2013 PreConference Workshops



Saturday, September 21


PC01 Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with the Twelve Steps
9:30 am – 4:30 pm

 

Osvaldo Cabral, LPC, MA, CAC III, Coordinator 
Men’s Residential Program, Center for Dependency 
Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR), University of Colorado

 

 

 

Bari Platter, MS, RN, Nurse Educator
Center for Dependency
Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR), University of Colorado

 

The Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Twelve Steps workshop will focus on
the recently published curriculum developed by the authors. This innovative curriculum integrates
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) concepts with Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF). 
Combining these two therapies help strengthen clients’ recovery. Whether implemented in inpatient
treatment settings, intensive outpatient programs, or in an extended care format, Integrating
Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Twelve Steps helps you customize an evidence-based treatment
program that meets your clients’ needs. Passages from Twelve Step literature, including the Big Book of
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and the Basic Text of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) are used in this program to
reinforce DBT skills. This workshop will be highly interactive, giving participants the opportunity to learn
and practice approaches used in the curriculum. Participants will become familiarized with
how both traditional DBT skills and newly created skills, developed by the authors, are effectively used
in both group and individual sessions. Both addiction treatment centers and mental health centers have
used this dynamic program with great success.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Review evidence-based practice trends related to DBT and TSF.
  • Learn key concepts of DBT and TSF.
  • Become familiarized with each of the four modules from Integrating DBT with the Twelve Steps curriculum: Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Interpersonal Effectiveness, and Emotion Regulation.
  • Practice a sampling of skills from each of the four modules to include newly developed skills that integrate DBT with Twelve Step philosophy and literature.

Additional fee of $149.00 applies for full conference registrants. (lunch included)

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PC02 Experience the Power of Experiential Therapy
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm *
*(Note: This session is being offered  3  times) 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Deana Grall
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Rogers Memorial Hospital

Phil G.
The Herrington Recovery Center

 

 

In this session you’re not allowed to sit back and observe—you’ll experience several recreation therapy group interventions that directly correlate with Twelve-Step recovery program principles. Deana Grall, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at Rogers Memorial Hospital, will facilitate some of the experiential therapy interventions that helped Phil G. during his treatment experience at the Herrington Recovery Center. Phil will share his perspective on how this hands-on approach enhanced his progress in addiction treatment. You’ll leave the session with a greater understanding of the powerful impact that experiential therapy has when it is thoroughly integrated in the overall treatment program. Come prepared to be an active learner (wear comfortable clothing and footwear) because in this session you’ll be learning by doing!

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between what recreation therapy is and what it isn’t.
  • Summarize the rationale behind at least one of the group initiatives you participated in.
  • Explain how these recreation therapy initiatives correlate with Twelve-Step recovery program principles.

Sponsored by Rogers Memorial Hospital

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PC03 The Latest Drug Use Trends and How to Stay Ahead of the Curve
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Kenneth A. Dickinson, M.S., R.P.H,
Director of Marketing,
Gaudenzia, Inc.

 

 
Recent government reports indicate what addiction professionals already know: drug abuse is on the rise. But these upward trends are coming from new and sometimes confusing directions. Bath salts? Synthetic marijuana? Synthetic opiates? These and other trendy substances are complicating the landscape of drug treatment. This presentation will not only review the latest statistics, but it will address the specific substances that are driving the trends. It will also address the various drug testing options that addiction professionals should know about in order to maximize their ability to stay one step ahead of drug abuse trends.

In this session, participants will:

  • Learn about the latest trends in drug use, including synthetic marijuana and opiates, bath salts, and other substances.
  • Discover how state and federal governments are responding to these trends.
  • Learn about the latest developments in drug testing relative to synthetic drugs, bath salts, etc., and how stay one step of these trends by taking advantage of the latest advances in drug testing.

Sponsored OraSure Technologies, Inc.

