Frequently Asked Questions

What will the 2022 schedule be like?

We expect to post final schedule layout details in early 2020 with final presentation announcements around that same time. We are watching the COVID-19 situation very closely and expect to be able to host both in-person and virtual activities to meet a variety of learning needs.

What will the registration fees be for 2022?

The final registration fees for 2022 are under development. As with prior years, we expect to provide group and student discounts as well as scholarship assistance.

Daily Schedule

The daily schedule of the Virtual Institute
Monday - Thursday, June 21-24, 2021.

See the Full At-a-Glance Session Schedule Here
 Each day will have 5 instructional hours that contribute toward total CEU calculations. A total of 20 contact hours/2.0 CEUs can be earned if an attendee only participates in all live instructional hours. Additional hours may be earned through On-Demand viewing throughout the month of July.
Note: All times Central.

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Daily Welcome w/Award

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Instructional Block (1 Contact Hour/.1 CEU)

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Break: Exhibitors & Networking

10:15 am - 11:15 am

Instructional Block (1 Contact Hour/.1 CEU)

11:15 am - 11:30 am

Break: Exhibitors & Networking

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Midday Plenary Session (1 Contact Hour/.1 CEU)

12:30 pm - 12:45 pm

Break: Exhibitors & Networking

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Instructional Block (1 Contact Hour/.1 CEU)

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Break: Exhibitors & Networking

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Instructional Block (1 Contact Hour/.1 CEU)

3:00 PM

End of Instruction for the day

Track Sessions

4-hours total instruction taught within a single Institute day, Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.

Track sessions are opportunities for more in-depth education about a particular topic. While not required, the greatest benefit will be gained from those participants who attend all four hours of a track:
9:00 am - 10:00 am
10:15 am - 11:15 am
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The specific date each track will be taught is noted within the session title.

Final schedule subject to change.

Track 01 - Monday-The Medical Aspects of the Chronic Brain Disease of Addiction

In the medical aspects of addiction track, we are going to focus on addiction as a chronic brain disease and use the ASAM definition of addiction as well as the as 5 pillars found in the surgeon general’s report on addiction. The 5 pillars (1. prevention, 2. education, 3. research, 4. treatment, and 5. recovery support systems) as a model for treating this chronic disease. We will focus on the challenges encountered by rural practitioners, as well as, explore the science behind addiction as a chronic brain disease, specifically, highlighting the surgeon general’s report on substance use disorders and the ASAM definition of addiction (Addiction is a stress-induced, genetically mediated, primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.)

Joseph M. Garbely, DO, DFASAM, FAPA
EVP/Chief Medical Officer, Caron Treatment Centers
Wernersville, Pennsylvania

Track 02 - Monday-Identifying and Addressing the Impact of Trauma in Rural and Frontier Communities

This session will speak to the prevalence, signs, and impacts of rural trauma, including the hallmarks of potentially traumatic events, including abuse, loss and chronic stressors. This session will cover the “three Es” of trauma: events, experience, and effects as well as the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, which looks at the ongoing effects of childhood experiences of abuse (emotional, physical and sexual), neglect (physical and emotional), and familial/environmental (active mental illness, untreated substance abuse/addiction, loss of parent, domestic violence in the home) . The session will speak to the health and social effects associated with significant trauma and will be strongly grounded in rural and frontier culture and intergenerational patterns of behavior.

FACULTY: Sherri Downing
Senior Program Manager, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
Helena, Montana

Track 03 - Monday-Implementing Treatment Court Best Practices in Rural Jurisdictions

This track will cover the most critical research-based practices in the implementation and operation of a treatment court, including the drug court, mental health court, and veteran’s court. Topics covered will include: Selecting the Right Participants, Designing Treatment Court Phases and Matching Effective Incentives, Sanctions, and Therapeutic Adjustment; Applying Trauma-Informed Practices, Procedural Justice, and the Recovery Model; and Implementing the National Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards. Sessions will be both didactic and interactive and will consider both policy development and practice issues.

: Norma D. Jaeger, Ph.D. (ABD)
Executive Director, Recovery Idaho. Inc, A Statewide Recovery Community Organization
Meridian, Idaho

Track 04 - Monday-Native American Cultural Competency: Prevention to Treatment

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 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.

