• Trauma, Addictions & Intimacy Disorders Conference

    May 7 - 9, 2014
    Nashville, Tennessee

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

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    Pre-Conference ETHICS Workshop

    The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge

            Clifton Mitchell, PhD

    Licensed psychologist and Professor of Counseling at East Tennessee State University. Author of Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients, and has published in many journals including the Journal of Personality Assessment, Journal of Psychological Type, and The Professional School Counselor. His research includes investigations of subliminal message tapes, stress and coping, PMS, and personality styles. He has trained thousands of mental health professionals in the management of difficult, perplexing legal and ethical issues in a game show format.

    Say good-bye to dull legal and ethical trainings! Welcome to the latest legal and ethical training using a game show format. This style of presentation grew out of recognition that most mental health professionals do not need another lecture on typical legal and ethical topics. All legal and ethical questions are designed for all mental health settings and guilds including counseling, social work, psychology, marriage and family, psychiatry, drug and alcohol, case management, etc.

    1:30–2:00pm

    Pre-Conference Workshop Registration

    2:00–5:00pm

    Round 1: General Questions—Topics Include: Aspirational/Virtue ethics, Dual Relationships, Elder Abuse, Insurance Fraud, Treatment Mandates, Suicide Obligations, Advertisements, HIPAA, Duty to Treat, Suicide Liability and Sex with Supervisors.

    Round 2: Jeopardy-Style Play—Topics Include: Informed Consent, Confidentiality, Court Records, 50¢ Terms, Dual Relationships and Pot Luck

    4:30–6:00pm

    Early Conference Registration

    6:00–6:45pm

    Meet & Greet Reception

    Light Refreshments

    6:45–7:30pm

    The ART OF CONNECTION

            Miles Adcox, MS, CTP

    CEO of OnSite, a leader in providing therapeutic programs and services for individuals, families and couples.

    As humans we are all hard-wired to connect. Now, evidence supports the importance of ‘communities’—groups devoted to transmitting a model of life. If trust and safety are key factors needed to build a container for people to do trauma work, professionals need to develop and mirror these elements into a treatment plan — Come Be Inspired.

    7:30-8:30

    "PROGRAM CHANGE"

            Michael McDonald replacing John Hiatt in Concert  (Sponsored by Cumberland Heights)

    Five time Grammy Award winner, Michael McDonald, will be performing at the event.
    Michael hits include; What A Fool Believes, Minute by Minute, Real Love, On My Own, Yoh Mo B There, and Ain’t no Mountain High Enough.
    Michael will be playing his music and talking about his journey in recovery.

    8:00-9:00 a.m.

    Conference Registration (Continued)

    9:00-10:00 a.m.  

    Keynote: The Body Knows The Score

            Bessel van der Kolk, MD

    Clinical Consultant and a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, Bessel van der Kolk is one of the world’s foremost authorities on post traumatic stress disorders and other related disorders. He has been Medical Director of the Trauma Center in Boston for over 30 years. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and the Director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network. His new book, The Body Keeps The Score: Mind, Brain & Body in Healing of Trauma.

    This lecture explores important questions about trauma, how it affects people who have been through traumatic experiences and how it affects those around them. It also examines the progression of trauma in the brain and what behaviors are typical of traumatized persons. As part of this excellent study, Dr van der Kolk also delves deep into multiple techniques for dealing with trauma. The range of treatments include classical methods including therapy and more modern techniques that incorporate yoga, martial arts and more.

    10:00–10:30am  

    Refreshment Break in Exhibit Area
    Breaks will be held each AM and PM

    10:30-11:30 a.m.  

    Keynote: Food and Addiction: New Science and Challenges

            Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP

    Senior Science Advisor to Elements Behavioral Health, Pam Peeke is an internationally recognized expert, physician, scientist and author in the fields of nutrition, stress, fitness and public health. Dr Peeke is Web MD’s lifestyle expert for their 90 million members. She is a NYTimes bestselling author; her most recent book is The Hunger Fix: The 3 Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction.

    Is it possible to be addicted to certain foods? New and compelling science has emerged uncovering a relationship between addiction and certain foods, especially manufactured and processed products. This food-addiction connection will be presented as well as its association with other addictions and disordered eating.

    11:30-12:30 p.m.  

