The 2017 Annual Conference: Elevate Your Practice features a broad array of topics and formats, including four all-day pre-conference seminars on September 22, daily keynote speakers in plenary sessions, breakout workshops, and events on September 23-25, a two-day U.S. DOT SAP Qualification/Requalification training on September 25-26, and two all-day post-conference seminars on September 26. 

Business & Partner Meetings

Thursday, September 21

10:00AM - 4:00PM          INCASE Board Meeting

6:00PM - 7:30PM            NASAC Advisory Board

7:30PM - 9:00PM            NASAC Commissioners Meeting

Friday, September 22

8:00AM - 5:00PM          NAADAC Executive Committee Meeting

11:30AM - 1:30PM           NAADAC Executive Committee Lunch

Saturday, September 23

8:00AM - 5:00PM          NCC AP Meeting

11:30AM - 12:30PM         NAADAC Regional & International Caucus Meetings

7:00PM - 8:00PM           INCASE Membership Meeting

8:00PM - 10:00PM         INCASE Reception

Sunday, September 24

8:00AM - 5:00PM          NAADAC Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, September 25

8:00AM - 4:00PM          NCC AP Meeting

Friday, September 22 - Up to 7 CEs available

7:30am – 7:00pm Registration
7:30am – 8:30am Continental Breakfast (for PRE-Conference Attendees only)

Basics of Addiction Counseling: Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders
Thea Wessel, MA, LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC
All psychoactive substances have a profound impact on the client’s body – physiologically, psychologically and emotionally. The neuropsychological science helping us understand how these psychoactive substances influence and dysregulate the brain is changing how we understand addiction and is influencing treatment and recovery services. This workshop - introducing NAADAC’s new Basics of Addiction Counseling Desk Reference – Module III: Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders – will give a broad overview of what we are learning about the primary psychoactive substances used as well as an introduction to the current drug trends. Participants will leave this workshop with a clearer understanding of how substances impact the person and the body.

Basics of Addiction Counseling: Theories, Practices, and Skills
Thomas Durham, PhD
This workshop is intended as both an introduction to the revised Module II of the Basics of Addiction Counseling: Desk Reference and a refresher on addiction counseling to assist those preparing to take the NCC AP credentialing tests. Covered in the workshop will be theoretically-based approaches to counseling; counseling practices, modalities, and skills; and considerations for special populations in addiction counseling. A case study will be presented and application of different theoretical models will be discussed. The interactive workshop will cover motivational interviewing, transtheoretical model of change, patient placement, co-occurring disorders, and mutual support groups.

Basics of Addiction Counseling: Ethical & Professional Issues
Deborah Fenton-Nichols, EdD, LPC, LAC
Providing clinical and recovery services to clients struggling with addictions requires a strong ethical framework. Ethical issues are rarely black and white concerns and they arise frequently. Ethical issues often require supervision/consultation, an understanding of standards of practice, reasoned judgment, and an ethical decision making model. This informative and interactive workshop will engage its participants through the use of actual case studies to understand the inspiration behind the key Principles of the NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics revised in 2016. Participants will leave with a clear understanding the SAMHSA competencies and how they are relevant to the Code of Ethics. Participants will leave this workshop with several tools that promote critical analysis and ethical decision making, for ethical issues that arise in behavioral health, addiction treatment and recovery support settings.

Thriving with the 21st Century Telehealth & Technology: Seven Legal and Ethical Strategies
Marlene Maheu, PhD
Curious about how to reach more clients legally and ethically telehealth? This workshop will expose you to a 65-year scientific literature (more than 4,000 peer-reviewed publications) and give an evidence-based roadmap for how to get started. Topics covered include the basics of: choosing the right technologies; HIPAA compliance (privacy & confidentiality); practicing over state & international lines; informed consent; screening & intakes; specialized documentation; and reimbursement. Handouts will include applicable CPT codes, access to bibliography of 1,000 references and access to presentation slides. Spend a day with us and explore a future with technology that allows practice with clients who may not be able to come to your in-person office -- and learn how to legally work from home!

10:00am – 10:15am Morning Break
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch (for Pre-Conference attendees only)
2:00pm – 4:00pm NMFP-AC Orientation

NAADAC Minority Fellowship Program for Addiction Counselors (NMFP-AC) Orientation
Paula Horvatich, PhD, NAADAC Director of Professional Development & A. Ace Crawford, NAADAC Grants Program Coordinator

3:30pm – 3:35pm Afternoon Break
5:00pm – 8:00pm Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall
9:00pm – 10:00pm Mutual Support Meeting

Saturday, September 23 - Up to 7 CEs available

7:00am – 4:30pm Registration
7:00am – 8:00am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
7:00am – 4:15pm Poster Presentations
7:00am – 4:15pm Exhibit Hall Open
8:00am – 9:45am MORNING KEYNOTE

Charles Smith, PhD, Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP & Mita Johnson, EdD, LPC, LMFT, LAC, MAC, SAP

My Story
Mackenzie Phillips & Johnny McAndrew

State of NAADAC
Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP & Gerard Schmidt, MA, LPC, MAC

9:45am – 10:00am Morning Break in Exhibit Hall
10:00am – 11:30am BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Nicotine Dependence in Psychiatric Disorders: All Smoke?
Veena Kumari, MA, PhD, C Psychol, AFBPsS & Tonmoy Sharma, MBBS, MSc
This presentation will examine the rates of cigarette smoking in people with different psychiatric disorders and consider why certain clinical groups show extremely high smoking rates, favor stronger cigarettes, and find it difficult to quit and are more likely to relapse than others. It will then discuss recent literature demonstrating brain changes, such as thinning of the cortex, due to chronic cigarette smoking, and how giving up cigarette smoking can result in brain restoration.

