Romancing the Brain: Conflict Resolution for Recovery (CRR)

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Thursday & Friday, December 3 & 4, 2020 from 8:00 - 4:00 AKDST
Day 1:
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 08:00 AM until 04:00 PM
Day 2:
Friday, December 4, 2020 at 08:00 AM until 04:00 PM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Cost Range
$300.00 to $400.00
$300 Member Price (includes CRR Training Kit) $400 Non-Member Price (includes CRR Training Kit) Attendees are required to have the CRR Training Kit to participate in the training. If you already own a CRR Training Kit and can evidence that, you may call the NAADAC office, 703.741.7686, to be registered at a lower rate.

Host And Instructor

National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP
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C.E. Credit for NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals: 12.00 [pending]

Training Overview Description

Romancing the Brain: Conflict Resolution for Recovery (CRR) is a two-day therapeutic training that is skill-based and focused on the brain; how the brain works in conflict and strategies to affect the quality of recovery in relationships. Upon completing the 12-hour training, a participant will earn a Certificate of Completion for 12 CEs. In addition, a participant may apply for the CRR Facilitator's Certificate.

PLEASE NOTE: Certificate programs do not allow an individual to practice without certification or licensure.

Event-specific Details

CRR is designed to:

  • Help reduce relapse and sustain recovery of adult and adolescent substance use, abuse and dependent persons by improving their conflict resolution knowledge, attitudes and skills.
  • Serve as a research-based, empirically-tested, psycho-educational curriculum that is effective and appropriate to use with diverse populations of adult and adolescent substance use disorder persons.
  • Provide treatment and training materials for professionals (counselors, social workers, therapists, psychologists, outreach and faith-based and others) that are easy to use and integrate into existing community residential, intensive outpatient and outpatient substance abuse treatment facilities, as well as school-based counseling, faith counseling and other helping professional and faith-based groups.
  • Provide an effective, cost-efficient, feasible model for improving clients’ conflict resolution capacities. This innovative program is based on concepts adapted from effective use in other disciplines/environments, make use of today’s technology, and enhance relapse-prevention options.

Key CRR Training Sessions:

  • Instinct or Intellect - Understanding where anger and conflict resides in the brain (limbic system and cortex).
  • Instinctual Patterns/Familiar Feelings - Where we learn our patterns in conflict and how our brain automatically reverts to the familiar conflicting styles.
  • Understanding Relationships - How they start and traverse through stages.
  • Four Types of Agreements - Setting up relationships to be healthy.Four Levels of Violence - How they play a role in day-to-day conflict.
  • Understanding Your Style of Conflict in Communication - Learning what your primary reactionary and secondary reactionary styles are and how they harm you and others.
  • Stress and Anger - Understanding the “stress cycle” and how it may lead to conflict and relapse.
  • Power and Control - Who has them and who needs them.
  • Cognitive Change - Learning to change your brain and stay with it.
  • Learning not to Blame and Shame - Seeking the moment of “misunderstanding.”
  • Learning how to “Dig Deeper” Into the Conflict - Resolution through collaboration.
  • Living a Life of Collaboration.

Upon completion of this training you will learn:

  • More effective and healthier communication and communication skills.
  • Stages of relationships and how they relate to conflict.
  • Effective styles of conflict resolution.
  • How to facilitate a model for daily interactions in situations where conflict arises, focusing on new behavior and building a higher impulse control in the participant.
  • How to manage the learning process as clients discover the wounds they carry from past relationships and situations and how these wounds currently affect their lives and relationships.


Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, is the Executive Director of NAADAC. She previously served as the Project Director of Central East Addiction Technology Transfer Center and as the Program Director for Volunteers of America Western Washington. She has been the administrator of multi-county, publicly-funded alcohol/drug prevention/intervention/treatment centers. She has been an international, national and state trainer for over 25 years in a variety of topics. She has also served as President of NAADAC and has worked as a curriculum writer. Her book, Rein in Your Brain: from Impulsivity to Thoughtful Living in Recovery, was released in May 2014 by Hazelden Publishers. Moreno Tuohy holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and advanced studies degrees in social work and public administration.

Registration Information

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for Romancing the Brain: Conflict Resolution for Recovery (CRR)


For more information on CRR, please contact NAADAC at 703.741.7686 or