Building Recovery Capital through Digital Health Technologies

Recovery support services are designed to help individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) enter into and navigate systems of care, stay engaged in the recovery process, and live full lives in their communities. Digital health technologies offer other avenues by which behavioral health professionals can support patients’ recovery, thereby increasing recovery participation and decreasing the likelihood of relapse or interruption in service delivery or disease management. It is essential that behavioral health professionals understand and have knowledge regarding: the different digital health technologies that are available; effective patient engagement strategies; privacy and security issues; mobile app evaluation models; and ethical perspectives on recommending digital health technologies to patients.

This learning community will showcase digital health technologies related to recovery support services for patients with SUDs thereby helping behavioral health professionals and recovery support specialists become familiar with and increase their digital health technology skills.


Every Tuesday, June 5 – 26, 2018, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Central Time (Note: Participants are required to attend a one-hour technology training on May 31st)


  1. Identify three different types of digital health technologies and how these technologies are used by behavioral health professionals and peer support specialists
  2. Name two privacy/security issues related to digital health technologies and two ethical issues to be aware of related to recommending digital health technologies
  3. Describe engagement strategies for patients/peers in early recovery versus those in longer term recovery as it relates to using digital health technologies
  4. Utilize at least five digital health technologies (apps, websites, podcasts, videos, social media sites) and be prepared to recommend them for use by patients/peers


  • Peer recovery support specialists currently providing recovery support services and SUD treatment counselors in a behavioral health agency located in the Mid-America ATTC region: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska
  • Two employees per same agency location may register


  • Prior to the first session, the following must be completed:
    1. Attend a one-hour introduction presentation on Tuesday, May 22nd at 12:00 p.m. CT
    2. View a 20-minute video tutorial on how to use the Zoom video-conference platform prior to attending a live one-hour technology session on Thursday, May 31st at 12:00 p.m. CT
  • Participate in a 4-week active learning community: 1.5 hours weekly on scheduled series days and time
  • Complete one hour of weekly home work
  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize videoconferencing platform, i.e., tablet, webcam, internet
  • Be prepared and actively participate during scheduled series time

All of the above segments of the series can be accessed via a computer, tablet or phone. Mid-America ATTC will provide tablets to the first 25 registrants prior to the beginning of the series. Restrictions apply, see below.


The first 25 registrants will receive a tablet. In order to receive Continuing Education Units and keep the tablet, participants must complete the technology sessions, be prepared for and join each session, and actively engage in group discussions. Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this opportunity to others. Only TWO employees per agency location may register.


This series has been approved for a total of 12 contact hours through the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) ACEP No. 6492 which includes participation in the live one-hour technology training, one-hour introduction presentation, and 4-weeks of online training. No credit will be awarded for non-attendance and make-up work is not provided or accepted.

If you have questions, please email Trisha Dudkowski ( or Terra Hamblin ( You may also contact them by phone at 866-617-2816 (toll-free).

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