• 4th Western Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders

    October 9 - 12, 2013
    Newport Beach, CA

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    Don’t Be Scared… Be Prepared: Legal and Ethical Updates in Clinical Practiceby Pamela H. Harmell, PhD

    Meets Ethics licensing requirements — 6 Hours. This workshop will address various complex ethical dilemmas such as protecting one’s online reputation (ie. Yelp, Linkedin, etc.), specific areas of confidentiality such as professional coaching and working with addictions and recovery, ethical issues related to AIDS/HIV and diversity, sexual and non–sexual multiple relationships, and client termination and making a professional will. Literature updates, along with relevant Codes of Ethics and current expert opinion on standard of care will be included in all areas of discussion. This program overviews the current research findings and practice knowledge that informs the practice of ethical and legal clinical work. Emphasis will be placed upon prevention of ethical violations.


    8:30–10:30 am 

    Introduction to Law and Ethics; Avoiding Malpractice; The Scope and Impact of Unethical Practice; Handling Conflict between Personal and Professional Values; Confidentiality and the Right to Privacy; Informed Consent and Freedom of Choice; Using the Internet: Yelp, Social Networking, Cybertherapy.

    10:30–10:45 am . . . REFRESHMENT BREAK in exhibit area  

    10:45–11:45 am

    Specific Areas of Confidentiality; Ethics in Coaching; Ethics in Recovery and Addiction, Issues Related to AIDS/HIV; Discrimination; Duty to Warn.

    11:45 am –12:30 pm . . . LUNCH on your own  

    12:45–1:45 pm

    Ethical Practice in a Multicultural Society; Multicultural Competence; The Usefulness of Self-knowledge when Working with a Diverse Population.

    1:45–2:00 pm . . . REFRESHMENT BREAK in exhibit area  

    2:00–4:00 pm

    Multiple Relationships; Sexual Contact with Clients, Students, Supervisees, Former Clients; Nonsexual Multiple Relationships-Rural and Small Communities, Accepting Gifts, Barter; Proper and Ethical Patient Termination; Professional Will; Closing a Practice; Retirement.



    Dreaming Heaven: the Journey of a Lifetime

    Join an intimate group of men and women as they embark on a magical journey in search of life's great secret of secrets. Your Toltec Spirit Guide: Lee McCormick. Provided by Integrative Life Center.


    8:45–9:00 am . . . CONFERENCE OPENING — Setting the Stage

    9:00–10:30 am . . . KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 

    The Art and Science of Mindfulness, Shauna L. Shapiro, PhD

    This presentation offers scientific research and meditative practices for therapists interested in awakening the mind and opening the heart. Drawing on current research in psychology, medicine and cognitive neuroscience, Dr Shapiro will investigate the effects of mindfulness meditation on decreasing pathology and increasing positive psychological and physiological states. Further, she will explore the mechanisms of action through which mindfulness meditation has its transformative effects.

    10:30–11:00 am . . . REFRESHMENT BREAK in Exhibit Area

    11:00 am–12:30 pm . . . KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 

    The Emerging Neurobiology of Resilience: Implications for Psychotherapeutic Interventions, Donald Meichenbaum, PhD

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

    12:30–2:00 pm . . . SPECIAL PRESENTATION Optional — (Box Lunch)

    Behind the Orange Curtain, David E. Smith, MD and Jamison Monroe, Jr.

    Documentary film and discussion examining prescription drug epidemic among youth. Provided by Newport Academy.

    2:00–3:30 pm . . . Concurrent Workshops 

    Integrating Mindfulness into Psychotherapy and the Helping Professions, Shauna L. Shapiro, PhD

    This workshop will delve into the potential ways of integrating mindfulness and meditation into psychotherapy and the helping professions. Through didactic presentation, meditation practices, clinical case examples, and small group activities, workshop will explore specific pathways of applying mindfulness personally and professionally to cultivate greater health, well being and freedom. 