Nicotine Dependence as a Primary Health Concern: Implications for Addiction Professionals
Diane Ogilvie, MAEd & Finnley M’Kenna, BA
This presentation addresses the urgent need for addiction professionals to view nicotine dependence through a primary health problem lens, rather than as a risk factor for other illnesses. We will touch on the biological basis of understanding nicotine dependence as an addiction rather than a habit and the placement of tobacco use disorders within the substance use disorders category of the DSM 5. We will also discuss the opportunity addiction professionals have in treating tobacco use disorders and nicotine dependence as a standard of care and review current best practices in screening, assessment and evidence based treatment as part of a comprehensive, individualized holistic treatment plan.

Working with Couples in Early Recovery: A Research-Based Approach
Robert Navarra, PsyD, MFT, MAC
Even though addiction professionals and addiction-savvy psychotherapists readily agree that addiction is a “family disease,” the prevailing norm is to discourage any type of relational approach in early recovery, despite longitudinal research indicating that a positive couple relationship is correlated with successful long-term recovery. Early intervention provides tools for couples to navigate the difficult transition from active behavioral and substance use disorders to recovery. This training integrates over 15 years of research by Dr. Robert Navarra, the “Couple Recovery Development Approach”, with Gottman research developed by relationship experts Drs. John and Julie Gottman. Applications of the model can be adapted in treatment programs, as well as in individual and group couple work.

Eating Disorders & Food Addiction: Where Do They Fit?
Marty Lerner, PhD
Given the complexity and nature of eating disorders, this presentation seeks to shed light on the growing continuum of research pointing to the “addictive” elements driving pathological overeating and the regulation of appetite. The notion most eating disorders share commonalities with substance use disorders is not entirely new. However, the “addictive nature” of certain foods and substances, the biological and personality traits of the “addict”, and what these have in common with disordered eating is now evidence based. We identify the specific “foods of abuse,” the interplay between biological, cultural, and psychological factors, and the evidence supporting this substance use thesis. The implications of adopting this perspective are also addressed from a treatment perspective.

How to Integrate Clinicians in Primary & Specialty Medical Care
Raymond Tamasi, Med, LCSW, LADC-1
This workshop will focus on the integration of behavioral health clinicians in primary and specialty care physicians' offices. Integration offers the opportunity to reach more patients who suffer with substance use disorders and mental health conditions using brief interventions, instruction, counseling, patient education, and support. Clinicians work side by side with medical professionals as a care team to advance overall patient health. We will describe how to select the clinician, what conditions lend themselves to interventions, the impact on the physician’s workflow, how behavioral health clinicians can help manage chronic conditions, and the response of patients to receiving these integrated services in a single location.

Six Types of Sex Addiction Treatment & Assessment
Douglas Weiss, PhD
Understanding the six types of sex addictions will help you perform clearer assessments of your clients. This paradigm will also help you have a clear path for succesful treatment for those who have a sex addiction.

Male-Specific Addiction Counseling Practices
Mark Woodford, PhD, LPC, MAC
In the substance use disorder treatment realm, males outnumber females two to one. While gender-issues are seen as a key element of women’s treatment, the acknowledgement that males are “gendered beings” who have lived lives full of male-specific developmental challenges is often overlooked. This presentation will examine psychosocial factors associated with substance use disorders for males, specifically in relation to emotional growth and awareness, and how these areas, in turn, affect the development of healthy relationships throughout the treatment and recovery processes.

Operation Naloxone: Bringing Opioid Awareness and Overdose Prevention to College Campuses
Lori Holleran Steiker, PhD, ACSW, CRSS, Lucas Hill, PharmD & Mark Kinzly
The prescription drug epidemic has been widespread on college campuses. The proportion of college students using prescription opioids has increased by 343%. 50% of college students are offered a prescription drug for nonmedical purposes by their sophomore year. Fatal overdoses have more than tripled in the past 2 decades. The staggering increase in related deaths in this group prompts new practices. This presentation responds to the stigma, lack of knowledge, and resistance to opioid awareness and overdose prevention mechanisms on college campuses. It discusses the systematic innovations of the Operation Naloxone (ON) initiative at University of Texas - Austin. Strategic resources and interdisciplinary partnerships between academic units, hospitals, and community organizations are shared.

