• 15th National Conference on Adolescents and Young Adults

    April 19 - 21, 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 pm    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. 

    Level of Instruction:  All Sessions are Intermediate/Advanced unless otherwise noted.

    8:00 am    Conference Registration Continental Breakfast

    9:00–10:30 am    
    The Hungry Ghost: Combining Science and Compassion in the Treatment of Addiction
    Gabor Maté, MD

    Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For twelve years he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. He is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. He is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on five continents, including When The Body Says No; and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts.
    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.

    10:30–11:00 am    Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Area            Breaks will be held each AM and PM in the exhibit area.

    11:00–12:30 pm    
    Effective Trauma Treatment: A Review of the Latest Evidence and Emerging Modalities
    Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP

    Recently retired from Private Practice in Washington DC, Dr. Courtois had specialized in the treatment of trauma, particularly for adults experiencing the effects of childhood incest and other forms of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. She has worked with these issues for 30 years and has developed treatment approaches for complex post traumatic and dissociative conditions for which she has received international recognition. Past President of Division 56 (Psychological Trauma) of the American Psychological Association and a Founding Associate Editor of the Division’s journal, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, & Policy, she has recently served as Chair of the APA Clinical Practice Guidelines for PTSD in Adults and Professional Practice Guidelines for the treatment of Complex PTSD for the APA Division 56 and for the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. Co-author of The Treatment of Complex Trauma and co-editor of Treating Complex Trauma: Scientific Foundations and Therapeutic Models and Treating Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents, all with Dr. Julian Ford, and a number of other books on trauma treatment.
    No clinical area has undergone more rapid development or benefited more from new research than the field of psychological trauma. The veritable flood of information had made it virtually impossible for therapists to stay on top of all the current research and clinical writing, learn about newest findings and techniques, investigate controversies and debates, and sort out results that matter from those that don’t. This keynote is opportunity to examine the clinical implications of the latest evidence. It includes an overview of the recommendations of the Clinical Practice and Professional Practice Guidelines of various national and international organizations and discusses other issues in trauma treatment, including the role of clinical judgment, competence and client preference.

    2:00–3:30 pm        CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    The Immigrant Family: Parent-Adolescent Challenges and Therapy  Considerations
    Roland Fleck, EdD

    Chair of the Department of Psychology at National University, San Diego, CA. Author or co-author of a book, several book chapters, numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and many papers including several at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.
    This workshop will present a number of specific suggestions for culturally-sensitive assessment and intervention. In addition, specific suggestions for becoming a culturally-sensitive person and therapist are provided.  The presentation will specifically elaborate on these two areas of suggestion and provide clinical applications of each in working with these immigrant parents and their adolescent children. This presentation has special significance for therapists working in Las Vegas and western states in general with large Hispanic immigrant populations.

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

    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.

    Relational Healing for Relational Injury in the Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents and Young Adults
    Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP 
       
    Individuals with histories of early, severe childhood abuse and neglect and those who suffer extreme and cumulative forms of interpersonal trauma experience a wide range of difficulties, now referred to as complex trauma. These difficulties often have their origins in disturbed and disrupted primary attachment relationships, abuse and neglect within these relationships, and the additive effects of multiple experiences of trauma. These, in turn, cause considerable psychological damage, both personally and interpersonally over the course of the lifespan. In this workshop we will discuss these issues as they pertain to the lifestage of late adolescence and early adulthood.  A therapeutic relationship is a primary intervention and context for distress of this sort, offering a secure base from which to examine and rework attachment difficulties, process the trauma, learn essential life and relational skills, and increase the capacity necessary for constructive relationships; however, developing a therapeutic relationship with complex trauma clients (especially in this age group) offers numerous challenges. This presentation will identify relational issues that arise in the treatment of this population and life stage and strategies for their identification and management. Ethics within the therapy relationship, vicarious trauma and countertransference responses and posttraumatic growth in the therapist will be discussed.

