National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Sessions & Faculty

National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Sessions & Faculty 2018
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National Rural Institute Keynote Rory Ledbetter

Sunday Keynote: A Mind Full of Dopamine

Rory Ledbetter, Actor, Director, Voiceover Artist, Vocal Coach, and Educator

Sunday Keynote Description

A masterful storytelling thrill ride rocketing you down the dark side of the gambling highway. Rory takes you through the comedic highs and tragic lows of going “All-In” in the Texas Hold ‘Em card rooms of LA. Rory also uses the bright and soulful sounds of his blues harmonica to emotionally punctuate the story. Through the use of characters, stories, monologues, and harmonica riffs, Dopamine theatrically recounts Rory's own personal journey with addiction.

Rory Ledbetter Biography

Rory Ledbetter is an award-winning Actor, Director, Voiceover Artist, Vocal Coach, and Educator. He is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at The University of Mississippi, where he teaches Acting, Voice & Speech, and he is a certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®.

Rory received an MFA in Theatre Directing from Florida State University and a BA in Theatre from Brenau University. He has directed plays and devised work at The Gainesville Theatre Alliance, WonderQuest Children’s Theatre, University of Alabama, Ole Miss Theatre, Theatre Southeast, and Tecumseh. He has also directed a short film entitled Firemax, which premiered at the 2017 Oxford Film Festival.

In addition to being a screen and voice-over actor actively auditioning and working in the southeast region, Rory has performed on stage with The Oxford Shakespeare Festival, IO West, Tecumseh, and Pasadena Shakespeare in the Park. He has also written and devised numerous pieces of theatre, including A Mind Full of Dopamine, which has performed at The Ottawa Fringe (“Steve Sauvé Spirit of the Fringe Award” winner), The Regina International Fringe, The Calgary International Fringe (“Best of Fest” winner and “The Most Outstanding Performer” winner), The Minnesota Fringe Festival, The New Orleans Fringe, The Orlando Fringe, and The Vancouver International Fringe (“Spirit of the Fringe Award” winner), as well as at the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission's 2015 Annual Responsible Gambling Stakeholders Symposium and The National Council on Problem Gambling's 2016 Annual Conference 

National Rural Institute Keynote Wayne Lindstrom

Monday Keynote: The Time is Now for a New Public Health Movement

Wayne W. Lindstrom, PhD, Director, Behavioral Health Services Division, New Mexico Human Services Department

Monday Keynote Description

There is ample evidence to demonstrate that this country is in the throes of a public health crisis.  Unlike the public health crises of the past, that focused on the etiology of disease, this crisis emanates  from the cumulative effects of toxic stress, also known as allostatic load. Whether we want to refer to early life trauma or to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), a life trajectory is launched of progressive behavioral health conditions, but also debilitating chronic medical conditions.  Also unlike the past, we have ample research to guide effective interventions for a sustainable path to health and well-being. Unfortunately, we seemingly never bring to scale the application of what we know.  The time is now for a national mobilization for a new public health movement.  This movement would be expected to bring to bear the lessons learned from the past  and to provide the resources necessary to comprehensively implement evidenced-based strategies.  Using the public health model, we would effectively impact the hosts, agents, and environments that perpetuate our current downward spiral of dis-ease.  In addition to further elaborating on these dynamics, this presentation will highlight some of the initiatives in New Mexico that are intended to turn the tide.

Wayne Lindstrom Biography

Wayne W. Lindstrom, Ph.D. serves as the Director of BHSD and the CEO of the BH Collaborative for the State of New Mexico. His last position was the president and CEO of Mental Health America (MHA). Dr. Lindstrom has 46 years of behavioral health experience and his doctoral degree is from Case Western Reserve University and his MSW from the University of Pittsburgh.  Before joining Mental Health America, he was the CEO of a children’s behavioral health provider organization in Ohio and managed a national organizational development consulting practice. His organizational clients included public authorities, service providers, health systems, pharma, and private companies. In the 1980’s he directed addiction services for the State of Ohio and subsequently held a variety of leadership positions in managed behavioral health care.  He went on to function nationally as the Director of Public Sector Operations for United Behavioral Health (UBH) which included overseeing the implementation of public sector contracts. His career began in the 1970’s when he served in the United States Air Force where he implemented and managed a drug treatment program during the Vietnam War.  He has worked in community mental health settings, hospitals, emergency departments, corporate environments, and private practice while also teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

National Rural Institute Keynote Will Cooke

Tuesday Keynote: Heroin, HIV, and Hope

Dr. Will Cooke, MD, FAAFP, AAHIVS, Foundations Family Medicine

Tuesday Keynote Description

How the unchecked rise in opioid use lead to the unprecedented HIV outbreak in Southern Indiana. More than 200 people have tested positive in a town of 4300 people. But, how did this happen and could it have been prevented? What has been done to respond and how can these successes be used in other at risk areas around the country?

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Will Cooke Biography

Dr. Cooke was born and raised in Southern Indiana. When accepted to IU school of medicine, he knew he wanted to provide care in an underserved rural community in Indiana. He was awarded the Primary Care Scholarship for his commitment to serving the undeserved. He was also inducted into the national honors society prior to graduating from IU in the top 5% of his class in 2001. He went on to complete his training to become a Family Medicine Specialist at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN. 

Since 2004, he has been serving his community in Austin, IN where he has been repeatedly recognized for his work including being named the Family Physician of the Year by the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians, the “Star Performer” for providing quality care by the State of Indiana, the Doc Hollywood Award by the Indiana Rural Health Association for his service to rural Indiana, and the Indiana State Health Commission’s Award for exceptional Public Health Service during the HIV outbreak of 2015. He is nationally recognized for his innovative approaches to addressing the unique challenges of serving a rural community with limited resources. He is an outspoken leader, speaker, educator, and defender of rural healthcare. From Telehealth technology and mobile outreach clinics to developing unique collaborations, Dr. Cooke has been at cutting edge of bringing high quality, evidence based healthcare to the rural community he serves.

NRI 2018 Keynote Mike Schiks

Wednesday Keynote: History and Lessons of Addiction Treatment in Minnesota

Mike Schiks; MS, ACATA, Executive Director/CEO, Project Turnabout Addiction Recovery Center

Wednesday Keynote Description

The treatment of addiction has been subjective to numerous experiments and approaches over the years based on the public attitudes, lack of education of professional caregivers, and policy makers.  While there have been gains in some of the above areas, the above history is still very much in play.  Addiction treatment, to this day, operates outside of traditional health care delivery systems.  

This presentation covers some of the treatment territory and how they have evolved both public perception and treatment practices including:

  • How attitudes have forged a stigma reflected in caregiver approaches:  from professional ambivalence to experimentation and mistreatment.
  • The challenges of dealing with chronic illness--- a model that encompasses both therapeutic process and lifestyle change.
  • Core components that fit across all addiction treatment approaches.
  • The importance of patient’s right to choose their treatment path

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Mike Schiks Biography

Mike Schiks has worked in the substance abuse field for over 40 years.  He spent 26 years with the Hazelden Foundation in a number of capacities. Twelve of those years (through 2005) he held the position of Executive Vice President overseeing all of Hazelden’s Treatment Services.  In 2006 Mike became CEO of the Project Turnabout Addiction Recovery system, a nonprofit organization that provides a full array of addiction treatment services. Project Turnabout’s headquarters in Granite Falls consists of a 122 bed campus including: detoxification, intensive residential treatment units staffed with licensed addiction, medical and mental health staff.  Project Turnabout’s Vanguard Center for Problem Gambling attracts people nationwide.   Other offsite services include:  prevention, multiple outpatient sites and transitional housing sites. Last year Mike became founding President of the Minnesota Alliance of Rural Addiction Treatment Providers, a non-profit advocacy group for rural treatment provider in Minnesota.   Mike’s leadership, experience, and commitment to helping others is well known to those who know him. 

National Rural Institute Keynote David E. Smith, MD

Thursday Keynote: Medicalization of the Evolving Opioid Epidemic

David E. Smith, MD, FASAM, FAACT, Diplomat, American Board of Addiction Medicine

Thursday Keynote Description

Developments in the trends of substance misuse since the 1960s, advent of the discipline of addiction medicine, and the major principles of addiction treatment today, especially the opioid epidemic and medically-assisted treatment as the gold standard. Session will also cover findings and recommendations from the recent Surgeon General’s Report on alcohol and drug use.

David Smith Biography

Dr. Smith is recognized as a national leader in the areas of the treatment of addictive disease, the psychopharmacology of drugs, new research strategies in the management of drug abuse problems, and appropriate prescribing practices for physicians. He is the Founder of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinics in San Francisco, which merged with Walden House in mid-2011 to form HealthRIGHT 360, which provides services at multiple sites throughout California. 

Dr. Smith is currently the Chair of Addiction Medicine for Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services, a gender-specific residential program for teenage boys suffering from substance abuse and co-occurring issues in Petaluma, California. He is also the Medical Director for Center Point, a 6-month residential therapeutic community in San Rafael, California, which provides comprehensive, integrated services to at-risk individuals and families. He also serves as Chief of Addiction Medicine for Alta Mira Recovery Programs in Sausalito, California, a private residential chemical dependency program, and is Consulting Physician at North Bay Recovery Center in San Rafael.

Dr. Smith has also served as Adjunct Professor at the University of California, San Francisco; as Medical Director of the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs; and as Medical Director of the California Collaborative Center for Substance Abuse Policy Research. He is a Fellow and Past President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and of the California Society of Addiction Medicine. 

He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the University of California, San Francisco Medal, the Peter E. Haas Public Service Award from the University of California, Berkeley, the Robert D. Sparks, MD, Leadership Achievement Award of the California Medical Association, and the Annual Award of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Smith is the Founding Editor of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs and an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Addiction Medicine. In addition, he has authored or co-authored 26 books, written over 350 journal articles, edited 28 journals, and has been the technical consultant for 28 drug abuse-related films. He is the co-author, with Dr. Daniel G. Amen, of Unchain Your Brain: 10 Steps to Breaking the Addictions that Steal Your Life

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Preconference Session

Having Had A Spiritual Awakening…Spirituality And 12-Step...

Having Had A Spiritual Awakening…Spirituality And 12-Step Facilitated Recovery

Session Fee associated with this preconference session: $65

Sunday, June 10, 2018
9:00 am - 3:00 pm (lunch included)

There are many tried and true paths that can lead the student toward the discovery of their true self (Soul). The 12 Step path, as well as, the paths of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc. can guide the student up to a point. As one approaches the nonlinear reality of spiritual discovery there is no path. It is between you and your Higher Power.