    From Chaos to Connection: Managing Counter-Transference Working with Wounded Families, Kenneth Perlmutter, PhD

    In the course of our work dealing with the excruciating pain and devastating losses caused by addiction, disordered eating, co-dependency, and mental illness, we inevitably make contact with our own humanity, frailty, losses, and painful disconnections (traumas). This workshop will explore the nature of counter-transference with wounded family members and provide tools for managing it that support gathering its informational bounty and putting into words the once seemingly unspeakable. Provided by Morningside Recovery.

    Itʼs Never Too Late to Grow a New LifeGordon Scheible, MDiv and Sylvia Dobrow, MPH

    The good news is that Older Adults can learn how to effectively break free from the past, grow more self-confident and claim a new life in recovery. There are ways to help Older Adults discover healing and renewal after addiction treatment that lead to the restoration of hope for a positive future. Workshop will explore some of the issues that led the Older Adult into addiction and present strategies to assist them in making positive life changes. Provided by Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat.

    Adolescent Process Addictions and Self Harm, David E. Smith, MDBarbara Nosel, MFTJessica Hines MFTILeslie Gould, PhD

    The ASAM definition of Addiction stresses the inability of individuals to stop behavior despite adverse consequences. The expanded definition includesother behaviors described as the “process addictions”. Newport Academy, with its adolescent addiction treatment, has developed a model for treating co-morbid process addictions, with self-harm being a dominant feature based on a theory of reward deficiency syndrome and the pathological pursuit of reward. The theory and practice will be presented emphasizing diagnostic and treatment techniques in adolescents for early intervention. Provided by Newport Academy.

    3:30–4:00 pm  . . . REFRESHMENT BREAK in Exhibit Area

    4:00–5:30 pm . . . Concurrent Workshops 

    Treatment of Individuals with PTSD, Complex PTSD and Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders, Donald Meichenbaum, PhD

    A Case Conceptualization Model will be offered that informs assessment and treatment decision-making. The core psychotherapeutic tasks for implementing integrative treatment with clients with PTSD, Complex PTSD and comorbid psychiatric disorders will be presented. A Constructive Narrative Perspective will be used to frame a strengths-based intervention approach.

    From Ruptured Bonds to Healing Connections: Group Work for Trauma Survivors and Healers, Marcia Nickow, PsyD, CADC, CGP

    The scars of psychological trauma and ACoA issues underlying addiction often lead to self-sabotage and relapse. This experiential workshop will highlight ways that group therapy can provide a healing community for addicted people with trauma histories. Speaker will address the benefits of a group context for clinicians to explore their own histories of trauma and loss and counter-transference reactions. Attendees will be invited to contribute—observations—as well as clinical vignettes. Provided by Timberline Knolls.

    Drug Use Today—"Legal Highs", Designer Drugs and Emerging Natural Substances, Pat Pizzo, BS, BCFE

    This session will introduce attendees to federally non-regulated drugs available on the internet to include the many synthetic marijuana metabolites, bath salts, methamphetamine-like drugs and others. Updates on where they can be tested and cost of analysis will also be discussed. Provided by Alere Toxicology.

    Healing the Heart with Meditation, Holly Cook, LPC and Dave Smith

    This workshop introduces the meditation practice of loving-kindness, a meditation practice which brings about positive attitudinal changes as it systematically develops the quality of ʻloving-acceptanceʼ. It acts as a form of self-psychotherapy, a way of healing the troubled mind to free it from its pain and confusion. Provided by Integrative Life Center.

    6:00–8:30 pm . . . SUNSET DINNER CRUISE  

    Alere Toxicology, Sober Living by the Sea and Aspen Education Group host the first 150 full-time attendees that registered for the conference for a cruise on Balboa Bay aboard the "Eternity".

    8:00–8:30 am . . . REGISTRATION for new daily attendees, CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

    8:30–10:00 am . . . KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 

    The Drive to Love: Neural Foundations of Romantic Passion and Love Addiction,Helen Fisher, PhD

    Dr Fisher will describe three primary brain systems for mating and reproduction; the sex drive; romantic love; and feelings of deep attachment. Then she will focus on the traits, evolution and brain circuits (using fMRI data) associated with intensive early stage romantic love, rejection in love, long term love and love addiction. She concludes that the neural system associated with romantic love is a core component of the worldwide incidence of addictive love and crimes of passion.

