• 39th Annual Training Institute on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders

    February 12 - 15, 2018
    Clearwater Beach, Florida

    Sponsors


    5:30 - 7:30pm

    Early Conference Registration at Hilton

     

    7:45 amConference Registration Continued

     

    7:45 am Continental Breakfast 

    8:50 amOpening and Welcome by Dan Barmettler and Gary Seidler of US Journal Training, Inc.


     9:00–10:30 am 

    The Evolution of Psychotherapy:  From Oxymoron to Reality

    Scott D. Miller, PhD

    Co-founder of the Center for Clinical Excellence, an international consortium of clinicians, researchers and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and trainings throughout the world, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results. Co-author of The Heart and Soul of Change: What Works in Therapy (2nd ed.); and The Heroic Client.

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

     

    10:30 –11:00 amRefreshment Break Refreshment breaks will be held each AM and PM in the Exhibit area.

    11:00–12:30 pm

    Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors

    Janina Fisher, PhD

    Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a clinician and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation, an EMDR International Association Credit Provider, a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and a former Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fisher lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on topics related to the integration of the neurobiological and attachment research and the newer trauma treatment paradigms into traditional therapeutic modalities.

    In the face of trauma, preserving self-esteem, attachment to family, and hope for the future requires that we disown that “bad child” to whom bad things happen and hold some sense of ourselves as “good,” disconnected from how we have been treated. But to ensure that the rejected, abused child is “not me” requires reliance on dissociation, addiction, or self-hatred to keep that child at a distance. In the end, we have survived at the cost of disowning our most wounded selves. While longing to be loved, safe, and welcome, traumatized clients find themselves in conflict: alternating between clinging to others and pushing them away, hatred for themselves and hostility toward others, yearning to be seen and yet yearning to be invisible. Years later, they present in therapy with addictive disorders and/or symptoms of anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem or diagnoses such as Bipolar and Borderline Personality Disorder. This workshop integrates theoretical material on trauma, dissociation, neurobiology, and attachment with a practical hand’s on approach that utilizes “right brain-to-right brain” treatment methods to help clients connect emotionally and somatically to their disowned selves.

     

     2:00–3:30 pm Concurrent Workshops

     

    Suicide Assessment 

    Julia Buckey, PhD

    For 25 year’s she has served individuals and families in inpatient and outpatient health and mental health settings at the direct, supervisory, and managerial levels. She founded Decision Dynamics Consulting, Inc., Lake Mary, FL. An award-winning researcher, published educator, and trainer of professional clinicians, she brings credibility and perspective to her work with the goal of building win-win environments based on mutual trust, respect, and understanding.

    Therapists/clinicians identify medical/crisis intervention approaches to assessing suicidality, a skill set generally minimized and/or overlooked in clinical training (graduate programs, medical schools, etc.). Beginning with suicide prevalence in the U. S. and in special populations, we frame the assessment process within statutory, ethical, and practice guidelines and professional liability concerns. Focusing on assessment of inpatient and outpatient clients through practitioner skill sets, applied methods (which include standardized assessment tools), to help practitioners safeguard short- and long-term client treatment plans and goals.  

     

    Healing the Body, Healing the Mind: Working with the Legacy  of Neglect and Trauma

    Janina Fisher, PhD

    In surviving trauma and neglect, individuals are left with a host of easily re-activated physiological responses and an inadequate memory record. Uncertain about what happened, they interpret the somatic activation as data about “me:” “I am still not safe,” “I am worthless and unlovable.” This presentation will review recent neuroscience research that explains how traumatic experience becomes embedded in both mind and body, extending the trauma far beyond the original events. Addictive and self-destructive behaviors bring temporary relief but quickly progress as it takes increasingly larger ‘doses’ to achieve the same effect. New neurobiologically-informed somatic techniques can directly address the non-verbal memories and physiological responses, offering renewed hope for long-term sobriety and emotional relief to victims of abuse.

     

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

    Scott D. Miller, PhD 

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


    Mindful Improv for Therapists

    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.

    Many therapists today are using empirically tested mindfulness-based treatments. Recent research shows that Improvisational Theater games are a powerful intervention for anxiety, depression and becoming a more “authentic” self.  There is a direct parallel between improv comedy exercises and practicing mindfulness.  Improvisation is inherently mindful as it takes you out of your head and into the present moment through fun and interactive games.  Mindfulness is the practice of paying attention to the present moment with openness, curiosity, and a willingness to be with what is. In Mindful Improv, we notice when our minds wander and we come back to listening, which grounds us in the present moment.  This workshop is also for therapists to apply these techniques in their professional and personal lives.


