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Don Coyhis is a member of the Mohican Nation from the Stockbridge Munsee Reservation in Wisconsin.He is the founder of White Bison, Inc., an American Indian 501c(3) non-profit corporation, founded in 1988 and dedicated to developing culturally relevant treatment, prevention and recovery materials to support the Wellbriety Movement. The Wellbriety Movement is an effort to create the opportunity for individuals, families, communities and nations to live sober and balanced lives — healthy lives that are balanced emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.
Ron Manderscheid, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director of the National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors. The Association represents county and local authorities in Washington, D.C., and provides a national program of technical assistance and support. Concurrently, he is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Mental Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, and President of ACMHA—The College for Behavioral Health Leadership. Dr. Manderscheid serves on the boards of the Employee Assistance Research Foundation, the Danya Institute, the FrameWorks Institute, the Council on Quality and Leadership, the International Credentialing and Reciprocity Consortium, and the National Research Institute. He also serves as the Co-Chair of the Coalition for Whole Health. Previously, he served as the Director of Mental Health and Substance Use Programs at the Global Health Sector of SRA International and in several federal leadership roles in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Throughout his career, he has emphasized and promoted peer and family concerns.
During the Clinton National Health Care Reform debate, Dr. Manderscheid served as Senior Policy Advisor on National Health Care Reform in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. At that time, Dr. Manderscheid was also a member of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Work Group of the President's Task Force on Health Care Reform. He has continued this work in support of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010.
Dr. Manderscheid received a B.A. degree (with highest honors) in Sociology from Loras College; a M.A. degree in Sociology-Anthropology from Marquette University; and a Ph.D. in Sociology, with a specialization in Social Psychology and Statistics from the University of Maryland. He is also a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.
C. C. Nuckols
C. C. NuckolsDr. Cardwell C. Nuckols is described as "one of the most influential clinical and spiritual teachers in North America." Dr. Nuckols' passion and mission is to assist in the integration of emerging scientific research with traditional spiritual and self-help knowledge. From this integration comes knowledge and technique helpful to those who wish to enhance their personal spiritual consciousness.
Dr. Nuckols' formal educational background is diverse. He has undertaken formal studies in the areas of pharmacology, neurobiology, education and psychology, as well as, a personal interest in the area of nonlinear physics. His personal spiritual path has involved studies into various spiritual traditions including Buddhism, Hinduism and predominately early Christian contemplative practice. By the grace of God, in 2007, he achieved the very rare spiritual state of personal enlightenment.
Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 50 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 38 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 17 audiotape series.
Dick Kessler has been nationally known in the addiction recovery and treatment arena for forty years. In 1969, Mr. Kessler was a roughneck in the oil-field having worked for eight drilling companies in as many weeks. He was a hopeless alcoholic on the brink of divorce, devastation and death. He was 29 years old and near death when he was hospitalized for the last time and began his recovery. He now celebrates almost 40 years of sobriety.
Mr. Kessler states, “When I got sober there were no treatment centers that I knew of and certainly no help for people like me. I did not really know what was wrong with me or what I should do. When I got sober, I made a commitment that people deserved help, they had to know how to get help and help had to be available. I made it my life’s mission to make sure when people needed help they would know where to go and what to do to get better.”
is a pioneer in the addiction treatment field. In 1971, he opened one of
the first privately operated treatment centers. His accomplishments
include director of the Mile Hi Council on Alcoholism; Vice President of
Operations for Recovery Centers where he opened and directed operations
for over 50 inpatient alcohol and drug treatment centers around the
country; Chief Executive Officer of New Beginnings at Waverly, Waverly,
MN; past president of the National Alcoholism Professionals Society;
currently serves as the president of the Alcohol and Drug Problems
Association of America; taught at the University of Utah School on
Alcohol and Drug Studies for over 20 years and currently teaches at the
National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse at the University of
Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin.
The Scaife Family Foundation Medical Scholars Track includes the following:
This beginning drug court track will teach practitioners the fundamentals of planning and implementing a drug court. This track will:
This advanced track is for rural drug court practitioners and will focus on the unique operational issues and problems faced by rural drug court programs. It is designed for practitioners with experience in operating or working in a drug court. Those who do not have experience should enroll in Track 4. This track will focus on solving problems that arise in drug courts through the use of video vignettes, which will be discussed and role-played. Topics discussed will include issues relating to the following:
Neurobiology and neuropsychology are teaching us more and more about addiction. This understanding is revealing new aids for recovery, as well as, confirming traditional approaches.
