This two-day training event takes place on Monday, May 2 and Tuesday, May 3.

Monday, May 2

7:00 am - 8:00 am: Breakfast

7:00 am - 3:00 pm: Exhibits Open

8:00 am - 8:30 am: Welcome
Presented by David Dickinson, MA, Stacey Toner and Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP
 
8:30 am - 9:45 am: Keynote Speech

Understanding Marijuana: Pharmacology and New Findings
Presented by Daryl Inaba, PharmD, CATC V, CADC III
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A growing body of medical evidence demonstrates marijuana (THC) in its current highly potent, newer concentrated forms (“edibles and BHO”), and especially the new synthetic cannabinoids (“Spice”) results in some major medical and mental health problems. Evidence of increased risks for psychosis, schizophrenia, heart attacks, seizures, hyperemesis syndrome, decreased IQ, and even testicular cancer has been associated with cannabis abuse. This Plenary Session will look at marijuana as a drug, current findings of its effects, new forms of abuse, its botany, chemistry, pharmacology and its major effects on the brain and body.
 
9:45 am - 10:15 am: Break

10:15 am - 11:45 am: Breakout Sessions

Meeting the Challenge: Resources for Alaskans
Presented by David Dickinson, MA
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This session will identify current behavioral health challenges facing Alaskans and provide an overview of initiatives and funding from SAMHSA and other federal agencies that are supporting state and tribal efforts and responses to meet these challenges.  Among topics to be discussed will be the opioid crisis and need for expanded MAT, the continuing need for effective suicide prevention approaches, the new challenges presented by Alaska’s recent legalization of recreational cannabis, and the need for additional workforce development.  The session will also provide an opportunity for attendees to identify other challenges and share ideas for solutions to meet them.

Cannabis Use Disorder and Marijuana’s Impact on the Developing Adolescent Brain
Presented by Darryl Inaba, PharmD, CATC V, CADC III
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Participation in this session will result in the following: (1) Increased awareness of new forms of marijuana abuse, prevalence and their physical and mental effects; (2) Increased knowledge of phyto, endogenous and synthetic cannabinoids and their basic pharmacology; (3)Basic awareness of THC as a G-protein Coupled Receptor; and (4) Exposure to recent research on marijuana’s impact on health. Upon completion of the plenary, participants will be able to: (1) Discuss the current trends in marijuana abuse and cite at least three new forms or ways it is being abused that greatly increase the potential toxicity of marijuana; (2) Name at least two common examples of: phytocannabinoids, endocannabinoids and synthetic cannabinoids; (3) Differentiate G-protein Coupled Receptors from classic neurotransmitter receptors; and (4) Recognize at least three new health concerns regarding the use of marijuana especially by adolescents.

HIV/AIDS: Understanding a Chronic Disease Through a Cultural Lens - Part I
Presented by Fransing Daisy, PhD and Joseph Cantil
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This interactive session will emphasize an overview of HIV disease and AIDS, Alaska/US/Global epidemiology, common medical treatment goals and how this impacts the behavioral health provider. Stigma, mental health issues, and chemical dependency negatively impact HIV testing and effective linkage to care. We will also review & explore skills to enhance client centered HIV risk assessment/HIV risk reduction planning as well as the use of helpful local and statewide resources.

Integrating Family Systems Into Substance Use Disorder Treatment
Presented by Leif Vick, LPC, NCC, CCMH and Danielle Burke
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It is important to understand the powerful influence of loved ones in the recovery process. This influence can help encourage substance users to receive treatment, help them remain engaged in treatment, and allow those being treated to receive an understanding from their loved ones they might not have received without this treatment component. Other benefits may include fewer extended relapses and an ability to remain focused on obtaining long-term sobriety. Treatment providers may not know how to incorporate social supports into specific treatment interventions. Providing information to providers describing how to incorporate friends and family into an individual’s treatment may enhance many substance use disorder treatment programs.
 
11:45 am - 12:00 pm: Break
 
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm: Lunch

Behind the Shades - Hope Beyond the Darkness: Talk by Sheila Raye Charles
Sheila Raye Charles tells the remarkable but difficult journey of her own life and her relationship with her legendary father, Ray Charles. A talented singer and songwriter herself, Charles was handpicked to sing award-winning songwriter Milliea McKinney's "We Are Hope" -- a song for our young people that has won both national and international acclaim with its message of hope that is near and dear to Charles' own heart.  Although Charles was surrounded by people, she was overwhelmed with loneliness. Those she should have been able to trust had failed her; life itself seemed to mock her attempts to overcome not only her own past but also the choices of those who had lived before her. Sometimes it seemed there was no hope beyond these shadows she could never seem to escape...
 
