2016 Archive

2016 Keynote Speakers

Harry L. Haroutunian, MD

Harry L. Haroutunian MD, known by all his patients as “Dr. Harry,” is an internationally known speaker on the topics of addictive disease and its treatment. Dr. Harry developed the “Recovery 101” lecture series on topics of Addiction Medicine, Recovery Issues, Communication Skills and Relapse Prevention. Dr. Haroutunian is a physician, educator and internationally known lecturer and entrepreneur. He is the author of “Being Sober” and co-author of “Hijacking the Brain”. He practiced medicine in Vermont for more than thirty years and is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and Family Medicine.

Dr. Haroutunian serves as Physician Director at the Betty Ford Center where he is a valuable contributor to both the team and in the development of programs that include: Extended Care Program; Family Program, Licensed Professional Program and Clinical Diagnostic Evaluation Program. He is active in the California recovering community as a recovering physician, expert and advocate for treatment.

David Mee-Lee, MD

David Mee-Lee, MD, is Senior Vice President for The Change Companies®. He is a board-certified psychiatrist, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). He trains and consults both nationally and internationally. Dr. Mee-Lee has been the Chief Editor of all editions of ASAM’s criteria, including The ASAM Criteria – Treatment Criteria for Addictive, Substance-Related, and Co-Occurring Conditions, Third Edition (2013). Dr. Mee-Lee has over 30 years experience in person-centered treatment and program development for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use conditions. He is also a Senior Fellow, Justice Programs Office (JPO) of the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University, Washington, DC.

Graeme Moffat, PhD

Graeme leads neuroscience research and health and wellness applications for Muse. He has over a decade of research experience in psychology and neuroscience and in scientific management. Graeme served as managing editor of Frontiers in Neuroscience, the largest journal series in psychology and neuroscience, and of Frontiers in Neurology and Frontiers in Psychiatry. His experience has included research engineering at Neurelec/Oticon and graduate/postgraduate work at the National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS) in France. Graeme holds a PhD in neuroscience from Université Aix-Marseille. He is currently a TalentEdge Fellow of the Ontario Centres of Excellence and a member of the Centre for Responsible Brainwave Technology (CeReB).

2016 Session Descriptions

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Concurrent Session A
Wednesday, 7/20/2016

A1: Strategies For Engagement With Substance Using Offenders

Providers (counselors, treatment providers, parole/probation officers) will learn how to use motivational techniques to deal with and address an offender’s ambivalence and apathy to therapy in a non-threatening and less confrontational manner. We will discuss the parallels of addiction, criminality, the developmental processes leading to these lifestyles, and how to engage persons of this nature in the change process. Its focus is on the anti-social characteristics of the offender and its impact on resistance, relapse and recidivism. Specific motivational strategies for positive change and outcomes will be presented.

Michael Johnson, MSW, LISW, CAAC, IAAC, Internationally Recognized Trainer/Consultant, Southfield, MI

A2: Reasoning With Unreasonable People: Focus On Disorders Of Emotional Regulation

Difficult conversations are inevitable in the helping professions. Telling a patient something they don’t want to hear; confronting a colleague who’s letting you or a patient/client down; saying “no” to a patient/client or family member’s request; handling a complaint; giving an unwelcome instruction or suggestion to a patient/client, colleague or supervisee; and saying “no” to a supervisor’s unreasonable expectation are but a few of the challenging situations that may confront the healthcare professional on a regular basis. Complicating any of these situations further is our own formidable resistance to engaging the other person. We want to protect ourselves from attack, or at least from embarrassment; we may not have a great track record for handling interpersonal conflict; we procrastinate because of anxiety, fear, fatigue and a host of other reasons; and we worry about making the situation worse if the conversation were to go terribly wrong, e.g., retaliation from the other person.

In this session professionals will learn strategies for communicating with difficult, challenging patients/clients. Research indicates that the most challenging of people are those who have problems with irrational thinking, emotional dysregulation and/or impulse control. These disorders include: major mood disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), pathological anger, anxiety-based disorders and personality disorders.

