The Evolution of Addiction Treatment

 

Approximate Conference Schedule

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Noon - 5:00PM Exhibits Setup
Pre-Conference Workshop
9AM - 5:15PM
Integrating Focusing into Your Clinical Practice
John Amodeo, Ph.D., MFT
Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., MFT
Focusing, developed by renowned psychologist Eugene Gendlin, is based on extensive research that he conducted with Carl Rogers on what led clients to be successful in therapy.  They found that those clients who were able to slow down and engage with their authentic feelings and inwardly “felt sense” and “felt meanings” were the clients who improved the most.  In this Focusing training, you will learn the basic Focusing processes including:

  • How to access and engage with a felt sense
  • How to bring an accepting, gentle presence toward our inner experience  
  • Brief interventions to integrate Focusing within the moment-to-moment unfolding of a psychotherapy session (applied to any theoretical orientation)
  • “Clearing a Space” for stress reduction
  • Advanced listening skills
  • Applications to individuals, couples, and groups

Workshop Objectives

  1. Help participants gain a basic knowledge of Focusing and its therapeutic applications
  2. Help participants discern when a Focusing intervention may be appropriate
  3. Learn Focusing-specific questions and inquiries to help clients connect more with their bodily felt sense of issues and concerns

7 hours CE Credit
Advanced course

Pre-Conference Workshop
9AM - 5:15PM
Points of Intervention:
Discovering & Developing Your Natural Skills with Clients II
Allen Berger, Ph.D.
Thom Rutledge, LCSW

Allen and Thom delineate basic tenets of effective therapy by way of a humorous look at what ineffective therapy looks like. Some didactic presentation, much interaction between the presenters,  open discussion with participants and experiential demonstrations.

Workshop Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to list 5 tenets of effective therapy
  2. Participants will have an expanded definition of experiential therapy
  3. Participants will be able to demonstrate specific techniques for addressing client ambivalence and/or resistance

7 hours CE Credit
Advanced course

 

Friday, February 6, 2015

8:00AM - 8:30AM Exhibits
 

8:30AM - 10:30AM

Keynote

An Overview of the Past 20 Years of Addiction Treatment
Harry Haroutunian, M.D.
Historical Review of Substance Abuse over the past 20 years reviews “The Changing Face of Addiction” 

This presentation will discuss the severe stigma of addiction that started years ago and continues today.

Addicts are scorned by communities and celebrities are hounded by paparazzi. Government agencies purport to view addiction as a disease but they often work in opposition to that position.  

Treatment communities still employ stigmatizing programming and use language, such as “dirty” urine, “crack head” and garden variety “drunks”.   The system of stigmatization, blaming, punishing and making moral judgments instead we need to  provide treatment and help that would change behavior. 

Treatment has evolved and today with new research we know that addiction deals with the midbrain. Is it possible to separate the disease of addiction from the stigma? Addiction and mental health problems are still spoken of in hushed tones, and patients and their families are still blamed. 

Funding for addiction treatment is discriminatory, despite passage of the Federal Mental Health Parity legislation, mental health and substance use disorders continue to be treated differently and often poorly.

Removing the stigma, guilt and shame from the equation, people would find it easier to discuss openly with a healthcare provider.

Doctors were slow to recognize addiction as treatable and so patients were encouraged to find help outside the medical community.

What can we expect in the future?

Workshop Objectives

  1. Participants will understand the changes that have occurred throughout the history of substance abuse
  2. Participants will comprehend how many things have not changed in our society regarding addiction
  3. Participants will recognize issues that need to be changed, for the future of substance abuse evaluation, treatment and aftercare

2 hours CE Credit
Advanced course

10:30AM - 11:00AM Exhibits
 

11:00AM - 12:30PM

 
 
11:00AM - 1:00PM Workshops
 
1:00PM - 2:00PM Exhibits
 

2:00PM - 3:30PM

Keynote

Unpacking the Therapeutic Value of the 12 Steps
Allen Berger, Ph.D.
Dan Griffin, M.A.
Herbert Kaighan, B.A.
Ingrid Mathieu, Ph.D.
Thom Rutledge, LCSW

The Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous have been misunderstood and stereotyped as promoting religion. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Steps possess an incredible psychological methodology that when worked in sequence creates a profound psychological transformation. This distinguished panel will be moderated by Dr. Allen Berger and will discuss the therapeutic forces operating in the Twelve Steps and how you as a therapist can integrate these concepts into your work with those suffering from addiction including alcoholism.