    Keynote: The Emerging Neurobiology of Resilience: Implications for Psychotherapeutic Interventions

            Don Meichenbaum, PhD

    Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and Research Director, The Melissa Institute of Violence and Prevention and the Treatment of Victims of Violence, Miami, FL, author, Roadmap to Resilience.

    In the aftermath of traumatic and victimizing experiences, some 75% of individuals will be impacted, but they go onto evidence resilience, and in some instances, Post Traumatic Growth. In contrast, 25% of trauma exposed individuals experience persistent adjustment problems, PTSD and related comorbid psychiatric disorders. This presentation will consider what distinguishes these two groups and examine the neurobiology of resilience. It will consider the active behavioral, neural and hormonal basis of resilience and the implications for conducting psychotherapy.

    12:30 - 2:00pm

    Lunch On Your Own

    2:00-3:30 p.m.  

    Concurrent Workshops

    The Body Knows The Score (Continued)

            Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD

    Neuroscience: How the the brain deals with stress and trauma — Self-regulation, attachment, mirror neurons, neglect and invisibility.

    Ways to Enhance Compassion Toward Oneself and Others

            Don Meichenbaum, PhD

    Compassion is a positive emotion that enhances the recovery process from trauma exposure and victimization experiences. This presentation will consider a variety of intervention strategies designed to enhance compassion toward self, others, and where indicated, toward God. These strategies include forgiveness activities, gratitude exercises, loving-kindness meditation, engaging in meaning-making activities and altruistic behaviors. Specific interventions that address guilt, shame, anger, and moral injuries will be considered.

    Narcissistic Wounds; The Challenge of Recovery and Strategies for Healing

            Rokelle Lerner

    Clinical Director of InnerPath Retreats at Cottonwood Tucson. She has received numerous awards for her work with children and families including the National Association for Children of Alcoholics lifetime achievement award for her work with adult children of alcoholics. Author of Affirmations for Adult Children of Alcoholism, Affirmations for the Inner Child, Living in the Comfort Zone: The Gift of Boundaries in Relationships, and her latest book, The Object of My Affection is in My Reflection: Coping with Narcissists.

    Many addicts suffer from false pride, entitlement and grandiosity that unfortunately do not disappear with sobriety. This narcissism interferes with personal and professional relationships that are so filled with conflict and pain that relapse often occurs. This lecture will examine the relational consequences of narcissism and offer tools to clinicians who recognize this destructive dynamic in treatment and recovery.

    3:30 - 4:00pm

    Refreshment Break in Exhibit Area

    4:00 - 5:30 p.m.  

    Concurrent Workshops

    The Half-Lived Life: Overcoming Passivity & Rediscovering Your Authentic Self

             John Lee

    Best-selling author of The Flying Boy: Healing the Wounded Man, has written nineteen books, including his latest release The Half-Lived Life. Known for his innovative work in the fields of emotional intelligence, anger management and emotional regression, his contributions in the fields of recovery, relationships, men’s issues, spirituality, parenting and creativity have put him in the national spotlight for over twenty years. John served as a professor at the University of Texas and Alabama.

    Until now passivity has been one of the least studied, discussed, and explained aspects of human behavior. In order to lead a fulfilling life, a person must overcome their passivity, become compassionately assertive, and ultimately remember who they were meant to be, wanted to be, and not settle for a half-lived life characterized by quiet desperation, frustration and settling. This unique, one of a kind workshop addresses the ever-increasing problems passivity presents to individuals, groups, and families and does so without shaming those who lives may be less than what they’d hoped.

    RTR (Relationship Trauma Repair)—Spectrograms, Floor Checks and Timelines

            Tian Dayton, MA , PhD, TEP

    Dr Dayton is a fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP), winner of their Scholar’s Award, editor- in-chief of the Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. Tian consults with a number of treatment programs,including Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches. She is the author of 12 books, including The ACoA Trauma Syndrome, Trauma and Addiction, One Foot in Front of the Other, Emotional Sobriety, the best selling Forgiving and Moving On and The Living Stage.

    Spectrograms are floor checks and a user-friendly, psycho-educational and experiential group process that teach self and relational emotional literacy in a relational context. The trauma timeline places trauma in a context helping clients to understand their own emotional and psychological patterns and reenactment dynamics. Sociometry allows for many small connections with self and others. RTR is designed to facilitate moment after moment of connection and repair.

