• 27th Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders

    May 28 - 30, 2014
    Seattle, Washington

    This conference has ended, please see our Distance Learning options for recorded sessions from this conference.

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    7:45am

    Registration/Danish and Coffee in Exhibit Area

    8:40am

    Opening and Welcome

    8:45-10:00am

    The Myth of Normal: Depression, Anxiety and Addictions from a New Perspective

             Gabor Maté, MD

    Physician, author, and public speaker based in Vancouver, British Columbia. His four books are all Canadian bestsellers; his most recent title is the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts; Close Encounters with Addiction. Dr Maté was a family practitioner for 20 years and for seven years served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For 12 years, he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV. His other interests encompass childhood developmental issues, childhood and adolescent mental health and parenting issues.

    For all our progress in understanding and treating mental illness, it continues to be a subject of misapprehension, prejudice and stigmatization. The reason for that may be not its strangeness but its familiarity. Very few individuals or families are not touched by at least some aspects of mental dysfunction, some periods of the discouragement, disconnect or anxiety that, on a deeper and more chronic level, characterizes the mind state of the mentally ill. And beyond individual experience or predisposition, many factors in this stressed and confused culture conduce to mental malfunction on a broad social scale. This talk will explore the causes and “normality” of depression, anxiety and addictions in our society.

    10:00-10:30am

    AM & PM Breaks will be held each day in Exhibit Area

    10:30-11:30am

    The Drive to Love: Neural Foundations of Romantic Passion and Love Addiction


             Helen Fisher, PhD

    A biological anthropologist, Dr. Fisher is a research professor and member of The Center for Human Evolution Studies in the Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, and Chief Scientific Advisor to the internet dating site Chemistry.com, a division of Match.com. She has conducted extensive research and written five books on the evolution and future of human sex, love, marriage, and gender differences in the brain. Titles include Why We Love: The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love and Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love.

    We will describe primary brain systems: formatting and reproduction; the sex drive; romantic love; and feelings of deep attachment. We will focus on the traits, evolution and brain circuits(using fMRI data) associated with intensive early stage romantic love, rejection in love, longterm love and love addiction. She concludes that the neural system associated with romantic love is a core component of the worldwide incidence of love addiction and crimes of passion.

    11:30am-12:30pm

    Self-Defeating Behaviors: Live On Stage

             Gregory Boothroyd, PhD

    Lecturer, Trainer and Professor Emeritus, Western Michigan University. Author of Going Home—A Positive Emotional Guide for Promoting Life-Generating Behaviors.

    Through the teaching device of a humorous skit with commonly practiced self defeating behaviors as props, the folly, toll, betrayal and exhaustion of continuing such behaviors will be demonstrated.

    2:00-3:30pm

    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    The Hungry Ghost: Combining Science and Compassion in the Treatment of Addiction

             Gabor Maté, MD

    Contrary to popular and medical misbelief, addictions—whether to substances or to behaviors such as gambling—are not caused by poor choices or bad genes. They are rooted in childhood emotional loss or trauma. This session outlines the latest research regarding the true source of addictions and offers treatment approaches based on science and compassion.

    A Closer Look At Self-Defeating Behaviors

            Gregory Boothroyd, PhD

    The inception and maintenance of self-defeating behavior patterns is examined through the lens of irrational fears that prompt defeating choices, techniques to implement and sustain those choices, multiple methods to minimize their damaging consequences and favorite strategies to disown any or all parts of the cycle.

    Heart of Compassion and Mindfulness

            Carolyn Hobbs, MA, LMFT

    Body-centered therapist; licensed marriage & family therapist helping people struggling with depression, chronic pain, addictions & mid-life transitions to access joy for over 30 years. Author of Joy, No Matter What and the upcoming Free Yourself.

    Through movement, exaggeration and dialog, together we experientially uncover the integrity of being found by holding all ego thoughts, feelings, stories and reactions in loving compassion. Bring an open mind, comfortable attire and your sense of humor.