    10:00–10:30 am . . . REFRESHMENT BREAK in Exhibit Area

    10:30–11:30 am . . . KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 

    Sex, Tech, Intimacy and Infidelity: The Effect of Social Media and Technology on Cheating, Intimacy Disorders and Sex Addiction,Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

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

    11:30 am–12:30 pm . . . KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 

    From Resistance to Rhythm: Scientific Breakthroughs in Group Drumming,Christine Stevens, MSW

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

    12:30–1:45pm . . . LUNCH on your own

    2:00–3:30 pm . . . CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS 

    Love Addiction and The Biology of Personality, Helen Fisher, PhD

    Dr Fisher discusses the biological foundations of four broad personality styles to hypothesize on how basic physiological temperament affects oneʼs manner of loving and oneʼs susceptibility to a variety of love addictions.

    The Art of Empathy: Understanding Narcissism and Addiction as Emotional Survival, Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

    For many addiction and psychotherapy treatment clients, behavioral addictions and problem personality concerns are in part the outgrowth of early attachment disruptions, parental narcissism and/or childhood emotional neglect. This presentation is organized to help professionals gain empathy and insight into how these early survival skills are actually dysfunctional adult attempts to emotional survival in a world that often feels internally chaotic and unwelcoming.

    Recovery Treatment on Drums, Christine Stevens, MSW

    Experience the 10 key steps to creating successful participation, expression and therapy using recreational music-making and group drumming for treatment. No prior musical experience necessary. Drums provided.

    Cognitive Function in Early Recovery: Practical Applications of Research Findings in Treatment, Deborah Uchalkik, PhD

    The chronic use of dependence producing drugs alters brain function—changes in memory, attention, processing speed and decision-making are skills needed to learn and practice behavior changes conducive to abstinence and recovery. This presentation will review some of the most relevant research for different drugs of abuse. Applications of this information for enhancing treatment motivation, adapting clinical strategies and educating families and parents to improve treatment adherence and outcomes will be addressed. Provided by Betty Ford Center.

    3:30–4:00 pm . . . REFRESHMENT BREAK in Exhibit Area

    4:00–5:30 pm . . . CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS 

    Adults Healing from Child Abuse — It Happens to Boys,Carol Teitelbaum, MFT 

    What makes boys reluctant to tell about sexual abuse? What happens to these boys as they become men? Workshop will explore the link between child abuse and addiction, depression, failed relationships, lack of intimacy and low self-worth. Understanding signals to look for and knowing how to ask questions will ultimately help many men come forward and share their story to finally begin getting the help they need. Carol wil be joined by several male survivors who will share their stories.

    The Integrative Piece: The Value of Applying Oriental Medical Theory in the Treatment of Addictive and Mental Health Disorders, Sheri Laine, LAC, Diplomate AC

    Interactive workshop will explore the value of Yin/Yang Balancing Theory. Sheri will discuss spirit or ʻShenʼ and how it relates to anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. Participants will leave with increased knowledge of the physiological Meredian energy fields, while gaining valuable tools to recognize and correct imbalances within themselves and their clients.

    Do No Harm,Dan Headrick, MD

    Workshop will describe how how the current opiate epidemic evolved and offers several solutions to stopping it. The ʻsolutionʼ will address the ʻkidsʼ, the parents, the schools, and the medical community. Dr Headrick will describe the different ways the adolescent brain is wired compared to an adult. Provided by New Directions for Women.

    Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men, Rob Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S 

    Sexual addiction and sexual recovery are a primary area of concern to the gay male community. Sexual acting out is a long-term, prominent, identified problem in this population faced with life and death concerns related to sexual behavior such as HIV transmission, anonymous sex and meth use fused with with sexual behavior. Workshop will directly address the identification, treatment and management of gay male sex addicts and their spouses. Underlying etiology and directly related cultural concerns will be addressed helping attendees best learn how to evolve and support sexual recovery among gay men.