Joseph Shannon, PhD, Psychologist/Consultant/Trainer, Columbus, OH

A3: Heroin & Prescription Painkillers: A Toolkit For Community Action


This comprehensive training/resource brings together community leaders, health-care providers, schools, and parents to develop a multidisciplinary, coordinated plan for addressing the issue of opioid addiction and overdose which communities are currently facing. Each participant will be provided a copy of the Toolkit for Community Action which includes a CD-ROM of reproducible resources:

Opioid Basics - provides an overview of opioids, the most current statistics of use and deaths, and more

Community Guide - offers step-by-step guidance on how to mobilize local resources, implement local opioid prevention projects, and create successful media campaigns

School Guide - helps educators identify whether students are abusing heroin or prescription painkillers and learn how to intervene and get students the help they need; provides lesson plans that introduce the issue of opioid abuse

Parent Guide - provides practical information on how to recognize whether a child is using opioids and how to seek help

Healthcare Provider Guide - includes information on how to recognize when someone is under the influence of opioids, how to prevent opioid overdose, procedures for screening opioid users, and information on the best forms of treatment; also includes information on how to prevent prescription medication misuse

Campaign Resource Guide - contains a variety of campaign materials including posters, press releases, and drug fact sheets

Resource Directory - provides a listing of organizations that can help support community efforts

Videos - created specifically for adult and adolescent audiences on topics related to opioid abuse

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the history, current use and impact of heroin and prescription painkillers on our community
  • Identify resources for opioid use prevention, intervention and referral to treatment
  • Understand the practice of medication-assisted treatment
  • Develop a community-based action plan for addressing the opioid epidemic
  • Determine effective use of the Heroin and Prescription Painkillers: Toolkit for Community Action as part of the community-based action plans
  • Work with others in their community to address the needs through mobilizing community efforts
  • Establish groundwork for a local media campaign

Janet Jones, BSW, CPS, Trainer/Consultant, Hazelden/Betty Ford Foundation, Center City, MN

A4: Leadership Essentials: Roles, Functions And Styles For Leading Treatment Teams

Leading treatment teams entails being able to operate inside of different roles, functions and styles of leadership effectively. Although we often interchange terms like manager, supervisor and leader to describe the same position, there are some inherent differences in these roles and functions. Leading effective teams is about creating conditions in which all of your staff members can perform to their fullest potential independently as well as effectively toward a common objective as a contributing team member. Effectively led teams are a critical tool in successful organizations. Whether team leaders are managing the implementation of service innovations or supervising the provision of direct care, it is necessary for them to appreciate and understand the challenges of their role and their leadership style to foster cohesive, high functioning teams. This session will explore leadership roles and functions, common “styles” of leadership, and leadership challenges through participant dialogue and applied strategies. We will conclude with formulating an individualized plan for professional development.

Deana Leber-George, MEd, LPCC-S, Consultant and Trainer, Center for Evidence-Based Practices, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

A5: Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) And The Dually Diagnosed Client

Many individuals with opioid use disorders are commonly diagnosed with co-occurring mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and ADHD. The assessment of co-occurring disorders is difficult and clinical decision-making becomes complicated when mixing psychiatric medications with medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders (e.g. buprenorphine, naltrexone, and methadone).
The session is designed to provide participants with an overview of MAT for opioid use disorder, including common philosophical stances and legal regulations surrounding MAT. This will be followed by a review of the most commonly used controlled and non-controlled medications for the treatment of co-occurring mood, anxiety and attention-deficit disorders. Incorporated into the presentation will be issues of differential diagnosis, principles of safe prescribing, and strategies to increase adherence to medication regimens. In addition, non-medication alternatives for the management of common psychiatric symptoms will be presented.
The format of the session will be lecture and case discussion. Participants are invited to bring case examples from their own practices for discussion in small and large group formats.

Christina Delos-Reyes, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University; and Medical Consultant, Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case, Cleveland, OH

A6: Ethical Considerations In Addiction Practice (AM) / Supervision Practices & Processes (PM)


The morning session will focus on the history and current ethical issues unique to professionals working with addiction practices. Specific attention will be given to building ethics based professional practice methods, models and processes.

This session will also focus on license renewal processes and professional conduct levels and pitfalls within substance dependence practice.

The afternoon session will address using ethical standards within the supervision process. This session will focus on addressing clinician non-compliance, disciplinary actions, team building processes and movement toward and documentation of disciplinary action processes.

**PLEASE NOTE: This session will be divided into an ethics section and a supervision section. We have requested three (3) hours of credit in each of the two areas to meet Ohio Social Work, Professional Counselor, and Marriage & Family Therapy credit. All other disciplines may use as deemed appropriate.