    4:00–5:30 pm Concurrent Workshops


    Transforming Shame and Self-Loathing

    Janina Fisher, PhD 

    Therapists regularly confront the negative impact of shame on their clients’ ability to find relief and perspective. Feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy interfere with taking in positive experiences, leaving only hopelessness. Despite the therapist’s best efforts, unshakeable feelings of shame and self-hatred often undermine treatment. This workshop will introduce participants to understanding shame from a neurobiological perspective—as a survival strategy driving somatic responses of “total submission,” disconnection and numbing. Using lecture, videotape, and experiential exercises drawn from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, participants will learn to help clients relate to their shame with mindful awareness and curiosity. When traditional psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral techniques are integrated with Sensorimotor Psychotherapy interventions emphasizing posture, movement, and gesture, issues of shame can become an avenue to transformation rather than a source of stuckness in treatment.

     

    Creatures of Addict: How Our Families Get Addicted  (This session not offered for CE Credit)

    Dug McGuirk 

    He is an accomplished entrepreneur, musician, producer and inspirational speaker. Having run his own production company for 10 years, a partner in an international hardware and software computer company, toured the United States as musician and a top speaker/trainer for Tony Robbins. He was a contributing author in the book Multiple Streams of Inspiration and a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP (neuro linguistic programming) and certified in Neo Ericsonian Hypnosis. Dug is also VP of Training and Development for Palm Healthcare in Delray Beach Florida.

    An interactive lecture on unpacking addiction as it relates to coping skills to deal with underlying issues and behavior patterns as it pertains to family dynamics.  In this presentation, participants will learn that drugs and alcohol were not the original problem, they were the solution, and family members have found their own “solutions”.  If the underlying issue of our strategies to meet our needs is not addressed, relapse is certain. Dug adds an innovative approach to recovery with focusing on eliminating limits and supporting the creation of a compelling future for your clients and beyond.

     

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

    Scott D. Miller, PhD

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

     

     Improv in Recovery

    Margot Escott, LCSW

    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. 


    7:30–8:15 pmMonday Evening Session

    The Power of Presence

    (Optional)  (This session not offered for CE Credit)

    Dug McGuirk

    In a world moving so fast and bombarded by distractions it is even more important to practice presence. In this presentation Dug McGuirk, Vice President of Training and Development at Palm Healthcare Company, will discuss the Power of Presence and how to access and master the skill we all have.

     
    7:45–8:45 am  Ancient Yoga Philosophy for Today’s Approach to Addiction (Optional) 
    Tommy Rosen 
    Yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. He holds certifications in both Kundalini and Hatha Yoga and has 24 years of continuous recovery from drug addiction. He is one of the pioneers in the field of Yoga and Recovery assisting others to holistically transcend addictions of all kinds. He is author of Recovery 2.0: Move Beyond Addiction and Upgrade Your Life.
    Kristin Wilson, MA, LPC
    She is the National Director of Clinical Outreach for Newport Academy and has been working in the treatment field since 1997, in a variety of mental health treatment settings, including inpatient, residential, and outpatient levels of care. She is passionate about the integration of holistic care in the treatment milieu. Prior to joining Newport Academy, Kristin held various positions, including clinical supervisor, executive director, trainer, interventionist, clinical outreach representative, and marketing director. 
    All clinicians, therapists, counselors and teachers want one thing for their clients—positive transformation. The path of yoga promises a profound transformation from ignorance to knowing, from darkness into light and from addiction into sustainable recovery. Come learn how the philosophy that underlies 5000 year-old practices can be (and must be) applied to modern-day approaches to treating addiction in all its forms.

