2017–2018 Seminar Descriptions

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Wednesday, 9/13/17​
PDS8205: Participatory Cinema: 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, Silver Linings Playbook 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 substance use may interact with various mood disorders.
Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 romantic comedy written and directed by David O. Russel that depicts Pat Solitano, a patient afflicted with Bipolar Affective Disorder. Participants will follow Pat after his hospital discharge and discuss the biopsychosocial factors that contribute to the perpetuation of his mood symptoms. This film is rated 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.    
CE Credits: 6
 

Wednesday, 10/4/17
PDS13803: Participatory Cinema: Dissociative 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, Psycho 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 substance use may interact with dissociative disorders.
What would October be without this Hitchcock classic?! Join us at the Center of Alcohol Studies to dissect what ails one of the most infamous characters in film history. Only the bravest can investigate the relationship between Norman Bates and his mother. This film is rated 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.    
CE Credits: 6
 

Friday, 10/6/2017
Well0102: An Introduction to Wellness: How Can You Avoid Burnout?
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, BCHHP
This seminar will define the concepts of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma, and their impact on the addiction counseling professional. Special attention will be paid to risk factors specific to the field of addiction counseling, countertransference issues, and identifying stress-related symptoms.
CE Credits: 3

Wednesday, 10/18/17
PDS16602: 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.
CE Credits: 6

Thursday, 10/19/17
PDS9104: 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.
CE Credits: 6

Friday, 10/20/17
MOS101: The Measurement of Success
Success is measurable. It does not require advanced computing devices and mathematicians, but rather a culture and workforce interested in delivering the best possible services to the individuals it serves. The Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies is proud to host “The Measurement of Success”, a day-long event dedicated to understanding the journey through addiction and recovery, from the perspectives of human experience and research methods.
The morning will feature an intimate conversation with the Moyers family, a family steeped in political and journalistic fame, the trauma of addiction, and the power of change. Join us for a rare glimpse into the impact of addiction on a family that could do something about it. Listen to their story from personal crisis to personal efforts to reform criminal justice and public policies towards substance use, treatment strategies, and lifelong recovery.
The afternoon will offer 3-hour workshops.
CE Credits: 5.5

Thursday, 10/26/17
PDS2001: What Does Recovery Look Like?
Instructors: Elaine Edelman, PhD, LCSW; Amanda Wexler, LCSW
The goal of this workshop is to help participants move from an “all or nothing” understanding of recovery to a new paradigm of recovery from different perspectives. By using a person centered approach the presenters will discuss models of recovery including harm reduction and abstinence based models, medication assisted recovery (including the use of Suboxone, Naltrexone, Vivitrol and Methadone),  an overview of psychosocial interventions such as motivational interviewing and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and the role of individual factors in recovery.  This will include a discussion of dopamine and its role in addiction as well as helping clients learn how to replenish their own dopamine by stimulating personal sources of joy and hope in their lives.
CE Credits: 6

Thursday, 11/2/17
PDS15602: 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.  
CE Credits: 6

Friday, 11/3/17
Well0301: Exercise/Movement and Sleep Hygiene
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, BCHHP
This seminar will focus on the physical health and wellness strategies of exercise/movement and sleep hygiene. The role of exercise in overall health will be discussed, with special attention paid to its positive impact on mental health and mental functioning. Sleep hygiene strategies will also be covered, including sleep's role in health promotion.
CE Credits: 3

Wednesday, 11/8/17
PDS18101: Participatory Cinema: Impulse Control 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, Rounders 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 substance use may interact with dissociative disorders. Rounders is a 1998 drama  directed by John Dahl about the underground world of high-stakes poker. Starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton, the film allows for a clinical albeit dramatic review the Impulse Control Disorders including Gambling Disorder. This film has an 87% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.  
CE Credits: 6

Thursday, 11/9/17
PDS17102: 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.
CE Credits: 6