The presentation of well-established and time-honored spiritual principles will give the participant an evidence-based (Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc. are evidence-based psychosocial interventions) look at how the 12-Step path facilitates spiritual growth and recovery. 

Each step will be discussed. These steps dismantle the source of all suffering and misery-the human ego- while changing one’s worldview from grandiosity toward gratitude. Emphasis will be placed on the utilization of spiritual tools such as forgiveness, humility, surrender, acceptance, etc. and their role in healing guilt, hopelessness, fear and egoic character defects such as pride, jealousy and greed.

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NRI 2018 Cardwell Nuckols

FACULTY: CC Nuckols, PhD
President, Cardwell C. Nuckols & Assoc. LLC
Longwood, Florida

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Cardwell C. Nuckols is described as one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America. He has served the behavioral medicine field for over 40 years and for the last 25 years is considered one of the leading experts in the world on addiction and recovery. 

Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 65 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 25 audiotape series. His latest book is entitled Finding Freedom Through Illumination: Realizing Christ Consciousness. His previous publication is a best seller entitled The Ego-Less SELF: Achieving Peace and Tranquility Beyond All Understanding.  Dr. Nuckols first book Cocaine: Dependency to Recovery is also a trade best seller, as are, his booklets Quitting Heroin, Quitting Alcohol and Quitting Marijuana (Hazelden). He is the author of the book Healing an Angry Heart (HCI) and video Chalk Talk on Drugs with Father Martin (Kelly Productions).

Dr. Nuckols background includes advanced work in such areas as medical research, pharmacology, neurobiology and psychology. His personal spiritual path has involved studies into various spiritual traditions predominately early Contemplative Christianity. 

Track Sessions

Track 1 - Medical Scholars/Allied Health Professionals Track

Medical Scholars/Allied Health Professionals Track

The phenomenon of addiction has been documented in some of our earliest writings. Different ideas have had support from a variety of quarters regarding its etiology. These have ranged from a desire for intoxication, lack of will, immorality, avoidance of withdrawal or a symptom of some of other underlying illness. This changed in the mid-20th century when addiction was termed a "Metabolic Disease". Fast forward to the present and the American Society of Addiction Medicine has provided the following definition, "Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social, and spiritual manifestations."

The Medical Scholars/Allied Health Professionals Track is open to all professionals who care for patients that suffer from the disease of addiction as well as medical students training in the field. During the Track we will discuss a history of proposed etiologies with an emphasis on the brain disease model, neurobiology, drugs of abuse, various types of treatment including medication assisted treatment, intoxication and withdrawal, and current controversies.

NRI 2018 Kirk Moberg

FACULTY: Kirk Moberg, MD, PhD
Executive Medical Director, Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery
Peoria, Illinois

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Kirk Moberg is the Executive Medical Director of the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery.  A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Moberg has remained a member of the faculty holding the rank of Clinical Professor.  He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.  Dr. Moberg serves on the boards of the Illinois Society of Addiction Medicine and the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling.  He is a member of the Mayor’s Heroin Task Force in Peoria, Illinois.  Dr. Moberg is a popular speaker at the regional and national levels and speaks frequently on the opioid crisis, cannabis, gambling and other process addictions.  He teaches the buprenorphine DEA waiver course and the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) course on Safe Prescribing of Long Acting/Extended Release Opioids.  Dr. Moberg serves on the board of the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network, Inc. and was elected President in 2016.

Track 2 - Strengthening Your Treatment Court Through...

Strengthening Your Treatment Court Through Evidence Based Practices and National Standards

This track will begin with an overview of how treatment courts fail and how to fix them followed by more in depth content that will draw upon recent developments including the identification of evidence based practices of procedural fairness, trauma-informed approaches, and  the SAMHSA recovery model as well as upon the NADCP drug court standards,  including updated phase structure recommendations, sustainability planning for the treatment court, and finally addressing secondary trauma and compassion fatigue.

NRI 2018 Norma Jaeger

FACULTY: Norma D. Jaeger, MS, PhD(ABD)
Problem-solving Court Specialist, Idaho Supreme Court
Boise, Idaho

BIOGRAPHY: Norma Jaeger is former Director for Problem-solving Courts and Community Sentencing Alternatives with the Idaho Supreme and continues to provide guidance and support to 66 drug and mental health courts in Idaho. Norma received a Master of Science degree in health services administration from Whitworth College in Spokane Washington and is completing dissertation for a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration.  She has spent over 30 years working in the development and administration of public behavioral health programs in Idaho, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.  She served as  adjunct faculty in the  Criminal Justice Department at Boise State University and is a former  member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the National Center for DWI Courts Advisory Committee.  She is a consultant for Policy Research Associates and American University and curriculum developer and trainer for Idaho Certified Peer Support Specialists with the Jannus Corporation.  She also serves as the Executive Director of Recovery Idaho, Inc. a statewide recovery community organization.

Track 3 - Advanced Drug Court: Refining Our Motivation...

Advanced Drug Court: Refining Our Motivation and Supervision Skills

This track is for experienced judges, probation officers, case managers, treatment providers, attorneys and other practitioners who have experience in working in a Drug Court.  It will focus on issues and problems facing those who work in any kind of problem solving court.  Topics will include motivational techniques, benefits and detriment to using punishment, testing practices and other relevant topics.  Participants will view videos of actual Drug Court appearances and discuss how the situations should be handled.  The focus will be on sharing solutions to common problems faced in rehabilitative courts.

NRI 2018 Glade Roper

FACULTY: Hon. Glade F. Roper, Judge (Retired) 
Porterville, California

BIOGRAPHY: Glade F. Roper graduated magna cum laude from BYU business school, cum laude from BYU law school and practiced law in Tulare County, California until he was appointed to the bench in 1989. He was Porterville Man of the Year and Tulare County Trial Lawyers Association Judge of the Year 1997, received the Senator Harold E. Hughes National Exceptional Rural Professional Award in 2003 and was placed on the Porterville Wall of Fame in 2016. He is on the faculty of the National Rural Institute for Alcohol and Drug Abuse at the University of Wisconsin, was an adjunct professor of criminology at Porterville College and is currently an adjunct professor in Criminology and Business at National University. He has taught and spoken about Drug Courts in 30 states. He has written several published articles, including "Drug Courts: a Primer for the Family Physician” in the Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, July-August 2002, “Creating and Sustaining an Adult Drug Court: Avoiding Burial in Grant’s Tomb” published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2004 and a book entitled Drug Courts: A New Approach To Treatment And Rehabilitation in 2007.

Judge Roper retired July 1, 2013 but continues to sit full-time on assignment from the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.

Track 4 - Cultural Competency from a Native American...

Cultural Competency from a Native American Perspective

Native Americans are a relatively small part of the U.S. population but are disproportionately affected by health issues including chemical dependency. Native Americans have been historically marginalized by government policy and actions. The boarding school era and removal acts of the last two centuries have left long lasting psychological scars on Native communities. Often, we as treatment providers and prevention specialists ask people in Native communities to trust systems that have been historically harmful. 
This track will focus on helping the chemical dependency and prevention professionals to develop and use culturally competent tools and techniques to begin the process of healing when working with Native populations and other treatment resistant populations.

NRI 2018 Mitch Crowe

FACULTY: Mitchell W. Crowe, MA, LADC, CSAC, LPC
Dual Diagnosis Clinician, St Croix Tribal Behavioral Health Clinic
Webster, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Mitch Crowe currently works as a Dual Diagnosis Therapist for the St. Croix Tribal Behavioral Health Clinic in Hertel, WI. Prior to this, Crowe was employed at the Hazelden Betty Ford Center as a counselor specializing in working with impaired health care professionals. He continues to serve as a guest lecturer at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies providing education on cultural competencies and treatment considerations when working with Native American populations. Crowe’s experience span over a decade of working in the addiction, mental health, and education fields.

NRI 2018 Diane Sullivan

FACULTY: Dianne Sullivan, MA, CSAC, LADC
Human Services/AODA, LCO Community College
Hayward, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Dianne Sullivan graduated from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, MN. She is full time faculty at the Lac Courte Oreilles Community College and an on-call counselor at Hazelden Betty Ford in Center City. Dianne has over 30 years experience in various aspects of substance abuse, working primarily with programs in the LCO and Sawyer County service area, in Hayward, WI.

Track 5 - Prevention Track

Prevention Track

Planning and evaluation – skill development – community organization – policy – environmental strategies – do these sound like difficult concepts to master? Come to the prevention track to learn about these and more, including resources you can use. This training will provide hours toward the Prevention Specialist-in-Training for Wisconsin and prevention certifications in other states.

NRI 2018 Dee Owens

FACULTY: Dee S. Owens, MPA, SAMHSA

BIOGRAPHY: Dee S. Owens is the Special Assistant to the Director at the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and serves on the Rural Task Force at SAMHSA as well as a liaison to the Office of Rural Health Policy at HRSA. Previous work experience includes directing substance abuse services in Oklahoma and in the Marshall Islands and directing the Alcohol-Drug Information Center at Indiana University. She recently ended a term as President of the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network and teaches annually at the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse at the University of Wisconsin. She is the recipient of the Harold E. Hughes Exceptional Rural Professional award, the Bringing Excellence to Rural America award, and the 2016 Larry W. Monson award. She owns a small farm in Indiana.

FACULTY: Janet Verthein, CSAC, PS, ICS

BIOGRAPHY: Forthcoming.

NRI 2018 Jeff Bentz

FACULTY: Jeffrey J. Bentz, CACS, ICRC, CADC III
Director (Emeritus), CESA8 Humanities Department
Gillett, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Bentz is a State of Wisconsin, United States and Internationally Certified Clinician Clinical Counselor, having held ICRC, CADCIII, CSAODC III certifications, respectively. During the past 35 years he has served as founding Director of the CESA8 ATOD, Healthy Schools and Communities, and Humanities Departments at CESA8, Gillett, Wisconsin. During the past 25 years Jeff has also served as faculty to the National Rural Institute on AOD, and with Viterbo University’s Rural Masters in Education (with a Rural ATOD Emphasis). While performing with these professional roles he has twice received national awards from both NRIADA, and CADCA.

In addition to these noteworthy accomplishments, Jeff is also Founding Partner of Green Light Associates(GLA), and Green Light Grants-LLC. (GLG); dedicated to the research and developments of funding opportunities for rural not for profit organizations located within Northeastern Wisconsin.
 

Track 6 - Adolescent Treatment and Recovery

Adolescent Treatment and Recovery

Other: "Oh where are you working?" 
Me: "On the adolescent unit"
Other: "Oh you poor thing..."

