• 12th National Counseling Advances Conference

    March 20 - 22, 2019
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Contributing Sponsors


    Pre-Conference ETHICS Workshop—6 Hours

    Client Welfare, Therapist Responsibility  SECOND EDITION: Updates to Legal and Ethical Considerations
    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.

    This workshop addresses therapist responsibility to ensure patient welfare in all aspects of practice including the required TWO HOURS of suicide risk assessment and prevention.  Participants will learn to deal with ethical dilemmas related to (1) introduction to ethics and law, four elements holding therapists accountable for their professional work, (2) therapist self-disclosure, (3) updates to elder and dependent adult abuse detecting, assessing, and reporting by addiction counselors;  (4) proper handling of the two types of subpoenas, the difference between subpoenas and court orders, (5) SUICIDE RISK ASSESSMENT and the interaction between the opioid crisis, social media and suicide including updates to CFR 42 and single report limitations. Literature updates, along with relevant Codes of Ethics and current expert opinion will be included in all areas of discussion. This program overviews the current research findings and knowledge that inform the practice of ethical and legal practice and includes two hours of suicide issues.

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

    9:00–11:00 am
    Introduction to legal and ethical issues; Four elements holding therapists accountable for their professional work; Proof hurdles in legal decision making; The difference between confidentiality, privilege and privacy; Examples of real life ethical situations; Frequently asked questions; Landmark decision: The rule of least restrictive treatment O’Connor vs Donaldson (1975) Federal Supreme Court Ruling; Therapist self-disclosure; Research and statistics; Three types of self-disclosure; When and how to use therapist self-disclosure.

    11:15–12:15 pm
    Elder abuse; Dependent adult abuse; Reporting requirements; Addition of addiction counselors as mandated reporters; Assessment and detection.

    1:15–2:15 pm    
    Subpoenas—Two types—Ad Testificandum, Deuces Tecum; Court orders; Handling each one; Multi-client situations in the court.

    2:30–4:30 pm    
    Suicide Assessment, prevention and treatment:
        • Prevalence and statistics of suicide • 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 • Use of “no-harm” agreements • Suicide, opioids and social media • Research and statistics • Updated to CFR 42
        • Single report limitations • Interactions between social media, suicide and substance abuse.

    8:00 am    Conference Registration Continental Breakfast
            
    8:50 am    Opening and Welcome
        Dan Barmettler and Gary Seidler
        US Journal Training, Inc.

     
    9:00–10:00 am The Neuroscience and Practice of Compassion
    Joan Borysenko, PhD

    This distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine is a world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. Harvard Medical School trained cancer cell biologist, a licensed psychologist, and bestselling author of 15 books including New York Times bestselling Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, It’s Not the End of the World: Developing Resistance in Times of Change, and The Plant Plus Diet Solution: Personalized Nutrition for Life.

    Compassion is the awareness of suffering of others, and the desire to alleviate it. Compassion activates the reward circuits of the brain, inhibits the stress response, and increases psychological and physical wellbeing. Research in interpersonal neurobiology describes how the mind is both embodied in the brain and nervous system, while also embedded in relationships. The quality of relationship affects the release of informational molecules by the brain and gut. These signaling molecules turn genes on and off and predispose to health or disease; anxiety, depression or equanimity. Loving relationship to self and others is the crucible from which health and healing emerge. Fortunately, compassion can be cultivated with simple mental tools derived from meditation practice, mindfulness, and positive psychology.

    10:00–10:30 am     Refreshment Breaks
    Breaks will be held each AM and PM in the Exhibit Area

    10:30–11:30 am    Chronic Pain and Addiction: How We Missed the Boat
    Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM

    Board Certified Family Practitioner. He is the Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain Functional Restoration Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Pohl is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of        Medicine. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2009 to present.  He is a nationally known public speaker and author of A Day without Pain (Central Recovery Press, 2011).  His most recent book with Kathy Ketcham is The Pain Antidote—The Proven Program to Help You Stop Suffering From Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers—and Reclaim Your Life (DaCapo 2015). He was featured in a program about chronic pain from PBS which aired nationally in 2016.

