• 10th National Counseling Advances

    March 22 - 24, 2017
    Las Vegas, Nevada

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

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    Meets ETHICS Licensing Requirements-6 Hours

    Patient Welfare, Therapist Responsibility: Legal and Ethical Considerations
    Pamela H. Harmell, PhD

    Permanent Lecturer, Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology, Psychologist, Private Practice, Los Angeles CA. Past Chair, CA Psychological Association Ethics Committee, Former President, L.A. County Psychological Association. 

    This workshop addresses therapist responsibility to ensuring patient welfare in all aspects of practice. Participants will learn to deal with ethical dilemmas such as (1) when therapist values conflict with patient values (highlighting two precedent setting legal cases), (2) current trends in disciplinary process and ethical violations, (3) using risk management techniques to solve ethical dilemmas, (4) current ethical standard of care in the world of technology, reputation protection, Skype, texting, social media and HIPAA compliance, (5) background history and current updates related to the APA allegedly conspiring to participate in “torture” techniques after 9/11. Literature updates, along with relevant Codes of Ethics and current expert opinion will be included in all areas of discussion. This program overviews the current research findings and knowledge that inform the practice of ethical and legal practice.

    8:30–9:00 am  Pre-Conference Workshop Registration

    9:00–11:00 am  Introduction to Law and Ethics; Value neutrality; Use of “bracketing”; Referral due to lack of competence versus discrimination; Critical precedent setting cases related to patient discrimination; Disciplinary process; Four agencies holding therapist’s accountable; Diagnostic discrimination and insurance fraud.

    11:15–12:15 am  History of allegations about the APA and “torture”; APA and CIA involvement after 9/11; The Hoffman Report findings; Updates related to the allegations of conspiracy.

    1:15–2:15 pm  Suicide—Legal and Ethical issues; Statistics, prevention, precautions; NSSI—Non Injurious Self Injury; Doctrine of “Respectable Minority”.
     
    2:30-4:30 pm  Death with Dignity; Legal and ethical issues; Principles of suicide risk; Formal consultation with suicidal clients; Social media; World of technology; Precautions; HIPAA compliance and Skype; Reputation protection; Confidentiality and boundary violations.

    8:00am - Conference Registration
                  Continental Breakfast -  Sponsored by American Addictions Centers

    8:50am    Opening and Welcome
    Dan Barmettler and Gary Seidler, US Journal Training Inc.

    9:00-10:00am   
    Reach: Pushing Your Clinical Skills and Effectiveness to the Next Level
    Scott D. Miller, PhD

    Co-founder of the Center for Clinical Excellence, an international consortium of clinicians, researchers and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and trainings throughout the world, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results. Co-author of The Heart and Soul of Change: What Works in Therapy (2nd ed.); and The Heroic Client.
     
    “The era of average is over.” Dr. Miller and colleagues have tracked thousands of clinicians identifying specific practices that separate highly effective from average clinicians. Participants will learn specific strategies that separate good from great and how to develop a profile of their most and least effective practices.

    10:00–10:30am    Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Area
       
    10:30-11:30am   
    New Developments in the Treatment of Complex Trauma
    John Briere, PhD

    Associate Professor Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He is recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Author of numerous books including Principles of Trauma Therapy: A Guide to Symptoms, Evaluation and Treatment.
     
    As our field has discovered the complexity of trauma effects, a variety of new approaches have been developed to treat them.  This keynote will outline clinical developments in three areas: titrated exposure, affect regulation training, and mindful processing as they apply to the treatment of traumatized people.

    11:30am-12:30pm   
    Pain and Addiction Treatment During the Opioid Epidemic
    Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM

    Nationally known and respected addiction specialist with 30 years of experience treating addiction and addiction related conditions. He is Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center. A Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), Dr. Pohl is co-author of Pain Recovery and Pain Recovery for Families, and author of A Day Without Pain. His most recent title, with Katherine Ketcham, is The Pain Antidote.