    Healing the Loss of Dreams; Strategiew for Resolving Loss

            Rokelle Lerner

    The loss of a dream is difficult to articulate and clinicians often miss their impact. When dreams are shattered, it causes inexplicable grief that others may have difficulty comprehending. For every tangible loss there is always a dream attached and until those dreams have been identified ad processed, losses will never be resolves and optimism is thwarted, This presentation focuses on specific tools that allow clients to move beyond loss.

    7:00-8:30 p.m.

    Keynote: “Roundtable Presentation” The Art and Science of Intimacy

            Pat Love, EdD, John Lee, Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

    Current research and knowledge has provided not only a concrete set of skills but also a logical rationale for lifesustaining purpose of intimacy. This methodical approach to intimacy is not at all designed to take away from the magic that occurs when two souls meet at the point of vulnerability and understanding, instead it provides encouragement for any of us who have struggled to make our most important relationships more meaningful, manageable and maintainable over a lifetime.

    Speakers will explore the components of intimacy to include the relational and personal requirements for intimacy. Intimacy issues as a cause and a cure of addiction, understanding emotional regression, steps to creating greater communication and intimacy and the four types of mature loving will also be covered. This approach encourages those who feel they aren't "intimacy naturals or artists" to feel confident that they can learn it.

     

    9:00 - 10:00 a.m.  

    Keynote: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Science

            Joan Borysenko, PhD

    Harvard Medical School trained cancer cell biologist, a licensed psychologist, and bestselling author of 15 books including NY Times bestselling Minding the Body, Mending the Mind. A pioneer in psychoneuroimmunology, mindbody medicine, and stress management, Joan is known for her tender exploration of the human spirit—what kindles it and what snuffs it out. Founder of Mind-Body Health Sciences in Boulder, CO.

    The new brain science is an exciting window into the nature of consciousness, emotional balance, physical health, and the interconnection of subtle energies—systems of information—we call the mind. The new field of interpersonal neurobiology describes how the mind is both embodied in our brain and nervous system as well as embedded in our relationships. The quality of those relationships— whether they evoke love, compassion, and mindfulness or fear, anger, and constriction affect us profoundly.

    10:00-10:30am

    Refreshment Break in Exhibit Area

    10:30-11:30 a.m.  

    Keynote: Sex, Tech, Intimacy and Infidelity: The Effect of Social Media and Technology on Cheating, Intimacy Disorders and Sex Addiction

            Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

    Founding Director of the Sexual Recovery Institute (SRI) and Director of Sexual Disorder Services for Elements Behavioral Health whose programs include Promises Treatment Centers and SRI in California and The Ranch in Tennessee. He is an author and media expert who often appears on CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Dr Drew, and the Today Show.

    Psychotherapy and addiction professionals report increased numbers of clients and their spouses seeking clinical help for problems related to online sexual and romantic behavior, as well as porn abuse, smartphone hookups and anonymous sex. Speaker will provide overview and treatment of impulsive, compulsive and addictive sexual behavior problems as well as a clear description of how the various areas of evolving technology and social media are effecting intimate sexuality, fidelity, addiction and relationships.

    11:30-12:30 p.m.  

    Keynote: Hormones and Harmony: The Physiology Of Relationships—Research Update And Clinical Applications

            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 her most recent book, Never Be Lonely Again: The Way Out of Emptiness, Isolation and a Life Unfulfilled. She is 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.

    You don’t have to be an endocrinologist or neurophysiologist to understand that biology has an effect on human behavior and relationships. The evidence remains clear: we are products of nature as well as nurture. Based on an evidence-based approach, this presentation will provide clinical applications of current biological and sociological research: updates pertaining to the state of our unions; the components of successful therapeutic outcome; the physiology of love, sex and attachment; the role of addiction and compulsion; and gender styles in relationships.

    12:30-2:00pm

    Lunch On Your Own

    2:00-3:30 p.m.  

    Concurrent Workshops

    The Cutting Edge of Mind-Body Medicine: From Immunology to Neuroscience

            Joan Borysenko, PhD

    The most important determinant of physical health is mental health. In this workshop, participants will learn how adverse childhood experiences set the stage for chronic illness and substance abuse later in life through epigenetic changes, neurochemistry, immune function, and brain wiring. We will examine how evidence-based psychological interventions can rewire neuro-hormonal circuitry and help to restore both physical and mental homeostasis. Some of the interventions covered include the modification of explanatory style, stress hardiness and resilience training, narrative medicine, meditation and mindfulness techniques, imagery, and cognitive approaches. There will be a focus on how to optimize the therapeutic bond.

