2016–2017 Seminar Descriptions

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October 2016

Thursday, 10/13/16
PDS16601: The History of Marijuana Policy, How it Affects People and How to Talk to Your Clients About It
Instructor: Frank Greenagel, LCSW, LCADC, ACSW, CJC, CCS
This course will provide an overview of the history of marijuana policy in America and will cover both state and federal laws. It will focus on the most recent US and International studies on marijuana to discuss how it affects the brain and the body. Participants will take part in a discussion about the seven great marijuana myths (including that it is harmless and non-addictive). We will discuss how marijuana criminalization has affected the criminal justice system. The economics of marijuana will be a particular focus, as the instructor will discuss medical marijuana, taxes, regulation, marketing and how marijuana may be a new big tobacco.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 10/20/2016
PDS16801: Treating Complex Trauma and Addiction with Mindfulness Based Interventions
Instructor: Nathalie Edmond, PsyD
This seminar will focus on exploring the neuroscience of complex trauma, the role of dissociative parts, how trauma impacts the arousal system and is related to development of addictive behaviors to regulate emotions. Mindfulness has proven to help with rewiring of brain, building dual awareness, improving emotion regulation, decreasing reactivity to triggers, increasing curiosity and compassion, and building somatic resources that are helpful in reducing the effects of trauma.  We will explore mindfulness based approaches such as Sensorimotor psychotherapy.
CEU Hours: 6

Wednesday, 10/26/16
PDS8204: Movie Seminar: Mood 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, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies 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 mood disorders.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 10/27/16
PDS9103: 21st Century Drugs: Modern Drugs and Micro & Macro Level Strategies
Instructor: Frank Greenagel, LCSW, LCADC, ACSW, CJC, CCS
This cutting-edge, clinical presentation covers the 21st century drugs: energy drinks w/alcohol, synthetic cannaboids (K2, spice, space), bath salts, adderall, buprenorphine (suboxone), and the new king, oxycodone. Whether you are a therapist who specializes in addiction or not, there is an excellent chance your clients have been affected by these substances. Participants will be taught the side effects, withdrawal symptoms, street names, costs, common places these chemicals are bought, legal issues around them, and strategies you can use to treat your clients. I will also discuss programs and policies that have (and can) helped address these substances on the macro level.
CEU Hours: 6


November 2016

Thursday, 11/3/16
PDS14402: Through a Trauma Informed Lens: Rethinking Addiction Treatment
Instructor: Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW
Providers of substance abuse treatment recognize that most clients have trauma histories that complicate treatment and compromise recovery. Becoming trauma-informed is imperative; but it requires a paradigm shift in how we think about addiction and how we respond to the behaviors commonly seen in individuals with substance use disorders. Clinicians must translate both trauma and addiction research to create trauma-sensitive environments and trauma-focused interventions that effectively address both issues.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 11/10/16
PDS15101: How to Incorporate CLAS (Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Service Standards) into Your Work
Instructor: Elizabeth Amaya-Fernandez, MPH
This course will explore the many facets of culture, identity and cultural competence.  Participants will define cultural competence, specifically as it pertains to treatment and prevention.  They will gain an understanding of the cultural competence continuum and its importance in their work.  This course employs lectures, discussion, interactive activities, and class participation.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 11/17/16
PDS17001: Understanding Trauma: Lessons from the 21st Century
Instructor: Tracey Post, MSW, LCSW
This workshop offers an overview of trauma and its impact.  We will examine  current research findings about how our minds , bodies and behaviors are affected by traumatic experiences.  The differences between complex trauma, childhood trauma and a  single traumatic experience affect and impact an individual’s life.  This workshop will include lecture, small group discussion and experiential activities.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Wednesday, 11/30/16
PDS8704: Movie Seminar: Anxiety 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, Moby Dick 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 anxiety disorders.
CEU Hours: 6


 