    Over 16,000 people have died from overdose of prescription opioids in the United States in the past year. The prescription of, and the misuse and addiction to these drugs have surpassed marijuana and are decimating a generation of adolescents and young adults. Heroin use and overdose deaths are on the rise as well. This epidemic was born in another epidemic: Chronic Pain. This session will review how we got to this point, the nature of the epidemic, and explore solutions for changing course at this crucial time.

    2:00-3:30pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    Developing Secure Attachment: Make Sense of Your Past to Empower Your Future  

    Lisa Firestone, PhD
    Lisa Firestone PhD is the Director of Research and Education at the Glendon Association and Sr. Editor at PsychAlive.org. She is coauthor of The Self Under Siege, Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion and Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships. She is a regular blogger on Psychology Today and Huffington Post.  In collaboration with Dr. Robert Firestone, her studies resulted in the development of the Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts (FAST) and the Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts (FAVT).

    Sparked by Bowlby’s original insights, attachment research has revolutionized our understanding of human development, the internal world, and the consequences of development gone awry. This workshop will draw upon the latest attachment research and outline the process of writing a coherent narrative. Research in neurobiology shows that when a person writes a coherent narrative they actually rewire their brain to feel more secure within themselves and their relationships. This presentation will introduce the tools for you to dig deep and resolve old traumas, big and small, so that they no longer haunt you and provide strategies to apply these tools with your clients.

    Further Reach: Reaching Your Personal Best as a Clinician Step by Deliberate Step
    Scott D. Miller, PhD

    Building on material from the morning session, attendees will be given step by step, evidence-based instruction for using a profile to identify and eliminate weak spots while enhancing their effectiveness and efficiency. Each principle will be illustrated with videos of real life clinical work with challenging clinical encounters.

    Working with the Pain Paradox   
    John Briere, PhD

    Although our culture teaches us to avoid “negative” experience, Buddhist and Western psychologies agree that avoiding pain leads to long-term suffering, whereas engaging pain ultimately reduces it. In this way, ongoing trauma- related distress represents access to experiences that can be cognitively, emotionally, and existentially processed. Work with this paradox offers clients the opportunity to change their relationship to the past, thereby decreasing its power over their lives.

    Mindfulness, Emotions and Pain Treatment   
    Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM

    Chronic pain is a challenging condition resulting in disability, emotional upheaval and family dysfunction. People concerned about someone with chronic pain suffer from characteristic dysfunctional behaviors that must be addressed if the person with chronic pain is to recover. Often families wonder whether or not the pain is “real” or not, or believe that pain based in emotions is less “valid” than physical pain. This session will review the emotional aspects of pain and suffering from a physiological and psychological standpoint and explain the basis of meditative techniques and the fundamentals of mindfulness practice.

    3:30-4:00pm
         Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Area

     
    4:00-5:30pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    A Dead Simple Strategy for Enhancing Motivation for Change       
    Robert R. Johnson, DO

    He is board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, and has been the Medical Director for the six Amen Clinics since May 2013. His previous roles include Medical Director of Sierra Tucson for 5 years, Senior Medical Director of College Hospital for 10 years and Behavioral Health consultant for public and private mental health organizations. He’s also a Certified Executive Coach and has worked with leaders in companies such as Rockwell International, Sony, Disney, NBC, and the US Olympic Committee, as well as with members of the clergy and their leadership teams.

    In this presentation you will become more effective at facilitating real behavioral change in yourself, your family, and your patients.  Participants will learn to perform rapid assessments of one’s readiness for change; how to employ practical strategies to enhance your own and others’ motivation and overcome barriers to change; and how to recognize, reinforce and accelerate the natural processes of making appropriate lifestyle changes.

    Suicide Therapies that Work        * Please note this session on suicide will extend until 5:50 pm to meet licensure  requirements.
    Lisa Firestone, PhD

    Suicide is on the rise in the United States, having gone up 24% between 1994 and 2014. It is the most common psychiatric emergency that therapists will encounter.  Recent research has identified suicide-specific therapies that are effective in treating both suicidal ideation and behavior. The problem is that most therapists are not aware of them nor have they been trained in them, so most suicidal clients do not receive these potentially lifesaving treatments. This workshop will provide a valuable opportunity for therapists to be introduced to these empirically validated, evidence-based treatments for suicide that are fast becoming the standard of care.