    America is a country in pain. Physical pain receives much attention, but the impact of emotional or spiritual pain is often underemphasized, particularly in discussions regarding the opioid crisis. In fact, physical pain is usually accompanied—and enhanced—by emotional distress. Dr. Pohl has focused his career on investigating this connection. His work with hundreds of patients has shown the important role that clinicians have in reducing chronic physical pain by using tools such as biofeedback, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and yoga—interventions that often are more effective and have a greater impact on reducing physical pain than traditional opioid-based therapy. Join Dr. Pohl to explore the critical role that behavioral healthcare professionals have in reducing individual suffering and providing non-pharmacologic solutions to address chronic physical pain and turn the tide in the country’s opioid crisis.

    11:30–12:30 pm New Developments in the Treatment of Complex Trauma
    John Briere, PhD

    Associate Professor Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He is recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Author of numerous books including Principles of Trauma Therapy: A Guide to Symptoms, Evaluation and Treatment. His new release is titled, Treating Risky and Compulsive Behavior in Trauma Survivors.

    As our field has discovered the complexity of trauma effects, a variety of new approaches have been developed to treat them. This keynote will outline clinical developments in three areas: titrated exposure, affect regulation training, and as they apply to the treatment of traumatized people.

    2:00-3:30 pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Where Mind-Body Medicine Meets Mental Health: An Update on the New Science of Wellbeing
    Joan Borysenko, PhD

    The most important determinant of physical health is mental health. While we’ve known that for years, new findings in neuroscience, nutrition, immunology, and epigenetics on the one hand, coupled with a growing emphasis on somatic therapies and energy medicine on the other, have opened new doors to healing and wholeness. In this research-based practical presentation, participants will learn how adverse childhood experiences set the stage for chronic illness and substance abuse later in life through epigenetic changes, neurochemistry and immune function. Dr. Borysenko will examine how approaches based in interpersonal neurobiology, mindfulness, meditation, somatic techniques, narrative medicine, and medical chi gong—an energy medicine technique—can help restore physical and mental balance.

    Risky Business: Working with Compulsive and Self-Endangering Behavior in Trauma Survivors
    John Briere, PhD

    Survivors of trauma and early attachment disturbance are at elevated risk of a variety of risky behaviors, ranging from suicidality and self-injury to substance abuse, indiscriminate sexual activities, and binge eating. Calling on his upcoming book Treating Risky and Compulsive Behavior in Trauma Survivors, (Guilford), John Briere presents an integrated approach to self-endangering behavior, with techniques and approaches such as mindfulness, metacognitive awareness, emotion “surfing,” sequential memory processing, in vivo treatment of implicit memory activations, harm reduction, and trigger management.

    Linking Treatment:  Before, During & After
    Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC

    Clinical psychologist, Master Addiction Counselor and Fellow of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators who has been providing treatment or supervising the delivery of care to alcoholics and drug addicts full time since 1962. Among his current interests are older adults with substance use disorders (he was a workgroup leader for TIP #26, “Substance Abuse among Older Adults”), effective and efficient assessment for the clinician, implementation and use of the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria (of which he was an author and an ASAM-identified trainer).

    This presentation will discuss strategies with different degrees of effectiveness for people with substance use disorders, prior to entry into treatment, during treatment and after discharge.  Topics will include intervention vs. engagement, discovery vs. recovery, the role of assessment, “evidence-based practices” and “brief interventions,” co-occurring disorders and supports post-treatment.

    4:00–5:30 pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Unicorns, Rainbows, & Ponies, Considerations for Clinical work with LGBTQIA2+ Individuals
    Kristina Padilla, MA, LADC

    Kristina is a leader with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), where she serves as the Director of Education. She also is Director of Business Development for the organization traveling throughout California and the nation bringing addiction focused businesses together to promote the profession, increase access to services and improve the quality of AOD service provision through education, business development, and investment in quality programming. Ms. Padilla led California’s innovative criminal justice program serving as the Offender Mentor Certification Program Director for three years where she managed 12 in-prison programs for training counselors.  Ms. Padilla has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Kristina is also a Certified Gang Specialist of the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) and is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies (NALGAP).