    8:00–8:45 amMorning Refreshments

    9:00–10:00 amMind-Brain-Gene:  Toward Psychotherapy Integration
    John Arden, PhD, ABPP
    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 synthesizes the already substantial literature on psychoneuroimmunology and epigenetics, combining it with the neuroscience of emotional, interpersonal and cognitive dynamics, with psychotherapeutic approaches to offer an integrated vision of psychotherapy. The integrative model promotes a sea change in how we conceptualize mental health problems and their solutions.  We can now understand how the immune system, diet, brain structure, and even gut bacteria effect mental health. Psychotherapists in the 21st Century will by necessity become more like healthcare workers to address and resolve adverse mind-body-brain interactions.
    10:30–11:30 am
    Boiling Point: The High Cost of Unhealthy Anger to Individuals and Society
    Jane Middelton-Moz, MS
    Jane Middelton-Moz is the Director of the Middelton-Moz Institute. She is an international trainer and consultant and has appeared on national radio and television including Oprah, Montel, Maury, and has had her own PBS Special. She has authored numerous books including, Shame and Guilt: Masters of Disguise, Children of Trauma and Boiling Point and has co-authored Bullies: From the Playground to the Boardroom and The Ultimate Guide to Transforming Anger. She is co-author of the revised and expanded After the Tears: Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Heal Their Childhood Trauma.
    There are many indicators in our world today that life is out of balance. Stress related illnesses, addictions of all kinds, wide spread use of anti-depressant medications, lateral violence within racial and ethnic groups and between women, road rage, cults, righteousness, domestic violence, rage, and perhaps most frightening, our children killing our children. In this presentation, participants will learn the impact of current and historical familial cultural and societal trauma, increased technological advancements, and resulting disconnection on the individuals and families they treat. The dynamics of lateral violence, multiple addictions, and the effects of societal desensitization, isolation, and operant conditioning will be presented.
    11:30 am–12:30 pm
    The Evolution and the Current ‘State of the Art’ of Cognitive Behavior Therapy
    Don Meichenbaum, PhD
    Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and Research Director, The Melissa Institute of Violence and Prevention and the Treatment of Victims of Violence, Miami, FL. He is considered one of the founders of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). Author of Roadmap to Resilience and his most recent, Evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. In a survey of clinicians reported in the American Psychologist he was voted “one of the 10 most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century.”
    This presentation will trace the evolution of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and consider the “untold story” of how it evolved, both empirically and theoretically. It will also provide a critical discussion of the “state-of-the-art” and explore the future of psychotherapy using computer technology.
    2:00 –3:30 pm Concurrent Workshops

    Breath and Meditation Practices for the Treatment of Trauma and Addiction
    Tommy Rosen and Kristin Wilson, MA, LPC 
    Addiction is disconnection. Yoga is union. Addiction is characterized by a sense of lack. Yoga brings wholeness. Addiction is a dis-ease. Yoga brings ease. There is an old yogic saying: If you can control the breath, you can control the mind. Come join Tommy Rosen as he shares several powerful, yet accessible practices that will add to your personal toolbox and give you an edge in your work with your clients.
    Epigenetics and Adverse Childhood Experiences 
    John Arden, PhD, ABPP
    This workshop discusses the wide-ranging health and mental health ramifications of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) studies. The ACE studies highlight the interaction between early adversity and epigenetic affects expressed later in life that significantly impact mental health. The rapidly evolving field of epigenetics reveals how the gene-environment interaction brings about the expression or suppression of the genes. Maternal neglect and growing up in poverty have been shown to suppress genes regulating the cortisol receptors on the hippocampus, making it more difficult to turn off the HPA (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal) axis later in life. In the extreme, low cortisol receptors are associated with suicide.  
    Shame and Guilt: The Masters of Disguise
    Jane Middelton-Moz, MS
    The impact of growing up in a shaming environment affects an individual’s life. Debilitating shame, and resulting debilitating guilt, affects our ability to form loving relationships, to adequately honor and positively regard ourselves, and results in our blocking the spontaneous expressions of ourselves. Adults shamed as children frequently feel that “no matter what I do, it won’t make a difference”. This presentation will fully explore the dynamics of shame and guilt and attempts at mastery. Characteristics of adults shamed as children will be presented. Steps towards resolution will be presented.

    Treatment of Patients with PTSD and Co-occurring Psychiatric Disorders:  A Constructive Narrative Perspective
    Don Meichenbaum, PhD
    Ways to implement the core tasks of psychotherapy with patients who evidence PTSD and comorbid disorders of prolonged and complicated grief, Substance Abuse Disorders and Borderline Personality Disorders. A case conceptualization model of risk and protective factors and incorporates a constructive narrative perspective will be presented.