Dianne Sullivan, MA, CSAC, LADC
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Center City, Minnesota

Track 05 - Monday-Conflict Resolution and Management in the Family’s Journey of Change

The track will provide tools and knowledge to help participants manage conflict when the family is encountering change. The change may occur within a dysfunctional family system (e.g., addiction, alcoholism, abuse) or when a family system tries to heal. We will explore the communication studies lens of the family to understand conflict, conflict styles, goals within conflict, and communication styles. Throughout this track we will delve further into ways to support family members of the dysfunctional family system understanding how communication patterns can be revised to aid in conflict resolution and management tools. The intent of this track is to supplement the treatment that is already being offered, and to help family members understand that family communication must change to support and survive the dysfunction or the change currently occurring within the family system.

DeAnne Priddis, PhD
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Track 06 - Tuesday-LGBTQIA+ Cultural Diversity Issues 

Everyone works with sexual minorities. These sessions will address appropriate terminology and best practices for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, two spirit individuals and more. We will address key terms and concepts including understanding the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex assigned at birth.

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

Vice President of Education at the California Consortium of Addiction Programs & Professionals (CCAPP)
Sacramento, California

Track 07 - Tuesday-Grant Writing and Fund Raising Survival School

One of the greatest challenges to treatment and prevention agencies is often simply paying the bills. More than ever, organizations need the skills to draft high quality proposals and increase the likelihood of sustaining important program services. This is especially important with new Opioid related funding coming available this year. Whether you're a seasoned grant writer or a novice, this high-energy, interactive workshop teaches applicants who to: • Identify funding sources fast • Find local data to support your case for funding • Understand how grants are reviewed and use the information to your advantage • Make your application stand out and keep the reviewer's attention • Understand each section of a grant proposal and improve your review scores • Use Excel and Word to make grant writing more productive • Write measurable goals and objectives • Write a quality evaluation plan • Find best practice program models for use in your community • Write a budget that will pass federal review • Use fundraising and special events to support your agency • Avoid the Top Ten Reasons for Failure The presenter has over thirty years experience in both treatment and prevention, and written over $100 million dollars in funded foundation, state, and federal proposal using the approach taught in the class.

Paul N. McKenzie, PhD
Executive Director, Southeast Center for Strategic Community Development
Lancaster, South Carolina

Track 08 - Tuesday-Adolescent Treatment, Co-Occurring & Recovery Issues

It seems as the years have gone on, our clients have come in more complex and tough to work with. Adolescents in particular, especially at the residential level have so much more than just substance use going on. To be effective we have to have an understanding of co-occurring issues. We need to understand how addictive patterns can overlap with mental health symptoms and trauma, and what to do with them to help them begin a complex recovery process. It is important not to get caught up in the battle of which came first, but instead to focus how we can treat the whole person. The information in this track can be useful not only for those that work with adolescents, but with adult populations as well. Understanding the developmental process of even our adult clients can help us navigate their individual path to recovery. This program track is encouraged for anyone interested in the unique novelties and trends of adolescents, as well as those wanting a deeper understanding of how trauma and mental health issues can impact a client at any age and how we can help.

Christy Alten-Osmera, MS, LAC, NCC LPCMH
Adolescent Program Director and Therapist, Keystone Treatment Center
Canton, South Dakota

Track 09 - Tuesday-Gambling and Video Gaming: A Convergence

A review and discussion of some How’s and Why’s about Gambling in today’s world including some clinical factors and tools. Gambling is changing fast to keep up with new Legal/Regulatory issues, ever growing Social Gambling, the intense expansion of Internet Gambling and an explosion of Sports Gambling.

Trainer, Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling
Kenosha, Wisconsin

Track 10 - Tuesday-Holistic Approaches to Assist Addiction Recovery

Recent scientific studies have demonstrated holistic treatment approaches dramatically improve success rates in addiction recovery. Holistic approaches provide a multi-faceted means to assist detoxification, reduce stress, regain personal balance and improve mental and physical well-being. In this track, participants will learn holistic health approaches that are beneficial for addiction recovery including exercise, nutrition, Ayurveda, yoga techniques, meditation/mindfulness and methods to rebalance hormones and circadian rhythm. In addition, participants will gain an understanding of how to implement and educate clients and patients about these approaches to assist moving into and maintaining addiction recovery.

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

Track 11 - Wednesday-Using Solution-Focused Counseling in Relapse Treatment and Relapse Prevention

How to help relapsers? This practical and interactive workshop will include an overview of the basics of solution-oriented counseling, and how these ideas fit together with the basics of relapse treatment/relapse prevention.

