• 11th National Counseling Advances Conference

    March 7 - 9, 2018
    Las Vegas, Nevada

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    Tuesday, March 6
    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.
     

     

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

    9:00–11:00 am 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.

    11:15–1:15 am Suicide Assessment, prevention and treatment (2 hours required for relicensure in certain states) 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 Multiple relationships; Cultural considerations; Sexual contact with clients, students,  supervisees, former clients; Nonsexual multiple relationships; Rural and small communities.

    3:30-4:30 pm Working with vicarious traumatization; Compassion fatigue; Using the DOVE method of self care; Therapist impairment and self-care; Handling burnout; Wrap up and questions.  
     

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


    8:00 am Conference Registration

     

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

     

    9:00-10:00 am Redirecting Resistance: Advanced Skills and Techniques for Substantive Change

    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.


    10:00–10:30 am Refreshment Break Breaks will be held each am and pm in the exhibit area.


    10:30-11:30 am The State of Our Unions 

    Pat Love, EdD

    Known for her warmth, humor, and practical, research based wisdom. Distinguished professor, licensed marriage and family therapist and long-standing clinical member and approved supervisor in American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and 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.

    Are we snowplow parents creating failure-to-launch kids? Has technology replaced relationships and threatened empathic connections? Is traditional marriage on the decline? Are singles secretly happier than most marrieds? Can your credit score undercut relationship compatibility? Is anyone monogamous or is polyamory leading the way? Do cyberspace lovers make you a cheater? Can living-apart-together (LAT) be a solution to incompatibility? These and other timely, and perhaps touchy, questions will be explored in the service of understanding ourselves and our clients in a more honest fashion.


    11:30 am–12:30 pm Strategies for Treating Trauma: A Dissociative Model

    Colin Ross, MD

    An internationally renowned clinician, researcher, and lecturer in the field of traumatic stress and trauma-related disorders. Author of Dissociative Identity Disorder and Trauma Model Therapy. He is the founder and President of the Colin A. Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma and is the Executive Medical Director of three trauma programs located in Texas, Michigan, and California.

    Trauma in the light of a dissociative structural model of mental disorder is discussed. The model unifies a broad range of different disorders and leads to a unified treatment plan for the extensive comorbidity resulting from severe, chronic trauma.

     

    2:00-3:30 pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

     

    Internal Control Therapy (ICT): Innovative Techniques for Inner Freedom, Ability, and Direct Change

    Fred Hanna, PhD

    The major psychotherapy approaches are curiously passive and largely avoid changing mental phenomena directly. This does not become apparent until one tries for oneself some of the techniques and approaches offered in this highly experiential new model of therapy. For example, what if there was an “undo” function for the mind and not just for a computer? Attendees will be asked to try specific techniques within themselves that directly change and even undo negative mental and emotional phenomena. ICT is derived from Yoga, Buddhist, and Hindu psychologies, existentialism, and phenomenological methods. Some of the techniques are; Spatial Expansion, Memory Shaping, Object Orientation; the Pod Technique, Disidentification, Recreating Parental Effects, Proactive Present, the I-Am exercise, the being-there exercise, and others.

     

    Sex, Desire and Relationships: A Clinically Wise Update

    Pat Love, EdD

    Regardless of your client population, expertise in human sexuality can make you a more competent professional. Whether the subject is STD’s which are on the rise; unplanned pregnancy; the effects of pornography; sexual incompatibility and divorce rates; loss of sexual desire; sexual compulsion and aversion—there is so much to learn and share in the service of helping. This session will provide an update with information, video clips and clinical applications.

     

    The Link between Trauma, Depression and Borderline Personality Disorder

    Colin Ross, MD

    Depression is one of the core psychological consequences of trauma. Trauma Model Therapy for depression utilizes classical cognitive therapy techniques plus a focus on grief, attachment conflicts and self-blame, all of which must be addressed in the trauma survivor. Therapy interventions for depression will be illustrated. The model accounts for the co-occurrence of borderline personality, trauma and depression.


    How Trauma and Addiction Reinforce Each Other—Part 1

    Todd Langus, PsyD 

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

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


    4:00–5:30 pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS


    Sometimes the Solution Appears Disconnected with the Problem

    Robert Wubbolding, EdD

    Psychologist, internationally known teacher, author of 13 books and practitioner of Reality Therapy, has taught choice theory and reality therapy in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. He also served as Director of Training for the William Glasser Institute for 23 years.