    5:30–6:00 pm . . . PRE-DINNER RECEPTION — healthy snacks in the Exhibit Area

    6:00–7:00 pm . . . KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 

    Be A Warrior For Your Health, Tana Amen, BSN, RN

    Food is medicine that heals or poison that destroys. Your kitchen is a “farmacy” and your brain a chemistry lab! You have more control than you ever thought possible to optimize a brain that has been hurt by alcohol and drugs using food and simple lifestyle choices. Your history is not your destiny! Tana invites her audiences to join the Omni Health Revolution and “get your black belt in abundant health”. Provided by Amen Clinics.

    8:00–8:30 am . . . REGISTRATION for new daily attendees

    8:30–10:00 am . . . KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 

    Winning the Anxiety Game: Brief Strategic Treatment for the Anxiety Disorders,Reid Wilson, PhD

    The anxiety disorders manipulate people by injecting rules into consciousness, then using that set of laws to take over mental territory. Phobias, panic, social anxiety, generalized anxiety and OCD will be discussed and treatment strategies explored.

    10:00–10:30 am . . . REFRESHMENT BREAK in Exhibit Area

    10:30–11:30 am . . . KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 

    Open Your Heart, Quiet Your Mind,Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD

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

    11:30 am–12:30 pm . . . KEYNOTE PRESENTATION 

    Crossroads of Pain, Addiction, and Abuse,Steven D. Passik, PhD

    Opioid therapy has reached the ʻcrossroads” at the collision of the two present public health crises -- the dual epidemics of chronic pain and prescription drug abuse/overdose. Dr Passik will discuss the need to integrate pain management and addiction medicine in ways that will benefit people with pain and contain the risks of addiction and overdose. Provided by Millenium Laboratories.

    12:30–1:30 pm . . . LUNCHon your own

    1:45–3:15 pm . . . CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS 

    Treating Anxious Kids and Teens: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents, Reid Wilson, PhD and Lynn Lyons, LiCSW

    One in every five kids suffers from as diagnosable anxiety disorder, and anxiety is the most frequent reason that parents bring their children to a mental health program. Unfortunately, when parents offer help in traditional ways — reassurance, accommodation, avoidance and poor problem solving — they unknowingly reinforce a childʼs worry and avoidance. You will learn a concrete plan employing 7 key principles that help children, teens and families push through their fears, worries and phobias to ultimately become more resilient, independent and happy.

    The Placebo Effect: The Science of the Art of Healing, Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD

    Every Clinician should realize the healing Potential of the Placebo effect. It is part of the art of being an effective practitioner. This provocative presentation will give participants the latest research and most effective applications of the placebo effect. There are aspects of both the clinician and the client working in symphony that make this effect part of the healing process.

    Visioning a New System of Care for All People: Treating the Heart and Brain to Heal the Suffering Human,Shari Corbitt, PsyD

    This interactive workshop will outline why separating individuals with differing diagnosis is unnecessary and ultimately harmful. Participants will be immersed in the miraculous world of the central nervous system, to develop an easy to understand foundation of how people suffering with a wide range of difficulties - mild to severe - may ultimately be healed when the CNS is addressed with a sophisticated and nuanced approach. This approach is inclusive of 12 Step principles and fellowship as well as traditional psych-educational processes but takes the client (or ourselves) to depths of healing currently not experienced in North America centers of healing. Provided by Beacon House.

    3:15–3:30 pm . . . REFRESHMENT BREAK in Exhibit Area

    3:30–5:00 pm . . . CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS 

    Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Reid Wilson, PhD

    This session will explore the fundamental structure of worry—how it ignores data that isn’t negative, how it squeezes our room for corrective information, and how it gives rise to erroneous beliefs. Stemming from this knowledge, participants will learn a set of therapeutic strategies based on the latest research.