Kenneth Yeager, PhD, LISW, ICDC, Associate Professor, Clinical Department of Psychiatry, The Ohio State University; Director of Quality, OSU Behavioral Health; and Program Director, Clinical OSU STAR Program, OSU Harding Hospital, Columbus, OH

A7: Doing No Harm: Understanding Traumatic Stress & Trauma-Informed Approaches In Your Organization


All creatures are biologically designed to respond to stress. Human beings are no exception, and when stress becomes overwhelming or traumatic, it has the potential to impact many parts of our lives, including our thoughts, feelings, behaviors, relationships, and view of ourselves and the world. A trauma-informed approach recognizes the impact that traumatic stress has on individuals and designs services and agencies with the unique needs of survivors of trauma in mind. Applicable to those in multiple fields, including mental health services, addiction services, criminal justice, and probation and parole, this session will help you understand traumatic stress, compare and contrast traditional and trauma-informed approaches, and provide you with opportunities to think about how to make your agency and system more trauma-informed. Come to share, listen, learn, and leave with ideas for next steps!

Rachel Ramirez, MA, MSW, LISW-S, Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, Ohio Domestic Violence Network, Columbus, OH

A8: Operation: Street Smart


Operation: Street Smart provides current information on drug trends, terminology, paraphernalia, and physiological effects to those individuals who deal with youth on a daily basis. Over 25 different street drugs are covered with actual examples of each escorted throughout the audience for closer inspection by participants. Narcotics detectives with over 30 years combined undercover experience conduct this unique program. The session follows the national curriculum.

Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Columbus, OH

A9: An Introduction To Experiential Therapy


Experiential therapy can find its roots in the therapeutic schools of Gestalt, Psychodrama, and the Expressive Arts Therapies, as well as existential philosophers such as Heidegger, Buber, and Sartre. Guided imagery, enactments, role-playing, art/music/dance therapy sessions and the encounter, are only some of the techniques that can be found in the work of experiential therapists such as Carl Whitaker and Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse. This session will provide a brief overview of the philosophical and clinical underpinnings of experiential therapy, as well as offering hands-on experiences with applications appropriate for addiction counselors.

Guy Taylor, PhD, LPC, LICDC, Professor, Hocking College, Nelsonville, OH

Plenary Session
Thursday, 7/21/2016

Staying Sober When Nothing Goes Right

Harry Haroutunian, MD, Internationally Recognized Trainer/Consultant & Physician Director, Residential Treatment Programs, Betty Ford Center, Rancho Mirage, CA

Concurrent Session B
Thursday, 7/21/2016

B1: Not As Prescribed

Drug misuse and addiction to alcohol and other drugs among older adults is one of the fastest-growing yet most unrecognized health problems in this country. Statistics show that 17 percent of older adults misuse alcohol and prescription drugs. When we include misuse of other drugs, that number is even higher. Given the “silver tsunami,” or the increase in the number of Americans reaching their senior years, by 2020, the number of addicted older adults is expected to double to about six million. This session covers how to distinguish between the signs and symptoms of aging, polypharmacy (taking multiple medications, some of which interfere with each other), and addiction and addresses the painkiller epidemic in the ever-growing older adult population.

Harry Haroutunian, MD, Internationally Recognized Trainer/Consultant & Physician Director, Residential Treatment Programs, Betty Ford Center, Rancho Mirage, CA

B2: Relapse Dynamics Of The Offender

We will focus on the issues offenders face, prior to, during and after incarceration. Emphasis is placed on issues of transitioning to the community, home, the work force, their need for a support system and the frustrations they experience. At the conclusion of the session you will be able to identify situations and events that lead to recidivism and relapse to criminal activity and AOD use; develop strategies to reduce or minimize the potential for recidivistic or relapse behavior; and develop personalized aftercare plans to address anger, stress, grief, loneliness, etc. associated with offender’s re-entry into the community.

Michael Johnson, MSW, LISW, CAAC, IAAC, Internationally Recognized Trainer/Consultant, Southfield, MI

B3: Advancing Prevention, Treatment And Recovery In Youth And Young Adults


This interactive session will engage attendees in discussing ways of creating recovery ready communities through leveraging the full continuum of care for our lifetimes most important public health issue. We will discuss the stigma revolving around prevention, treatment and recovery for youth and young adults. Approaches to developing a prevention and recovery based approach, as part of the overall treatment process will be discussed.