Thursday, 11/16/17
PDS18201: Substance Use and Suicide Risk
Instructor: Thomas Etts, LCSW, LCADC
This course will explore the ways in which substance abuse and suicide are associated. Students will examine the data in which age, gender, and ethnicity impact suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and discuss various aspects of suicide assessment including risk and protective factors, and tools & methods that can be used in crisis. This course will discuss the screening tools utilized in addressing harmful/risky substance use and gambling issues that can contribute to increased suicidal thoughts/behaviors, as well as describe the benefit of self-care for providers who work with clients who are at higher risk of suicide.
CE Credits: 6

Friday, 11/17/17
Well0701: Coping with Holiday Stress
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, BCHHP
This seminar will discuss stress triggers that are specific to the holidays, such as family, obligations, financial stressors, and traveling (among others). Strategies will be discussed that will assist with managing the heightened level of stress that is experienced during the holiday season.
CE Credits: 3

Wednesday, 11/22/17
PDS18301: Domestic Violence; Its Impact & the Practitioner’s Lens
Instructor: Aja Harrison, MSW, LSW
In the mental health and addiction fields there is often some sense of unknowing, fear, discomfort, and judgment towards Domestic or Interpersonal violence.  Through this session we will to acknowledge the fear by learning the causes of DV, address our preconceptions, and demystify the treatment by addressing best practices and treatment strategies.  We will explore our own biases and their impact on treating clients as well as the systemic impact of DV on individual clients and family members.  The links between Domestic Violence and substance use will also be explored as will proactive & reactive measures to address practitioner self-care & burn-out.  
 

Thursday, 11/30/17
PDS18401: The Tools of Engagement: Developing Skills and Techniques for Challenging Clients
Instructor: Ken Pecoraro, LCSW, LCADC, CCS
There has been an excellent amount of advancement in the area of working with ambivalent, resistant or unmotivated clients in substance abuse treatment. Nevertheless, there is more we can learn. It is critical to be able to develop practical skills and strategies for challenging clients that do not respond to traditional approaches. This training provides students with practical tools and worksheets that they can use in their own substance abuse treatment settings.
CE Credits: 6

Friday, 12/1/17
Well0402: Stress Reduction Mindfulness 
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, BCHHP
This seminar will provide information related to biochemical and emotional stress reduction strategies, focusing specifically on the principles of mindfulness and MSBR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). Participants will learn about new activities, techniques, and preventative practices that help to lower biological stress levels, and how to utilize evidence-based skills and techniques in order to enhance their emotional regulation and relaxation response. 
CE Credits: 3

Thursday, 12/7/17
PDS12203: Integrative Strategies that Promote Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, 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.
CE Credits: 6

Wednesday, 12/13/17
PDS16302: Participatory Cinema: 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, A Christmas Carol 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 substance use may interact with somatoform disorders. Join us at the Center of Alcohol Studies for a novel interpretation of this Dickens’ classic. The Somatoform Disorders are a group of illnesses that are defined by their knack to escape detection. Participants will earn CEs by discussing and formulating these disorders by interpreting the behavior of the most legendary characters of holiday lore. This film is rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.    
CE Credits: 6

Thursday, 12/14/17
PDS18501: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Clients in Early Recovery
Instructors: Claudia Blackburn, MS, PsyD
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) 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 in early recovery. 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. In addition to motivational interviewing, ACT can help enhance motivation, using strategies that help clients decrease avoidant behaviors, engage in value-based decisions, and form action steps that support their recovery goals. 
The course also addresses how to incorporate Act in individual and group treatment settings. Beyond the initial introduction, training will focus on ACT strategies that target motivation, particularly with clients in early recovery. Participants will have the opportunity to learn specific strategies through active demonstrations. 
CE Credits: 6

Friday, 12/15/17
PDS18601: Craving Management
Instructor: Claudia Blackburn, MS, PsyD
CE Credits: 6

Thursday, 12/21/17
PDS18701: Crisis Intervention with De-Escalation Techniques
Instructor: Joel Levine, LCSW, LPC. LCADC, LMFT
In addressing client encounters that have a potential to escalate, it is imperative that you keep yourself safe. It is important to understand the impact of the environment and how to remain effective in that environment. This class will teach the key ingredients to a successful client encounter using relational skills, and identify de-escalation techniques that can be employed to maximize therapeutic effectiveness. Participants will learn how to have a respectful dialogue with their clients, and the importance of their nonverbal cues.
CE Credits: 6

