• 30th Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders

    May 31 - June 2, 2017
    Seattle, Washington

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    6:00–8:00pm 

    Early Conference Registration at Hyatt Regency Bellevue

    7:45am Registration Continued


    8:00–8:50amContinental Breakfast

     

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


    9:00–10:00am The Evolution of Psychotherapy: From Oxymoron to Reality

    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.

    Since the first “Evolution of Psychotherapy” conference in 1985, thousands of research studies and how-to books on psychotherapy have been published. Workshops, training programs, and certifications abound. At the same time, the overall effectiveness of psychotherapy has not improved a single percentage point. Meanwhile, practitioners face the most challenging economic practice climate in the field’s history. Incomes are down and fewer people are seeking psychotherapy as a remedy to their problems. In this address, Dr. Miller boldly asserts that the field has been looking for results in all the wrong places. After reviewing what does not work, he highlights the latest findings from the field of expertise and expert performance, documenting three evidence-based steps associated with superior performing clinicians. Research shows that using these steps pushes therapists to reach the next level of effectiveness.


    10:00–10:30am Refreshment Break

     

    10:30–11:30am Essential Living: A Guide to Having Happiness and Peace by Reclaiming Your Essential Self

    Shelley Uram, MD

    Shelley Uram is a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She speaks around the country about psychological trauma and how it often interferes with our ability to thrive in life. Dr. Uram is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Arizona College of Medicine, and a Senior Fellow at The Meadows. Dr. Uram has written numerous articles about psychological trauma and the brain, and her new book is titled Essential Living.

    Shelley Uram’s presentation explores finding who we are at our very essence, how our ancient survival brain areas pull our attention away from this essence at a very young age, and how to get it back. When we reclaim our ‘Essential Self’ our happiness and peace return with it.

     

    11:30–12:30pm Understanding and Treating Trauma

    Patrick DeChello, PhD

    Internationally recognized clinical social worker, clinical psychologist, and chemical dependency treatment specialist with 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 author of Ethics and the Law in Clinical Practice. Other titles include Treating Trauma in Children and Adults, Personality Disorders, and Understanding Self-Injury.

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


    2:00–3:30pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT): Improving the Quality and  Outcome of Behavioral Health Services One Person at a Time

    Scott D. Miller, PhD

    It’s not a pretty picture.  Available evidence indicates that the effectiveness of psychotherapy has not improved in spite of 100 years of theorizing and research.  What would help?  Not learning a new model of therapy or the “latest” so-called “evidence-based” treatment approach.  A simple, valid, and reliable alternative exists for maximizing the effectiveness and efficiency of treatment based on using ongoing feedback to empirically tailor services to the individual client needs and characteristics.  Research from multiple randomized clinical trials documents that this simple, trans-theoretical approach as much as doubles the effectiveness of treatment while simultaneously reducing costs, drop-out rates and deterioration.

     

    Integrated, Concurrent Treatment for Co-occurring Trauma/PTSD in an Addiction Treatment Setting: Barriers and Benefits

    Michele Pole, PhD 

    Director of Psychology at Caron and has training in numerous evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based approaches. Additionally, she is trained in several treatments addressing PTSD and trauma including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Eye-Movement Desensitization Therapy (EMDR).  The Third Wave CBT is her identified theoretical orientation.  She has particular interest in and experience working with patients who experience PTSD and/or trauma responses and with eating disorders.  

    Dr. Pole will present an integrated, concurrent treatment approach addressing co-occurring trauma/PTSD symptoms in a residential treatment setting for primary substance use disorders.  Barriers to treatment of trauma in a primary addiction setting will be discussed.  The approach presented incorporates best practices and will outline the benefits of a concurrent treatment approach that blends body, emotion, and evidence-based cognitive approaches in a time-limited setting.

     

    Multi-Modal Brain Imaging: The Future of Trauma Diagnosis and Treatment

    Michael Seyffert, MD

    He has devoted his professional life to furthering our understanding of the underpinnings of mental health and developing innovative and individualized treatments for children and adults. As a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and a recent attending physician at Ann Arbor Veterans Administration Hospital, Dr. Seyffert is particularly interested in integrated treatments for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He has received additional training at the NYU Child Study Center, Columbia University, and University of Michigan and has over 14 peer-reviewed publications.