This was one of the first things I heard from a coworker when I entered the field of adolescent treatment 22 years ago! I had no idea why someone would say that about working with teens, but would soon learn from the trenches why many people shy away from this population or are left scratching their heads and wondering where to start to help these clients. In this session, I will be presenting from my experiences in the trenches, what works with teens and how to help them begin the process of recovery. 

First of all we will take some time exploring the latest information from several surveys including the Monitoring the Future Surveys, and information from SAMHSA and NIDA. We will explore the latest trends, novelties and influences that are molding the minds and capturing the attentions of teens today. 

We will explore ways to gain rapport and buy-in from teens without "picking up the rope" and engaging in power struggles, how to diffuse anger, and use a positive system to motivate and engage teens in making difficult changes. 

Co-occurring disorders are very common with teens who use substances. We will discuss what is the prevalence and presentation of the most common disorders and how we can work with other professionals to meet these complex needs. We will take a closer look at how neurotransmitters play a role in both substance use and mental health. Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Conduct issues and personality issues will be covered. Special attention will be given to Non-Suicidal Self-Injury. We will learn about treatments that can help. 

Our last day we will be putting all that we have learned into action. We will look at our own personal learning styles and how to help identify those styles in those we work with. We will then go through activities suited to each of those learning styles, and how to tie that back into treatment objectives and interventions. It will be a highly active day. 

Come ready to interact, play and learn! Even if you don't work exclusively with teens, this can still be a great session to freshen your practice and toolbox!

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NRI 2018 Christy Alten-Osmera

FACULTY: Christy Alten-Osmera,LAC, LPCMH, QMHP
Adolescent Unit Program Director, Keystone Treatment Center
Canton, South Dakota

BIOGRAPHY: Christy has worked 22 years with Keystone Treatment Center, primarily with adolescents. She has experience working residential, outpatient and in the schools. She is currently the program director and clinical supervisor for the inpatient adolescent unit at Keystone. She is a certified non-violent crisis intervention instructor. She is an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor; a licensed chemical dependency counselor, and a licensed professional counselor mental health, as well as a qualified mental health professional for SD. She has recently been appointed to be on the state of SD's Behavioral Health Advisory Council, and SBIRT subcommittee.

She obtained her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling at Walden University, based out of Minneapolis Minnesota. Undergrad work was at the University of South Dakota, where Christy received her Bachelors degree in biology and allied health (alcohol and drug abuse studies).

Outside of Keystone, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children and multiple pets (some say a small zoo!). She loves the outdoors, photography and is actively involved in her church as the Children’s Pastor and on the music ministry team.

Track 7 - If Gay Means Happy, Why am I Always Getting...

If Gay Means Happy, Why am I Always Getting High? Substance Use Disorders in the LGBTQi+ Community

This presentation will cover current day politically correct terms for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals along with a history of the Gay Rights Movement, the difference between heterosexism and homophobia, cultural differences, stereotypes and subgroups within the LGBTQi+ community.  

Practical tools such as specific treatment plans, a comprehensive bibliography, free government curriculum and guides, national web sites and organizations will all be provided. Regardless of participants' level of experience in working with this population, past evaluations have always exclaimed how much participants have learned and how much fun they had learning it!  This track will be beneficial to all levels of clinical experience.  

Joe Amico has presented on this topic all over the US, Bermuda and at the UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders in London.  

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NRI 2018 Joe Amico

FACULTY: Joseph M. Amico, M.Div., LADC-I, CAS
Vice President, NALGAP (The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies)
Salem, Massachusetts

BIOGRAPHY: Joe Amico is an international speaker on LGBTQ addiction issues, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Certified Addictions Specialist (Alcohol, other drugs and sex addiction), radio talk show host and ordained United Church of Christ clergyperson.  He is past president of SASH (Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health) and NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies; serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Addiction Professional; Advisory Board for the New England Addiction Technology and Transfer Center and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services LGBTQ Advisory Board.  Joe is currently the Designated Term Minister of Tabernacle Congregational Church (UCC) in Salem, MA.

Cancelled - Track 8 - Exploring Silenced & Stigmatized Grief

Exploring Silenced & Stigmatized Grief in the Addicted Family System

The track will provide tools and knowledge to help participants assist family members of addicts to understand the addicted family system. We will discuss the addicted family system, stigma, family roles and rules through the perspective of family communication. Often family members experience silent grief that is unique within each family role.  The use of Doka's book Grieving is a Journey, will help explain why family members often do not receive the social support they need or desire. Throughout this track we will delve further into ways to support family members of addiction through supplements to regular treatment, as in yoga, relaxation, and meditation. Bob Storrer will be our special guest speaker to present ear acupuncture as an aid in recovery and coping skills for family members. 

*Dress comfortably and bring a towel or yoga mat for hands-on yoga, relaxation, and meditation activities in addition to lecture and class learning activities.

NRI 2018 Dee Priddis

FACULTY: DeAnne Priddis, PhD, RYT 200 Yoga Instructor
Assistant Professor Communication Studies, Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

BIOGRAPHY: DeAnne Priddis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN). Her teaching includes Interpersonal Communication, Conflict, Lying and Deception, Interviewing, and Analysis. Her research includes conflict in families and organizations. Her research of families of alcoholics began in 2011, which brought her to the Rural family. She has been presenting workshops at Rural on the family system since 2014. She began teaching yoga in 2015 and understands the importance of mindfulness through yoga and meditation in caring and healing for affected family members.

Track 9 - Co-occurring Issues That Complicate Successful...

Co-Occurring Issues That Complicate Successful Treatment Outcomes

An often neglected problem, that complicates successful outcomes of treating co-occurring substance abuse, domestic violence, serious anger/aggressive behavior, mental health, is educating those who are responsible for adjudication of criminal cases that we are all products of our environments.  Individuals who are in positions of perceived power (judges, district attorneys, probation officers, etc.) are likely to be products of environments that were void of substance abuse, mental health problems, and domestic violence.  Hence, they do not have a point of reference; they lack the requisite understanding of what leads individuals to rely on substances and aggression for survival.  Ultimately, society cannot generalize humanity, or legislate morality.  Rather, treating co-occurring issues through compassion is likely to result in more successful, long-term outcomes.

FACULTY: Kathy A. Smith, MA, CCS
Owner/Director, Kathy Smith Associates
Fayetteville, Tennesee

BIOGRAPHY: Kathy has owned her company for 17 years. As a service provider she offers classes in the following areas: co-parenting, parenting skills, substance abuse, anger management, and does mediation and conflict resolution seminars.

Cancelled: Track 10 - Treatment of Gambling Disorder: Phase

Treatment of Gambling Disorder - Phase IV Training-Basic to Advanced Perspectives

This is a Basic to Advanced track designed for clinicians who are, or plan to be, working with individuals impacted by Gambling Disorder and their families in a variety of clinical settings.  It is designed for participants to incorporate into their clinical practice. Participants will review some basics, including DSM 5 and ICD 10, about Gambling Disorder and then quickly move to advanced topics including Relapse Prevention, impact of Generational Factors on gambling, Trauma related issues and Suicide Risk Factors of Gambling Disorder, Women and Gambling and Specialty Topics including Financial Planning for Recovery, Gambling and the Workplace, Some Gray Areas of Gambling, Gambling and The Law and Gambling, Ethical issues and Gambling Counselor Certification Standards.

NRI 2018 Doug LaBelle

FACULTY: Douglas S LaBelle, LCSW, CEAP, NCGC II
Psychotherapist/Consultant, Resources for Change, Ltd.
Kenosha, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Doug LaBelle is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Wisconsin with over 32 years of experience working with individuals and families impacted by chemical and process addictions, a National Certified Gambling Counselor II, Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Board Member of the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling and a Trainer with the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling.  Currently in full-time private practice as a psychotherapist, EAP Specialist and Consultant with Resources for Change, Ltd, in Lake Bluff, Illinois and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

NRI 2018 Paul Mladnick

FACULTY: Paul Mladnick, MS., LADC, NCGC II
Counselor, Bridges and Pathways Counseling Services
Forest Lake, Minnesota

BIOGRAPHY: Paul Mladnick has over thirty years of experience in the counseling field. He is recently retired from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation as Supervisor of the family program in Center City, Minnesota and now works part time in private practice in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Paul is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Minnesota and a National Certified Gambling Counselor. He has twenty years of experience in providing treatment for people with problem gambling and has been a past trainer for the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. Paul is an approved clinical supervisor through the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board. Paul was a co-founder of the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and he is still an active member on the National Rural Institute Board of Directors.

Track 11 - Organic Recovery: Step by Step Transformation

Organic Recovery: Step by Step Transformation

There is a natural misstep to embody an addiction, and a step by step journey to a vibrant life path.  This track will present the steps of the Addictive Spiral and the contrasting process of the Moving Cycle, described by Christine Caldwell in her book, Getting our Bodies Back: Recovery, Healing, and Transformation through Body-Centered Psychotherapy.  The expanded level of consciousness from sensing and knowing this approach invites a spiritual awakening.

When we witness ourselves or others performing habitual behaviors under stress, we see the roots of addiction, the place where we abandoned our bodies. Breathing into the habit, we gain access to the emotional stronghold.  Those feelings trigger our addictions-whether to nail biting, toe tapping, anxiety, depression, aggression, a personality disorder, or the abuse of alcohol, food, or drugs. Backtracking, we find the events that were too painful or pleasurable to embody. Awareness is the first step; to re-sensitize, and find courage to feel the feelings. This body-centered perspective provides the route to embrace and release any and all emotions.

Next, we will explore the familiar footprints of control, our first addiction.  Control is obvious in denial, defenses, sensory deprivation, deceit, and destruction.  The drama of control is exhausting and maddening. Owning the truth empowers boundary setting. The honest road is 100 % responsibility. We will share examples of how to define unmet needs, assist others to overcome codependency, and humbly admit control tactics using a simple, practical tool.

We will conclude with an adventure into how addictions are prolonged, relapsed back into, exchanged for harm reduction or life-threatening habits, or fully healed.  Critical judgment rules the road when we reject of our real self and lose touch with reality.  Self-hatred takes the driver’s seat on a highway of black and white thinking. The turning point is acceptance, replacing shame with nonjudgmental love.  A new territory emerges. Commitment brings us home, to relationship with ourselves and others. Sustaining and communicating love resurfaces our walk down a new street. In action we express our abilities, enjoy aliveness, and energize purpose.