    Because of the interconnection of human needs (Survival, Belonging, Power or Inner Control, Freedom or Independence, Fun or Enjoyment and Meaning or Purpose) that drive all behavior, oftentimes solutions or the manner of addressing problems, appear to have little to do with the presenting issue. Consequently, an indirect approach to such issues as anger, depression, excuse making and avoidance can be most effective.

     

    Transformative Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques: Moving Beyond Change Toward Metamorphosis

    Fred Hanna, PhD

    Now that mindfulness has taken the psychotherapy and counseling world by storm, it is time to go deeper, to apply it toward psychological and spiritual transformation and transcendence. In this program, mindfulness is redirected back to its true purpose 2500 years ago, by a presenter and published author that has been studying, practicing, compiling, and teaching powerful meditation techniques for over 40 years. Attendees will learn the hazards of what is called “spiritual bypassing” along with little known but powerful mindfulness and meditation techniques derived from largely overlooked ancient Asian texts and sources such as Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, the Vijnanabhairava, and Chinese Zen (Chan). Many of these techniques were learned by the presenter while studying in Asia.


    Living and Lying in Cyberspace—Where Do We Go for a Reality Check?

    Pat Love, EdD

    “It’s ten o’clock, do you know where your children are?” This public service announcement has even more relevance when you can sit in your bedroom and surf in a chatroom. The Internet is a game-changer when it comes to danger, and it’s not just children who are in jeopardy. Identity theft; prolific porn; treacherous trolls; seductive strangers—the list goes on. Be aware to be secure. Help clients develop their own reality check and develop skills for coping and contentment.


    Talking About God With Trauma Survivors

    Colin Ross, MD

    In this talk, Dr. Ross will describe techniques and strategies for talking about God with trauma survivors. Trauma survivors often project the image and dynamics of their perpetrators onto God. These can be addressed in a secular, cognitive therapy fashion by a therapist of any religious persuasion.

    9:00-10:00 am Evolving Science of Addiction and Recovery
    Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CATC V, CADC III
    Current Director of Clinical and Behavioral Health Service, Addictions Recovery Center, Medford Oregon and Director of Research and Education at CNS Productions, Inc. in Medford Oregon. Dr. Inaba is a Lifetime Fellow at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics in San Francisco and Associate Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at the University Of California San Francisco School of Pharmacy.  While working at the Haight-Ashbury Clinics, Dr. Inaba supervised the clinical treatment of over 300,000 self-referred substance abusers.  He is also noted for his work in developing culturally consistent treatment services with the National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse and the Glide Memorial Church’s African American Extended Family Recovery Center in San Francisco.  He has received over 90 individual awards of merit including awards from the California Society of Addiction Medicine and the California Association of County Drug Program Administrators. Dr. Inaba is the author of several publications and award winning educational videos on all aspects of substance abuse work. He is co-author with William Cohen of Uppers, Downer, All Arounders (8th Edition) that is used as the principal text on substance use disorders in over 400 U.S. universities and has been translated in over 6 foreign languages. 
    Research of the brain anomalies associated with addictive disorders provide an understanding of the differences between the wide variety of drugs and behavioral compulsions that can develop in some individuals predisposed to Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders. They also help to explain why some are more likely than others to relapse during treatment of these chronic persistent medical disorders. The rapidly expanding field of Addiction Medicine targets brain anomalies of addiction with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to promote better assessment, prevention and treatment tools for the better manage of those struggling with the brain anomalies of addiction. Resiliency and plasticity of the brain manifests its amazing ability to regain functionality with continued sobriety during the recovery process.  This presentation will explore the neurobiology of Addiction and Recovery to dispel the undue stigma associated with Substance Related and Addictive Disorders. It will share results of brain imaging and other research process that validate past as well as recent developments in the effective management of this chronic persistent disorder.