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PC04  Experience the Power of Experiential Therapy  
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Deana Grall
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Rogers Memorial Hospital

Phil G.
The Herrington Recovery Center

 

 

 

In this session you’re not allowed to sit back and observe—you’ll experience several recreation therapy group interventions that directly correlate with Twelve-Step recovery program principles. Deana Grall, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at Rogers Memorial Hospital, will facilitate some of the experiential therapy interventions that helped Phil G. during his treatment experience at the Herrington Recovery Center. Phil will share his perspective on how this hands-on approach enhanced his progress in addiction treatment. You’ll leave the session with a greater understanding of the powerful impact that experiential therapy has when it is thoroughly integrated in the overall treatment program. Come prepared to be an active learner (wear comfortable clothing and footwear) because in this session you’ll be learning by doing!

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between what recreation therapy is and what it isn’t.
  • Summarize the rationale behind at least one of the group initiatives you participated in.
  • Explain how these recreation therapy initiatives correlate with Twelve-Step recovery program principles.

 

Sponsored by Rogers Memorial Hospital

 

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PC05  Being an Advocate for Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention—Time for New Strategies
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Andrew Kessler, JD, Slingshot Solutions, LLC

The substance abuse advocacy community faces many disadvantages, including stigma, and policy makers who do not understand our issue. If we are to change the attitudes of policy makers, we need to change the way we advocate. Grassroots activism is simply not enough, as the issues we address are complex and sensitive. It is time for a change, beginning with the people who know this disease best.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand how important a tool advocacy can be in improving treatment and prevention programs.
  • Recognize what the treatment and prevention communities need to do in order to properly frame the debate on substance abuse policy.
  • Understand the impact that one treatment professional can have at both the community and national levels.

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PC06  Experience the Power of Experiential Therapy
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Deana Grall
Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist
Rogers Memorial Hospital

Phil G.
The Herrington Recovery Center

 

 

In this session you’re not allowed to sit back and observe—you’ll experience several recreation therapy group interventions that directly correlate with Twelve-Step recovery program principles. Deana Grall, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at Rogers Memorial Hospital, will facilitate some of the experiential therapy interventions that helped Phil G. during his treatment experience at the Herrington Recovery Center. Phil will share his perspective on how this hands-on approach enhanced his progress in addiction treatment. You’ll leave the session with a greater understanding of the powerful impact that experiential therapy has when it is thoroughly integrated in the overall treatment program. Come prepared to be an active learner (wear comfortable clothing and footwear) because in this session you’ll be learning by doing!

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between what recreation therapy is and what it isn’t.
  • Summarize the rationale behind at least one of the group initiatives you participated in.
  • Explain how these recreation therapy initiatives correlate with Twelve-Step recovery program principles.

 

Sponsored by Rogers Memorial Hospital

 

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PC07 Healthcare Reform and Parity - The Medicalization of the Addiction Field: A New Frontier
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


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

 

 


Kenneth Blum, PhD
Chairman of the Board, Chief Scientific Officer
LifeGen Inc.

 

 

The Addiction Field is anticipating changes as the Affordable Healthcare Act and Parity Law are fully implemented. What will this mean for the programs and clinicians who are dedicated to treating clients seeking help for their addiction?  

This workshop will focus on the current thinking on the rollout of healthcare reform and the many variations that are being implemented in a variety of states as well as reviewing the role of the clinician and program as this unfolds. It will also focus on innovative diagnostic tools to help practices in their assessment and placement of clients.  

The presentation will introduce genetic testing to assess risk and ongoing laboratory tools that are or will be available and how to use them in a practice. Dr. David E Smith will present a national perspective from ASAM as well as review of some current models of care in multiple States and what has been learned from their implementation. Dr. Ken Blum will present the Genetic Addiction Risk Scale, what does measure and how it can impact care along with medication monitoring with laboratory tools.

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • To help addiction therapists understand healthcare reform and parity, and maintaining their role as experts in addiction.
  • Review of the reward deficiency syndrome and the neurobiology of addiction.
  • Learn the dominant genetics tied to addiction and proposed testing, and what it will mean in practice.

Sponsored by Dominion Diagnostics

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