7:00 a.m. Open 12 Step Meeting
7:00 a.m. Registration opens
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Recovery Ambassadors Dinner & Gala


Learning Intensive All Day Workshops 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


100. The Point of Intervention: Learning How to Assess the Moment to Moment Unfolding of a Session and Generate Powerful Experiential Interventions (6 CEs)
Allen Berger, PhD
Thom Rutledge, MSSW
Supported by: The Institute for Optimal Recovery and Emotional Sobriety

Level of Instruction: Intermediate/Advanced
Psychotherapy and psychotherapy training has been moving in the wrong direction. For the most part efforts have been focused on developing technical protocols to treat particular diagnoses rather than understanding how to reach, engage, and dialogue with people in a way that moves them towards change and problem resolution
This timely workshop will help you learn to treat people, not diagnoses. The training will focus on helping you learn how to use your natural skills in creating a therapeutic atmosphere and therapeutic alliance with your clients while at the same time helping a client discover new possibilities. It will also help you learn how to identify opportunities for therapeutic interventions as they unfold during a session and how to create interventions that move clients towards the next step in their personal development.


Learning Intensive Ethics Workshops 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM


101. Wellness and Ethics: Addiction Professional Know Thyself! (6 CEs)
Pete Nielsen, MA, CADCII
Supported by: CCAPP

Level of Instruction: Intermediate/Advanced
We will explore the practical application of ethics in counseling and therapy in working with SUD clients, Additionally, the importance of-managing compassion fatigue will be explored, along with suggestions for maintaining wellness. We will review and code of ethics of CAMF, NASW, APA, CCAPP, NAADAC, and ACA.


Thursday Morning Break 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Faces and Voices of Recovery Training (additional fees apply) 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM


105. Recovery Ambassador Training (3 CEs NAADAC Credit Only)
Hanna Rose
Supported by: Faces and Voices of Recovery

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate
The Recovery Ambassador Program prepares individuals to advance public understanding and appropriate responses to substance use disorder. This training event includes instruction on participation in advisory councils, recruitment of volunteers, building impactful messages, organizing community action, engaging policymakers and stigma reduction. If you want to make a difference in how individuals and families impacted by substance use disorder this training program is for you.


Thursday Afternoon Break 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM


Faces & Voices Evening Event 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM


Recovery Ambassadors Dinner & Gala (No CE Credit)
Enjoy an evening of inspiration and entertainment at the Recovery Ambassadors Dinner & Gala hosted by Faces & Voices of Recovery. This fundraising dinner supports the launch of the California Recovery Ambassadors Initiative empowering vocal and visible recovery advocates across California. Featured speakers and entertainment to be announced. Learn more about Faces & Voices of Recovery at


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7:00 a.m. Open 12 Step Meeting
7:30 a.m. Registration opens
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall


Friday All Day Faces and Voices of Recovery ARCO Meeting (additional fees apply) 8:30 AM – 5:45 PM


1st Annual West Coast ARCO Mid-year Retreat: Future Proofing Strategy Planning (No CE Credit)
The first annual mid-year ARCO Leadership Retreat will take strategic planning to a new level by focusing on innovation and best practices of Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) providing advocacy, education and recovery support services. Open to members of the Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) at Faces & Voices of Recovery only. Contact Faces & Voices of Recovery to learn more about ARCO.


Friday Morning Plenary 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM


200. Chair Work in Recovery Counseling (1.5 CEs)
Allen Berger, PhD
Supported by: The Institute for Optimal Recovery and Emotional Sobriety

Level of Instruction: Intermediate/Advanced
Recovery Counseling is an experiential, process focused approach for treating those who suffer from addiction. This phenomenologically based approach to counseling creates a powerful therapeutic experience which increases a patient’s self-awareness and their ability to act with greater sincerity towards themselves as well as to discover new possibilities in coping with their addict self or alcoholic self.
This training will focus on the use of the empty chair in a counseling session. Dr. Berger will identify when to use the empty chair and how to use it. Applications will be discussed and demonstrated.


Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM


Friday Mid Morning Workshops 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM


225. Livin’ on the Edge: A Model for Leading Edge Treatment and Culture (1.5 CEs)
Ilana Zivkovich, LCSW, LCDC, CDWF
Supported by: Werq

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
As treatment providers, we share the common goal of effectively helping clients live fulfilling, healthy, happy lives. The In Vivo? (or “in life”) model of treatment empowers clients with appropriate opportunities to experience the joys, challenges, stresses, and successes of “real life” while within the supportive treatment environment. In this interactive workshop, key teachings from Positive Psychology, Cue Exposure Therapy, and cutting-edge brain science will be synthesized as the theoretical foundation of this model is explored. Additionally, the rationale behind emphasizing a healthy organizational culture, as well as the elements necessary to sustain it will be covered. Drawing from the research of Dr.Brené Brown, participants will learn about trust, vulnerability and courage as they relate to organizational culture. Attendees will leave enriched through exposure to cutting edge research to enhance both their overall approach to addressing addictions, as well as their style of engagement within their professional lives.


226. Using Action Methods to Help Clients Shift from Learned Helplessness to Learned Optimism (1.5 CEs)
Jean Campbell, LCSW, CIPP, TEP
Supported by: Cycles of Change Recovery Services

Level of Instruction: All
Helplessness is learned, and if recovery is to go to be sustained, it needs be unlearned, and eventually shifted to Learned Optimism. Through the use of Positive Psychology, Sociometry and the Psychodramatic techniques of Sculpting and the Empty Chair, we will explore Learned Helplessness and the process of shifting it to Learned Optimism. Participants will be educated on effective interventions for helping clients somatically feel into a sense of greater empowerment and optimism and assist them in moving forward on their path of recovery.


227. Evolution of a Trauma Informed Workplace (1.5 CEs)
Mary Woods, BC-RN, LCS, LADC, MSHS
Jonathan De Carlo, CAC III
Supported by: C4 Consulting

Level of Instruction: Intermediate/Advanced
While significant attention has been devoted to assessment, treatment & prevention of trauma in client care, there is a lag with the evolution of these needs for staff & organizations in the work environment. Staffs & Organizations can experience & create trauma, which often goes unrecognized & unaddressed. Conceptualizing a Trauma Informed work environment for staff requires honesty, openness, & a willingness to embrace conflict. Contemporary healthcare models often lead to compromising care. Recognizing staff’s exposure to trauma in their own lives & through client care can create a workplace environment that supports sustainable & improved health. Organizations that truly practice Trauma Informed approaches produce higher quality care by developing staff skills & resources. Rarely do staff receive attention on developing their own skills & resources to produce a Trauma Informed workplace. This workshop will explore challenges of providing trauma informed care for organizations, emphasizing staff skill & resource development.


228. Health Effects of Cannabis: From Science to Practice (1.5 CEs)
Itai Danovitch, PhD
Supported by: Thelma McMillen Center & Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Level of Instruction: Intermediate/Advanced
Cannabis is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States, and recent changes in state policy are increasing its accessibility. Rates of cannabis use are elevated among youth and individuals with mental health disorders, many of whom report that cannabis alleviates psychiatric symptoms. This presentation will review emerging issues in cannabis policy, the pharmacological effects of cannabis, implications for psychiatric disorders, and strategies for treating cannabis use disorders.


229. Traction the Trenches of Recovery: From Avoiding to Engaging, Frozen to Warm and Performance to Being (1.5 CEs)
Supported by: Capstone Treatment Center

Level of Instruction: All
Three of the most impactful family dynamics in creating an environment for addiction and chronic relapse are Family Avoidance Patterns, Frozen Emotional Family System, and a Performance Based Acceptance – Attachment. More often than not, 1st order changes are unsuccessful in this type of family landscape. This presentation looks at these three etiological dynamics in creating vulnerable hosts for addiction and describes how to gain traction on 2nd order changes from avoiding to engaging, from frozen to warm attachment and from performing to being accepted and lovable for just being without achievements. Being at peace in one’s own skin and being connected to others in core-to-core relationships are keys to successful recovery. The opportunity of facing trauma, shame and addiction is for families and the individuals therein growing in engagement, becoming fully alive emotionally, and becoming good enough through their innate value instead of their performance.