The hope is that within this track of experience, you will discover unknown lands and meet your needs for revival.  As you do, you will gain a structure to educate others to identify their location on the road of recovery, and guideposts to show them how to move toward their next step.

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NRI 2018 Wendi Martell-Daniels

FACULTY: Wendi Martell-Daniels, LCSW, SAC
Therapist/Counselor, Visions Counseling
Merrill, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Wendi Martell-Daniels has gained a wealth of knowledge and "know how" from her diverse personal journey of recovery and nearly 20 years of professional experience.  Through her Master's degree in social work and addictions counseling, she has worked in Employee Assistance, inpatient and outpatient mental health and AODA treatment, at a technical college prevention program, and even in a round pen facilitating Equine Assisted Therapy. Her primary treatment approach is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. She has a certification in Trauma Counseling, and the recipe for a Forgiveness process.  From overcoming an eating disorder, Wendi learned and shares principles of nutrition and sleep. Valuing exercise led to an interest in Nia as movement therapy. Wendi earned a Nia Brown Belt and discovered Body-centered Psychotherapy. In 2000, Wendi incorporated a nonprofit, Visions Counseling. In 2015, adding Visions Counseling II, LLC signified the success of her solo practice.  Wendi has refined and developed tools that assist her clients to make often astonishing changes, even from personality disorders. Her vision is to build a center on her Wisconsin farm to train other professionals in these methods within a Christ-centered Biblical foundation.

Track 12 - Healing Trauma and Addiction with Yoga Based...

Healing Trauma and Addiction with Yoga Based Practices

Traditional western medicine focuses primarily on learning to manage the symptoms of PTSD.  Although proven helpful, sufferers and now seek a remedy for the cause and not just the effects in order to better heal addiction and disordered behaviors that result from trauma.  Highlighting the newest research and insights from neuroscience, participants will gain an understanding of how exactly how trauma gets stored in the body through the neural pathways of the nervous system, why yoga is particularly effective at alleviating symptoms of trauma/PTSD, and various yoga techniques that can be used to provide a pathway for natural healing to occur.  Interactive portions will allow participants to fully experience and learn how to incorporate yoga breathing techniques, yoga poses, and guided meditation suitable for those experiencing effects of trauma and addiction.

NRI 2018 Renee Harrington

FACULTY: Renee N. Harrington, MS, E-RYT 500
Lecturer, NC State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

BIOGRAPHY: Renee Harrington, M.S. Exercise Science, is a Lecturer at North Carolina State University in the Department of Health and Exercise Studies, a certified E-RYT 500 level yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance, and Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit. Renee is a health and wellness specialist with more than a decade of experience in the fitness and wellness field as a trainer, coach, and workshop presenter. With a depth of knowledge in physiology, nutrition, and biomechanical principles she specializes in athletic performance, metabolic aspects of physical activity and exercise training, and stress management.

Track 13 - Trauma-PTSD, the Vagaries of Excess & Treatment..

Trauma-PTSD, the Vagaries of Excess and Treatment Interventions for Clinical Directors

Clinical Directors are charged with overseeing programs that often must accommodate clients with complex issues and challenging behaviors. This presentation is designed for experienced clinical and supervisory staff.

PTSD clients present the more challenging symptoms in behavioral health care agencies and facilities. Despite the challenges and much higher rate of mortality, the industry strives to do best care with best practices. This track will address this mission as thoroughly as can be achieved. PTSD and its layers of complexity will continue to be a challenge for behavioral health practitioners. Given current knowledge and treatment approaches, the industry is barely keeping pace with the addition of more potent drugs of abuse and increases in cultural conflicts. For practitioners, the challenge of higher standards of accountability and more intensely affected clients can be overwhelming. The Track intends to discuss strategies to mollify the intensity and often chaotic pace of the workplace. Discovering PTSD for the client can be particularly perilous and this presentation will address interventions proving successful for reducing the suicidality that parallels Complex PTSD.

FACULTY: Sam Darcy, MA, CAP
Consultant, Darcy Consultant Gp
New Smyrna Beach, Florida

BIOGRAPHY: Sam Darcy, MA, CAP has been a clinical practitioner, an administrator and consultant in behavioral health for 30 years. Mr Darcy specialized in PTSD treatment in addition to being a compliance and accreditation expert with a depth of knowledge of the clinical, medical and administrative challenges. He consults for a number of facilities across the country.

Cancelled: Track 14 - Principles of Clinical Supervision

Principles of Clinical Supervision

Through didactic instruction and reflective exercises, participants will develop skills using learning assessments, navigating the teach vs. treat dilemma, utilizing the concept of parallel practice, and working through ethical dilemmas unique to supervision. Participants will learn skills for supervising through both cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic theoretical lenses. This track will also review ethical issues relevant to supervision and ways to reduce supervisor liability. This track is relevant to current and aspiring clinical supervisors.

NRI 2018 Daniel Baslock

FACULTY: Daniel M. Baslock, LICSW, LADC
Owner, Frameworks Consulting, PLLC
Barre, Vermont

BIOGRAPHY: Daniel Baslock is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Vermont and New Hampshire and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Vermont. His clinical work has focused on integrated dual disorder treatment for adults suffering from mental health and substance use problems, treatment of anxiety and depression in older adults, and clinical supervision in community mental health settings. While working full-time at a critical access hospital and rural health clinic, Daniel also owns and operates Frameworks Consulting, PLLC providing trainings and consultation services to community mental health and substance use programs in rural areas. Daniel received his MSW from New York University and a Post-masters Certificate in Advanced Clinical Supervision from Smith College School for Social Work. When not working Daniel can hopefully be found hiking mountains and wandering through the woods.

Track 15 - From Crappy to Happy: A Wellness-Based...

From Crappy to Happy: A Wellness-Based Approach to Fighting Burnout

Whether experienced by a social worker, counselor, nurse, law enforcement officer, or case manager, professional helpers take on some of the most challenging personal experiences of their clients while unknowingly falling prey to the devastating symptoms of compassion fatigue (professional burnout).  This class will examine how the often silent symptoms of burnout skew professional judgement and objectivity.  First, participants will learn how compassion fatigue impacts individuals and entire organizations.  Second, participants will examine practical, wellness-based methods of burnout prevention.  Lastly, participants will learn practical coping strategies using mindfulness, stress reduction, voluntary simplicity, and time management.  This track offers an interactive learning environment, group activities, and hands-on learning.  Participants will walk away feeling refreshed, empowered, and ready to return to their vital role of professional helper.

NRI 2018 Julia Persike

FACULTY: Dr. Julia M. Persike, PsyD, CSAC
Lodi Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Julia has spent the past 20 years providing behavioral health opportunities including education, consultation, presentations, and treatment services to both individuals and groups. Julia has worked as a case manager, clinician, program coordinator, group facilitator, supervisor, and professional consultant. Julia is a licensed Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and a doctor of psychology with a research focus in compassion fatigue and professional helpers. Julia is an adjunct instructor for Madison College, an instructor for the Intoxicated Drivers Program, a national presenter, and a psychologist-clinician with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Track 16 - The Wounded Healer: The Art And Science Of...

The Wounded Healer: The Art And Science Of Healing

Do you wonder why a person with a problem they cannot solve seems to be able to solve the problem when they enter your energy field? Do you wonder why in controlled psychological studies some therapists do very well while others do not? I would like to show you how this works and how to use this understanding to enhance your clinical effectiveness.

Over the past forty years, I have meet many therapists and other helping persons who wanted to be more than just a cognitive-behavioral therapist, a trauma specialist, a teacher, a supervisory, etc. Becoming a healer requires the development of an energy field that impacts those around you in positive ways. As you become a healer, clinical and other interpersonal outcomes can dramatically improve. Without the development of a "healing relationship" the clinician is a technician and the client often noncompliant.

Based upon the premise you cannot take a patient any further than you have come on your life journey, this interactive training will help participants get in touch with the unconscious processes that cause personal suffering and misery, as well as, interfere with the development of a healing therapeutic relationship. This is a very advanced training where participants are asked to reflect on who they really are and to bring into consciousness old egoic programs that restrain the natural healing energy found in all of us. It is this immense energy emanating from our heart as a result of our personal and spiritual growth that dramatically impacts those around us. To approach our human potential, we must take an honest and humble look at ourselves and the world in which we live. 

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NRI 2018 Cardwell Nuckols

FACULTY: Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD
President, Cardwell C. Nuckols & Assoc. LLC
Longwood, Florida

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Cardwell C. Nuckols is described as one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America. He has served the behavioral medicine field for over 40 years and for the last 25 years is considered one of the leading experts in the world on addiction and recovery. 

Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 65 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 25 audiotape series. His latest book is entitled Finding Freedom Through Illumination: Realizing Christ Consciousness. His previous publication is a best seller entitled The Ego-Less SELF: Achieving Peace and Tranquility Beyond All Understanding.  Dr. Nuckols’ first book Cocaine:  Dependency to Recovery is also a trade best seller, as are, his booklets Quitting Heroin, Quitting Alcohol and Quitting Marijuana (Hazelden). He is the author of the book Healing an Angry Heart (HCI) and video Chalk Talk on Drugs with Father Martin (Kelly Productions).

Cancelled: Track 17 - Music Makes the Difference: Engaging D

Music Makes the Difference: Engaging Diverse Rural Youth in Health Promotion

Our Music Mentor Academies model teaches youth how to create their own dynamic and sustainable substance abuse prevention and health promotion media campaigns. This model empowers youth to be active creators of education content by leveraging social media with innovative education. Youth are the designers and messengers of their own year-long health promotion campaigns. 

Our Music Academy model supports social change by engaging youth in writing, recording and performing their original musical messages. Students commit to 10 yearly musical messages performances as peer educators to their peers within their schools and communities while developing peer created social media campaigns. 

Capitalizing on the medium of youth culture to create songs with uplifting and life-affirming messages is our fundamental approach. Incorporating popular culture engages the hardest to reach youth, increaseses youth resiliency and engages local/state government and communities as allies in healthy youth. This sustainable and long-term intervention attracts more youth to dynamic health promotion. This model focuses on specific community needs and engaging their youth in crafting and delivering the message. 

We employ the Search Institute framework of youth developmental assets, which identifies the skills, relationships, and behaviors that support healthy youth development. Our model has been applied to a range of educational areas including:  Planning for College and Science (Gear Up), addiction prevention, suicide prevention, opioid and prescription drug abuse and the harmful use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.

NRI 2018 Todd Denny

FACULTY: Todd Denny, MSW
Professor, School Of Social Work, Western New Mexico University
Silver City, New Mexico

BIOGRAPHY: Todd Denny teaches in the School Of Social Work at Western New Mexico University. He is also the director of communications and outreach for the Institute for Rural Social Work Research and Training.