    The Passion Paradox: Helping Couples Celebrate Differences

            Pat Love, EdD

    We are drawn to people who share our interests, values and even physical characteristics, so much so that in the beginning of a relationship lovers marvel at “how alike we are.” Yet it is our differences that create and maintain passion, the very heart of romantic love. Managing dissimilarities is easy under the influence of infatuation, but when the high wears off, the contrasts between us can become annoying, even threatening to the relationship. Couples in conflict or disconnection often need help navigating and celebrating differences; this workshop will present four clear strategies for creating passion and permanent healthy change.

    Untangling the Web: Understanding and Healing Sex and Porn Addiction

            Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

    This presentation provides non-judgmental insight into the diagnosis of sexual addiction/hypersexual disorders and its relationship to both early trauma survival and related problems with adult intimacy and healthy sexuality. The material will discuss the assessment diagnosis and treatment of sexual addiction, how digital technology is affecting addictive sexual behavior and the effect of relationship betrayal on spouses and the family. The presentation will offer clear direction toward sexual behavior change and relationship healing.

    3:30-4:00pm

    Refreshment Break in Exhibit Area

    4:00-5:30 p.m.  

    Concurrent Workshops

    Resistance to Rhythm: Scientific Breakthroughs in Group Drumming

            Christine Stevens, MSW

    Author of Music Medicine: the Science of Healing with Sound, The Healing Drum Kit, The Art and Heart of Drum Circles and two critically acclaimed CDs. Christine has brought drumming to survivors of Hurricane Katrina, Ground Zero, and Columbine High School. She led the first drum circle training for conflict resolution in the war zone of Iraq.

    This engaging presentation demonstrates the magnetic power of group drumming as a clinical tool for recovery and trauma as well as employee burnout and self-care. Attendees will learn about cutting edge scientific studies underlining the evidence base of group drumming for body, mind and spirit. Presentation will show how drumming—an ancient healing art—can be used in modern treatment needs today.  

     It’s Not About the Food: A 4-Point Program for Treating Food and Body Image Issues (Obesity)

            Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH
    An Integrative Medicine Physician who has pioneered the use of integrative medicine in women’s health, healing, food, and body image issues, and alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Consultant to the Integrated Life Center in Nashville, she is the author of three books addressing eating disorders, obesity and addiction—Healing Body, Mind and Spirit; The Binge Eating and Compulsive Overeating Workbook and Miracles in Eating.

    The statistics for the obesity epidemic are worse now than ever before. The “diet as a panacea” mentality has obscured and ignored the facts. Anyone who is overweight is considered lazy or lacking in motivation. In reality, obesity is a multifaceted problem involving genetics, metabolism, emotional, psychological and lifestyle factors. So it’s not about the food . . . but about how food is used—to deal with stress, to numb emotions and to fill the void of difficult life experiences. We will discuss hidden causes of obesity, stress and emotional eating, identify food sensitivities and nutritional deficiencies and heal core beliefs that block true recovery.

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

            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 s residential setting, as well as outpatient doing trauma healing intensives and co-facilitating impaired medical professional groups. Brennon combines his academic knowledge with his personal experiences with addiction and 12-step recovery to provide his clients with a comprehensive treatment plan.

    The Need for Speed: Prescription Stimulant Misuse, Abuse, and Dependence

            Chapman Sledge, MD, FASAM

    Chief Medical Officer at Cumberland Heights in Nashville, Dr Sledge is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is also Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Medicine at the University of Florida.

    Prescription drug abuse and dependence has increased dramatically in recent years. While the epidemic of opioid addiction has rightfully demanded the focus of treatment resources, significant non-medical use of prescription amphetamines must be addressed. This presentation will review the evolution of stimulant use over history, basic pharmacology and neurobiology of amphetamines, prevalence of non-medical use, and characteristics of stimulant abuse and dependence.

    7:00 - 8:30 p.m.  