Justin Luke Riley, Executive Director, Young People In Recovery, Denver, CO

B4: An Introduction To Animal-Assisted Interventions & Their Value In Substance Abuse Treatment


Animal-assisted interventions can have a positive therapeutic effect on individuals undergoing substance abuse treatment. This session will demonstrate how animal-assisted interventions can be an effective adjunct therapy to treatment. We will focus on the development of the therapeutic relationship between the animal and client including human-animal bond; training, selection, evaluation of therapy animal; the selection of participants for animal-assisted intervention; animal-assisted activities versus animal-assisted therapy; what to consider before introducing animal-assisted interventions; components of an animal-assisted therapy program; and the goals of animal-assisted substance abuse treatment. A live animal will be used during the presentation.

Callandre Cozzolino, JD, CPDT-KA, Executive Director, Canine Therapy Corp., Chicago, IL

B5: Creative Couples Counseling Directive Techniques: Advanced Ways To Help Clients Avoid Failure To Connect


This session includes an interactive “toolkit” for couples counselors and other professionals seeking to help couples who face problems with communicating about addictions. Attendees will engage in a discussion about the “Miscommunication Model” directive technique for use in couples counseling. The model is a tool that can be used by helpers to build therapeutic alliances, understand diversities, set goals, and promote insight. Creative techniques to facilitate self-disclosures, boundary setting, and forgiveness and adaptations on techniques originated by Satir, Maslow, and Berne will be discussed.

Barbara Mahaffey, PhD, LPCC-S, Associate Professor, Ohio University, Chillicothe, OH

Mary Jane Preece, PhD, LPCC-S, PCC-S, CRC, Assistant Professor, Ohio University, Chillicothe, OH

B6: Collaborative Ways Communities Can Tackle The Heroin Epidemic


This presentation will introduce a collaborative-based partnership between a university, a local agency, and law enforcement to increase awareness and preventive interventions for opiate addictions. This unique project utilizes a non-confrontational intervention called "conversation for change" which are held at community locations, not courtrooms. Participants are those who have opiate addictions and are at risk of an overdose. Family members are also encouraged to participate in the conversation for change. Topics covered are motivational interviewing, education about the use of Narcan Kits, and process of implementing community collaboration partnerships. We will address ways you can develop a similar program in your area.

Huma Bashir, EdD, PCC-S, LICDC, Assistant Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

John Conteh, EdD, LPC (PA), ACS, NCC, Assistant Professor, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

B7: Lily's Place: A New Model Of Care For Babies Born Drug Exposed

Session Has Been Canceled

B8: Completing An Integrated Assessment For Mental Health & Substance Use Disorders

This session will provide the clinician who completes Diagnostic Assessments (DA) with information on common screening tools, how to strengthen their clinical interview to yield a fuller clinical picture specifically when clients are presenting with both mental health and substance use symptoms. It will provide insight into how addressing the client's concept of spirituality and culture at the time of the DA will render a framework of support to build individualized treatment.

Ashley Kopaniasz, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC-S, Director of Integrated Alcohol and Drug Treatment Services, Unison Behavioral Health Group, Inc., Toledo, OH

B9: Abstinence Planning: The New Relapse Prevention

Abstinence planning involves typical relapse prevention planning e.g. triggers, cues, high-risk situations and how to avoid these. However, these are negative motivators, which are rarely successful long-term. How do you not think about using when your focus is on not using? What abstinence planning does is to concentrate more on positive motivators, what the person will be doing. Identifying their values and incorporating those into their lifestyle, developing fun and fulfilling interests, hobbies and leisure activities that “feed their soul.” It also incorporates building a support system whether traditional or non-traditional.

Robert Snipes, CADC, Director, Intensive Residential Treatment, Stepping Stones, Joliet, IL

B10: Men And Trauma: The Missing Piece


Traditional models for working with men were built around "breaking men down" which continues to have a significant influence on the ways in which men are treated by programs. Little attention has been paid to the impact of trauma on males. Many treatment professionals may be unintentionally re-traumatizing male participants thereby increasing their risk of failure in the program. This presentation will introduce trauma informed care for men using the groundbreaking curriculum, Helping Men Recover, co-authored by Dan Griffin senior fellow at The Meadows, and offer practical guidance and tools for professionals working with men in navigating these challenging areas.