     4:00–5:30 pmConcurrent Workshops

    From Nightmare to Vision: Healing from Grief and Loss 
    Jane Middelton-Moz, MS
    Grief that is unresolved in each generation travels to the next generation. Unresolved losses in childhood effect adult relationships and the unconscious choices individuals make in their lives.  Understanding multigenerational losses and their effects, the difference between grief and trauma, and the importance of attunement from a supportive other in working through grief and loss will be explored.  Jane will focus on grief resolution using an attachment informed lens.  In this presentation, the steps for healthy grief resolution will be explored.

    Stress Inoculation Training (SIT): A Preventive and Treatment Approach to Stress Management.  
    Don Meichenbaum, PhD
    This workshop will consider the incidence and impact of cumulative stressful events, with a particular focus on victims of interpersonal violence. How to implement the three phases of SIT, namely,­—Psycho-education, II—Skills acquisition and consolidation and III—Application training will be described for patients with both medical and psychiatric disorders.
    Psychoneuroimmunology: The Intersection of Health and Mental Health
    John Arden, PhD, ABPP
    This workshop illustrates how the interface between the immune system, mind, and the brain affects mental health.   For example, high levels of inflammation are strongly associated with a broad range of health and mental health problems, including devastating effects on mood, cognition, and the desire to engage other people.  Inflammation can result from adversity and one of several dimensions of the interface between mind, brain, and body.  In fact, long-term inflammation is strongly associated with anxiety, depression, and cognitive deficits, including dementia.  
    “What Can I Do?”: Strategies to Minimize Medical Errors
    (Please note this Medical Errors session will extend until 5:50 pm to meet Licensure Requirements)
    Julia Buckey, PhD, ACSW  
    This course examines medical errors (ME), its causes and methods used to reduce and prevent medical errors in medical/health and mental health settings. From describing the impact of ME on patient health and safety, the course examines the root-cause analyses (RCA) process and its use and presents effective communication and education methods targeting improvement in professional and healthcare organizational practices to enhance and contribute to patient safety. It further identifies the range of consequences experienced by health/ mental health professionals causing medical errors.
    7:00–8:30 pmTuesday Evening Session

    The Trauma Heart: Stories of Survival and Hope
    Judy Crane, LMHC, CAP 
    Judy Crane has 3 decades of experience working in both residential and out-patient settings. In 2003 she created The Refuge-A Healing Place. In 2008 Spirit2Spirit Healing was created offering Trauma Retreats and a nationally renowned certification training. Most recently, Judy has created a luxury treatment center, The Guest House in Ocala, FL that focuses on healing trauma and treating addiction simultaneously. Author of The 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.
    9:00–10:00 amNew Perspectives and Techniques for Managing Therapeutic Resistance: A Social Interaction Model
    Clifton Mitchell, PhD 
    Clifton Mitchell is an international clinical trainer and keynote speaker who has a love for teaching and over 23 years of training experience. He has taught and written on legal and ethical issues for over 17 years and has trained thousands of mental health professionals in the management of difficult, perplexing legal and ethical issues. He is now introducing his latest training in an exciting, dynamic game show format. Dr. Mitchell is currently a professor Emeritus at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, where he received the Teacher of the year award in 2002.
    The successful management of resistance is the pivotal point of effective therapy. It is also a critical component in alleviating therapists’ stress. Although most therapists have been trained extensively in theoretical approaches, few have had extensive training in dealing with resistance. This presentation will review many aspects of therapeutic resistance including historic definitions and present a model for resistance that empowers therapists in managing the problem. This is followed by fundamental principles and techniques for avoiding and resolving resistance. The techniques presented are applicable across a wide array of clients and problems and can be integrated with all theoretical approaches.

    10:30–11:30 amNarcissism: The Enemy of Compassion and Contentment
    Pat Love, EdD
    Distinguished Professor, West Virginia University College of Education Hall of Fame Inductee, Licensed Marriage and Family therapist with 40 years of clinical experience, published seven books and numerous online trainings—best known for her warmth, humor and commitment to research. Pat has authored and co-authored six books including Never Be Lonely Again: The Way Out of Emptiness, Isolation and a Life Unfulfilled and You’re Tearing Us Apart: Several Ways to Wreck a Relationship and Strategies to Fix Them.
    While narcissism is not without its advantages in fame, fortune and leadership, 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 fine hope for compassion and contentment? We will explore the ultimate cause for optimism even in times of despair.

