• 40th Annual Training Institute on Behavioral Health & Addictive Disorders

    February 11 - 14, 2019
    Clearwater Beach, Florida

    Contributing Sponsors

    5:30 - 7:30pm

    Early Conference Registration at Hilton


    Monday February 11
    7:45 am    Conference Registration Continued
    7:45 am Continental Breakfast
    8:50 am    Opening and Welcome
        Dan Barmettler and Gary Seidler
        US Journal Training, Inc.

    9:00–10:00 am Love, Sex and Attachment
    Helen Fisher, PhD

    An American biological anthropologist, Helen is a Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. She is a leading expert on the biology of love and attraction and is today the most referenced scholar in the love research community. In 2005, she was hired by Match.com to develop personality-based matching systems. She is a TED Talks all-star with five major speeches there. Dr. Fisher has written six books, including Why We Love, The Nature and Chemistry of Romantic Love, Why Him? Why Her? How to Find and Keep Lasting Love and her most recent Anatomy of Love (2nd ed.) 2016. She appeared in the 2014 documentary film about heartbreak entitled Sleepless in New York.
    Helen Fisher wields a sobering yet entertaining lens on human patterns of love. She discusses three brain systems that evolved for mating and reproduction: the sex drive; passionate romantic love; and feelings of deep attachment to a long-term partner. She then focuses on her brain scanning research (using fMRI) on romantic rejection and the trajectory of love addiction following rejection. She concludes with discussion of the brain circuits associated with long-term partnership happiness and the future of relationships in the digital age—what she calls “slow love.

    10:00–10:30 am Refreshment Break

        Refreshment breaks will be held each AM and PM in the Exhibit Area.

    10:30–11:30 am    
    Mastering the Anxiety Game: Teaching Clients to  Welcome Their Fears
    Reid Wilson, PhD

    Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill, NC; author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head: The New Way to Overcome Anxiety & Worry and Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks and co-author of Stop Obsessing: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions and Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children. In 2014 Reid received the highest award in his field, the Jerilyn Ross Clinician Advocate Award, by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
    Find out what cutting edge research is showing us about how to handle the anxiety disorders. You will learn a simple, paradoxical strategy that clients can apply moment-by-moment to respond to irrational fears. The four components of this model will be presented. “Step back” refers to gaining perspective in the moment of distress. “Want it” emphasizes how to access an emotional state that is counter to fear. “Step forward” shows you how to face fears with an aggressive attitude. “Be cunning” suggests specific tactics in the moment of doubt and distress.

    11:30–12:30 pm
    Macaroni at Midnight: Overcoming Disadvantages, Racism and Diversity in Mental Health and Addictions
    Don Bartlette, PhD

    Dr. Don Bartlette is a French-Canadian Native American speaker who grew up in a small North Dakota community. For the past 45 years, he has travelled throughout North and Central America, spoken worldwide on radio and television, and has been a presenter over 12,000 times to groups and conferences regarding his struggles with addictions. He is married to a Caucasian woman and they have 8 biracial children and 17 grandchildren. Residing in Ohio, the speaker has been involved as a volunteer in numerous organizations that promote mental health, diversity, and racial equality. He has received many awards and recognitions for his advocacy and involvements.
    This presentation will focus on the speaker’s experiences as a young Native American child growing up in a home with an alcoholic father and how he became a victim of rejection at birth. Dr. Bartlette will describe the impact of fetal alcohol syndrome disability on his life while surviving in a world of poverty, racism, and disability. He relates how one person in a community took interest in him and gave him help in overcoming childhood disadvantages, providing him with tools that encouraged him to have better mental health and survival skills. The speaker will share his native family’s drug addictions and how they reacted when he began sharing his journey publicly.