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm: Breakout Sessions

Improving Professional Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes and Abilities for Adolescent - Part I
Presented by Gregory Bennett, MA, LAT
This session will focus on the specialty of treating adolescents, evidence-based practices (with a twist), outpatient versus residential treatment, technology, and performance measurement and improvements. Outside the box activities and engaging discussions with case presentations will be covered and attendees will understand how to produce a truly individualized plan of care! 

HIV/AIDS: Understanding a Chronic Disease Through a Cultural Lens - Part II
Presented by Fransing Daisy, PhD and Joseph Cantil
This interactive session will emphasize an overview of HIV disease and AIDS, Alaska/US/Global epidemiology, common medical treatment goals and how this impacts the behavioral health provider. Stigma, mental health issues, and chemical dependency negatively impact HIV testing and effective linkage to care. We will also review & explore skills to enhance client centered HIV risk assessment/HIV risk reduction planning as well as the use of helpful local and statewide resources.

Motivational Interviewing with Criminal Justice Populations - Part I
Presented by Thomas Durham, PhD, LADC
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This workshop will explore the “spirit” of motivational interviewing and how it can be an effective adjunct to addiction treatment with criminal justice populations. Discussed will be how this approach can effectively contribute to short-term goals of treatment initiation and retention, and its potential in affecting long-term goals of ongoing change and reduction in recidivism. Included will be an exploration of punishment versus motivation throughout the criminal justice culture and the ensuing challenges facing clinicians. Research studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of motivational interviewing with both incarcerated clients and those in community correction settings will be reviewed. Also explored will be the potential benefits of probation, parole, and correction officer training in motivational interviewing.

Management 101 For New Managers
Presented by Rosalie Nadeau, MEd
We will be discussing the difference between counseling and managing a company.  This session will also go over important subjects that graduate schools fail to teach students who want to run a company.
 
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm: Break
 
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm: Breakout Sessions

Improving Professional Knowledge, Skills, Attitudes and Abilities for Adolescents - Part II
Presented by Gregory Bennett, MA, LAT
This session will focus on the specialty of treating adolescents, evidence-based practices (with a twist), outpatient versus residential treatment, technology, and performance measurement and improvements. Outside the box activities and engaging discussions with case presentations will be covered and attendees will understand how to produce a truly individualized plan of care! 

HIV/AIDS: Understanding a Chronic Disease Through a Cultural Lens - Part III
Presented by Fransing Daisy, PhD and Joseph Cantil
This interactive session will emphasize an overview of HIV disease and AIDS, Alaska/US/Global epidemiology, common medical treatment goals and how this impacts the behavioral health provider. Stigma, mental health issues, and chemical dependency negatively impact HIV testing and effective linkage to care. We will also review & explore skills to enhance client centered HIV risk assessment/HIV risk reduction planning as well as the use of helpful local and statewide resources.

Motivational Interviewing with Criminal Justice Populations - Part II
Presented by Thomas Durham, PhD, LADC
This workshop will explore the “spirit” of motivational interviewing and how it can be an effective adjunct to addiction treatment with criminal justice populations. Discussed will be how this approach can effectively contribute to short-term goals of treatment initiation and retention, and its potential in affecting long-term goals of ongoing change and reduction in recidivism. Included will be an exploration of punishment versus motivation throughout the criminal justice culture and the ensuing challenges facing clinicians. Research studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of motivational interviewing with both incarcerated clients and those in community correction settings will be reviewed. Also explored will be the potential benefits of probation, parole, and correction officer training in motivational interviewing.

Thinking Errors: Yours, Mine & Theirs
Presented by Diane Ogilvie, MAEd
Addictions counselors understand and address thinking errors in treatment programs across many levels of care. Counselors know that changing the thinking process requires increasing one’s self awareness and lots of practice. However, thinking errors are not limited to the treatment population! Thinking errors can affect even the most seasoned treatment counselor. This interactive workshop will encourage clinicians and counselors to acknowledge how thinking errors can affect the therapeutic alliance and their ability to provide quality care.