    11:30–12:30 pmBetter than Dope: A Positive Approach to Mood Alteration
    Harvey Milkman, PhD
    Author of numerous articles and 11 books on prevention, intervention and treatment of addictive disorders and criminal conduct including Craving for Ecstasy & Natural Highs: A Positive Approach to Mood Alteration. Founder of Project Self-Discovery: Artistic Alternative for At-Risk Youth. Professor Emeritus at the Department of Psychology, Metropolitan State University of Denver, where he has been a faculty member since 1974.
    Many—from all walks of life—rely on drugs and alcohol when times get rough. Legions take refuge in a gamut of harmful escapes: promiscuous sex, unhealthy eating, compulsive gambling, religious cults—to name just a few. There is convincing evidence that remediation of these age-old traps can be achieved by creating a multi-sectoral “buzz” around healthy means to activate the brain’s “hot spots” for pleasure.

    2:00–3:30 pmConcurrent Workshops

    The Legal and Ethical Game Show Challenge: Are You  Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?
    Clifton Mitchell, PhD 
    Say good-bye to dull legal and ethical trainings. Get your CE training in a dynamic, entertaining game show format! What has been needed is a fun, stimulating way to review and learn from what they already know. Participants are broken into teams and each team has an electronic remote that sends the team’s answer to legal and ethical questions presented. Answers from teams are graphed, posted, and discussed. A computer keeps scores for all to see. Management of some of the most perplexing legal and ethical quandaries will be explored. Topics include child abuse, confidentiality, duty to warn, elder abuse, HIPAA, noted legal cases, malpractice, and more. The material is applicable to all disciplines, practices, and states.

    Hypnotherapy for Healing the Heart 
    Mary Faulkner, MA, CHT 
    Mary is a pioneer in the field of holistic healing. As former owner and director of Integrative Healing Arts a licensed school she certified therapists in Clinical Hypnosis, Medical Hypnosis, and Hypnosis for Transforming Trauma. Mary has combined the most effective aspects of these modalities into a process called Hypnotherapy for Healing the Heart. Classes for certification will begin in March 2018 at Integrative Life Center (ILC) in Nashville. Mary has been in private practice for over 30 years, she offers seasonal retreats, and has published eight books on spirituality and recovery. She is co-founder of Integrative Life Center. 
    Holly Cook, LPC-MHSP
    Holly brings 25 years’ experience in the addiction and mental health fields to the Integrative Life Center. She received trainings over the years with several “masters” including Jay Haley, Chloe Madanes, Luigi Boscolo and William Glasser. Holly has managed a variety of programs and provided training on topics such as Motivational Interviewing, treating trauma, adolescent development and treating adolescent substance abuse, and addiction. Her leadership in the field has earned her numerous awards both in the U.S. and Germany. Holly continues to be a vital force in Integrative Life Center and developing cutting edge, effective programming combining the latest scientific/medical data with heart felt counseling. Director of Program Development at Integrative Life Center.
    Learn about this rapid, highly effective process for transforming traumatic memories and healing the heart. Hypnotherapy opens doors of consciousness allowing access to deep healing states. Naturally occurring theta brain waves activate neural pathways allowing clients to uproot deep patterns and reconnect with dissociated parts of the psyche unavailable in ordinary consciousness. A healing conversation begins as the limbic system is updated. Physical and emotional results are felt immediately in the heart, as the lost aspects of the psyche come “home.” The Old Story is reinterpreted spontaneously and a transformed relationship between the heart and the mind begins. Personal power is restored and a new story is experienced. The forgotten sense of wholeness is remembered as clients literally take back their lives. Learn more about the power of this process to heal the past, and how our heart is the Inner Healer, instructing the mind in the ways of love.  
    Virtual Virulence: The Threat is Real
    Pat Love, EdD
    The Internet has its own inherent dangers and you don’t have to surf the dark web to find them. Option overload, catch-and-release relationships, cohort consciousness, porn on the playground, predator grooming, sexting, the netherworld of internet narcissism are all part of our daily lives, not an underground 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, loneliness and addiction. Fortunately, how we navigate this world is still up to us and healthy living begins with recognizing the threat. 