NASAC - Accreditation of Addiction Study Programs: Tap 21 and the Standardization of Educational Curricula
Diane Sevening, EdD, LAC & John Korkow, PhD, LAC, SAP
This workshop will discuss how accreditation of various addiction studies programs is performed by the NASAC accreditation team via the Addiction Curriculum Evaluation Scales utilized by NASAC based on TAP 21 criteria. Accreditation and standardization of curricula across associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral programs will be discussed via the process of NASAC accreditation. Standardized curricula leads to better marketability nationwide, along with improved service to our students, colleges and ultimately clients.


Mid-Atlantic Regional Caucus
Mid-Central Regional Caucus
Mid-South Regional Caucus
North Central Regional Caucus
Northeast Regional Caucus
Northwest Regional Caucus
Southeast Regional Caucus
Southwest Regional Caucus
International Regional Caucus

12:30pm – 2:30pm Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
2:30pm – 4:00pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS

TelePractice Improvement: Training the Workforce on Implementing Effective Technology-Based Services
Terra Hamblin, MA & Wendy Woods, MA
Telebehavioral health can expand services and improve patient outcomes, especially in rural/frontier areas. To insure efficacy of these services, professionals need to receive specific training on using technology-based interventions. In response to this training need, National Frontier and Rural ATTC created the TelePractice Improvement (TPI) Series. Each TPI 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. Presenters will review research-based rationale for developing the training; discuss propensity to adopt technology and how to encourage implementation; demonstrate TPI activities; and present evaluation findings and implications for future workforce training/practice.

The Rise of Synthetic Drugs
Darlene Walker, MA, CATC IV, NACI & Lynda Sanchez, MBA, CATC
The use of synthetic drugs has become a major problem for young adults in the United States. Designed to attract our youth, synthetic drugs are found in clubs, middle schools, and your local stores. With a new epidemic on the rise, learn more about the potential for addiction to synthetic drugs, and the paranoia and suicidal thoughts that can come from their use.

Female Adult Children of Alcoholics and Offender Populations: Exploring Effective Interventions
Valerie McGaha, PhD, LPC, LADC
Substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders are issues that impact female incarcerated rates. Females are more likely to experience higher incidences of childhood trauma such as emotional, physical, and sexual abuse. Women are at an increased risk of using substances as a result of negative family involvement and are more likely to experience marital separation and divorce. The focus of incarcerated female populations and substance use disorder related factors may provide a deeper understanding towards long-term recovery and effective family restoration as many incarcerated females strive to be reunited with custodial children upon jail release. The purpose of the study was to examine the concepts of adult children of alcoholics and dysfunctional families.

Learned Helplessness, Perceived Control and the Impact on Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders
Susan Shipp, MA, LPC, CACD III, MAC
This breakout session will explore the correlation between learned helplessness and perceived control in co-occurring disorders and substance use. Workshop participants will leave with an understanding of the dynamics of learned helplessness in mental health concerns and substance use disorders - how learned helplessness can be unlearned! Participants will also develop a toolkit of strategies to encourage clients in a variety of settings (mental health, outpatient and residential substance use treatment centers). Prevention strategies for patients and families will appeal to family systems clinicians. Evidence-based practices are integrated into the workshop applicable to cultivating resiliency, treatment, relapse prevention, and recovery support. Related variables such as gender, identity differences and trauma will also be addressed.

How to Get Started in Telemental Health
Jay Ostrowski
This interactive course will guide you through simple and comprehensive steps to set up HIPAA-compliant telemental health or telebehavioral health services in an agency, hospital, or private practice setting. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to, licensing regulation requirements, ways in which you may and may not cross state lines, professional ethics, identifying HIPAA-secure software, handling emergencies, creating referral relationships, how to integrate services into your current practice and with other practices, reimbursement and more. Bring your "how-to" questions and receive practical answers from a seasoned telemental health provider and trainer.

Starting the Body Conversation
Robyn Cruz, MA
Up to 35% of patients who struggle with substance use disorders will exhibit eating disorder behaviors, and yet, so many more will leave treatment with an unhealthy relationship with their body and the food they put in it. How do we set our clients up to have a relationship with their bodies that best supports a fulfilling recovery? Attendees will walk away from the presentation with practical, creative strategies to support and hold the space for those wanting to create a healthy relationship with their body and the food they put in it. Furthermore, gaining tools on how to identify and screen when your client becomes susceptible to an eating disorder.

Cultural Humility: Reflection on Self and Practice
Kathy FitzJefferes, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Cultural humility is a relatively new model for multicultural understanding in our work with those we provide services. This workshop will explore our personal cultural identity and identify personal and societal messages (including microsaggressions) that contribute to how we view culture, as well as reflect on how race, power, and privilege impact our professional relationships with those impacted by substance use disorders. Participants will explore the benefits of approaching the professional relationship with cultural humility. Issues of cultural countertransference will also be explored within this workshop experience.

Instructing the Recovering Student in Addiction Studies Programs
Kathy Elson, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, MAC, SA
When teaching addictions studies, instructors find many students come to class with personal histories of substance use disorders and/or history with a loved one’s use. There are differences between being an addiction professional and being a person in recovery from substance use disorders, therefore it is the responsibility of the instructor is to aid students in recognizing these differences and developing the ability to operate ethically with their clients. Professional boundaries are easily blurred by the uninformed student, which may often lead to ethical violations. In this presentation, examples of potential ethical dilemmas will be provided and discussed to provide accurate information and clarity of roles and boundaries.