    2:00– 3:30 pm Concurrent Workshops

    Achieving Treatment Success with Clients Along the Borderline Personality Disorder Spectrum
    Daniel Fox, PhD

    Dr. Fox is a licensed psychologist, award winning author, and international speaker. He specializes in the psychological assessment and treatment of personality disorders. He has written practical and applied resources for personality disorder treatment, including The Clinician’s Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Personality Disorders, Antisocial, Borderline, Narcissistic and Histrionic Workbook, and Narcissistic Personality Disorder Toolbox: 55 Practical Treatment Techniques for Clients, Their Parents & Their Children.  Dr. Fox has a popular and active YouTube channel focused on personality symptoms and treatment for mental health professionals and their clients.
    This workshop will provide attendees with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to conceptualize and make therapeutic gains with their clients with borderline personality disorder and borderline personality disorder traits.  Attendees will learn the five steps of therapeutic responses to connect with their clients and prepare for the treatment road ahead, lessen missed sessions, assess and enhance motivation to change, and identify and work with foundational and expressive borderline personality disorder symptoms and behaviors.  This workshop is a hands-on interactive experience to help clinicians achieve treatment success with some of their most challenging and complex clients.

    Why Him? Why Her?  Who You Choose to Love and the Biology of Partnership Conflict and Love Addictions
    Helen Fisher, PhD

    Why Him? Why Her? Helen Fisher provides a new way to understand relationships, whether you’re searching for one or eager to strengthen the one you have. She discusses four broad basic styles of thinking and behaving associated with four primary brain systems—the dopamine, serotonin, testosterone and estrogen systems—to show why we are predisposed to love one person rather than another, as well as the biological origins of partnership happiness and conflict. And she hypothesizes that individuals who primarily express the constellation of traits linked with each of these brain systems may be predisposed to different forms of love addiction—including romance junkies, attachment junkies and those predisposed to violence or depression.

    Strategies for Worriers
    Reid Wilson, PhD

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

    4:00–5:30 pm    Concurrent Workshops

    Soothing the Narcissistic Disruption: Working With and Lessening Blockades to Treatment to Achieve Therapeutic Gains
    Daniel Fox, PhD

    Attendees will identify key factors for treatment related to clients along the narcissistic spectrum, incorporate evidence-based techniques to address and change maladaptive and addictive patterns, identify adverse comorbid indicators that derail treatment, and learn strategies to manage transference and countertransference reactions.  This workshop helps attendees develop skills to achieve therapeutic gains with narcissistic spectrum clients by learning adaptive relationship skills while minimizing maladaptive relationship pathology and dependency.

    Understanding and Treating Cannabis (Cannabinoid) Use Disorder
    Cardwell Nuckols, PhD

    He has been described as one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America. He has served the behavioral medicine field for over 35 years and for the last 20 years is considered one of the leading experts in the world on addiction and recovery. Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 60 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 25 audiotape series. His most recent books are Finding Freedom Through Illumination and The Ego-Less SELF: Achieving Peace and Tranquility Beyond All Understanding.
    With the publication of DSM-5, cannabis abuse and dependence are now considered part of the same substance use disorder, or simply, cannabis use disorder. The widespread use of marijuana has been impacted even more by recent legalization in a growing number of states. The number of reports citing the use of synthetic cannabinoids only adds to the problem. This presentation will give the participant state-of-the-art understanding of various issues to include DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Cannabis Use Disorder, neurobiology of cannabis use and addiction, short and long-term health effects, evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches to treatment and current perspectives on the pharmacological treatment.

    The Anxious Moment and How to Handle It
    Reid Wilson, PhD

    To handle anxiety, clients must elevate above their immediate fear and apply a new response based on a provocative therapeutic frame of reference. Participants will learn how to present four concepts to justify this approach. First, the limbic system’s amygdala needs to learn over time that an alarm response is not required in moments similar to this one. Second, the working memory pushes away irrelevant information and distractions and then directs attention to where you want it in the next few moments by calling up assets from long-term memory. Third, the work of Barb Fredrickson supports the strategy of generating a positive meaning for purposely producing those feelings of threat and then stepping forward, voluntarily. Fourth, Les Greenberg’s lifetime of research leads him to rationalize that you can replace the emotions of withdrawal with the emotions of approach by activating a competing emotion that expresses a competing point of view.