Christopher Dorval, MSW, LCDP, LCDC-S, ICADC, CPRS, Consultant, Griffin Recovery Enterprises, Johnson, RI

B11: Benefits Advocacy Basics

The impact of employment on benefits is a critical topic for individuals who receive benefits such as SSI, SSDI, Medicaid and Medicare and have a desire to work. Benefits issues impact employment decisions before, during, and after placement in jobs. Concerns about the impact of employment on benefits are a common factor in decisions not to pursue employment or to minimize employment opportunities.

Benefits Advocacy Basics will provide a basic framework for the clinician for effective benefits advocacy with their clients. The need for benefits advocacy and key roles of a benefits advocate will be discussed. This will include basic information about SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, and Medicare as well as tips and key talking points for helping dispel misconceptions about these benefits and work with your clients. The focus of discussion will be on ways that concerns about these issues can be discussed with individuals in a non-judgmental, empowering manner that emphasizes enhancing an individual’s ability to make informed choices about their benefits and work.

Stephen Shober, LSW, Consultant and Trainer, Center for Evidence-Based Practices, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

B12: Recovery Housing

Housing stability reduces the risk of substance abuse and relapse. It is a necessary foundation for treatment engagement and critical to long-term recovery. Yet, many individuals and families face barriers to accessing safe, affordable housing that provides an alcohol- and drug-free living environment, peer support, and connection to opportunities in the community that support sustainable recovery. Join an engaging discussion with innovative housing and addiction services leaders who are implementing programs and statewide initiatives that bridge housing, treatment, and recovery support systems. Learn about key principles and components of evidence-based recovery housing and service interventions, outcomes, and implementation strategies for replicating successful policy and program models in your community.

Lori Criss, MSW, LSW, Associate Director, The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers, Columbus, OH

Lunch With The Expert
Thursday, 7/21/2016
12:45PM – 1:45PM

**(Additional fee required to cover lunch cost and participate - PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED - COST TO ATTEND WHICH INCLUDES LUNCH IS $28.00)**

P1: Bath Salts And Spice


We will discuss the basic pharmacology of the substances commonly referred to as “bath salts” and spice. Included will be a discussion of the medical and psychiatric effects of these medications, with example cases. Finally, the novel marketing strategy employed with these drugs will be explored along with some examples of how it has been utilized with other classes of drugs.

Jason Jerry, MD, FAPA, FASAM, Assistant Professor, Cleveland Clinic, Lerner College of Medicine, Cleveland, OH

Concurrent Session C
Thursday, 7/21/2016

C1: Diverse Community, Diverse Healing - The Intersection Of Trauma, Addiction And Mental Health In The LGBTQI Community

In the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, it is estimated that 30% of individuals identify as has having some form of addiction whether to substances or behaviors. This statistic is in stark contrast to the heterosexual community where only 9% identify as having a similar set of issues. Utilizing a more critical lens when looking at these statistics, it becomes increasingly evident that an individual must have both come out – or fully revealed their true selves to others - in terms of their sexual orientation as well as having an addiction. With both sets of self-identification, clinicians have begun to recognize there are the immense complexity for an individual to come out in terms of their situation(s) – shame, stigma, repression, oppression, power, gender, culture and many other barriers to full integration of self.

With heightened visibility of the LGBT community, due to dynamic and complex changes on all world fronts - comes heightened awareness of both positive and negative impacts. One area gaining awareness is the impact of trauma both over and covert on all aspects of the LGBT community. Trauma impacts an individual mind/body/spirit and this impact is directly contributing to individuals searching for relief from internal conflicts by external means most notably in the form of addiction. The breadth of contributing factors for addiction can be anything from internalized homophobia, difficulty during the coming out process, the role of spirituality and the impact of spiritual/religious abuse, attachment disruptions in the family of origin and merging all aspects of self including gender identity and sexual orientation.

In order to address the intersectionality of addiction, mental health and trauma in the LGBT community, a thorough knowledge of the presenting issues must be present in addition to utilizing a solid evidence based treatment protocol. Concurrent treatment models must be used rather than a singular approach to presenting issues and this requires a seasoned clinician passionate about working with these demographics. This session will utilize an all avenues to wellness approach and empower all attendees in returning to their client based to feel as if they have the tools necessary to impact the community.

