The 2017 Alaska Training Institute features a broad array of topics and formats, including daily keynote speakers in plenary sessions, breakout workshops, and events, and a three-day Conflict Resolution for Recovery (CRR) training.

Attendees registered for the three-day CRR training will have the option on October 18 of attending the third day of CRR, specifically for training trainers to teach the CRR curriculum, or attending the third day of regular conference sessions. 

Full Schedule

Monday - October 16, 2017

7:00am – 3:30pm Registration
7:00am – 3:30Pm EXHIBITS OPEN
7:00am – 8:00Am BREAKFAST

Conflict Resolution for Recovery - Day 1
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 Cognitive 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. Upon completion of the two days of training, attendees may apply for NAADAC's Conflict Resolution for Recovery Proficiency Certificate.



KEYNOTE: Client Centered Collaboration and Integrated Care
Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP
The current focus on recovery involves connecting addiction, mental health, and physical health threatening behaviors into an integrated care perspective. There are a variety of ways to approach integration of care. Most models focus on problems or providers. This presentation proposes that effective integrated care models should seek to create a collaborative framework that is truly client/patient centered that can accommodate not only multiple conditions and problems but also client characteristics like readiness to change, self-efficacy, and self-regulation. A dynamic understanding of the personal process of change and recovery as well as current efforts to create an integrative screener offers a way to organize and track client progress and problems and guide interventions.


IWMT: Addressing Obesity within the Scope of Mental Health Treatment & Recovery
Heather Hamilton, LMHC, NCC
Integrated Weight Management Therapy (IWMT) provides a framework for understanding and working with the key psychological disorders that contribute to the development of obesity. Major topics include depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction, as well as relationships and social/environmental factors. This session presents a review of diagnostic criteria, evidence-based practices, peer-reviewed research, and introduces the BreakThrough! intervention. Based on IWMT, BreakThrough! is a fully-supported intervention that helps providers and patients work through the conditions and behaviors that contribute to obesity. Session participants will appreciate the knowledge, humor, tools, and practices that can help their patients recover from emotional eating and complications of weight gain.

Addiction Recovery: How to Support Those with Intellectual Disabilities and Substance Use Disorders
Hannah Jurewicz, LPC, CCPD-D
Supported Sobriety is a breakthrough approach to person-centered, evidenced-based, recovery treatment and support for those most challenged to achieve stable sobriety. It offers structured, interactive exercises and tools that adapt the principles of recovery in a manner that works for these individuals with social, intellectual or other learning disorders through daily practice and repetition, without which, they will not likely be able to achieve or sustain recovery. Individuals and their professional providers will likely experience stronger focus on recovery, more meaningful, measureable progress, and a greater sense of satisfaction and effectiveness through living the 24-hour plan, strategies and tools.

Group Treatment: Addressing Motivation and Processes of Change
Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP
Most treatments have been developed focusing on the individual and techniques to help this individual to change. However, many providers deliver the bulk of treatment in a group format. This workshop will describe how group therapy can be conducted to address issues of individual motivation and promote the personal processes of change for each group member to help them accomplish tasks of the stages of change. The workshop will focus on how to engage the key mechanisms of change and use motivational enhancing strategies to enhance some unique advantages of group while focusing on the needs of the individuals in the group. Differences in the challenges of working with open versus closed groups will be discussed.

12:00pm – 1:15Pm LuncH & LUNCH PRESENTER
1:15PM – 2:45PM Afternoon BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Dos and Don'ts of Private Practice
Antoinette Lancaster, EdD, LCPC, NCC, SAP
This presentation provides an overview of the common pitfalls in private practice and helps Clinicians of all disciplines develop a successful private practice with diverse clientele in any region. During the presentation, we will discuss several types of practices (specialties), insurance requirements, insurance paneling, self-pay clients, use of electronic health record (EHR), marketing, billing, patient retention, Affordable Care Act (ACA) and so much more.

Integrative Approach to Treating Co-occurring Disorders
Marci Chambers, PhD
This presentation will discuss the importance of, and methods used to provide effective treatment to clients with co-occuring disorders using an integrative model of treatment. “Dual Diagnosis Treatment” is a common phase in our industry but what does that really mean? We will examine specific treatment modalities that, when combined, are effective in helping clients recover from more than one diagnosis concurrently. In an Integrative Model, it is not assumed that one modality is effective in treating all mental health and substance abuse/dependence disorders. Instead, many evidence based treatments are combined to treat the whole person and not just the manifestation or symptoms of a disorder.

