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2012 NALGAP Webinar Series

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Each program in this series will provide 1.0 NAADAC CEUs.


Sexuality, Sexual Orientation and Sexual Identity in Addiction Recovery

Wednesday, May 30, 2012 1:00 PM Eastern 12:00 PM Central 11:00 AM Mountain 10:00 AM Pacific


Event Description:

Sexuality is a critical aspect of human psychology and behavior, and every aspect of sexuality is impacted by the disease of addiction. Despite this fact, the topic of sexuality often is not included in therapeutic activities and treatment planning for persons who are receiving treatment for addiction.

Treatment programs and professionals may make inaccurate assumptions about patients’ sexuality, and may avoid in-depth exploration due to discomfort and lack of skills. In dealing with patients who fall into a sexual minority group, clinicians may have even greater discomfort and uncertainty about how to proceed.

This training will discuss basics of sexuality as a component of addiction treatment, and will provide an overview of the special issues and needs of addiction treatment patients who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender.


Learning Objectives:

  • Obtain a comprehensive sexual history from patients in an addiction treatment program;
  • Assist patient to recognize and understand ways that their sexuality has been intertwined with their progressive addiction;
  • Identify a GLBT patient’s stage of “coming out” and develop a treatment plan appropriate to that stage;
  • Describe the gender identity spectrum and determine where on this continuum a transgender patient is at the present time.



Penelope P. Ziegler, MD, FASAM
Medical Director
Virginia Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program

Penelope Ziegler a member of the NALGAP board. In addition, she serves as Medical Director of Virginia Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program and is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Virginia Commonwealth University. She is Board-certified in General and Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.



Epidemics in Our Youth Culture: Bullying, Violence & Suicide. Public Health Prevention Resources for At Risk Youth

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 1:00 PM Eastern 12:00 PM Central 11:00 AM Mountain 10:00 AM Pacific


Event Description:

While we continue our efforts on universal access to prevention, treatment care and support for addictions we need also to recognize the compounded issues many youth are currently facing. Bullying, Suicide and Youth Violence is a public health crisis in the United States. Sexual Minority youth are the most at risk population. Youth who also are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender by others wither they are or not place them at higher risk. While many young people have a secure understanding of their sexual identity for others, similar to adults, they may question their sexual orientation. Anyone who expresses gender variations different than birth gender has an increased vulnerability for harassment, bullying, intimidation and suicide.

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death on college campuses (CDC 2008).
  • For every completed suicide by a young person, it is estimated that 100 to 200 attempts are made (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey 2003).
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers (Massachusetts Youth Risk Survey 2007).
  • In a 2009 nationally-representative sample of youth in grades 9-12 (CDC 2010) 31.5% reported being in a physical fight in the 12 months preceding the survey
  • Statistics show that nearly 9 out of 10 LGBT youth (86.2%) reported being harassed at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation, and 3 out of 5 LGBT youth (60.8%) felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, according to GLSEN.

Preventing youth violence is a vital part of promoting the health and safety of youth and communities. A one-size-fits-all approach won’t work in every instance. This seminar will review national campaigns and resources that have been developed to respond to the current crisis.


Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the diversity of sexual minorities and other subcultures within the youth culture that have an impact on health, wellness and safety.
  • Identify and promote protective factors
  • Review local and national assistance resources for at risk youth




Phil McCabe is a Health Educator at the UMDNJ -School of Public Health, Office of Public Health Practice; Director, LGBT Healthcare Initiative and LGBT Faculty Consultant for UMDNJ-School of Nursing; NALGAP's President and Board of Directors member; a member of the NJ Coalition Against Sexual Assault Board of Trustees; and a member of the NJ Governors Advisory Committee on Sexual Violence-Prevention and Public Education Committee.


Recovery and Spiritual Abuse

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 1:00 PM Eastern 12:00 PM Central 11:00 AM Mountain 10:00 AM Pacific


Event Description:

Often our client’s resistance to working a selfhelp program is because that program identifies as a Spiritual Program. Many of our clients have suffered spiritual abuse. Some have been physically or sexually abused by religious leaders. Many sexual minorities (LGBTQ) have been abused from the pulpit or their religion of origin’s teaching on homosexuality.

In order for these clients to work a spiritual program, they need to identify what happened to them as spiritual abuse and then heal from that abuse just as any other type of abuse in order to have a healthy spirituality.

This session will explore the types of spiritual abuse, use sexual minorities as a target audience for understanding how damaging spiritual abuse can be and then discuss ways to assist clients in the healing process from their spiritual abuse.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify damaging remarks about sexual minorities from religious groups as spiritual abuse.
  • Compare the effects of spiritual abuse to physical/sexual abuse.
  • Name three strategies for assisting clients in healing from spiritual abuse



Joe Amico, MDiv, LISAC, CAS
Vice President

Joe has been working in the addictions field for 30+ years and has served as an addictions counselor, chaplain, program director, administrator and radio show talk host. He is a well- known, international speaker on LGBTQ addiction issues.


Don't Ask, Don't Tell - LGBT Veterans and Addiction

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 1:00 PM Eastern 12:00 PM Central 11:00 AM Mountain 10:00 AM Pacific


Event Description:

There are 1.8 million veterans that meet the criteria of substance abuse disorder according to the latest statistics taken in 2006. There are no current stats that identify the addicted Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender individual Soldier, Sailor, Marine, Airman or Coast Guard. Addiction in the military has been an ongoing issue since the beginning of armed combat and the fight to recover is even more difficult. The military environment has long since condoned binge drinking as a rite of passage for most young people entering the various services and for “lifers” it has always been a “badge of honor” of sorts. This training will explore the dynamics of the disease of addiction, sexual orientation, and PTSD for veterans and their difficult road to recovery.


Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the military psyche, binge drinking and “don’t ask, don’t tell.
  • Recognize provider biases, expectations and roles when treating gay service men and women.
  • Assist patient’ in recognizing internalized homophobia and steps that will help the healing process.



Cheryl Reese, LPC

Cheryl Diane Reese is a retired Marine Master Sergeant, Vietnam era veteran, having served more than 22 years in the Marine Corps. She is the first African American woman Public Affairs and Combat Correspondent in the Marine Corps.

As a counselor she often assisted hundreds of Marines and sailors where the population base swelled from 5,000-20,000 Marines in peace time. Cheryl served as the Director and Associate Director of Substance Abuse programs in Okinawa, Japan as well as Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, DC. Cheryl established the only substance abuse inpatient program for Marines and sailors in Okinawa in 1986.

Cheryl served as the Deputy Director and Clinical Program Manager for Whitman-Walker Lesbian Services Program for five years and developed a Trauma Resolution Program for women recovering from childhood abuse. Cheryl has served as program director for several community based alcohol and drug counselor training programs and written drug and alcohol curriculum for George Mason University and HIV and health care givers curriculum for Washington DC HIV support services.

Cheryl earned a Masters Degree in Human Services from Lincoln University, prior to retiring in 1991. She is co-principal in EDUCARE Systems, Inc. a healing and training center located in the DC metro area. Cheryl continues to pursue her work in consultation, coaching and therapy –a calling she truly feels is divine.