    Religious Extremism: The Ultimate Addiction 
    Harvey Milkman, PhD
    Religious extremism is grounded in addictive dependence on fantasy. Adherents have few options for empowering stimulation. Scripturally justified violence is propagated through word of mouth, clandestine meetings, and internet recruitment. Repeated exposures to “justifiable” violence shape neural networks, evoking increasingly bizarre and horrific behaviors.  Boko Haram and Isis are discussed in this context, as well as the Christian Identity group (also known as Identity Christianity which is a white separatist interpretation of Christianity), which fosters White Supremacy, racism and Neo-Nazism among many of its followers.  
    4:00–5:30 pmConcurrent Workshops

    Legal and Ethical Issues for Counselors: The Game Show Part II
    Clifton Mitchell, PhD 
    Case examples will be presented from which to consider proper legal and ethical actions and mandates. A state of the art audience response system will be incorporated from which attendee answers to various scenarios can be graphed and examined to discover where additional learning and clarification is needed.
    When the Titanic Meets the Iceberg: Strategies for Addressing the Trauma Beneath Opiate Addiction
    Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC
    His most recent book is Slipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions and Disorders. He is a lecturer at the University of Chicago and conducts a private practice. Mark provides trainings nationwide to audiences of mental health clinicians and addiction counselors.
    Overdose deaths from heroin and other opiates is at an all-time high. At the core of opiate addiction is trauma, ranging from: PTSD, Complex trauma, historical trauma, 24-7-365 terror.  In this presentation you will learn strategies to address trauma beneath opiate addiction. You will also learn evidence based engagement strategies; strategies for decreasing overdose deaths and how to help opiate users shift from a culture of addiction to a culture of recovery.
    Healing Heart, Sacred Heart Relationship Medicine Bag  
         Mary Faulkner, MA, CHT,  Holly Cook, LPC-MHSP and 
    Lee McCormick
    Lee McCormick is co-founder of Integrative Life Center, and founder of Spirit Recovery Inc., which produces Sacred Journeys, workshops and other personal growth experiences. Author of Wisdom Recovery Medicine Bag (with Mary Faulkner), and Spirit Recovery, he is executive director of Dreaming Heaven, a documentary on spiritual awakening, and co-creator of Dreaming House in Teotihuacan, Mexico, a group retreat center.
    Addiction is a disease of isolation; a broken connection to our own heart and a long string of broken relationships with others. It’s considered one of the primary causes of addiction and known to be serious impediment to recovery. The road back home begins by learning how to love one’s self. This is a noble intention, but with no clear way of assisting clients in accomplishing it, often fails. Healing requires a careful exploration of relationship patterns. These patterns are rooted in the subconscious, out of reach to the conscious mind. The Relationship Medicine Bag becomes the container for our heart’s truth transforming relations with self, others and with life. Through the use of symbol and ceremony participants can experience the power of the Relationship Medicine Bag to heal their own sacred heart, and acquire a new tool for helping clients.  
    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 abused. Disconnection from the true self is a key symptom of early relational trauma. This “traumatic disconnect” can be effectively healed when the therapist consciously relates to clients as “spiritual equals”—thus avoiding accidentally reinforcing the expected duality (power differential) of trauma. When a client’s true self can then safely emerge from the protective hypervigilance and false self that became essential in the world of duality, addiction loses its purpose and the need to always be in control melts away.
      7:00–8:30 pmWednesday Evening Session
    Post-Traumatic Strength (PTS)—We Have to  Believe to Succeed
    Pat Love, EdD
    Are you as familiar with research and clinical interventions related to post-traumatic strength (PTS) as you are post-traumatic stress? While it is gratifying to identify and isolate PTS, research has clearly determined insight does not equal change. Clients find support in approaches to replace PTS, which they can apply past the therapy room door. This presentation will focus on the use of positive strategies to eliminate stressful behaviors.
    8:45–10:15 amPurpose, Meaning and Hope:  Logo Therapy in the Treatment of Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders
    Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC
    Logo therapy was developed by the renowned psychiatrist Victor Frankl, who was a concentration camp survivor. Its purpose is to increase clients’ hope and to help them find a sense of purpose in their suffering. This interactive, skill-building workshop utilizes principles from logo therapy to help chemically dependent clients recover. Topics covered include: The 10 things that give life meaning and purpose; The use of logo therapy principles to increase hope in chemically dependent clients; Purpose as a protective factor against relapse; and The use of principles from logo therapy to help chemically dependent clients identify their life purpose in recovery.

     10:30–12:00 pmConcurrent Workshops

    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.
    7 Developmental Tasks of Recovery: The Role of the Therapist
    Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC
    In this interactive, skill-building presentation, participants will learn the unique role of the recovery coach and therapist in helping clients achieve the seven developmental tasks of recovery. They include: maintaining sobriety; recovery from shame, abandonment, and negative core beliefs; repairing relationships; developing healthy relationships in recovery; addressing unfinished business; developing a life purpose in recovery; and striving to reach your potential. 