Workshop Objectives

  1. To identify four of the therapeutic benefits of working the Twelve Steps
  2. To list one intervention that will help a client work through their resistance to working a particular Step
  3. To describe the overall therapeutic value of the Twelve Steps

1.5 hours CE Credit
Intermediate course

 
3:30PM - 4:00PM Exhibits
 

4:00PM - 5:30PM

Keynote

Embracing Hope: Using the Latest Treatment Breakthroughs to Improve Addiction Recovery Rates
Constance Scharff, Ph.D.

Although the scientific literature is filled with the latest findings in addiction recovery treatment and evidence-based therapies are proven effective, most treatment facilities continue to use a 12-step based treatment model. Further, those psychotherapists outside treatment facility settings don’t often know which resources are proven effective to use to supplement their activities. This keynote address will inspire practitioners to step out of their comfort zone and incorporate the latest evidence-based practices into their treatment programs and build relationships with professionals to provide services outside of treatment. We will also examine a series of the most clinically effective therapies and the latest in neuroscience  research, to understand how a changing understanding of addiction and the brain is improving the ways in which we intervene with addicts and improve treatment outcomes.

Workshop Objectives

  1. List at least three evidence-based therapies that can be used to reduce relapse rates among addicts in recovery
  2. Define addiction as behavioral disorder and challenge current notions of addiction as a disease
  3. Outline the neuroscientific research into addiction, explaining latest understandings of how addiction changes the structure and function of the brain

1.5 hours CE Credit
Advanced course

 
5:30PM - 7:00PM Workshops
 

 

Saturday, Feburary 7, 2015

7:30AM - 11:00AM Exhibits
 

7:45AM - 9:15AM

Keynote

Quieting the Hungry Ghost: Mindful and Compassionate Relapse Prevention
Richard Fields, Ph.D.

Although the scientific literature is filled with the latest findings in addiction recovery treatment and evidence-based therapies are proven effective, most treatment facilities continue to use a 12-step based treatment model. Further, those psychotherapists outside treatment facility settings don’t often know which resources are proven effective to use to supplement their activities. This keynote address will inspire practitioners to step out of their comfort zone and incorporate the latest evidence-based practices into their treatment programs and build relationships with professionals to provide services outside of treatment. We will also examine a series of the most clinically effective therapies and the latest in neuroscience  research, to understand how a changing understanding of addiction and the brain is improving the ways in which we intervene with addicts and improve treatment outcomes.

Workshop Objectives

  1. Identify the key elements of lapses and relapses
  2. Identify the role of compassion and mindfulness in reducing reactivity, shame, and disconnection
  3. Implement positive psychology and learned optimism to maintain motivation, and hope

1.5 hours CE Credit
Intermediate course

 

9:15AM - 10:45AM

Keynote

Lessons About Recovery from the Real Life Experiences of the Mooney Family
Robert Mooney, M.D.

The Mooney family has had a unique experience in the field of addiction recovery. This presentation will look at the over 50 years of continual involvement in working with addicts and their families. Dr. Robert Mooney is the 2nd physician of this family generation and will help review how the field of addiction medicine has evolved over the past century. The problems facing the field today look eerily similar to those experienced in the past. Therapists, counselors, social workers and other practitioners can benefit from the historical prospective as well as the cutting edge of a profession that seems to always offer promises which seem to be frustratingly slow in delivery.