    Women’s Issues and Addiction

            Ann Martin, CADAC II

    Executive Director of Awakenings by the Sea for Women, designed the program for women and is integrating the work she and her husband have done for the last 25 years. She is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, an Imago/Relationship therapist and PAIRS workshop presenter and served as a consultant to the Betty Ford Center for 20 years. Ann and her husband maintain a private practice in Southern California and Montana where they invite clients to their ranch to do couples and relapse workshops. Ann is a recovering woman for over 29 years.

    We will discuss the different needs that women have in entering and staying in recovery to include the incredible self-hatred that some women have and the solution. As women, we have sexual abuse, eating disorders, body image issues, relationship issues and shame issues. Not all of these things need to be addressed right away, yet often times these issues begin to surface as we get sober and get in the way of us staying sober so to be able to share with other
    women is a safe environment is imperative. How can women learn to create their own safety? So many women speak of leaving partners, treatment, jobs saying, “I don’t feel safe . . .” What are they really saying and what is the solution to help them? The other great myth we will discuss about women is that they are more in touch with their emotions . . . women cry tears of rage and men rage tears of grief.

    4:00-5:30pm

    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    Love Addiction and the Biology of Personality

            Helen Fisher, PhD

    This presentation discusses the biological foundation of four broad personality styles to hypothesize how basic physiological temperament affects one’s manner of loving and one’s susceptibility to a variety of love addictions.

    Exercise: Addiction or Healthy Lifestyle Choice

            Kim Dennis, MD, CEDS

    Board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorder treatment, addictions recovery, trauma / PTSD and co-occurring disorders. As CEO & Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, she supervises the medical staff and sets the overall vision and direction for the treatment program, while maintaining a holistic perspective in the practice of psychiatry. She incorporates biological, psycho-social and spiritual approaches into the individually tailored treatment plan for each resident. She is published in the areas of gender differences in the development of psychopathology, co-occurring eating disorders and self-injury, and the use of medication with family-based therapy for adolescents with anorexia nervosa. She is on the editorial board of Eating Disorders: the Journal of Treatment and Prevention and serves on the medical advisory board for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders.

    This presentation will focus on the difference between excessive exercise and a healthy lifestyle model incorporating exercise. The definitions of addiction, exercise addiction and types of addictions will be discussed. Exploration of the effect of trauma and its potential relationship to excessive exercise will be included. In addition, this presentation will address the correlation between eating disorders, exercise addiction and sports. The neurobiology of addiction and reward pathways as a method of understanding the addictive component of exercise when developing a healthy lifestyle treatment plan will be addressed. Risk factors for development of exercise addictions and eating disordered behaviors will be highlighted and discussed in relation
    to specific sports. Included in this presentation is an Exercise Dependence Assessment tool that has practical application for assessment and development of an individualized treatment plan. This presentation will include specific case studies and will provide participants an opportunity to share and provide feedback.

    Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors

            Gregory Boothroyd, PhD

    Twelve clear, sequential and essential steps will be provided as a road-map to assist in the elimination of self-defeating behaviors and the rediscovery and recovery of life-generating behaviors.

    Freedom & Inner Peace

            Carolyn Hobbs, MA, LMFT


    Awareness of depression, anxiety, fear and loneliness awakens our deeper sense of self where freedom lives. By reconnecting with the heart powers of Presence, Curiosity, Kindness & Gratitude, we learn how to focus on inner peace rather than problems.

    The Impact of New ASAM Criteria on Addiction Professionals

            Michael Weiner, PhD, CAP

    Director of Alumni Services at Seaside Palm Beach and has served as the director for Assessments, Education and Research for Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. Has taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the Rochester Institute of Technology, has been published in numerous professional journals and regularly presents at professional conferences. He has been helping chemically dependent adults, adolescents, and their families for 30 years and has served previously as director of several treatment facilities.

    Unlike the 2001 ASAM PPC-2 for the Treatment of Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders, the ASAM 2013 Criteria involves much more than Levels of Care. It involves a much broader understanding of addiction and of addictive diseases, new populations of patients we will be treating, how we need to grow as professionals, a new “participant directed, clinically driven” model of treatment, the therapeutic alliance, how we measure outcomes, new terminology and how we become agents of change.