Friday Luncheon (Pre-registration required) 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM


250. Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency (1 CEs)
Robert Weiss, MSW, PhD
Supported by: Seeking Integrity, LLC

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate
The past 35 years have brought endless new, useful, and cutting edge treatments to the addiction space. During this time we have integrated all sorts of methods like: motivational interviewing, Smart Recovery, EMDR, trauma work, somatic and equine therapies, and more — all to foster better outcomes for our addicted clients. But when it comes to the treatment of an addict’s partner and loved ones, we have seen little new thought since the concept of codependency was first fleshed out over three decades ago. Prodependence, the first attachment-based model for the treatment of addict’s partners and loved ones, moves beyond the trauma-based theories of codependency and co-addiction, allowing us to view this population with fresh eyes and fresh ideas. Prodependence as a model is more invitational, less pathological, and more personally affirming to those who are intimately involved with addicts, as Prodependence neither assumes nor assigns any pathology or label to people simply because they are loving an addict in the best way they can.


Friday Early Afternoon Workshops 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


251. Untangling the Opioid Epidemic-A Hijacking of the Brain (1.5 CEs)
Marcus De Carvalho, MD
Supported by: Beaches Recovery

Level of Instruction: All
Recently the CDC has classified the opioid crisis in the United States, “An Epidemic”, with a surge of deaths in 2015 surpassing 30,000 for the first time in history. Dr. De Carvalho will outline the opioid epidemic and the catastrophic implications it has on the United States from a morbidity, mortality and financial perspective. He will also walk you through the pleasure reward pathway (PRP). Once this system is introduced to opioids, it is “hijacked”, due to neuroplastic changes, and left to believe it needs opioids to survive, much like food and sleep, making it difficult for patients to maintain sobriety. Dr. De Carvalho will detail different modalities for treatment including MAT and behavioral therapies; specifically, “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” which is mindfulness based, cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Dr. DeCarvalho believes that addiction is not a “moral failure” but, in fact, a medical illness with genetic, developmental and social ramifications.


252. Moving from Trauma Informed to Trauma Focused Care: A Mindfulness Based Multi Modal Approach (1.5 CEs)
Stephen Dansiger, PSYD, MFT
Supported by: StartAgain

Level of Instruction: Intermediate/Advanced
Addictions treatment has come a long way over the centuries, particularly since the advent of Alcoholics Anonymous of 80 years ago. For the past 2,600 years, Buddhist Mindfulness and the therapies and practices it has brought about have contributed to psychological and spiritual relief to millions of people. Over the last 25 years, our understanding and the treatment of trauma related disorders and difficulties have progressed, with Francine Shapiro’s development in EMDR therapy. The understanding of the link between traumatic experiences and the difficulties and suffering of alcoholics and addicts have grown. SAMSHA and other clinical bodies have indicated the need for additions treatment to follow the principles of trauma-informed care. This presentation will make clear the theory and research behind the development and implementation of both mindfulness and EMDR Therapy through case studies and anecdotal evidence of how this model is progressing, with recommendations for further research and practice.


253. PsychoNeuroPlasticity Principles & Practices in Addiction Treatment (1.5 CEs)
Barbara Peavey, PhD, MS, PsyPharm
Supported by: Origins Behavioral HealthCare

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate
Psychoneuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to change or adapt with new experiences throughout the life span. Addiction is a brain-based disease with specific neurological pathways involved. Intentionally adding dimensions of brain health and brain training, along with 12-Step provides a comprehensive program for addiction recovery. Explanation of concepts of neuroplasticity will be discussed, along with impact of addictive substances on the brain will be reviewed. Methods for impacting the brain to heal, nourish, enliven, and train the brain as it applies to addiction treatment will be presented.


254. Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders (1.5 CEs)
Grant Hovik, MA
Supported by: UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate
This training will provide a clinical look at co-occurring mental health, substance use, and chronic medical conditions. The training will review the effects of commonly used substances and will introduce participants to the epidemiology, prevalence, and neuroscience of co-occurring disorders. Participants will be engaged in a discussion on how to conceptualize mental health, substance use, and physical health disorders and how their interaction affects screening, assessment, and treatment. The training will also cover specific strategies and treatment approaches to more effectively work with consumers who have co-occurring disorders.