    In this workshop we will go over using Traditional Treatment Approaches with LGBTQIA2+ Populations, how providers need to be aware of harmful treatment practices. The Impact of Homophobia and Racism on LGBTQIA2+ Clients. The coming out process and how it is a process and not to “out” anyone that is not ready to be out. Why it is so important for providers to work from a trauma-informed approach to view the client as a whole being with the understanding their behaviors might be a means to survival from the harms, violence, abuse, stigma and prejudice clients have experienced. Lastly, how it is helpful for providers to gain insight on how stigma can impact LGBTQIA2+ individuals.

    Working with the Pain Paradox
    John Briere, PhD

    Although our culture teaches us to avoid “negative” experience, Buddhist and Western psychologies agree that avoiding pain leads to long-term suffering, whereas engaging pain ultimately reduces it. In this way, ongoing trauma-related distress represents access to experiences that can be cognitively, emotionally, and existentially processed. Work with this paradox offers clients the opportunity to change their relationship to the past, thereby decreasing its power over their lives.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing
    Pete Nielsen, MA

    Pete Nielsen is the Chief Executive Officer for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). He is a nationally known speaker and writer who has been published in numerous industry specific magazines and is on the editorial board for Counselor magazine. He also has a diverse background in education and treatment having worked in education as a campus director, academic dean, and an instructor. He has worked in the substance use disorders field for nineteen years as an interventionist, family recovery specialist, counselor, and administrator.

    This is an advanced presentation aimed at practitioners who are familiar with MI and have some knowledge of CBT to enable them to combine MI and CBT skills to maximize their interventions. Participants will be given an understanding of CBT’s and MI’s compatible elements and how they can be used to treat individuals that have drug and alcohol problems.

    A Counselor’s Overview of Pharmacotherapy in the Treatment of Addiction
    Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC

    This workshop will begin with information about relapse rates with patients who are addicted to various mood-changing substances and how the treatment field has fallen far short of their goals for patients.  A model integrating psychosocial treatment, recovery support services and pharmacotherapy will be presented as a way to enhance treatment outcome and recovery.  Current FDA approved medications for the treatment of opioid, alcohol and nicotine dependence will be presented with the benefits and disadvantages of each.  The controversies about the use of pharmacotherapy in general and as applied with particular medications will be discussed.

    9:00–10:00 am Overcoming Self-Doubt and Shame:  The Mindfulness Cure for the Narcissism Epidemic
    Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD

    Assistant Professor of Psychology, part time, Harvard Medical School; serves on the Board of Directors and faculty, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy; is author of The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems, coauthor of Back Sense: A Revolutionary Approach to Halting the Cycle of Chronic Back Pain and Sitting Together: Essential Skills for Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy; and coeditor of Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, 2nd Edition.

    What if our therapeutic goals of improving self-esteem, developing a stable and coherent sense of self, and expressing our authentic feelings all turn out to be misguided? What if they inadvertently feed the cultural enthusiasm for celebrity and success that makes so many of us miserable? This presentation will examine how mindfulness practices can be harnessed in psychotherapy to reexamine our conventional sense of self, leading both us and our clients toward greater well-being, wisdom, and compassion.

    10:30–11:30 am    When Chaos Rules: Society’s Addiction to Speeeeed and Technology and Its Impact on Treatment and Recovery
    Stephanie Brown, PhD

    An internationally recognized expert on the treatment of alcoholics, adult children of alcoholics and all addicts and their families, Stephanie is the founder and director of The Addictions Institute, an outpatient counseling and therapy program in Menlo Park, CA. Her landmark work is based on research defining a developmental process of active addiction and recovery. Stephanie is the widely-published author of eleven academic and popular books on             addiction and recovery, including her acclaimed first book, Treating the Alcoholic: A Developmental Model of Recovery. A licensed psychologist with more than 35 years of clinical experience, she was the founder and director of the Stanford Alcohol Clinic at Stanford University Medical Center, and a Research Associate at the Mental Research Institute where she co-directed The Family Recovery Project.

    Society has lost control. Many in the culture are living in a downward spiral of addiction, chasing money, power, success and a wilder, faster pace of life. What is the impact on our understanding and treatment of the addicted individual, couple and family who must live and work in a culture that is out of control? Dr. Stephanie Brown will present her work on American culture’s addiction to FAST and she will outline the radical changes necessary for treatment providers at all stages of treatment and levels of care.