December 2016

Thursday, 12/1/16
PDS12902: Coming to Grips with Grief and Loss: Implementing Theory in Your Professional Practice
Instructor: Kate Cummings, EdD, MHS, LCADC, CCS
Participants will learn a different perspective on loss and why it can be so exhausting to go through the process.  This theory on coming to grips with loss depicts a researched based process that allows people to understand various nuances of the loss process.  The participant will see that there are different pathways to resolving loss, different trajectories, and different timing options.  All are valid and need not be pathological.  An especially important aspect of loss is that of cascading losses.  This concept explains the idea that one loss will always spawn other losses that must be dealt with in order to come to grips with the entire loss. 
This theory on loss is important for two reasons - it normalizes the loss process, including those aspects that appear to hinder resolution and it provides a roadmap to resolution that clinicians and others in the helping profession guidance in developing effective treatment plans.  
CEU Hours: 6

 

Wednesday, 12/7/16
PDS10603: Cognitive Behavioral Coping Skills: Useful Strategies in Treating Substance Use Disorders
Instructor: Claudia Blackburn, MS, PsyD
This advanced training will provide in-depth demonstrations of cognitive-behavioral (CB) approaches and strategies for individuals who have substance use and/or co-occurring disorders. The training begins with the foundations of CB therapy and main theoretical models, and expands to specific CB treatment protocols and techniques that correspond to common presenting problems in substance use disorders. The range of techniques and approaches will include, but not limited to, self-monitoring and management, relapse prevention, cognitive-narrative processing, anxiety management training, symptom interventions, desensitization approaches, covert modeling, and problem solving therapy. Participants will have opportunities to take part in the practical applications of these strategies and will learn that rationale behind the selecting the intervention based on the presenting issues.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 12/8/16
PDS13002: Applying Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Across the Continuum of Recovery
Instructor: Claudia Blackburn, MS, PsyD
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation/changes to increase clients' psychological coping and wellbeing. In essence, it helps individuals engage in positive behaviors, based on their own values, while experiencing new challenges, tough circumstances and experiences including difficult thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations. ACT can increase effective action; reduce disruptive thoughts and feelings, maladaptive behaviors, and alleviate emotional distress for individuals with a broad range of presenting problems including substance use disorders.

This experiential course provides a practical overview of ACT and is designed for those new to ACT.  The course also addresses how to incorporate Act in individual and group treatment settings. Beyond the initial introduction, training will focus on ACT strategies from the outset of treatment to later recovery.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn specific strategies through active demonstrations.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 12/15/16
PDS12202: Integrative Strategies that Promote Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, CADC, BCHHP
This course will detail integrative and holistic strategies that promote both mental health and addiction recovery. Personal wellness planning and balancing lifestyle behaviors will be discussed as it relates to relapse prevention and continued behavioral change towards health improvement.  Methods of proactive prevention will be highlighted within a BioPsychoSocialSpiritual framework.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Wednesday, 12/21/16
PDS7304: Movie Seminar: Psychotic 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, Ex Machina 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 psychotic disorders.
CEU Hours: 6


January 2017

Thursday, 1/5/17
PDS17201: Working with Muslim American Clients in a Xenophobic America
Instructor: Aja Harrison, MSW, LSW
This seminar will focus on the potential challenges faced when assessing Muslim American clients for addictions or abnormal substance use as well as referring clients for treatment.  Strategies to address preconceived notions about Islam and perceptions of Muslim Americans, as well as multifaceted culture barriers within the Muslim American population will also be discussed.  Participants will learn and understand the role of acculturation in client treatment, appropriate culture and gender interactions, and how to demonstrate a client centered/nonjudgmental stance when working with Muslim American clients.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 1/12/17
PDS9202: Compulsive Eating, Binge Eating Disorder and Food Addiction: What do you need to know?
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, BCHHP
This course will focus on deconstructing compulsive eating behaviors from a Biopsychosocial Perspective. Risk factors and vulnerabilities to compulsive behaviors will be discussed from a variety of perspectives.  Education will be provided regarding food and the brain’s reward pathway, the addictive qualities of certain foods, and Binge Eating Disorder.  Preventative strategies will also be discussed.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 1/19/17
PDS15601: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: An Overview
Instructor: Nathalie Edmond, PsyD
DBT is an evidenced based treatment which has shown its effectiveness with treating emotion dysregulation and related self-harm behaviors, substance use, and eating disorders. This seminar will provide an overview of DBT skills and core concepts such as biosocial theory of emotion dysregulation, dialectics, behaviorism, behavior chain analysis, and mindfulness that can be incorporated into your current clinical work. 
CEU Hours: 6