     

     

     
    10:30–11:30 am Mastering the Anxiety Game: Teaching Clients to Welcome their Fears
    Reid Wilson, PhD
    Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine; 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 and Compulsions, and his most recent book, Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety and Worry. Recipient in 2014 of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award.
    Therapists are supposed to make clients safe and secure, creating a cozy haven from a cruel world, right? Well, when it comes to treating anxiety, there’s growing evidence that the quickest, most effective approach involves instructing them to ramp up their fears while telling themselves how much they welcome the experience. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to help clients shift their relationship with their fears and override the responses that perpetuate them.

    11:30 am–12:30 pm On The Frontlines: The Critical Role of Counselors in Navigating the Changing Landscape of Addiction
    David M. Marlon, MBA, MS
    Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Solutions Recovery, Las Vegas, an alcohol and drug treatment center that is accredited by the Joint Commission and is part of the American Addiction Centers’ family of treatment centers. He has formed several non-profit organizations, which combat substance abuse by providing education and awareness on addictive behavior, preventative methods, and the economic, physical, and social consequences of mental illness and substance abuse. He has served on the Governor’s Substance Abuse Working Group, the Governor’s Rural Meth Action Team, the Board of Directors for H.E.L.P. of Southern Nevada, and is the Community Partner for Roseman University’s Drug Abuse Survey Pilot Program. He has been honored with the Mayor’s Commendation and has received the Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada’s Vanguard Award.
    From the proposed American Health Care Act to a new focus on medication-assisted therapy, the landscape for treating those with addiction continues to evolve. No one understands this better than the presenter, who as an addictionologist, has served as CEO of Solutions Recovery, an abstinence-based rehab in Las Vegas, for over ten years. He provides a compelling perspective on the future of the industry. During his presentation, Dave will draw from his own treatment experiences and his background in mental health counseling to educate and inform today’s counselors on how to navigate the changing landscape.

     

     
    2:00–3:30 pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    Management of Co-Occurring Disorders
    Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CATC V, CADC III
    This presentation will explore the challenges between Mental Health (MH) and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatments in being comprehensive behavioral health treatment providers. Interactions between major MH disorders with SUD will be examined along with current management approaches. At various times labeled co-occurring disorders, dual diagnosis, MICA (mental illness—chemical abuse),  co-current disorders, double trouble, co-morbidity, and co-morbid conditions; these combinations of disorders have reported Point and Annual Prevalence Rates that vary greatly from 25-80% depending on diagnostic criteria used, patient population, and the therapeutic setting (those being treated primarily for alcohol or substance abuse tend toward higher incidence). Challenges of co-occurring disorders include definitions, diagnoses, patterns, treatment and organization of services. Evidenced based best practices indicate simultaneous treatment of both disorders at a single program site results in best outcomes. Despite growing designations by programs to be comprehensive behavioral health services, most continue to focus primarily on either mental health or SUD treatment.

     

    Strategies for Worriers
    Reid Wilson, PhD
    Those suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) are worry-making machines who become anxious about topics that can concern any of us: money, work, family, our health. But for some clients, the noise of worry is like a boom box in their heads with no off-switch.  Participants will learn practical therapeutic strategies, based on the latest research, on how to help clients face the unneeded worries of GAD head-on and dispatch with them rather than trying to avoid them.

     

    The Problem Can Be the Solution
    Robert Wubbolding, EdD
    Oftentimes, counselors and therapists are more effective when they perceive clients’ problems as possible solutions. Anger can be channeled in positive and productive ways. Self-loathing can be connected to an acknowledgement of the fact that human frailty is normal or at least helpful in developing empathy for other people. 
     
    Healing the Roots of Addiction: Beyond Duality and the Disconnect from Self
    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 extreme trauma and neglect. She loves sunrise hikes and playing bluegrass bass.
    Trauma survivors simply cannot heal in the same relationship system in which they were traumatized. Duality and disconnect from the true self are key symptoms of early relational trauma that often present as addiction, relational conflict, and/or a need to be in control. Teaching six essential self-skills while also consciously relating from our own true self creates the deeper safety necessary in therapy for clients to heal beyond duality and its constant power struggles. Addiction then loses its innate purpose, the need to be in control begins to melt away, and the client can once again live from the true self.