Affiliate Leadership Training
HeidiAnne Werner, NAADAC Director of Operations & Finance

4:00pm – 4:15pm Afternoon Break in Exhibit Hall

Addiction and Trauma: Complexities of Treating the Young Adult
Claudia Black, PhD
Working with young adults with addictive disorders most often also means working with co-occurring disorders of anxiety and depression. Recognizing not just blatant traumas, but addressing developmental trauma is significant in their treatment. The presenter will also address clinical issues amongst the often ignored population of economically privileged young people. She will conclude by addressing treatment protocol that recognizes the development needs of this age group that is different from their older counterparts.

6:30pm – 8:30pm Movie Night 
7:00pm – 8:00pm International Coalition for Addiction Studies Educators (INCASE) Membership Meeting
8:00pm – 10:00pm INCASE Reception
9:00pm – 10:00pm Mutual Support Meeting

Sunday, September 24 - Up to 6 CEs available

6:30am – 7:00am Sunday Religious Services
7:30am – 4:30pm Registration
7:30am – 2:00pm Exhibit Hall Open
7:30am – 8:30am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:00am – 5:00pm NAADAC Board of Directors Meeting

It's Us, Not Them: How We are Failing Men in Treatment
Dan Griffin
Even though approximately 70% of the people that go through treatment annually are men, the majority of professionals have not been trained to effectively work with men. Furthermore, men and women experience, respond to, exhibit the symptoms of and recover from trauma differently. Therefore, the interventions and treatment services we provide to men must also be different. Client-centered treatment cannot mean avoiding the systemic impact of gender on our clients - male and female identified. Many treatment professionals may be unintentionally re-traumatizing male participants thereby increasing their risk of failure in the program. This presentation offers practical guidance and tools for professionals working with men in navigating these challenging areas.

10:00am – 10:15am Morning Break in Exhibit Hall
10:15am -11:45am BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Clinical Considerations of Psychopharmacology of Opiate Use Disorder
Linda Schaffer, MA, EdS, LCAS, MAC
This presentation will identify challenges and solutions to working with patients suffering from opiate use disorder and a co-occurring disorder while treating with buprenorphine based medications. The presentation will focus on clinical and adminstrative tools available to aid your practice in creating and agonist therapy program that may benefit your patients. This presentation will encourage professionals to resolve the physical, cognitive, and spiritual barriers to treating co-occurring disorders with the opiate use disorder population. Expect to explore the values of cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and client education to best serve some of our most challenging patients.

Reality Therapy Demonstrations: Elevate Recovery with Recent Advances in an Evidence-Supported Practice
Robert Wubbolding, EdD, LPCC, BCC
Participants will derive practical, useful skills to deal with avoidance and excuses. As they learn useful alternatives for counseling and teaching families, they will gain understanding of the futility of arguing, blaming and criticizing. They will have empathic and firm responses to clients’ efforts to avoid necessary steps for recovery. The WDEP system of reality therapy includes counselor behaviors that are alternatives to counselor frustration when dealing with clients with substance and alcohol use disorders. Role-play demonstrations are the focus of this session. The leader illustrates the use of paradoxical techniques and 5 skills to assist clients to clarify wants and goals and evaluate their behavior.

RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments)
Kenneth Roberts MPS, LADC, LPCC, Monique Bourgeois, MPNA, LADC & Lindsay Battuello MA, LADC, LPCC
Although sober living homes are present in communities across the country, few systemized approaches have been developed to support integration of these assets for an essential role in successful long-term recovery. This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of how a RISE (Recovering In Supportive Environments) Model incorporates the key components from the SAMSHA definition of recovery into successful provision of client services. Attendees will learn about levels of service, accreditation, and accountability in the sober living industry and will gain understanding of how to utilize sober living environments as an integrated support to clients engaged in substance use disorder treatment.

Build Confidence in Dealing with Suicidality in Substance Use Disorder Counseling
Randi Jensen MA, LMHC, CDP & Terry Markmann RN, MA
Epidemiological and clinical data suggest high rates of individuals struggle with both suicidality and alcohol-use disorders. Often clinicians faced with clients struggling with these co-occurring disorders are unaware of these challenges that can greatly complicate treatment. Building confidence means understanding and being able to ferret out the risks and precipitating factors of each condition, knowing which might exacerbate the other. Intervention opportunities that already exist in treatment for substance use disorders can be broadened therapeutically for treatment for these particular co-occurring disorders. In addition, this presentation offers innovative methods which can be instituted as healing interventions de-stigmatizing both suicidality and substance use disorders.