    The Anger Solution: The Proven Method for Achieving Calm and Developing Healthy, Long-Lasting Relationships

    John Lee, MA

    Best-selling author of The Flying Boy: Healing the Wounded Man, has written 22 books, including the The Half- Lived Life and his latest book Breaking the Mother-Son Dynamic: Resetting the Patterns of a Man’s Life and Loves. 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 25 years. John served as a professor at the University of Texas and Alabama. 

    We have all been angry or have been around those who are angry, and most of us have thought that the world would be better off without this intense emotion.  But we have thought this because anger is one of the most misunderstood emotions.  It is often misdiagnosed, mishandled by individuals and many counselors and therapists. In this fast-paced workshop thousands have learned the crucial and life-changing difference between anger and rage. Anger is often mismanaged because these differences are not taken into account. Lee’s simple and elegant approach will help therapists and their clients experience clearer communication, reduced conflicts, and reduced confrontation.

    Working with Easily Triggered and ‘Acting Out’ Trauma Survivors   
    John Briere, PhD

    Many of the most troubling long-term effects of interpersonal trauma is the tendency for some survivors to be involved in externalizing or “acting out” behaviors. This workshop will describe the typical process through which this occurs, including the notion of “triggering”, affect dysregulation, and tension reduction behaviors. Interventions specifically useful for such individuals will be explored.

    8:00-9:00am   Daily Conference Registration

    9:00-10:00am   
    Love, Sex and Attachment
    Helen Fisher, PhD

    An American anthropologist, human behavior researcher, and self-help author, she is a professor at Rutgers University and has studied romantic interpersonal attraction for over 30 years. She is a leading expert on the biology of love and attraction and is now the most referenced scholar in the love research community. In 2005, she was hired by match.com to develop personality-based matching systems. She was one of the main speakers at the 2006 and 2008 TED conference. Dr. Fisher has written five books, including Why We Love, The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love and Why Him? Why Her? How to Find and Keep Lasting Love. She appears in the 2014 documentary film about heart-break entitled Sleepless in New York.

    Helen Fisher wields science as a sobering, if entertaining, lens on what feels like the most meaningful encounters of our lives. She is a leading anthropologist/explorer on the new frontier of seeing inside our brains when love and sex happen. And she reveals how we can take this knowledge as a form of power—to give conscious new meaning to the thrilling and sometimes treacherous human realms of love, sex, and marriage.

    10:00-10:30am    Refreshment Break

    10:30-11:30am   
    It’s Not Just Drug Addiction
    Howard Wetsman, MD

    The New Orleans-based, Chief Medical Officer for Townsend Addiction Treatment Centers a proud member of the AAC family.  Author of QAA: Questions and Answers on Addiction.  He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Wetsman is a Clinical Assistant Professor at LSU School of Medicine and a frequent lecturer on topics including Genetics and Addiction and the Neurobiology of Addiction.

    As we learn about the neurobiology of addiction, previous labels are losing their meaning. Is addiction involving alcohol or drugs really different from addiction involving gambling or overeating, for example? This presentation will examine the words we use to describe addiction, as well as discuss the neurobiological findings that underpin our rapidly changing vocabulary about the disease.

    11:30am-12:30pm   

    The Best-Kept Secret in Psychology, Recovery, & Personal Growth:  Understanding Emotional Regression

    John Lee, MA 

    Emotional Regression is seldom discussed in alcohol and drug treatment facilities and left untouched in therapy offices, and wreaks havoc in many people’s personal and professional relationships. Emotional Regression is the phenomenon where people unconsciously and unintentionally return to their histories (not always childhood). It is what makes men and women feel small or little, or less than powerful adults. Emotional Regression unchecked usually leads to regret; people will say or do, or not say or not do, things they may regret for days, weeks, or even decades. Regressed men and women rage, engage in dangerous or dysfunctional practices. Adulthood— and the functional behaviors and thinking—is the result of regression being identified and successfully worked with in therapy or recovery.