    Assessing Suicide Risk
    Julia Buckey, ACSW, PhD

    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 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.
    According to the CDC (2015), 1 suicide occurs every 13 minutes in the U.S., with teens, youth, sexual, and cultural minorities at higher risk. Against the backdrop of statutory mandates, professional codes and liabilities, Assessing Suicide Risk provides participants the essential tools to shift from prior “low-medium-high” categories of client risk assessment into a risk-formulation model that supports a preventive, individualized client intervention treatment plan. Additional use of Rapid Assessment Instruments (RAIs, measures freely available online), further update clinical data gathering skills to fine-tune personal client profiles for the 4-factor model (Pisani et al., 2016), to achieve individualized, preventive client treatment plans. A Case Study offers course participants opportunity to practice data gathering, compilation, and application of tools in assessing client-specific factors. Assessment forms and course bibliography are included.   

    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.

    10:30–11:30 am
    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.

    11:30–12:30 pm
    Psychology, Spirituality and True Happiness
    Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD

    This personal and professional development skills training utilizes integrated multiple pathways leading one toward true happiness. This powerful approach incorporates current understandings of developmental psychology, neurobiology, and contemplative approaches to permanently dissolve aspects of the false-self (ego). This dissolution or emptying of self opens one up to spiritual healing. This realization is the key to serenity and selfless service—sources of true happiness.

    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.

    Methamphetamine: The Addict, The Addiction and Recovery
    Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD

    Methamphetamine is a drug of rapid addiction and destruction. This workshop will focus on the impact of methamphetamine on the user, their family and their community. Participants will understand how this powerful drug changes the brain of the user-a process called addiction.  The hazards of manufacturing, distributing and using methamphetamine create direct environmental toxicity, a criminal justice nightmare and family systems wreckage. Unfortunately, these hazards disrupt child and adolescent development both psychologically and neurobiologically. Lastly, treating methamphetamine is many ways different than treating alcoholism. This skills training event will give participants a clear picture of the overall devastation caused by methamphetamine and how treatment cannot only positively impact the addict but also the lives of those involved in the addict’s life.

    Body-Oriented Techniques in Addiction Recovery
    Jan Parker, PhD

    Clients with addictive disorders often are unable to identify, express, and/or contain emotions in early recovery.  Body-oriented techniques designed to assist clients in emotional identification and processing will be discussed and practiced in this workshop.  Participants will learn when and how to use the techniques demonstrated.

    4:00–5:30 pm Concurrent Workshops

    Reconnecting to the Heart’s Wisdom
    Holly Cook, LPC-MHSP, Mary Faulkner, MA, CHT and Lee McCormick

    Holly Cook is a Licensed Professional Counselor, mental health service provider with more than 30 years of     experience as a therapist, program administrator and international trainer. Holly has been described as a “life artist” who works with people, helping them find and create the life they want to live. In addition to her private practice in Nashville, TN, Holly is a co-founder of the Integrative Life Center, which integrates spirit and science-based approaches to healing and creating community.
    Mary Faulkner 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. 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.
    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 Spirit Recovery Medicine Bag (with Mary Faulkner), and newly-released Heart Reconnection (with Mary Faulkner, Holly Cook and Will Taegel) 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.
    An integrative, multi-perspective, mindfulness-based and heart-centered approach to personalized wellness and recovery—designed to meet our needs as human beings today. While we cannot literally disconnect from our heart (it is always part of us) nor can we really break it, we can lose our awareness of its sacredness, its power to love, its willingness to forgive, and its ability to heal. Drawing upon knowledge from ancient ages to modern neuroscience, this interactive workshop focuses on the connection between the heart and the brain and how to reconnect to the heart’s wisdom to help ourselves and those we work with to answer the question “Who am I?”.

    A Counselor’s Overview of Pharmacotherapy in the Treatment of Addiction
    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 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.

    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.