    Treating Early Life Developmental Trauma: Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD

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


    Participants will be able:

    1. Identify treatment approaches for successfully treating chemical dependence, trauma, anxiety, co-occurring disorders and other psychological and behavioral issues.
    2. Discern symptoms and characteristics manifested in these disorders and to diminish/correct their negative impact on the client's interpersonal and family relationships.
    3. Identify the key implications of neuroscience research as it applies to addictive disorders, trauma, anxiety, mindfulness therapy, resilience, relationships and related issues.
    4. Identify core elements of mindfulness practice, meditation and related modalities and list several appliations to psychotherapy and the treatment of addictive disorders.
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    Earn up to 27 Credit Hours for Continuing Education with 6 Ethics CE hours from our pre-conference Ethics workshop.   Download Print Brochure (Please note: our online content supercedes printed content)

    Preceded by an Ethics workshop (Oct 9) presented by Dr. Pamela Harmell, the 4th Western Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders will focus on focus on the latest science, research, clinical skills, education and prevention affecting addictions/mental health professionals working in the field of behavioral health.

      Co-Sponsored by: Newport Academy and Millennium Laboratories. Contributing Sponsors:  The Amen Clinics and Health Communications. Event Sponsor: Alere Toxicology

      Special Focus On:    

      • Neuroscience of Resiliency  
      • Mindfullness Practices for Professionals
      • Good Nutrition & Brain Health 
      • Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents 
      • Spirituality & Recovery
      • Co-Occurring Disorders 
      • Sex, Love Relationship Addictions
      • Treating Older Clients
      • Managing Counter-Transference
      • Experiential Therapy

      Who Should Attend?    

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

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

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      Newport Beach, CA 92660
      Phone: (800)228-9290 or (949)640-4000

      Strike a perfect balance between work and play in the heart of Orange County. Newport Beach is one of California's most popular vacation spots. Newport Beach, Corona del Mar and Huntington Beach are all short distances from the conference site. Fashion Island, a stone's throw from the Marriot Hotel, offers the finest of shos, dining and entertainment. The area boasts many attractions including Balboa Island, Disneyland, Newport Harbor fishing cruises and Knott's Berry Farm.

      The Marriott Hotel at Fashion Island offers the ultimate in Southern California style and hospitality. Nestled near the spectacular Newport Harbor and the Pacific Ocean, the Marriott features two outdoor pools and a state-of-the-art spa (Pure Blu).

      Hotel Reservations  

      U.S. Journal Training has reserved a block of rooms for registrants until September 12th (Room block may fill prior to this date). Room rates at the Newport Beach Marriott are $175 single or double (plus tax). Reservations must be guaranteed with credit card. For reservations call 877-622-3056. To receive conference rate, mention "U.S. Journal Training October 2013". Please be aware of hotel’s cancellation policy.

      Getting to Newport Beach Marriott Hotel  

      Super Shuttle provides service from Orange County/John Wayne Airport at $18 one way and from Los Angeles International/LAX (approx 45 miles) for $38 one way. Reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 258-3826.

      Featured Faculty
      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 l
      Donald Meichenbaum, PhD
      Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, is a distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, from which he took early retirement seventeen years ago. Dr. Meichenbaum is presently the research director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention in Miami, Florida. He is one o
      Stephen Passik, PhD
      Director of Clinical Addiction Research & Education, Millennium Laboratories, Dr. Passik served as Chief Fellow and Associate Attending Psychologist, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is very active in clinical research with an emphasis in researching the devastating effects of pain on
      Shauna Shapiro, PhD
      Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, licensed clinical psychologist, author and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness. Dr. Shapiro has conducted extensive clinical research investigating the effects of mindfulness training across a wide range of populati
      David Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT
      Recognized as a national leader in the pharmacology and treatment of addictive disease, Dr. Smith is Founder of Haight-Ashbury Free Clinics in San Francisco, and Past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is currently Chair of Addiction Medicine for Muir Wood Adolescent & F
      Robert Weiss, PhD, MSW
      Robert Weiss PhD, MSW  is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert specializing in infidelity and addictions—most notably sex, porn, and love addiction. ●Author; Sex Addiction 101, Out of The Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating, Prodependence: Moving Bey
      Reid Wilson, PhD
      Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center; author/co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children; Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks; Facing Panic and Stop Obsessing: How to Overcome Your Obsessions an