    2:00-3:30pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Why Him? Why Her?: How to Find and Keep Lasting Love       
    Helen Fisher, PhD

    Why Him? Why Her? provides a new way to understand relationships, whether you’re searching for one or eager to strengthen the one you have. Beginning with a scientifically developed questionnaire to determine your prevailing personality type, Fisher tells you not only what type of person you might have chemistry with but how to find them, attract them, and keep them. Once you know the personality profile of the partner you’re with—or hope to find—you can use your knowledge of how your types match up to improve your love life.

    The Neurobiology of Addiction for Counselors        
    Howard Wetsman, MD

    Addiction has been historically seen as a moral failing, a weak will or even long term damage from substance use. Models of the biology of addiction have been able to explain parts of the addiction and recovery experience, but to date, none of these models have been able to predict all the phenomena seen. He will present a biological model of addiction, consistent with the ASAM definition that explains, among other things, why some people need medical treatment and some do not. Other phenomena explained include Most Effective Reward, effect of social interactions, medications for MAT, and many others. This workshop will be interactive and participants will have opportunities to use their own case material to understand the model.

     


    Our Social Convoy or Network:  The Anchor for Our Identity   
    Lorie Dwinell, MSW

    More than 48 years of experience in the field of addiction and recovery. Co-Author of the revised edition (August 2010) of After the Tears: Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Heal Their Childhood Trauma. As a former addiction specialist at both the University of Washington School of Social Work and Seattle University’s Alcohol Studies Program, she trained many of today’s esteemed leaders in the addictive disorders field. A therapist in full time private practice in Seattle from 1977 until 2014 and now residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she specializes in all aspects of addictive disorders, grief, depression, stressful life events, and transitions. Senior Clinical Advisor for Vista Taos Renewal Center, Taos, NM.

    “Tell me who you run with and I will tell you who you are.” Addiction is a “shape shifter.” Individuals are transformed against their will and a new identity emerges: alcoholic/addict. Both identity and social surround are casualties of addiction. This workshop will use Jacob Moreno’s concept of the Social Atom or Social Convoy to track the initial shift in identity and social surround from “outcast” to a new identity as a recovering person.


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

    John Lee, MA

    Passivity is one of the most undiagnosed, overlooked clinical issues facing people in recovery, and impacts those who love and live with the addicts and alcoholics, and results in serious personal, professional, and relationship problems and pain. Passivity is the compulsion or addiction to pursue the opposite of what people—clients, patients, and partners—say they really want. Passivity is characterized by prolonged waiting for outside, external forces or remedies to rescue them from pathological or problematic personal growth issues.

     


    3:30-4:00pm     Refreshment Break

    4:00-5:30pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    The Role of Disorganized Caregiving in Identifying and Healing Developmental Trauma
    Janae B. Weinhold, PhD, LPC

    Author of numerous books on developmental psychology, including Breaking Free of the Codependency Trap, The Flight From Intimacy, Healing Developmental Trauma, and Developmental Trauma: The Game Changer in the Mental Health Profession. She draws from her own life experiences and 30 years in private practice helping individuals, couples and families heal early childhood trauma. She trains mental health professionals in trauma-informed care, is Dean and Core Faculty at the Intercultural Open University Foundation’s doctoral program, co-directs the Colorado Professional Development Center in Colorado Springs, and has served as a trainer, consultant and supervisor for mental health professionals in Ukraine since 1994. 

