2017–2018 Seminar Descriptions

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2017-2018 Course Descriptions


Thursday- Friday, 4/19/18 - 4/20/18 -  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
PDS19401: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Strategies for Individual Sessions
Instructor: Nathalie Edmond, PsyD
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is well known for its skills to treat emotion dysregulation.  Another significant component of DBT is the structure and content of individual sessions.   This seminar will focus on how to balance acceptance and change strategies in individual sessions.  It will explore mindfulness as a core component of DBT as well as biosocial theory, stages of treatment and hierarchy of targets, dialectical thinking, utilizing diary card, behaviorism, and addressing therapy interfering behaviors.  Strategies for conducting effective behavioral chain analysis to understand and target behaviors will also be covered.
Fee: $180.00
CE Credits: 12 Clinical

Wednesday-Thursday, 4/25/18 – 4/26/18  -  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
PDS19501: Advanced Mindfulness: A Toolbox of Techniques to Enrich Clinical Practice- 2 day
Instructor: Tracey Post, MSW, LCSW, CST, CCTP
This two 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. A significant amount of time on both days is spent in technique practice and small group discussion of the application in daily practice.
Fee: $180.00
CE Credits: 12 Clinical


Wednesday, 5/2/18  -  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
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.
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

Thursday, 5/3/18  -  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
PDS19601: 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.
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

Friday, 5/4/18  -  9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Well0602: 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.  
Fee: $45.00
CE Credits: 3 Clinical

Wednesday-Thursday, 5/9/18 - 5/10/18  -  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
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.
Fee: $200.00
CE Credits: 12 Clinical

Thursday, 5/17/18   -  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
PDS10804: SBIRT: The Basics
Instructor: Katherine Glick, LPC, LCADC, CCS, ACS, MAC, BCHHP
Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment: This training brings together the tools that helping professionals need to screen clients for unhealthy drinking, deliver effective brief interventions, refer and link to treatment.
This course will cover the basics and allow you to use SBIRT to:
• Screen clients for unhealthy alcohol use with brief, valid questionnaires such as the AUDIT-C and the AUDIT;
• Deliver effective brief interventions informed by Motivational Interviewing techniques
• Link clients to addiction treatment services as needed; and
• Provide follow-up and recovery supports.
Fee: $50.00
CE Credits: 6 

Wednesday-Thursday, 5/23/18 – 5/24/18   -  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
PDS19901: 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.
Fee: $110.00
CE Credits: 8  *This course is not accredited by NBCC*

Friday, 5/25/18  -  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
PDS19101: 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.  
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

Wednesday, 5/30/18  -  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
PDS19201: 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.
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 

Thursday, 5/31/18  -  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
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.
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical


Friday, 6/1/18  -  9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
Well0502: 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. 
Fee: $45.00
CE Credits: 3 Clinical

Wednesday, 6/6/18  -  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
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. 
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Clinical

Thursday, 6/7/18  -  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
PDS2608: 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.
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Ethical

Friday, 6/8/18  -  9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
PDS19701: 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.
Fee: $90.00
CE Credits: 6 Cultural



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