    4:00–5:30 pm        CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Anchoring the True Self Through Adolescence and Early Adulthood
    Sandra Felt, LCSW, BCD

    Sandra is the author of Beyond the Good-Girl Jail: When You Dare to Live from Your True Self, a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, a Certified Trauma-Informed Practitioner and Trainer, and a former director of a child abuse treatment research program. She draws on her own hard-won life experiences as well as more than 30 years of private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker treating courageous survivors of trauma and neglect. She loves sunrise hikes and playing bluegrass bass.
    What happens to a person’s true self during the hurricane of adolescence and young adulthood? Where does it hide? How might this critical aspect of identity development get interrupted? How do we assess how strong a client’s true self is? And how do we tap into this essential anchor when we want to stabilize young people who are struggling with trauma, addiction, eating disorders, and intense social pressures? Learn the language of the true self and six sure-fire strategies to recognize, connect with, build, and help adolescents and young adults live from their core sense of self. Learn to listen from a deeper place to hear a deeper truth.

    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.

     

    Family Recovery: The Secret Ingredient for Treatment Success!
    Jim Savage, LCDC

    A leading expert in the field of adolescent and young adult addiction treatment. He is known for his dedication to effective treatment as well as his creative approach which includes musical performance, storytelling, and spirituality. His book Rehab Works! A Parent’s Guide to Drug Treatment focuses on improving treatment outcomes through effective family support. In 2013 Jim opened the Dallas Recovery Center, where he currently maintains a private practice specializing in assessment, intervention, continuing care, and supporting parents in managing treatment for teens and young adults.
    “What’s your success rate?” This is one of the first questions parents ask when considering treatment for their son or daughter.  What they may not realize is that treatment success should be regarded as an interactive process in which the family members have much more to do with it than is generally realized. In this workshop he will demonstrate effective strategies for improving treatment success through greater family engagement. In addition, his captivating use of musical performance and storytelling as a way of reinforcing the material provides a unique experiential component that makes this a workshop you won’t want to miss.

    A Collaborative Person-Centered Approach to Addiction Treatment
    Roland Fleck, EdD

    This workshop will provide a rationale and articulate person-centered integrative approach to addiction treatment that integrates a Rogerian-based person-centered approach, Anderson and Goolishian’s post-modern collaborative therapy, Miller and Rollnick’s motivational interviewing, and more recent collaborative therapeutic approaches in which dialogue and interaction between therapist and client take center stage rather than the provision of a particular set of conditions for the client. This person-centered therapeutic approach to treating addictions will be applied with specific methods to use to working with adolescents and young adult clients.

    8:00 am    Continental Breakfast Sponsored by

    9:00–10:00 am    
    Enhancing Treatment Outcomes
    John Preston, PsyD

    Professor emeritus with Alliant International University, Sacramento and formerly on the faculty of UC Davis School of Medicine. Author or co-author of twenty-one books addressing psychotherapy, mood disorders, PTSD, neurobiology, psychopharmacology and spiritual aspects of emotional healing and psychotherapy. He received the Mental Health Association’s President’s Award.
    Many people enter therapy, and despite our best efforts, achieve only partial improvement. This presentation will focus on many issues that often derail successful treatment. We will explore the following: Maximizing sleep to improve emotional regulation, new findings and cautions regarding melatonin, common unrecognized medical illnesses that affect 10% of our clients and how to screen for this, dietary supplements: products that are supported by research and the legal and ethical issues in recommending them to clients, and the role of bright light and exercise. The strategies are high-yield approaches to achieving better outcomes in counseling and psychotherapy.

    10:30–11:30 am    
    ADHD NATION: Children, Doctors, Big Pharma, and the  Making of an American Epidemic
    Alan Schwarz

    Alan Schwarz is a Pulitzer Prize–nominated national correspondent for The New York Times whose acclaimed investigative series of 100 articles exposed the seriousness of concussions in sports, led to safety reforms nationwide, and was ultimately described as “the greatest feat in sports journalism history.” His work was profiled in The New Yorker and several documentary films, and was one of three finalists for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. His book, ADHD Nation, was published in September.
    The newly released, ADHD NATION is a groundbreaking and definitive account of the widespread misdiagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder—and how its unchecked growth over half a century has made ADHD one of the most mishandled and controversial conditions in medicine, with serious effects on children, adults, and society. Schwarz takes readers behind the scenes to show the roots and rise of this cultural and medical phenomenon. While demonstrating that ADHD is real and can be successfully medicated, Schwarz sounds a long-overdue alarm and urges America to address this growing national problem.