Jeff Zacharias, LCSW, CSAT, CAADC, BRI-I, President/Clinical Director, New Hope Recovery Center, Chicago, IL

C2: Update On Pharmacologic Management Of Substance Use Disorders


This session will focus on the use of medications in the treatment of substance use disorders particularly the medical management of alcohol and opioid use disorders. We will discuss current treatment as well as cover new directions and newer agents used in the treatment of the disease. We will also address issues of medication management in the presence of co-occurring psychiatric illness.

Andrew Highberger, MD, Attending Physician, Addiction Services, Shepherd Hill, Newark, OH

Richard Whitney, MD, Medical Director, Addiction Services, Shepherd Hill, Newark, OH

C3: Motivating Behavior Change In Others: The Influence Of Our Values And Perceptions...It Starts With Us

We will introduce participants to the philosophical roots and essential constructs to understanding motivating behavior change. Participants will engage in reflective exercises and dialogue designed to assist them in uncovering personal and professional expectations that influence how they relate to others. Participants will be introduced to the engaging process and learn skill-building exercises designed to assist them in utilizing person-centered approaches and engage people in change discussions. Signs of disengagement (“Common Traps”) will be identified that create barriers to motivating change. We will discuss client-centered approaches and strategies for responding to resistance in clinical settings for individuals with behavioral and physical health conditions, including mental health and/or substance use disorders.

Deana Leber-George, MEd, LPCC-S, Consultant and Trainer, Center for Evidence-Based Practices, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

C4: What Were They Thinking? Unethical Clinicians Explored


This session will review ethical standards for the clinicians who have the Ohio Revised Code authorized to deliver substance abuse services. We will review and discuss real examples of unethical practice that have resulted in lawsuits or professional Board review and sanction.

Douglas Althauser, LICDC-CS, Esq., Treatment Court Coordinator, Delaware County Juvenile Court, Delaware, OH

C5: Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) Utilizing The Brief Addiction Monitoring (BAM) Tool


Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) is an evidence-based practice that demonstrates a high level of efficacy for resolving ambivalence and motivating people to change problem alcohol and/or substance use. The challenge with implementing MET is finding a practical tool to capture data and generate a feedback report. The Brief Addiction Monitoring (BAM) tool is in the public domain, free of cost, user-friendly and a natural fit for MET. Utilizing the data rich graphs from completed BAMs in combination with MET, clinicians have a viable and effective intervention strategy to enhance client outcomes in the addiction field.

James Portner, LISW-S, LICDC-CS, Director, Intensive Treatment Division, Veterans Health Administration, Columbus, OH

C6: Treating Addiction From Multiple Generations...Tweet vs. Talking And Everything In Between

Can generational differences interfere with effective treatment when there is a significant age gap between clients and clinicians? Do similar issues occur when a supervisor is from a different generation than the staff who report to them? Has the electronic era created a communication barrier that causes rapport between the generations to diminish? Attend to discuss and overcome these and other generationally driven issues that create challenges when providing targeted treatment to clients and building synergistic treatment teams.

Rita Rizzo, MSc, CMC, Rizzo & Associates, LLC, Uniontown, OH

C7: We Didn't Start The Fire: Preventing Employee Burnout & Maintaining Motivation Of Treatment Professionals To Improve Delivery Of Service To Clients

Our calling can be both demanding and emotionally draining. Treatment providers describe feelings of depression, anxiety, and report adverse impact in their personal life as a result of their work.

This interactive session will explore the methods of preventing and overcoming burnout as reported in the literature. Further, methods for administrators to foster a healthy and effective work environment will be explored. Particular emphasis will be devoted to examining how burnout impacts the services provided to clients. Burnout prevention and treatment will be addressed from a holistic wellness perspective. Session participants will have the opportunity to share their job-related perceptions via interactive polling.

Matthew Ritzman, PhD, LCDC-III, CADC, CCJP, Drug Treatment Specialist, United States Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Prisons, Milan, MI

Tavis Glasman, PhD, MPH, MCHES, Associate Professor, College of Health Sciences, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

C8: The Brain, The Mind, Addiction, And Criminal Behavior

Research conducted over the past 20 years has significantly increased our understanding of the neurogenesis of addiction and criminal behavior. Many have come to believe that our thinking and behavior is organized by complex brain interactions referred to as schemas, which direct the way that we interpret, understand, and choose to act in the world. One way to address issues of criminal behavior, addiction, and mental illness is now considered to rest on our ability to understand and adapt these internalized schemas to achieve resilient and adaptive change. This session will provide an overview of the advances in neuroscience and our understanding of brain and mind necessary to support long-term changes in offender behavior.