    Kabran Chapek, ND

    Since 2013, he has been a staff physician at the Amen Clinics, a world leader in treating different types of depression, bipolar, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using a sophisticated brain-imaging technology called SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography). Dr. Chapek has a special interest in the assessment and treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia, traumatic brain injuries PTSD and anxiety disorders. He is the founding president of the Psychiatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, an affiliate group of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

    The effects of trauma from PTSD and TBI can be devastating. The problem of misattribution in these complex patients may result in inaccurate diagnosis leading to improper treatment. Recently, for the first time, Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) was able to differentiate the brains of people with PTSD from TBI. This groundbreaking research makes an accurate diagnosis more feasible and opens the door to more successful, holistic and personalized assessment and treatment. 

     

    Essential Living: A Game Plan for Aligning Our Brain Function with Our Essential Self

    Shelley Uram, MD

    This workshop goes into more detail from the earlier Keynote about our brain function and reclaiming our ‘Essential Self’.

     

    Let Go of My Ego: Personality Disorders

    Patrick DeChello, PhD

    The treatment of personality disorders requires greater diagnostic and intervention expertise to determine their presence and to differentiate between them. Making an appropriate diagnosis, allows for quicker relief and healthier behaviors for the client. This workshop is designed to provide clinicians with the information that will help them to make this critical determination.

    4:00–5:30pmCONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    Pathways to Possibility with Difficult Clients: Working with the  Resistant, Unmotivated, or Mandated Client

    Scott D. Miller, PhD

    Nowadays, therapists are frequently asked to provide services to unmotivated, court-referred, or otherwise “involuntary” clients.  Such clients provide a unique challenge to professionals attempting to provide quality services to both the client and referral source.  At this workshop, participants will learn a variety of research-based methods for preventing, avoiding, and resolving resistance to change.  Participants will also learn a simple, straightforward method for forming cooperative working relationships with the resistant or mandated clients that has been shown to improve both retention in and outcome of treatment. 


    Reviving the Resilient Spirit:  Fostering Hope and Healing in the  Aftermath of Trauma

    Kathleen Parrish, MA, LPC 

    Clinical Director of Cottonwood Tucson, an internationally renowned, residential treatment program for co-occurring disorders in Tucson, Arizona. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and an MA in Religious Education. Kathleen has worked in private practice, outpatient treatment, and residential treatment settings and has worked with trauma survivors for over 20 years, focusing on story, mindfulness, and self-compassion. She has written articles for Counselor, Addiction Professional, Addiction Today and Arizona Together magazines. She has presented seminars on trauma and eating disorders in the United States and Europe. Co-Author of The Essence of Resilience: Stories of Triumph Over Trauma.

    Most of us will experience a traumatic event in our lifetime, an event that may change us in unspeakable ways.  For many individuals, traumatic events leave an indelible mark that cannot be forgotten.  On a deeper level, trauma survivors are often trapped beneath the rubble of their pain, unable to see their own resilience or power.  They may struggle with co-occurring disorders such as substance abuse, depression, or PTSD. This workshop will explore the interpersonal implications of trauma and will provide strategies to help survivors begin to resurrect the spirit of resilience within while instilling hope for recovery.  

     

    Body-Oriented Techniques in Addiction Recovery

    Jan Parker, PhD

    See bio on Thursday, June 1, 2:00–3:30pm, Law and Ethics workshop, on page 13.

    Clients with addictive disorders often are unable to identify, express, and/or contain emotions in early recovery.  Body-oriented techniques designed to assist clients in emotional identification and processing will be discussed and practiced in this workshop. Participants will learn when and how to use the techniques demonstrated.

     

    Advances in Treating Co-Occurring Disorders

    Patrick DeChello, PhD

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

     

    A Collaborative Person-Centered Approach to Addiction Treatment

    Roland Fleck, EdD

    See bio on Thursday, June 1, 2:00–3:30pm, Law and Ethics workshop, on page 13.

    This presentation will provide a rationale and articulate a 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 approach will be illustrated describing certain approaches to treatment.