     

     
    4:00–5:30 pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS

    Cannabis Use Disorder—A Much Under-appreciated Addiction 
    Darryl S. Inaba, PharmD, CATC V, CADC III
    Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Washington DC have now legalized marijuana for recreational use and 29 states plus the District of Columbia have approved medical use of marijuana despite the fact that pot is still a federal Schedule I substance of abuse, and a growing body of medical evidence that demonstrate marijuana (THC) especially in its newer highly potent forms (“edibles and BHO”), and synthetic cannabinoids result in addiction, medical and mental health problems. This presentation will look at marijuana as a drug: Its medical and abuse potential relative to other psychoactive substances. It will revisit its botany, chemistry, pharmacology, impact on the brain and especially the 8-9% of its users who develop Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD). Current treatments of CUD will also be reviewed.

    Improv in Recovery
    Margot Escott, LCSW
    She is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Naples for 32 years. She is a graduate of NYU School of Social Work and has worked in a variety of healthcare settings—from psychiatric and addictions rehabs to hospice. Several years ago she began acting classes (a childhood dream). She was introduced to Improvisational Comedy and became hooked on Improv. She has been performing, teaching to youth and adults, giving workshops for community groups and healthcare settings on the art of Improv.
    This workshop teaches the basics of improvisational theater games as they relate to recovery concepts. We explore listening, taking and adding to suggestions, and learning to be in the present moment. Much like recovery, improv works best when we create an environment of inclusion and all ideas are welcomed. The basic improv principle is “acceptance” as is the first step in 12-step recovery. Improv, as in recovery, is based on the collaborative efforts of the group. In improv, we take suggestions, often called gifts, from our fellow actors. This parallels the process of one addict accepting helpful suggestions from fellow addicts and incorporates them into their lives. This workshop provides tools counselors can use to make recovery fun, entertaining, and empowering.

    You Can Treat OCD
    Reid Wilson, PhD
    The rigid beliefs and bizarre behavior of clients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can seem intimidating to any therapist. But if you look under the hood, the driving force of this dominant disorder is always the same: something could go terribly wrong and it will be your fault. Treatment can be difficult, but it is not complex. Participants will learn the core strategies of treatment and the primary tactics to confront client resistance.

     

     
    Dealing with Resistance, Learned Helplessness, Avoidance and Excuses
    Robert Wubbolding, EdD
    Clients often benefit from interventions that focus on education regarding self-evaluation. Assisting clients to gradually learn to conduct an increasingly fearless self-evaluation is an art that counselors can use to help clients facilitate the recovery process. Simulated role-play demonstrations focus on educating clients to examine the attainability of their wants, the helpfulness of their actions, the benefits or harmfulness of their self-talk and the value of their feelings or emotions.

    Healing the Trauma Patient During Recovery From Addiction—Part 2
    Todd Langus, PsyD
    This presentation will discuss treatment techniques to use while treating patients on the path to recovery. Observe an experiential debriefing process demonstrating useful techniques and how to implement them into your practice.

    9:00–10:00 am Nutrition-Based Strategies for Healing Mental Illness

    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.

    Brain structure and function are both profoundly influenced by what we eat, and research from the emerging field of nutritional psychiatry reveals numerous ways in which the processed-food-laden American diet has contributed to the burgeoning epidemic of mental illness. It also highlights several specific nutrition-based interventions of proven usefulness in combating symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, insomnia, dementia, and other common forms of psychological distress. In this presentation, we will explore the neurocognitive effects of nutrients ranging from essential fatty acids to B-vitamins to trace minerals to soluble fiber, with a focus on specific ways in which nutritional strategies may be integrated into everyday clinical practice.


    10:30–11:30 am Nation Taken Hostage 

    Heather Hayes, MEd

    A veteran of the behavioral health field, she has over 30 years of experience working with addictions and other disorders and specializes in the treatment of adolescents/ young adults, trauma, brain disorders, complex mental health issues and the full spectrum of addictive disorders.  Known as one of the country’s most prominent authorities on these topics, Ms. Hayes is a coveted speaker on the national and international stage and has been published in numerous journals, books, and other industry publications. Recognized for her comprehensive and trauma-informed approach to addiction and intervention.  As a Licensed Counselor and a Board Registered Interventionist (CIP), she serves as an on-air expert and consultant for CNN and Dr. Oz. She has served as former President of the Network of Independent Interventionists, and is Co-founder and CEO of Hayes, Davidson and Associates. 