    9:00-10:00am

    Understanding Addiction Interaction: Treatment and Recovery

            Patrick Carnes, PhD

    Senior Fellow at The Meadows and Executive Director of The Gentle Path, a residential treatment program for sexual addiction in Wickenburg, Arizona. He is founder of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction (IITAP) and Gentle Path programs. With more than 30 years in the sexual and addiction treatment field, and author of numerous titles including the groundbreaking bestseller, Out of the Shadows, he continues to spread his extensive knowledge as a speaker, presenter and interview subject.

    “Addictions more than coexist; they interact, reinforce, and become part of one another. They become packages.” Most in recovery discover that they have more than one addiction and that these addictions work together and trigger one another. This is Addiction Interaction. Somewhat like playing a game of “whack-a-mole” where an individual is managing one addiction only to find another asserting itself, demanding their attention. This presentation will provide information related to the nature of process addictions and will focus on the development, assessment, treatment, and essentials for recovery from process addictions. The different types of addiction interaction will be discussed and presented with appropriate treatment strategies for each emphasizing effective diagnosis, assessment, and treatment for addiction interaction.

    10:30-11:30am

    The Purpose of Worry and How to Manage It


            Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD


    Author of The Anxious Brain, The 10 Best Ever Anxiety Management Techniques, The 10 Best Ever Depression Management Techniques and The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management TechniquesWorkbook. She earned her M.A. studying psychodrama and bioenergetics, and has years of experience as a certified drug and alcoholism counselor, especially working with adults who were traumatized as children, before earning her PsyD and beginning a private psychotherapy practice, in Naperville, IL, focusing on anxiety disorder treatment. She blogs for Psychology Today.

    Anxiety is a normal human emotion, but many people experience unnecessary distress from unrelenting worry. Unless a person knows how to handle life’s worries and prevent them from becoming an anxiety disorder, worry can dominate life and rob it of joy. Learn how to recognize and change unproductive worry, reduce its negative impact, and help people break free from anxious misery. 

    11:30am-12:30pm

    Understanding and Treating Trauma

            Patrick DeChello, PhD


    Founder of D&S Associates; with over 25 years in training, consultation and direct care. Author of Treating Trauma in Children and Adults, Personality Disorders, and Understanding Self-Injury.

    Very few things can affect an individual as much as being a victim of trauma. The results can be changes in neurochemistry, behaviors that are designed to numb or avoid re-experiencing the trauma such as substance abuse, obsessive compulsive behaviors, PTSD, anxiety or a host of other psychological problems. Current research indicates that clients may have experienced a trauma which later becomes manifest in a myriad of pathologies such as addictions to drugs and alcohol, food, sex, self-injury and many more. This session will explore this and briefly review effective treatment strategies.

    2:00-3:30pm

    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    Heroes and Fame: Signifiers or Canaries in the Cage

            Patrick Carnes, PhD

    The fusion of sex, money and power emerges constantly in our media. In therapy, we see this interaction in some of our most dramatic case situations. Looking past the notoriety and tragedy, clear patterns can be discerned. Pastors, politicians, and corporate leaders are all vulnerable to compulsive behavior. Clinicians need to see past cultural assumptions, and address how these components can drive people to ruin. How does money become eroticized, power become sexualized, and sex become distorted by success? By looking deeper, with clinical and scientific lenses, we understand more clearly the morphogenic weaving of compulsive and addictive patterns. Understanding the patterns of connection between achievement and addiction are critical for successful intervention and treatment of multiple issues.

    Reel Therapy 1: Ethical and Professional Issues for Therapists

            Michael Kahn, LPC, JD

    Presents training workshops on ethics, grief, diversity, self-care and other topics for mental health professionals throughout the U.S. and abroad. He wrote the chapter “Saying Goodbye: Loss and Bereavement” in Cinemeducation, Volume 2: Using Film and Other Visual Media in Graduate and Medical Education. He is among the forefront in his field on the use of film in therapy and workshops. In his free time, Michael makes documentary films.

    This session will focus on the differences between boundary violations and crossings using entertaining and provocative film clips. Issues discussed will include self-disclosure, touch, dual relationships and other issues.