     

    7:00–8:30pm EVENING SESSION (Optional)

     

    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. Author of the soon to be released (May 2017) The Trauma Heart: Stories of Survival, Hope and Healing.

    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. 

    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.

     

    10:30–11:30amEvolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Origins, Where Have We Been, Where Are We Now and What is the Future?”

    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.  He is considered one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).  Author of Roadmap to Resilience and his most recent, Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  In a survey of clinicians reported in the American Psychologist he was voted “one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.”

    This presentation will trace the evolution of Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) from its origins to the present status as an evidence-based intervention. It will offer the “untold story” of the controversies concerning the development of Cognitive behavior therapy and highlight the contributors who developed CBT. The future of CBT using computer technology will be discussed.

     

    11:30–12:30pm Resisting Change, Changing Resistance: Techniques from the Precursors Model

    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.

    Graduate schools typically do not teach courses that address how to approach involuntary, highly resistant and defiant clients. 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. Over a dozen strategies and techniques are offered. You know about the defense mechanisms. The precursors are the offense mechanisms of change.

     

    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.

     

    Strategies and Techniques for Counseling Difficult, Defiant Clients

    Fred Hanna, PhD

    This program is all about techniques and strategies, delivered to the audience one after the other in a highly useful format. Many memorable, moving stories are included that illustrate the use of the techniques. The emphasis is on what a counselor can do sooner rather than later.

     

    Shifting the Paradigm: Adolescent Cannabis Abuse and the Need for Early Intervention

    Jennifer Golick, LMFT, PhD

    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 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.

     

    Law and Ethics: A Case Study Approach to Ethical Considerations

    Jan Parker, PhD

    Professor at National University in La Jolla, CA where she has taught for 26 years in the Marriage and Family Therapy and the Bachelor in Psychology programs. Her research interests include addictions, body-oriented psychotherapy, law and ethics, and the impact of developmental trauma.   

    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 presentation identifies and defines critical ethical issues for clinicians including: Definition of ethical standards, informed consent, scope of competence and practice, treatment of minors, dual relationships including boundary crossings and violations, countertransference, the ethics of touch, risk management, termination and interruption of treatment, and cultural competence. Some issues specific to Washington State will be discussed.  Case vignettes will be used to illustrate these ethical issues.

     

    Why are Some Psychotherapists Consistently More Effective than Others:  An Analysis of the “Core tasks” of Psychotherapy

    Don Meichenbaum, PhD

    Research indicates the equivalence of various psychotherapeutic interventions, but that some psychotherapists consistently obtain better treatment outcomes and more lasting changes in their patients. This presentation will consider the core psychotherapy tasks that contribute to differential treatment outcomes. A major focus will be on the role of establishing and monitoring the quality of the therapeutic alliance and other intervention strategies. The person of the psychotherapist is significantly more critical than the specific interventions in influencing treatment outcomes.

     

    4:00–5:30pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    Law and Ethics: A Case Study Approach to Legal Considerations

    Roland Fleck, EdD and Jan Parker, PhD

    This presentation identifies and defines critical legal issues for clinicians including: Privilege; confidentiality, mandated reporting, duty to warn, HIPAA, treatment records, treatment of minors, telehealth, advertising, and clients with HIV. Some issues specific to Washington State will be discussed.  Case vignettes will be used to illustrate these legal issues.

     

    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.

     

    Ways to Treat Clients with Prolonged and Complicated Grief

    Donald Meichenbaum, PhD

    Following a significant loss, whether it is of a loved one or some other form of loss (financial or job loss, loss of property due to natural disasters, physical capacity due to injury, cultural or spiritual loss due to victimization), the severity of bereavement often subsides. In a minority of cases (10%–20%), some individuals evidence prolonged and complicated grief that interferes with their daily functioning. This presentation will consider what distinguishes this effected group and ways to assess and intervene at the individual, familial and community levels. A variety of interventions will be considered to help the bereaved to reengage and reconnect.


     Addictions Counseling with Drug and Alcohol Abusing Clients 

    Fred Hanna, PhD

    In this program, a completely original and innovative approach to drug and alcohol counseling is offered that aligns the intentions of drug dependency with the purpose of counseling itself, and thus orients the client toward positive change. Learn strategies and techniques that address the most crucial issues of drug dependency through advanced methods that attack the cognitive, affective, behavioral, social, and metacognitive aspects of addiction itself.


