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John McAndrew, LADAC I, Recovery Music Specialist

“Music & the Brain in Recovery"    


Recent studies show us that music can reach the parts of the brain that are linked to addiction and can function as an integral part of recovery. This experiential session demonstrates how music and music therapy can be applied in a variety of treatment settings to bring about therapeutic change.

Be part of an event that creates thoughtfulness, joy, and celebration of Recovery from Substance Abuse, Alcohol, and Mental Illness. John will perform several of his own compositions to describe the events in Recovery that make a difference to individuals in Recovery. Attendees will also participate in a sing-along.

Experience the difference music makes in a recovering person's Journey. Attendees will be able to take these demonstrations/examples to their clients.

Eric Schmidt, MSSW, LCSW, MBA

“Integrating DBT Skills Into Individual Psychotherapy: Parts 1-3    

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the integration of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) skills into their individual psychotherapy practice. It includes introductions to the four categories of DBT Skills: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotional Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants learn strategies for helping clients acquire, individualize, and generalize the DBT skills.  They will learn specific skills in each skill category through instruction, demonstration, and participation in ‘hands-on’ experiences.

Merrill Norton, Pharm.D., D.Ph., CMAC

“What are Gas Station Drugs, Their Dangerous Impacts, and Recovery Mechanisms from their Devastating Effects"       

"Delta-8 THC and Counterfeit Drugs"

“Gas Station Drugs” are prescription and non-prescription drugs of abuse commonly sold at gas stations, convenience stores, or on the Internet. Most are sold without regulations regarding their production or distribution. This presentation will discuss the current list of various herbal and pharmaceutical products, including counterfeit drugs, phenibut, tianeptine, kratom, ketamine, delta 8, delta 10, Imodium, and others known as “gas station drugs“ and their pharmacological profiles to include their dangerous adverse drug effects.

Tres Stefurak, Ph.D. and Danny McCarty, Ph.D.

“Adlerian Approaches to Facilitating Addictions Recovery”    

Before the birth of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the theory of Individual Psychology (i.e., Adlerian therapy) had already given useful advice about addiction and its treatment. In some ways the theory foresaw certain key elements of recovery found in AA; in other ways, the theory seems to contradict AA. The theory of Individual Psychology provides a guide to recovery that, in many ways, has been validated by both the real-life experience of many people who have recovered from addiction and by research that unwittingly corresponds to key Adlerian concepts. We intend to discuss what Adler, and what Individual Psychologists who came after him, believed about addiction and recovery. After this presentation, you will have an additional theoretical guide for your work with addicts.

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