    The Anxious Brain: A Look at the Neurobiology of Anxiety

            Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD


    “It’s all in your head!” turns out to be a truer statement than anyone could have imagined before the availability of neurobiological research. In straightforward language, Dr. Wehrenberg will present recent findings on the neurobiological causes of anxiety disorders and the practical
    therapeutic applications of this research. You will be immediately able to apply this knowledge to improve your work with the behavior and cognitive symptoms of your anxious clients.

    Advances in Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

            Pat DeChello, PhD

    Skills in both the mental health and the substance abuse areas are required to be able to successfully navigate the treatment arena of dual diagnosed clients. Systems issues, program design, clinician orientation and client motivation all play a significant part in treatment.

    4:00-5:30pm

    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    Managing Depression: Raising Energy and Changing Cognitions

            Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD

    Depression creates low physical and mental energy and those symptoms keep people stuck in a self-reinforcing state of depression. Thoughts and beliefs magnify the symptoms of hopelessness and helplessness. This session will focus on the therapy techniques that get clients moving out of depression and change the cognitions that keep them stuck.

    Multidimensional Assessment: A Team Approach to Diagnosis and Individualized Treatment
     
            LaTisha Bader, PhD


    Psychologist and addiction counselor with specialized training in sport psychology. She compliments the multi-disciplinary team at the Center for Dependence, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) in Aurora, CO by providing psychological testing and professional evaluations, trauma integrated treatment approaches, and years of experience working with professionals, executives and athletes. She also serves as Senior Clinical Instructor for the University of Colorado Health Department of Psychiatry.

    In recognizing an individual’s unique concerns and clinical picture, CeDAR offers a Multidimensional Assessment which evaluates individuals at each step of their care, forming a “snapshot” of the person. Our interdisciplinary team who contribute to the assessment include psychiatrists, physicians, psychologists, case managers, counselors, chaplains, admission specialists, peer recovery specialists and behavioral health workers - all who specialize in addiction. This approach to assessment affords timely communication, accurate clinical information, and a foundation to begin collaboration between providers and the individual to develop their customized care plan.

    ‘The Broken Lens’: The Impact of Trauma and Addiction on the Way We See The World

            Brennon Moore, MS, CADC-II

    A member of the clinical team at The Refuge, Brennon runs an all-male group that focuses on the impact of childhood trauma and addiction. He has extensive experience working with co-occurring disorders in a residential setting, as well as outpatient doing trauma healing intensives and co-facilitating impaired medical professional groups. He combines his academic knowledge with his personal experiences with addiction and 12-step recovery to provide his clients with a comprehensive treatment plan.

    This presentation will look at the way trauma, addiction and other self-destructive behaviors shape the lens with which a client views the world and interacts with it. The speaker will offer examples—both personal and professional—of the impact of the often distorted lens; ways to confront the distortions and methods to clean the lens and help clients to better see themselves and the world.

    Reel Therapy 2: More Ethical and Professional Issues for Therapists

    (Please note: This session will extend to 6:30 PM for those requiring a total of 4 hours of Ethics for licensure).

            Michael Kahn, LPC, JD

    As with Reel Therapy 1, this workshop will discuss ethical and professional issues using entertaining and provocative film clips. Issues discussed will include establishing the therapeutic relationship, managing termination, the importance of consultation and self-care as an ethical mandate.

    7:00-9:00pm

    Evening Session (Optional)

    The DSM 5: What Every Clinician Needs to Know!

            Pat DeChello, PhD

    The DSM 5 promises to be the greatest change in diagnosis since the DSM III. Moving from diagnostic classifications based on differential diagnoses to the use of dimensional descriptors, the end of the multiaxial system, a redefinition of mental illness, the inclusion of behavior addictions, a reformulation of the trauma and the personality disorders, and the consolidation of the autism based disorders could well change psychiatry and mental health practice as we have known it. The manual has been released and it is raising many eyebrows. Come see why!

    9:00-10:00am

    Happiness Habits: Insights From Positive Psychology That Can Help Your Clients

            Bill O’Hanlon, MS

    Clinical Member of AAMFT, winner of the New Mexico AMFT Distinguished Service Award, and a Fellow and Board Member of the American Psychotherapy Association. Author or co-author of 36 books including The Change Your Life Book, Pathways to Spirituality: Connection, Wholeness, and Possibility for Therapist and Client and Collaborative Competency-Based Counseling and Therapy.

