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This workshop will include the following Curriculum / Learning Goals:
Day 1 – Taking a look at the family motivation that enables chemical dependency. Identify what the self-defeating cycle is that the family needs to break out of. We will take a fresh look at what chemical dependency is, and how it will help the family to evaluate what the difference is between enabling and real support. We will also address how to help the family work through guilt & discuss what therapeutic interventions look like.
Day 2 – Building from day one, we will look at how family members change in their attempts to change the chemically dependent loved one & address how to help the family work through anger.
Day 3 – In the light of the information from the previous two days, we will grapple with the end goal: How to move through towards detachment with love & what does it look like in practice?
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There many ways that our 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 One way is to become withdrawn which might lead to depression.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. This class will help the counselor to work with the client to deal with their anger. It will help 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 interactive workshop will explore the history of ethics in the chemical dependency treatment field in terms of the influences that currently affect counselors, patients, and agencies. Participants will learn a model they can use to address common ethical dilemmas, and discuss effective strategies to prevent these from happening.
This workshop will explore how a foundation for sobriety, relapse prevention, and wellbeing is nurtured through daily practices of self-care. Drawing from a variety of perspectives, we will view the whole picture of what physically creates and maintains substance addictions. Within our focus on food, you will get clear on how what we eat relates to anxiety, depression, and anger, emotions that underlie using or having difficulty abstaining from one’s drug of choice. We will discuss overeating, anorexia, and under-nutrition, and the corresponding links to cell starvation, obesity, and diabetes. There will be education on the most crucial, affordable, and bioavailable supplements to balance the brain and body, and when to implement herbal medicine and aromatherapy. Our cycle for sleep will be examined for what helps to get to sleep, stay asleep, wake refreshed, and how to find time to rest. Using symbolism from nature, we will list foods, supplements, and a daily routine that nourishes the body from the roots, to the trunk, and finally to the branches of neurons and dendrites, learning how Chronobiology enhances digestion. You will assess your Ayurvedic air-fire-earth body type and understand how foods disrupt or balance your type. It is essential to include care of the body and brain to move from “white knuckling” to a solid program of healing. When the needs of the body are met, we choose sobriety over addictive substances. We grow new, healthier brain cells and a structure for living in well-briety.
The foundation of this session is the research conducted with family members of alcoholics by DeAnne in 2013. The goal of the study was to identify overall patterns in communication used by the alcoholic to family members, and help the family to break the pattern of complying to the request of the alcoholic. The family members were asked to reflect on the experience, his/her perception of the overall relationship, and the demonstration of "tough love" used in the relationship. This session will take the research conducted and apply it to the counseling setting. The workshop will address family enabling the alcoholic , the stigma associated with family alcoholism, family roles and rules, and tough love through the perspective of an AODA Counselor and a Researcher. The intent of the workshop is to provide the tools and knowledge for participants to assist the family of alcoholics to understand the harm of enabling and supply tools to effectively provide the help he/she needs. We will use interactive exercises, discussions, and lecture for this workshop.
This is a solution to allow Problem Solving Court Teams to work together, and to better manage data and information. Presenters will discuss how they have adapted the endless capabilities of a simple program to improve reporting incidents and issues, promote better collaboration among team members and other stakeholders. All areas of any Problem Solving Courts will integrate well when implementing the existing tools used in this program. The infinite possibilities of the program simplify the manner in which individuals find and share essential information, thus enabling better informed decisions, eliminating the necessity of duplication of team members’ efforts. The program is easy to use due to its complete synchronization with familiar tools – Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. It provides an ability to build a collective web site, which would be specific to each Problem Solving Team or organization based on their needs. Technical skills required are minimal. Areas that will be addressed include: centralizing and managing information, access to any problem solving document, putting together the staffing report, tracking client’s drug tests, medication sanctions, employment and many more reports. Think of it as a Data ambulance that could save you and your team.
The Impaired Professional mini workshop will address:
This workshop will review pending, and future, opportunities to strengthen and expand rural behavioral health access, capacity and outcomes. It will also highlight steps taken to create a national "rural behavioral health voice" to influence federal and state policy makers.
For those who have signed up for Track 8-Treatment for Compulsive Gambling: Phase II 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 II training sponsored by the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. This specific special topic is only necessary if working toward the Wisconsin Council Certification.