    11:30–12:30 pm    
    Adolescent Cannabis Use and Abuse: The Rite of Passage Gone Wrong
    Jennifer Golick, PhD, LMFT

    Clinical Director at Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services and has over 16 years of clinical experience in a variety of outpatient and residential treatment facilities treating severe mental illness, chronic pain and addiction. Clinical specialties include family systems models focusing on helping individuals and families. She has co-authored several published articles and has been a clinical consultant for an episode of This Week with George Stephanopoulos as well as with the BBC Health Documentary Department.
    This presentation will address the increasing risks of use of marijuana and related products by adolescents.  As THC content increases and methods such as “dabbing” increase frequency of use, risks of marijuana use as perceived by youth are decreasing.  At a time when marijuana access is increasing nationally, a new marijuana landscape is forming in which both adolescents and treatment 10 providers must adjust their perceptions of what was once thought of as a “harmless” drug.  This presentation will discuss this new landscape, and what it means for adolescent drug treatment. Case material will be presented to highlight treatment challenges and recommendations.

    2:00–3:30 pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Stress-Induced Brain Damage: Implications for Psychotherapy
    John Preston, PsyD

    Many common psychological disorders are accompanied by changes in brain functioning where certain hormones and neurotransmitters can be toxic to the brain. This especially so in depression, very severe, chronic stress and severe chronic pain. The result is damage to specific brain structures that regulate emotions. This type of brain damage also increases vulnerability to recurring depressive episodes. Thankfully some of this damage to the brain can be repaired. We will explore neuroplasticity, neuro-protection and how psychotherapy, lifestyle adjustments (e.g. exercise, sleep enhancement and circadian rhythm stabilization), certain dietary supplements, and psychiatric drugs can facilitate specific types of neurological repair.

    Innovative Strategies Empowering Parents of Teens and Young Adult  Addicts Through the Continuum of Care
    Barbara Krovitz-Neren, MA

    She has been a youth and parenting advocate for 35 years. Currently she coaches parents who have teens and young adults who are chemically dependent or have mental health challenges and also consults with programs to enhance parent involvement in recovery. She created a 5 step Foundational Parenting program for parents of addicts to help them take back their parenting and restructure a healthy family. She was co-founder and director of Children Are People, Inc. and is the founder of Competent Parents, Confident Kids.  Summer, 2017, her book Parenting the Addicted Teen: A 5 Step Foundational Program will be published.
    The addiction/recovery field has a gaping hole in recovery services to parents of addicts and addicts with co-occurring mental health challenges. Few systemized approaches have been developed to support parents in playing an essential role in the successful long-term recovery of their adolescents or young adults through the first year of family recovery.  You will learn about an innovative program that Treatment Centers, Sober Lliving and Community Support Systems can adapt to support parents to help them move their family to one of recovery and support their recovering teen.  This program was piloted for 3 years with over 200 parents of adolescent and young adult addicts in recovery.

    ADHD NATION: More on the Making of an American Epidemic
    Alan Schwarz

    Drawing on his acclaimed new book, “ADHD Nation,” Pulitzer Prize-nominated investigative reporter Alan Schwarz discusses his searing exposé of the widespread mishandling of ADHD and drugs prescribed for it such as Adderall.  A special emphasis is paid to the nationwide health crisis of Adderall abuse, particularly among high school students, and how Big Pharma and the ADHD lobby distorted the addictive qualities of the drugs.

    From Reefer Madness to Legalized Endangerment?:   A Panel on Current Marijuana Issues Impacting  Adolescents and Young Adults
    Expert Panel includes:
    Ben Cort
    Jr. Fellow at University of Florida’s Drug Policy Institute, Board of Directors of Project SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).  Author of an upcoming book on marijuana.
    Jennifer Golick, PhD, LMFT
    Clinical Director Muir Wood, Adolescent and Family Services
    Pete Nielsen, MA
    CEO California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals
    Gary Seidler
    Executive Editor, COUNSELOR Magazine (Moderator)

    The costs and benefits of decriminalization of cannabis, including medical marijuana, legalization, and adolescent treatment implications will be discussed and explored with comments from different perspectives of experts in the field.  

    4:00–5:30 pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Wellness and Ethics in Working with Adolescents and Young Adults
    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.
    We will explore the practical application of ethics in counseling and therapy with a focus on adolescents and young adults.  Additionally, the importance of managing compassion fatigue will be explored along with suggestions for maintaining wellness.  The ethics of impairment, burnout and self-care will be addressed as well as the need to address our own issues of self-care.  