255. Music Therapy in Early Recovery (1.5 CEs)
Kathleen Murphy, PhD, MT-BC
Supported by: Loyola University

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
This session will provide an overview of music therapy and addictions treatment. The neurobiology of engagement in music listening and music making and its effect on reward circuitry will be explained. A review of research findings supporting the inclusion of music therapy in treatment will be presented. Case examples will be presented to demonstrate how music therapists address the biophysical, psychoemotional and psychospiritual domains of recovery. Criteria for referral to music therapy will be presented, along with suggestions for the use of music by professionals working in substance abuse treatment. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in music therapy experiences used in substance abuse treatment.


Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM


Friday Late Afternoon Workshops 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM


275. Attachment, Connection, and the 12 Steps (1.5 CEs)
Michael Dinneen, LCSW, CACIII, CSAT
Supported by: C4 Consulting

Level of Instruction: All
True connection and intimacy cannot be fully realized without healthy attachment. Michael Dinneen will describe the process of healing relationships and growing spiritually through experiential therapies such as EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) attachment work. The workshop will help attendees develop tools to help the people they serve from stage I to stage II recovery. As a robust recovery maintenance approach, increased resiliency and dynamic wellness emerge in the therapy process. EFT is a systems approach and contemporary treatment approaches show greater success when systemic issues are addressed, specifically through attachment work from the beginning of recovery. The greater attention given to understanding family systems-based attachment work for clients, the greater likelihood for clarity of relapse trigger identification, stabilization of recovery across the client support system, yielding an integrated and diversified recovery growth. All of these concerns allow for more efficient and effective integration of structured interventions in the therapy.


276. Lion Kings & Little Mermaids: Use of Modern Myth as Gestalt Experiential Hero Journey Group Work for Trauma (1.5 CEs)
Brian Dunphey, MS, JD, LMFT, CSAT-C

Level of Instruction: All
Support for the use of Gestalt Experiential exploration of redemption narratives, such at The Lion King, as safe, contained means to examine trauma responses, attachment injury & secure bonds, framing and anchoring of grief work and shifting clients toward a hopeful, sober committed narrative is woven together, along with opportunity for attendees to participate in experiential work themselves that utilizes film clips to experience adaptive use of projective identification to play to group members strengths and emotional-cognitive tendencies. Adaptability to multiple theoretical lenses is also discussed.


277. AA and SMART Recovery: Not as different as you might think (1.5 CEs)
A. Tom Horvath, PhD, ABPP
Supported by: Practical Recovery Psychology Group

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
AA’s powerlessness approach and SMART Recovery’s self-empowering approach appear completely different. However, recent findings about the effectiveness of addiction mutual help groups, and their mechanisms of behavior change, suggest that all groups (12-step, SMART, LifeRing, Women for Sobriety) may be equally effective (Atkins & Hawdon, 2007; Zemore, et al., 2018) and may work using similar mechanisms of behavior change (Kelly, 2017).The presentation will disseminate emerging knowledge about the effectiveness of mutual help groups and common group factors, while recognizing differences in approach between each group, with an emphasis on SMART Recovery and 12-step groups. The presentation will propose ideas for increasing respect between mutual help groups, increasing overall group attendance, and helping clients identify and attend any mutual help group. Finally, if participants in their communities do not have available a broad range of mutual help groups, methods for creating more balance will be suggested.


278. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Relapse Prevention Strategies (1.5 CEs)
Andrew Kurtz, LMFT
Supported by: UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate
The purpose of this interactive workshop is to provide participants with a detailed overview of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and relapse prevention (RP) strategies. Part I will focus on the underlying principles of CBT and RP, including an introduction to CBT and RP and how the behavioral interventions are used in the treatment of substance use disorders; the principles of social learning theory; the principles of classical and operant conditioning; the 5 W’s – functional analysis, including demonstration/practice conducting a functional analysis. Part II will focus on the specific elements of CBT, including the trigger-thought-craving-use sequence; identifying triggers in high- and low- risk situations and the neurobiological understanding of cravings. Part III will focus on instructing participants on methods for using CBT strategies, including explanation of treatment provider role in facilitating CBT sessions; how to conduct group and individual CBT sessions; principles of using CBT; creating a daily recovery plan.


Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM


Friday Evening Event 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


299. Same World, New Lens: Understanding Intimacy, Boundaries, Power and Redemption in the #MeToo World
Robert Weiss PhD, MSW
Stuart Leviton, Esq.
Kate Balestrieri, PsyD, CSAT-S
Lauren Dummit,  LMFT, CSAT

Level of Instruction: Introductory
Join the esteemed faculty as they facilitate a group dialogue about sex, love, power, trauma, and healing in a world shaped by the ever-changing landscape of the evolving #MeToo movement. This multidisciplinary team will foster an honest and respectful conversation with a select group of men and women, designed to foster empathy and mutual understanding of how dynamics of power, trust and redemption, as portrayed in the media and their personal lives, have influenced their relationships with intimacy, courtship and relational safety.


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7:00 a.m. Open 12 Step Meeting
7:30 a.m. Registration opens
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall


Saturday Faces and Voices of Recovery ARCO Meeting Continued (additional fees apply) 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM


1st Annual West Coast ARCO Mid-year Retreat: Future Proofing Strategy Planning (No CE Credit)
The first annual mid-year ARCO Leadership Retreat will take strategic planning to a new level by focusing on innovation and best practices of Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) providing advocacy, education and recovery support services. Open to members of the Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) at Faces & Voices of Recovery only. Contact Faces & Voices of Recovery to learn more about ARCO.


Saturday Morning Plenary 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM


300. The Challenges of Treating Substance Abusing High Achievers (1.5 CEs)
Harry Haroutunian, MD
Supported by: Harry L. Haroutunian, A Professional Corporation

Level of Instruction: Introductory
I have met many people who are too smart to get sober. Usually issues of success, ego, entitlement and abilities, place them at the great disadvantage of embracing this simple program. The challenges of treating substance abusing high achievers focuses on professionals, Physicians, lawyers, airline pilots, licensed safety sensitive individuals, as well as entertainers, professional athletes and successful business executives. Though many diverse professions are listed, most share the common denominators that present as resistance at the onset of treatment and or red flags for relapse development for these individuals. This lecture will discuss the nature of these impediments, startegies to overcome them and treatment plans for the best possible results.


Saturday Sober Living Workshop 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM


310. The Status of the Sober Living Industry (1.5 NAADAC Credit Only)
Eva Hibnick
Kim Koslow, LMHC, MCAP, CT, BCPC
Christian De Oliveira
Lauren Philhower
Supported by: One Step, Futures Recovery Healthcare and Transcend Recovery Community

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate
There have been a lot of changes in our industry. States are imposing more regulations on sober livings; different models of sober livings have emerged. Panelists will talk about what changes they have seen emerge, challenges they have encountered and where the industry is heading.


Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM


Saturday Mid Morning Workshops 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM


325. Working with Criminal Justice Involved Women (1.5 CEs)
Brenda Westberry, MS
Supported by: Westberry Consulting

Level of Instruction: All
Women continue to enter the Criminal Justice System at an alarming rate for non-violent crimes. There are now more than 200,000 women behind bars and more than one million on probation and parole. (BJS) Many women struggle with substance abuse, mental illness and histories of sexual and physical abuse. Very few of these women seek and receive the services that they need. Professionals working with this population must incorporate an integrated system of care that utilizes a multifaceted approach in the assessing, diagnosing, service planning, treatment and aftercare to influence successful outcomes with justice involved women. We will explore the impact that violence, prostitution and trauma have played in the lives of justice involved women. Attention is given to Young women, older women, women as victims, women with disabilities and women with children. We will also review evidence-based strategies, priorities and expectations in the approach to working with criminal justice involved women.