    Recent research from the labs of Positive Psychology researchers has shown some simple but powerful ways to help clients be less depressed and more happy. Discover some habits clients can use to change their unhappiness.

    10:30-11:30am

    Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and Addiction

            Jean Kilbourne, EdD

    Recognized for her pioneering work on alcohol and tobacco advertising and the image of women in advertising. Author of Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel which won the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology in 2000 and So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do To Protect Their Kids. Creator of the Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series.

    This presentation exposes the manipulative marketing strategies and tactics used by the alcohol and tobacco industries to introduce to and keep Americans hooked on their dangerous products and presents a compelling argument that these industries have a clear and deep understanding of the psychology of addiction—an understanding they exploit to create and feed a life-threatening dependency on their products.

    11:30am-12:30pm

    Entitlement, Loneliness and Addiction: A Terrible Trilogy

            Pat Love, EdD

    Distinguished professor, licensed marriage and family therapist and long-standing clinical member and approved supervisor in AAMFT. Pat has authored/co-authored six books and numerous professional articles including the recent book Never Be Lonely Again: The Way Out of Emptiness, Isolation, and a Life Unfulfilled. She has appeared on Oprah, The Today Show and CNN. She’s a popular national and international presenter, trainer and relationship consultant, but most of all, after 30 years she still enjoys being a helper just like you.

    Research indicates entitlement is increasing throughout the U.S. population. Taking the issue of self-focus far beyond the “me generation” this myopic perspective is resulting in serious consequences, not the least of which is loneliness and addiction. Come join us as we take a serious look at our culture and gain inspiration and practical suggestions for helping others turn toward a more meaningful and healthy lifestyle.

    1:45-3:15pm

    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    Building Motivation from Relapse

            George Duwors, MSW, LCSW

    Has worked for in- and outpatient mental health and chemical dependency, as well as Employee Assistance, Drunk Driving and Private Practice settings. Author of White Knuckles and Wishful Thinking, Learning From the Moment of Relapse in Alcoholismand OtherAddictions and a workbook Getting It: Building Motivation from Relapse. He has presented workshops across North America and in the United Kingdom. Currently conducts a private practice specializing in addictions.

    Motivational Interviewing meets 12 step recovery at the moment of relapse!—An alcoholic or addict decides to pick up the first drink/drug with a thought like, “I’ll just have one.” Another resumes use with an expletive like “Dammit!” What is wrong with these two pictures? What do our two types of relapsers not yet realize? More to the point, what “motivational discrepancies”
    may be developed from the very decision to pick up the first drink or drug of physical relapse? How might we use this evidence-based skill to motivate our clients, not just for change, but for maintenance? And how do the evidence-based principles of 12 Step Recovery prevent this kind of thinking from becoming action?

    Engaging Families in Treatment Utilizing Concepts of Family-Directed Structural Therapy

            Tara McLendon, PhD

     
    Worked on the Family-Directed Structural Therapy project at Kansas University, currently an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership at Northern Kentucky University.

            Don McLendon, PhD

    Served as a regional director in three Community Mental Health Centers and was project manager at the University of Kansas in the evaluation and continued development of Family-Directed Structural Therapy. He is currently teaching at Northern Kentucky University as an adjunct professor.

    Participants will be introduced to basic concepts of Family-Directed Structural Therapy (e.g., boundaries, roles, core issues, and external stressors). Use of these concepts can enhance familial and caretaker involvement in the treatment of clients.

    Dealing with Your Most Difficult Clients

            Bill O’Hanlon, MS

    Clients with borderline issues, trauma survivors and other chronic problems are often paralyzed by ambivalence and impulses toward self-hatred and self-harm. Suggestions, interventions, and proposed solutions are often met with “Yes, but” or “You don’t understand.” In this session, therapists will discover how to meet with clients in their ambivalences and contradictions in a way that permits them to choose to step into the possibility that things can be different.

