• 8th Annual Western Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders

    November 2 - 4, 2017
    Newport Beach, California

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    Pre-Conference ETHICS Workshop- 6 Hours

     

    A Multicultural Orientation in Clinical Practice: Current Issues

    Pamela H. Harmell, PhD

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

    The provision of ethical and responsive treatment to clients of diverse cultural backgrounds is expected of all practicing health care providers. Cultural competence is mandated by professional ethics codes and will be the focus on attention in all topics addressed: (1) Child maltreatment and culture, (2) Assessment of child maltreatment with immigrant families, (3) Therapist self-disclosure related to a variety of populations, (4) A range of multiple relationships in various cultures (small to large community settings), and, (5) suicide assessment, prevention and treatment.  Literature updates and current expert opinion will be included along with current research findings and practice knowledge that informs ethical and legal clinical work. Emphasis will be placed upon prevention of ethical violations.

    9:30-10:00 am

    Pre-Conference Workshop Registration

    10:00-12:00 pm

    Multicultural orientation to child maltreatment; Treating clients fairly; Bias and stereotyping; Current statistics on abuse; Working with culturally diverse families; Respect and sensitivity; Multicultural orientation to child maltreatment (continued); Special problems related to immigrant families; Culture shock, isolation, keeping secrets, definitions; Suggestions for improving competence with interviewing immigrants; Assessing families for maltreatment; Special circumstances; Reasonable suspicion with diverse cultures; Lack of family cooperation; Structured decision making; Structured professional judgment model.

    12:15-1:15 pm

    Suicide Assessment, prevention and treatment Prevalence and statistics of suicide; Consideration of DSM-5 diagnoses; Risk factors and warning signs; Protective factors; At-risk populations and cultural competence; FOCUS: Teens and adolescents; Discussion of evidence-based techniques; Suicide and mental health issues; Risk and protective factors among diverse populations; Outline ethical and legal considerations; Discuss issues pertinent to suicide survivors.

    2:15-3:15 pm

    The supervisory relationship; Boundary issues; Difference between subpoenas and court orders; Handling subpoenas and court orders; Elements of civil suit of malpractice.

    3:30-5:30 pmMultiple relationships; Cultural considerations; Sexual contact with clients, students, supervisees, former clients; Nonsexual multiple relationships; Rural and small communities; Working with vicarious traumatization; Compassion fatigue; Using the DOVE method of self care; Therapist impairment and self-care; Handling burnout; Wrap up and questions.

    8:00–8:45 amContinental Breakfast
      
    8:50–9:00 am
    Welcome/Introduction
    Gary Seidler and Dan Barmettler U.S. Journal Training, Inc.
     
    9:00–10:30 am
    The Hungry Ghost: Combining Science and Compassion in the Treatment of Addiction
    Gabor Maté, MD
    Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and for seven years he served as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. For twelve years, he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard core addiction, mental illness, HIV and related conditions. He is internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, on attention deficit disorder and other childhood developmental issues, and his breakthrough analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. He is the author of four best-selling books published in twenty languages on five continents, including When The Body Says No and the award winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. 
    Contrary to popular and medical misbelief, addictions—whether to substances or to behaviors such as gambling—are not caused by poor choices or bad genes. They are rooted in childhood emotional loss or trauma. This presentation outlines the latest research regarding the true source of addictions and offers treatment approaches based on science and compassion.
     
    10:30–11:00 amRefreshment Break
    (AM and PM Breaks will be held each day in the Exhibit Area)

    11:00–12:30 pm
    Mindfulness and Recovery: Quenching the Thirst for Wholeness
    Rokelle Lerner
    An international speaker and trainer on addiction, trauma and women’s issues, Rokelle is Senior Clinical Advisor for Crossroads Centre Antigua.  For the past eighteen years, ‘Roxy’ has been the co-founder and clinical director of Spring Workshops in London, UK. She was also co-founder of Children Are People, Inc., a program used in thousands of schools throughout the US and Europe. She is recipient of numerous awards for her work including Esquire magazines “Top 100 Women in the US Who are Changing the Nation” and the National Association of Children of Alcoholic’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Author of several books including The Object of My Affection is in My Reflection, Coping with Narcissists; and the recently released, Inkspirations for Recovery: A Coloring Companion Celebrating Recovery.
    The thirst for alcohol can be compared to men and women’s thirst for wholeness and a hunger for the sacred. One often self-medicates in an effort to escape the present moment, numb their pain or avoid the “void” in their soul. Unfortunately the inability to be in the present moment doesn’t change because someone went to treatment. This lecture will explore the topic of mindfulness in recovery and offer tools that will allow recovering addicts to embrace their birthright of serenity and wellbeing.