    Early childhood trauma, due primarily to disorganized caregiving, occurs during both the bonding and separation stages of development. It reappears in therapeutic relationships when and interferes with how clinicians are able to deeply attune with their clients. Given that research shows that 80 to 90% of clients have disorganized attachment, how do we identify and welcome these intensely nuanced client-therapist interactions for healing and transformation? What do we look for? How does our own therapeutic attachment style impact clients with disorganized attachment? Learn key strategies for helping clients with histories of disorganized attachment live from develop an authentic, integrated Self.

    Sex Addiction 101: The Basics       
    Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

    Author, international lecturer, and expert on the relationship between digital technology and human sexuality; Senior Vice President of Clinical Development with Elements Behavioral Health; founder of Sexual Recovery Institute, Los Angeles. He is an author and media expert who has appeared on CNN, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Dr. Drew, and the Today Show. Author of Sex Addiction 101: A Basic Guide to Healing from Sex, Porn and Love Addiction and the soon to be released (January 2017) Out of the Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating.

    In the real world, tens of thousands of men and women daily voluntarily choose to attend sexual addiction 12 step programs and related therapies. Yet in the clinical world, the DSM 5 does not acknowledge the issue (Hypersexual Disorder), while many consider it a joke, a form of social control or simply “an excuse” for bad behavior. This talk is designed to offer realistic, useful insight into the problem of compulsive/addictive porn use, infidelities and other sexual acting out (on and offline). The talk will provide insight into the process addictions, their treatment and the empathic insight required to view this problem for what it is—the adult expression of early complex trauma and attachment loss.

    Everything Will Change: Dealing With Major Life Transitions       
    Lorie Dwinell, MSW

    Change is life’s only constant.  This workshop will deal with aspects of change. What is someone’s style of dealing with change?  Is this a volitional or non-volitional change, i.e., has the individual chosen the outcome or are they transformed against their will. Is the loss which the transition promulgates necessary or unnecessary? Where developmentally is the individual in his life journey, i.e., is this an on-cycle or an off-cycle shift and is there time for him to reconstitute himself?  What lateral supports or resources can be brought to bear?  

    8:00-9:00am     Daily Conference Registration
      
    9:00-10:00am   
    The End to the Theoretical Clubs and the Beginning of an Integrative Model
    John B. Arden, PhD

    Author of 14 books including, Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, Rewire Your Brain, and Brain-Based Therapy with Adults.  He recently retired from Kaiser Permanente where he served as the Northern California Regional Director of Training where he developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States. In this capacity he oversaw more than 150 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 24 medical centers. Dr. Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy which he presents throughout the US and internationally. 

    This presentation attempts to cut through the theoretical fluff inherent in the brand name therapies to arrive at the common factors that produce the most efficacious outcome. Brain-based therapy searches for those factors that are consistent with neuroscience, memory research, and developmental psychology. This approach takes advantage of what we have learned from evidence-based practices and outcome management studies to identify the factors that work, as well as those that are counter therapeutic.

    10:00-10:30am   Refreshment Break

    10:30-11:30am   
    Thou Shalt Not: The Crossroads Between Moral Injury and PTSD/Trauma
    Judy Crane, LMHC, CAP

    Her presentations and seminars on Trauma, Resilience, PTSD and sexual trauma resolution are widely known, and she has 3 decades of experience working in both residential and out-patient settings.   In 2003 she created The Refuge-A Healing Place.  In 2008 Spirit2Spirit Healing was created offering Trauma Retreats and a nationally renowned certification training curriculum. Most Recently, Judy has created a luxury treatment center, The Guest House in Ocala, FL that focuses on healing trauma and treating addiction simultaneously.

    This presentation will correlate the phenomenon of relapse as a survival mechanism to provide, relief, respite, avoidance, medicating or numbing feelings of pain, remorse, guilt or shame surrounding trauma and PTSD as well as explore the crossroads with Moral Injury, the Soul Wound. Additionally research, case studies, and exercises will be provided to define a deeper understanding of trauma, PTSD and its Soul Sister, Moral Injury. Relapse will be defined as relapse in substance and alcohol addiction, process addictions, mental health diagnoses and relapse in self-defeating behaviors. The history of Moral Injury, codes of religious dogma, spiritual beliefs and codes of honor will be described.

