2016–2017 Seminar Descriptions

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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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