    11:30–12:30 pm    DUAL KEYNOTES
    MAT/Neuroscience Based Treatment
    David M. Marlon, MBA, MS

    CEO and co-founder of Solutions Recovery, Las Vegas, an accredited alcohol and drug treatment center and part of the American Addiction Centers’ family of treatment centers. ‘Dave’ 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.

    Our approach to high quality Substance Abuse Disorders treatment and the Psychiatric disorders that often accompany them are taken into full consideration of all the scientific insights available to us in 2018. “Evidence Based Treatment” is a term that has been thrown around for many years, and we base all of our offered services on the principles of good solid evidence; but I think we go one step further than that and offer “Reality Based Treatment”. What I mean by this, is that in the day to day treatment of our patients all of our providers, nurses, BHT’s, administrators and staff are striving to learn and grow from their experiences, with the goal of not only providing the best care possible with the current state of the art, but striving to contribute new knowledge and understanding to the field of Addiction Medicine.  Discussion of the broad array of MAT, Neuropsychology of addiction as well as Prior Authorization and Discharge planning will be discussed.

    Anger and Authentic Strength: Mindfulness for Anger Management
    Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT

    A rocker who got sober in the late 80’s and then became a sought after clinician, writer and meditation teacher, Stephen is a master EMDR therapist and provider of EMDR Therapy Training and Advanced Topics Courses with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. He has been practicing Buddhist mindfulness for almost 30 years (including a one year residency at a Zen monastery), and teaches dharma classes regularly in Los Angeles and internationally. He is author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers, the co-author of EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care, and the author most recently of Mindfulness for Anger Management: Transformative Skills for Overcoming Anger and Managing Powerful Emotions.

    We generally equate anger with destruction, fear and chaos, but anger is often a life-saving emotion that stems from trauma and adverse life experiences. With the use of mindfulness strategies, anger can be seen as a powerful teacher and guide that can lead us to productive, life-affirming insights and healthier relationships. In this session we will discuss the pros and cons of anger.  We will dissect the ways in which anger leads to both ‘acting out’ and ‘acting in’ impulses and behaviors.  And we will explore the transformation of anger into compassion, equanimity and loving kindness.

    2:00–3:30 pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Attachment, Trauma and a Developmental Process of Family Addiction and Recovery
    Stephanie Brown, PhD

    What is family addiction? What is the process of “normal” family recovery? We will define addiction as a traumatic disorder of attachment for the individuals and the family. We will review the protocol and the findings of the Family Recovery Research Project, outlining the stages of active addiction and recovery and the key themes and tasks of development that arise. Finally, we will translate this long-term recovery model to the larger culture.

    Mindfulness for Anxiety and Depression
    Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD

    Mindfulness is being touted lately as the cure of everything that ails us as human beings. How can a simple set of practices possibly help with so many psychological disorders? This presentation will examine the common factors in psychological difficulties, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us with two of the most common: anxiety and depression.

    Restoring Self-Regulation Ability to Improve Addiction Treatment and Recovery (2 part workshop)
    Stephen Sideroff, PhD

    Dr. Stephen Sideroff is a Clinical Psychologist and an internationally recognized expert in addiction, optimal performance, resilience, neurofeedback, and alternative approaches to stress and mental health.  He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, as well as the Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Ethics.  He is the former Clinical Director of the Stress Strategies program of UCLA/Santa Monica Hospital and the former Clinical Director of Moonview Treatment and Optimal Performance Center. Dr. Sideroff has published ground-breaking work in addiction, neurofeedback and resilience.

    Part 1: The relationship between stress, autonomic dysregulation and addiction
    Inability to self-regulate is a major cause of addiction. Stress is also one of the most powerful triggers for relapse and is a source of physiological and emotional dysregulation. This workshop will identify stress related factors that create the neuropsychological conditions for addiction liability and that are fundamental concerns for relapse.

    EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness: Redefining the Paradigm for Trauma-Focused Care
    Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT
        
    This presentation combines the wisdom of Buddha, Pierre Janet, modern mindfulness teachers and Dr. Francine Shapiro, providing a new way of envisioning trauma-focused care. We will focus most directly on the infusion of Mindfulness practices into EMDR therapy in all 8 phases of the standard protocol, as described in the book EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care by Dr. Dansiger and Jamie Marich. It is appropriate and of interest both for EMDR trained and non-EMDR trained therapists.