Todd's Music Mentor Academies program has been featured on NPR twice and received the 2009 national award for best media awareness campaign from the National Council on problem Gambling. His work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society and the U.S. Department of Education Gear Up Program.  He has conducted over 1000 lectures, training's and educational workshops in universities, with Native American tribes, public schools, and a  variety of other community settings.

His most recent book is; Music Makes the Difference: Engaging Diverse Youth in Health Promotion and Substance Abuse Prevention.  He is also the author of  Unexpected Allies: Men Who Stop Rape which is used on campuses across America. He  was featured in the award winning, PBS television documentary, "Date Rape: A Different Set of Rules." For more detailed information: www.todddennymsw.com 

 

Tuesday Special Topic Series and Single Sessions

TUES STS-1A SERIES: Personal Power Tools: BTFA

Personal Power Tools: BTFA

This "pen and paper" awareness-raising tool is a cognitive-behavioral technique. Scripting out BTFAs slows down reactivity and speeds up accountability.  First, we will take a snapshot of what you are telling yourself that leads to a self-destructive habit.

Second, we will write out what you would prefer to be doing instead and learn how to create the mind-set to achieve it.

Third, we will create teams and practice listening for another's BTFAs and assisting to transform the sequence.  We will close with group discussion of challenging BTFAs and input for empowering the shifts.

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FACULTY: Wendi Martell-Daniels, LCSW, SAC
Therapist/Counselor, Visions Counseling
Merrill, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Wendi Martell-Daniels has gained a wealth of knowledge and "know how" from her diverse personal journey of recovery and nearly 20 years of professional experience.  Through her Master's degree in social work and addictions counseling, she has worked in Employee Assistance, inpatient and outpatient mental health and AODA treatment, at a technical college prevention program, and even in a round pen facilitating Equine Assisted Therapy. Her primary treatment approach is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. She has a certification in Trauma Counseling, and the recipe for a Forgiveness process.  From overcoming an eating disorder, Wendi learned and shares principles of nutrition and sleep. Valuing exercise led to an interest in Nia as movement therapy. Wendi earned a Nia Brown Belt and discovered Body-centered Psychotherapy. In 2000, Wendi incorporated a nonprofit, Visions Counseling. In 2015, adding Visions Counseling II, LLC signified the success of her solo practice.  Wendi has refined and developed tools that assist her clients to make often astonishing changes, even from personality disorders. Her vision is to build a center on her Wisconsin farm to train other professionals in these methods within a Christ-centered Biblical foundation.

TUES STS-2A SERIES: Understanding Viral Hepatitis

Understanding Viral Hepatitis

Viral hepatitis is an infectious disease that can be caused by five different viruses.  Hepatitis C is the most common form of hepatitis among  persons with drug addiction who have share needles. This can impact one's health both short term and long term.  Because the current rise in opioid use is paralleled with increasing prevalence of Hepatitis C, it is essential that treatment teams become familiar with this disease including prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment. Hepatitis C can be cured!  Addiction counselors,  case managers, social workers, primary care providers, and mental health professionals  need to work as a collaborative team and reinforce Hepatitis C treatment goals in their care planning and implementation. This session will give an overview of the disease and specific patient education material that can be reinforced by team members.

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NRI 2018 Terry Yonker

FACULTY: Terry Jean Yonker, MS
Finger Lakes Community Health
Marion, New York

BIOGRAPHY: Terry is the telemedicine clinical care coordinator at Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH), a federally qualified health center in rural New York State (NYS).   She has designed and implemented  telemedicine, tele-behavioral health, and tele-dentistry programs that integrate specialty and primary health care within a patient centered medical home. She provides care coordination for patients on the telemedicine registries in order to improve access to care and high quality outcomes. 

She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Rochester with a Master of Science in Nursing and is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She is DEA waivered to provide medication assisted therapy for patients with substance abuse disorders. She has also completed training to become a Hepatitis C specialized care provider for the Medicaid program in NYS In May 2018, she plans to obtain post-Masters certification in family psychiatric mental health.

TUES STS-3A SERIES: Private Practice: Fantasy or Reality?

Private Practice. Fantasy or Reality?

Participants will explore whether starting a private counseling practice is a realistic option for them.

FACULTY: Christopher A. Brahan, MS, LMFT, CSAC
Owner/Counselor, Gateway Counseling, LLC
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Chris Brahan graduated with his Master's Degree in AODA Counseling from U.W. Stout in 1990. He has extensive experience in outpatient AODA treatment and management. For the past 13 years, Chris has been in private practice, providing outpatient AODA services.

TUES STS-4A SERIES: Gender Identity And Sexual Orientation..

Gender Identity And Sexual Orientation: How It Relates To Mental Health And Substance Use

This workshop will provide an inside look at the LGBTQI spectrum through increasing understanding the spectrum, the differences between gender identity and sexual orientation, describing the issues faced by each part of the spectrum and how we as professionals can create an affirming, welcoming, inclusive, person-centered environment for those identify as being a part of the LGBTQI community. This workshop will review the history of mental health and substance use for these populations and approaches that have assisted in reducing substance use, suicide rates and increase quality of life.

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FACULTY: Katherine B. Trombley, MS, MSEd
Director of Adult Educational Opportunity Center, Genesee Community College
Batavia, New York

BIOGRAPHY: Kate Trombley is an advocate and ally to many underserved communities, including LGBTQI+. She currently serves as the Director of the Adult Educational Opportunity Center which is located at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York. Her mission and purpose through the center is to create initiatives and programs which assist low-income and first-generation adults to continue to post-secondary education, gain needed career skills through education and/or complete the high-school equivalency. Kate strives to level out the playing field for any individual who typically has to struggle to obtain what he or she needs.  In addition to her professional position, Kate is very passionate about reducing societal stigma and barriers which impact individuals who have lived experience with mental health and/or substance use challenges.  It is her long-term goal to open an respite for individuals who identify as LGBTQI+.

FACULTY: Lawrence Manchester

BIOGRAPHY: Lawrence is an individual who identifies as a female-to-male transgender individual. From a young age Lawrence knew when he looked in the mirror that the way he felt was not representative biologically. As a teenager, he started to self-medicate with alcohol. As Lawrence began to explore his identity and figure out who he was, he was also able to understand the root of his depression and alcoholism.  Once Lawrence began his transition and transformation, his depression reduced and he overcame his alcoholism with counseling and support. He will be part of this four day series by sharing his story of transition and the barriers that happened in his life as an individual living through the lens of trans experience.

TUES ST-5 Uncovering Varying Treatments for the Opioid...

Uncovering Varying Treatments for the Opioid Crisis: How Claims Data Reveal Dramatic Regional Differences

The opioid epidemic presents daunting problems for rural communities, including insufficient access to treatment facilities and behavioral health providers. Because resources are scarce, it is important to be able to evaluate which treatments are most effective and feasible in rural settings. Private healthcare claims data from an independent, national source make it possible to analyze regional differences in the opioid epidemic and its treatments—including differences between rural and urban areas and among states. This session will use claims data to present opioid-related patterns in different regions. The effects of age and gender will be considered, as well as trends in the most common opioid-related diagnoses, including opioid abuse, opioid dependence, heroin overdose and opioid overdose excluding heroin. The top procedure codes for treatments used in key states, as well as in rural and urban areas, will be examined, noting which are most common and which represent the largest aggregate expenditures.

Differences in the top procedure codes will show that each region is a laboratory for its particular favored approach, whether it is methadone administration, naltrexone injection, testing or another path. Such knowledge can form a foundation for learning which treatments are optimal and best adapted to rural areas.

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NRI 2018 Anne Marie Galanis

FACULTY: Anne Marie Galanis, RN
Chief Clinical Officer, FAIR Health
New York, New York

BIOGRAPHY: Anne Marie Galanis, RN, is chief clinical officer at FAIR Health, a national, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and insurance information. With over 30 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, she applies clinical expertise to sales and solution design processes to help FAIR Health deliver custom analytics that meet customers’ needs. Previously, she worked for McKesson, where she led new product research and teamed with US and UK healthcare organizations on implementing medical management programs. Anne Marie also worked with the government contractor responsible for reviewing the appropriateness and quality of care provided to Medicare and Medicaid patients. Her clinical experience ranged from medical/surgical nursing to critical care to behavioral health counseling. Anne Marie has a BS in Nursing from the University of New Hampshire and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School.

TUES ST-6 Broken Love, Broken Skin, and Broken Bones...

Broken Love, Broken Skin, and Broken Bones Identifying Low Self Esteem and Escaping The Cycle of Abuse

Most abusive relationships display a distinct pattern, known as the Cycle of Abuse or Violence. Not all relationships follow the same cycle, and individual experiences vary, some stages, but this seminar breaks down the four widely accepted stages of abuse and teaches atendees how to manage, or escape each of them.

Learning Goals and Objectives

  • To become familiar with the terms primary agressor and survivor.
  • To understand the difference between "power to" and "power over"
  • To learn how to recognize and avoid gaslighting.
  • To understand the cycle of abuse, and how to possibly escape it.

NRI 2018 Antonio Smith

FACULTY: Antonio T. Smith Jr., MATS
Founder/CEO & Certified Speaker, Trainer, and Coach, The ATS Jr. Companies
LA MARQUE, Texas

BIOGRAPHY: Antonio was born in Galveston, TX. He graduated from Houston Baptist University with a Bachelors of Arts in Christianity and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies. Antonio is a trained and certified speaker, trainer, and coach through Les Brown and the Les Brown Institute and a best-selling author of the book "Keep Walking: How God Worked Through My Logic."

TUES ST-7 Media Literacy

Media Literacy

The media spend billions of dollars each year to influence not simply your purchases, but also your self-image and even desires. Join an AOD veteran to learn what media literacy is, how to train to recognize messages, and how to offset their intended effects.

NRI 2018 Dee Owens

FACULTY: Dee S. Owens, MPA
SAMHSA

BIOGRAPHY: Dee S. Owens is the Special Assistant to the Director at the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and serves on the Rural Task Force at SAMHSA as well as a liaison to the Office of Rural Health Policy at HRSA. Previous work experience includes directing substance abuse services in Oklahoma and in the Marshall Islands and directing the Alcohol-Drug Information Center at Indiana University. She recently ended a term as President of the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network and teaches annually at the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse at the University of Wisconsin. She is the recipient of the Harold E. Hughes Exceptional Rural Professional award, the Bringing Excellence to Rural America award, and the 2016 Larry W. Monson award. She owns a small farm in Indiana.