326.Treating the Chronically Relapsing Opiate Addict (1.5 CEs)
Marsha Stone, JD, LCDC
Supported by: BRC Recovery

Level of Instruction: Intermediate/Advanced
Opiate addiction has reached epidemic status worldwide. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Drug overdose rates, prescription pain killer sales rates, and treatment admission rates have all increased 4x in parallel from 1999 to 2009. Addiction has been recognized as a chronic illness for many years, but treatment providers continue to treat addiction with increasingly shorter episodic care. The opiate epidemic in recent years has exacerbated this problem, causing relapse rates to skyrocket and re-admissions to rise. This session discusses strategies for reducing the recidivism rate through longer-term continuums of care, utilizing recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSC) models, increasing post-discharge recovery support services, and engaging the family in the treatment process.


327. Starting the Food, Body Conversation: Tools and Strategies for A Healthy Relationship (1.5 CEs)
Robyn Cruze, MA
Supported by: Eating Recovery Center

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate
Up to 35% of patients who struggle with substance abuse will exhibit eating disorder behaviors, and yet, so much more will leave treatment with an unhealthy relationship with their body and the food they put in it. How do we set our clients up to have a relationship with their body? Attendees will walk away from the presentation with practical, creative strategies to support and create a safe environment for those wanting to explore a healthy relationship with their body and the food they put in it. Furthermore, gaining tools on how to identify and screen when your client become susceptible to an eating disorder. Robyn candidly speaks about her personal experience of overcoming alcoholism and eating disorder. Her dynamic presentation style and storytelling are both educational and compelling and regularly receives overwhelmingly positive feedback from attendees representing various disciplines.


328. Raising Drug Free Kids: Parental Strategies (1.5 CEs)
Moe Gelbart, PhD
Supported by: Thelma McMillen Center

Level of Instruction: Intermediate/Advanced
After describing adolescent brain development, and the relation to experimentation with drug use, practical strategies will be offered for clinicians working with children and parents. Issues of social pressures, social media influences, and clear guidelines for the counselor to assist parents will be presented. Data regarding alcohol and drug use among teens, and latest trends in use will be presented.


Saturday Sober Living Workshop 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM


340. Legal Landscape: Regulations, Revenue and Relationships (1.5 NAADAC Credit Only)
Eva Hibnick
Anelia Shaheed, Esq
Zachary Brown
Dave Sheridan
Supported by: C4 Events & One Step

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate
The regulatory landscape is constantly changing. Local governments are imposing restrictions on what sober livings need to do to continue to operate. The panel will be discussing: certification of recovery residences; fair housing and zoning, patient brokering and marketing. Hear from some of the experts in the field about what is currently happening on the regulatory front, so you can make sure to stay ahead of upcoming regulations.


Saturday Luncheon 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM


350. The Role of Spirituality in Promoting Recovery (1 CEs)
Michael McGee, MD
Supported by: The Haven at Pismo

Level of Instruction: All
A professional language is now evolving for addressing spiritual issue relevant to recovery in faith-neutral and faith-friendly ways. This keynote will briefly describe current clinical models of spirituality, review the evidence indicating efficacy of spiritually-oriented interventions in promoting recovery, and describe clinically-responsible and sensitive ways of introducing spiritually-informed interventions into treatment to optimized outcomes.


Saturday Early Afternoon Workshops 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


351. The Assessment Continuum: Screening to Treatment Evaluation (1.5 CEs)
Norman Hoffmann, PhD
Supported by: C4 Recovery Foundation

Level of Instruction: All
This workshop will cover the key aspects and distinctions among the tasks of screening, diagnostic determinations, treatment planning/monitoring, and evaluation of program results. There is frequently confusion as to the distinction between screening and diagnosing relative to treatment planning. We will discuss the desirable characteristics of instruments for each task and critique a variety of available instruments so that attendees will be able to make enlightened choices in the use of available instruments. This will include instruments for substantiating that a program is evidence-based by documenting the level of positive results for the population served. A discussion of how the pattern of positive diagnostic findings of DSM-5 criteria and initial consideration of key ASAM constructs will influence initial treatment goals and placement indications will be concluded. Where available, empirical evidence will be provided for assessment practices.