    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, ACSW, PhD

    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 pm     Tuesday Evening Program
    Opioid Use & Abuse in the Context of a Legal Drug Culture
    Gerald D. 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 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.

    9:00–10:00 am
    Forgiveness: Part of the Therapeutic Process or  Unfinished Business?
    Robert J. Ackerman, PhD

    Professor Emeritus and the previous Director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute. He is co-founder of the National Association for Children of Addiction. He is the previous Editor of Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction and Behavioral Health Professionals.  As an author he has published numerous articles and research findings and is best known for writing the first book in the United States on children of alcoholics.  Twelve books later, many television appearances, and countless speaking engagements he has become internationally known for his work with families and children of all ages.  His books have been translated into fourteen languages. He has served on many advisory boards and has worked with the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, and the U.S. Department of Education.  He served on the White House Task Force on Resiliency and At-Risk-Youth. He is the recipient of many awards including the Distinguished Alumni Awards from three universities. He is a veteran of numerous TV appearances and his work has been featured on CNN Headline News, the New York Times, the Today Show, USA Today newspaper, Newsweek Magazine, Oprah, National Public Radio and other social media.
    No one should tell a client that he or she must forgive. Forgiveness is the most personal decision for any client who has been physically, emotionally, or spiritually harmed. Rather everyone will decide how forgiving or not forgiving contributes to their growth and healing. This workshop will explore the dynamics of forgiveness and offer internal and external models of forgiveness for those who choose to address the process of forgiveness and those who still have unfinished business. Also, what to do about forgiveness when the perpetrator is still inflicting pain will be discussed.

    10:30–11:30 am
    Food and Mood: The Role of Nutrition and Diet in  Emotional Wellbeing     
    Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN

    The Lead dietitian and manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.  She is a best-selling author, an experienced presenter, and an award winning Dietitian.  Kristin has been seen on both local and national shows such as the TODAY show, NBC Nightly News and the Dr. Oz show and has contributed to several national Newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, TIME, Oprah, Self and Women’s Health. The Huffington Post named Kristin “one of 35 diet and nutrition experts you need to follow on twitter.”   In January 2017, Kristin published her first book, Skinny Liver: A Proven Program to Prevent and Reverse the New Silent Epidemic—Fatty Liver Disease.  Kristin’s show “the New Rules of Food” airs nationally on PBS.  Kristin is Senior Fellow at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare.
    Issues that will be addressed include: The link between dietary deficiencies and depression, How specific foods (both healthy and unhealthy) respond to neurotransmitter activity, The role of caffeine, Emotional eating and sugar/carb cravings, The role of sleep and appetite and The role of exercise on mood.

    11:30–12:30 pm
    Redirecting Resistance: Advanced Skills and Techniques for Substantive Change
    Fred Hanna, PhD

    Professor in the Department of Counseling at Adler University, Chicago, IL and also serves as a Faculty Associate at Johns Hopkins University, Fred has held positions on the editorial boards of six scholarly journals and has published a wide range of professional articles. His research interests have focused on developing the Precursors Model of Change. He has also developed and published many innovative clinical techniques aimed at positive change for aggressive adolescents, addicted clients, suicidal clients, victims of personal and cultural oppression, and criminal personalities. Author of Therapy with Difficult Clients: Using the Precursors Model to Awaken Change.
    Graduate schools typically do not teach courses that address how to approach involuntary, highly resistant and defiant clients. The Precursors Model offers a host of innovative and immediately applicable techniques that soften resistance and converts unwilling clients into those who willingly engage in counseling. This can often be done in one session. Over a dozen strategies and techniques are offered. You know about the defense mechanisms. The precursors are the offense mechanisms of change.

    2:00–3:30 pm Concurrent Workshops

    Women, Men and Relationships
    Robert J. Ackerman, PhD

    Regardless of the issues that bring people to seeking help, relationship problems are often at the core.  This workshop will focus on common relationship issues for women and men.  Such topics as why people are attracted to high risk relationships, forms of intimacy, characteristics of healthy relationships, patterns of behaviors that destroy relationships, and suggestions for achieving positive emotional intimacy will be addressed.  