TUES ST-8 TelePractice Improvement: A Sequenced Learning...

TelePractice Improvement: A Sequenced Learning Model on Technology-Based EBPs

The NFAR Telehealth Education Center (NFAR-TEC) developed a training model that can be adapted to a variety of topics essential to expanding behavioral healthcare and improving client outcomes. The model, call the TelePractice Improvement (TPI) Series, is a three-part online interactive training and consultation initiative that provides a 20-hour curriculum on topics essential to practicing in an online environment. The curriculum includes group and self-study activities and reading assignments relevant to the topic. The first two curricula developed were Skill-based Videoconferencing and Technology-Based Clinical Supervision. This presentation will give an overview of the research-based rationale for developing this type of specialized training; discuss individuals’ propensity to adopt technology and how to encourage its implementation; demonstrate TPI-specific activities; and examine the findings from the pre/post/follow-up surveys and their implications for future workforce training and practice, especially in rural and frontier areas.

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NRI 2018 Mark Disselkoen

FACULTY: Mark Disselkoen, LCSW, LADC
Senior Project Manager, National Frontier and Rural Telehealth Education Center (NFAR TEC/University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada

BIOGRAPHY: Forthcoming

TUES ST-9 Addiction or Nutrition? The Sweet Truth about...

Addiction or Nutrition?  The Sweet Truth about Sugar

With nearly 70% of Americans meeting the medical definition of obesity and one in two Americans given a diagnosis of pre-diabetes or Type II diabetes (Hyman, 2013), it’s time to disclose the truth about sugar.  Whether consumed in the form of simple carbohydrates such as potatoes, peaches, bagels, or pasta or delighted in delicious desserts, sugar has become the staple ingredient of the American diet.  This class will examine how sugary, processed foods light up the brains pleasure center much in the same way the brain is triggered by substances such as cocaine, alcohol, or nicotine.  First, participants will learn how to identify sugar addiction symptoms.  Second, participants will learn how to recognize hidden sources of sugar in their diet.  Lastly, participants will learn simple strategies for reducing sugar intake, managing sugar withdrawal and cravings, and how to reset internal sugar triggers.  

NRI 2018 Julia Persike

FACULTY: Dr. Julia M. Persike, PsyD, CSAC
Lodi Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Julia has spent the past 20 years providing behavioral health opportunities including education, consultation, presentations, and treatment services to both individuals and groups. Julia has worked as a case manager, clinician, program coordinator, group facilitator, supervisor, and professional consultant. Julia is a licensed Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and a doctor of psychology with a research focus in compassion fatigue and professional helpers. Julia is an adjunct instructor for Madison College, an instructor for the Intoxicated Drivers Program, a national presenter, and a psychologist-clinician with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Cancelled: TUES ST-10 Centene/Cenpatico Session Title: TBD

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FACULTY: Forthcoming

BIOGRAPHY: Forthcoming

Wednesday Special Topic Series and Single Sessions

WED STS-1B SERIES: Personal Power Tools: The Drama Triangle

Personal Power Tools: The Drama Triangle

In this session, we will put a new spin on a familiar pattern, drawing out a triangle.  First, we will identify the angles, V-P-R.  Second, we will fill in the lines between the angles with the interaction that describes the effect of the role.  Third, we will look at the white space surrounding the triangle, and how escape from the drama still creates chaos and frustration. Last, we will take a focus on the inside of the triangle, and the stability that stand offers.  This tool begets clarity, ownership, and direction to problem-solve.  Examples will be provided for use of the Triangle in addictions counseling, including recovery for personality disorders.

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FACULTY: Wendi Martell-Daniels, LCSW, SAC
Therapist/Counselor, Visions Counseling
Merrill, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Wendi Martell-Daniels has gained a wealth of knowledge and "know how" from her diverse personal journey of recovery and nearly 20 years of professional experience.  Through her Master's degree in social work and addictions counseling, she has worked in Employee Assistance, inpatient and outpatient mental health and AODA treatment, at a technical college prevention program, and even in a round pen facilitating Equine Assisted Therapy. Her primary treatment approach is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. She has a certification in Trauma Counseling, and the recipe for a Forgiveness process.  From overcoming an eating disorder, Wendi learned and shares principles of nutrition and sleep. Valuing exercise led to an interest in Nia as movement therapy. Wendi earned a Nia Brown Belt and discovered Body-centered Psychotherapy. In 2000, Wendi incorporated a nonprofit, Visions Counseling. In 2015, adding Visions Counseling II, LLC signified the success of her solo practice.  Wendi has refined and developed tools that assist her clients to make often astonishing changes, even from personality disorders. Her vision is to build a center on her Wisconsin farm to train other professionals in these methods within a Christ-centered Biblical foundation.

WED STS-2B SERIES: Using Telemedicine and HIT to Increase...

Using Telemedicine and HIT to Increase Access to Care For Rural Underserved Population

Families and individuals living in rural communities often have difficulty accessing specialty health care. The "TEAM" acronym can be used to describe innovative ways to address this. "TEAM" can represent Together Everyone Achieves More. This describes a care coordination model of care whereby collective action by members of the health care team work together toward common goals and performance measures in order to improve outcomes for patients. Another "TEAM" perspective is Technology Enhanced Access that Matters. This suggests that telehealth and health information technology (HIT) are tools to enable rural health care centers to improve access to high quality medical, dental, and behavioral health care.

Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH) is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) in rural New York State. The agency has used telehealth and both TEAM models since 2011 in order to improve access to dental, medical, and behavioral health care. Such patient-centered teams have achieved meaningful outcomes  for patients, including those with substance abuse disorders and co-morbid mental health disorders, HIV, diabetes, and Hepatitis C.  

This session will provide an overview of the FLCH TEAM program and its application in primary care.  Analyzed performance measures will be shared and case studies will be used to demonstrate the model in action.

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NRI 2018 Terry Yonker

FACULTY: Terry Jean Yonker, MS
Finger Lakes Community Health
Marion, New York

BIOGRAPHY: Terry is the telemedicine clinical care coordinator at Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH), a federally qualified health center in rural New York State (NYS).   She has designed and implemented  telemedicine, tele-behavioral health, and tele-dentistry programs that integrate specialty and primary health care within a patient centered medical home. She provides care coordination for patients on the telemedicine registries in order to improve access to care and high quality outcomes. 

She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Rochester with a Master of Science in Nursing and is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She is DEA waivered to provide medication assisted therapy for patients with substance abuse disorders. She has also completed training to become a Hepatitis C specialized care provider for the Medicaid program in NYS In May 2018, she plans to obtain  post-Masters certification in family psychiatric mental health.

WED STS-3B SERIES: Private Practice: Turning Fantasy Into...

Private Practice: Turning Fantasy Into Reality

Participants will explore the steps necessary to start a private counseling practice.

FACULTY: Christopher A. Brahan, MS, LMFT, CSAC
Owner/Counselor, Gateway Counseling, LLC
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Chris Brahan graduated with his Master's Degree in AODA Counseling from U.W. Stout in 1990. He has extensive experience in outpatient AODA treatment and management. For the past 13 years, Chris has been in private practice, providing outpatient AODA services.

WED STS-4B SERIES: Gender Identity And Sexual Orientation...

Gender Identity And Sexual Orientation: How It Relates To Mental Health And Substance Use

This workshop will provide an inside look at the LGBTQI spectrum through increasing understanding the spectrum, the differences between gender identity and sexual orientation, describing the issues faced by each part of the spectrum and how we as professionals can create an affirming, welcoming, inclusive, person-centered environment for those identify as being a part of the LGBTQI community. This workshop will review the history of mental health and substance use for these populations and approaches that have assisted in reducing substance use, suicide rates and increase quality of life.

FACULTY: Katherine B. Trombley, MS, MSEd
Director of Adult Educational Opportunity Center, Genesee Community College
Batavia, New York

BIOGRAPHY: Kate Trombley is an advocate and ally to many underserved communities, including LGBTQI+. She currently serves as the Director of the Adult Educational Opportunity Center which is located at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York. Her mission and purpose through the center is to create initiatives and programs which assist low-income and first-generation adults to continue to post-secondary education, gain needed career skills through education and/or complete the high-school equivalency. Kate strives to level out the playing field for any individual who typically has to struggle to obtain what he or she needs.  In addition to her professional position, Kate is very passionate about reducing societal stigma and barriers which impact individuals who have lived experience with mental health and/or substance use challenges.  It is her long-term goal to open an respite for individuals who identify as LGBTQI+.

FACULTY: Lawrence Manchester

BIOGRAPHY: Lawrence is an individual who identifies as a female-to-male transgender individual. From a young age Lawrence knew when he looked in the mirror that the way he felt was not representative biologically. As a teenager, he started to self-medicate with alcohol. As Lawrence began to explore his identity and figure out who he was, he was also able to understand the root of his depression and alcoholism.  Once Lawrence began his transition and transformation, his depression reduced and he overcame his alcoholism with counseling and support. He will be part of this four day series by sharing his story of transition and the barriers that happened in his life as an individual living through the lens of trans experience.

WED ST-11 Update On New And Novel Illicit Drugs

Update On New And Novel Illicit Drugs

This presentation will introduce and investigate some new and novel drugs of abuse including synthetic opiates and analogues, gabapentinoids, synthetic cannibinoids and other emerging elicit drugs. The presentation will review the chemistry, toxicology, clinical presentation and treatment of new and novel illicit drugs. Opportunities to educate providers as well as schools and families will also be discussed.

FACULTY: Stephen P. Wood, MS, ANCP-BC
Nurse Practitioner, Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics
Boston

BIOGRAPHY: Stephen is an acute care nurse practitioner in the department of emergency medicine at Winchester Hospital. He is also currently a Fellow in the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School. He is the associate medical director for Winchester Fire and Police departments and an imbedded consultant for the Woburn Police Department and the Southern Middlesex Regional Drug Task Force. He is the chairperson of the Winchester Hospital Opiate Task Force as well as the Middlesex County Mental Health Working Group. He is a member of the Woburn District Court Heroin Education Awareness Task Force and a former member of the North East Law Enforcement Council School Threat and Response Team.

WED ST-12 The Gender-specific Needs of Women with...