Looking at recovery as a developmental process, the workshop will describe how a client’s strengths, perspectives, spirituality, and sense of humor change at various stages of recovery, and ways the counselor can help clients take advantage of these changes. We will look also at how the family is able to experience a parallel recovery process.

Participants will try out six simple and useful questioning techniques that help clients move into solution-building, and share ways these techniques may be useful with their particular clients and families.

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

Track 12 - Wednesday-The Successful Treatment of Stimulant Use Disorder: Methamphetamine And Cocaine

This clinical training will focus on the management of Stimulant Use Disorder from toxicity, the “crash,” the acute abstinent syndrome through early recovery. Time lines and stages of recovery will be explored noting the patient pitfalls that must be overcome along the way. Clinical observations and therapeutic approaches to these difficulties will be described. Emphasis will be placed on the research and evidence basis of various psychotherapy and pharmacological approaches. To enhance neurogenesis and neuroplasticity (recovery), descriptions of novel group and individual strategies will be utilized. Participants can expect a highly clinical training. The trainer endeavors to give participants a “state of the art” perspective of the management of patients suffering from cocaine and/or methamphetamine addiction.

By participating in this session participants will better understand the physiological and/or psychological consequences of methamphetamine toxicity and describe the process of recovery and its various stages and symptoms. Participants will also be able to discuss various treatment options utilized to neuroplastically develop the prefrontal cortex, and able to describe the role of environment and spirituality in the recovery process. They will also be able to discuss the developmental problems and resulting need for habilitation often encountered in the methamphetamine addict.

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

Track 13 - Wednesday-Maintaining Ethical Relationship Boundaries for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Professionals

Positive counseling outcomes depend upon a good working alliance between counselor and client. Maintaining appropriate ethical boundaries between the client and the counselor is crucial for the therapeutic alliance. These boundaries set limits for the therapist's expression of power in the therapeutic relationship in order to keep the patient safe. Ethical boundaries also establish a structure for professional relationships, providing a consistent and reliable frame of reference for service providers and clients as they unexpectedly find themselves navigating uncharted territory during the counseling process. Additionally, ethical boundaries define the limits to which the counselor’s personal self and professional self should extend into each other, assisting the counselor to provide personalized therapy while maintaining a personal life outside of the therapeutic setting.

FACULTY: Jeffrey A. Ahonen, MAC, MDiv, LPC-IT, SAC-IT
Chief Executive Officer, The Just Community
Ladysmith, Wisconsin

Track 14 - Wednesday-Positive Psychology for Treatment Planning, Group Work, and Individual Therapy

Coined by Dr. Martin Seligman in 1998, positive psychology is defined as the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that allow individuals and communities to thrive (Seligman & Csikzentmihalyi, 2000). Rather than focus on what is broken or damaged, positive psychologists focus on personal strengths and individual merits. Participants in this class will examine the original tenets of positive psychology including gratitude, happiness, humor, resilience, well-being, and positive thinking in relationship to treatment goals, relapse prevention, and long-term recovery. Participants will learn how to shift their clinical focus from damage control (risk factors) to positive growth (protective factors). Participants can expect a learning environment that encourages small group discussion, active learning (games, ice-breakers and prizes), and group idea-sharing.

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

Track 15 - Wednesday-Prevention

Planning and evaluation – skill development – community organization – policy – environmental strategies – are all important to community prevention work. 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.

Dee S. Owens, MPA
Social and Behavioral Health Team, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Arlington, Virginia

Special Topics

One hour of instruction on a single topic.

All Special Topics will be taught on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

Individual session times are noted with the session title.

Final schedule subject to change.

Special Topic 01 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Do No Harm Yoga

Most of us come to yoga to get something positive;
1) more flexibility, 2) more strength, 3) more balance
But first; do no harm 1)to yourself, 2) to others, 3) to your surroundings
Welcome yourself to your mat. Giving yourself lot’s of T.L.C. in your Practice and focus on; bring intention to; or draw upon your sankalpa; do no harm.