This skills building seminar will give participants "state of the art" understanding of addiction and how this understanding shapes an evidence-based approach to clinical care. This is an advanced skill training presentation integrating psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, wellness and spiritual approaches to recovery. The goal is to give patients the best possible tools for successful personal recovery.
The participant can expect to learn:
An exploration and definition of trauma and PTSD, assessment guides and treatment approaches. Assessment and treatment approaches have evolved exponentially during the past few years and this workshop intends to present advances in all aspect of trauma and PTSD, addiction and co-occurring disorders. This course is specifically designed for clinicians who have limited financial resources and desire to increase their knowledge base and approaches for their clients presenting with PTSD-trauma and addictions.
Trauma, physical or sexual abuse, abandonment, a history of disapproval at being happy or excited, a feeling of being unwanted. Narrowly focusing on work or being unused to active rest. Each of these experiences, and more, generate "intolerable" feelings that lead to our first addiction: Control. We follow that with rejection, losing touch with our real self and the world. Next is desynchronization, being out of step with oneself and the environment. Then there are further intolerable experiences. This spiral, described by Christine Caldwell in the book Getting Our Bodies Back, encapsulates any addiction.
This track will invite you to embody Caldwell's Body-Centered approach, and engage in activities from Nia, a type of movement therapy. We will explore the four stages of the Addictive Spiral, and contrast them to the four stages of the Moving Cycle. This paradigm reveals the natural progression of how we become addicts. It answers why some people stay addicted, some move into harm reduction, some relapse again and again, some achieve sobriety, and others step into well-briety. This new definition of addiction is useful in explaining conditioned tendencies, depression, anxiety, and personality disorders, as well as what holds us back from experiencing joy, fun, and being fully alive.
You will learn:
Our intent is to shift from brain-based to body-based healing, to transform using breath, sensation, and movement. Exercises are adaptable to your physical and emotional comfort level. Wearing comfortable clothing that offers you range of motion is recommended.
This workshop will introduce basic concepts of solution-focused counseling and describe specific ways to operationalize these principles with substance-abuse clients and families.
Counseling has traditionally provided help through the use of the "medical model," i.e., identifying problems and designing remedies. Solution-oriented counseling focuses on helping clients construct a problem-free lifestyle; in this case, a sober lifestyle.
Prevention is more important than ever; learn about leadership, strategies for change, and basic evidence-based techniques. SAMHSA's guidance will be highlighted along with:
This will include information about:
Don Coyhis will present on generational healing and forgiveness. Florence Ninham will present on women's special issues addressing trauma. She will also present a curriculum on parenting styles, which is a group that she has been certified and trained to facilitate. Blackwolf Jones will present on grieving and the traditional ways of dealing with grief. Ken Ninham will focus on the eight primary principles of the CCISC Model of Dr. Ken Minkoff, examining how the CCISC Model fits into the Native American holistic approaches to treating co-occurring illnesses in native country over several years.
Skills learned in this track will enable participants to assist clients, family and friends in enhancing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Level I and II of Spring Forest Qigong are presented in this track.Ongoing research in quantum physics continues to pilot the way for new approaches for a multitude of health-related areas. Current research evidences new developments in understanding how the brain functions and the significant impact individuals have on their own well-being. Eastern medicine is being integrated into the ever-changing world of health and healing.
To continue in the work of support to addiction victims, increasing one's spiritual energy level enhances the ability to move limitless universal love for healing. One such approach is the field of energy healing or more specifically in this track Spring Forest Qigong. The historical roots of Qigong date back at least 4,000 years to ancient China. The underlying principle, established by Chinese scholars of the period, is that everything in the universe is energy or Qi. In the western scientific tradition, Albert Einstein was the first to establish this principle: "Everything in the universe is comprised of dynamic relationships of energy." Energy cannot be created or destroyed but energy can be transformed.