    A Practical Model for Utilizing Feelings and Flashbacks to Heal Trauma
    Sandra Felt, LCSW, BCD

    PTSD and its related trauma are not simple issues to treat in adolescents and young adults.  Breaking a traumatic experience down into its six component stages helps us identify which aspects require our specific focus to complete healing.  The six corresponding different kinds of flashbacks give us the clues.  The clinician’s role includes teaching feelings and flashback skills, managing safety issues and dissociation, fully completing the flashback process, and being aware of vicarious trauma.

    The Healing Power of Music:  The Journey - A Musical Recovery Program
    Jim Savage, LCDC

    The Journey is a rock musical written by Jim Savage that presents an inspiring message about overcoming challenges and achieving fulfillment in life. Initially created to tell a story about addiction and recovery, it has become a substantial body of work that goes beyond addiction, as it shows that life is a spiritual journey that involves a similar process for everyone.  A powerful way of connecting with teens and young adults, Jim has been using The Journey with substance abuse clients for over 25 years.  Evocative songs that everyone can relate to, coupled with Jim’s talent as a singer and guitarist, always provide an experience that is as emotional and educational as it is entertaining when Jim performs for treatment groups.

    Suicide: Understanding, Prevention and Management
    (Please note this session on Suicide will extend until 5:50 for those needing it for licensure requirements.)
    John Preston, PsyD

    Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and an issue that every counselor or psychotherapist will encounter. In this presentation we will address the following: prevention, increasing precision in assessing for possible suicide (some new guidelines), factors that lead to increased risk of suicide in adolescents, para-suicide (i.e. self-injury: the dynamics, biology and treatment strategies, and anti-suicide drugs. In addition, we will consider the following: do antidepressants increase suicide risk?, protecting the therapist from possible law suits, and the impact of a suicide on the therapist.
    8:00 am    Continental Breakfast Sponsored by
           
    9:00–10:00 am
    The Psychological Toxicity of Modern Adolescence  (and What We Can Do About It)  
    Stephen Ilardi, PhD

    Has served on the faculties of the University of Colorado and (presently) the University of Kansas. The author of over 50 scholarly articles on mental illness, Dr. Ilardi is a nationally recognized expert on depression. His work has been honored by the American Psychological Association’s prestigious Blau Award for early career contributions to the field, and his research on the neuroscience of depression has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH). He has also been invited to give two recent TEDx talks on his work, and is the author of The Depression Cure: The 6-Step Program to Beat Depression Without Drugs. Recently, he was selected from a pool of over 2,000 instructors at KU as the recipient of the school’s highest instructional honor, the HOPE Award for teaching excellence. He also maintains a clinical practice.
    Our ancestors lived for countless millennia in a world far different from the one we now inhabit, and our genes, bodies, brains, and minds remain largely calibrated to that ancient way of life. Simply put: We were never designed for the sedentary, indoor, socially isolated, sleep-deprived, fast-food-laden, frenzied 24/7/365 pace of modern American life.  The result is an epidemic of mental illness—particularly among adolescents and young adults—that shows no signs of abating despite the fact that one in five Americans is now on psychiatric medication. But it is possible to reclaim several healing habits of the past—many of which have effects on neurochemistry—and weave them into the fabric of 21st-century life.

    10:30–11:30 am    
    Defiance, Alliance, and Compliance: The Precursors Model for Dissolving Resistance in Difficult Teens
    Fred Hanna, PhD

    Professor in the Department of Counseling at Adler University, Chicago, IL and also serves as a Faculty Associate at Johns Hopkins University. He has held positions on the editorial boards of six scholarly journals and has published a wide range of professional articles. His research interests have focused on developing the Precursors Model of Change. Fred has also developed and published many innovative clinical techniques aimed at positive change for aggressive adolescents, addicted clients, suicidal clients, victims of personal and cultural oppression, and criminal personalities. Author of the book, Therapy with Difficult Clients: Using the Precursors Model to Awaken Change.
    Adolescents are notorious for being defiant, recalcitrant, rebellious, and resistant to counseling—sometimes overtly and sometimes in a more passive aggressive manner. Graduate schools typically do not teach courses that address how to approach such difficult adolescents. The Precursors Model offers a host of innovative and immediately applicable techniques that soften resistance and converts unwilling clients into those who willingly engage in counseling. This can often be done in one session. Yes. You read that correctly. Over a dozen strategies and techniques are offered. You know about the defense mechanisms. The precursors are the offense mechanisms of change.