    Cognitive-Behavioral Restructuring for Addiction, Mental Disorder and Managing Everyday Life
    Harvey Milkman, PhD
    This workshop unravels the essence of contemporary cognitive-behavioral restructuring (CBR) and shows how it is adapted for discrete populations, e.g., at-risk teenagers, PTSD clients, court-involved individuals and females in various treatment settings. Of crucial importance, is that it can be incorporated to benefit nearly all of us in everyday life. Participants learn to focus the principles of cognitive-behavioral restructuring  for specific target populations as well as to improve the quality of their own lives.

    What is the Training Institute on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders?

    This conference is designed to bring an integrated approach to understanding key issues in mental health and addictions – so often rooted in the physical, emotional, social and spiritual dimensions.  This year the Training Institute will tackle today’s most relevant issues, focusing on clinical and counseling strategies, addictive and compulsive behavior, the chemically dependent individual and the effects on those close to them.  Join your colleagues in this beautiful setting of Clearwater Beach, named No. 1 in the U.S. on TripAdvisor’s list of Top Beaches for 2016.

     

    Program Focus and Goals
    US Journal Training, Inc. and The Institute for Integral Development present an exceptional combination of inspiring speakers and trainers, addressing today’s most relevant topics. This year’s Training Institute tackles the issues of behavioral health and addictions using an integrated approach, which considers the complex emotional, social and spiritual dimensions of each individual.

    Topics will include
    Trauma Treatment; Evolution of Psychotherapy; Neuroscience and Therapy; Transforming Shame and Self-Loathing; Co-occurring Disorders; Feedback Informed Treatment; Narcissism; Expertise in Therapy; The Brain and Addiction; Healing the Body, Healing the Mind; Managing Therapeutic Resistance; Healing Generational Trauma; Brain-based Therapy and Anxiety/PTSD; Ethics; Medical Errors.  These and many other issues will be explored.
     
    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

     Participants will be able to:
    1. Identify treatment approaches and develop counseling skills for a range of issues in mental health, behavioral health, addictions and co-occurring disorders.

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

    3. To discern symptoms and characteristics manifested in these addictive/behavioral disorders and to diminish/correct their negative impact on the client’s interpersonal and family relationships.

    4. Identify symptoms of trauma and PTSD and appropriate therapeutic treatment for these
    issues.



     Limited Number of Exhibit Spaces Available   


    For more information contact:

    Lorrie Keip Cositore  

    1-800-851-9100 x220
    lorriek@hcibooks.com

    Join Us on Clearwater Beach

    Conference Site
    Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort
    400 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL  33767

    Hotel rates and reservation information coming soon.         

    Spanning 10 acres along the Gulf of Mexico’s shimmering coastline, we invite you to discover the Hilton Clearwater Beach and indulge in a modern, vibrant setting for this conference.