 

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Thursday, 1/4/18
PDS16802: 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.
CE Credits: 6

 

Friday, 1/5/17
Well: Wellness: Diet/Nutrition
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, BCHHP
This seminar will focus on diet and nutrition, and their impact on health, wellness and recovery. The food-mood connection will be detailed, and dietary strategies that promote health will be discussed. Participants will learn about diet and nutritional interventions that decrease physical and mental health symptoms and encourage positive health indicators.  
CE Credits: 3

 

Thursday, 1/11/18 
PDS_____: Working with Chronic Relapse
Instructor: Jass Pelland, LCSW, LCADC, ACSW

CE Credits: 6

 

Wednesday, 1/17/18
PDS7905: 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, Gone Girl 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 substance use may interact with personality disorders.
If you have never seen Gone Girl, this is your opportunity to watch one of the most influential films to learn the personality disorders. If you have seen Gone Girl, then be prepared to watch it like you’ve never experienced it before. For a truly special experience, participants are encouraged to watch Fatal Attraction (1987) prior to our seminar and asked not to disclose the secret eye-opening connection between these 2 iconic films. Gone Girl has an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
CE Credits: 6

 

Thursday, 1/18/18
PDS_____: Understanding Addiction Recovery Management: Recovery, Wellness, and Support 
Instructor: William Hample, MA, LCADC
This course will explore ways to support clients in recovery in their daily environment. The recovery process will be analyzed; potential pitfalls of early and later relapse will be examined. We will apply observational and theoretical techniques to assess behaviors and clients’ understanding of the needs that they may have as a person in recovery. We will create opportunities to assist clients in maintaining their sobriety by advocating for them, locating appropriate referrals, and identifying healthy habits that can enhance sobriety and a balanced lifestyle. This course will help us enhance individual self-efficacy.
CE Credits: 6

 

Thursday, 1/25/18
PDS_____: Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT)
Instructor: Thomas Etts, LCSW, LCADC

CE Credits: 6

 

Tuesday-Wednesday, 1/30/18 - 1/31/18
PDS8504: 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.
CE Credits: 12

 

Thursday, 2/1/18
PDS8604: Motivational Interviewing: The Power of Groups
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.
CE Credits: 6

 

Friday, 2/2/18
Well_____: Wellness: Relationships
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, BCHHP
This seminar will focus on strategies to enhance wellness and well-being within personal relationships. Participants will learn about mindful communication skills, navigating relational triggers, strategies to build intimacy, and how to assess the need for change within personal relationships.  
CE Credits: 3

 

Thursday, 2/8/18
PDS9203: Compulsive Eating, Binge Eating Disorder and Food Addiction: What do you need to know? 
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, 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.
CE Credits: 6

 

Wednesday, 2/14/18
PDS7305: Participatory Cinema: 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, American Psycho 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 substance use may interact with various psychotic disorders.
American Psycho is one of the top-rated films that ends with the audience asking, “What did I just watch?!” To answer this and many other questions, join us at the Center of Alcohol Studies to earn CEs while reviewing the psychotic disorders. This film has an 85% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.
CE Credits: 6

 

Thursday, 2/15/18
PDS16702: Trans 101: Ethical Treatment of Transgender and Gender Expansive Individuals Across the Lifespan
Instructor: Stephanie Sasso, PsyD
This course will provide participants with a comprehensive overview on engaging ethically and affirmatively with transgender, gender non-binary, and other gender expansive and gender non-conforming (TGENC) clients of all ages; from intake forms to direct service, for individuals and institutions, including service provider and school settings.
CE Credits: 6

 