    Heather Hayes utilizes her thirty plus years of experience as a Clinician, and sixteen years as a Hostage Negotiator and Psychological Profiler, to liken addiction to terrorism. By reviewing tactical protocol used in infamous hostage situations of the past; Hayes lays the framework that rhetorically encourages viewing addiction as a terrorist, and emphasizes the hard-hitting philosophy of “zero acceptable losses.” By providing solution-based strategies, we turn our efforts from an ineffective offense, to a strategic, grass roots defense. With these methods, we can RESIST, and begin taking back our communities, one family system and human being at a time.


    11:30 am–12:30 pm Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic

    Dennis Daley, PhD

    Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Senior Clinical Director, Substance Use Services, UPMC. He served for 20+ years as Chief of Addiction Medicine Services (AMS) at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in the Department of Psychiatry, and was the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Appalachian Tri-State Node of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Clinical Trials Network (2005-2016). Author of numerous books including Co-Occurring Disorders Recovery Workbook: Strategies to Manage Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders.

    In recent years, the U.S. has been plagued by an opioid epidemic, which has contributed to over 59,000 overdose deaths in 2016, a significant increase in babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, and many other problems for affected individuals and families. The pain and suffering caused to families is indescribable. This presentation will discuss the causes and effects of this major health and safety problem, and strategies to address it. It will address clinical needs and interventions for individuals with opioid addiction and their families, law enforcement perspectives, and what medical systems and health plans are doing (or need to do) to impact on this problem.

     

    1:45-3:15 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.

     

    Managing Emotions and Moods: Recovery Strategies for Emotional Health

    Dennis Daley, PhD

    Problems managing emotions (feelings) and moods are common among clients with psychiatric, substance use and co-occurring disorders.  Inability to manage emotions creates distress for the client and adversely impacts on relationships and ability to function.  This workshop will review issues related to understanding and managing emotions such as anxiety, anger, boredom, depression, emptiness, and guilt and shame that create problems among clients.  It will also review the differences between anxiety and anxiety “disorders,” and depression and “clinical depression.”  Another main area of focus will be on helping clients increase positive emotions.


    Hidden Intervention Pitfalls: A Blueprint for Intervening in the Presence of Undisclosed, Advanced Psychiatric Conditions; Traditional Intervention Protocols No Longer Apply

    Heather Hayes, MEd 

    High-level negotiator, mental health expert and Intervention leader Heather Hayes has developed a blueprint for safely and securely intervening on individuals when previously undisclosed, advanced psychiatric conditions manifest. Whether it is Dementia, Anorexia Nervosa, Delusional Disorder, Paranoid Schizophrenia, or any psychiatric disorder, traditional intervention protocols do not apply and if improper intervention techniques are applied, the outcome can be devastating for all those involved. Heather Hayes will be sharing her highly sought-after process and protocol for safely and effectively intervening on patients struggling with psychiatric issues, improving assessment protocol, and securing optimal outcomes for interventionists, families, and the facilities that treat them.


    DSM V at the Movies

    Margot Escott, LCSW 

    The DSM V was released in 2013 and there has been much controversy over this edition. There were significant revisions important for the substance abuse counselor such as changes in the criteria for substance abuse disorder, personality disorders, and gambling. Other changes included removal of multi-axial system, inclusion of PTSD and removal of the bereavement. By viewing video clips from movies and television, we will illustrate some of these changes and how they impact our field.


    3:30–5:00 pm CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS


    Brain Chemistry Lifehacks

    Stephen Ilardi, PhD

    We commonly hear that mental illness involves a “brain chemistry imbalance”—a formulation that leads many to infer that psychiatric medication (the ingestion of chemicals) is the only logical form of intervention. But modern neuroscience makes clear that there are myriad ways to impact neurochemical signaling in the brain, and the great majority of them have nothing to do with medication.  In this workshop, we will explore numerous rapid and effective strategies—lifehacks —for improving neurocognitive perturbations associated with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, memory disturbances, and other common forms of distress. These salubrious strategies include: increased physical movement, targeting nutritional deficits, strengthening the microbial gut-brain axis, optimal bright light exposure, meditation, immersion in nature, social connection, and habits of healthy sleep.