Protect Your Business Through Trademark, Copyright & Computer Laws
Darren Spielman
Reviewing intellectual property law topics to help attendees protect their businesses and build assets. This presentation covers trademarks, copyrights, and computer law topics (including website terms of service/privacy policy and domain name registration and protection issues) that many businesses face and often overlook. There are steps to help build a brand through trademark laws, and protect original content such as marketing materials through copyright laws. Additionally, an explanation of dealing with the rise of online related consumer complaints and some advice on whether a defamation lawsuit is the best option. Many businesses fail to take advantage of the relatively simple methods of protecting their IP assets until it is too late.

The Fear of Missing Out: The Psychosocial Correlates of Smartphone Overuse
Errol Rodriquez, PhD, CRC, MAC
Smartphones and other mobile devices allow for instantaneous communication. Over the last decade, clinicians have reported an increase in symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and distractibility that appear related to an intense worry of losing connection with others and not being informed in "real-time” about what others are doing via social media. These general set of symptoms within the context of social networking has been described as a subset of anxiety stemming from a fear of missing out (FoMO). For those who worry about missing out, participation in social media is alluring and potentially habit-forming. This study investigated the association between FoMO, one’s quality of life, and personality traits. Implications for further research and clinical interventions are discussed.

Social Class Bias in the Clinical Relationship; Does Socio-Economic Status Impact Treatment?
Anthony Rivas LAC, MAC & Bita Rivas LPC, NCC, ACS
Social class is an aspect of being for every individual regardless of race, ethnicity, or culture. Social class carries with it implicit and overt rules of behavior, boundaries, and ramifications for members of that particular class group. Its presence cannot be simply overlooked, ignored, or allowed to bias the clinicians view of the client or vice versa within the therapeutic setting. Social class bias in treatment is a fundamental issue that arises in the clinician-client relationship. Bias has been shown to impact treatment, diagnosis, and prognosis. Rising rates of poverty, as well as increased rates of AOD diagnoses, begs the question, "What can be done to improve the clinician’s awareness and ability to address this bias in the therapeutic setting?"

Perceptions of Students and Associate Counselors on Preparedness for Substance Use Counseling
Shelley Reed PhD, LPC, CACII, CPCS, MAC & Tristen Hyatt, APC, NCC, MS
Adequately preparing counselors in-training for substance use counseling is an essential component of counselor education programs and certification requirements. NAADAC itself states that individuals must possess a certain level of education, experience, and supervision related to addiction counseling. This presentation will cover the study, as related to perceptions of preparedness, of substance use counseling, and current research will be reviewed. The presenters will discuss methodology and results used for this study. Implications of these results on graduate counseling programs, supervision post-masters, and continuing education will be discussed in relation to substance use counseling preparation. Legal, ethical, and supervision considerations and implications will be covered.

All That Glitters Can Be Gold for Recruitment
Diane Sevening, EdD, LAC

11:45am – 1:45pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall
2:00pm - 3:30pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS

America Wakes Up: The Opioid Crisis
Matthew Feehery, MBA, LCDC
Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014. Opioids (heroin, synthetic opioids, fentanyl and prescription pain medications) are driving this epidemic. Matt Feehery, MBA, LCDC will discuss the history of opioid misuse, dependence, legislation and treatment along with other driving forces behind this increase in opioid use disorders. Program approaches and medication options for treating opioid use disorder will also be explored.

Use of the MMPI-2 RF in the Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders
Roberto Velasquez PhD, CADC II The primary aim of this presentation is to discuss the use of the MMPI-2 RF in the assessment and treatment of persons with substance use disorder problems in diverse clinical settings. The MMPI-2 RF has built-in scales for detecting substance use disorders disorders as well as co-occurring DSM-V disorders.

Yoga, 12 Steps, and Addiction Recovery
Dorothy Greene PhD, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, RYT
Alternatives to 12-step based philosophies are gaining popularity in addiction treatment and recovery services, particularly mindfulness-based and body-centered psychotherapies. Yoga’s integration of body, mind, and spirit is proving to be an effective intervention and ancillary treatment option for many health and behavioral health conditions. This session will integrate yogic philosophy and the 12-steps. Rather than separating the two approaches as distinct and polar opposites, the presenter integrates the philosophies, honoring the sacred wisdom that unites them.

A Non-Pharmacologic Approach to Managing Emotion Dysregulation in Addiction Treatment
Osvaldo Cabral MA, LPC, LAC & Bari Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC
Addiction literature demonstrates the utility of twelve-step programming and dialectical behavior therapy in recovery. Because both evidence-based treatments work well, the authors developed a treatment model integrating DBT and twelve-step philosophy. This workshop focuses on non-pharmacologic approaches to manage emotion dysregulation in early and on-going recovery. The workshop uses segments from the curriculum developed by the presenters titled, "Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Twelve Step Philosophy” (Hazelden Publishing) incorporating evidence-based therapies DBT and twelve-step facilitation. The workshop aims to strengthen the clinician's understanding of these two practices and become proficient in some of the newly developed skills within this curriculum.

How Clinicians Can Influence Public Policy Instead of Being a Victim of It
Reo Leslie LMFT, LPC, CAC III, AAMFT Approved Supervisor
The presentation will discuss how clinicians can influence public policy on the city, county, state, and federal level to benefit clients, the profession, and our small businesses. Such topics as understanding how macro-issues influence the psychotherapy field, meeting with elected officials, designing legislation, testimony in state legislatures, forming political action committees, creating PACs, and establishing political alliances to protect and promote our practices will be covered. The presenter will use case studies from his regulatory, public policy advocacy, and political consultation experience to enhance the educational experience.