    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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    Julia Buckey, PhD, ACSW
    For 25 years she has served individuals and families in inpatient and outpatient health and mental health settings at the direct, supervisory, and managerial levels.   She founded Decision Dynamics Consulting, Inc., Lake Mary, FL.  An award-winning researcher, published educator, and trainer of
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    Judy Crane, LMHC, CAP
    Her presentations and seminars on Trauma, Resilience, PTSD and sexual trauma resolution are widely known, and she has 3 decades of experience working in both residential and out-patient settings. In 2003 she created The Refuge-A Healing Place.  In 2008 Spirit2Spirit Healing was created offering
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    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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    Mary Faulkner, MA
    Mary Faulkner, M.A., holds a master’s degree in Religious Education with a focus in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction. She is a pioneer in the field of mind and body healing as a teacher and psychotherapist in private practice for the last 30 years. Mary is a co-founder of Integrative Li
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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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    Janina Fisher, PhD
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Instructor at the Trauma Center, an outpatient clinic and research center founded by Bessel van der Kolk. Known for her expertise as both a clinician and consultant, she is also past president of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation,
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    Pat Love, EdD
    Distinguished professor, licensed marriage and family therapist and long-standing clinical member and approved supervisor in AAMFT. Pat has authored/co-authored six books and numerous professional articles including the recent book Never Be Lonely Again: The Way Out of Emptiness, Isolation, and a Li
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    Lee McCormick
    Lee McCormick is co-founder of Integrative Life Center, and founder of Spirit Recovery Inc., which produces recovery conferences, Sacred Journeys, workshops and other personal growth experiences. Author of Spirit Recovery Medicine Journal and Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag (with Mary Faulkner). He is
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    Dug McGuirk
    He is an accomplished entrepreneur, musician, producer and inspirational speaker. He ran his own production company for 10 years, was a partner in an international hardware and software computer company, toured the United States as musician and a top speaker/trainer for Tony Robbins. He was a co
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    Donald Meichenbaum, PhD
    Distinguished professor emeritus, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, from which he took early retirement 17 years ago. Dr. Meichenbaum is presently research director of the Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention, Miami, Florida. He is one of the founders of cognitive behavior therapy. In a
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    Jane Middelton-Moz, MS
    Jane Middelton-Moz is the Director of the Middelton-Moz Institute. She is an international trainer and consultant and has appeared on national radio and television including Oprah, Montel, Maury, and has had her own PBS Special. She has authored numerous books including, Shame and Guilt: Masters of
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    Harvey Milkman, PhD
    Author of numerous articles and 11 books on prevention, intervention and treatment of addictive disorders and criminal conduct including Craving for Ecstasy & Natural Highs: A Positive Approach to Mood Alteration. Dr. Milkman is the founder of Project Self-Discovery: Artistic Alternative for Hig
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    Scott Miller, PhD
    Co-founder of the Center for Clinical Excellence, an international consortium of clinicians, researchers and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and trainings throughout the world, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public
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    Clifton Mitchell, PhD
    Clifton Mitchell, PhD, is an international clinical trainer, keynote speaker, and the author of Effective Techniques for Dealing with Highly Resistant Clients. For the past fifteen years he has trained thousands of mental health professionals on methods of managing resistance in therapy. He also cre
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    Tommy Rosen
    Yoga teacher and addiction recovery expert who has spent the last two decades immersed in yoga, recovery and wellness. He holds certifications in both Kundalini and Hatha Yoga and has 24 years of continuous recovery from drug addiction. He is one of the pioneers in the field of Yoga & Recovery a
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    Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC
    Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is an international speaker in the behavioral health field whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. He is coauthor of Recovery Management and author of Relationship Detox: How to Have Healthy Relatio
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    Board Approvals

    Professional Credits:

     

     A maximum of 24 contact hours are available for this conference. 21 core credit hours (6 hours for M, T, W, 3 hours for Th) and 1.5 optional evening hours for Tuesday’s Evening Session and 1.5 optional evening hour for Wednesday Evening’s session.  This training includes 3 hours of Ethics and Boundaries and 2 hours of Medical Errors. (This Medical Errors course is approved by State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for Mental Health Counselors, Clinical Social Workers and Marriage Family Therapists but not for Florida Board of Psychologists.)

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

    Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education (ACE)
    US Journal Training, Inc., #1143 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. US Journal Training, Inc., maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB approval period: 12/5/16-12/5/18. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

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

    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

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

    Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage/Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
    State of Florida Agency for Health Care Administration for Mental Health Counselors, Clinical 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 (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 January 9, 2018. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.


    Full-Time Registration (February 12-15, 2018)
    up to 21 hours
    Tuition: $465.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 9, 2018 for: $415.00
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    Daily Registration Mon., February 12, 2018
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $170.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 9, 2018 for: $150.00
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    Daily Registration Tues., February 13, 2018
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $170.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 9, 2018 for: $150.00
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    Daily Registration Wed., February 14, 2018
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $170.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 9, 2018 for: $150.00
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    Daily Registration Thurs., February 15, 2018
    3 core CEs
    Tuition: $90.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 9, 2018 for: $70.00
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    Early Registration Rate:
    Registrations received or processed by midnight (EST) January 9, 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 January 23. No refunds are available after January 23.
     
    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. You must first print out our Registration Form.  To do this, click on the Brochure Tab and print out the Registration form. Please make sure to 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. To get the Registration Form, click on the Brochure Tab and print out the form. If paying by credit card, please make sure to include MC/Visa, AMEX number, exp. date, security code and signature. If paying by check, please make check payable to: U.S. Journal Training, Inc.

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

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

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

    ADA accommodation will be made in accordance with the law. If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate your needs no later than 5 weeks prior to the conference start date, USJT phone 800-441-5569. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.

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