    Keynote: ‘Art of Transformation’ - A Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag Presentation

    Integrated Life Center (Participants include Lee McCormick, Mary Faulkner, Joan Borysenko, Christine Stevens, Holly Cook, Dave Smith)

    What is “Recovery”? What are we recovering really? What is the true depth of the opportunity that recovery offers? Who am I really? These are questions that have motivated the work done by Lee Mccormick and Mary Faulkner for years now.

    Not willing to just accept traditional points of view, they challenged conventional wisdom, asked deeper questions, and sought greater answers to the opportunities of life and recovery. Lee and Mary will be joined by colleagues in a multi-media experience of questions, revelations, invitations and mysteries that open up the opportunity of recovery to a whole new point of view for living an authentic, joyous and free life.

     

    8:30 - 9:00 a.m.

     Keynote:Believable Hope: Overcoming Addiction Through Positive Thinking.

            Michael Cartwright, MA

    Founder, American Addiction Centers and a personal transformational behavioral health expert. Author, Believable Hope - Five Essential Elements to beat Any Addiction Individuals suffering with addiction and mental health issues often lose all hope of having a “normal” life. Taking the key components of AA, self-help, and motivational interviewing techniques and developing a solution to one of the most common reasons for treatment not working will be discussed.

    9:00- 10:00 a.m.

    Keynote: Treatment of Complex Trauma Across the Lifespan: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach

            Christine Courtois, PhD

    Psychologist in independent practice in Washington, DC and National Clinical Training Consultant for Elements Behavioral Health/Promises, Malibu & LA. Chair of the American Psychological Association’s PTSD Guideline Development Panel. Past-President of Division 56 (Psychological Trauma) of the APA and a Founding Associate Editor of the Division’s journal, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy. Co-editor (with Dr. Julian Ford) of Treating Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents, and Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide; Co-author of The Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-Based Approach with Dr. Ford.

    Complex trauma refers to interpersonal victimization that is repeated, chronic, and long-lasting, that often begins in childhood and in the context of family or other significant relationships, and that has major developmental impact. It can result in patterns of re-victimization and continue over the lifespan or can begin in adulthood when it can cause developmental regressions and post-traumatic decline. This session offers an overview of typologies and of the various changes in the DSM 5 regarding the diagnoses of PTSD and the dissociative disorders. Treatment considerations will be discussed.

    10:00-10:30a.m.

    Refreshment Break in Exhibit Area

    10:30-11:30 a.m.

    Keynote: The Addictive Family: The Legacy of Trauma   

            Claudia Black, PhD

    Claudia Black’s seminal work with children impacted by substance abuse in the late 1970s created the foundation for the adult child movement. Renowned author of over 15 books and a trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. She is a Senior Fellow and Addiction and Trauma Program Specialist at The Meadows Treatment Center in Arizona, and sits on the Advisory Board for the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation.

    When people think of trauma they often think of acute, dramatic situations such as a natural disaster or acts of terrorism. Yet the majority of people who experience trauma experience a more subtle and chronic form that exists within their own family. Beginning with a genogram, Dr Black will give a portrait of addiction in the family, offering an overlay of how adverse child experiences, emotional abandonment and blatant violence are all aspects of trauma

    11:30 -12:30 p.m.

    Keynote: The Brain Fix: Using Neuroscience as a Metaphor for Recovery

            Ralph Carson, PhD

    Executive Director of FitRx, Ralph Carson has been involved in the clinical aspects of nutrition, obesity and eating disorders for over 30 years. He is a board member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and author of The Brain Fix: What’s The Matter With Your Gray Matter, and Harnessing the Healing Power of Fruit.

    Many emotions and behaviors are tied into the eating disorder patient’s relationship with food. This presentation deals with neurophysiological basis of how trigger foods control a person’s life to the point it takes on characteristics of an obsession or even an addiction. A recommended intervention plan will be covered as well.

    12:30-2:00p.m.

    Lunch On Your Own

    2:00-3:30 p.m.

    Concurrent Workshops

    Trauma, Addictions, and Substance Abuse: Recognizing the Overlap and Interaction Between the Two

            Christine Courtois, PhD

    A history of trauma in childhood or later in adulthood (and especially from combat exposure), is found in many individuals with substance abuse and other addictive disorders. This history must be attended to during treatment to assist the client in understanding the interaction between the two and in relapse planning. Special attention will be given in this workshop to improving the practitioner’s ability to identify and understand symptoms of trauma and their interaction with addictions.