    A New Paradigm for Psychotherapy: Freedom and Fulfillment through  Internal Control
    Fred Hanna, PhD

    This program may provide a perspective that will expand how you view positive change and personal growth. The major theories of Western psychotherapy when compared to this paradigm are revealed to be surprisingly passive. Now that self-determination and the resurgence of the power of will have been validated by research, the respective improvements in therapy and self-improvement are a natural result. For example, what if there was an “undo” function for the mind and emotions, and not just for a computer? Many powerful techniques are offered in this program based on ancient Buddhist and Yogic mental practices that the presenter/professor has studied in depth for over 40 years, including in Asia. Attendees will be asked to try specific techniques within themselves that directly change and even undo negative mental and emotional phenomena.

    Law and Ethics: Critical Considerations
    Roland Fleck, EdD and Jan Parker, PhD

    Roland Fleck, is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at National University, San Diego, CA. He is the co-author of a book several book chapters, numerous peer-reviewed journal articles, and many papers including several at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.
    Jan Parker is a Professor at National University where she has taught for over 25 years.  She is a licensed MFT in California where she practiced for almost 30 years. She is a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist, which is a type of body-oriented psychotherapy. Her research interests include addiction, body-oriented therapy, law and ethics, and clinical education.
    This presentation identifies and defines critical ethical issues for clinicians including: Definition of ethical standards; informed consent; scope of competence and practice; privilege, confidentiality; mandated reporting; duty to protect; treatment of minors; boundary crossings and violations; telehealth; termination; cultural competence; HIPAA guidelines; advertising; and risk management. Issues specific to Florida State law will be discussed. Case examples will be used to illustrate these ethical issues.

    Nutritional Needs and Challenges for Adolescents and Young Adults
    Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RDN

    This presentation will focus on the most up to date research on trends and nutritional needs of adolescents and young adults.  The following issues will be discussed: Current nutritional challenges of adolescents, Current nutritional challenges of young adults, Nutritional guidelines for both groups, Deficiencies and risk factors, Warning signs of malnutrition, Engaging young people in a discussion on good nutrition and How to implement in treatment programs.  

    4:00–5:30 pm Concurrent Workshops

    Weapons of Mass Self-Destruction: Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors
    Robert J. Ackerman, PhD

    This workshop will focus on identifying and eliminating behaviors that cause defeat and harm to people. Many “self-defeating” behaviors often are behaviors that once helped a person survive a crisis. Once the crisis is over the behaviors, even though no longer needed, are maintained. Instead of helping the person they now cause harm by limiting the potential to develop healthy behaviors. Some examples of self-defeating behaviors include procrastination, defensiveness, perfectionism, under—achievement, isolation, taking too much control in relationships, work-a-holism and so on. Using a cognitive behavioral approach, eliminating self-defeating behaviors and replacing them with life enhancing skills will be the goal of the workshop.

    “Grandma’s in The Sauce Again”: Older Adults with Substance Use  Related Disorders
    Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC    

    More older adults are admitted to acute care hospitals for alcohol-related disorders than for heart attacks!!!  This workshop will describe the challenges of assessment, intervention and treatment of older adults with substance use and co-occurring mental health problems.  There will be discussion of six major problems areas encountered when working with older adults with substance-related disorders: (1) identification; (2) diagnosis; (3) assessment; (4) intervention; (5) referral; and (6) treatment.  Appropriate responses to problems in each of the areas will be presented.  A broad-based gerontological assessment process will be discussed with emphasis on co-occurring disorders.  Older adult specific assessment instruments for depression, dementia and substance use disorders will be presented, including the newest screening instrument for problems with alcohol, prescribed and over-the-counter medications.  As part of good mental health, the myths and realities of sexuality among older adults will be discussed.  
    Innovative Techniques and Strategies for Drug and Alcohol Counseling: Beyond

    Motivational Interviewing
    Fred Hanna, PhD

    In this program, a completely original and innovative approach to drug and alcohol counseling is offered that aligns the intentions of drug dependency with the purpose of counseling itself, and thus orients the client toward positive change. Learn strategies and techniques that address the most crucial issues of drug dependency through advanced methods that attack the cognitive, affective, behavioral, social, and metacognitive aspects of addiction itself.