With proper training, anyone and everyone can learn to utilize Qigong techniques for health and wellness and with continued practice, can learn to assist others in achieving similar results. This institute track will address:
After more than two million men and woman served in Iraq and Afghanistan, military personnel continue to be deployed to these regions and the need for more trained practitioners continues to grow. This track will address the specific issues of service members and veterans who served in combat zones, transitional issues returning to civilian life, and the multidimensional thinking and programing that is demanded of clinicians who provide mental health and AODA services to military members and veterans of all wars. The presenters will share their experiences both from within the military and as clinicians working for the VA. They will discuss the nature of combat today, identify common transitional issues for veterans and their families,and the long term consequences of both PTSD and complex PTSD. Specific issues include military sexual trauma,transgenerational trauma, domestic violence, psychiatric emergencies,suicide, chemical abuse,and crisis intervention strategies. Current research, evidenced based therapies, spiritual issues, program planning and resources, and working within a military culture will be covered. Working with couples, children, and families also is a further area of attention.
This workshop will practically and progressively address family dynamics, the motivation that enables chemical dependence, and how the family can interrupt the cycle. We will take a fresh and challenging look at what chemical dependence is, and how to help the family move from enabling to real support.
Within an interactive process, we will identify behavioral and attitude adjustments family members make in their attempts to change the chemically dependent loved one. Through the clinical application of the principles of radical forgiveness, we will address how to help the family work through anger, guilt and fear, towards healing and wholeness.
We will grapple with the end goal: How to move towards detachment with love and what it looks like in practice.
Which foods create craving, have the “I can’t get enough” effect, and withdrawal symptoms? Sugar and white flour, to name two! Might processed foods a “gateway” to addiction? Will the DSMV give an honest description of Food Addiction?
This workshop will explore the available but often minimized role of diet in the whole picture of addiction, recovery, and sobriety. What we eat impacts anxiety, depression, and anger, all common triggers for relapse. We will discuss “normal” overeating and under-nutrition, and its contribution to the epidemics of obesity and diabetes.
A body and brain ravaged by substance abuse requires greater than average nutrition to fully heal. When the physical needs of the body are met, we choose sobriety over addictive substances. We nurture new, healthier brain cells, and a “renewing of the mind” transformation takes place.
Using symbolism from nature, we will list foods that fuel the body from the roots, to the trunk, and finally to the branches of neurons and dendrites, learning Chronobiology enhances digestion. You will assess your Ayurvedic air-fire-earth body type and understand how foods disrupt or balance your type. Many resources will be offered for improving your own plan of eating and sharing reasons and these “how to change” options with others.
There are many ways that client’s deal with their anger. One way is to become withdrawn which might lead to depression. Another way is for them to explode and harm someone which is explosive anger. This class will help counselors to get ideas on how to work with the clients in dealing with their anger. It will also help to identify certain anger red flags and how the counselor can give the client some ideas on how to work through their anger and successfully talk the client out of explosive anger and into a successful therapy session. This session will also include stress management and conflict resolution
Qigong is a form of Chinese medicine that has been practiced in China for over 5,000 years. Qigong uses mental concentration, breathing techniques and body movements to balance the body’s energy. Blocking of energy channels can lead to illness and disease. There are thousands of forms of Qigong, some clouded in mystery and secrecy. In this workshop, we will focus on Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ); an easy-to-learn form developed by Master Chunyi Lin. SFQ is one of many forms of complementary medicine now being used in hospitals and clinics to enhance patients.
This training experience will focus on relapse treatment and how it complements primary treatment.
Participants will look at the big picture, that is, general principles of relapse treatment – and try out four specific techniques useful with individuals struggling to gain or regain sobriety.
When new Federal laws are passed, does anything really change? This special topic will provide updates and discussion on the implementation of recent health care legislation and implications for Rural Americans and Rural Providers of healthcare and behavioral health care services. This presentation will provide a review of the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of in June 2012. In addition, a review of the impact of Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, (Parity Act) will be provided. The history and importance of Federal legislation to the addictions field will also be reviewed including the Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Act of 1970 signed by President Richard M. Nixon also known as the Hughes Act.
The Hughes Act recognized alcohol abuse and alcoholism as a major public health problem. Forty years later Congress passed the PPACA, informally referred to as Obamacare. Together with the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, it represents the most significant regulatory overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. Adoption of the Parity Act was hailed as a “great civil rights victory” by Mental Health America marking the end of a decade-long struggle to ensure parity for mental illnesses and addiction.