      Tana Amen, BSN, RN
      New York Times best selling author, nurse, and highly respected health, nutrition and fitness expert, Tana is a nationally renowned speaker and media guest. She offers information, guidance, and support to hundreds of thousands of Amen followers who seek to dramatically change their health and their
      Holly Cook, LPC
      Holly Cook is a Licensed Professional Counselor, mental health service provider with more than 30 years of experience as a therapist, program administrator and international trainer. Holly has been described as a “life artist” who works with people, helping them find and create the life they want to
      Shari Corbitt, PsyD
      Founder and CEO of Agoura Neurofeedback Inc., a clinical business practice in Agoura Hills, California and the Heart and Brain Center for Healing, a womenʼs intensive outpatient program. Dr Corbitt is Senior Director and Clinical Supervisor of the Neuroscience Center at the Beacon House in Pacific G
      Lesley Gould, PhD
      Dr. Lesley Gould is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY25203) with years of experience working with adolescents, children and families. Dr. Gould emphasizes a strength based and client-centered approach when working with adolescents to provide safety and unconditional positive regard.Dr. Gould obt
      Pamela Harmell, PhD
      A permanent lecturer at Pepperdine Graduate School of Education & Psychology Dr. Harmell is a psychologist in private practice based in Los Angeles California. She is the Past Chair of the California Psychological Association Ethics Committee and former president of the Los Angeles County Psycho
      Dan Headrick, MD
      Consulting Medical Director of New Directions for Women, Dr. Headrick has worked in hospital-based chemical dependency treatment and the addiction treatment field for the past 20 years. He has treated thousands of patients and managed their withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs using an approach t
      Jessica Hines, MFTI
      Jessica Hines is Newport Academy's Outpatient Program Coordinator with years of experience working specifically with adolescents. Jessica obtained her B.A. in Communications from the University of Southern California and her Masters in Psychology from Chapman University. She is certified through the
      Sheri Laine, LAc, Diplomate AC
      Author, teacher and lecturer, Sheri is a California state and nationally certified acupuncturist/herbologist licensed in Oriental medicine. She has been the Director of Eastern Medical Arts in the San Diego area for over 25 years. Sheri writes a regular column for Counselor The Magazine for Addictio
      Lynn Lyons, LiCSW
      A psychotherapist for over 23 years, Lynn specializes in the treatment of of anxiety disorders in adults and children, including generalized anxiety, phobias, social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and performance anxiety. She is a sought after speaker and consultant who presents nationally
      Lee McCormick
      Lee McCormick is co-founder of Integrative Life Center, and founder of Spirit Recovery Inc., which produces recovery conferences, Sacred Journeys, workshops and other personal growth experiences. Author of Spirit Recovery Medicine Journal and Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag (with Mary Faulkner). He is
      Jamison Monroe, Jr
      Founder and CEO of Newport Academy, Jamison is a prominent voice in the field of adolescence, mental health and addiction treatment. He is an active participant in the movement to reduce social stigma and substance abuse and mental health challenges. Jamison is also a writer, media spokesman and fie
      Marcia Nickow, PsyD, CADC, CGP
      Faculty Member of the Timberline Knolls Clinical Development Institute, Dr. Marcia Nickow is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in addictions, eating disorders, trauma and intergenerational trauma. With 25 years of clinical experience, she previously directed the primary therapy staff at
      Barbara Nosal, PhD, LMFT, LAADC
      Barbara Nosal has worked in the mental health and addiction treatment field with adolescents and their families for over 20 years. She has held managerial and clinical positions in a variety of treatment settings, including a private practice in Newport Beach. She holds a doctorate in Transpersonal
      Cardwell Nuckols, PhD
      ‘CC’ Nuckols has been described as one of the most influential clinical trainers in North America. 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.
      Kenneth Perlmutter, PhD
      Kenneth Perlmutter, PhD, licensed family systems psychologist, brings twenty-six years of experience working with complex psychological and behavioral health disorders. In 2008 he founded The Family Recovery Institute to train clinicians to take their work to the highest levels of efficacy, skills,
      Pat Pizzo, BS, BCFE
      Director of Toxicology at Alere Toxicology Services, Inc., Pat has worked as a chemist in the Toxicology Lab for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington DC and is a member of the Federal Drug Testing Board, Inspector for the National Laboratory Certification Program and the College of Amer
      Gordon Scheible, MDiv
      Chemical Dependency Counselor at Hemet Valley Recovery Center where he manages/facilitates the Older Adult Program.
      Dave Smith
      Dave Smith is a Buddhist meditation teacher, addiction treatment specialist, speaker, and author. He is empowered to teach by Noah Levine of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society and received training in Buddhist psychology from the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. As a long-time Budd
      Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC, MA
      Author and the founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, Christine has appeared on NBC, PBS, KTLA, and is a featured speaker in the DVD Discover the Gift. She has trained facilitators from more than twenty-five countries in the evidence-based REMO group drumming HealthRHYTHMS® program. Christine has worked wi
      Carol Teitelbaum, MFT
      Since 1999 Carol Teitelbaum  has had a private practice in Rancho Mirage and offers individual and group counseling for trauma, mood disorders, anxiety reduction, stress reduction, grief, and marriage issues. Carol is past  President of  California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Dese