    Law and Ethics: Boundary Crossings and Violations
    Jan Parker, PhD and Roland Fleck, EdD

    This presentation defines and identifies the difference between boundary crossings and boundary violations. Specific cases examples will be used to cover topics such as: Multiple relationships with clients; role blending; rural communities; bartering; giving and receiving gifts; social relationships; sexual attraction and relationships; and touching clients.

    7:00–8:30 pm     Wednesday Evening Program
    #MeToo Meet #ImperfectMen: Women Are Speaking Out. What Are People Hearing?
    Robert Weiss, MSW, PhD

    A digital-age intimacy and relationships expert specializing in infidelity and addictions, most notably sex, porn, and love addiction. Rob is an internationally acknowledged clinician and frequently serves as a subject expert on human sexuality for multiple media outlets including CNN, HLN, MSNBC, The Oprah Winfrey Network, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and NPR, among others. He is the author of several books, including the newly-released (September 2018) Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency; Out of the Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating; and Sex Addiction 101. Over the years, 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.
    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 (1962-1982). 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 woman as we skewer and eviscerate the man who has been accused. But what is lost and what is missing from this monologue? Where and how can #ImperfectMen talk about their confusion? Where are their areas to grow? This timely, highly topical interactive exercise and discussion is the place to find out.

    8:45–10:15 am
    Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency
    Robert Weiss, MSW, PhD    

    The past 35 years have brought many new, useful and cutting edge treatments to the addiction space . . . when it comes to the treatment of an addict’s partners and loved ones, however, we have seen little new thought utilized to redefine their care since the concepts of codependency were first fleshed out over three decades ago.  Prodependence—the first 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.

    10:30–12:00 pm    Concurrent Workshops

    How Patients Can Heal Our Narcissism
    John Lambert, LCSW

    SAR (Steady Attuned Responsiveness) is his aspirational mantra as he continues in his 44th year of Psychotherapy private practice. Grateful to learn from his patients and colleagues, he loves to attend and provide workshops in the fields of Addictions, Marriage and Family, Pastoral and Psychoanalytic Counseling. He has enjoyed presenting on Intersubjective-Systems, Emotionally Focused Forgiveness Spirituality, Hermeneutics of Trust, and the Enneagram, Communication Skills Training, Gestalt & Trauma, Intervention.
    Although our relationship with our patients (clients) needs to be asymmetrical, a well-accepted measure of therapy outcome is that we are “both” changed for the better. In this workshop we will explore how patients change us from an Ignatian (12 STEP) Spirituality and Micro-trauma lens perspective. Format will be dialogic, didactic and experiential.

    Sex Addiction 101, Understanding Sex, Porn, and Love Addiction/Compulsivity in the Digital Age: Here Comes the Diagnosis!
    Robert Weiss, MSW, PhD

    In mid-2018, The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder is a serious mental health issue requiring useful, criteria-based diagnostic evaluation and clinically validated treatment planning. In early 2019, the ICD-11 will include Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder as a formal, coded diagnosis. By 2020, it will likely be incorporated into the next revision of the DSM-5. This talk is designed to offer realistic, useful insight into the problem of compulsive/addictive porn use, infidelities, and other sexual acting out (both online and offline). The breakout will provide insight into these process addictions, their treatment, and the empathetic insight required to view these problems for what they are—the adult expression of early complex trauma and attachment loss.