Thursday, 2/22/18
PDS10204: The Application of Multi-Sensory Practices in Trauma Treatment or Multisensory Mindfulness
Instructor: Tracey Post, MSW, LCSW
Multi-sensory Mindfulness offers skills to master affect regulation and containment as well as practice in staying connected to and focused in the present.  These skills are do not depend exclusively on understanding and cognition and therefore offer healing in the place where trauma is stored:  the body.  Multi-sensory Mindfulness assists in the development of inner resources to deal with dysregulation and helplessness as well as skills to manage the exploration and processing of traumatic material.  In the state of mindfulness; humans are capable of rapid healing. 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.
CE Credits: 6

 

Thursday, 3/1/18
(PDS2207): LCADC/CADC Mandatory Renewal Course
Instructor: William Kane, JD, CSW
The LCADC/ACADC Mandatory Renewal Course meets the requirements for six contact hours of continuing education in legal standards related to the practice of alcohol and drug counseling. [See N.J.A.C. 13:34C-5.2(d)]. In order to register for this seminar, individuals must have an active LCADC/CADC.  NOTE: This course IS NOT approved for initial certification courses C501 or C502.
CE Credits:6

 

Friday, 3/2/18
Well_____: Wellness: Stress Reduction Mindfulness (2)
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, BCHHP
This seminar is part 2 of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Participants will learn additional mindfulness-based exercises and will have the opportunities to practice and process them with other participants. Micro and macro-mindfulness practices will also be discussed, including behavioral tips to create an ongoing mindfulness practice. 
CE Credits: 3

 

Thursday, 3/8/18
PDS______: Addiction and Mental Health Disparities within the LGBTQ Population
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, BCHHP
Evidence suggests that there is a high risk of addiction and mental health issues in the LGBTQ community. This course will prepare the addiction and mental health practitioner with accurately recognizing, assessing, and treating individuals who identify as LGBTQ and who present with substance use problems. Special attention will be paid to comprehension of sexuality self-identifier terms, culturally-specific risk and etiological factors, and evidence-based culturally-competent treatment considerations.  
CE Credits: 6

 

Tuesday-Friday, 3/13/18 – 3/16/18
PDS______: Certified Clinical Supervision (CCS) Certification Course
Instructor: Alan Lyme, LCSW, ICADC, ICCS
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The substance abuse and mental health field is constantly changing. Staff need training in an array of issues, e.g., co-occurring disorders, working in a cost-driven world, and new legal and ethical standards and requirements. Training resources are often limited. Clinical supervision is the cornerstone for staff development and quality assurance. 

This intensive course provides a foundation for supervision and management of personnel. Based on “The Blended Model of Clinical Supervision” published in Clinical Supervision in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling, by David Powell, it fulfills many of the training requirements for certification in clinical supervision of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium.

This course is recommended for present and future supervisors. It is ideal for agencies to train their management staff, and for anyone working towards the 30 hour pre-certification required training.
CE Credits: 30

 

Wednesday, 3/21/18
PDS14803: Participatory Cinema: 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, Hard Candy 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 substance use may interact with sexual disorders.
Here is a hidden gem of Hollywood. Films depicting the sexual disorders are boom or bust given the nature of their mature content. Hard Candy is a definite BOOM (this film has an 78% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes) that takes its audience on a rollercoaster ride while they review the sexual disorders.
CE Credits: 6

 

Thursday, 3/22/18
PDS______: From Social Gaming to Internet Gambling: Identifying the Connection, Addressing the Issues, and Establishing Meaningful Recovery Principles
Instructor: Daniel J. Trolaro, MS
Consistently, there are more creative and fast paced forms of entertainment to help people escape, cope, or adjust to the stressors of life. Whether finding it through substance, social media, YouTube, or a variety of other methods, individuals are becoming more daring, tech savvy and tech dependent. From a technology perspective, one area that has seen explosive growth exists in the world of skill-based, social and internet gaming. The rise in popularity of eSports and Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has resulted in an increase in gamers worldwide seeking fast-paced action, escape, and sometimes a chance to win money. With that in mind, studies have started to show a correlation between early onset adolescent gaming as a gateway to problem gambling or other potential issues that may arise later in life. Problem gambling is linked to many individual, public health, and social problems including: depression, suicide, significant debt, bankruptcy, family conflict, domestic violence, neglect and maltreatment of children and criminal offenses. As with any addiction, treatment and early intervention utilizing various approaches can be very effective. This workshop will provide an overview and analysis of gaming and gambling, the behavioral, emotional and psychological warning signs, and considerations for recovery including key principles and barriers.
CE Credits: 6