The Gender-specific Needs of Women with Substance Use Disorders

Recent studies have shown maternal opioid use is nearly 70% higher in rural areas than in urban areas. Rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS, also are higher in babies born in rural areas (nearly three times higher). Increasing rates of NAS and the care required for these babies puts a strain on rural hospitals and can lead to adverse outcomes for the infants. Providers in rural areas need to know best practices for serving women with substance use disorders, including those who are pregnant, so as to offer them effective services, even when community resources are limited. This session provides an overview of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA's) Training Tool Box for Addressing the Gender-Specific Service Needs of Women with Substance Use Disorders. The Tool Box provides behavioral health professionals with easily accessible, evidence-based, current, high-quality resources and strategies to better serve women with substance use disorders. It includes are module on serving pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders. It is a valuable resource that people can use to develop presentations and train staff about gender-responsive and trauma-informed approaches to care. The Tool Box is comprised of sets of customizable PowerPoint slides, activities, resources, and references. These slides allow users to develop and deliver presentations and trainings on engaging and supporting women with substance use and co-occurring disorders.

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NRI 2018 Sherri Downing

FACULTY: Sherri Downing, BA, 
Senior Program Manager, Advocates for Human Potential
Germantown, Maryland

BIOGRAPHY: Sherri Downing, BA, a senior program manager for Advocates for Human Potential (AHP) and the deputy director for SAMHSA’s Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) contact. Ms. Downing is nationally recognized for her expertise in addressing frontier and rural homelessness and housing issues. Ms. Downing is an experienced leader with solid project management and planning capabilities and a strong background in implementing evidence-based practices. She has expertise in many of the issues that lead to and sustain homelessness in rural and urban environments, including poverty, domestic and sexual violence, trauma, and behavioral health disorders. She is an experienced coalition and capacity builder and is knowledgeable about public housing initiatives and implementing the strategies, public policies, and practices needed to address homelessness.

WED ST-13 Hand Drumming For Coping Skills

Hand Drumming For Coping Skills

What Don wishes  to share.

  • Enough basic understanding of the drum, to loose the fear of hitting it.
  • The feeling of releasing pent-up, energy in a safe and productive manner.
  • The sense of coloration between your self, the drum, the group, and the sounds we make.
  • The knowledge and confidence, that your contribution to drum circle, is what completes the circle.

NRI 2018 Don Karsky

FACULTY: Don Karsky, former LADC
Drum Circle facilitor
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: A pre-adolescent finger tapper and carver of his first pair of drum sticks, Don, now 66 years young,  began his playing days in 1963 and officially ended in 1983. He played with eight separate bands, but still ended with the same three-piece band he began with in 1963.

Don discovered Drum Circle in 2007 and with their help; it opened a new door of performance. Early in 2008 a dance group asked Don to join them in their quest for live drumming to accompany the dance performances. Don felt honored, and joined in the effort.

With his partner Julie, Don moved to St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin in 1976 and built an underground house that they call "The Homestead." Don and Julie started a weaving business, a cottage industry, called "Karsky's Kraft" in 1988. They sobered up in 1997 and began some work Hazelden. Life is good.  And they both keep the cottage industry and homestead ship-shape from garden to woodshed!

WED ST-14 Yoga For Everybody, Every Day

Yoga For Everybody, Every Day

Beginning practice of yoga through breathing, (Pranayama) moving with body,(Asanas) and relaxation, (Savasana)

NRI 2018 Julie Karsky

FACULTY: Julie Kay Karsky, Yogafit Certified.
Yoga Instructor, Yoga with Julie
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Julie is a yoga instructor and certified in all levels of Yogafit. Her yoga began with, and is rooted in, her 12 step recovery experience. She teaches young children, first-timers, experienced practitioners, and those with chronic pain, with an extraordinary level of love and light.

WED ST-15 Bring it on! Fair Fighting Guidelines for...

Bring it on! Fair Fighting Guidelines for Difficult Relationships

While we all might agree that conflict, disagreement, and struggle are a part of life, it is more often how we seek solution that prevents long-term resolution.  Whether an ongoing rift between colleagues or a lifelong love/hate relationship between siblings, no one is exempt from the multi-faceted effects of difficult relationships.  This class will examine the underlying red flags which prevent difficult relationships from becoming healthy interactions.  First, participants will learn how to identify common characteristics of challenging relationships.  Second, participants will learn how organic personality differences impact communication styles.  Lastly, participants will learn how to communicate effectively, fight fairly, and interact objectively in order to sharpen their professional edge.

NRI 2018 Julia Persike

FACULTY: Dr. Julia M. Persike, PsyD, CSAC
Lodi Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Julia has spent the past 20 years providing behavioral health opportunities including education, consultation, presentations, and treatment services to both individuals and groups. Julia has worked as a case manager, clinician, program coordinator, group facilitator, supervisor, and professional consultant. Julia is a licensed Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and a doctor of psychology with a research focus in compassion fatigue and professional helpers. Julia is an adjunct instructor for Madison College, an instructor for the Intoxicated Drivers Program, a national presenter, and a psychologist-clinician with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Cancelled: WED ST-16 Benning House: The Grassroots Community

Benning House: The Grassroots Community Based Beginning of Army Substance Abuse Treatment

After passing the Comprehensive Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Act of 1970, also known as the Hughes Act, Senator Hughes continued his work. He was able to work with those in the Senate at the time to be a part of a subcommittee looking at alcohol and drug abuse in the military as well as VA.  Harold Hughes and his staff set up hearings on the topic and invited key members of the military involved with the problem to testify.  Among witnesses Dr. A.Carl Segal chief psychiatry and neurology at Fort Bennings Martin Army Hospital.  

Dr. Segal was the architect and founder of Benning House, a halfway house program designed to treat alcoholics and drug abusers at Fort Benning. Benning House differed from Navy and Air Force programs because it was designed as community based treatment. Benning House was instrumental in shaping early substance abuse policy through staff testimony at U.S. Senate hearings.  Halfway houses became a shared best practice and grew from Fort Benning to a peak of 50 similar operational programs by 1974. 

Although nearly forgotten, the halfway house movement defined the first chapter of Army substance abuse history. Perhaps, as we struggle to find better evidence based treatment today, there are lessons to learn by looking back at the army version of this community based model.

NRI 2018 Roger Wheatley

FACULTY: Roger Alan Wheatley, MS
United States Army Officer, United States Army
Fort Knox, Kentucky

BIOGRAPHY: Roger Wheatley is a United States Army officer who has served as a Human Resources Technician for 29 years.  He received his Masters in Human Resource Management from Troy University and currently serves as a Policy Analyst for the Army Directorate of Military Personnel Management.  Roger has been actively involved with the Army Substance Abuse Program throughout his career and volunteers his time and talent with local prevention and training programs.  His is a recovery advocate serving on the board of directors for People Advocating Recovery (PAR), a Kentucky advocacy group working to eliminate barriers to recovery from addiction.  Roger is a history enthusiast with an interest in the history of substance abuse within the military. He is a member of the Alcohol and Drug History Society and has presented at their Annual Meeting at Bowling Green University, Ohio.  He has also presented at the Stepping Stones Foundation, Bedford Hills, NY and the Alcoholics Anonymous History Symposium, Arizona.

Thursday Special Topic Series and Single Sessions

THUR STS-1C SERIES: Personal Power Tools: The Grid

Personal Power Tools: The Grid

Applying concepts from the book Getting Our Bodies Back, by Body-centered Psychotherapist Christine Caldwell, this tool extends the power of choice vs. control.  We will diagram the sequence of how any event has a physical root that signals a decision.  We will map out the "here we go again" steps take us down the route to old beliefs that trap us in self-defeating patterns that are destructive to relationships. Stepping back onto the other side, we will spell out how "getting the big picture" allows us to respond with wise, connected actions. A demonstration of "walking the Grid" will be shown as an opportunity to personalize the process.

FACULTY: Wendi Martell-Daniels, LCSW, SAC
Therapist/Counselor, Visions Counseling
Merrill, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Wendi Martell-Daniels has gained a wealth of knowledge and "know how" from her diverse personal journey of recovery and nearly 20 years of professional experience.  Through her Master's degree in social work and addictions counseling, she has worked in Employee Assistance, inpatient and outpatient mental health and AODA treatment, at a technical college prevention program, and even in a round pen facilitating Equine Assisted Therapy. Her primary treatment approach is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. She has a certification in Trauma Counseling, and the recipe for a Forgiveness process.  From overcoming an eating disorder, Wendi learned and shares principles of nutrition and sleep. Valuing exercise led to an interest in Nia as movement therapy. Wendi earned a Nia Brown Belt and discovered Body-centered Psychotherapy. In 2000, Wendi incorporated a nonprofit, Visions Counseling. In 2015, adding Visions Counseling II, LLC signified the success of her solo practice.  Wendi has refined and developed tools that assist her clients to make often astonishing changes, even from personality disorders. Her vision is to build a center on her Wisconsin farm to train other professionals in these methods within a Christ-centered Biblical foundation. 

THUR STS-2C SERIES: Anxiety and the Mind-Body Connection

Anxiety and the Mind-Body Connection

Anxiety is one of the most common emotions that we face in life. Stress can have some positive benefits but if it is overwhelming or chronic, it can take a toll on our physical and mental health alike. Scientists are discovering how our emotions are linked to neurobiology, including harmful effects from stress and anxiety. Anxiety disorders and uncontrolled symptoms can progress to impairment of daily function in some. Understanding anxiety can help substance abuse professional facilitate evaluation and treatment access for their clients. Referrals to mental health professionals who screen, diagnose, and manage anxiety can bring relief to those suffering acute/chronic stress and anxiety disorders. Psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and stress management  techniques can help decrease symptoms and restore function. A collaborative team approach is helpful to clients as well in order to support recovery and prevent relapse.

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NRI 2018 Terry Yonker

FACULTY: Terry Jean Yonker, MS
Finger Lakes Community Health
Marion, New York

BIOGRAPHY: Terry is the telemedicine clinical care coordinator at Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH), a federally qualified health center in rural New York State (NYS).   She has designed and implemented  telemedicine, tele-behavioral health, and tele-dentistry programs that integrate specialty and primary health care within a patient centered medical home. She provides care coordination for patients on the telemedicine registries in order to improve access to care and high quality outcomes. 

She is a 2003 graduate of the University of Rochester with a Master of Science in Nursing and is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She is DEA waivered to provide medication assisted therapy for patients with substance abuse disorders. She has also completed training to become a Hepatitis C specialized care provider for the Medicaid program in NYS In May 2018, she plans to obtain a post-Masters certification in family psychiatric mental health.

THUR STS-3C SERIES: Private Practice: Living the Dream

Private Practice: Living The Dream

Participants will explore strategies to sustain a private counseling practice.