      Board Approvals

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

      A maximum of 27 contact hours are available for this conference. Nineteen core credit hours for full-time attendance (October 10–12, 2013); which includes 6 hours for Thursday, 6.5 hours for Friday and 6.5 hours for Saturday. Six hours Ethics CE units are available for the pre-conference Ethics workshop on October 9, 2013. Two optional credit hours are available; 1 hour for Thursday, 12:30 pm presentation and 1 hour for Friday, 6:00 pm presentation.

      ADA Statement
      If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate your needs 5 weeks prior to event. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification. 

      American Psychological Association (APA)
      US Journal Training, Inc., is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor Continuing Education for psychologists. US Journal Training, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

      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: 12/5/16-12/5/19. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 24 continuing education clock hours.

      California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CBBS)
      California Board of Behavioral Sciences for MFTs and/or LCSW's has deferred CE Course Approvals to APA and NASW for its Licensees. U.S. Journal Training, Inc., is an approved provider for both APA and NASW

      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).

      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 Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), ACEP No. 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. 

      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.

      Ethics Workshop, Wed, Oct 9, 2013
      6.0 Ethics CEs
      Tuition: $120.00
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      Full-Time Registration, Oct 10-12, 2013
      19.0 core CEs, plus 2 optional CEs
      Tuition: $495.00
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      Daily Registration, Thu, Oct 10, 2013
      6.0 core CEs plus 1 optional CE
      Tuition: $185.00
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      Daily Registration, Fri, Oct 11, 2013
      6.5 core CEs plus 1 optional CE
      Tuition: $185.00
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      Daily Registration, Sat, Oct 12, 2013
      6.5 CEs
      Tuition: $185.00
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      • 2 Continental Breakfasts
      • Morning and Afternoon Refreshments
      • Conference Materials and Handouts
      • Continuing Education Certificate
      • 3 issues of Counselor: the Magazine for Addiction Professionals
      • Healthy foods reception


      Early Registration Rate

      Registrations received or processed by midnight (EST) September 4, 2013 will qualify for the early rate.

      Group Discount:  

      Groups of two or more registrations, entered on one order, receive a 10% off the tuition! This offer applies to conference registrations only and cannot be combined with other discounts/coupon offers.


      All registration fees are refundable, less a $50.00 processing fee, when requests for cancellation are submitted in writing and postmarked by September 18, 2013. No refunds are available after September 18, 2013.  

      Other ways to register . . .     

      By Phone: 800-441-5569 or 954-360-0909. Please have your MC/Visa/AMEX number ready.
      By Fax: 954-360-0034. Registration by fax requires credit card information or agency purchase order accompanied by a completed registration form. Get Registration Form
      By Mail: Registration by mail requires check, credit card information or agency purchase order accompanied by a completed registration form. Get Registration Form
      Please make checks payable to: U.S. Journal Training, Inc. Mail to:

      U.S. Journal Training/Newport
      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.  


      If you require ADA accommodations please let us know a minimum of 5 weeks before the start of the conference. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act without prior notification. Please email or call our registration director at 800–851–9100 or (954) 360–0909 ext 220. 

      For more information or assistance with registration, please call toll free, 1-800-441-5569 or contact us

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