ConsulTATION, Training, & Supervision
Substance abuse treatment is strengthened by positive family involvement, yet so few families benefit from a quality family program.
Training and Supervision
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Washington State Approved Supervisor. I provide clinical supervision or consultation to clinicians who are interested in expanding their expertise in the impact of addiction on families. If you are looking for on-going supervision or a brief consultation, I would love to hear from you. Contact Lara Okoloko →
In line with the SAMHSA TIP 39 goals of family treatment, the groups and workshops I facilitate go beyond psycho-education and general emotional support. I use an empowering solution-focused approach to teach evidence-based CRAFT skills to improve communication, reduce family conflict, and help the family make interpersonal, intra-personal and environmental changes influencing the addicted person to reduce substance use and engage in treatment. Family members gain new insights, change their own problematic behaviors, create healthier family dynamics and forge a new role as a recovery supporter rather than enabling or micro-managing their loved one.
My clinical background includes case management, medical social work, group facilitation and individual and family counseling. I have experience in the fields of addiction, family therapy, homelessness, pregnant and parenting women, and youth. I am one of only a few people on the west coast certified in Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT), an evidence-based CBT counseling method for working with the families of treatment-refusing addicted people. CRAFT is listed in SAMHSA’s registry of evidence-based practices.
I have acted as a Practicum Instructor for the UW School of Social Work since 2008 and have been teaching part-time in their MSW program since 2015. I have served as a mentor for new social workers through the Washington State Society for Clinical Social Workers and serve on their board as the Professional Development Committee Chairperson.
In addition to private supervision, I enjoy leading training workshops on different aspects of family addiction work. As an approved CEU provider, continuing education certificates can be provided for LICSW, LMFT, and LMHC participants.
“Lara is an incredibly knowledgeable and engaging speaker—the students were enthralled and identified Lara, at the end of the quarter, as a favorite speaker.”
– DR. ROBERSON, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON
“Lara offered an exceptional presentation for our clinical staff. She has that hard-to-find combination of extensive, current knowledge and an engaging personal style – plus a knack for visuals that make information meaningful and memorable.”
– ERIC STROO, PROFESSIONAL TRAINING COORDINATOR, SAMARITAN CENTER OF PUGET SOUND
“Family involvement in substance abuse treatment is positively associated with increased entry into treatment, decreased dropout rates during treatment, and better long-term outcomes.”
Presentations I Have made:
Continuing education training: Intro to CRAFT
Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association
Guest speaker: Speaking with your Kids about Drug and Alcohol Use
Native Youth Communities of CARE Conference, Olympia WA
Presenting on, “Connection for Prevention”
Verdant Wellness Center, Lynnwood
What if my Teen Smokes Marijuana? Community info night for Parents
Milestones Ranch Treatment Center, Malibu, California
Speaker: Evidence-based practices with families of addicted people
Samaritan Center of Puget Sound
Guest trainer for staff development event
University of Washington, School of Social Work
Guest Speaker for Advanced Practice Course, on working with families of addicted people
UW School of Nursing Conference
Presenting on “Adolescence in the Age of Marijuana Reform”
Puget Sound Adlerian Society, First Friday Forum
Presenting on “Adolescents and Marijuana Legalization”
National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) Conference
Presenting on, “Drug use trends, signs of use and prevention”