NAADAC in Hawaii

NAADAC has been spending some time in the Hawaiian Islands for back to back trainings this spring. On May 24-25, 2017, NAADAC in HAWAII: Conflict Resolution & Recovery featured NAADAC's Executive Director, Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP for a two-day training on Romancing the Brain: Conflict Resolution & Recovery. The training included discussion regarding how Moreno Tuohy 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. This program affects behavioral learning with emotional development and maturity that results in long-term changes in the brain and behavior.

On May 31-June 1, 2017, NAADAC in HAWAII featured trainings by Darryl Inaba, PharmD, CATC V, CADC III, Kevin McCauley, MD and Eric Schmidt, MBA, MSW.  Dr. Inaba's Understanding Marijuana: Pharmacology and New Findings training took a closer 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. Dr. McCauley and Mr. Schmidt's Application of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to Substance Use & Mental Health Disorders taught attendees the clinical attributes of clients with dual-diagnosis, including behavioral and neurological etiology. Attendees observed a role-play of a DBT strategy and received an overview of contingency strategies. 


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