    2:00–3:30 pmDual Keynotes

    Compassion Fatigue: When Helping Others Makes Us Vulnerable
    Terry V. Eagan, MD 
    Dr. Eagan is a prominent Beverly Hills psychiatrist, Senior Fellow of The Meadows, and founder and CEO of Eagan Medical Group, LLC., a thriving mental health practice treating over 2000 patients annually. His private patients have included leaders in industry, politics, and performers from television, music, and film, many of whom have been at the extremes of celebrity. He is an expert in the complexities of mental health and addiction treatment, and he specializes in effective treatment regimens for all types of emotional distress that often can arise from being in positions of responsibility and public attention.  His range of specialties includes primary psychiatric conditions, eating disorders, substance-abuse disorders, impulse control disorders, trauma & abuse, human sexuality and spiritual therapy. Dr. Eagan’s treatment approach incorporates pharmacologic interventions with evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies, adjunctive modalities, and traditional spiritual practices. He is the author of Prayer for Compassion: My Journey Through Compassion Fatigue.
    Compassion Fatigue is a condition characterized by a gradual lessening of compassion over time increasingly experienced by individuals that work directly with those suffering from trauma.  Therapists, nurses, physicians, clergy, police officers, service workers, educators, and family members caring for chronically ill loved ones are just some of those negatively impacted by Compassion Fatigue. Essentially, ANYONE who helps others is vulnerable.  Symptoms can include hopelessness, constant stress and anxiety, pervasive negative attitude, irritability among others, and can affect not only individuals, but organizations and institutions as well.

    The Myth of Normal: Depression, Anxiety and Addictions from a New Perspective
    Gabor Maté, MD
    For all our progress in understanding and treating mental illness, it continues to be a subject of misapprehension, prejudice and stigmatization. The reason for that may be not its strangeness but its familiarity.  Very few individuals or families are not touched by at least some aspects of mental dysfunction, some periods of the discouragement, disconnect or anxiety that, on a deeper and more chronic level, characterizes the mind state of the mentally ill. And beyond individual experience or predisposition, many factors in this stressed and confused culture conduce to mental malfunction on a broad social scale. This talk will explore the causes and “normality” of depression, anxiety and addictions in our society.
     
    4:00–5:30 pm Concurrent Workshops          

    Using Action Methods to Transform Post-Traumatic Stress to Post-Traumatic Growth With Addicted Family Systems
    Jean Campbell, LCSW, TEP 
    Jean is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board-Certified Trainer and Practitioner of Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy, a Trainer and Practitioner of Psychodramatic Bodywork® and nationally-known expert in Psychodrama, trauma resolution, addiction/codependency recovery and Somatic Psychotherapy. As Founder and CEO of Action Institute of California, Jean provides training workshops for professionals, family recovery weekend workshops, and personal growth workshop and psychotherapy for families, couples and individuals. She is committed to using action to effect change on a body, mind and spiritual level.
    When addiction invades a family, it’s traumatic for everyone. How is it, then, that some family members transform from that experience and come out the other side thriving, flourishing and surpassing the person they were before while some stay stuck in their wounds? This is the difference between post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic growth: the answer lies in the power of resilience and in making meaning of the experience. In this didactic and experiential workshop, using the principles of Positive Psychology, Sociometry and Psychodrama, we will explore specific, effective techniques for helping addicted families traverse the path of healing, and shift from post-traumatic stress to post- traumatic growth. 

    Creating Authentic Connections: Healing Relational Trauma Within the Family System
    Barbara Nosal, MFT, LADC
    Barbara Nosal has worked in the mental health treatment field with adolescents and their families for over 20 years.  She has held managerial and clinical positions in a variety of treatment settings, while maintaining a private practice in Newport Beach. Dr. Nosal is the founding Clinical Director, and currently Chief Clinical Officer of Newport Academy, where she oversees the treatment of adolescents, ages 12-20, and their families in both residential and outpatient settings in California and Connecticut.
    This session will explore family dynamics: patterns, roles, and emotional reactivity, which are the result of multigenerational transmission or relational trauma. Attachment wounds and relational trauma trigger emotional responses in the present and continue the cycle of shame-based behavior. A family systems approach to relational trauma will outline how to create more meaningful and authentic connections within the family.
     