FACULTY: Christopher A. Brahan, MS, LMFT, CSAC
Owner/Counselor, Gateway Counseling, LLC
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Chris Brahan graduated with his Master's Degree in AODA Counseling from U.W. Stout in 1990. He has extensive experience in outpatient AODA treatment and management. For the past 13 years, Chris has been in private practice, providing outpatient AODA services.

THUR STS-4C SERIES: Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation..

Gender Identity And Sexual Orientation: How It Relates To Mental Health And Substance Use

This workshop will provide an inside look at the LGBTQI spectrum through increasing understanding the spectrum, the differences between gender identity and sexual orientation, describing the issues faced by each part of the spectrum and how we as professionals can create an affirming, welcoming, inclusive, person-centered environment for those identify as being a part of the LGBTQI community. This workshop will review the history of mental health and substance use for these populations and approaches that have assisted in reducing substance use, suicide rates and increase quality of life.

FACULTY: Katherine B. Trombley, MS, MSEd
Director of Adult Educational Opportunity Center, Genesee Community College
Batavia, New York

BIOGRAPHY: Kate Trombley is an advocate and ally to many underserved communities, including LGBTQI+. She currently serves as the Director of the Adult Educational Opportunity Center which is located at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York. Her mission and purpose through the center is to create initiatives and programs which assist low-income and first-generation adults to continue to post-secondary education, gain needed career skills through education and/or complete the high-school equivalency. Kate strives to level out the playing field for any individual who typically has to struggle to obtain what he or she needs.  In addition to her professional position, Kate is very passionate about reducing societal stigma and barriers which impact individuals who have lived experience with mental health and/or substance use challenges.  It is her long-term goal to open an respite for individuals who identify as LGBTQI+.
 
FACULTY: Lawrence Manchester

BIOGRAPHY: Lawrence is an individual who identifies as a female-to-male transgender individual. From a young age Lawrence knew when he looked in the mirror that the way he felt was not representative biologically. As a teenager, he started to self-medicate with alcohol. As Lawrence began to explore his identity and figure out who he was, he was also able to understand the root of his depression and alcoholism.  Once Lawrence began his transition and transformation, his depression reduced and he overcame his alcoholism with counseling and support. He will be part of this four day series by sharing his story of transition and the barriers that happened in his life as an individual living through the lens of trans experience.

THUR ST-17 Recovery Messages

Recovery Messages

This outside the box presentation combines education and entertainment . It turns the table on triggers for relapse by pointing to a variety of movie clips that have a message about a component of recovery .  Examples of these  messages are :  "trust the process " , "the impact of selfish /self centeredness " "empathy " and " open mindedness " . The presenter will introduce each scene and the related recovery message . This will be most interesting to visual learners and it will stimulate thinking about use of popular movies  and/or other media to illustrate aspects of recovery .

NRI 2018 Paul Mladnick

FACULTY: Paul Mladnick, MS., LADC, NCGC II
Counselor, Bridges and Pathways Counseling Services
Forest Lake, Minnesota

BIOGRAPHY: Paul Mladnick has over thirty years of experience in the counseling field. He is recently retired from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation as Supervisor of the family program in Center City, Minnesota and now works part time in private practice in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Paul is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Minnesota and a National Certified Gambling Counselor. He has twenty years of experience in providing treatment for people with problem gambling and has been a past trainer for the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. Paul is an approved clinical supervisor through the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board. Paul was a co-founder of the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and he is still an active member on the National Rural Institute Board of Directors.

THUR ST-18 One Size Fits All and Other Delusions: An...

One Size Fits All and Other Delusions:  An Objective Look at Harm Reduction

Have you ever worked with clients that defined “recovery” differently than you?  Have you seen some that had different goals than the ones you desired for them?   Is it time to recognize that Harm Reduction is not failure on the part of the counselor and is the best some clients will strive for?  If life-long abstinence on the part of our clients is the counselor’s only measure of success how many of fail on a regular basis?  Have we, as a profession, been too hard on ourselves?

NRI 2018 Mark Williams

FACULTY: Mark Williams, ICAADC
Valdosta State University
Valdosta, Georgia

BIOGRAPHY: Mark F. Williams is originally from Muncie, Indiana.  He retired from the U.S. Air Force after twenty years of honorable service, primarily as a substance abuse counselor. He graduated from the University of the State of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree and received a Master of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma in 1999.  He has been a certified substance abuse counselor for twenty-seven years.  He is married to the former Kristina Marie Perry and they have two children and four grandsons.  He resides in Valdosta, Georgia where he counsels and teaches at Valdosta State University.    

THUR ST-19 A Study of Methadone Treatment by Opiate...

A Study of Methadone Treatment by Opiate-Dependent Individuals Ages 50-55 Years

Today’s methadone patients differ from those of the past due to increases in polydrug use, mental health issues, and medical needs. Patients requiring methadone treatment due to their opiate dependency are now older than those who initially presented for treatment when methadone therapy first started. There will be an increase in the number of older people dependent on opiates as the population continues to age. The purpose of the present study was to assess the relationship between methadone maintenance and the life experiences of opiate users ages 50–55 years by engaging 8 individuals who met the criteria, acknowledged an addiction to opiate, and were involved in a methadone maintenance program. Opiate dependent individuals from the Midwest using methadone in their treatment, provided data collected in face-to-face interviews for this study. Content analysis of the data was conducted with the assistance of NVivo 11 to code and identify categories and themes. Emergent themes included: the impact of methadone use on participants’ relationship with others, participants’ attitude of being an older methadone user, mental health stressors related to being an older methadone user, struggles in attending the methadone clinic daily, and needing other treatment besides treatment for methadone use. The study impacts social change by informing addiction professionals who may want to develop appropriate treatment interventions for this population.

NRI 2018 LaMart Hightower

FACULTY: LaMart Hightower, LMSW, CAADC, PhD
Assistant Professor, Northern Michigan University
Marquette, Michigan

BIOGRAPHY: I am a Licensed Master Social Worker with more than 30 years of clinical experience working with people with depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and chemical dependency. In addition, I am a Certified Advance Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the state of Michigan.  I currently teach diversity, addiction, and mental health classes at Northern Michigan University.

THUR ST-20 Soft Landing: A Long Standing Seamless Transition

Soft Landing - A Long Standing Seamless Transition Program At No Community Cost

This presentation will provide the history of Soft Landing Transition Services, a seamless model used for transition, and lessons learned over eight years of providing safe, sober housing, employment support, mental health counseling, and daily life skills to people coming from controlled environments such as rehab, incarceration, and war back into the community. Our research  gathered over 8 years with over 300 people provides several variables that demonstrate a high probability of staying out of legal problems, re-establishing past significant relationships, and staying sober.

Soft Landing Transition Services takes many residents who have no financial means and have been successful providing employment support. The majority of residents come to Soft Landing with dual diagnosis, loss of relationships, no income, and extensive legal problems.

Soft Landing is a non-profit, Menomonie, Wisconsin  based organization staffed totally with volunteers with the total cost for a resident between $250 - $375 per month, which includes utilities, coaching, mental health counseling opportunities, employment support, and food.

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NRI 2018 Steve Ashmore

FACULTY: Steven M. Ashmore, PhD Educational Administration, MS Mental Health, MS Special Education, LPC, SAC
Soft Landing Transition Services; Kayres Counseling
Colfax, WIsconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Successful long-term experience working with people with mental health/physical disabilities, 26+ years; supervision of public school staff for 30 years, 20+ years of high level management as principal, superintendent, human resource director; Organized, developed, and direct Soft Landing Transition Services providing safe sober housing for the past seven years ( Served over 300 community residents with mental health/addiction issues). Mental Health counselor for the past 7 years.

Completed masters degree in mental health counseling with emphasis on alcohol and drug abuse, August, 2009.  Obtained Wisconsin SAC /LPC licenses.   Six years of direct experience with Veterans in recovery suffering from PTSD, depression, and anxiety.  Vietnam veteran, US Marine Corps, honorably discharged, life member Disabled Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Board Member of Community for Veterans nonprofit, Executive Director (www: softlandingtransitionservices.com) for Soft Landing Transition Services that provides transition housing for people re-entering community from war, jail and/or substance abuse recovery.  Served as interim CEO for Lakeland Mental Health Center. Currently on Soft Landing Transition Services and Community for Veterans Boards and counseling part-time.

THUR ST-21 Selfishly Healthy: The Non-Gimmick Approach to...

Selfishly Healthy: The Non-Gimmick Approach to Getting in Shape, Losing Weight, and Feeling Great

Imagine this… it’s Monday night, you worked late, your commute home was a nightmare, your family is waiting for dinner, and you have an assignment due for the online class you’re taking.  Who has time to exercise, meditate, go to yoga, and eat right?  Believe it or not, we all do but it’s not easy.  This class will dissect the various components needed to create a healthy lifestyle grounded in restoring the mind, body, and soul.  First, participants will learn the importance of establishing and maintaining healthy wellness goals while balancing work and family needs.  Second, participants will learn how to become selfishly healthy using basic exercise and nutrition tips.  Lastly, participants will learn how to let go of guilt-driven, people-pleasing tendencies in order to achieve a realistically healthy lifestyle.  

NRI 2018 Julia Persike

FACULTY: Dr. Julia M. Persike, PsyD, CSAC
Lodi Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Julia has spent the past 20 years providing behavioral health opportunities including education, consultation, presentations, and treatment services to both individuals and groups. Julia has worked as a case manager, clinician, program coordinator, group facilitator, supervisor, and professional consultant. Julia is a licensed Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor and a doctor of psychology with a research focus in compassion fatigue and professional helpers. Julia is an adjunct instructor for Madison College, an instructor for the Intoxicated Drivers Program, a national presenter, and a psychologist-clinician with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

THUR ST-22 Ethical Puzzlers

Ethical Puzzlers

Counselors can find themselves in an ethical bind and wonder not only how to resolve the situation ethically, but also how they got there in the first place!

Participants in this workshop will discuss strengths and values they bring to the counselor-client relationship, and will watch video of several classic ethical dilemmas as a refresher on how to prevent and solve them.  

NRI 2018 Niki Moyer

FACULTY: Nikola C. Moyer, LADC, MALP
Center City, Minnesota

BIOGRAPHY: Niki Moyer has been active as a counselor and psychologist in the field of substance abuse for many years. Among her professional roles, she served in counselor and training supervisor positions at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (where she continues as staff in the Hazelden Family Program); adjunct faculty at Rutgers University; faculty with Terence Gorski’s CENAPS; and nationally and internationally as an instructor where she is best known for her presentations on relapse treatment, solution-focused counseling, and the nature of recovery.