 

Wednesday, 3/28/18
PDS5806: 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.
CE Credits: 6

 

Thursday, 3/29/18
PDS_____: From the Bottom Up
Instructor: Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW
Providers of substance abuse treatment recognize that most clients have trauma histories that complicate treatment and compromise recovery. Kaiser Permanente’s Adverse Childhood Experiences study has clearly established the link between traumatic childhood experiences and the risk of developing addictions. The reality is that we can no longer just treat the substance use disorder; the underlying trauma must also be addressed. Leading trauma experts have demonstrated that unresolved trauma is often stored in the body and interventions designed to primarily target cognitions are ineffective for individuals with complex trauma histories. Treatment programs are now seeking to adopt interventions that also treat the emotional and physical manifestations of trauma to improve recovery outcomes for their clients. This workshop will present a trauma-informed model of addiction treatment that combines sound addiction treatment protocols, poly vagal theory, emotional regulation skills training and body-based interventions. It will offer experiential exercises for participants to practice emotional regulation and body based interventions they can use in group and individual treatment.
CE Credits: 6

 

 

Thursday, 4/5/18
(PDS2607): Legal and Ethical Issues in Substance Use Treatment and Prevention 
Instructor: William Kane, JD, CSW
This seminar uses case studies, practical applications, and checklists to deliver foremost legal principles including counselor licensing statutes and regulations. Federal, state, and agency laws applicable to alcohol and other drug abuse treatment also covers malpractice liability issues, DWI, domestic violence, employment rights, AIDS, and ADA. Students will become familiar with the federal regulations governing Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse patient records, applicability interacting with HIPAA Privacy Rule and proper handling of subpoenas and court orders. Students will receive real life experience interacting with courts and public agencies by developing a brief report and practice with expert witness testimony.
CE Credits: 6

 

Friday, 4/6/18
Well_____: Wellness: The Psychology of Happiness
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, BCHHP
In this seminar, participants will learn about the scientific study of Positive Psychology and the strategies used to cultivate what is best within ourselves and to enhance one’s experiences of love, work and play.  Positive psychology practices will be discussed within the biological, personal, relational, institutional, cultural, and global dimensions of life. 
CE Credits: 3

 

Wednesday, 4/11/18
PDS16202: Participatory Cinema: 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, Willie Wonka 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 substance use may interact with sleep disorders.
What better way to earn CEUs than to watch a musical? This becomes obvious when that musical is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and the mental disorders are the sleep disorders, right? If not, then join us at the Center of Alcohol Studies for what promises to be a fun and informative seminar. This film has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
CE Credits: 6

 

Thursday, 4/12/18
PDS_____: Grant Writing 101
Instructor: Jennifer F. Buckman, MBA, PhD

CE Credits: 6

 

Thursday, 4/19/18
PDS_____: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Strategies for Individual Sessions
Instructor: Nathalie Edmond, PsyD

CE Credits: 6

 

Wednesday-Thursday, 4/25/18 – 4/26/18
PDS_____: Advanced Mindfulness
Instructor: Tracey Post, MSW, LCSW
This day is designed to build the clinician’s understanding of mindfulness practice through both theory and experience.  Participants will learn a variety of formal and informal mindfulness techniques, and gain insights from both scientific and Buddhist Psychology into the benefits and effects of a mindfulness practice.
CE Credits: 6

 

Wednesday, 5/2/18
PDS13103: Participatory Cinema: 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, The Black Swan 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 substance use may interact with each of various eating disorders.
Critics agree that Black Swan (2010) is bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic, gliding on Darren Aronofsky's bold direction and a bravura performance from Natalie Portman. What critics missed, you will understand by attending our event at the Center of Alcohol Studies where you will review the Eating Disorders by watching Aronofsky's masterpiece. This film has an 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
CE Credits: 6