    The Neurocoach Breakthrough
    Sonnee Weedn, PhD, CSAT
    Sonnee Weedn is a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice in Novato, CA. In addition to her psychology practice, Dr. Weedn provides continuing education and training programs for mental health professionals. Having studied with many leaders in behavioral/mental health care, as well as wisdom keepers from many traditions, Dr. Weedn applies traditional wisdom to a dynamic format. Since 2004, she has provided in-depth psychological assessments of patients at chemical dependency treatment centers. Her reports and recommendations guide individualized treatment planning and interventions designed to maximize treatment outcomes and guard against episodes of relapse.
    Neuroscience is providing breakthroughs in treating previously intractable problems, such as addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, concussion and other brain-based issues. The development of the NeuroCodex evaluation for determining problems in brain function with specificity, combined the NeuroCoach Recovery protocol for providing a means of remediating these problems, provide for true recovery, as opposed to symptom reduction, as is typical of other systems. This methodology is evidence based and adjunctive to psychotherapy. In a recent study, 89% of chemically dependent patients seeking treatment, who completed this program, had maintained sobriety eighteen months later, and 98% were living independently, either working or in school, and were self-supporting. 
     
    Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Trauma: Coping with Political Transference
    Elisabeth R. Crim, PhD
    A licensed psychologist, certified Relax/Renew yoga trainer, and founder/director of Moonstone Center, a network of alternative therapies teaming together for whole person mental health treatment and professional development offered in the context of self-care. Dr Crim also has Master’s Degrees in Counseling and has provided treatment for over 25 years, Dr. Crim offers psychotherapy, consultation, and training from an Inter-Subjective Psychodynamic (Stolorow) & Holistic Mind-Body-Spirit approach. She is founding editor of the monthly e-newsletter and video, The Healer’s Life!   
    Empathy, transference, and countertransference, core processes psychotherapists engage in routinely throughout a psychotherapy session, or are highly integrated experiences involving cognitive, somatic, and spiritual processes. In our current political climate, emotions are running high and affecting both psychotherapists as citizens as well as clients and patients. Many clients/patients are actively processing their own political process in their psychotherapy sessions, potentially activating trauma and/or a specific process of political transference or countertransference for treating therapists. Routine processes of psychotherapy compounded with the psychotherapist’s own personal activation of political transference and trauma can result in increased experiences of Secondary Trauma, Vicarious Trauma, and Compassion Fatigue. During these highly charged political times, an active plan for self-care and restoration at the mind-body-spirit level is essential.
     

    7:45–8:45 am

    Maintaining Equilibrium in Our Ever Changing Society: A Meditation

    (This session not offered for CE Credit)

    Sheri Laine, LAc, Diplomate of Ac 

    Author of Living The Enerqi Connection, Sheri is a nationally certified acupuncturist/ herbologist licensed in Oriental Medicine. Director of Eastern Medical Arts in the San Diego area for the past 27 years, Sheri writes a regular column for COUNSELOR Magazine, and teaches about the benefits of integrative living and how to achieve a balanced lifestyle.

    This workshop will explore the powerful benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. We will discuss how to integrate healthful techniques for the busy practitioner, as well as for their clients/patients. We will review healthy nutritional eating, cultivation of Qi (i.e. Life Force), open expressive communication, and the benefits of exercise, sexuality and restful sleeping, and engage in a closing meditation. 

     

    9:00–10:00 am

    Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Origins, Where Have We Been, Where Are We Now and What is the Future?

    Donald 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.

     

    10:30–11:30 am

    The Link Between Trauma and Addiction

    Lawrence V. Tucker, MD

    Lawrence V. Tucker, Medical Director of American Addiction Center’s Laguna Beach Recovery Hospital, is a Newport Beach psychiatrist.  He is a Diplomate of the American Board of  Psychiatry and Neurology, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, practicing in pharmacological management of psychiatric disorders including attention deficit disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, brain SPECT imaging, as well as addictionology.  He is also a distinguished member of the International Society of Sports Psychiatry. Dr. Tucker has worked extensively in the juvenile and adult justice system in Los Angeles and California’s state run regional  center. He has also worked in the community with trouble children in foster care and group homes, who struggled with addiction and/or mental illness.