    Open Your Heart, Quiet Your Mind

            Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD

    Described as one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America, CC Nuckols is Clinical Consultant to American Addiction Centers. He has served the behavioral medical field for over 35 years and for the last 20 years is considered one of the leading experts in the world on addiction and recovery. His background includes advanced work in such areas as medical research, pharmacology, neurobiology, education and psychology. His latest book, Open Your Heart, Quiet Your Mind follows The Ego-Less SELF: Achieving Peace and Tranquility Beyond All Understanding.

    “Open Your Heart, Quiet Your Mind” is the spiritual definition for Truth. This is the intuitive Truth that rings “knowingness” which words cannot describe. This presentation is based on Dr Nuckols’ latest book about realizing advanced spiritual consciousness, looks at how we put ourselves in the best possible position for realization and how the process of spiritual growth influences our
    relationship with this world including our role as healers.

    Intimate Treason: Facing Sexual Betrayal

            Claudia Black, PhD

    Today, throughout every community, women and men are being challenged by the addictive nature of their partner’s sexual behavior. This presentation will discuss the many facets of trauma and codependency that impact the partner and the critical elements that lead to stabilization. This is a traumatizing and painful situation that the presenter addresses with great empathy and direction for both the professional and impacted client.

    Food and Mood: When Food and Eating is a Problem in Life

            Ralph Carson, PhD

    Many emotions and behaviors are tied into the eating disorder patient’s relationship with food. This presentation deals with the neurophysiological basis of how trigger foods control a person’s life to the point it takes on characteristics of an obsession or even an addiction. A recommended intervention plan will be covered as well.

    3:30-4:00p.m.

    Refreshment Break in Exhibit Area

    4:00-5:30 p.m.

    Concurrent Workshops

    Treating Early Life Developmental Trauma: Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

            Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD

    No matter whether it is a criminal justice, alcohol and drug or mental health population, the recidivists will have a high incidence of early life trauma. This workshop will focus on the treatment of early life developmental trauma (Complex or Complicated PTSD). Emphasis will be placed on the understanding of current research from such disciplines as neurobiology, neuropsychology and attachment theory. Practical treatment techniques translated from the research will give participants hands-on skills.

    The Emotional Trauma Trap: Trauma, The Brain, and the Back Seat Driver

            Miles Adcox, MS, CTP and Bill Lokey, LSPE CETII, CTT

    Miles Adcock is CEO of Onsite Workshop; Bill Lokey , MA, LSPE is Clinical Director of Onsite. Certified in trauma therapy, Bill has worked with individuals and couples struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety, ADHD, grief and loss. Much of his work has been with high profile entertainers in the music business and with physicians and health care professionals. 

    Understanding, accessing and treating Psychological Trauma can sometimes feel like coaching someone who is blind-folded across a tight rope from the ground. How do you find the right model, formula, or strategy to best support and treat your clients so they don’t fall again? What if trauma work could be inspiring, meaningful, and fun, rather than daunting. This experiential, interactive workshop will demonstrate how everything from connection to the environment we create are essential components to effectively work with trauma.

    When the Cure Becomes the Disease: Buprenorphine Abuse and Dependence

            Chapman Sledge, MD

    The opioid epidemic in the U.S. has created a tremendous gap between the number of patients in need of treatment and the resources available to provide that treatment. Buprenorphine (Suboxone and Subutex) has been widely utilized to bridge that gap. Buprenorphine abuse and dependence is an emerging phenomenon that warrants discussion.

    1. To identify effective treatment approaches for successfully treating addictive disorders, trauma, co-occurring disorders, relationship and intimacy issues, as well as other psychological and behavioral issues.

    2. To be able to discern symptoms and characteristics manifested in these disorders and to diminish/correct their negative impact on the client’s interpersonal and family relationships.

    3. To identify the key implications of neuroscience research as it applies to addictive disorders, trauma, process addictions, and food and nutrition issues in recovery.

    4. To identify several key advances in the mental health and addiction fields resulting from research and practice innovations.

    Program Focus   

    The Southeast Conference on TRAUMA, ADDICTION, INTIMACY DISORDERS will address many of today’s most topical issues faced by professionals in the addiction and mental health fields. The latest research advances will be shared with practical applications for front-line health professionals. Network with your peers as our nationally recognized faculty present cutting edge issues, the latest research advances and clinical strategies. State of the art information will be presented in morning plenary sessions followed by skills building workshops affording interaction and discussion.