     

    Adolescent and Young Adult Continuum of Care: Increasing Engagement and Decreasing Trauma

    Heather Hayes, MEd

    The young adult population can be difficult, challenging, and rewarding to intervene on. Developmental issues, drug impact upon an undeveloped brain, and lack of impulse control potentially escalating to violence must be considered and evaluated. As Interventionists and behavioral health experts, we have learned just as much from our missteps than we have from our successes; the entire evolutionary process has shaped a new set of guidelines for safely and effectively engaging adolescents, their families/support systems, the treatment they seek, and the long-term strategy for keeping everyone anchored to the most beneficial path. Without effective communication, awareness of emerging trends, and healthy engagement by everyone involved, the long-term continuum of care suffers; our workshop will address the best ways we’ve learned to secure optimal, long-term outcomes.  

     

    Increasing Positivity

    Dennis Daley, PhD

    Most attention in clinical practice for behavioral health disorders is directed towards mood disorders or problems managing emotions such as anger, anxiety, or depression. This presentation will emphasize the importance of focusing on positive emotions to help counteract negative emotions. It will review models of well-being, and how positive emotions impact on psychological, social and spiritual well-being. Strategies to increase positive emotions in clinical work with clients will be reviewed. This will incorporate literature from Positive Psychology and Psychiatry.


    Teaching Clients to Safely Process Feelings and Flashbacks

    Sandra Felt, LCSW, BCD

    Feelings and flashbacks are often the most intimidating and challenging parts of healing from trauma and addiction, and yet confronting and processing through 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.

    SPECIAL FOCUS ON:
    This conference addresses the most relevant and cutting edge topics for today’s mental health, addiction and other helping professionals. Attendees will be able to hear the latest research along with practical counseling strategies and take away advanced skills and techniques.  It offers a comprehensive view and updates along with focusing in-depth workshops to provide participants an opportunity to interact with a faculty of leading clinicians and authors as well as other attendees.

     

    Topics Include:   

    Redirecting Resistance; Sex, Desire and Relationships; Trauma and Disassociation; Addressing the Opioid Epidemic; Evolving Science of Addiction and Recovery; Living and Lying in Cyberspace; Mastering the Anxiety Game; The Changing Landscape of Addiction; Transformative Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques; Managing Co-occurring Disorders; Strategies for Worriers; The Problem Can Be the Solution; Cannabis Use Disorder; Treating OCD; Dealing with Resistance; Nutrition and Mental Health; Internal Control Therapy; Lifestyle Strategies and Depression; Managing Emotion and Moods; Brain Chemistry Lifehacks; Increasing Positivity; Trauma and Addiction; Ethics; Suicidality and more.

     

    Who Should Attend?
    Enjoy networking with 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
    • Pastoral Counseling
    • And Other Fields  

     
    Conference Objectives
    Participants will be able:
    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, anxiety the resistant client, 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.

    Limited Number of Exhibit Spaces Available   
    For more information contact:
    Lorrie Keip Cositore  
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    Join Us in Las Vegas at the Tropicana Las Vegas

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

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

     

    The Tropicana Las Vegas offers our conference guests a very special rate of $99 for rooms Monday through Thursday nights, March 5–8 and $149 for Friday and Saturday nights, March 9 and 10 plus daily resort fee of $10 that includes in room internet, fitness center access, 2 for 1 show tickets to Laugh Factory (Sunday thru Thursday).

     

    For reservations call: 

    800-634-4000 (Request rooms for the National Counseling Advances Conference group code SNCS18)  or Reserve Online at  https://aws.passkey.com/go/NationalCounseling before February 6 to receive the conference rate. Each reservation requires one night’s deposit. Please be aware of hotel’s cancellation policy. 