    Whether trauma is psychological, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, or physical, such as a head injury, research has shown both can increase the risk for addictive behaviors. This can lead a person to abuse drugs and/or alcohol or to suffer from process addictions, including gambling, porn and eating disorders. This presentation will focus on understanding the types of trauma, the addiction connection, and the best treatment practices for these individuals.


    11:30–12:30 pm 

    From Resistance to Rhythm: Scientific Findings in Addictions and Mental Health Treatment

    Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC

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

    We are all naturally wired for rhythm. From cardiac beats to pulmonary patterns, circadian cycles and neurological firing. This experiential keynote explains scientific studies and engages you in a direct experience of group drumming; including key tools of guided imagery drumming, rhythmic naming, and group entrainment.  Learn why drumming, an ancient healing art, is now being utilized for treatment today.


    2:00–3:30 pm Dual Keynotes


    Essential Living: A Game Plan for Aligning Our Brain Function with Our 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 returns with it.

     

    The Trauma Heart: Stories of Survival and Hope

    Judy Crane, LMHC, CAP 

    Judy Crane has three 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 Most recently, Judy created a luxury treatment center, The Guest House in Ocala, FL that focuses on healing trauma and treating addiction simultaneously. Judy is the author of The Trauma Heart: Stories of Survival, Hope, and Healing.

    What do the stories of our clients tell you about them, their families and perhaps about you? This presentation offers the stories and the work of past clients, their families, their therapists and the therapeutic processes that provide a road to healing. It provides therapeutic modalities that may be useful in your own practice. 

     

    4:00–5:30 pm Concurrent Workshops


    How to Tailor Treatment Plans to Meet Individual Needs Within the Context of an Ever-Changing Behavioral Health Care Landscape

    Stephen Odom, PhD, LMFT

    A distinguished healthcare and addiction treatment professional with more than 25 years of expertise in the field, Dr. Odom serves as the President, CEO and Chief Clinical Officer of New Vista Behavioral Health, the parent company of Simple Recovery and Infinity Treatment Centers. He holds a Bachelors degree in Organizational Behavior, a Masters in Experimental Psychology, a Masters and PhD candidacy in Clinical Psychology and a Doctorate (PhD) with a focus in Healthcare Administration. He is also an LMFT in the state of California. At Simple Recovery, he helped guide, design and implement a unique treatment model. Previously, he held several titles, including Director of Program Development for CRC Health, administrative and clinical director at various chemical dependency treatment centers and hospitals in California, including Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach and El Camino Hospital in the San Francisco Bay area. 

    Presentation will outline carefully crafted and effective treatment solutions to create healthy and productive  recovery and success. Evidence-based methods of treating mental health, alcoholism and drug addiction—practicing a combination of the most current therapeutic interventions and proven modalities—will be described.

     

    Substance Misuse and Pregnancy

    Lawrence V. Tucker

    Lawrence V. Tucker, MD In the United States, maternal drug use is on the rise, putting mothers and their babies at risk for serious health complications or even death. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every 25 minutes a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal. As chief medical officer for Laguna Treatment Hospital, Dr Tucker has experience detoxing pregnant women and helping them get on the path to recovery. He will discuss the health effects of drug and alcohol use on both the mother and child, and the best treatment practices to ensure the healthiest possible outcome.

     

    Music Medicine: An Experience in the Evidence Based Use of Music & Sound

    Christine Stevens, MSW, MT-BC

    This experiential workshop engages you in the four elements of music; rhythm for the body, melody for the heart, harmony for the soul, and silence for the mind.  From listening to music to drumming and toning, Stevens presents a journey that is soothing and clinically beneficial in mental health, family therapy, and addictions treatment.  No prior musical experience necessary. 


    The Neurobiology of Resilience: Implications for Psychotherapy

    Donald Meichenbaum, PhD 

    This presentation will consider the cumulative impact of acute and chronic traumatizing experiences on the developing brain of children, adolescents and adults and the implications for both preventative and psychotherapeutic interventions. The neuroplasticity of the brain and the neurobiological correlates of engaging in resilience-engendering behaviors will be reviewed and the practical procedural implications for conducting psychotherapy will be presented. Dr. Meichenbaum will also consider how cognitive behavioral interventions can be employed with individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injuries. 