 

Wednesday, 1/25/17
PDS16201: Movie Seminar: Sleep 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, What We do in the Shadows 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 sleep disorders.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Tuesday-Wednesday, 1/31/17-2/1/17
PDS8503: Motivational Interviewing: The Basics
Instructor: Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LCADC, CCS, CGP
This introductory level two-day workshop offers practitioners in criminal justice, health care and social services the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and to begin to incorporate them into their work. This two-day training will discuss this effective approach in the treatment of challenging clients, and provide participants with an opportunity to explore creative ways of integrating these approaches into an effective therapeutic intervention -- when to use and when not to use MI. Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered, evidence-based, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. During this two-day workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered, evidence-based, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. During this two-day workshop, participants will learn the fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing, explore ways of integrating Motivational Interviewing theories into other treatment approaches, and practice Motivational Interviewing on "challenging" clients through role playing and discussion.
CEU Hours: 12


February 2017

Thursday, 2/2/17
PDS8604: Power of Groups Using Motivational Interviewing
Instructor: Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LCADC, CCS, CGP
This training will provide information on how to use groups as a treatment strategy. We will address why using Motivational Interviewing in a therapeutic support group format is extremely effective. Group work provides several important steps that help break isolation often experienced by a consumer.  This training will provide information on the issues and treatment of special populations (adolescents, dual diagnosis, addiction, intimacy, low-income families, parents, etc.) through the use of support groups in treatment.  We will also explore the issues of assessment, interaction, group norms, and various forms of support for the consumer.  We will also address why the therapeutic support group format is extremely effective.  In addition to the role of group leader, the roles of the participants will be discussed and compared in various types of group settings, as well as the importance of therapeutic contracts, goal setting, and group frequency duration, course, and process.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 2/9/17
PDS16901: Tweens, Teens & Young Adults: Sexual Behaviors & Health Issues
Instructor: Tracey Post, MSW, LCSW
Millions of American youth are engaging in behaviors that put them at risk for unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. Youth involved with substances are at an even higher risk.  This workshop will explore the trends in sexual behaviors and health issues among sexually active tweens and teens.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 2/16/17
PDS17101: When Addiction and Motherhood Collide: Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Substance Use Disorders
Instructor: Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW
With the ever increasing heroin epidemic, addiction treatment programs are treating more and more pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders mandated into treatment by child welfare. Addiction professionals must balance the legal mandates of child welfare with the provision of effective, trauma-informed care to these women who face the stigma and discrimination that accompanies the label “drug-addicted mother”. Using the narratives of mothers in the process of recovery, this course will explore the intersectionality of motherhood, addiction, and child protection, and examine best practices for treating this difficult population.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Wednesday, 2/22/17
PDS14802: Movie Seminar: Sexual 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, The Rocky Horror Picture Show 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 sexual disorders.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 2/23/17
PDS16501: Understanding Gambling Disorder
Instructor: Thomas Etts, LCSW, LCADC​
Prior to the DSM-5, gambling has not been classified as an addictive disorder and as a result, very little value and urgency has been placed on providing treatment.  This seminar will begin with a brief history of gambling, gambling styles, as well as an overview of the neurobiological regions of the brain that play significant roles in gambling disorder.  Participants will have the chance to identify signs of gambling disorder in their clients and will learn treatment techniques and explore options for various levels of care.
CEU Hours: 6


March 2017

Thursday, 3/2/2017
PDS15901: See Me, Hear Me, Touch Me, Heal Me: Chasing the Spirit Across the Lifespan
Instructor: Kathryn Bedard, MA, LCADC, CMS
Spirituality is a vital component of addictions treatment, recovery and overall wellness.  We will trace development of the complex human by using Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development to look at the body-mind-spirit connection in a different way - and to examine spirit through the lifespan.  Timelines and self-assessments will be used to provide a framework for tracing development from early childhood to the present.  Fowler's Model of Faith Development will be woven into a comparison and contrast to Erikson - providing a framework of how we shape meaning and purpose as we grow, and providing perspective of how body - mind - spirit - change and evolve throughout life.  Discussion of adulthood through to elder years will focus on promoting physical, emotional and spiritual health.  Experiential exercises will provide individualized learning, understanding and growth.  Class exercises can be used for self, and clients in individual and group, to manage stress, encourage wellness and resiliency, refresh spirit, keep the body -mind-spirit aligned to promote wellbeing on an ongoing basis.  
CEU Hours: 6

