion vocabulary that helps them
recognize and communicate their emotional needs to others.
4. Distress Tolerance Skills – are taught so that clients can learn to cope with periods of
intense emotions and stress without behaving in a way that would make the situation or
problems worse. The clients more effective ways of managing crisis situations. These skills help client who experience chronic problems and stressors learn to accept reality as it is.
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT)
Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) is a systematic treatment strategy that seeks to decrease
recidivism among adult criminal offenders by increasing moral reasoning.
MRT is a unique cognitive behavioral treatment approach designed for the criminal offender
populations. The program is designed to alter how offenders think and how they make decisions about right and wrong. This is a 16 step program, and each person will complete this portion of their treatment at different rates of speed.
A Treatment for PTSD, Seeking Safety is a therapeutic program for women who have experienced trauma and have difficulties remaining present due to the emotional symptoms they may be experiencing as a result of post-traumatic stress disorder. This group can help in being able to learn how to remain present and engaged in day-to-day life.
Professional Disclosure Statement
My name is Kami McKinzey-Bartelmie and I am a licensed Substance Use Disorder
Professional. I have been working in addiction treatment since 2007. I have worked in a variety of settings including youth residential, adult residential, and adult outpatient treatment. I have worked with people in metropolitan and rural communities. In order for treatment to be helpful, I believe a counselor needs to develop a genuine and authentic therapeutic relationship with a client in the treatment process. I’m excited to join you on your journey to discovering the new you and your recovery process.
Associate Degree (AA) from Spokane Falls Community College – 2004
Bachelor Degree (BA) in Social Work with Minor Degree in Addiction Studies from Eastern Washington University – 2007
Masters Degree (MS) in Psychology from University of Phoenix – 2009
To address bio-psychosocial factors that play a role in a client’s addiction I use an evidence-based approach. The therapeutic modalities used include a trauma-informed approach, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Motivational Interviewing techniques, and harm reduction models.