     7:00 – 8:30pm EVENING SESSION (Optional) 

    The Art and Science of Healing: Finding the Healing Self Inside

    Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD 

    Has been described as one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America. He has served the behavioral medicine 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. Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 60 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 25 audiotape series. His most recent books are Finding Freedom Through Illumination and The Ego-Less SELF: Achieving Peace and Tranquility Beyond All Understanding.

    Experience the awareness and awakening of your healing SELF in this powerful program for those who are seeking spiritual growth and enhanced healing potential. Become aware during this interactive process of your own true healing self and how your spiritual evolution enhances the spiritual, psychological and neurobiological healing of those you work with. This course of action will lead one to the truth about meditation—a space having no center, no direction and no time . . . only the silence of the eternal SELF.

     
    9:00–10:00am We Were Never Designed for This: The Psychological Toxicity of Modern Life (and What You 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 Institute 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 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.

    10:30–11:30am Trust the Process
    Andrea Barthwell, MD, FASAM
    Founder and Director at Two Dreams Outer Banks, Dr. Barthwell served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction at Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). She received her Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan. Following post-graduate training she began her practice in the Chicago area. Dr. Barthwell served as President of the Encounter Medical Group, is a Past President of The American Society of Addiction Medicine and Chief Medical Officer of The Manor.
    NIDA has defined the elements of treatment but many new behavioral health programs resist adoption of these scientifically derived principles. This presentation will compare and contrast two treatment processes that focus on disparate outcomes. Our goal should be informing a comprehensive bio-psycho-social-spiritual-emotional assessment which is used to develop actionable treatment plans aimed at producing resilient, sustained recovery.
     
    11:30–12:30pm The Science of Recovery: Applying Neuropsychology and Neuroscience to Your Practice
    Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD
    This workshop will give an understanding of the neuroscience and neuropsychology of recovery from addictive disorders. Psychotherapeutic and pharmacological techniques will be described that can assist the participant while working with clients in early recovery. This assistance is in the areas of cognitive enhancement, increased motivation and management of craving.
    1:45–3:15pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Lifestyle-Based Strategies for Healing Depression
    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.
     
    Standing in the Fire: Considering Problematic or Compulsive  Video Game Use
    Erica Sarr, PsyD
    She specializes in the intersection of sexuality, mental health, and technology.  She began her career assessing and treating clients with sexual offending behaviors and then transitioned into working with clients who struggle with severe manifestations of behavioral addictions.  She currently works at Gentle Path at the Meadows where she assists clients in developing boundaries around a multitude of co-occurring compulsive and addictive behaviors.  She has spoken nationally and provided a number of trainings to clinicians around video games and their various potentials for influence on mental health. Dr. Sarr is also a certified biofeedback practitioner and helps clients explore the use of technological interfaces as a means to healing
    As technology and video gaming in particular becomes a more ubiquitous part of the human experience, it is important to consider the function gaming can serve in a person’s life.  Given gaming’s ability to simulate satisfaction of many basic human needs and desires, it holds a high potential to be used as an unhealthy substitution versus an adjunctive experience or practice space.  This presentation aims to examine some potentials for abuse and how we may potentially conceptualize and address such concerns.
     
    Teaching Clients to Safely Process Feelings and Flashbacks
    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.
    Feelings and flashbacks are often the most intimidating and challenging parts of healing from trauma and addiction, and yet confronting the most intense parts of past trauma can be a key to client progress. This workshop offers a practical conceptual framework for teaching clients to safely do their deepest healing work without getting re-victimized. Four specific stages of facilitating deep process work are identified with clinical examples. Possible complications and vicarious trauma are addressed. Three client handouts are provided.
     