Julie Kay Karsky,YogaFit Certified Yoga Instructor
S.O.A.R. Certified (Success Over Addiction and Relapse)
Yoga Instructor, Yoga with Julie
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

Special Topic 02 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Using Survey Research to Shape Substance Use Prevention and Intervention Policy

Substance use, both alcohol and drug-related, impacts communities differently. Using a comprehensive survey including measures on substance use, mental health, criminal history, family history, social and behavioral history, and treatment exposure(s), a team of researchers sought to better understand the needs of one county in western Wisconsin. Constructing a survey aimed at isolating the most prevalent risk factors for substance use, researchers hope to identify those which put local residents at greatest risk. Results from the survey will drive substance use prevention and intervention policy recommendations. Particular interest is being paid to the impact of methamphetamine on residents. The first part of the study included sampling from a population in the recovery community, using a snowball sampling approach. This method was one of convenience and allowed for survey items to be validated and the instrument to be considered reliable. The second part of the study involved using the survey county-wide in an effort to receive more inclusive results. Researchers received support from both the local Community Justice Collaborating Council (CJCC), as well as a local university. The lead researchers maintain roles as a treatment court coordinator and visiting assistant professor with these organizations. Researchers hope to replicate this study in other areas, allowing for a more complete understanding of substance use needs across geographical locations.

FACULTY: Phillip M. Galli, MA
Visiting Assistant Professor University of Wisconsin – River Falls
River Falls, Wisconsin

FACULTY: Kimberly J. Kitzberger
Treatment Court Coordinator St. Croix County
Hudson, Wisconsin

Special Topic 03 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Sober Living, not Sober Housing

The key to long-term sobriety is not found in a 30-day program alone. History has shown that long-term sobriety takes time and practice finding functionality in a routine, employment, engagement in the community, things like fitness, hobbies… Reasons to wake up every morning, to be excited for the day and to be sober. Chris Edrington (Owner) started St. Paul Sober Living 20 years ago and led the 112-bed sober living program through multiple program iterations to mee the demand and changing needs in addiction.

The key to success is finding the community and a home while working through the clinical recommendations and creating an atmosphere for “Sober Living” not just “sober housing” providing a place for residents from all backgrounds and communities to find a home where they can thrive and feel included. A place where recovery moves from residential to the real world with support along the way.

FACULTY: Chris Edrington
Owner St. Paul Sober Living
St. Paul, Minnesota

FACULTY: Matthew Mortinson
Executive Director St. Paul Sober Living
St. Paul, Minnesota

Special Topic 04 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am: Employee Assistance in Rural America

This session will provide:
• Basic overview of Employee Assistance (EA) history, rationale, models, current operations and challenges, outcomes, and future direction.
• Review role of alcoholism / addiction focus of EA work past vs today; and, workplace challenges with alc/addiction vs EA service delivery models.
• Review and present information from a survey (to be) developed for this presentation re: survey of internal and external EA service providers from across USA in working with rural populations in general, and alc/addiction in particular.
• Implications of EA service delivery market trends, outcomes, and expectations of EA in working with rural alc/addictions providers re: intervention, assessment, treatment, follow-up, and stay at work/return to work challenges.
• Future challenges in provision of EA services to rural employees with a focus on alc/addiction services.
• Q&A re: working with EA service providers.

FACULTY: Jim Printup
President, The Oasis Group and President – EAPA Upper Midwest Chapter
Edina, Minnesota

FACULTY: Gregory P. DeLapp, MHS, CEAP
CEO, Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA)
Arlington, Virginia

Special Topic 05 - 9:00 am - 10:00 am:  Movies and Their Recovery Messages

This is an outside of the box presentation. Oftentimes movies and music are talked about as triggers for active addiction. This presentation looks at a variety of movies that have recovery and treatment related messages. It takes movie scenes that depict topics such as: admission of the problem, empathy for others, re-framing the past, trust the process and more. It will stimulate ideas about other ways of teaching people about recovery. You will be both educated and entertained!

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

Special Topic 06 - 10:15 am - 11:15 am: Yoga: An Alternative Treatment for Depression and Anxiety

Depression has become an invisible epidemic, afflicting approximately 121 million people worldwide. The World Health Organization ranks depression as one of the world’s most disabling diseases, and our best estimates from population studies show that approximately 20-25% (or 1 in 4) of people in the United States will experience a serious, clinical depression during the course of their lifetime. Substance abuse is common among people who are battling a depressive disorder. Because alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, the use of this drug tends to trigger depression symptoms like lethargy, sadness and hopelessness. However, many depressed individuals reach for drugs or alcohol as a way to lift their spirits or to numb painful thoughts. As a result, depression and substance abuse feed into each other, and one condition will often make the other worse. The presentation will focus on the Eastern Medicine view of depression where physiology has an inherent self-repair mechanism and treatment approaches vary greatly depending on the individual. Participants will learn the three archetypes of depression and specific yoga postures, breath techniques, meditation and mindfulness suitable for each archetype of depression.