    Ten Research Facts to Make Therapy More Fun and Effective

            Pat Love, EdD

    Our code of ethical practice requires us to stay current with research pertaining to our field. At times, this can seem an overwhelming task, like taking a drink from a fire hose; but a few facts from the most salient studies can truly make your work more enjoyable—not to mention more effective. Come take a look at ten principles that just might bring more pleasure to your practice.

    3:30-5:00pm
    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    Breathing “Soul” Back Into Psychotherapy

            Bill O’Hanlon, MS

    Soul and spirituality have often been left out of therapeutic work primarily because therapists haven’t been shown a respectful, non-intrusive way to bring it into change work. But leaving out this important resource in people’s lives is impositional in another way. This session will provide a clear overview, a definition of spirituality and easy to understand and use tools for spiritual
    assessment and intervention.

    Spin the Bottle: Sex, Lies and Alcohol

            Jean Kilbourne, EdD

    Against the backdrop of a popular culture that glamorizes and normalizes excessive drinking and high-risk behaviors, this presentation explores the role alcohol plays in adolescents and young adults, offers concrete strategies for countering the ubiquitous presence of alcohol propaganda and challenges young people as well as adults to make conscious decisions about their own lives.

    Positive Communication for Positive Mood and Performance

            Wallace Wilkins, PhD
     
    Serves as clinical psychologist, conflict mediator and organizational coach. He speaks and writes about powerful strategies for individuals and organizations to create low-stress, low-conflict, high achievement. As a Seattle-based clinical psychologist, Wally maintains an independent practice serving people with chemical dependencies and mood problems (anger, anxiety, depression). He has delivered training programs for the State of Washington, the United States Postal Service, the Boeing Company, Microsoft, Nintendo, and the Northwest Public Power Association. Globally, he has served organizations in Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Chile, and Malaysia.

    Polish your communication skills to enhance your workplace relationships, your performance and your career success. This session will show you ways to communicate a genuine, can-do optimism to your team and convert negative criticism into constructive feedback to get optimal achievement from yourself and your teammates—even after setbacks. You’ll practice a powerful communication strategy that will make people eager to hear your message.

    Three Vital Approaches for Every Counseling Toolbox

            Pat Love, EdD

    Structural Family Therapy, Gender Science, Values-Focused counseling are basic theories with practical therapeutic strategies. Many issues can be addressed and alleviated by using just one of these dynamic designs. Come gain value knowledge and practice suggestions which can make your personal as well as professional life more meaningful. 

     Participants will be able to:

    1. Identify treatment approaches and develop counseling skills for a range of issues in mental health, behavioral health, addictions and co-occurring disorders.

    2. Identify the neuropsychological and neurobiological underpinnings of addictive disorders, compulsive behaviors and other problematic behavior and the therapeutic implications of these findings.

    3. Identify symptoms of trauma and PTSD, anxiety disorders, problematic relationship issues and appropriate therapeutic treatment for these as well as a range of co-occurring disorders.

    4. Identify clinical applications of recent key neuroscience research and its implications in psychotherapy and counseling.

    Program Focus

    The 27th Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders provides a forum for exploring the complex issues within the physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of mental illness and addictive disorders.

    Topics and issues covered include The Myth of Normal, Depression and Anxiety; Freedom and Inner Peace; The Anxious Brain; Co-occurring Disorders; Impact of the New ASAM Criteria; Entitlement, Loneliness and Addiction; Neuroscience and Psychotherapy; Building Motivation; Positive Psychology; Breathing Soul Back into
    Psychotherapy; Advertising and Addiction; Ethics; DSM 5 update and more.

    What is the Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders?

    A premier training event, specializing in mental health and the addictions field. US Journal Training, Inc. and The Institute for Integral Development present a combination of nationally recognized faculty who can address a wide variety of today’s most relevant topics. The result is highly acclaimed national training events featuring customized training opportunities for developing new treatment strategies and the sharing of research advances for clinicians and counselors.

    Who Should Attend?

    The training will be valuable for those working in the areas of:

    • Mental Health
    • Addictions Counseling
    • Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Psychology
    • School Counseling
    • Registered Nursing
    • Courts and Corrections
    • Prevention
    • Employee Assistance
    • And Others

    Join us in Bellevue!