    Progress, Not Perfection—Principles of Process Driven Care
    Andrea Barthwell, MD, FASAM
    If one searches online for treatment, or for any number of treatment related keywords, the modern consumer will see intense competition for the public’s attention. This workshop will focus on what the licensed clinician can do on the “NOW” (no other way) within the treatment setting. Elements include declaring your intention, setting your direction, and putting truly individualized treatment plans into action, allowing clinicians to work with personal integrity and expect progress, though not perfection, in efforts to provide excellent clinical care. The workshop will highlight those best practices with a focus on assessment for treatment planning, delivery of treatment services for outcomes, transition management for stability and resilience, and monitoring for success.
     
    3:30– 5:00pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Treating the Angry and Aggressive Client
    Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD
    Most of us have very strong reactions toward a client demonstrating angry emotion and potentially out-of-control behavior. Sometimes our reactions become part of the problem instead of the solution. This presentation can help change these uncomfortable scenarios into potentially positive experiences. This presentation will look at anger as a symptom of numerous psychiatric disorders including addiction, as a learned coping survival strategy, as a manifestation of the ego, in relationship to self-esteem, etc. To enhance clinical skills, the latest scientific understanding of this group of clients will be addressed while placing emphasis on verbal management, behavioral and pharmacological stabilization along with the demonstration of empirically proven clinical strategies.
     
    Getting It: Eight Facts that Fuel Twelve Step Recovery
    George DuWors, MSW, LICSW, BCD
    Author of White Knuckles and Wishful Thinking, Learning from the Moment of Relapse in Alcoholism and Other Addictions.  He has also published the workbook, Getting It: Building Motivation From Relapse. He has been a frequent presenter at conferences, across North America and in the UK. He still practices in Everett, WA, specializing in addictions and trauma.
    The evidence is in. Twelve Step Recovery works when clients work it.  But why do some people work successfully at Twelve Step Recovery and others do not?  What do those who commit to on-going recovery see that others do not?  And if we can see the realizations that fuel successful Twelve Steppers, how do we help those who still struggle to see?  Come to this workshop for answers to these questions.
     
    Discovering Spiritual Equals:  An Underlying Key to Healing Trauma and the True Self
    Sandra Felt, LCSW, BCD
    Trauma survivors simply cannot heal in the same relationship system that injured them. This explains why research has shown that the therapeutic alliance is the most accurate indicator of therapeutic outcome, not the treatment modality. In other words, the same old ways of relating will always elicit the same old power struggles and protective reactions, regardless which treatment techniques are being utilized. But when we examine the three basic relationship positions from which we can relate to clients, we discover how we can relate from a different system and reference point called spiritual equals that makes it possible for trauma survivors to feel safe enough to heal and dare to live from their true self. The questions to ask are these: What part of us do we relate to clients from? What part of a client do we relate to? And how do we know which way we are relating?
     
    Conquering Your Cravings: Alcohol, Drugs, Nicotine, Food
    Wallace Wilkins, PhD
    Wallace Wilkins, PhD, serves as seminar facilitator, organizational consultant, psychologist and conflict mediator. His workshops help individuals and organizations create low conflict, low stress and high achievement. His Seattle-based psychotherapy practice focuses on chemical dependency, mood problems, and relationships.
    Chemically-dependent clients can learn effective, cognitive-behavioral strategies to manage their behavior while they experience impulses, urges and cravings for unwanted substances. You can provide your clients with five methods to overcome that pesky, inner voice when it tempts them to consume. Learn how to replace self-limiting, Mood-Driven Thoughts and Barrier-Driven Thoughts with self-enhancing, Goal-Driven Thoughts. These strategies can help clients to sit with an unsatisfied craving until it dissipates.
    Participants will be able to:
    1.Identify treatment approaches and develop counseling skills for a range of issues in mental health, behavioral health, addictions and co-occurring disorders.

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

    3.Identify effective therapeutic approaches for the treatment of trauma and PTSD, depression, the resistant client, complicated grief as well as a range of co-occurring disorders.