    4:00–5:30 pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Mindfulness and Intimacy: For Partners, Parents, and Therapists
    Ronald D. Siegel, PsyD

    We know that mindfulness practice can help us get along with ourselves better, but with other people? This workshop will explore how mindfulness meditation can help our clients and us develop the affect tolerance and capacity to be with and understand others that are critical for successful intimate relationships. You’ll leave this workshop knowing how to use mindfulness to react less personally to the inevitable ups and downs of  interpersonal life, and how interpersonal mindfulness techniques can enhance therapeutic, romantic, and parent child interactions.

    Opioid Use & Abuse in the Context of a Legal Drug Culture
    Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC

    The presentation will begin with a description of our “legal drug culture” that has influenced the current drug epidemic. Included in this section is information of drug marketing in general, direct-to-consumer marketing (TV) and prescribing patterns. The history of opioid use starting in 3400 B.C. and continuing to the current time will be discussed. The effects of opioid addiction, attempts to modify prescribing practices with the increase in heroin addiction as unintended consequences. The dangers of fentanyl and other analogues (e.g., carfentanil) will be discussed. Those people at higher risk for overdose will be identified. The opioid epidemic is not the result of any one thing but a set of interacting events that cannot be simply explained by any one event (e.g., physician overprescribing). The systems for overdose reversal, and how they save lives but do little alone to stem the opioid epidemic, will be described and one potential solution offered. The inadequacy of psychosocial treatment alone for many opioid addicts will be discussed and the description of the current anti-addiction drugs for opioid dependence, their similarities and differences, how they work and their role in conjunction with psychosocial treatment. Research results for all the anti-addiction medications will be presented.

    Buddhist Psychology, Trauma Focused Care, and Addiction Treatment
    Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT

    This presentation combines the wisdom of Buddha, Pierre Janet, modern mindfulness teachers and Dr. Francine Shapiro, providing a new way of envisioning trauma-focused care. 2600 years ago the historical Buddha proposed and transmitted a complete psychology over his 45 years of teaching. Pierre Janet’s 3 Stage Model of Trauma Treatment provides the bridge from Buddhist psychology to proactive treatment of trauma and addiction today. Now integrated as the MET(T)A Protocol (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Addictions), this holistic approach to treatment is now beginning to be used as a comprehensive treatment system at several addiction treatment centers, mental health agencies and in private practices as well.  (This workshop is appropriate and of interest both for EMDR trained and non-EMDR trained therapists).

    Restoring Self-Regulation Ability to Improve Addiction Treatment and Recovery (Part 2)
    Stephen Sideroff, PhD

    Part 2:  A model of resilience to restore the addict’s ability to self-regulate along with techniques to train 9 components of resilience
    Dr. Sideroff will present an innovative model of resilience that incorporates physical, emotional and cognitive healing and optimal functioning from his book, The Path: Mastering the Nine Pillars of Resilience and Success.  He will present a strong argument for a dedicated track within treatment and recovery for reestablishing the ability to self-regulate.  Dr. Sideroff will also present his own resilience tool, a 40 item questionnaire that can be self-scored and gives a person their own “Resilience Profile” showing their strengths and areas needing more development; and how this can be used to help guide treatment and recovery.
    9:00–10:00 am    Slipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions and Disorders
    Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

    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. His most recent book is Slipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions and Disorders.

    Many chemically dependent clients have multiple addictions and disorders, which, if unaddressed, lead to chronic recidivism. They include hidden psychiatric disorders, unresolved trauma, unresolved grief, and process addictions, including sex, relationships, romance, gambling, shopping, and religion. In this presentation, participants will leave with strategies that will help them effectively address multiple addictions and disorders common among chemically dependent clients.

    10:30–11:30 am    Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency
    Robert Weiss, MSW, PhD

    “Dr. Rob” is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert specializing in relationship fidelity, porn and sexual     addiction/compulsivity. An internationally acknowledged educator and clinician he frequently serves as a subject expert on human sexuality for multiple media outlets including CNN, HLN, NBC, OWN, NYT, LAT and NPR, among others. Rob is author of several books, including the newly released Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency; Out of the Doghouse: A Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating; and Sex Addiction 101. Over the years, Dr. Rob has created and overseen more than a dozen high-end addiction and         mental health treatment facilities. Currently, he is CEO of Seeking Integrity, LLC., a company focused on integrating online and IRL learning and recovery.