Tuesday, May 3

7:15 am - 8:15 am: Breakfast

7:15 am - 3:15 pm: Exhibits Open

8:15 am - 9:30 am: Keynote Speech

The Wellbriety Movement: Cultural Approaches to Healing
Presented by Don Coyhis
First the individual must heal and then the family can begin healing; then the community can start to heal; and then the nation can heal. Coyhis will introduce the concept of Wellbriety as balance and connection to the natural laws that create healing within the native community. Culturally based tools are discussed as a way for changing families. A combination of immense losses and traumatic events that have perpetrated an entire culture need healing as natives across the nation are encouraged to seek to reinstate cultural ways, language and sacred traditions. The unfortunate consequences of trauma include not believing you have a future, difficulties within families, and a distrust of the outside world. This is passed down through direct parent-child interactions and also through interactions with extended family and the community. Healing will take place through application of cultural and spiritual knowledge. Healing of our Native Community is entirely possible.
 
9:30 am - 10:00 am: Break

10:00 am - 11:30 am: Breakout Sessions

Mindful Stress Reduction
Presented by Amy Carlson, LCSW
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This course uses an East meets West approach to teaching both the science of the body and brain, and effective mindful methods to managing stress and emotions. We teach this class as a level 0.5 outpatient educational skill building over a 10 week period and address most of the components in our level 1 intensive outpatient program. This is a great overview for those looking to manage their own stress more effectively and gain tools to pass on to their entry level clients.

Rebuilding Healthy Families: Principles of Family Change
Presented by Don Coyhis
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The Rebuilding Families: Principles of Family Change Workshop will explore how to mind map a vision for healthy families.  Participants will learn to develop skills such as how to utilize the Talking Circle and mind mapping in the visioning process.  As a result, participants will be able to explain the process for creating a vision and demonstrate how to mind map a vision of a healthy family based upon the needs and fears of family members regarding children. What does it mean to restore the cycle of life?  Participants will walk away with a greater understanding of the cycle of life, and the knowledge that culture is a tool for prevention.

Black and White Answers to Ethical Issues in the World of Behavioral Health, Really??
Presented by Jerry A. Jenkins, MEd, MAC
The modern day provision of treatment for substance use disorders requires counselors to constantly be vigilant in the area of ethical practice. Evolving issues relating to competency, compensation, boundaries, and technology are ever present. This workshop will provide an update on some of the challenges facing today’s practitioner.

Tobacco Cessation: A Key to Recovery for Persons with Addictions
Presented by Chad D. Morris, PhD
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Ultimately it doesn’t matter what addictions services are offered to clients, if they are disabled or dying due to modifiable behaviors such as tobacco use, sedentary behavior, and poor nutrition. For this reason, prevention and wellness services are critical to recovery for persons with substance disorders. Also, there is mounting evidence, that offering tobacco cessation services concurrently with substance use treatment significantly increases the effectiveness of alcohol and drug treatment. This presentation will highlight how substance use agencies are effectively integrating tobacco cessation programming into their mission, marketing, and daily practice. Innovative strategies will be described for a continuum of care including inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment settings. Dr. Morris will outline low burden, evidence-based practices, as well as agency guidance regarding staff training, workflows, treatment planning, and sustainability.
 
11:30 am - 1:00 pm: Lunch and Membership Meeting

Membership Meeting lead by Diane Ogilvie, MAEd and Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP
 
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm: Breakout Sessions

Providing Treatment Services To A Culturally Diverse Population
Presented by Teri Davis, MS, LPC, CDC I
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This workshop examines some of the different cultures in Alaska and why it is important for mental health and substance use providers to be culturally aware. You will hear about the presenter’s experiences of being raised in rural Alaska and how that background has helped her to provide quality behavioral health services to clients from different cultures in Bethel and the surrounding villages. Considering a clients culture allows for a more applicable treatment plan, thus increasing rates of client success and improvement of their health and wellness.

The Treatment of Trauma in Substance Use Disordered Clients
Presented by Gunnar Ebbesson, LPCS, MAC, CDCS and Joseph Nowell, LPCS, MAC, NCC
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Research shows that most of the people in SUD treatment have experienced trauma in their lifetime; many suffer from co-ocurring PTSD in addition to SUD. This talk will address the assessment of PTSD in an SUD client, discuss the interaction between the disorders, and offer suggestions for treatment.