    11:30am -12:30pm   Dual Plenary Presentations
    Out of the Doghouse: A Relationship Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating
    Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

    Typically, men are good at creating rifts in relationships but terrible at mending them, especially after they’ve repeatedly betrayed their partner through sexual infidelity. For the most part, cheating men are both intimacy-challenged and empathy-challenged, and, as such, they lack the skills needed to overcome the damage wrought by their infidelity. In this presentation he shares his expertise, illuminating the ways in which men can move beyond their usual feeble efforts to smooth things over. He provides exactly the needed guidance in Out of the Doghouse, helping men move past the usual roadblocks in ways that will not only save a damaged relationship, but make it better than ever.

    How Trauma and Addiction Reinforce Each Other
    Todd Langus, PsyD

    Has dedicated the last 10 years to treating public safety personnel and their families. He has responded to national emergencies such as 9/11, treating hundreds of emergency responders. He has treated victims of Hurricane Katrina and military personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan and has responded to countless officer-involved shootings, line-of-duty deaths and critical incidences. Private corporations have called on him to handle large-scale traumas. He served as a law enforcement officer for 20 years. Not only has he seen trauma from the front lines as a law enforcement officer, he is also a trauma survivor and provides training and lectures to agencies throughout the U.S.

    Participants will learn how trauma and addiction create a vicious cycle that impedes recovery.  Ways to break that cycle will be presented and discussed.

    1:45-3:15pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Helping People with Autostress Disorders       
    John B. Arden, PhD

    The workshop will examine how outcomes are enhanced by using brain-based therapy approaches with people who have been plagued by autostress disorders. Just as people with autoimmune disorders suffer from attacks on their bodies by their own immune system, people with anxiety suffer attacks by their stress system on their mind/brain/body. Their anxiety becomes an auto stress disorder wherein their own stress system no longer protects them from danger, but alerts them to danger when there is none. Clients with anxiety disorders are confused by the symptoms, as well as by different therapists they encounter who ascribe to the various brand-name therapies.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing       
    Pete Nielsen, MA

    Pete Nielsen is the Chief Executive Officer for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP).  He is a nationally known speaker and writer who has been published in numerous industry specific magazines and is on the editorial board for Counselor Magazine. He also     has a diverse background in education and treatment having worked in education as a campus director, academic dean, and an instructor. He has worked in the substance use disorders field for nineteen years as an interventionist, family recovery specialist, counselor, and administrator.

    This is an advanced presentation aimed at practitioners who are familiar with MI and have some knowledge of CBT to enable them to combine MI and CBT skills to maximize their interventions.  Participants will be given an understanding of CBT’s and MI’s compatible elements and how they can be used to treat individuals that have drug and alcohol problems.

    Shock, Trauma and Stress: The Trauma Continuum   
    Janae B. Weinhold, PhD, LPC

    Shock, trauma and stress are discrete internal states that fall on a biological, psychological and temporal continuum. Each state involves different orientations to time, different parts of the brain, and different parts of the central nervous system. Because of their unique characteristics, shock, trauma and stress also require specific clinical interventions. Learn how to differentiate between these very different internal states, and how to provide appropriate, ethical therapeutic interventions for each internal state.

    Experiential Therapy with PTSD/Addiction Clients   
    Judy Crane, LMHC, CAP

    Experiential therapy in its many forms is an exciting aspect of treatment that allows the client to create new ways of coping with and handling their trauma and addiction(s). Experiential Therapy provides a framework for catharsis, or release, of stored visceral memory, often trauma memory.  Experiential techniques can achieve a deeper level of resolution as the therapy moves beyond the cognitive and into both emotional and spiritual states allowing a client to create a healthier sense of self and a more refined and mature ego state as the result of this depth of work. The participant will see and experience a variety of therapies that create new and synergistic healing for trauma survivors and addicts. Presented will be aspects of a number of these therapies that the participant will be able to utilize in their own practice and expand the strategies and metaphors that clinicians use in their work helping clients heal.