 

Thursday, 5/3/18
PDS_____: Treatment Strategies for Facilitating Groups and Getting Clients “Unstuck”
Instructor: John K. Kriger, MSM, LCADC, CPS 
Clients often enter treatment with limited skills to meet the demands and challenges of recovery.  Professionals often understand Substance Use Disorder and the family dynamics, but may lack the practical knowledge or experience to initiate, provide, and model, a wide variety of skills for creative problem solving, dynamic thinking or developing their perceptive skills.  This session provides counselors and therapists strategies to encourage dynamic thinking, to use more of their brain, and numerous approaches for assessing and then generating options to address change and challenges.  This session will provide you some tools to assist your groups in developing reasonable risk tolerance, unleashing their creative brain, and regaining the potential and creativity that resides within.
CE Credits: 6

 

Friday, 5/4/18
Well______: Wellness: Spirituality and Creativity Wellness Strategies
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, BCHHP
This seminar will address spirituality, creativity, and other wellness domains not previously covered in this series that are useful in the promotion of overall health. Participants will learn ways in which to incorporate spirituality and creativity in their everyday practices, and will understand the connection of these practices to their collective role in recovery.  
CE Credits: 3

 

Wednesday-Thursday, 5/9/18 - 5/10/18
PDS11604: 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 two-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.
CE Credits: 12

 

Wednesday-Thursday, 5/23/18 – 5/24/18
PDS_____: Mental Health First Aid for Veterans, Service Members, and their Families
Instructor: Kathi Bedard, MA, LCADC, CMS
Military service often fosters resilience in individuals and families, but some service members may experience mental health or substance use challenges. Thirty percent of active duty and reserve military personnel deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have a behavioral health condition requiring treatment: approximately 730,000 men and women. But less than 50 percent of returning veterans in need receive any behavioral health treatment. The Veterans Administration reports that approximately 22 veterans die by suicide every day.  

Mental Health First Aid For Veterans, Service Members, And Their Families is an 8-hour certificate course from the National Council on Behavioral Healthcare that provides information and skills to help veterans, service members and their family members who may be developing a behavioral health problem or experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it builds mental health literacy for the needs of this population.  This training is a valuable resource that can make a difference in the lives of the more than 22 million veterans, their families, and the communities they live in.   Just as CPR helps us to assist an individual having a physical crisis, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) helps us to assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis.
CE Credits: 12

 

Thursday, 5/30/18
PDS14903: 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.
CE Credits: 6

 

Friday, 6/1/18
Well_____: Wellness: Motivations for Change/Maintenance, Proactive Prevention, and Wellness Planning Strategies
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, BCHHP
This seminar will outline motivation, readiness for change, and barriers to wellness planning. Motivational factors will be discussed, as well as how to move from extrinsic to intrinsic drives. Participants will be able to identify their own barriers to making changes and come up with a concrete action plan to address/surpass those barriers. 
CE Credits: 3

 

Wednesday, 6/6/18
PDS: 8705: Participatory Cinema: 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, Airplane! 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 substance use may interact with various anxiety disorders.
Airplane has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. We’ll discover what 3% of the population has missed – that this 1980 comedy classic is perfect to review the Anxiety Disorders. Join us at the Center of Alcohol Studies to review case-based content, Freudian theory, and the relationship these disorders have with alcohol use – all depicted in this iconic film. 
CE Credits: 6

 

Friday, 6/8/18
PDS_____: Cultural Proficiency for today’s Addiction Professional 
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.
CE Credits: 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Participatory Cinema Series
 

Wednesday, 9/13/17​
PDS8205: Participatory Cinema: 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, Silver Linings Playbook 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 substance use may interact with various mood disorders.
Silver Linings Playbook is a 2012 romantic comedy written and directed by David O. Russel that depicts Pat Solitano, a patient afflicted with Bipolar Affective Disorder. Participants will follow Pat after his hospital discharge and discuss the biopsychosocial factors that contribute to the perpetuation of his mood symptoms. This film is rated 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.    
CE Credits: 6
 