352. The Role of Parents in Young Adults Sustaining Recovery (1.5 CEs)
Diana Clark, JD, MA
Supported by: Turnbridge

Level of Instruction: All
While technically of adult years, many young adults who struggle with Substance Use Disorders and other co-occurring disorders lack the tools and capacity to cope with the demands of recovery and other life challenges. As a result, parents often fill in the gaps of their young adults’ functioning and unwittingly promote continued dysfunction and regression. This session discusses how to engage parents in the treatment and recovery process and the relevant information and support they need to stop “over-functioning” and instead, focus on family recovery. Through the use of a PowerPoint presentation, case studies and worksheets, presenters lead the group to understand the importance of family involvement and the methods to successfully engage parents in the recovery process.


353. Attachment Based Experiential Group Psychotherapy (1.5 CEs)
Leon Larimer, PhD
Supported by: Beacon House

Level of Instruction: Intermediate/Advanced
Phenomenologically, addictive disease can be understood as an attempt at emotional self-regulation. Group psychotherapy has traditionally been the modality of choice in the intensive treatment of addictive disease. Group treatment provides a unique opportunity to experience how one’s behavior impacts both others as well as the core emotional self. Group process often activates internal schema that mirror early attachment experiences. By providing a secure emotional base, group therapy can offer an opportunity to appreciate and powerfully transform affect-based patterns of relating that often undermine a patient’s ability to successfully engage ongoing recovery.


354. Addressing Spiritual, Cultural, and Religious Concerns in Clinical Practice
Jack Abel, MDiv, MBA
Shannon Savage-Howie, MA
Supported by: Urban Recovery NYC & Spiritual Care Addiction Treatment Professionals

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Spirituality, while acknowledged as important by many, also can be challenging for clinicians to incorporate in assessment and treatment planning. What questions does one ask? What pitfalls present themselves? How does one respond to various presentations – for example, closed, angry, dogmatic, or open? This practice-oriented workshop will utilize specific case studies and a round-table small-group approach to explore challenges and best practices. Specific resources and methods, including the Cultural Formulation Inventory of the DSM, various spirituality assessment instruments including the Fetzer and ASPIRES, and specific techniques within Motivational Interviewing are paired with practical elements that draw from ritual studies, mindfulness, 12-step recovery, and diverse spiritual traditions in order to best meet patient and family needs on an individual basis.


Saturday Sober Living Workshop 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM


360. The Benefits of Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Coaching (1.5 NAADAC Credit Only)
Eva Hibnick
Supported by: C4 Events & One Step

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate
Everyone is becoming a peer support specialist or recovery coach these days. Even Medicaid is starting to reimburse for peer support. But what exactly does a recovery coach do? How can you get trained or incorporate recovery coaching into your program? Is it effective?


Afternoon Break in the Exhibit Hall 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM


Saturday Late Afternoon Workshops 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM


375. Change In Action (1.5 CEs)
Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH
Supported by: “Is Your Story Making You Sick?” – A Lojong Productions Film

Level of Instruction: All
The documentary film “Is Your Story Making You Sick?” chronicles eight people from all walks of life as they bravely confront their stories and work through a variety of stress-related illnesses including depression, anxiety, addictions, and PTSD. Like all people, these courageous participants carry the imprint of their past within their body-mind system. That imprint is their story. It determines their emotions and can even make them sick. Using a variety psychotherapeutic modalities including ethics-based mindfulness, meditation, somatic experiencing, shamanic practices, shadow and dream work, and more, facilitators guide the group to higher perspectives, a new story, change and healing. Expert interviews of Dr. Gabor Maté, Dr. Dan Siegel, Ellen Langer PhD, Carl Hart PhD, Bruce Lipton PhD, Dr. Lissa Rankin, Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson, Eric Garland PhD, and others, inject credible science into the narrative. Learn from the film’s program directors, Dr. Mark Pirtle and Dr. Ann Marie Chiasson. Take home an evidence-based framework for narrative medicine you can immediately use with your clients.