Substance Use Disorders Among the Elderly: Unique Factors & Treatment Considerations
Lindy Lewis, LCSW-C, PhD
The elderly represents one of the fastest-growing segments of the population in the United States and currently, elders, 65 and older account for one-third of medications being prescribed. Alcohol abuse, largely overlooked among this population due to ageism and other unique social-developmental factors is now recognized as a serious problem as well. This presentation will discuss current trends in medication misuse, illicit substance use and alcohol among the elderly. Both social and biological factors that contribute to the complexities of understanding and addressing geriatric substance use will be examined. Current evidence based practices for substance abuse intervention for this population will be presented.

2:45PM – 3:15PM Exhibits Open
3:15pm – 4:45pm Afternoon Plenary

 Joshua Sonkiss, MD

Tuesday - October 17, 2017

7:00am – 3:00pm Registration
7:00am – 3:00Pm EXHIBITS OPEN
7:15am – 8:15Am BREAKFAST

Conflict Resolution for Recovery - Day 2
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 Cognitive 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. Upon completion of the two days of training, attendees may apply for NAADAC's Conflict Resolution for Recovery Proficiency Certificate.

8:15AM – 9:45Am KEYNOTE

Addiction as an Attachment Wound
Andrew Watson, MA
Attachment theory describes how one’s earliest connections drastically influence their ability to experience emotional stability throughout life. Unhealthy attachments interfere with emotion regulation, social adjustment, and mental health, which leaves one vulnerable to mental health and substance abuse disorders. Together, we will explore how addiction is linked to insecure attachment styles and how fostering healthy attachments in one’s life can heal emotional wounds and eliminate attachment to unhealthy substances and/or behaviors. Basics of attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology along with strategies for integrating attachment-informed care into an individual’s recovery journey will be explored.

Developmental Trauma Disorder
Malcolm Horn, LCSW, MAC, SAP, NCIP
The behaviors we often see in our clients may appear as defiance or histrionics, but it may actually be a manifestation of childhood trauma. This presentaiton will reveiw the symptoms of developmental trauma and help practitioners identify strategies to help clients identify their feelings and how it has maintained their substance use. This presentation will describe and explore the dynamics and lifelong ramifications for individuals and society.

Building Parenting Skills For Individuals in Recovery
Lindsey Hofhine, MEd, LPC, MAC, ACADC
Early recovery is often a time filled with change, stress, and joy. During this time we often do not consider how our children have been affected by our substance abuse disorder or how we need to parent. In this presentation we will address these issues. Early recovery and childhood development will be reviewed and age and stage appropriate interventions will be introduced. Using this model with special needs children will be discussed. It will also be emphasized that cultural consideration needs to be used throughout the process. Ideas for change of current models in order to accommodate this model will be introduced.

11:30AM – 1:00PM NAADAC Membership Lunch

Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, Gerard Schmidt,  MA, LPC, MAC, & the Alaska Addiction Professionals Association (AAPA)

1:00PM – 2:30PM Afternoon breakout sessionS

Changing the Way We Treat Mild to Moderate Alcohol Use Disorders
Cyndi Turner, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
Nearly 90 million people in the United States struggle with alcohol use but are not physically dependent. Most will avoid getting help for fear of being labeled an alcoholic, forced into treatment, made to attend 12-step meetings, and have to stop drinking forever. This presentation will teach how to differentiate four types of drinkers and their treatment needs, identify who is a candidate for alcohol moderation, and review alternative treatment methods.

Medication-Assisted Recovery: What Every Addiction Professional Needs to Know
Gerard Schmidt,  MA, LPC, MAC
The workshop is to provide addiction and other helping professionals with useful, unbiased information concerning the four FDA approved pharmacotherapies for addiction treatment and the client’s readiness for change so as to provide the best available resources and options for their treatment.

Trama Informed Care
Michael DeMolina, MS, LPCS, CDCS, MAC, DCEP

2:30pm – 3:00pm Afternoon Break
3:00PM – 4:30PM Afternoon Plenary

Carey S. Edney, PhD

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

7:00am – 3:00pm Registration
7:00am – 3:00Pm EXHIBITS OPEN
7:15am – 8:00Am BREAKFAST
8:00AM – 4:30PM Conflict Resolution for Recovery - Train the Trainer

Conflict Resolution for Recovery - Train the Trainer - Day 3
Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP

This training offers persons who have completed the two-day CRR training on October 16 and 17 the ability to become a certified CRR trainer and to be able to offer this training on your own. Upon completion of the three-days of training, attendees may apply for NAADAC's Conflict Resolution for Recovery Proficiency Certificate and the Conflict Resolution for Recovery Trainers Certificate.