Wednesday, 10/4/17
PDS13803: Participatory Cinema: Dissociative 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, Psycho 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 substance use may interact with dissociative disorders.
What would October be without this Hitchcock classic?! Join us at the Center of Alcohol Studies to dissect what ails one of the most infamous characters in film history. Only the bravest can investigate the relationship between Norman Bates and his mother. This film is rated 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.    
CE Credits: 6
 

Wednesday, 11/8/17
PDS18101: Participatory Cinema: Impulse Control 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, Rounders 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 substance use may interact with dissociative disorders.
Rounders is a 1998 drama directed by John Dahl about the underground world of high-stakes poker. Starring Matt Damon and Edward Norton, the film allows for a clinical albeit dramatic review the Impulse Control Disorders including Gambling Disorder. This film has an 87% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.  
CE Credits: 6
 

Wednesday, 12/13/17
PDS16302: Participatory Cinema: 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, A Christmas Carol 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 substance use may interact with somatoform disorders.
Join us at the Center of Alcohol Studies for a novel interpretation of this Dickens’ classic. The Somatoform Disorders are a group of illnesses that are defined by their knack to escape detection. Participants will earn CEs by discussing and formulating these disorders by interpreting the behavior of the most legendary characters of holiday lore. This film is rated 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.    
CE Credits: 6
 

Wednesday, 1/17/18
PDS7905: 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, Gone Girl 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 substance use may interact with personality disorders.
If you have never seen Gone Girl, this is your opportunity to watch one of the most influential films to learn the personality disorders. If you have seen Gone Girl, then be prepared to watch it like you’ve never experienced it before. For a truly special experience, participants are encouraged to watch Fatal Attraction (1987) prior to our seminar and asked not to disclose the secret eye-opening connection between these 2 iconic films. Gone Girl has an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
CE Credits: 6
 

Wednesday, 2/14/18
PDS7305: Participatory Cinema: 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, American Psycho 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 substance use may interact with various psychotic disorders.
American Psycho is one of the top-rated films that ends with the audience asking, “What did I just watch?!” To answer this and many other questions, join us at the Center of Alcohol Studies to earn CEs while reviewing the psychotic disorders. This film has an 85% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes.
CE Credits: 6

Wednesday, 3/21/18
PDS14803: Participatory Cinema: 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, Hard Candy 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 substance use may interact with sexual disorders.
Here is a hidden gem of Hollywood. Films depicting the sexual disorders are boom or bust given the nature of their mature content. Hard Candy is a definite BOOM (this film has an 78% Audience Score on Rotten Tomatoes) that takes its audience on a rollercoaster ride while they review the sexual disorders.
CE Credits: 6

Wednesday, 4/11/18
PDS16202: Participatory Cinema: 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, Willie Wonka 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 substance use may interact with sleep disorders.
What better way to earn CEUs than to watch a musical? This becomes obvious when that musical is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) and the mental disorders are the sleep disorders, right? If not, then join us at the Center of Alcohol Studies for what promises to be a fun and informative seminar. This film has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
CE Credits: 6

Wednesday, 5/2/18
PDS13103: Participatory Cinema: 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, The Black Swan 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 substance use may interact with each of various eating disorders.
Critics agree that Black Swan (2010) is bracingly intense, passionate, and wildly melodramatic, gliding on Darren Aronofsky's bold direction and a bravura performance from Natalie Portman. What critics missed, you will understand by attending our event at the Center of Alcohol Studies where you will review the Eating Disorders by watching Aronofsky's masterpiece. This film has an 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
CE Credits: 6

Wednesday, 6/6/18
PDS8705: Participatory Cinema: 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, Airplane! 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 substance use may interact with various anxiety disorders.
Airplane has a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. We’ll discover what 3% of the population has missed – that this 1980 comedy classic is perfect to review the Anxiety Disorders. Join us at the Center of Alcohol Studies to review case-based content, Freudian theory, and the relationship these disorders have with alcohol use – all depicted in this iconic film. 
CE Credits: 6

 

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