Factors Related to the Occurrence and Recovery of Internet Use Disorder
An-Pyng Sun, PhD, LCSW & Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC, CSAT
Studies found that individuals with internet use disorder (IUD) show symptoms similar to people with substance use disorder, including loss of control of the use, impairment in social roles, and the effects of withdrawal and tolerance. Although the DSM-5 acknowledges the phenomenon of IUD, specifically Internet gaming disorder, DSM-5 includes internet gaming disorder only in its Section III because of insufficient knowledge and especially that "an understanding of the natural histories of cases [afflicted with IUD] is still missing" (p. 796). Based on a qualitative study of 25 subjects who have sought IUD treatment, this presentation focuses on factors related to the natural histories of individuals with IUD, including elements of susceptibility, exposure, symptoms, and recovery.

No Safe Place – The Growing Epidemic of Addiction and Co-Occurring Disorders in the LGBTQ Community
Steve Kelly, LPC, CSAT & Brian Lane
It is urgent that we understand and address a rising threat to our community - ignorance and ineffective recovery treatment with the LGBTQ addicted population. Effective treatment requires heightened sensitivity and cultural humility. Self awareness and knowledge of our own biases is crucial in order to provide a safe place to treat this special population.

Elevating Education: Experiential Activities to Take Addiction Studies Courses to the Next Level
Jennifer Londgren, EdD, LMFT, LADC-S, NCC
The field of addiction studies is ever changing and evolving. It's integral that addiction counselor educators train their students in the most informative and effective manner. This presentation will discuss the current challenges of educating addiction counselors. It will summarize current addiction counselor educator literature and will provide hands on, experiential activities to be used in a variety of core addiction studies courses including theories, assessment, ethics, co-occurring disorders, and pharmacology. Handouts will be provided.

Why Should National Credentials Matter to You?
Jerry Jenkins, MEd, MAC & NCC AP Commissioners

4:00pm – 4:15pm Afternoon Break in Foyer

Federal Panel
Kimberly Johnson, PhD, MBA & Jack Stein, PhD

6:30pm - 8:30pm NAADAC Education & Research Foundation (NERF) Auction

Entertainment by Mackenzie Phillips & Johnny McAndrew

9:00pm – 10:00pm Mutual Support Meeting

Monday, September 25 - Up to 7.75 CEs available

8:00am – 4:30pm Registration
8:00am – 9:00am Continental Breakfast in Foyer
8:00am – 4:00pm National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) Meeting
8:00am - 4:30pm U.S. DOT SAP Course

U.S. Department of Transportation’s Substance Abuse Professional Qualification/Requalification Course - Day 1
Mita Johnson, EdD, LPC, MAC, SAP
This training and the accompanying written exams meet the standards for Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) and other clinicians with the appropriate pre-requisite credentials to become qualified or re-qualified to practice under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs (49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 40, Sub-sections).

8:30am – 9:00am Q&A with NAADAC President & Executive Director

Gerard Schmidt, MA, LPC, MAC & Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP


Sexual Addiction: Neuroscience, Etiology and Treatment
Stefanie Carnes, PhD, LMFT, CSAT-S
Sex and pornography addiction have become a common presenting problem for today's clinician. Dr. Carnes will discuss the current state of the field of sex and pornography addiction, including the most up to date research and information on diagnosis, etiology, and treatment. This presentation will address the differences between the addiction model versus other conceptualizations, and address issues of assessment, differential diagnosis and a brief overview of treatment strategies. Dr. Carnes will also address treating sex addiction when it co-occurs with substance use disorders.

10:30am -10:45am Morning Break in Foyer
10:45am - 12:15pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS

We're Not in Kansas Anymore: The Brave New World of Medication-Assisted Treatment
Michael Bricker, MS, CADC-2, LPC 
In spite of the opioid overdose epidemic in this country, the SAMHSA and NIDA recommendations for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) have been met with both philosophical and practical barriers to implementation. We will explore the dialectical common ground where the seemingly contradictory worldviews of SUD Counselors, prescribing physicians, and patients can come together for mutual benefit.  We will briefly review newer medications approved for use, with particular attention to naltrexone and acamprosate for alcohol, and Suboxone (buprenorphine/naloxone) for opioids. Finally, we will examine the evidence-based practices with demonstrated effectiveness for MAT, including the new COR-12 Program for Opioid Maintenance and STAGE-12 for methamphetamine.

Helping Men Heal from Addiction and Trauma: Understanding and Treating Men in Addiction Treatment
Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC
From a gender responsive and trauma informed/integrated treatment perspective, it is critical to recognize the differences between men and women and how each are most effectively addressed in addiction treatment. In this presentation, Dr. Barnes will focus on the physiological, social/cultural, and familial issues that impact how males (i.e., boys to men) respond to stress and trauma and how these issues influence the development of addiction throughout the life span. Treatment models and specific treatment interventions will be discussed to better address male specific issues across the treatment continuum and beyond.