    7:45–8:45 am
    Meditation: 4th Pillar of Health
    (This session not offered for CE Credit) 
    Sheri Laine, LAc, Diplomate of Ac 
    Within traditional oriental medicine, there are four essential avenues of treatment that offer a particular approach to bring one’s body to a healthy state of equilibrium. These are known as the 4 pillars of health. This meditation will explore the Qi Gong pillar/Qi vitalization pillar, the modern term for a ghost of traditional exercises focused on the breath. With a calm spirit and heart, health will persevere. 
    9:00–10:00 am
    The End to the Theoretical Clubs and the Beginning of an Integrative Model
    John B. Arden, PhD
    Author of 14 books including, Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, Rewire Your Brain, and Brain-Based Therapy with Adults. He recently retired from Kaiser Permanente where he served as the Northern California Regional Director of Training where he developed one of the largest mental health training programs in the United States. In this capacity he oversaw more than 150 interns and postdoctoral psychology residents in 24 medical centers. Dr. Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy which he presents throughout the US and internationally.
    This presentation attempts to cut through the theoretical fluff inherent in the brand name therapies to arrive at the common factors that produce the most efficacious outcome. Brain-based therapy searches for those factors that are consistent with neuroscience, memory research, and developmental psychology. This approach takes advantage of what we have learned from evidence-based practices and outcome management studies to identify the factors that work, as well as those that are counter therapeutic.

    10:30–11:30 am
    Virtual Virulence: The Trauma, Shame and Addiction  Are Real
    Pat Love, EdD
    Known for her warmth, humor, and practical, research-based wisdom, Pat Love is a Distinguished Professor, licensed marriage and family therapist and long-standing clinical member and approved supervisor in American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She has served as President of the International Association for Marriage and Family Counseling. Pat has authored/co-authored six books including Never Be Lonely Again: The Way Out of Emptiness, Isolation and a Life Unfulfilled, and her most recent book You’re Tearing Us Apart: Several Ways to Wreck a Relationship and Strategies to Fix Them, and numerous professional articles.
    Love in the time of Twitter has its own inherent dangers, and you don’t have to surf the dark web to find them. Internet dating, catch-and-release relationships, cohort consciousness, porn on the playground, sexting and the netherworld of internet narcissism are all part of our daily lives, not an underground uncommon experience assigned to a few. We would be naïve to overlook the seductive nature of what has become the everyday world we live in and a breeding ground for trauma, shame and addiction. Fortunately, how we navigate this world is still up to us, and healthy living begins with recognizing the seductive nature of technology.

    11:30–12:30 pm
    We Were Never Designed for This: The Psychological Toxicity of Modern Day 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 Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Ilardi 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.

    1:45–3:15 pm Concurrent Workshops

    Music Therapy: How to Utilize your Client’s Closest Friend as a Tool for the Treatment of Trauma and Addiction (Part 1)
    Tim  Ringgold, MT-BC
    Tim Ringgold is Director of Sonic Divinity LLC in Orange County, CA where he specializes in music therapy for the treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders.  Tim also directs the music program at Newport Academy. He gave the first TEDx talk on music therapy in 2012, and is a regional president of the American Music Therapy Association.    
    This two-part experiential workshop will provide a brief introduction and history of the field of music therapy as a professional discipline. Participants will learn the “Big 5” goals of music therapy in the mental health setting, experience the power of rhythm, and understand why rhythm connects us to ourselves and others so effortlessly. Included will be a discussion of resources for making music independently, and how to locate music therapists in your region.

    Narcissism, the Enemy of Compassion
    Pat Love, EdD
    How do we reconcile the tribal urge to protect me and mine versus thee and thine? If empathy scores are down and narcissism is up, where do we find hope for compassion? We will explore the ultimate cause for optimism even in moments of despair.
    Brain-Based Therapy and PTSD      
    John Arden, PhD
    Brain-based therapy synthesizes neuroscience, evidence- based treatment, psychotherapy research, and attachment theory into a hybrid therapeutic model. This model helps identify which elements of psychotherapeutic schools are effective and which may be counter-therapeutic. Brain-based therapy envisions the therapeutic process as brain changing as necessary to change mood and behavior. The model proposes moving beyond the theoretical school paradigm. This training will examine the use of brain-based therapy to enhance outcome with people who have been traumatized. The role that brain function plays in mood, memory and behavior will be identified, including discussions on the difference between male and female brains, the middle aged brain and how alcohol affects the brain. Special attention will be given to addressing the neuro-dynamics of PTSD and the crucial role of memory.