What started in different parts of the world in the use of plants for increased energy or wakefulness has evolved into the development of highly potent and highly addictive medications. This presentation will discuss plant derived stimulants such as cocaine and also explore synthetics such as methamphetamine (and other amphetamines) and MDMA as well as newer compounds such as the “bath salts.”
Participants in the this presentation will benefit by:
Given the advancement in and growing use of communications technology, the use of "Apps" have become not only commonplace but very effective. This presentation will review and demonstrate the use of Apps which assist in education and the delivery of evidence based therapies. The use of Apps specifically for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for mood and depression and PTSD Coach, Prolonged Exposure Coach, CBT-Insomnia Coach, Tactical Breathing, and the use of 3-D Brain will be reviewed.
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.
Whether defined as an intentional act of simplifying one’s lifestyle or simply stated as a means of de-cluttering one’s home, mind, and connections, Voluntary Simplicity is a way of life that encourages individuals to let go of unnecessary, unused, and unneeded thoughts, beliefs, feelings, practices, and “stuff” which adds to the clutter of our daily lives. Voluntary Simplicity is a lifestyle practice which involves creating limits, adhering to boundaries, and developing healthy expectations about everything which fills our lives (sometimes to the point of overload and exhaustion). Maintaining a lifestyle based in intentional choices leads to freedom, contentment, and a stronger sense of peacefulness no matter how complicated your caseload, no matter how many hours you work in a week, and no matter how many obligations you juggle. Participants will learn the benefits of a lifestyle based in the roots of deliberate clarity and thoughtful choices.
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.
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.
Research indicates that 54% to 66% of couples who present with substance use disorders experienced one or more episodes of partner violence in the previous year. The majority of these couples are never screened for IPV. Recent studies indicate that there is not one but four distinct categories and the majority of these couples report non-severe partner aggression. All partner aggression presents a risk factor which demands appropriate evaluation and clinical interventions.. Review of the evidence based research and assessment and treatment applications are addressed in this presentation.
Weighing a mere three pounds, the brain is an intricate factory of active neurons which both send and receive messages from various neurotransmitters such as acetylcholine, dopamine, and serotonin. Broken down into simple concepts, this class will enhance the participants understanding of addiction as it relates to the complexities of the brain, the effect of neuroadaptation (tolerance), and the bio-psycho-social-cultural influences of substance use disorders. The purpose of this special topic is twofold. First, participants will learn how psychoactive drugs (chemicals that change our perceptions and moods) affect the neurological components of the brain. Second, the learning objectives discussed in this workshop will assist participants in teaching addiction concepts to their consumers, colleagues, friends, and family.
The Internet has opened the door to the unscrupulous and successful marketing of products that contain substances that when ingested, mimic the effects of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and LSD. This presentation traces the history of synthetic drugs, describes the newest substances on the market and their physiologic and psychological effects, and discusses efforts aimed at curbing their sale and use.
Participants will be able to:
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.
Description: This workshop focuses on discussion of accessing appropriate level of treatment services for adolescents struggling with substance use disorders.
Content includes describing the need to match adolescent clients with the appropriate level of treatment services. Discussion on the ethics, best practice, and the effect of optimal patient placement and treatment outcomes. The instructional format of this workshop includes: interactive lecture focused discussion, PowerPoint presentation and asks for participant engagement.
Topics of discussion will be:
The most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) was released in May of 2013. Change is evident throughout the volume and especially so in addiction medicine and conditions that many consider and treat as addictions. Two striking examples are the elimination of the categories of abuse and dependence and the movement of pathological gambling to the addictions section and its renaming to “gambling disorder.”
Participants in this presentation will benefit by:
Traditionally, couples therapy has not been considered a modality for treating substance use disorders. This workshop will present the use of Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance Use Disorders. This evidence based couples therapy focuses on the present, supporting and rewarding abstinence, repairing the relationship, daily accountability, and developing and improving communication skills, problem solving, and conflict resolution. Couples are assisted with resuming positive activities that include recognizing positive behaviors in each other, engaging in rewarding activities, and weekly caring days. With improved communication skills, intimate personal violence also shows a significant decrease. IPV is initially assessed and re-assessed on a weekly basis. BCT is compatible with 12 step programs and involvement with SUD therapies. Let me know if this is meets your needs.