    Addiction Treatment: Person-Centered and Collaborative
    Roland Fleck, EdD

    There are several addiction treatment approaches that work and a greater understanding of what contributes to their effectiveness is needed. Research consistently concludes that therapist and client factors are far more important than treatment approaches. Who you are and how you relate to your clients is far more important than what you do. Therapists who can establish constructive therapeutic relationships that are high in the expression of Rogers’ conditions of accurate empathy, congruence, and unconditional positive regard are the most effective. This presentation will provide a rationale and articulate a person-centered integrative approach to addiction treatment that integrates a Rogerian-based person-centered approach, Anderson and Goolishian’s post-modern collaborative therapy, Miller and Rollnick’s motivational interviewing, and more recent collaborative therapeutic approaches in which dialogue and interaction between therapist and client take center stage rather than the provision of a particular set of conditions for the client.

    What is the Training Institute on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders?
    This premiere training event, celebrating its 40th year, specializes in the core issues facing the mental health and the addictions field.  It is where a unique combination of nationally recognized faculty address a wide variety of today's most relevant topics.  The result is a highly acclaimed national training event featuring customized training opportunities for developing new treatment strategies and the sharing of research advances for clinicians and counselors.                                                                          

    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 Include:
    •    Complex Trauma
    •    Love, Sex and Attachment
    •    Anxiety
    •    #metoo meet #imperfectmen
    •    Opioid Use and Abuse
    •    Reconnecting to Heart Wisdom
    •    Cannabis Conundrum
    •    The Narcissistic Dynamic
    •    Redirecting Resistance
    •    Overcoming Disadvantages, Racism and Adversity
    •    The Practice of Compassion
    •    Trauma and Self Endangering Behavior
    •    Mind-Body Medicine; Forgiveness
    •    Food, Mood, Nutrition
    •    Internal Control Techniques
    •    Psychology, Spirituality & Happiness
    •    Biology of Partnership Conflict
    •    Body Oriented Techniques
    •    Prodependence
    •    Eliminating Self-Defeating Behaviors
    •    Methamphetamine Addiction
    •    Ethics and More.

    Who Should Attend?
    Enjoy networking with those working in the areas of: 
    •    Mental Health
    •    Addictions Counseling
    •    Marriage and Family Therapy
    •    Psychology
    •    School Counseling
    •    Registered Nursing
    •    Courts and Corrections
    •    Prevention
    •    Employee Assistance
    •    Pastoral Counseling
    •    And Other Fields.                                                                                                   

    Program Objectives

    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 most relevant symptoms and key clinical issues underlying the impact of trauma
    and PTSD and appropriate therapeutic treatment for these.

    3. To identify symptoms and characteristics manifested in drug dependence, anxiety, narcissism
    and other addictive/behavioral disorders and to be able to implement effective clinical
    interventions and treatment strategies.

    4. To identify several key aspects in recent brain research which have explanatory value in
    understanding therapeutic issues in the biology of love and attraction and possible interventions
    for intimacy disorders.

    Exhibit Opportunities 

    For exhibit information contact Lorrie Keip 800-851-9100 ext. 9220

    Join Us on Clearwater Beach

    Conference Site

    Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort
    400 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL  33767
    Phone: (727) 461-3222 or (800) 753-3954
    Reservations call 727-298-1486 and use hotel code USJ19

    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. US Journal has reserved a block of rooms for registrants until January 9, 2019.  There is a strong possibility that the room block will fill prior to that date. Room rates at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort are: $225.00 single/double (plus tax). Children under 18 are free. Reservations must be guaranteed with a credit card. For reservations contact the hotel directly. To receive conference rate mention hotel code USJ19. Please be aware of hotel’s cancellation policy.  Conference registration is not required prior to reserving a room. However, US Journal Training will be cross checking housing lists against registered attendees. People holding room reservations are asked to contact US Journal Training within 10 days of making their room reservations to register for the conference or indicate their intent to do so.