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

    PROGRAM FOCUS:

    The 30th Annual Northwest Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders provides a forum for exploring the complex issues within the physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of mental illness and addictive disorders.  Topics and issues covered include:  Evolution of Psychotherapy; Treating Trauma; Love, Sex and Attachment; Feedback Informed Treatment; Psychological Toxicity of Modern Life; Co-occurring Disorders; Resilience; Personality Disorders; Treating Self-Injury; Neuropsychology and Neuroscience in Treatment; Evolutions of Cognitive Behavior Therapy; Changing Resistance; Cannabis Abuse and Treatment; Core Tasks of Psychotherapy; Moral Injury and PTSD; Complicated Grief; Brain Imaging in Treatment; Art and Science of Healing; Process Driven Care; Healing Depression; Essential Living and Brain Function; Person-Centered Addiction Treatment; Processing Feelings and Flashbacks; Treating Anger; Ethics and many more.

    Special Focus On:  

    • Trauma Treatment

      Love, Sex &  Relationships

    • Neuroscience &  Therapy

    • Co-occurring  Disorders

    • Counseling  Strategies

    • Treating Depression

    • Ethics & the Law

     

    Who Should Attend? 

     

    The training will be valuable for those working in the areas of:
    • Mental Health
    • Addictions Counseling
    • Marriage and Family Therapy
    • Psychology
    • School Counseling
    • Registered Nursing
    • Courts and Corrections
    • Prevention
    • Employee Assistance
    • And Others

    Limited Number of Exhibit Spaces Available


    For more information contact:

    Lorrie Keip Cositore
    1-800-851-9100 x220
    lorriek@hcibooks.com

    Conference Site

    Hyatt Regency Bellevue is a Four Diamond hotel on Seattle’s desirable Eastside with a stunning guest tower. Stroll through connecting sky bridges and discover more than 250 shops, 45 restaurants and plenty of entertainment options harbored inside this chic urban streetscape. Room rates at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue are $177 single/double (plus tax). To make a reservation, please call the Hyatt Regency directly and use the code: USJR.  Reservations must be made by May 4, 2017 but room block may sell out prior to that date.

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

    Transportation to the Hotel

    Shuttle service from the Sea-Tac airport to the hotel is available. The Shuttle Express has a scheduled service to hotels which is approximately every ½ hour on the hour.  The current cost is $19 per scheduled one-way ticket, $38 round trip or save 5% by booking on line. For departure from Bellevue hotel to Sea-Tac airport a 24-hour reservation is required.  Prices are subject to change.  Contact Shuttle Express at:  www.shuttleexpress.com or (425) 981-7000 Taxi cabs are approximately $60.00.
    Faculty
    Andrea Barthwell, MD, FASAM
    Andrea Grubb Barthwell, MD, FASAM, is an internationally renowned physician that has been a pioneer in the field of addiction medicine within the American Addiction Society of Medicine (ASAM) and a contributor to the field of alcoholism and addiction treatment. She is a past president of ASAM, was a
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    Kabran Chapek, ND
    Since 2013, he has been a staff physician at the Amen Clinics, a world leader in treating different types of depression, bipolar, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using a sophisticated brain-imaging technology called SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography). Dr. Chap
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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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    George DuWors, MSW, LCSW, BCD
    Has worked for in- and outpatient mental health and chemical dependency, as well as Employee Assistance, Drunk Driving and Private Practice settings. Author of White Knuckles and Wishful Thinking, Learning From the Moment of Relapse in Alcoholism and Other Addictions and a workbook Getting It: Build
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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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    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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    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
    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
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    Stephen Ilardi, PhD
    Stephen Ilardi, PhD, has served on the faculties of the University of Colorado and (presently) The University of Kansas. The author of over fifty scholarly articles on mental illness, Dr. Ilardi is a nationally recognized expert on depression. He is the author of The Depression Cure: The Six-Step Pr
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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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    Michael Seyffert, MD
    He has devoted his professional life to furthering our understanding of the underpinnings of mental health and developing innovative and individualized treatments for children and adults. As a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and a recent attending physician at Ann Arbor Veterans Admi
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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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    Cardwell Nuckols, PhD
    Widely published with more than 60 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs, and videos and 25 audio tapes series. His first book, Cocaine: Dependency to Recovery, was a trade best seller. His latest book, Finding Freedom Through Illumination follows The Ego-Less SELF. Clinical Consult
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    Jan Parker, PhD
    Professor of Psychology at National University, San Diego, Dr. Parker has worked in the field of addictive disorders for over 20 years and is the co-author of The Clinicians Guide to 12-Step Programs: How, When, and Why to Refer a Client with Diana Guest.
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    Kathleen Parrish, MA, LPC
    Clinical Director of Cottonwood Tucson, an internationally renowned, residential treatment program for co-occurring disorders in Tucson, Arizona. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and an MA in Religious Education. Kathleen has worked in private practice, outpatient tre
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    Michele Pole, PhD
    A licensed psychologist working at the Women’s Extended Care Program at Caron Treatment Centers. Dr. Pole specializes in the treatment of sexual trauma, PTSD and eating disorders. Her theoretical orientation is primarily, but not exclusively, the third-wave of CBT including Mindfulness-based approac
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    Erica Sarr, PsyD
    She specializes in the intersection of sexuality, mental health, and technology.  She began her career assessing and treating clients with sexual offending behaviors and then transitioned into working with clients who struggle with severe manifestations of behavioral addictions.  She currently
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    Shelley Uram, MD
    Dr. Uram is a Harvard trained, triple board certified psychiatrist who is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows. Dr Uram is a Distinquished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and teaches psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
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    Wallace Wilkins, PhD
    Wallace Wilkins, PhD, serves as seminar facilitator, organizational consultant, psychologist and conflict mediator. His workshops help individuals and organizations create low conflict, low stress and high achievement. His Seattle-based psychotherapy practice focuses on chemical dependency, mood pro
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    Board Approvals