Guy Taylor, PhD, LPC, LICDC, Professor, Hocking College, Nelsonville, OH

C9: Operation Street Smart: For A New A.G.E. (Adult Gang Education)


The Adult Gang Education program is designed to educate law enforcement, social workers, school administrators, teachers, community partners, and anyone with a nexus to children about current gang trends, terminology, culture, and media influences. Included is a history of gangs, a breakdown of the different types of gangs and threat groups and their criminal activities.

At the conclusion of the training program participants will be able to better identify gang activity in their schools and communities, and will be empowered to help combat this growing problem.

Detective Darrah Metz, Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Columbus, OH

C10: Contingency Management: Use And Effectiveness Of Dually Diagnosed Veterans

Session Has Been Canceled

C11: Children Exposed To A Batterer: Understanding The Dynamics Of Domestic Violence, Trauma Responses And How A Batterer Impacts Parenting

This session is multifaceted. Participants will explore the complexities of domestic violence revealing how batterers expose children and adult victims to on-going fear and harm and how this on-going victimization results in traumatic experiences and responses because of the danger in their family. Participants will review child impact, trauma, grief and loss intertwined with tactics of batterers and their impact on parenting, learn about the strategic thinking processes of adult victims and understand that compliance in the face of fear isn't acceptance of the abuse but rather survival. Promising interventions for children and adult victims will be offered.

Sonia Ferencik, LISW-S, MSSA, Child Trauma Training & Technical Assistance Specialist, Ohio Domestic Violence Network, Columbus, OH

C12: A Spirituality Of Imperfection

This session will focus on the contribution of AA and the 12-steps to personal development and our current thought and theory regarding recovery from addiction. The presenter will utilize AA literature, the works of Earnest Kurtz, and our rich history of storytelling.

Ed Hughes, MPS, LICDC, President and CEO, The Counseling Center, Portsmouth, OH

Plenary Sessions
Friday, 7/22/2016

Addiction: It Isn't All A Brain Disease - Getting Back To Biopsychosocial

There is much information about neurobiology, medication assisted treatment, and addiction as a “brain disease”. But what has happened to a biopsychosocial- spiritual perspective of addiction and treatment? This presentation highlights advantages and disadvantages of addiction as a “brain disease”. It argues for holistic, multidimensional perspectives.

David Mee-Lee, MD, Psychiatrist and Trainer/Consultant; Chief Editor of The ASAM Criteria, Davis CA

Neurotechnology: Devices To Modulate The Brain To Treat Behavioral Health Conditions & Addiction

A topic so promising that the Wall Street Journal recently ran an above-the-fold cover article, neurotechnology is rapidly changing the face of treatment. Learn about the types of new neurodevices and equipment that can both "train" the brain to develop new patterns and stimulate the brain to treat a variety of conditions.

Graeme Moffat, PhD, Vice President of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, MUSE, Toronto, Canada

Concurrent Session D
Friday, 7/22/2016

D1: Sticks And Stones: Words & Terms That Will Help You Ruin A Therapeutic Alliance

Diagnostics categories, psychological constructs, and psychodynamic interpretations can all be helpful in better understanding how to help people. But they can also become diagnostic labels and misused terms that signal negative and disempowering attitudes and approaches. This presentation will highlight a variety of clinical terms that are used in documentation, case presentations, clinical formulations and therapy that reveal negative attitudes likely to inhibit and even end a therapeutic relationship with clients.

David Mee-Lee, MD, Psychiatrist and Trainer/Consultant; Chief Editor of The ASAM Criteria, Davis CA

D2: Addiction And Suicide: A Deadly Combination

The field of suicide prevention is exploding in terms of research, prevention efforts, clinical practices, and general interest in the topic. This session will focus on investigating the correlation between addiction and suicide in society today. We will discuss the causes, social media impacts, prevention strategies and methods to integrate reduction measures in a treatment program.

Stephanie Hall, Central Ohio Chapter Chair, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Columbus, OH

D3: Advanced AOD Recovery Counseling


This session is an opportunity for experienced AOD counselors to sharpen their CBT skills and techniques with AOD clients and to consider other therapeutic strategies such as Gestalt therapy, Existential/Logotherapy, spirituality strategies and "best version" techniques to include proper nutrition, advancing mental acuity and developing healthy, genuine social relationships. The focus will then change to applying these insights to helping family members heal.