    3:30–5:00 pm 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.
    Helping People with Autostress Disorders
    John Arden, PhD
    The workshop will examine how outcomes are enhanced by using brain-based therapy approaches with people who have been plagued by autostress disorders. Just as people with autoimmune disorders suffer from attacks on their bodies by their own immune system, people with anxiety suffer attacks by their stress system on their mind/brain/body. Their anxiety becomes an auto stress disorder wherein their own stress system no longer protects them from danger, but alerts them to danger when there is none. Clients with anxiety disorders are confused by the symptoms, as well as by different therapists they encounter who ascribe to the various brand-name therapies.
    Music Therapy: How to Utilize your Client’s Closest Friend as a Tool for the Treatment of Trauma and Addiction (Part 2)
    Tim  Ringgold, MT-BC
    In part 2,  the number of experiential moments expands to reinforce through direct experience the content shared. Participants will leave with a facilitator guide to the experiences.

    Conference Objectives 

     

    Participants will be able to: 

     1. Identify treatment approaches for successfully treating addictive disorders, trauma, relationship and intimacy issues, 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 clients interpersonal and family  relationships.

    3. Identify the key implications of neuroscience research as it applies to addictive  disorders, trauma, resilience, relationships and related issues.

    Program Focus

    This conference addresses the most relevant and cutting edge topics for professionals working in the addictions and behavioral health fields. It offers a comprehensive view and updates in a series of plenary sessions along with focused in-depth workshops to provide participants with skill-building in their areas of interest. 

    Once again, we have assembled many of this nation’s leading speakers, authors, and trainers to present on the most pertinent topics of specific interest to professionals in the fields of mental/behavioral  health and addictive disorders.

    Topics include: Combining Science and Compassion; Mindfulness and Recovery; Compassion Fatigue, Treating Depression and Anxiety; Group Psychotherapy; Healing Family Trauma; Substance Misuse and Pregnancy; Neuroscience Breakthroughs; Political Transference; Maintaining Equilibrium; CBT - Past, Present, Future; Music Medicine; Essential Living Game Plan; ‘Trauma Heart’; Neurobiology and Resilience; Brain-based Therapy; ‘Virtual’ Virulence; Toxicity of Modern Life; Narcissism; Auto-stress Disorders and more.

    Conference Objectives

    Participants will be able to:

    1. Identify treatment approaches for successfully treating addictive disorders, trauma, relationship and intimacy issues, 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, resilience, relationships and related issues.

     

    Exhibit Opportunities
    For exhibit information contact:  
     Lorrie Keip Cositore, 800-851-9100 ext. 220  

    Conference Site:
    Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa
    900 Newport Center Drive 
    Newport Beach, CA 92660
    (800) 228-9290 or (949) 640-4000

    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).

    US Journal Training has reserved a block of rooms for registrants until October 2 (Room block may fill prior to this date).  Room rates are $195 single/double (plus tax).  Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card.

    For reservations call 877-622-3056, and mention U.S. Journal to receive the conference rate.  Please note hotel’s cancellation policy.

    Transportation
    Super Shuttle provides service from Orange County/John Wayne Airport at $15 one way and from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) at $36 one way.  Prices are subject to change.  Reservations can be made online at www.supershuttle.com or by calling (800) 258-3826. (24 hour advance notice is required for return to airport.) Taxis are also available.

    Faculty
    John Arden, PhD
    Author of 14 books including, Brain2Brain, The Brain Bible, Rewire Your Brain, and Brain-Based Therapy with Adults. He recently retired from Kaiser Permanente where he served as the Northern California Regional Director of Training where he developed one of the largest mental health training program
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    Jean Campbell, LCSW
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    Board Approvals

    Professional Credits:

    24 Contact Hours Available
    6 HOURS Pre-Conference ETHICS Workshop November 1, 2017
    18 HOURS Full Time Conference November 2-4, 2017

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

    California Board of Behavioral Sciences (CBBS)
    California Board of Behavioral Sciences 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

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

    California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP-E1)
    California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals, Provider approved by CCAPP-E1. Provider number OS-86-057-0518 FOR 24CEHs.

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

    CEPA
    U.S. Journal Training is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs. U. S. Journal Training maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for __ hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences

    Certification Board for Addiction Professionals of Florida (No. 17A)

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

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

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

    National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
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    National Board for Certified Counselors (N0. 5130)
    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 accommodations will be made in accordance with the law. If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate your needs by October 11, 2017. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.


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