    Getting to Clearwater Beach
    From Tampa Airport: The Super Shuttle transportation for the Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort is currently $25.00 one-way or $46.00 round trip if booked on line ($28.00 and $52.00 if booked by phone). Prices are subject to change. Call (800) 282-6817 or (727) 572-1111 to make reservations or you may also make reservations online at www.supershuttle.com  (24 hour advance notice is required for return to airport).
    Robert Ackerman, PhD
    Formerly Professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina, Beaufort. Dr. Ackerman is a co-founder of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics and the Chair, Advisory Board of COUNSELOR: The Magazine for Addiction Professionals. He has published numerous articles and research fin
    Joan Borysenko, PhD
    Harvard Medical School trained cancer cell biologist, a licensed psychologist, and New York Times bestselling author. A pioneer in psychoneuroimmunology, mind-body medicine, and stress management, Joan is known for her tender exploration of the human spirit—what kindles it and what snuffs it out. Fo
    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
    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
    Holly Cook, LPC
    Holly brings 25 years experience in the addictions 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 several programs and received numerous awa
    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
    Helen Fisher, PhD
    An American anthropologist, human behavior researcher, and self-help author, she is a professor at Rutgers University and has studied romantic interpersonal attraction for over 30 years. She is a leading expert on the biology of love and attraction and is now the most referenced scholar in the l
    Roland Fleck, EdD
    Chair of the Department of Psychology at National University, San Diego, California. Author of numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and many papers presented at conference including several at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.
    Fred Hanna, PhD
    Professor in the Department of Counseling at Adler University, Chicago, IL and also serves as a Faculty Associate at Johns Hopkins University. He has held positions on the editorial boards of six scholarly journals and has published a wide range of professional articles. His research interests have
    Kristin Kirkpatrick , MS, RDN
    The Lead dietitian and manager of Wellness Nutrition Services at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.  She is a best-selling author, an experienced presenter, and an award winning Dietitian.  Kristin has been seen on both local and national shows such as the TODAY show, NB
    John Lambert, LCSW
    Psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor of clinicians on trauma, addiction and now intersubjective counseling skills for over 38 years.
    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
    Cardwell Nuckols, PhD
    ‘CC’ Nuckols has been described as one of the most influential clinical trainers in North America. Widely published with more than 60 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs, and videos and 25 audio tapes series. His first book, Cocaine: Dependency to Recovery was a trade best seller.
    Jan Parker, PhD
    Professor of Psychology at National University, San Diego, Dr. Parker has worked in the field of addictive disorders for over 20 years and is the co-author of The Clinicians Guide to 12-Step Programs: How, When, and Why to Refer a Client with Diana Guest.
    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
    Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S
    Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert specializing in infidelity and addictions—most notably sex, porn, and love addiction. An internationally acknowledged clinician, he frequently serves as a subject expert on human sexuality for multiple media outlets includi
    Reid Wilson, PhD
    Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center; author/co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children; Don’t Panic: Taking Control of Anxiety Attacks; Facing Panic and Stop Obsessing: How to Overcome Your Obsessions an

    Board Approvals

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

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

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

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

    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 Nursing
    Florida Board of Nursing. Provider #50-2076

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

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

    National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), ACEP No. 5130
    U.S. Journal Training, Inc. has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5130. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. US Journal Training Inc. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

    Full-Time conference attendees who complete all required evaluation and attendance documentation are eligible to receive the maximum number of contact hours. Daily registrants can receive credit for each day in attendance. 

    Note: If you are seeking continuing education credit for a speciality 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 8, 2019.  We cannot ensure the availability of appropriate accommodations without prior  notification.

    Full-Time Registration (February 11-14, 2019)
    up to 24 hours
    Tuition: $465.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 8, 2019 for: $415.00
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    Daily Registration Mon., February 11, 2019
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $170.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 8, 2019 for: $150.00
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    Daily Registration Tues., February 12, 2019
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $170.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 8, 2019 for: $150.00
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    Daily Registration Wed., February 13, 2019
    6 core CEs
    Tuition: $170.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 8, 2019 for: $150.00
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    Daily Registration Thurs., February 14, 2019
    3 core CEs
    Tuition: $90.00 Register by midnight (EST) January 8, 2019 for: $70.00
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    Early Registration Rate:
    Registrations received or processed by midnight (EST) January 8, 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 January 22. No refunds are available after January 22.
    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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