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

Special Topic 07 - 10:15 am - 11:15 am: Addiction Behavioral Heath and the Family of Faith

A concise, clear and committed viewpoint on what family recovery is, what families need, and how they can take care of themselves while doing what they truly want to do: support their loved one in recovery. Fr. Jim cuts through the too-often ambiguous messages to families of "detaching with love" and "letting go", finally defining these as not calls to step back into inaction, but to move towards the problem of the family disease through engagement. His message completely refreshing, challenging the old message that the family can't really help their loved ones in battling addiction, even though we know it is a family disease.

FACULTY: Rev. James E. Swarthout, M. Div., MSW, CAADC, CIP
Behavioral Health and Foundation Director, Addiction Medicine, Amita Health
Algonquin, Illinois

Special Topic 08 - 10:15 am - 11:15 am: Maximize Therapeutic Alliance: Treatment Outcomes and Deliberate Practice

Addiction counselors increasingly experience shorter lengths of stay, pressure and accountability for treatment outcomes, and limited time to develop and maintain the therapeutic alliance. To complicate matters further, research studies reveal that despite a proliferation of evidence-based methods, treatment outcomes have plateaued for nearly five decades. Promising research indicates, however, that a small percentage of clinicians manage to achieve more favorable outcomes than the majority of their peers, thanks to their ability to form and maintain alliances with a range of patients—and this differential skill in alliance formation holds the hope of improving outcomes.

FACULTY: Daniel Frigo, PhD, LICSW
Professor, Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies
Center City, Minnesota

Special Topic 09 - 10:15 am - 11:15 am: Cognitive Blind Spots: An Introduction to Implicit Biases, Stereotypes, and Microaggressions 

Like the blind spot experienced when driving a vehicle, cognitive blind spots are a common occurrence experienced by all humans. Biases are formed throughout our lifetime and serve to influence our thoughts, actions, beliefs and value system. Participants will define and discuss the similarities and differences between implicit biases, stereotypes, and microaggressions. Participants will discuss the positive and negative impacts of biases on personal relationships, professional interactions and interpersonal communication. The goal of this class is not to fix or change individual biases but to respectfully discuss how cognitive blind spots impact our work as professional helpers. Participants are encouraged to bring case scenarios, questions, and specific examples of biases in order to further the discussion-focused class.

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

Special Topic 10 - 10:15 am - 11:15 am: Substance Use and Intervention, Working Through Ambivalence

Individuals with substance use disorder often contemplate and delay getting help despite catastrophic consequences, generally feeling that there is an easier way to get better without entering a treatment facility. After participating in this session participants will gain general knowledge of substance use disorder, specifically around individuals who are unwilling to seek treatment for their condition. This session will provide valuable insight into the addictive brain, general patterns of active addiction and help participants understand how one makes decisions while actively using psychoactive substances. Participants will also begin to possess the language of addiction and learn how to effectively speak to individuals who are actively using. With this skill, participants will understand how to move active users into a safe setting so they can heal.

CEO/Owner, Gateway Recovery Center
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

Special Topic 11 - 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: Role of Spirituality in Recovery

Many people say “I’m not religious, I’m spiritual”, but when asked what they mean by “spiritual” they have no idea beyond “not religious”. Addiction is powerful, We need a spirituality that is powerful enough to beat our addictions every day. We need a team, consisting of a higher power that is real, sober friends who are real, and our own real, sober, and alert selves. Fr. Jim bring together over 35 years or working with 12 step recovery! Words such as self loathing, “I’ve got this” and it’s your problem, not mine bring back memories. Fr. Jim will share how to maintain our spiritual condition so that we can enhance self and others to remain reliably sober, and come to restore our relationships with God, ourselves, and those we love. By sharing and engaging the spiritual principals of the fellowship and making a daily commitment to our program of recovery, we reliably become happy and joyful.

FACULTY: Rev. James E. Swarthout, M. Div., MSW, CAADC, CIP
Behavioral Health and Foundation Director, Addiction Medicine, Amita Health
Algonquin, Illinois

Special Topic 12 - 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: Compounding Factors: Identifying and Functioning with the Effects of Exposure to Unhealthy Stimuli

Exposure to unhealthy stimuli occurs throughout the lifespan and is manifested in a multitude of ways. Practitioners and caregivers may be led into their careers through an overdeveloped sense of responsibility to be concerned with the wellbeing of others over themselves. Individuals suffering from untreated exposure may seek approval, fear criticism, experience guilt feelings when they don’t give in, judge themselves harshly or have low self-esteem, fear abandonment, and/or become addicted to excitement. Through a discussion based format, join us in exploring the exposure, the symptoms, the strengths and weaknesses, and developing a personal recovery plan which is translatable to those we serve.