8:15AM – 9:45Am KEYNOTE

The Science of Recovery: An Advanced Clinical Seminar on Addiction & Recovery
Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD
This skill building seminar will give participants a “state of the art” understanding of addiction and how this understanding shapes an evidence-based approach to clinical care. This is an advanced skill training presentation integrating psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy and wellness approaches to recovery. Emphasis is placed on a research and neurobiological understanding of addiction and how this translates into clinical application. The goal is to give patients the best possible tools for successful personal recovery. Clinical case examples will be utilized to demonstrate “hands on” technique.


Seeking Safety
Cheryl Charic, MS, LPC, CDC II
This session is on cognitive-behavioral therapy for co-occurring PTSD and addictions. 

Addiction as the Primary Relationship: Interventions to Heal Partners/Families tn the LGBT Community
Jeff Zacharias, ACSW, LCSW, CSAT, CAADC
Addiction rates are increasing and the LGBT community is clinically more prone to the intersection of addiction, mental health and trauma. Knowing addiction not only impacts the identified individual but rather their entire family system, it is imperative that clinicians develop more tools to address the epidemic head on. The LGBT community often identifies family as not only genetic but rather by choice, previous methods of fighting addiction don't take into account these nuances so flexibility/ innovation are needed for healing. Stigma and shame are prevalent Taking a multi-pronged approach to heal all persons impacted by the addiction will help to heal the primary relationships and move away from behaviors that flourish in the shadows.

Treating Moral Injury
Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD
Morality refers to a code of values and customs that guide social conduct. When an action cannot be accommodated, or assimilated moral injury and resulting guilt and shame can be presenting emotions causing disruption in an individual’s life. The neurobiology, goals for treatment and therapeutic approaches are different for moral injury as compared to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Although there is overlap in symptoms, moral injury may present with re-experiencing and avoidance symptoms but not the hyperarousal symptoms observed when a real or perceived life-threating situation is encountered. Extinction is not the goal in the treatment of moral injury. Helping them return to the worldview held prior to the traumatic incident is the desired outcome. This skills-training event will provide clinicians with a treatment model and rationale for managing those suffering the guilt and shame of moral injury. 

11:30am – 1:00pm Lunch & LUNCH PRESENTER
1:00pm – 2:30pm Afternoon Breakout Session

Eating Disorders 101 and Beyond
Malcolm Horn, LCSW, MAC, SAP, NCIP
This presentation will inform clinicians about eating disorders and how common they are and what the clinical indications are for treatment.  Although eating disorders have been recognized for decades, diagnosis for these disorders, understanding of them, and the prevalence across cultures and gender is on the rise. This presentation will help practitioners gain an understanding of the diagnostic features, appropriate treatment interventions, and the psycho-pathology behind the disorder.

Managing the Angry, Aggressive Client
Cardwell C. Nuckols, PhD
Most of us have very strong reactions toward a client, patient, offender, consumer or employee demonstrating angry emotion and potentially out-of-control behavior. Sometimes our reactions become part of the problem instead of the solution. This presentation can help change these uncomfortable scenarios into potentially positive corrective experiences. Anger and aggression are best viewed from a multiple causation set of glasses. This skills training event will look at anger and aggression as a symptom of numerous disorders including addiction, personality disorders (antisocial and borderline, for example), as a learned coping survival strategy, as a manifestation of the ego, in relationship to self-esteem, etc.  The latest scientific understanding of this group of individuals will be addressed while placing emphasis on verbal and behavioral management, along with the demonstration of empirically proven strategies such as relaxation and cognitive-behavioral techniques.

2:30pM – 3:00pM Afternoon BREAK
3:00PM – 4:30PM Closing Plenary

Advocacy: The Roles and Responsibilities of Addiction Professionals 
Gerard Schmidt, MA, LPC, MAC
This session will focus on the basics of advocacy, the process, different styles and presentation as well as current facts, funding, legislative priorities and the addiction professionals role at the local, State and Federal level.