(Revised as of Sept. 11, 2019)


ARISE Model for Adolescents & Young Adults with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues
Youth substance abuse is correlated with increased likelihood of long-term addiction and mental health issues. Targeting this high-risk population is therefore crucial for addiction prevention.  This workshop focuses on working effectively with this population and their unique needs, complicating mental health issues, and the need for intensive family involvement.  Participants will understand the impact of addiction on the immature brain, prevalence of learning disability, gaming addiction, eating disorders, and depression in this population, learn common parenting pitfalls and understand how mental health issues complicate the picture that must be confronted simultaneously along with intensive family involvement in order to improve long-term outcome.  

Why Are Families Relevant to Addiction.  A Deeper Look at Origin, Treatment & Prevention

Youth experience major behavioral health challenges. Attachment to family and culture of origin correlate with reduced risk-taking behaviors, stress, and trauma. Evidence-Based Transitional Family Therapy studies, clinical vignettes and practical techniques will illustrate the benefits of building positive attachment by targeting individuals, families and communities as the focus of change.  Participants will understand the current challenges youth face today, understand how family and culture of origin correlate with reduced risk-taking behaviors and other chronic and/or life-threatening illnesses, and learn practical methods of mapping, assessment, and intervention—paying attention to health, spirituality, culture and life cycle stage.



Art Therapy Interventions for Addiction and Recovery

This experiential workshop will fill up a therapeutic toolbox with new and unique art interventions that will address addictive behavior and enhance success of recovery.  These evidence-based treatments will help clients learn to tolerate frustration, and sit with uncomfortable feelings, without the immediate need to self-medicate.  Discover how combining art therapy with CBT, positive psychology and mindfulness helps to delay immediate gratification, look at the world differently, process fears, accept imperfection and let go of past anger and hurt.  Case studies, art experientials, demonstrations and interactive discussions will be utilized in this cutting-edge seminar to help clients look at how external influences affect them, and set aside ego-based reactions and replace those with thoughtful responses.  The powerful art interventions taught in this seminar will help clients transform their emotional response to past trauma, problem solve, change their perspective, and move toward a place of sobriety, acceptance and gratitude. Participants will be introduced to more than a dozen art techniques that will enhance the treatment of people with addictions, acquire skills and understand how to effectively combine art and traditional talk therapy in both group and individual counseling sessions, examine how art techniques can help clients learn to tolerate frustration, sit with uncomfortable feelings and stop cravings, experience how art can provide a sense of calm, mindfulness and gratitude for life, build new skills to combat negative self talk to push through fears and anxiety, instead of turning to self-destructive behavior, combine art interventions with classic CBT skills and change the thought process to transform the lives of clients.


Trauma-Informed Supervision

This presentation will focus on the principle of Trauma Informed Care as applied to the practice of clinical supervision in the mental health professions, including mental health counselors, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists and clinical/counseling psychologists.  Agencies serving client populations may require unique supervision supports and TiC can serve as a template for supervision in such settings.  Participants will learn evidence-based principle of clinical supervision of counseling services with clients presenting with PTSD or less severe forms of trauma reactions, they will learn principles of clinical supervision that can reduce the impact of vicarious traumatic stress on clinical providers working with such clients.  This, in turn, helps maintain or improve the quality of clinical services being delivered.  Participants will learn principles of system or agency-wide supports for clinicians serving traumatized client populations.  The importance of supervisors engaging in advocacy on behalf of both clients and clinical providers in settings in which trauma exposure and symptoms are present is stressed.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is one of the most validated forms of psychotherapeutic intervention for childhood PTSD after exposure to traumatic experiences. The workshop will provide an overview, not full skills training.  The content will include a review of the phases of TF-CBT treatment, specific techniques utilized within each phase, and the research evidence for its efficacy. The presentation will also review steps necessary to pursue formal certification in this model of treatment.  Participants will learn about the basics of what research has to say about the nature of traumatic exposure and traumatic stress symptons in children, learn the principles for specific phases of TF-CBT, learn specific tactics used within each phase to promote recovery and learn about the scientific basis of the efficacy of TF-CBT.



Best Practices: Understanding Why and How to Assess and Treat Co-occurring Disorders:  Sex and Drugs

Human sexuality, intimacy and romance are among the most profoundly meaningful and driving forces in all our lives. Whether considering communal, family and friendship focused intimacies or romantic sexual encounters, nothing is more predictive about the overall success of our physical and emotional lives than the success of our relationships. And yet, when clients come into addition and mental health treatment, how often do our clinical assessments, questions and even the framing of clinical disorders, tend to avoid asking about the sex itself? Why is it that mental health and addiction professionals often have (for example) no problem openly discussing a patient’s childhood sexual trauma, but seem less comfortable exploring similar issues related to their adult sexuality and intimate relationships?  This goal of this talk is to examine how we can improve overall clinical care and clinical outcomes by clearly and openly assessing for sexual ‘issues’ at the start of any treatment, especially if we wish to reduce recidivism among drug addicts and other emotionally challenged populations. If we are more purposeful and adept and assessing for sexual issues in treatment, doesn’t that imply we will be better able to capture potential situations where our clients will relapse (in various forms) related to sex?  Attendees will be able to differentiate healthy sexuality from pathological sexuality.  Attendees will learn the differences between gender expression and gender identity.  Attendees will gain a knowledge of basic assessment for sexual addiction including three useful questions to add to current assessments.

Out of the Doghouse:  A Relationship Guide for Men Caught Cheating

What is cheating today in this age of webcams, online porn and “adult friend finder apps”? Is porn cheating?  How about chatting with exes on facebook? “Out of the Doghouse” is designed to help attendees gain insight into the behavior and internal experience of relationship infidelity –for both ‘cheater’ and spouse. Today, clinicians and hurting couples need new language and revised skillsets to get beyond 20th century, “analog-understandings” of cheating” to actively help such couples rebuild relationship trust. Sadly, those who repeatedly betray their deepest relationship commitments (online and in-person) are often both intimacy- and empathy-challenged, lacking the mature concrete insight and the related skills needed to help revitalize a wounded relationship. This talk examines these issues from the perspective of a female spouse, dealing with a male cheater. This talk provides a reset for professionals working cheating and infidelity on a regular basis with a nod to the digital world. By redefining ‘cheating’, we can help couples find the empathy, honesty and lasting behavior change required to grow relationship intimacy, tools especially important, “after the affair” when anger and emotional instability tend to rule the roost.  Attendees will identify 5 signs of “betrayal trauma”, will be offered a new definition for “infidelity” given todays’ digitally driven sexual opportunities (porn, apps, online hook-ups, etc) and will be able to identify and explain a focused model toward treating relationship betrayal.