All individuals are unique and have special needs, goals, health attitudes and behaviors and expectations for recovery. Management of their own lives and mastery of their own futures will require different pathways at times. Peer Support is self-directed—what the person in recovery wants and can accomplish; not what the peer imparts to that person. Peer-Based Recovery Support is intended to enhance NOT duplicate, replace, or compete with valuable services already available in a community. Peer-Based Recovery Support Services help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduces the likelihood of relapse. The services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment.
This session will examine technology’s role in treatment and recovery support and show examples of leading-edge applications across the continuum. Research suggests that programs that adapt to the specific needs and recovery status of patients are effective in preventing relapse. This session will focus on the benefits of integrating traditional treatment services and continuing care with online tools and resources. Examples of this integration will be presented along with initial data relating the efficacy of this approach.
This class will examine the daily stressors affecting the work of professional helpers who, as a result of caring for clients struggling with trauma, addiction, unemployment, homelessness, incarceration, and/or mental illness, often times ignore the importance of self-care and boundary-development. Participants will define burnout as it relates to professional helpers (i.e., clinicians, case managers, social workers, program coordinators, physicians, etc.) In addition, participants will discuss the distressing effects of bullying in the workplace. Lastly, participants will learn the importance of establishing solid boundaries in order to prevent the build-up of burnout symptomology as a means of improving relationships with difficult clients, consumers, and colleagues.
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.
Like A Child, I'm Always Learning
John McAndrew. Singer, Storyteller, Observer of LifeHis performance, storytelling, and videos, make for an incredible evening. He takes us on a Spiritual and Musical Journey, talking and singing about his experiences in this life. From the Darkness to the Light…It is about Healing, Recovery, Transformation, and finding Love. Then he sprinkles in some humor, a little jazz, and a little blues. John's honest emotions leave the audience exhilarated. His life and his music connect all of us. He will have you laughing, crying, stomping your feet and clapping your hands.
"Recovery is not just learned through words.
Opioid Overdose—an American Epidemic
Kirk Moberg, MD, PhD, FACPE, Peoria, IllinoisDrug overdose has exceeded a rate of 38,000 per year which has now surpassed the number of motor vehicle accidents and is the number one causes of accidental death in the United States. This has resulted in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) labeling it an epidemic. What is both interesting and frightening is that prescription opioids are the primary reason for this increase. Prescription overdoses now outnumber those for heroin and cocaine combined. This is not surprising given the marked increase in opioids prescribed for pain the last 10 years and considering the disease burden of addiction (15.9% when including nicotine).
An effective intervention that is taking hold in various parts of the country to reduce the number of deaths is naloxone distribution programs. Naloxone is an effective opioid antagonist. It is considered the standard of care in the medical profession to address serious opioid overdoses. Naloxone distribution programs are designed to make naloxone available to lay people who are much more likely to be present when an overdose occurs.
Participants in this presentation will benefit by
1. Being exposed to the magnitude of the problem of opioid overdose throughout the country.
2. An understanding of the mechanics of a naloxone distribution program.
3. Being familiar with the current state of the literature with regards to these programs.
TUESDAY: Speaker 1
Pam Hyde, Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
TUESDAY: Speaker 2
Changing the American Landscape: Heroin and Opioid Abuse
Carol Falkowski, Drug Abuse Dialogues, St. Paul, Minnesota
Addiction to heroin and other prescription opioids is changing the landscape of rural America. This fast-paced presentation, based on the most current data and information from multiple sources, will describe the nature and extent of prescription opioid abuse, its relationship with the growing heroin problem, emerging populations at risk and addiction treatment service delivery challenges. In addition, it will present an overview the recent strategic efforts of various governmental and professional groups to help address these issues. Unlike other drug abuse trends of the past, the resolution of the prescription opioid crisis must include an examination of current medical practice and educational training.
Lt. Colonel (ret.) Cynthia Rasmussen, RN, MSN, CANP, Minneapolis Minnesota
Are You Winning or Losing the Battle vs. Alcohol/Drug Abuse
Larry VanDusen, (Ret.) Football Coach