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Course: Finding Your Moral Compass: Transformative Principles to Guide You in Recovery and Life
by Craig M. Makken, MSW, LCSW, LMFT

CE Credit Hours: 9
Fee: $44

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For licensed clinical social workers, addiction professionals, marriage and family therapists, any mental health professional working with clients in recovery or clients having questions about their ability to make good choices. Clients who have pursued drugs, alcohol, workaholism, gambling, sex, shopping, eating to where their choices and actions leave the line between right and wrong blurred in the wake of such obsessive pursuits.

For licensed clinical social workers, and others working with clients in recovery or simply looking for a guidance model and the tools needed to make life decisions in the pursuit of good. Finding Your Moral Compass offers forty-one universally accepted principles, paired as positive and negative counterparts, to help guide behavior e.g., 'unfairness--fairness'; 'cynicism--gratitude'; 'indifference--compassion', etc. Clients are challenged to take responsibility for their lives, and for being a force for good by applying these principles to the choices in their daily lives.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Define Spiritual Principles.
  • Differentiate between positive Spiritual Principles and negative Spiritual Principles.
  • Explain the tension between instinct and spirit.
  • Define the three basic drives and describe how to combine those drives into spiritual harmony.
  • Evaluate clients' place on each of the 41 pairs of Spiritual Principles using the Questions for Contemplation for each pair.
  • Integrate this model in clinical practice to help clients transform their daily lives by applying these Spiritual Principles.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is suitable for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The printed book is not included in the cost of the course. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version of the test. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
Additional Resources On This Site for CE

Additional Resources Not On This Site

  • NAADAC The Association for Addiction Professionals
  • Drug Abuse Treatment Through Collaboration: Practice and Research Partnerships That Work, Edited by James L. Sorenson, Richard A. Rawson, Joseph Guydish, and Joan E. Zweben 2003. 325 pgs. APA, Washington DC
  • Trauma and Drug Abuse: Causes, Consequences, and Treatment of Comorbid Disorders, Edited by Paige Ouimette and Pamela J. Brown 2003. 315 pages APA, Washington DC
  • Hanley Center 5200 East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407-2374
    Toll Free 1-800-444-7008
  • Information, Resources and Tools for Patients and Families to Overcome Addiction and to Lead a Lifelong Recovery

Bio: Craig M. Nakken, MSW, LCSW, LMFT

Craig M. Nakken, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, is a licensed clinical social worker, family therapist, author, international lecturer, and trainer who specializes in recovery from addictions. Craig worked at Pharm House in Minneapolis from 1972 to 1977; he was the director 1975 through 1977.

Craig was a senior counselor at the Family Renewal Center in Minneapolis from 1977 to 1983, then a counselor in private practice until 1986, when he joined the Family Therapy Institute in St. Paul. Craig served as vice president of Family Therapy Institute until 1994. Since 1995, he has been in private practice in St. Paul.

Craig received his master's degree in social work from the University of Minnesota in 1985. He has trained counselors as an instructor at the Florida State Summer School on Addiction, in Jacksonville, Florida (1985-2005), and at the Rutgers Summer School of Alcohol Studies in New Brunswick, New Jersey (1986-present).

Craigs first book, The Addictive Personality: Roots, Rituals & Recovery, is now in its second edition, with more than 500,000 copies in print. In 2000, Craig authored, Reclaim Your Family from Addiction: How Couples and Families Recover Love and Meaning.