    Healing the Trauma Patient During Recovery From Addiction    
    Todd Langus, PsyD

    This presentation will discuss treatment techniques to use while treating patients on the path to recovery. Observe an experiential debriefing process demonstrating useful techniques and how to implement them into your practice.

    3:15-3:30pm     Refreshment Break

    3:30-5:00pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Understanding Addiction and Narcissism through the Lens of Intimacy and Attachment
    Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

    In a recent popular TED talk, British journalist Johann Hari posits the theory that an underlying cause of addiction is in fact the addict’s attempt to seek escape from their (often trauma based) emotional isolation from something all human beings crave and require—deeply intimate, dependable, healthy, close relationships. This talk will explore the idea that, while initially drawn to addictive substances and behaviors as sources of simple pleasure seeking, that addicts get stuck seeking repeated, addictive pleasures for the secondary gains that these substances and experiences provide: emotional escape, dissociation, self-soothing.

    How to Help Your Clients Complete their Individuation Process       
    Janae B. Weinhold, PhD, LPC

    Developmental trauma during early childhood prevents most people from completing their psychological individuation process separation between ages 2 and 3, and struggling with adult challenges such as codependency and counter-dependency, Drama Triangle social dynamics and addictions. What is individuation? How does it help develop support living from the True Self, and why is this important in today’s world?  Learn the basics of individuation theory and the therapeutic tools art for helping your clients complete this important psychological process.

    Brain-Based Therapy and PTSD       
    John Arden, PhD

    Brain-based therapy synthesizes neuroscience, evidence- based treatment, psychotherapy research, and attachment theory into a hybrid therapeutic model. This model helps identify which elements of psychotherapeutic schools are effective and which may be counter-therapeutic. Brain-based therapy envisions the therapeutic process as brain changing as necessary to change mood and behavior. The model proposes moving beyond the theoretical school paradigm. This training will examine the use of brain-based therapy to enhance outcome with people who have been traumatized. The role that brain function plays in mood, memory and behavior will be identified, including discussions on the difference between male and female brains, the middle aged brain and how alcohol affects the brain. Special attention will be given to addressing the neuro-dynamics of PTSD and the crucial role of memory.

    Medication Assisted Treatment        
    Pete Nielsen, MA

    This presentation covers the variety of medications used to treat Substance Use Disorders (SUDs), how those medications work, and, most importantly, how the use of medications fits into a recovery plan. The presentation will also explore the various issues that arise in the implementation and utilization of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), including access to medications, duration of medication usage, coordination of providers, and the interaction between MAT, psychosocial counseling and fellowship support groups.
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    SPECIAL FOCUS ON:
    * Trauma Treatment
    * The Brain and Addiction
    * Co-occurring Disorders
    * Anxiety and Depression
    * Suicide Prevention and Awareness
    * Love, Sex and Attachment

    Other topics:
    * Reaching Clinical Excellence
    * The Opioid Epidemic
    * Developing Secure Attachment
    * Easily Triggered Trauma Survivors
    * Neurobiology of Addiction
    * Why Him? Why Her?: Finding Love
    * Developmental Trauma
    * Self Injury and Self Harm
    * Moral Injury
    * Brain Based Therapy & PTSD
    * Cross Cultural Practice
    * Experiential Therapy
    * Ethics and many more….


    Conference Objectives
    Participants will be able:
    1. To identify treatment approaches for successfully treating trauma, addictive disorders, co-occurring disorders and 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, anxiety, trauma, depression and other areas of psychotherapy.
    4. To describe the relationship of trauma, anxiety and depression to addictive and compulsive processes with treatment considerations.

    Limited Number of Exhibit Spaces Available   
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    Lorrie Keip Cositore  
    1-800-851-9100 x220
    lorriek@hcibooks.com

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    Conference Site
    Tropicana Las Vegas
    3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    Phone: 800-634-4000

    In the heart of the famed Las Vegas Strip, The Tropicana Las Vegas is redefining the expectations of today’s global travelers with a $180 million transformation. The South Beach-inspired changes include all new, best-in-class hotel rooms and suites, a new casino, newly remodeled conference center, more than four acres of tropical pool area, as well is new restaurants.