Rooting Down to Rise Up in Recovery
Jessica Smith, LPC, LAC & Keatin Mckenzie, LPC, LAC
In this experiential workshop, the presenters aim to teach and practice skills with clinicians to enhance the mind-body connection through breath, movement, and yoga poses to assist clients with learning to trust the inherent wisdom of their own bodies. When clinicians allow their clients to move freely and playfully through yoga and movement, they can open up space for clients’ inner awareness, insight, and purpose to surface. Clinicians can incorporate yoga and other movement strategies into their sessions to enhance the therapeutic alliance by cultivating a deeper sense of safety and trust in the relationship. The presenters aim to inspire and uplift clinicians who feel disheartened, drained, or stuck in their talk therapy practices.

Building Resiliency for Clients with Mental Health, Cognitive and Substance Use Disorders
Rick Krueger MA, LPCC, LADC
This presentation will cover how clinicians can work with individuals facing mental health, cognitive, and substance use disorders to improve their chances for successfully handling life's stresses and lowering the possibility of relapse. Resiliency is defined as the person's ability to "bounce back" during and after stressful life events. The presentation will cover the interaction of symptoms of co-occurring disorders and ways of increasing client’s internal and external protective factors. This will include how to lower the demands clients have in their lives and increase their available resources and their ability to be resilient.

A Phenomenological Study of Stress and Burnout Experienced by Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors
Derrick Crim, EdD, LADC, CPPR, MAPM
This presentation reviews the findings of the presenter’s qualitative study on stress and burnout experienced by fifteen Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselors (LADC) from a midwestern state. Four theories, role theory, self-determination theory, stereotype threat theory, and social cognitive theory were used to analyze findings of workplace demands, managing human needs, racism, and staying in control. The presentation will identify recommendations for managing personal stress, modifying organizational structures and leadership styles to support counselors.

Social Gaming to Internet Gambling: The Connection, the Concern, and Recovery Principles
Daniel Trolaro, MS
Consistently, there are more creative and fast paced forms of entertainment to help people escape, cope, or adjust to the stressors of life. From a technology perspective, one area that has seen explosive growth exists in the world of skill-based, social and internet gaming. With that in mind, studies have started to show a connection between gaming and gambling which can become a problem for some. Problem gambling is linked to many individual, public health, and social problems including: depression, suicide, significant debt, bankruptcy, family conflict, domestic violence, neglect and maltreatment of children, and criminal offenses. This workshop will provide an overview and analysis of gaming and gambling, the behavioral, emotional and psychological warning signs, and considerations for recovery including key principles and barriers.

Historical Trauma, Substance Use Disorders, and Indigenous Healing
Yvonne Fortier MA, LPC, LISAC
Historical trauma may be viewed as a legacy influencing health disparities, particularly co-occurring disorders. This training will provide an overview of historical trauma, and generational accounts of trauma that link past experiences to present day social, mental and physical health problems. This workshop will provide historical perspectives of colonization, cultural oppression, and problems of poverty and discrimination as important elements to understanding the health and social disparities facing Native Americans today. This workshop will identify ways that sensitively integrate western and indigenous practices in treatment. Acknowledging vulnerabilities and building resilience and cultural safety are factors in promoting recovery and wellbeing.

Developing or Revising an Online Addictions Course in Higher Education
Margaret Smith EdD, MLADC & Vicki Michels, PhD
This workshop will discuss how to develop or revise and online addiction course so that it engages the students in the best possible learning experience.

Person-Centered and Engaged: Using Shared Decision Making in Substance Use Treatment Services
Laurie Curtis, MA, CPRP & Jesse Higgins, RN, MSN, PMHNP
Recovery concepts have always run through the fabric of the addiction profession, the members of its workforce, and the services they provide, albeit with varying strength over time. Today, many professionals are becoming aware of broader changes required in substance use treatment, but are not clear on precisely what they do in their daily work to achieve this greater recovery orientation or what specific changes they should be encouraging within their programs. Using shared decision making as an example and drawing from the NAADAC RTP Curriculum, this presentation will explore specific practices that promote and support engagement and person-centered care in substance use treatment services.

12:30pm – 2:15pm President’s Awards Luncheon
2:30pm - 4:00pm BREAKOUT SESSIONS

The Millennial Path to Recovery: Upgrading Interventions in Addiction Treatment
Robin Kleisler, LPC, LAC, MAC & Fatina Cannon, LPC, MAC, CAC II, R-DMT
As digital natives, members of the millennial generation (those born between 1981-2000) have different strengths and challenges than generations before them. Often described as hyper-connected yet relationally disengaged, the characteristics of the millennial generational impact how they react to traditional addiction treatment models. In this workshop, we will explore existing trends in millennial substance use and mental health, and identify ways in which we can update current models of substance use disorder treatment. We will present specific interventions and treatment plans that address needed skills for millennial clients, such as executive functioning development, anxiety reduction and mindfulness awareness. We will also share tips and tools for bringing your practice up to date with technological resources for supporting those in recovery.