    Conference Site

    Hyatt Regency Bellevue is a Four Diamond hotel on Seattle’s desirable Eastside with a stunning new guest tower. Stroll through connecting sky bridges and discover more than 250 shops, 45 restaurants and plenty of entertainment options harbored inside this chic urban streetscape. Room rates at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue are $155 single/double (plus tax). To make a reservation, please call the Hyatt Regency directly and mention “US Journal Training”. Reservations must be made by May 1, 2014 but room block may sell out prior to that date.

    Hyatt Regency Bellevue

    900 Bellevue Way NE
    Bellevue, Washington 98004
    Phone: (888) 421-1442 or (425) 462-1234 

    Transportation to the Hotel

    Shuttle service from the Sea-Tac airport to the hotel is available. The Shuttle Express has a scheduled service to hotels which is approximately every ½ hour on the hour. The current cost is $19 per scheduled one-way ticket. For departure from Bellevue hotel to Sea-Tac airport a 24- hour reservation is required. Prices are subject to change. Contact Shuttle Express at: www shuttleexpress.com or (425) 981-7000 Taxi cabs are available.

    Bellevue Washington is the gateway to the entire Puget Sound region. Surrounded by magnificent natural beauty and outdoor spaces, this one-of-a-kind place offers the ultimate in shopping, dining and cultural attractions all in a clean, safe, easy-to-walk environment. Then, after a busy day, unwind at any of Bellevue’s numerous spas, museums, performing arts groups and art galleries. Within minutes, you can explore Seattle’s culture and history.

    Possible excursions while in the Seattle area include the Space Needle, the Seattle Art Museum housing more that 21,000 art objects, and World Famous Pike Place Market (www.pikeplacemarket.org).

    For more information, visit the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau website (www.visitseattle.org) or the Bellevue Visitors Bureau website (www.visitbellevuewashington.com).

    Faculty
    LaTisha Bader, PhD
    Psychologist and addiction counselor with specialized training in sport psychology. She compliments the multi-disciplinary team at the Center for Dependence, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) in Aurora, CO by providing psychological testing and professional evaluations, trauma integrated treatmen
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    Gregory Boothroyd, PhD
    Lecturer, Trainer and Professor Emeritus, Western Michigan University. Author of Going Home—A Positive Emotional Guide for Promoting Life-Generating Behaviors.
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    Patrick Carnes, PhD
    Senior Fellow at The Meadows and Executive Director of The Gentle Path, a residential treatment program for sexual addiction in Wickenburg, Arizona. He is founder of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction (IITAP) and Gentle Path programs. With more than 30 years in the sexual and addic
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    Patrick DeChello, PhD, LCSW, MSW, RPH
    An internationally recognized clinical social worker, clinical psychologist, Hypnotherapist and chemical dependency treatment specialist with more than 30 years of experience. He is the author of 29 books and numerous articles in the mental health and chemical dependency fields and is the founder an
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    Kim Dennis, MD
    Board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in eating disorder treatment, addictions recovery, trauma / PTSD and co-occurring disorders. As CEO & Medical Director at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center, she supervises the medical staff and sets the overall vision and direction for th
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    George DuWors, MSW, LCSW, BCD
    Has worked for in- and outpatient mental health and chemical dependency, as well as Employee Assistance, Drunk Driving and Private Practice settings. Author of White Knuckles and Wishful Thinking, Learning From the Moment of Relapse in Alcoholism and Other Addictions and a workbook
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    Helen Fisher, PhD
    Helen Fisher is a biological anthropologist at Rutgers University. She studies the evolution, brain systems (using fMRI), and biological patterns of romantic love, mate choice, marriage, adultery, and divorce. She has written five internationally best selling books and publishes widely in academic j
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    Carolyn Hobbs, MA
    Body-centered therapist; licensed marriage & family therapist helping people struggling with depression, chronic pain, addictions & mid-life transitions to access joy for over 30 years. Author of Joy, No Matter What and the upcoming Free Yourself. 
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    Michael Kahn, LPC, JD
    Presents training workshops on ethics, grief, diversity, self-care and other topics for mental health professionals throughout the U.S. and abroad. He wrote the chapter “Saying Goodbye: Loss and Bereavement” in Cinemeducation, Volume 2: Using Film and Other Visual Media in Graduate and Medical E
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    Jean Kilbourne, EdD
    Recognized for her pioneering work on alcohol and tobacco advertising and the image of women in advertising. Author of, Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel which won the Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology in 2000 and
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    Pat Love, EdD
    Distinguished professor, licensed marriage and family therapist and long-standing clinical member and approved supervisor in AAMFT. Pat has authored/co-authored six books and numerous professional articles including the recent book Never Be Lonely Again: The Way Out of Emptiness, Isolation, and
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    Ann Martin, CADAC II
     Executive Director of Awakenings by the Sea for Women, designed the program for women and is integrating the work she and her husband have done for the last 25 years. She is a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, an Imago/Relationship therapist and PAIRS workshop presenter and served as a c
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    Gabor Maté, MD
    Physician, author, and public speaker with four Canadian bestsellers, Dr. Maté  was a family practitioner for 20 years and for 7 years served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For 12 years, he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by
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    Don McLendon, PhD
    Served as a regional director in three community mental health centers and was project manager at the University of Kansas in the evaluation and continued development of Family-Directed Structural Therapy where he continues as consultant to this program.