    PROFESSIONAL CREDITS:

    A maximum of 21 contact hours are available for this conference.

     

    18 core credit hours (6 hours for W, Th, and F) and 1.5 optional evening hours for Wednesday’s evening session and 1.5 optional evening hours for Thursday’s evening session. This training includes 3 hours of Ethics.

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

    Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education (ACE)
    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 Board of Behavioral Sciences (CBBS)
    California Board of Behavioral Sciences Provider #PCE 78—Course meets the qualifications for 21 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).

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

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

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

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

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

    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 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 Board for Certified Counselors (N0. 5130)
    U.S. Journal Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5130. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. US Journal Training Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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

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

     
    ADA accomodations will be made in accordance with the law. If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate your needs by April 26, 2017. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.


    Full-Time Registration (May 31- June 2, 2017)
    up to 18 hours
    Tuition: $465.00 Register by midnight (EST) April 26, 2017 for: $415.00
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    Daily Registration Thur, June 1, 2017
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $165.00 Register by midnight (EST) April 26, 2017 for: $150.00
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    Daily Registration Fri, June 2, 2017
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $165.00 Register by midnight (EST) April 26, 2017 for: $150.00
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    Daily Registration Wed, May 31, 2017
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $165.00 Register by midnight (EST) April 26, 2017 for: $150.00
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    Early Registration Rate:

    Registrations received or processed by midnight (EST) April 26, 2017 will qualify for the early rate.

    Group Discount:

    Groups of TWO or MORE registrations, entered on one order, receive a 10% Discount per registration! This offer applies to conference registrations only and cannot be combined with other discounts/coupon offers.

    Cancellation/Refunds:

    All registration fees are refundable, less a $50.00 processing fee, when requests for cancellation are submitted in writing and postmarked by May 10. No refunds are available after May 10.

    Other ways to register:

    By Phone: 800-441-5569 or 954-360-0909. (M-F - 8:30am - 5:00 pm ET) Please have your MC/Visa/AMEX number ready.

    By FAX: 954-360-0034. Include MC/Visa, AMEX number, exp. date, security code and signature.

    By Mail: Registration by mail requires check, credit card information or agency purchase order accompanied by a completed registration form. Please make checks payable to: U.S. Journal Training, Inc.

    Mail to:
    U .S. Journal Training/Seattle
    3201 SW 15th St
    Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190

    When you provide a check for payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction. When we use information from your check to make an electronic fund transfer, funds may be withdrawn from your account as soon as the same day you make your payment, and you will not receive your check back from your financial institution. For inquiries please call 954-360-0909.

    Your name and address will be added to our mailing list unless otherwise requested.

    ADA accommodation will be made in accordance with the law. If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate your needs no later than 5 weeks prior to the conference start date, USJT phone 800-851-9100. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.

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