Process Addiction are problematic behaviors, that do not involve addictive drugs, such as gambling, spending, sex, eating, etc. The similarity of these behaviors to "chemical" addictions is becoming much more appreciated as time goes on. Participants in this session will discuss the process addictions focussing on what is known and, just as importantly, what is not known about these disease processes.
The purpose of this workshop is to provide cognitive, motivational tools for drug treatment teams to promote parental education and advocacy. Treatment teams will enhance their knowledge, skills base in the assistance of drug court participants with the identification of 'self' as the primary individual who will model positive behaviors, build healthy supportive family structures and relationships. The expected client results will be; personal accountability of each family member beginning with self. The evidence-based process will be accomplished by the measurement of the following goals and objectives:
This public forum is an opportunity for the state council representatives to gather input from the general public and conference participants for directions on utilization of the Substance Abuse Block Grant funds and programmatic changes
For those who have signed up for Track 11-Treatment for Compulsive Gambling: Phase I and seeking the Wisconsin Council Certification requirements, this special topic is required. This extension was created to provide attendees with the 15 hours of training that is the phase I training sponsored by the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. This specific special topic is only necessary if working toward the Wisconsin Council Certification.
The stress of providing healthcare services has the potential to steadily erode the well-being of the provider. This presentation will examine the stressors that challenge the healthcare provider as well as the consequences to mind, body and spirit that may accrue if coping skills are inadequate. The majority of the presentation will focus on strategies to maintain optimal health. Among those featured will be exercise, nutrition and self-healing using an easy to learn energy-healing technique. While the focus will be on healthcare provider well-being, all techniques and recommendations are also applicable to the clients and patients the professionals serve.
Participants in this session will learn specific strategies to design, market, and implement effective adolescent outpatient treatment services in their communities. Participants will also learn appropriate interventions, different therapeutic approaches with adolescents, and about implementing evidence based practices. Participants will learn about increasing family engagement in the treatment process through the admission process to discharge. Participants will learn techniques to better coordinate care with other providers.
Discussion of issues will include: drug testing, treatment expectations, pitfalls to avoid, and building therapeutic alliance with clients, and families.
Drum Circle Teaching for Sobriety is a self-rewarding tactile activity one can perform either alone or with a group. It is a mode of expression, providing both release from and connection to forces greater than one's self.
The physical practice of yoga has become fashionable with pictures of models in seemingly pretzel-like, cumbersome contortions. The true practice of yoga is an inner journey of connecting breath, body, mind and spirit. We begin this inner journey with a formal breathing exercise. As we calm and center our breath, we move into basic yoga postures, always following our breath as our inner teacher. Participants will be encouraged to recognize the relationship between their physical limitations, their breath and their level of stress.
Addiction Medicine is a field that continues to evolve and progress. Participants in this session will discuss particularly noteworthy developments in the field whether they be so because they are newsworthy or because of their scientific and clinical import.
Session participants will be:
In the past decade, Americans have increased their consumption of oral narcotic analgesics fourfold. This has led to a crisis in healthcare, social welfare, and the criminal justice systems. This presentation will trace the evolution of this epidemic beginning in the 1980’s when physicians were somewhat reluctant to prescribe oral opioids except in situations of true need. In the 1990’s, prescribing attitudes began to change with the introduction of the term “pseudoaddiction”, coined to describe drug-seeking behavior motivated not by an addictive diathesis but rather by an inadequate dose of narcotics. Physicians now were encouraged to freely prescribe these controlled substance, and they did. By the 21st century, Americans were consuming over 80% of the world’s supply of Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. This presentation will examine the interface of science, research, patient care, medical education, and Pharmaceutical marketing where this epidemic gained its footing.
This special topic will examine the use of nontraditional team members such as community members and drug court graduates, and how using such team members can benefit your drug court. We will also look at the ethical issues surrounding the use of nontraditional team members.
This special topic will provide important information, opportunities and resources available on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its impact on rural communities, particularly re-framing treatment around recovery, resiliency, wellness and well-being, using trained peers, and enhancing engagement through e-tools has significantly reduced hospitalization rates within behavioral health.