Motivational Interviewing Methods for Counseling
This workshop provides counselors an opportunity to consider the impact of using Motivational Interviewing (MI) methods in counseling groups. The workshop includes brief instructional presentations, demonstrations, structured learning activities, and group facilitation skill practice, all within an MI framework.  Clinicians who facilitate groups using a structured manual-based format and those who utilize more process-focused methods will benefit equally from the workshop.  Please note, however, this workshop does not serve as a basic intro to MI or to group facilitation.  It is assumed that participants will have a basic understanding of MI and group facilitation.  

Furthering the Reach with Technology
Christine Taylor, LMSW
As addiction numbers are rising so is the use of technology for doing almost everything in our lives. However, the use of a comprehensive technology based system for individuals coping with addictions has been lacking. Using evidence based exercises with patients as designers and online coaching technology can bring a discreet and interactive method that has been missing from the addiction treatment landscape. This session looks at the strengths a comprehensive online program can bring to current treatment modalities as well as providing prevention for people at the lower end of the addiction spectrum. Current research in this area, as well as barriers, will also be discussed.

Clinical Education and Interventions for Defense Structures of Co-Occurring Populations
Brian Lengfelder, LCPC, CAADC, SAP, MAC
Effective clinical practice depends on tools that facilitate nonstigmatizing personality assessment, rapid development of a therapeutic alliance, and the guided development of self-awareness so that people learn to live on life’s terms and have a satisfied lifestyle. It is important to explore how defense structures are barriers to these clinical practices and successful outcomes for the co-occurring population. Clinical education and interventions are critical for reducing defense structures which do not allow individuals to understand or resolve co-occurring biopsychosocial and spiritual problems. This workshop is designed to assess, educate, explore, and provide appropriate clinical education/interventions/treatment for co-occurring individuals with mild to severe defense structures.

Catch the Wave: Why Providers are Flocking to Accreditation – and Why You Should Join Them
Jennifer Flowers, MBA

Eating Disorders 101
Malcolm Horn, LCSW, MAC, LAC, SAP
Eating disorders and substance use disorders follow common etiologies and courses of treatment. Unfortunatly, eating disorders are not often identified during the course of substanceuse treatment, leaving risk for cross-addiction and relapse. This presentation will provide information on the basics of eating disorders from assessing, diagnosing and treatment planning.

Understanding and Treating Co-Occurring Military Sexual Trauma and Substance Use Disorders
Melissa Balent, LPC, NBCC, LAC, MAC
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and co-occurring substance use disorders (SUD) affect both men and women in the military and veterans causing emotional, mental, and physical distress. This often leads to coping strategies that are avoidant in nature, and creates obstacles to breaking the cycle of substance use disorders. Therefore, as clinicians who treat this population, it is important to understand how MST and SUD manifest as symptoms in men and women veterans and to examine which evidenced-based treatments and promising treatments are suitable in treating both.

Project-Based Learning in a Graduate Research Course
Therissa Libby PhD
Students in addiction studies programs are expected to embrace evidence-based practices, and must therefore know what constitutes valid evidence. Educators foster deeper understanding and enhanced critical thinking about research when we incorporate research proposals and projects into our courses. In this workshop, participants examine options and share experience on project-based learning in graduate and undergraduate research courses in addiction studies programs. Attention will be given to the Recovery Narratives Project, a qualitative study of recovery experience that can be used as a classroom project.

4:00pm - 4:15pm Afternoon Break in Foyer

The Art & Science of Healing: Finding the Healing Self Inside
Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD
Experience the awareness and awakening of your healing SELF in this powerful program for those who are seeking to enhance their healing potential. This skills building training will increase your clinical effectiveness. It has been stated that as much as 75% of recovery from psychiatric (psychological) disorders such as depression is attributable to the various aspects of the relationship between the therapist and patient. Evidence-based approaches are important but without the creation of a healing relationship compliance is uncertain and effectiveness marginal, at best. The skills training event will help participants learn to take advantage of their natural healing potential. The neurobiology behind this potential will be explained in detail.

Closing Ceremony
Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP & Gerard Schmidt, MA, LPC, MAC

9:00pm – 10:00pm Mutual Support Meeting

Tuesday, September 26 - Up to 7 CEs available

7:00 am – 11:00 pm Registration
7:00 am – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast (for Post-Conference & SAP Course Attendees only)
8:00am - 4:30pm DOT/SAP Course

U.S. Department of Transportation's Substance Abuse Professional Qualification/Requalification Course - Day 2
Kathryn Benson, LADC, NCAC II, QSAP, QSC
This training and the accompanying written exams meet the standards for Substance Abuse Professionals (SAPs) and other clinicians with the appropriate pre-requisite credentials to become qualified or re-qualified to practice under the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Procedures for Transportation Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs (49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 40, Sub-sections).


Clinical Supervision: New Technologies, Proven Approaches
Thomas Durham, PhD

Motivational Interviewing: A Skills Update
Agnieszka Baklazec, MA, LPC, LAC

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch (for Post-Conference & SAP Course Attendees only)