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    Tara McLendon, PhD
    Worked on the Family-Directed Structural Therapy project at Kansas University, currently an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Social Work, and Leadership at Northern Kentucky University.


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    Brennon Moore, MS, CTT, CADC-II
     A member of the clinical team at The Refuge, Brennon runs an all-male group that focuses on the impact of childhood trauma and addiction. He has extensive experience working with co-occurring disorders in a residential setting, as well as outpatient doing trauma healing intensives and co-facilitati
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    Bill O'Hanlon, MS, LMFT
    Author or coauthor of over thirty books that have been translated into fifteen languages, Bill has appeared on a variety of radio and television programs including Oprah and Today. A top-rated presenter at many national conferences since 1977, Bill has given more than 2,500 talks a
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    Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD
    Author of The Anxious Brain, The Neurobiological Basis of Anxiety Disorders and How to Effectively Treat Them, The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques, The 10 Best-Ever Depression Management Techniques and The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques Workbook. She earned her M.A. s
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    Michael Weiner, PhD, CAP, ICRC

    Michael Weiner received his PhD in psychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1970. He has taught at the University Of North Carolina At Greensboro and at The Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Weiner has been the director for assessments, education, and research at Beha
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    Wallace Wilkins, PhD
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    All sessions are Intermediate/Advanced unless otherwise noted.

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    Level of Instruction:

    All sessions are Intermediate/Advances unless otherwise noted.

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    A maximum of 20 contact hours are available for this conference. 18 core credit hours (6 hours for W, Th, and F) and 2 optional Thursday evening hours.

    American Psychological Association (APA)
    Psychologists: U.S. Journal Training, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor Continuing Education for psychologists. U.S. Journal Training, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA meets requirements for MCEP/CA psychologists.

    Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education (ACE)
    U.S. Journal Training #1143 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. U.S. Journal Training maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB approval period: 12/5/13-12/5/16. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits

    California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor (CAADAC )
    California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC). Provider #OS-86-057-0516.  

    Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation (CACCF)
    Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation (CACCF).

    California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CBBS)
    California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CBBS). Provider #PCE 78. Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs, (not exceeding maximum credit hours for the conference).

    California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN)
    California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN). Provider #10512.  

    EAP Association/EACC Program
    EAP Association/EACC Program

    Florida Certification Board
     Florida Certification Board, Inc. Provider #17A.

    Florida Board of Nursing
     Florida Board of Nursing. Provider #50-2076

    State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for Mental Health Counselors, Clinical Social Workers and Marriage/Family Therapists
    State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for Mental Health Counselors, Clinical Social Workers and Marriage/Family Therapists. Provider Number 50-2076.

    National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
    National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). Approved Education Provider Program #000194.

    Full-Time conference attendees who complete all required evaluation and attendance documentation are eligible to receive the maximum number of contact hours. Daily registrants can receive credit for each day in attendance.

    Note: If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed above, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board directly to determine eligibility of this training to meet your CEU requirement.


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