Track 1: Medical Scholars/Allied Health Professionals Track

Faculty: David Benzer, DO, Fifty Lakes, Minnesota
Kirk Moberg, MD, PhD, Peoria, Illinois

The Scaife Family Foundation Medical Scholars Track includes the following:

  • The neurobiology of addiction
    • How do patients "catch" the disease?
  • Drug Testing
  • Evidence Based Methods
  • Detoxification strategies
  • Current controversies in addiction
    • Is alcohol use in social drinkers healthy?
    • Opioid maintenance – life saving or life sentence?
    • Opioid use for chronic pain

Track 2: Drug Court 101: Basics to Getting Started

Faculty: Paul Parkinson, Attorney, Macon, Missouri

This beginning drug court track will teach practitioners the fundamentals of planning and implementing a drug court. This track will:

  • Examine the history of Drug Courts
  • Examine the 10 Key Components of Drug Courts and how they apply to the establishment and continuation of Drug Courts
  • Examine what is needed to start a Drug Court as well as reviewing sample documents used by a particular Drug Court
  • Review "Best Practices" for successful Drug Court operation
  • Addiction and treatment will be discussed as well as recovery, controlling behavior, data collection and sustainability

Track 3: Rural Drug Courts Advanced- Maintaining and Enhancing Criminal Justice and Treatment Linkage

Faculty: Hon. Glade Roper, Judge, Porterville, California

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:

  • Testing
  • The role of team members
  • Funding and sustainability
  • Lack of treatment resources
  • 12-step fellowships
  • Courtroom demeanor
  • Use of sanctions and rewards to modify behavior
  • Response to continued drug use

CANCELLED-Track 4: Healthcare Legislation and its Impact on Rural Communities

Faculty: Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Directors
Christina Villalobos, Office of Rural Health Policy, Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Sue Bergeson, National VP of Consumer Affairs, Optum Health




Track 5: will not be meeting on the final Thursday. Each day extended 15-20 minutes to account for this:
The Science Of Recovery: An Advanced Clinical Seminar On Addiction And Recovery

Faculty: Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD, Longwood, Florida

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:

  • The neurobiology of the "Seeking System" (also called the reinforcement system) and how it impacts the very nature of the brain disease called addiction
  • How addiction progresses involving different neurobiological and neurotransmitter systems and what this means in regard to treatment.
  • Understand dopamine tone and its utilization in understanding patient history and selection of psychopharmacological treatment.
  • How new research on prefrontal cortical functioning is related to patient relapse.
  • Treatment planning based upon the level of functioning of the prefrontal cortex.

Track 6: Trauma/PTSD and Addictions: Holistic and Traditional Approaches

Faculty: Sam Darcy, MA, CAP, LADAC, CEO, AStoria Pointe & Rosebriar, Astoria, Oregon

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.

Track 7: A New Definition of Addiction: Accessing the Body's Way to Reclaim Wholeness

Faculty:Wendie Williams, LCSW, SAC, Nia Brown Belt Instructor, Merrill, Wisconsin

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:

  • Awareness practices to acknowledge feelings
  • How to Own the power of 100% responsibility
  • Why defenses arise and how boundaries meet our needs
  • The spiritual nature of Acceptance
  • That Action begins with sustaining uncritical and loving attention to ourselves

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.

Track 8: Solution-oriented Counseling in Substance Abuse Treatment

Faculty: Nikola Moyer, MALP, LADC, Center City, Minnesota

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.
Participants will:

  • Learn basic principles of solution-oriented counseling;
  • Try out solution-oriented counseling techniques and discuss applicability with substance-abuse clients at various stages of recovery;
  • Gain awareness of the balance between problem focus and solution focus in client interviews so as not to get stuck in one or the other;
  • Understand practical advantages of solution-oriented counseling for both client and counselor;
  • Gain awareness of client abilities in relation to stage of recovery.


Track 9: Prevention Works in Rural America

Faculty: Dee S. Owens, MPA, Rockville, Maryland
Jeff Bentz, CACS, ICRC, CADC III, Gillett, Wisconsin

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:

  • Coalition and community leadership
  • Environmental strategies advocacy
  • Working with agencies, communities and schools
  • Current strategies for youth prevention, intervention and treatment modalities
  • Resources you can use

CANCELLED-Track 10: Wellness 101 for the Helping Professional

Faculty: Julia M. Persike, MS, CSAC, Lodi, Wisconsin

Track 11: Treatment for Compulsive Gambling: Phase I

Faculty: Doug LaBelle, LCSW, NCGC II, Kenosha, Wisconsin
Paul Mladnick, LMFT, NCGC II, Forest Lake, Minnesota

This will include information about:

  • How to identify  Assessment for Problem Gamblers and DSM  criteria
  • Understanding the progression of compulsive gambling
  • Action Gamblers vs. Escape and Relief Gamblers
  • Financial Management and  getting help for families of Problem Gamblers.
  • Note from the presenters: For those who have signed up for this track and seeking the Wisconsin Council Certification requirements, this track has been extended by 1.5 hours through a special topic session to be held on Monday, June 10. This is to provide you with 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 you are working toward the Wisconsin Council Certification. Please select the Gambling Certification Track Extension, Special Topic 13, if seeking this certification.

Track 12: Traditional and Contemporary Views to Treatment Approaches

Faculty: Ken Ninham, MSE, CADC III, CCS-G, Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin
Florence Ninham, BS, CADC III, CCS-G, Lacdu Flambeau, WI
Don Coyhis, President of White Bison, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Robert "Blackwolf" Jones, MS, Green Bay WI

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.


Track 13: Born a Healer

Faculty: Char Lusher, RN, BSN, Med, Mankato, Minnesota

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:

  • Health benefits for self and others
  • How energy blockages are created
  • Awakening your natural healing ability
  • Principles of SFQ
  • Elements in practicing SFQ
  • Keys to success
  • Active exercises
  • Sitting meditations

CANCELLED-Track 14: Program Evaluation Strategies: Planning for Program Effectiveness

Faculty: Sharon Larson, PhD, Washington, D.C

Track 15: Treating Returning Veterans in Rural Areas

Faculty: Chris Zaglifa, MSW, LCSW, CADC, Wausau, Wisconsin
Faculty: Lt. Colonel (ret.) Cynthia Rasmussen, RN, MSN, CANP, Minneapolis Minnesota

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.



CANCELLED-Track 16: Identification, Treatment and Prevention of Drug Abuse - A Step Towards Targeting Recovery

Dr. Mrs. Chanda Kulkarni, MBBS, MD, Ph.D, FSASMS;, Cert.Clin.Epilepsy. Bangalore, India