    Our faculty will address such issues as

    Complex Trauma and PTSD; Art and Science of Intimacy; The Brain, Neuroscience and Therapy; Treating Process Addictions; Co-Occurring Disorders; Food, Nutrition and Recovery; The Art of Transformation; Enhancing Resiliency in Clients; Relationship Trauma Therapy; Spirituality and Recovery; The Art of Connectedness; Healing Narcissistic Wounds; Drumming as a Healing Tool; Sex, Tech, Intimacy and Infidelity; Addictive Disorders: Family Interventions

    Who Should Attend?  

    With up to 24 Continuing Education Credits offered, this training will be especially valuable to those working in the areas of: 

    • Mental Health; 
    • Addictions Counseling; 
    • Marriage and Family Therapy; 
    • Psychology; 
    • Research; 
    • Registered Nursing; 
    • Courts and Corrections; 
    • Prevention; 
    • Employee Assistance 
    • School and Pastoral Counselin

    Exhibit Opportunities:   

    For exhibit opportunities contact Lorrie Keip: 800-851-9100 ext. 220 or Larry Mendoza: 954-531-5856

     

    Join us in Nashville!

    Conference Site:  

    DoubleTree by Hilton–Nashville Downtown
    315 4th Avenue North,  Nashville, TN 37219
    Phone: (615) 244-8200 or (800) 222-8733

    Hotel valet parking is $25.00 (overnight guests) and $18.00 for conference attendees, per day. Additional parking is also available diagonally across the street from the hotel at Public Square Garage, 350 Deaderick ST for $16.00 for 24 hours and $12.00 for 10 hours.   

    Conveniently located in the heart of Music City USA. Within blocks to the downtown Historic District, Bridgestone Arena, LP Field, Country Music Hall of Fame, Music City Center, Tennessee  Performing Art Center and the State Capitol. Located within minutes of all major interstates, I-40, I-65 and I-24. Our room block at the Doubletree by Hilton-Nashville Downtown is now sold out. Additional rooms are available at the following hotels located approximately 8 miles from the Doubletree by Hilton-Nashville Downtown.  They include the Sheraton Music City Hotel (615-885-2200), the Nashville Airport Marriott (615- 889- 9300).   the Embassy Suites Hotel Nashville Airport (615-871-0033), and the Hilton Garden Inn Nashville Airport (615-884 0088).

    Transportation to the Hotel  

    Gray Line Shuttle Service from the Nashville Airport to the hotel is currently $14.00 one way and $25.00 round trip, payable by credit card. Reservations are required for all pick- ups. Please call 615-883-5555 to book your reservation. Taxis are also  available at approximately $30.00 each way. 

    Nashville A Happening Place   

    Described in song as “A Country Boy’s Hollywood”, the new Nashville is a melting pot of music and exploration. The country music mecca is still going strong, along with pop, rock and hip hop. The “new” Nashville is still Music City USA, but has diversified and upgraded—the food scene is booming, the art scene is thriving, and the  non-country music scene is alive. 

    While in town, plan to visit the  Country Music Hall of Fame, the legendary Bluebird Cafe, the Ryman Auditorium—the high church of  country music—and, of course,  The Grand Ole Opry

     

    Faculty
    Miles Adcox, MS, CTP
    CEO of OnSite, a leader in providing therapeutic programs and services for individuals, families and couples.
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    Claudia Black, PhD
    Renowned addictions and codependency expert, author and trainer, internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictions disorders.
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    Joan Borysenko, PhD
    Harvard Medical School trained cancer cell biologist, a licensed psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. A pioneer in psychoneuroimmunology, mind-body medicine, and stress management, Joan is known for her tender exploration of the human spirit—what kindles it and what snuffs i
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    Ralph Carson, LD, RD, PhD
    Involved in the clinical treatment of addictions, obesity, and eating disorders for over thirty years using a neuropsychobiological approach. With a BS from Duke University and B.H.S. from Duke University Medical School, coupled with a BS in nutrition from Oakwood College and a Ph.D. in nutrition fr
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    Michael Cartwright, MA