    11:30–12:30 pm    
    From Resistance to Rhythm: Scientific Findings in  Adolescent/Young Adult Treatment
    Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC

    She holds master’s degrees in both social work and music therapy. She is the author of Music Medicine, the Science and Spirit of Healing with Sound, and The Healing Drum Learning Program. 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. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet a true pioneer in the integration of music, medicine and healing.
    We are all naturally wired for rhythm.  From cardiac beats to pulmonary patterns, circadian cycles and neuronal firing.  This experiential keynote explains scientific studies with at-risk students and incarcerated teens and engages you in a direct experience of group drumming for teambuilding and reducing burn out.  Learn why drumming, an ancient healing art, is now being utilized for treatment today.

    1:45–3:15 pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Lifestyle-Based Strategies for Healing Depression in Adolescents and Young Adulthood
    Stephen Ilardi, PhD

    Despite a 300% increase in antidepressant use since the 1990s, the staggering toll of depressive illness keeps rising. As the research evidence keeps pouring in, a sad reality has come sharply into focus: medications alone do not deliver a complete and lasting recovery for the majority of depressed individuals who take them. Fortunately, modern neuroscience reveals that the way we live also has a profound impact on brain function, and myriad simple changes in lifestyle have shown a powerful ability to help heal depression. In this workshop, we will examine 7 lifestyle-based strategies that can be integrated into any depression treatment regimen.

    Pornography and the Adolescent Brain: How a Generation Got Hooked To a Non-Relational Sexuality
    Alex Lerza, LMFT

    He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist who founded the first adolescent treatment IOP for teens hooked on pornography in the Silicon Valley. He is also the CEO and Co-Founder of RTribe—an addiction recovery platform that allows addicts to track and share their progress with their support community. His passion is to build technology that will equip this generation with the science and wisdom that heals addiction.
    Pornography is rewiring the brains of a whole generation at a scale and scope that is unprecedented. Similar to the delayed understanding associated with the health risk of cigarettes, we as clinicians and as a society are behind in understanding the tsunami that is coming due to the addictive nature of online pornography. Already 55% divorces cite compulsive porn use as a key contributor and in a recent longitudinal study compulsive pornography was cited as the 2nd leading factor of dissatisfaction in marriage. These consequences are the result of adult use of pornography.  What happens when this same stimulus of endless novelty is introduced to the developing, novel-seeking brain of adolescents?

    10 Easily Applied Techniques for Changing Anger, Lying, Blaming, Violent Impulses, and Other Troubling Teen Behaviors
    Fred Hanna, PhD

    No theories here: Just a set of powerful techniques delivered one after the other in a highly useful and clear format, and with lots of moving stories and examples of positive change. The emphasis is on what a counselor can do sooner rather than later with a range of adolescents who range from bullies to gang members, and from the depressed to the suicidal. Novel and original approaches to such problems as anger, apathy, blaming, lying, and other behaviors are offered, and presented with detail and clarity.

    Evidence—based Adolescent Treatment—On Drums
    Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC

    Experience a ten-step evidence-based group protocol that weaves therapeutic activities with the engaging, empowering, entrainment approach of drumming using the Health RHYTHMS program. No prior musical experience necessary. Drums provided.  

    3:30–5:00 pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Beyond Motivational Interviewing and CBT: Advanced Addictions  Counseling Techniques for Teens
    Fred Hanna, PhD

    In this program, a completely original, practical, and innovative approach to drug and alcohol counseling is offered that aligns the intentions of drug use with the purpose of counseling itself! Learn strategies and techniques that paradoxically validate the client for his or her drug use and in the process reorients them toward personal growth and change! Learn advanced techniques to tackle the cognitive, affective, behavioral, social, metacognitive, and cravings aspects of addiction itself. And learn the Cognitive Therapy of Oppression as a form of therapy that adds a new dimension to standard CBT that is easier to use for some clients and affords prompt results.