    The Tropicana Las Vegas is located at 3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

     

    Faculty
    Dennis Daley, PhD
    Dennis C. Daley, PhD, is professor of psychiatry and social work. He served for fourteen years as the chief of Addiction Medicine Services (AMS) at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Daley has been with WPIC since 1986 and previous
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    Margot Escott, LCSW
    She is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Naples for 32 years. She is a graduate of NYU School of Social Work and has worked in a variety of healthcare settings­­—from psychiatric and addictions rehabs to hospice. Several years ago she began acting classes (a childhood
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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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    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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    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
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    Heather Hayes, MEd
    Heather Hayes is a licensed counselor, educational consultant and board-registered interventionist (BRI II). Heather is currently in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her BA from Emory University and her MEd from Antioch University. Ms. Hayes has treated addictions and other disorde
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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 50 scholarly articles on mental illness, Dr. Ilardi is a nationally recognized expert on depression. His work has been honored by the American Psychological
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    Darryl Inaba, PharmD, CATC V, CADC III
    Current Director of Clinical and Behavioral Health Service, Addictions Recovery Center, Medford Oregon and Director of Research and Education at CNS Productions, Inc. in Medford Oregon. Dr. Inaba is a Lifetime Fellow at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics in San Francisco and Associate Clinical Professo
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    Todd Langus, PsyD
    Has dedicated the last 10 years to treating public safety personnel and their families. He has responded to national emergencies such as 9/11, treating hundreds of emergency responders. He has treated victims of Hurricane Katrina and military personnel from Iraq and Afghanistan and has responded to
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    Pat Love, EdD
    Known for her warmth, humor, and practical, research based wisdom. Distinguished professor, licensed marriage and family therapist and long-standing clinical member and approved supervisor in American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and served as President of the International Associa
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    David Marlon, MS
    Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Solutions Recovery, Las Vegas, an alcohol and drug treatment center that is accredited by the Joint Commission and is part of the American Addiction Centers’ family of treatment centers.  He has formed several non-profit organizations, which combat subst
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    Colin Ross, MD
    Colin A. Ross, MD, received his MD from the University of Alberta in 1981 and completed his psychiatry training at the University of Manitoba in 1985. He has been running a trauma program in the Dallas, Texas area since 1991 and consults to two other trauma programs, one in Grand Rapids, Michigan an
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    Reid Wilson, PhD
    Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine; author/co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children; Don’t Panic: Taki
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    Robert Wubbolding, EdD, LPCC
    Psychologist, internationally known teacher, author of 13 books and practitioner of Reality Therapy, has taught choice theory and reality therapy in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia. He also served as Director of Training for the William Glasser Institute for 23 years.
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    Board Approvals

    CONTINUING EDUCATION:
    24 Contact Hours Available
    6 HOURS Pre-Conference ETHICS Workshop March 6, 2018
    18 HOURS Full Time Conference March 7 - 9, 2018

    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: 12/5/16-12/5/18. 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 #CP20687C0818.

    California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
    U.S. Journal Training is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists #56349 to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs. U.S. Jourmal Training maintains responsibilty for this program/couse and its content. Course meet qualifications for up to 24 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

    California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN)
    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).

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

    EAP Association/EACC Program
    EAP Association/EACC-Program Approved for 24 PDHs.

    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.

    Nevada Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers and Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors
    Nevada-Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists, Social Workers, and Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Counselors, Reciprocal with ASWB.

    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 January 30, 2018. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.


    Full-Time Registration (March 7-9, 2018)
    up to 18 hours
    Tuition: $465.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 30, 2018 for: $415.00
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    Daily Registration Wed., March 7, 2018
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $170.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 30, 2018 for: $150.00
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    Daily Registration Thur., March 8, 2018
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $170.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 30, 2018 for: $150.00
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    Daily Registration Fri., March 9, 2018
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $170.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 30, 2018 for: $150.00
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    Ethics Workshop, Tues., March 6, 2018
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $135.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 30, 2018 for: $115.00
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    Early Registration Rate:
    Registrations received or processed by midnight (EST) January 30, 2018 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.

    REGISTRATION POLICIES: Check, credit card information or agency purchase order must be attached to this registration form. All registration fees are refundable, less a $50.00 processing fee, when requests for cancellation are submitted in writing and postmarked by February 13, 2018. No refunds are available after February 13, 2018.
     
    Other ways to register:
    By Phone: 800-441-5569 or 954-360-0909. Please have your MC/Visa/AMEX number ready. (Business Hours are M-F, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm ET)

    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: 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. Get Registration Form Please make checks payable to: U.S. Journal Training, Inc.

    Mail to:
    U .S. Journal Training/ Counseling Advances
    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 800-441-5569.

    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 by January 30, 2018. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.

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