2016–2017 Seminar Descriptions

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May 2017

Thursday, 5/18/2017
PDS17701: Yoga4Sobriety
Instructors: Tracey L. Ulshafer E-RYT 500, RYS, and Gwen E. Rebbeck RYT 500, E-RYT 200
Yoga4Sobriety is a practice that bridges the Twelve Steps of recovery and the yoga subtle energy body (chakras) in such a way that supports an ongoing process of addiction recovery.  The practice of yoga has long been heralded as an effective self-development program with its use of breathing practices, postures, mindfulness/meditations, and more.While yoga helps bring the mind and body into balance, the Twelve Steps offer those in recovery a program to live a spiritually centered life. Together they create the perfect union for those struggling with addictions.In general, yoga teachers don't typically have training in addiction, while counselors don't usually have training in yoga. This course will discuss the ways in which our energy center imbalances influence our emotions, thoughts, wellness, and recovery, and how the linking of the Twelve Steps with the use of specific yoga practices enhances recovery work and positively impacts overall wellness. This course will include both discussion and experiential practice. 
CEU Hours: 6


June 2017

Thursday, 6/1/17
PDS15801: Addiction and the Brain: New Concepts and Theories
Instructor: Fiona Conway, MSW, PhD.
Addiction is often categorized as a brain disease, but what does this really mean? This seminar will review several theories about the neurocognitive mechanisms of addiction. Having a better understanding of how drugs interact with brain chemistry will provide insight into ‘automatic’ substance use behaviors that impede conscious efforts to remain abstinent.
CEU Hours: 6

Friday, 6/2/17
PDS15101: How to Incorporate CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service Standards) into Your Work
Instructor: Elizabeth Amaya-Fernandez, MPH
The National CLAS Standards are intended to advance health equity, improve quality, and help eliminate health care disparities by establishing a blueprint for health and health care organizations.  This seminar will guide participants through the 15 action steps , providing techniques and strategies to better serve their clients.  This course will explore the many facets of culture and identity; it will also provide resources to enhance cultural competence, specifically as it pertains to treatment and prevention.
CEU Hours: 6

Wednesday, 6/7/17
PDS15301: Movie Seminar: Cognitive Disorders
Instructor: Anthony Tobia, MD
This interactive learning experience draws on popular culture to explore the complex understanding of co-occurring disorders. After an introduction, Scotland, Pa. will be viewed at the start of the seminar in conjunction with a live twitter feed hosted by Dr. Tobia for Commentary and Q&A. The film will be followed by a discussion and a presentation on how addiction interacts with each of various cognitive disorders.
CEU Hours: 6

Thursday, 6/8/17
PDS15201: Spirituality in Addiction Treatment 
Instructor: La'Tesha Sampson, MPA, MSW, LCSW
This presentation will discuss evidence based, spiritually focused treatment approaches. Spirituality may be theistic, based on a belief in a god, or non-theistic, based on ideas of inner strength or certain moral values. Spirituality may be associated with a certain set of religious beliefs, or represent a broader, non-denominational sense of interest in the spiritual. Spirituality doesn’t require church attendance or even a belief in a higher power. Despite a lack of a certain definition for “spirituality,” it’s relevant to addiction treatment in that it often incorporates therapies and treatments of related issues, such as depression and anxiety. Multiple studies have found a correlation between spirituality or religious devotion and the ability to deal with stress, essentially serving as a buffer.
CEU Hours: 6


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