    The past 35 years have brought many useful, even cutting-edge new treatments toward the treatment of addicts. But when it comes to families and spouses of addicts, we have seen little new thought regarding their treatment needs since the first concepts of codependency appeared over three decades ago. This elemental talk reviews the past history of codependency, while introducing a more modern and effective paradigm toward supporting and working with families of addicts. Prodependence-the first fully attachment-based model for the treatment of addict’s partners and loved ones-moves beyond the trauma-based theories of codependency and co-addiction. Prodependence, as a model, is more invitational, less pathological and more personally affirming to those intimately involved with addicts (partner, wife, husband, child, parent), as Prodependence neither assumes nor assigns any pathology/label to anyone simply because they are loving an addict in the best way they can.

    11:30–12:30 pm    Developing Secure Attachment: Make Sense of Your Past to Empower Your Future
    Lisa Firestone, PhD

    Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association and Senior Editor for PsychAlive.org. She is the author several books including Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice,  Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion, Sex and Love in Intimate Relationship’s, and most recently The Self under Siege. She is an international trainer on couple relationships, parenting, suicide, and violence prevention.  She is an expert in the areas of suicide and violence and was involved in clinical training and applied research with her father Dr. Robert Firestone, their studies resulted in the publication of several assessments including Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts (FAST) the Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts (FAVT).  Lisa is very popular blogger on Psychology Today and PsychAlive.org and is a clinical psychologist in private Practice in Santa Barbara, CA.

    We all carry around wounds, behaviors and beliefs about ourselves and others from our earliest attachments, which direct our lives. Research shows that when people fail to make sense of their past, they find themselves reliving and recreating it. This presentation introduces the process of writing a coherent narrative. Research in neurobiology shows that when a person writes a coherent narrative they actually rewire their brain to feel more secure within themselves and their relationships. In addition, creating a coherent narrative contributes to developing earned secure attachment.

    1:45–3:15 pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Transference and Countertransference: Exploring the Role of Consciousness in the Therapist-Client Relationship
    Elisabeth R. Crim, PhD

    A licensed psychologist, certified Relax/Renew yoga trainer, and founder/director of Moonstone Center, a network of alternative therapies teaming together for whole person mental health treatment and professional development offered in the context of self-care. Dr. Crim also has Masters degrees in Theology; Psychology; and Counseling and has provided treatment for over 25 years, offering psychotherapy, consultation, and training from an Inter- Subjective Psychodynamic (Stolorow) & Holistic Mind-Body Spirit approach. She is currently active on professional boards in the role of CARE or SELF CARE Chair or Committee Member. Dr. Crim is founding editor of the monthly e-newsletter and video, The Healer’s Life!

    Regardless of theoretical orientation or treatment intervention, the ultimate good, safe treatment of a client requires the provider to have awareness of the underlying processes that are at play in the therapeutic relationship. Dr. Crim speaks to the powerful role of transference and countertransference, including somatic and spiritual transference, in the process of conscious, ethical, effective intervention. Transference will be explored as an unconscious organizing activity of the relational dynamics between provider and client, based in the Intersubjective Approach to Psychodyamic Psychotherapy (Stolorow) and holistic neurobiological mind-body-spirit approaches. Benefits of increased relational consciousness for both provider and client explored.

    When the Titanic Meets the Iceberg: Strategies for Addressing the Trauma Beneath Opiate Addiction
    Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

    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.

    Helping Clients Develop Earned Secure Attachment: Steps to Creating a Coherent Narrative
    Lisa Firestone, PhD

    Attachment research demonstrated that creating a coherent narrative allows people to free themselves from recreating their past. This workshop will be helpful to all therapists doing the challenging work of helping individuals to develop earned secure attachment. Both seasoned clinicians and novice therapists will add to their arsenal of techniques for helping clients resolve trauma and develop more healthy patterns of relating in their closest relationships This workshop will introduce the tools for you to dig deep and resolve old traumas, big and small, so that they no longer haunt you and provide strategies to apply these tools with your clients.