376. CBT and Relapse Prevention (1.5 CEs)
Supported by: Bob Tyler Recovery Services

Level of Instruction: All
The craving cycle happens to nearly all alcoholics and addicts in recovery and typically precedes relapse. These two facts should inform counselors that learning to proactively avoid the craving cycle is preferable to waiting for the craving to surface and trying to effectively intervene before relapse occurs. This lecture utilizes CBT principles in educating participants on how clients can avoid the craving cycle and, thus, minimize relapse potential. While most counselors can aid clients in identifying their relapse triggers, many do not adequately explain the mechanism by which an event becomes a trigger. Consequently, the only way for a client to deal with triggers is to learn and practice avoiding them. Given that alcohol and drugs permeate our society, this is a strategy doomed to failure. Knowing what makes a trigger a trigger enables clients to engage in a systematic trigger recovery process which is pivotal for effective relapse prevention.


377. Brainspotting and Addiction: Regulating the Nervous System toward Sustainable Sobriety (1.5 CEs)
Maria Gray, MA, MEd., LMFT, NMP, CGP
Claudia Lewis, LMFT
Andrew Susskind, LCSW, SEP, CGP

Level of Instruction: All
Historically, psychotherapy has focused on the client’s internal world with a strong emphasis on feelings and thoughts. Talk therapy engages the neocortex-our thinking, conscious brain-while Brainspotting accesses the subcortical system where trauma and distress are often stored. Addictions and trauma are deeply connected, and Brainspotting offers a highly effective healing tool to those who are suffering. Current research in neuroscience reveals that painful memories get stuck in the non-verbal, non-cognitive subcortical brain which diminishes our ability to live fully in the here and now. As a result, some people suffer from issues such as anxiety, depression as well as compulsive and addictive behaviors. During this workshop, you will learn what Brainspotting really is and how it can help your clients process unresolved trauma, supporting long-term addiction recovery and overall well-being.


378. Using Patient-Reported Outcome Measures to Improve Your Results & Bottom Line (1.5 CEs)
Joanna Conti, BS, MS
Supported by: Vista Research Group, Inc.

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate
Using patient-reported data to inform clinical care helps patients get better faster. In fact, research findings are so strong that the Joint Commission has required all accredited behavioral health organizations to start using patient-reported outcomes measures by January 2018. We’ll explain why it works so well, share real-world stories of how it has helped counselors provide better treatment to their patients, discuss implementation options, and demonstrate how to use your results to improve your program’s profitability.


Saturday Sober Living Workshop 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM


380. MAT in a Sober Living Setting (1.5 NAADAC Credit Only)
Eva Hibnick
Supported by: C4 Events & One Step

Level of Instruction: Introductory/Intermediate
Learn more about what is happening in the world of medically assisted treatment. Hear from doctors and other leaders in the industry tell you more about MAT so that you can determine whether offering housing to MAT clients is right for your house.


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7:00 a.m. Open 12 Step Meeting
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
8:00 a.m. Registration opens


Sunday Morning Plenary 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM


400. Preventing Suicide in Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders (1.5 CEs)
David Sack, MD
Supported by: Elements Behavioral Health

Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Suicide is a leading cause of death among those with substance use disorders. A substance use disorder; and a co-occurring psychiatric diagnosis each contribute to the risk of suicide; and their interaction complicates treatment and worsens clinical outcome. The course reviews our current knowledge about the causal relationships between primary psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders and reviews key factors that influence suicide risk in depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. We will focus on specific treatment approaches that therapists and counselors can take to reduce the risk of suicide in this population.


Morning Break in the Exhibit Hall 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM


Sunday Closing Plenary 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM


450. Three Approaches to Recovery Counseling: Attachment Therapy, Gestalt Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (1.5 CEs)
Allen Berger, PhD
John Herdman, PhD, LADC
Leon Larimer, PhD
Supported by: The Institute for Optimal Recovery and Emotional Sobriety, Parallels & Beacon House

Level of Instruction: Intermediate/Advanced
Psychotherapy has been found to be extremely effective in helping clients explore new possibilities and resolve ongoing problems. There are more systems of psychotherapy than ever before. Much can be learned from each system of therapy. This unique workshop provides an opportunity to observe the work of three seasoned clinicians as they work with three different volunteers from the audience. Learning through observing clinical demonstrations has been proven to be a very effective way to increase one’s clinical acumen and skills.


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