    The Truth About Feelings: Shutting Down, Acting Out, or Processing Through?
    Sandra Felt, LCSW, BCD

    Adolescents and young adults can seem volatile and confusing emotionally, and attempting to control their feelings doesn’t work very well. Let’s provide them with accurate information and life-long skills to use with feelings when they need it most. How can we teach adolescents and young adults to distinguish feelings from thoughts, needs, and behaviors? How can we teach them to identify the three options we all have whenever a feeling is beginning—shutting down, acting out, and processing through—and the appropriateness and consequences of each choice? Clinical concerns, including safety, are addressed and two client handouts are provided.

    Music Medicine: Evidence Based Use of the Four Elements of Music
    Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC

    This presentation engages you in the use of music for self-care and group therapy. Cutting edge science and evidence-based approaches to using music in psychology, family therapy, addictions treatment, care-giver stress will be explored.  

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    SPECIAL FOCUS ON:
    * The Impact of Trauma
    * The Developing Brain & Mind
    * Addictions in Youth
    * Suicide Prevention & Awareness
    * Overcoming Depression & Anxiety
    * Neuroscience & Therapy

    Conference Objectives
    Participants will be able:
    1.   To identify treatment approaches for successfully treating adolescents and young adults with chemical dependence, trauma,  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 impact of trauma, depression and anxiety on youth and best practices for treatment and how to bolster resilience.  
    4.   To identify advances in the assessment of at-risk factors for adolescents and young adults and their treatment.

    Limited Number of Exhibit Spaces Available
    For more information contact:
    Lorrie Keip Cositore -Email-lorriek@hcibooks.com
    1-800-851-9100 x.220

    Join Us in Las Vegas at the Tropicana Las Vegas

    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,  April 17-20 and $145 for Friday and Saturday nights,  April 21 and 22 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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    Call 800-634-4000 (Request rooms for the National Conference on Adolescents and Young Adults group code 109) or Reserve Online at https://aws.passkey.com/go/AYA before March 14 to receive the conference rate. Each reservation requires one night’s deposit. Please be aware of hotel’s cancellation policy

    Faculty
    Ben Cort
    Now the Director of Professional Relations for CeDAR, in Aurora, CO that is part of the University of Colorado Health System. With a deep understanding of the issues and a personal motivation to see the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse minimized, his passion for recovery, prevention and har
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    Christine Courtois, PhD, ABPP
    Recently retired from Private Practice in Washington DC, Dr. Courtois had specialized in the treatment of trauma, particularly for adults experiencing the effects of childhood incest and other forms of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. She has worked with these issues for 30 years and has de
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    Sandra Felt, LCSW
    Author of the newly released Beyond the Good-Girl Jail: When You Dare to Live from Your True Self. A grateful recovering good-girl, she draws on her own hard-won life experiences as well as more than 30 years of private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker treating courageous survivors of e
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    Roland Fleck, EdD
    Chair of the Department of Psychology at National University, San Diego, California. Author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and many papers presented at conference including several at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.
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    Jennifer Golick, PhD,LMFT
    Clinical Director at Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services and has over 16 years of clinical experience in a variety of outpatient and residential treatment facilities treating severe mental illness, chronic pain and addiction. Clinical specialties include family systems models focusing on helpin
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    Fred Hanna, PhD
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    CONTINUING EDUCATION
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    18 HOURS Full Time Conference April 19-21

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    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.

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    US Journal Training, Inc., #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. US Journal Training, Inc., maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB approval period: 12/5/16-12/5/18. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

    California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE)
    California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE). Provider #CP20687C0816.  

    California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CBBS)
    California Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider #PCE 78—Course meets the qualifications for 24 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the CA Board of Behavioral Sciences.(not exceeding maximum credit hours for the conference).

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

    California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP-E1)
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    Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation (CACCF)
    Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Federation (CACCF).

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    EAP Association/EACC-program approved for PDHs not exceeding maximum credit hours for the conference.

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

    National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
    National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). Approved Education Provider Program #10069.

    National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
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    National Board for Certified Counselors (N0. 5130)
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    Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers and Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors
    Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers and Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors.

    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 CE Hour requirement.
     
     ADA accommodations will be made in accordance with the law. If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate your needs by March 14, 2017. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.


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