    Addiction and Compulsivity: A Developmental Perspective
    Robert Weiss, MSW, PhD

    Should early-life attachment traumas keep us from learning healthy, attachment-based self-regulation? At least we humans have learned to utilize dissociation and fantasy to survive such losses. But at what cost to the self? Should the adolescent pressures of burgeoning sexuality and socialization prove overwhelming to us, at least we humans have learned to utilize dissociation and fantasy (via online porn and online gaming) to survive. But at what cost to the self? How do we regain what is lost to us as we adapt and survive life’s pain? This talk will offer clinicians an opportunity to draw a line between behavioral health challenges and the kinds of trauma/life experiences that often drive them. Attendees will be asked to view addiction as a learned coping skill, along with considering the larger question that lies beyond helping our clients survive. How can we help them thrive?
     
    3:30–5:00 pm    CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
    Adult Attachment in Romantic Relationships: Overcoming Fear of Love
    Lisa Firestone, PhD

    Attachment patterns formed early in life influence our relationships throughout our lives, most particularly in our romantic relationships.  This workshop provides participants with a theoretical model that integrates psychodynamic, existential and family systems frameworks in a manner that can increase therapists understanding of and ability to assist individuals in developing and maintaining intimacy in their relationships. Participants will learn how to help couples challenge destructive thoughts and adaptations that interfere with closeness and intimacy. Participants will learn methods for helping couples modify their attachment patterns become more secure with themselves and create healthy satisfying relationships.

    Integrating Spirituality and Psychotherapy to Help Clients Recover
    Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

    Two-thirds of Americans surveyed say they would prefer to work, with a therapist who has a spiritual foundation. This interactive, skill-building session focuses on strategies to integrate spirituality into addictions and mental health counseling. A partial list of topics includes: The Differences between Religion and Spirituality; Integrating Religion and Spirituality with Traditional Addictions and Mental Health Counseling Approaches; Ethics and Spirituality; Conducting a Spirituality Assessment.  Special emphasis will be placed upon working with clients with addictions and mental illnesses.

    #MeToo: Women Speak Out and Men are Called Out. What are We Learning?
    Robert Weiss, PhD. MSW.

    It is a magnificent thing to watch the rise of the American women’s movement, version 2.0. This movement is especially meaningful now for those who were around to see/observe (or even learn about) the women’s movement, version 1.0 (1963-1981). Unsurprisingly, both now and in the 20th century, issues directly related to human sexuality and interactions between the sexes have been the spark that lit these cultural revolutions, both of which eventually spread out to represent more general concerns of women’s equality issues. But what are we learning today, as so many women bravely speak out about sexual violation and relationship abuse? Today, we pay the most attention to the accuser as we skewer and eviscerate the accused. But what is lost and what is missing from this monologue? What are we learning beyond the headlines and how can we take it into our work? This timely, highly topical exercise and discussion may just be one place to find out.  

    Compassion Fatigue & Vicarious Trauma: The Role of Provider Mindfulness & Self Care
    Elisabeth R. Crim, PhD

    Empathy, transference, and countertransference, core processes providers engage routinely throughout a psychotherapy session or other direct service delivery, are highly integrated processes involving cognitive, somatic, and spiritual dynamics. Repeated negative experiences with one client or over time with many clients are a natural hazard of helping professions. The latter can result in neurobiological imbalances, fatigue, mental or physical illness, and existential or spiritual difficulties for the individual providing treatment. Vicarious or secondary trauma, compassion fatigue or burnout may develop. Developing a mindful self-care plan can mitigate or prevent the latter consequences for providers, and further safeguard safe treatment of clients.

    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:   

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    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  

     
    PROGRAM 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 clinical applications of recent key scientific research and its implications in psychotherapy and
        counseling.
    3. Identify effective therapeutic approaches for the treatment of trauma and PTSD. 
    4.  Identify clinical/therapeutic applications of mindfulness, fostering resilience, compassion, as well as a range of other mental health and addiction issues.