    A respected addiction industry trailblazer and a noted behavioral healthcare entrepreneur. Over his seventeen-year career, Michael has been instrumental in setting up addiction treatment centers across the United States which have served over 20,000 patients. He has been committed to research-bas
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    Holly Cook, LPC
    Executive Director of the Integrated Life Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Holly is a licensed professional counselor/mental health service provider who brings 25 years experience in the addictions and mental health fields to the Integrative Life Center. She has had the
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    Christine Courtois, PhD
    Author of several books including the upcoming The Treatment of Complex Trauma: A Sequenced, Relationship-based Approach; Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders in Children and Adolescents and the recently published Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide. Past-Pres
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    Tian Dayton, MA, PhD, TEP

    Tian Dayton, MA, PH.D.,T.E.P. has a masters in educational psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology and is a board certified trainer in psychodrama. She is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute where she runs training groups in psychodrama, sociometry and experiential gro
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    Mary Faulkner, MA
     Mary Faulkner, M.A. Religious Education, is a pioneer in the field of mind body healing as a teacher and in private practice for the last twenty-five years. She is a psychotherapist and former Director of Women's Services for Cumberland Heights in Nashville. Currently she is the Director of Women's
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    John Lee, MA
     Best-selling author of The Flying Boy: Healing the Wounded Man, has written nineteen books, including his latest release The Half- Lived Life. Known for his innovative work in the fields of emotional intelligence, anger management and emotional regression, his contributions in the fields of recover
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    Rokelle Lerner
    Bestselling author and Clinical Director of InnerPath Retreats at Cottonwood Tucson, Rokelle has received numerous awards for her work with children and families including Esquire Magazine’s “Top 100 Women in the U.S. Who Are Changing the Nation,” and the
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    Bill Lokey, LSPE,CETII,CTT
    Bill Lokey, MA, LSPE is Clinical Director of Onsite. Certified in trauma therapy, Bill has worked with individuals and couples struggling with addiction, depression and anxiety, ADHD, grief and loss. Much of his work has been with high profile entertainers in the music business and with physicians a
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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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    Lee McCormick

    Innovator and speaker; founder of Integrative Life Center in Nashville; author of Spirit Recovery and co-author of Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag.

     


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    Donald Meichenbaum, PhD
    Distinguished professor emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, from which he took early retirement 17 years ago. Dr. Meichenbaum is presently research director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention, Miami, Florida. He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy. In a
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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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    Cardwell Nuckols, PhD

    Described as “one of the most influential clinical and spiritual teachers in North America”,  Dr. Nuckols’ passion and mission is to assist in the integration of emerging scientific research with traditional spiritual and self-help knowledge. From this integration comes knowledge and technique he
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    Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP
    Senior Science Advisor to Elements Behavioral Health, Pam Peeke is an internationally recognized expert, physician, scientist and author in the fields of nutrition, stress, fitness and public health.

    Dr Peeke is Web MD’s lifestyle expert for their 90 million members. She is a NYTimes bes
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    Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH
    An Integrative Medicine Physician who has pioneered the use of integrative medicine in women's health, healing, food and body image issues, and alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Consultant to the Integrative Life Center, she is the author of three books addressing eating disorders, obesity, and
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    Chapman Sledge, MD, FASAM
     Chief Medical Officer at Cumberland Heights in Nashville, Dr Sledge is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is also Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Medicine at the University of Florida.
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    Dave Smith
    A Buddhist meditation teacher and addiction treatment specialist Dave was trained to teach meditation by Noah Levine; founder of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. As a long time Buddhist practitioner and recovering addict, he has been working closely with recovering addicts for the las
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    Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA

    Author and the founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, Christine has appeared on NBC, PBS, KTLA, and is a featured speaker in the DVD Discover the Gift. She has trained facilitators from more than twenty-five countries in the evidence-based REMO group drumming HealthRHYTHMS® program. Christine h
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    Bessel van der Kolk, MD
    Clinical Consultant and a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, Bessel van der Kolk is one of the world’s foremost authorities on post traumatic stress disorders and other related disorders. He has been Medical Director of the Trauma Center in Boston for over 30 years. He is a Professor of Psychiatry at Bos
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    Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S
    Founding Director of the Sexual Recovery Institute (SRI) and Director of Sexual Disorder Services for Elements
    Behavioral Health whose programs include Promises Treatment Centers and SRI in California and The Ranch in Tennessee. He is an author and media expert who often appears on CNN, The Opr
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