 

Wednesday, 3/8/17
PDS16701: Trans 101: Ethical Treatment of Transgender and Gender Expansive Individuals Across the Lifespan
Instructor: Stephanie Sasso, PsyD
This course will provide a detailed overview of affirming treatment of transgender, gender non-binary, and other gender expansive and gender non-conforming (TGENC) individuals of all ages.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 3/9/2017
PDS15501: Current Adolescent Trends: For Clinicians
Instructor: John Kriger, MSM, LCADC, CPS
A lack of current drug information is a primary family risk factor for children.  In this constantly updated session, current drugs of abuse and behavioral issues are explored and explained. Learn what can be done in the home environment to detect and reduce potential usage.  Before leaving the session attendees will be able to identify signs of use of currently popular substances of abuse, and what to do to help.  Provided through, and in conjunction with, the Municipal Alliance it enhances the visibility of the Alliance and directly impacts the risk factors of low neighborhood attachment, community disorganization and community norms favorable to drug and alcohol use.   
CEU Hours: 6

 

Wednesday-Thursday, 3/22/17-3/23/17
PDS17301: Relapse Prevention: Using Cognitive-Behavioral and Acceptance Commitment Therapies
Instructor: Claudia Blackburn, MS, PsyD
Many people who relapse along the way find recovery: Relapse doesn’t determine the outcome of long term recovery. Yet, it is not a necessity nor does it define every person’s recovery path, but it is often part of an individual’s journey toward wellness. Although the onset of a relapse is multifactorial, individuals who relapse fail to engage in coping strategies at the time – some reasons include not recognizing the need for help, feeling overwhelmed and uncertain in how to use their new coping strategies in the midst of difficulties, forgetting earlier motivations, or feeling hopeless. This training will utilize the most science-informed cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approaches in relapse prevention. Participants will learn approaches, specific skills, and detailed interventions associated with relapse prevention. But this experiential and skill-based training will also go beyond the standard relapse prevention interventions, and integrate the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  Using Act as a component of CBT relapse prevention interventions can further enhance clients’ motivation and commitment in using relapse prevention coping strategies when facing adversity.
CEU Hours: 12

 

Wednesday, 3/29/17
PDS13102: Movie Seminar: Eating and Feeding 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, Case 39 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 eating disorders.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 3/30/2017
PDS17401: Redefining Relapse Prevention Counseling with Substance Users and Ex-offenders
Instructor: Jennifer McClendon, LPC, LCADC, NCC
The research literature will be used to provide an informed overview of the common issues such as employability, housing, healthcare, mood disorders, and acculturation that consumers are faced with after counseling and incarceration. Attendees will be educated about and engaged in a discussion about the importance of revising thinking about “relapse prevention” and how this shift in perspective will benefit consumers and practitioners. A theoretical framework for: 1. helping clients reduce their reoccurrence of substance use and offender behavior and 2. increasing chances of longer term recovery and a positive reintegration experience will also be explained and demonstrated.  
CEU Hours: 6

 


April 2017

Thursday, 4/6/2017
FASD0401: FASD: Ten Second Children in a One Second World
Instructor: Roseann Cervelli, LCADC, CPS, CCS
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a lifelong, birth disability that reveals itself at birth and in the early childhood years.  Children who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol are often described as “Ten Second Children in a One Second World.”  These children may exhibit a wide spectrum of physical, emotional, cognitive, social and behavioral affects. This workshop will guide participants to a deep, knowledgeable and compassionate understanding of the internal and external world of persons with FAS/FASD throughout their life span. In addition to the many affects upon the individual, we will also explore the impact of FAS/FASD upon the family, educators, the social justice system and the community at large. Research indicates that many children with FASD often remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed throughout their formative years. It is therefore imperative that all those who are involved in education, counseling, and health and human services be made aware of FASD, as they assess, educate, counsel, case manage and guide those in their care. Finally, we will highlight “best practice” motivational strategies and interventions that can be implemented to assist those with FAS/FASD in successfully reaching their highest potential.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 4/13/2017
PDS5805: Family Therapy
Instructor: Robert Lynn, EdD, LPC
In this course counselors will learn how to apply family therapy practice and theory in the assessment and treatment of families and couples focusing on drug and alcohol use with particular attention paid to adolescents and cultural issues. Drug using behavior will be addressed as both the focus of therapeutic attention and as a symptom of structure and process issues within the family system. Appropriate interventions that guide families in reaching new and more productive levels of functioning will be discussed and demonstrated.
CEU Hours: 6