    Limited Number of Exhibit Spaces Available   
    For more information contact:
    Lorrie Keip Cositore  
    1-800-851-9100 x9220
    lorriek@hcibooks.com

    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 18–21 and $149 for Friday and Saturday nights, March 22 and 23 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 SNCS19 or Reserve Online at https://book.passkey.com/go/NatlCounselingAdvConf2019 before February 19 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
    Joan Borysenko, PhD
    This distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine is a world-renowned expert in the mind-body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. H
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    John Briere, PhD
    Associate Professor Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and Director of the USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He is recipient of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology f
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    Stephanie Brown, PhD
    Stephanie Brown, PhD, director of the Addictions Institute in Menlo Park, CA, is a clinician, researcher, theoretician, author, lecturer, and consultant in the field of addiction. She founded the Stanford Alcohol Clinic in 1977 and codirected The Family Recovery Research Project at the Mental Resear
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    Elisabeth Crim, PhD
    Elisabeth R. Crim, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and a certified relax and renew yoga trainer, has a PhD in psychology, and has MAs in psychology, theology, and counseling. Dr. Crim is a speaker, author, psychotherapist, and consultant. She is also the founder and CEO of Moonstone Center.
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    Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT
    Dr. Dansiger is a rocker who got sober in the late 80’s and then became a sought after clinician, writer and meditation teacher. He became a master EMDR therapist and provider of EMDR Basic Training and Advanced Topics Courses as Senior Faculty with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and helped
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    Lisa Firestone, PhD
    Lisa Firestone PhD is the Director of Research and Education at the Glendon Association and Sr. Editor at PsychAlive.org. She is coauthor of The Self Under Siege, Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion and Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships. She is a regular
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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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    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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    Pete Nielsen, LAADC, CADC II, CAI, SAP
    Pete Nielsen is the interim executive director for the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CAADAC), the California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (CCBADC), and the California Foundation for the Advancement of Addiction Professionals (CFAAP). Mr. Nielsen has
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    Kristina Padilla, MA, LADC
    Kristina is a leader with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), where she serves as the Director of Education. She also is Director of Business Development for the organization traveling throughout California and the nation bringing addiction focused businesses t
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    Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM
    A board certified family practitioner. He is the medical director of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction
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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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    Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA
    Gerald Shulman is a clinical psychologist, master addiction counselor, and fellow of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators. He has been providing treatment or clinically or administratively supervising the delivery of care to alcoholics and drug addicts since 1962. He provides t
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    Stephen Sideroff, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist and internationally recognized expert in addiction, optimal performance, resilience, neurofeedback, and alternative approaches to stress and mental health. Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA, as well as the Director of the R
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    Ronald Siegel, PsyD
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Part Time, at Harvard Medical School, where he has taught for over 30 years. He is a long time student of mindfulness meditation and serves on the Board of Directors and faculty of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He teaches internationally about the
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    Robert Weiss, PhD, MSW
    Robert Weiss PhD, MSW  is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert specializing in infidelity and addictions—most notably sex, porn, and love addiction. ●Author; Sex Addiction 101, Out of The Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating, Prodependence: Moving Bey
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    Board Approvals

    CONTINUING EDUCATION:
    24 Contact Hours Available
    6 HOURS Pre-Conference ETHICS Workshop March 19, 2019
    18 HOURS Full Time Conference March 20 - 22, 2019

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

    Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education (ACE)
    US Journal Training, Inc., #1143 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. US Journal Training, Inc., maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB approval period: 12/5/16-12/5/19. Social Workers participating in this course will receive 24 continuing education clock hours.

    California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE)
    California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE). Provider #CP40932CH0821.

    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. Journal Training maintains responsibility for this program/course 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 (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 February 19, 2019. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.


    Full-Time Registration (March 20-22,, 2019)
    up to 24 hours
    Tuition: $465.00 Register by midnight (EST) February 15, 2019 for: $415.00
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    Daily Registration Wed., March 20, 2019
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $170.00 Register by midnight (EST) February 15, 2019 for: $150.00
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    Daily Registration Fri., March 22, , 2019
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $170.00 Register by midnight (EST) February 15, 2019 for: $150.00
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    Ethics Workshop, Tues., March 19, 2019
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $135.00 Register by midnight (EST) February 15, 2019 for: $115.00
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    Early Registration Rate:
    Registrations received or processed by midnight (EST) February 19, 2019 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 March 5, 2019. No refunds are available after March 5, 2018.

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    Deerfield Beach, FL 33442-8190

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    ADA accommodation will be made in accordance with the law. If you require ADA accommodations, please indicate your needs by February 19, 2019. We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior notification.

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