Workshop Objectives

  1. State one of the early techniques used in early psychiatric interventions of the alcoholic
  2. Identify the precipitating event which led to the modern era of alcoholism as an illness
  3. Explain how medications can be counter productive in the treatment of addiction

1.5 hours CE Credit
Intermediate course

 
11:00AM - 1:00PM Workshops
 
1:00PM - 2:00PM Exhibits
 

2:00PM - 3:30PM
Keynote

Shame and It’s Effect on the Therapeutic Relationship and Therapeutic Process
Gary Yontef, Ph.D.

Shame is a ubiquitous experience in counseling and psychotherapy. The feeling of shame by patient, counselor, or therapist is often unrecognized and not effectively worked with. When not recognized or not adequately responded to, it can interfere with treatment. When recognized it can be a powerful addition to the clinical work enhance the clinician’s self-support. We will discuss the process of shame, how it is created and triggered, how to recognize it in your patients and yourself, and how to work with it. We will talk about treatment from the perspective of relational gestalt therapy.

Workshop Objectives

  1. Recognize, distinguish, and understand the processes of shame and guilt
  2. Able to discuss how shame is triggered and recognize when it is manifest in the therapeutic relationship
  3. Able to reflect on how to work with shame in clinical practice

1.5 hours CE Credit
Intermediate course

 
3:30PM - 4:00PM Exhibits
 
4:00PM - 6:00PM Workshops
 

 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

8:00AM - 9:00AM Exhibits
 

9:00AM - 10:30AM
Keynote

Handling Disruptions to the Therapeutic Alliance
Allen Berger, Ph.D.
Thom Rutledge, LCSW

Allen and Thom delineate basic tenets of effective therapy by way of a humorous look at what ineffective therapy looks like. Some didactic presentation, much interaction between the presenters,  open discussion with participants and experiential demonstrations.

Workshop Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to list 5 tenets of effective therapy
  2. Participants will have an expanded definition of experiential therapy
  3. Participants will be able to demonstrate specific techniques for addressing client ambivalence and/or resistance

1.5 hours CE Credit
Advanced course

 
10:30AM - 11:00AM Exhibits
 
11:00AM - 1:00PM Workshops
 
1:00PM - 2:00PM Exhibits
 

2:00PM - 4:00PM

Keynote

The Past, Present and Future of Spirituality as a Modality of Addiction Treatment
Rabbi Shais Taub

More than 80 years since Carl Jung first suggested a spiritual solution for addiction, terms such as "Higher Power," "God of our understanding," and "spiritual awakening" have become so ubiquitous as to resemble platitudes.  This presentation will attempt to clarify the origins as well as the current state of spirituality in recovery and argue for a clear, but inclusive, understanding of the underlying spiritual axioms upon which the Twelve-Step model of recovery is predicated.  This presentation may be of particular interest to those seeking to reconcile the spiritual approach with other modalities of treatment as well as to those who wish to better articulate how spirituality works as a method of treatment. 

Workshop Objectives

  1. By tracing the historical origins of spirituality as a clinically advised modality of treatment, we will see how science and spirituality are not at odds with each other
  2. By presenting a clear definition of the underlying spiritual axioms of the Twelve-Step model, we may dispel many of the misunderstandings that arise from loose definitions of spirituality
  3. We will suggest a model for how spirituality can remain at the core of addiction recovery without creating conflict with either science or religion

2 hours CE Credit
Intermediate course

2:00PM - 4:00PM Exhibits Load Out

 

Scheduling Information

Travel
The Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel is close to Los Angeles Airport and runs a shuttle 24 hours per day. Registrants can arrive on the first day of the conference and depart on the last day of the conference.

Pre-Register
For those that pre-register, your name badge and registration package will be ready for you at the conference. Avoid the on-site registration lines and pre-register.

Planning
Plan to attend the entire conference. We have scheduled premiere Keynotes for the start and the end of the conference: they are not to be missed.