 
Thursday, 4/20/17
PDS10203: The Application of Multi-Sensory Practices in Trauma Treatment
Instructor: Tracey Post, MSW, LCSW
This experiential workshop will define the core skills of mindfulness and discuss their application to trauma work.  The majority of the day will be spent practicing and applying basic and advanced multi-sensory guided imagery and mindfulness exercises.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Wednesday, 4/26/17
PDS7904: Movie Seminar: Personality 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, The Wall 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 personality disorders.
CEU Hours: 6


May 2017

Thursday, 5/4/2017
PDS17501: The Challenge for Preventionists in the Era of Medical Marijuana, Legal Weed, and Pot Gummy Bears
Instructor: Frank Greenagel, LCSW, LCADC, ACSW, CJC, CCS
As of September 1, 2016, recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C. This November, California residents will vote on Proposition 64, which will legalize and tax recreational marijuana if passed. Current polls show that voters favor it at 60%. Passage of Prop 64 would probably have a massive cascade effect on other states. While more people seek treatment in states with legalized marijuana, the nature of treatment has not been altered. Prevention work has been (and will continue to be) profoundly impacted by legalized recreation use, readily available edibles, vaping and the reduced stigma of marijuana use. This seminar will briefly look at the legal and social history of marijuana, but will intensely look at the landscape of Colorado and Washington before and after recreational marijuana was passed (2012) and put into place (2014). We will examine the data in those states, as well as look at what preventionists are doing there.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Tuesday-Wednesday, 5/9/17-5/10/17
PDS11602: Motivational Interviewing: Advancing the Practice
Instructor: Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LCADC, CCS, CGP
The advanced level workshop allows Motivational Interviewing (MI) trained criminal justice,health care, and social service practitioners to review and expand on the practice of MI treatment approaches toward effective therapeutic interventions. This one-day training will discuss this effective approach in the treatment of substance abuse, dual diagnosis, and other challenging symptoms, and provide participants with an opportunity to explore creative ways of integrating these approaches into an effective therapeutic intervention. Participants will be offered a brief review, and practice of, Motivational Interviewing spirit and some basic skills with an overview of what's important. Participants will learn more about change talk and methods of eliciting, as well as how Motivational Interviewing overlaps with other therapeutic methods. This course will provide both useful theoretical models and hands-on opportunities to improve skills.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Thursday, 5/11/2017
PDS17601: Assessment and Treatment Planning for Consumers with Co-Occuring Disorders Using the Person-Centered Approach
Instructor: Veronika Williams, MA, LPC, LCADC
This course will educate students on how to assess and treat consumers with co-occurring disorders with the strategies to fully involve consumers in this process. Students will receive hands-on experience implementing person-centered strategies learned in this course. In addition, students will be given an overview of the relevant changes in the DSM 5 to assist them with assessment.
CEU Hours: 6

 

Wednesday, 5/17/17
PDS16301: Movie Seminar: Somatoform 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, The Sixth Sense 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 somatoform disorders.
CEU Hours: 6

 

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

 

Thursday, 5/25/2017
PDS14902: Preparing Mental Health Clinicians to Work with Veterans and Their Families
Instructor: Thomas Morgan, PsyD
Today more and more veterans are seeking mental health care outside the Veterans Administration system due to turnover in health providers, long wait times for services, and mistrust in the system.  Community mental health and addiction treatment centers are likely to see an increase in the number of veterans and their families seeking services.  These treatment facilities are likely to benefit from clinician training. Using case studies and an experiential format, this presentation will provide professionals with: 1) an understanding of military culture and its influence on the framework of interventions, 2) specific, practical strategies for engaging veterans and their families in the change process, and 3) various tools/resources to use in treatment sessions with veterans.
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
 

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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