    The Tropicana Las Vegas offers our conference guests a very special rate of $95 for rooms Monday through Thursday nights, March 20-23 and $145 for Friday and Saturday nights, March 24 and 25 plus daily resort fee of $10 that includes in room internet, fitness center access, 2 for 1 show tickets to Laugh Factory (Sunday thru Thursday).


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    Faculty
    John Arden, PhD
    Author of 14 books including, Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, Rewire Your Brain, and Brain-Based Therapy with Adults. He recently retired from Kaiser Permanente where he served as the Northern California Regional Director of Training where he developed one of the largest mental health training program
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    John Briere, PhD
    Associate Professor Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He is recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology f
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    Judy Crane, LMHC, CAP
    Her presentations and seminars on Trauma, Resilience, PTSD and sexual trauma resolution are widely known, and she has 3 decades of experience working in both residential and out-patient settings. In 2003 she created The Refuge-A Healing Place.  In 2008 Spirit2Spirit Healing was created offering
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    Patrick DeChello, PhD, MSW
    Internationally recognized clinical social worker, clinical psychologist, and chemical dependency treatment specialist with well over 36 years of experience. He is the author of 32 books and numerous articles in the mental health and chemical dependency fields, featured in numerous publications and
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    Lorie Dwinell, MSW
    More than 48 years of experience in the field of addiction and recovery. Co-Author of the revised edition (August 2010) of After the Tears: Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Heal Their Childhood Trauma. As a former addiction specialist at both the University of Washington School of Social Work an
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    Lisa Firestone, PhD
    Lisa Firestone PhD is the Director of Research and Education at the Glendon Association and Sr. Editor at PsychAlive.org. She is coauthor of The Self Under Siege, Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion and Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships. She is a regular
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    Helen Fisher, PhD
    An American anthropologist, human behavior researcher, and self-help author, she is a professor at Rutgers University and has studied romantic interpersonal attraction for over 30 years. She is a leading expert on the biology of love and attraction and is now the most referenced scholar in the love
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    Robert Johnson, DO
    He is board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, and has been the Medical Director for the six Amen Clinics since May 2013. His previous roles include Medical Director of Sierra Tucson for 5 years, Senior Medical Director of College Hospital for 10 years and Behavioral Health consultant f
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    Todd Langus, PsyD
    Has dedicated the last 10 years to treating public safety personnel and their families. He has responded to national emergencies such as 9/11, treating hundreds of emergency responders. He has treated victims of Hurricane Katrina and military personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan and has responded to
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    Scott Miller, PhD
    Co-founder of the Center for Clinical Excellence, an international consortium of clinicians, researchers and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and trainings throughout the world, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public
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    Pete Nielsen, LAADC, CADC II, CAI, SAP
    Pete Nielsen is the interim executive director for the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CAADAC), the California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CCBADC), and the California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP). Mr. Nielsen has
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    Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM
    A board certified family practitioner. He is the medical director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction
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    Janae Weinhold, PhD, LPC
    Author of numerous books on developmental psychology, including Breaking Free of the Codependency Trap, The Flight From Intimacy, Healing Developmental Trauma, and Developmental Trauma: The Game Changer in the Mental Health Profession. She draws from her own life experiences and 30 years in private
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    Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S
    Author, international lecturer, and expert on the relationship between digital technology and human sexuality; Senior Vice President of Clinical Development with Elements Behavioral Health; founder of Sexual Recovery Institute, Los Angeles. He is an author and media expert who has appeared on CNN, T
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    Howard Wetsman, MD
    The New Orleans-based, Chief Medical Officer for Townsend Addiction Treatment Centers and author of QAA: Questions and Answers on Addiction. He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Wetsman is a Clinical Assistan
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