2016–2017 Seminar Descriptions

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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

Wednesday, 4/5/2017
PDS2206: 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.
CEU Hours: 6


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


Wedneday, 4/12/2017
PDS2606: Ethics/Legal Issues Surrounding Alcohol and Drug 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.
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

Wednesday, 4/19/2017
PDS15401: Fast & Furious: Understanding Substance Abuse in the LGBTQ Community
Instructor: Lazara Gonzalez, MPH
CEU Hours: 6

Thursday, 4/20/2017
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, 4/26/2017
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

Thursday, 4/27/2017
PDS15701: Medication Assisted Treatment For Opioid Use Disorders
Instructors: Louis Baxter Sr., MD and Jass Pelland, LCSW, ACSW, LCADC, CJC
This seminar will discuss Medication Assisted Treatment from both medical and clinical lenses.  Dr. Baxter will review ASAM criteria for level of care and the use of MAT in Co-Occurring psychiatric and pain conditions. Only FDA approved medications will be discussed. In the afternoon Jass Pelland a licensed clinical social worker will discuss the clinical aspects of treatment that are an important part of the process. Ways to support clients in recovery who are utilizing MAT will be examined.
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
PDS11603: 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: 12


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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