FACULTY: Jerry M. Moore
President of the Board,  1 Drum Solutions, Inc
Mason, Wisconsin

Special Topic 13 - 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: Cancelled

This session has been cancelled. 

Special Topic 14 - 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: 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 session 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.

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

Special Topic 15 - 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm: Walk With Me Into Transgender America

Mr. Keenan’s mission is to provide an understanding of the daily struggles that youth and adults face as part of the Transgender community. In his presentation, Mr. Keenan discusses specific issues and factors that can contribute to high risk behaviors; such as substance use, depression and suicide in youth. He also discusses the importance of support from care givers, school systems, family and friends. Mr. Keenan will also review the importance of using affirming language and how to be an ally to best support the individuals that are being served. After participating in this session attend will better understand the importance of using affirming names and pronouns, understand how to be an Ally, and understand the special needs of the Transgender population.

FACULTY: Riley D. Keenan, (He, Him, His) BS, Behavioral Specialist
Program Director of Coordinated Assessment and Kaleidoscope Advocate, Center For Family Services
Camden, New Jersey

Special Topic 16 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Beyond ACEs: Promoting Client Resiliency in the Treatment of Trauma and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorder

75% of individuals in substance use treatment report abuse and trauma histories. Data collected from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study has provided information regarding childhood experiences and current health status and behaviors. In the mental health and substance use fields, much focus is placed on an individual’s symptoms. By utilizing an approach that promotes resiliency and wellness versus placing focus on the past, professionals can help promote positive client outcomes. This presentation will provide an overview of trauma and stressor related disorders and co-occurring substance use disorder followed by strategies to target strengths and external resources to strengthen an individual’s ability to address life’s challenges. The target audience includes clinicians directly delivering trauma focused care and any agency staff involved in the development of trauma informed care environments.

FACULTY: Kenneth L. Roberts, MPS, LADC, LPCC
Chief Clinical Officer, NUWAY
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Special Topic 17 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Angels Are Intersex: living beyond the binary boxes

Intersex people don’t fit neatly into male or female boxes they are Born Both. Although they are as common as red hair and green eyes they are completely invisible in society and suffer huge trauma from current routine medical surgical and hormone interventions to “fix” them as either Male or Female in childhood. You might have treated an intersex person without knowing it as many don’t feel safe to disclose their truth.

This session will provide a 101 on intersex and how it relates and illuminates current discussions around sex, sexuality, faith and trans people.

Many intersex teens and adults self harm, attempt suicide and develop addictions to manage their trauma. This session will empower you to become an ally and help one of the most underserved communities in society.

FACULTY: Seven Graham (they/their)Dip Coun. BA Anth/Comms.
Therapist, Coach, Producer, Writer and World 1st Stand-up comic
7 Graham Solutions
Los Angeles, California

Special Topic 18 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Why should I use Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills when treating addiction?

As a certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist, I am always talking about the DBT skill and how clients and therapist can integrate the skill into their treatment. In this session I want everyone to understand what DBT is and how DBT skills can be used with clients who suffer from addiction. Many of these skills will help clients who struggle to regulate their emotions become stronger and healthier in their recovery. Come and attend this session so you learn how to implement DBT skills in an addictions-based treatment.

FACULTY: Melissa N. Niedfeldt, MA, LPC, CSAC, PS-IT, CDBT
Mental Health/Addictions Therapist, North Central Health Care
Wausau, Wisconsin

Special Topic 19 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: 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.

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

Special Topic 20 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Why is Monkey Chatter So Relentless? How to Educate and Support Family Members

The parallel journey of addiction and recovery of this family disease is underutilized as a strategy for education and healing to empower the whole family. After participating in this session, participants will understand what 'Monkey Chatter' is and how to educate, support, and empower family members to focus on their own recovery. Loved ones struggle to identify the need, value, and benefit of their recovery. One of our jobs is to teach them the power of living their recovery out loud.

FACULTY: Margaret A. Swift Thompson, MS, LADC, CTA Certified Coach
Family Addiction Specialist, Embrace Family Recovery LLC
Osceola, Wisconsin