Romancing the Brain Into Recovery - Part I
Presented by Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP
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With funding from NIDA, Cynthia Moreno Tuohy and Danya International developed and evaluated a multi-component, multi-media tool for use by addiction and other helping professionals to assist adults and youth improve their life traumas and conflict through skills that are an intensive set of psycho-emotional-social-spiritual Cogitative Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatments. The goals of these treatments are to understand the processes in the limbic and frontal cortex and how to develop self-regulation by building new neuropathways. Information is based in brain research and CBT treatments that have been effective for treatment and recovery. Other techniques are employed that unify the principles of social learning and emotional intelligence theory. This program affects behavioral learning with emotional development and maturity that results in long-term changes in the brain and behavior.

Tobacco Cessation: A Key to Recovery for Persons with Addictions
Presented by Chad D. Morris, PhD
Ultimately it doesn’t matter what addictions services are offered to clients, if they are disabled or dying due to modifiable behaviors such as tobacco use, sedentary behavior, and poor nutrition. For this reason, prevention and wellness services are critical to recovery for persons with substance disorders. Also, there is mounting evidence, that offering tobacco cessation services concurrently with substance use treatment significantly increases the effectiveness of alcohol and drug treatment. This presentation will highlight how substance use agencies are effectively integrating tobacco cessation programming into their mission, marketing, and daily practice. Innovative strategies will be described for a continuum of care including inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment settings. Dr. Morris will outline low burden, evidence-based practices, as well as agency guidance regarding staff training, workflows, treatment planning, and sustainability.
 
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Presentation

Central Principles of Supervision: The Benefits of Balancing Administrative and Clinical Supervision
Presented by Autumn Vea, MA and Heather Phelps, MA, LPC, NCC
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Supervision is an ongoing and evaluative relationship which develops and reinforces sound clinical practice. Central Principles of Supervision: The Benefits of Balancing Administrative and Clinical Supervision is an intermediate level presentation geared toward supervisors who have some knowledge of supervision practices and direct experience supervising counselors. The eleven principles of supervision as outlined in SAMHSA’s Clinical Supervision and Professional Development of Substance Abuse Counselors (TIP 52) will be discussed in depth. Through a leaded discussion, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how balancing clinical and administrative supervision results in improved client care and supervisee proficiency. The three hours could count towards the requirements to become an approved chemical dependency clinical supervisor.
 
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm: Break
 
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Breakout Sessions

The New ASAM Criteria
Presented by Tyrone Charles, LPC, NCC, CDVC III
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This presentation will explore changes in the ASAM Criteria, including the expansion to include more diverse populations, terminology changes, and updated diagnostic criteria.  

Integrating A Behavioral Health Program Into a Primary Care Setting In Rural Alaska
Presented by Teri Davis, MS, LPC, CDC I
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This workshop will provide a basic foundation of knowledge for providers and agencies who are interested in integrating behavioral health into a primary care setting in rural areas. The presenter will share an in-depth evaluation of the year-long process of designing and implementing a behavioral health program in rural Alaska; including successes, challenges and mistakes. You will hear testimonials gathered from patients about their experiences of receiving care at an integrated care clinic. The presenter will facilitate an extended question and answer session about integrated care during this workshop, so it may be beneficial to come prepared with questions.

Romancing the Brain Into Recovery - Part II
Presented by Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP
With funding from NIDA, Cynthia Moreno Tuohy and Danya International developed and evaluated a multi-component, multi-media tool for use by addiction and other helping professionals to assist adults and youth improve their life traumas and conflict through skills that are an intensive set of psycho-emotional-social-spiritual Cogitative Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatments. The goals of these treatments are to understand the processes in the limbic and frontal cortex and how to develop self-regulation by building new neuropathways. Information is based in brain research and CBT treatments that have been effective for treatment and recovery. Other techniques are employed that unify the principles of social learning and emotional intelligence theory. This program affects behavioral learning with emotional development and maturity that results in long-term changes in the brain and behavior.

42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA Update - What Does It Have To Do With You?
Presented by Carolyn Heyman-Layne, Esq.
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This session will present an update on the issues of new technologies (text, Skype, Facebook, other electronic communications) and client privacy as it relates to 42 CFR Part 2 and HIPAA regulations and will include a discussion of new conversations to change 42 CFR Part 2 and how those could affect your practice and your clients. It is vital to understand how the current code secures and protects addiction related clients and the counselors that serve them.