Robert Bailor, MSE, LPC, LICDC, Contingent Counselor, Talbot Hall, OSU Wexner Medical Center; and Adjunct Professor, Columbus State Community College, Columbus, OH

D4: The Recovery "Movement:" An Orientation To Yoga Of 12-Step Recovery, Dancing Mindfulness & Similar Approaches

The literature on trauma-informed approaches to treating addiction and mental illness continues to highlight the benefits of yoga, Eastern practices, and movement within the expressive arts when used in conjunction with traditional psychotherapy. In this session, participants will be oriented to two such programs: Yoga of 12-Step Recovery (developed by Nikki Myers) and Dancing Mindfulness (developed by Dr. Jamie Marich). Research and reports from the field are presented on both programs and participants will learn how to access similar resources in their communities for the populations they serve.

Jamie Marich, PhD, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, RMT, Clinical Provider of Psychotherapy, Mindful Ohio & The Institute for Creative Mindfulness, Warren, OH

D5: Diagnosis And Treatment Of Co-Occurring Disorders


Co-occurring mental disorders affect millions of individuals, with only a few receiving appropriate diagnoses or adequate treatment. Diagnosing and treating concomitant mental illnesses in addition to substance use disorders is crucial for delivering effective services to dually diagnosed individuals. Upon completion of this session, participants will: 1) understand the diagnostic criteria for mental illnesses and substance use disorders in the DSM-5, 2) understand etiological theories of co-occurring disorders, 3) recognize primary process and personality disorders and their relationship to addiction, and 4) be familiar with effective treatment methodologies for co-occurring disorders.

William Hale, PhD, LICDC-CS, Manager, Glenbeigh Beachwood & Rocky River Outpatient Centers, Rock Creek, OH

D6: Utilizing A Biopsychosocial Approach To Chronic Pain Management


Persons experiencing chronic pain are seen in many different mental health, primary care, and hospital settings. They are often experiencing complicated psychosocial stressors and present with a variety of socioeconomic and geographic limitations. Their physical and mental health needs may be complex and require a high degree of clinical oversight and creative problem solving. Accordingly, this session outlines current biopsychosocial interventions, discusses professional judgment and advanced practice skills and provides foundational information for psychosocial and differential diagnosis to enhance clinician’s understanding of their patient’s experience and provide the best approaches to treatment.

Jessica Horstman, LISW-S, LICDC, Pain Social Worker, Department of Veterans Affairs, Chalmers P. Wylie ACC, Columbus, OH

D7: Getting Started With Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence-based practice that improves outcomes for people with severe mental illness who are most at-risk of homelessness, psychiatric hospitalization, and institutional recidivism. ACT is one of the oldest and most widely researched evidence-based practices in behavioral healthcare using a multidisciplinary team approach with assertive outreach in the community for people with severe mental illness. Considerations for Getting Started include: 1) the need for and readiness for ACT implementation; 2) funding mechanisms and incentives for implementation; 3) service structure and staff constellation; and 4) technical assistance availability.

Jon Ramos, BA, Director, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT), The Center for Evidence-Based Practices, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

D8: We Shall Overcome: Challenges To Providing Addiction Treatment In The Criminal Justice System

There is a tremendous need for addiction treatment among defendants, probationers, and inmates. However, the criminal justice system presents unique challenges to community treatment providers, probation officers, and correctional treatment professionals alike. This interactive session will explore the issues, methods, and challenges of providing addiction treatment in the criminal justice system to enhance positive outcomes.

Matthew Ritzman, PhD, LCDC-III, CADC, CCJP, Drug Treatment Specialist, United States Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Prisons, Milan, MI

D9: De-Escalation Skills: Presence Of Mind

In this session we will engage in a substantive exploration of real situations, fundamental skills, and self-development techniques to be a more effective and calm presence in a potentially volatile setting. “De-escalation is the term applied to a combination of verbal and non-verbal interactions which can, when used appropriately, reduce the threat of violence, including the client's anger and return them to a more calm state of mind. All staff working in AOD settings, irrespective of grade, who interact with clients, should be provided with basic de-escalatory skills.” - Franklin County ADAMH

Steven Rendina, MTs, LICDC-CS, LMT, Client Rights Officer, House of Hope, Columbus, OH

D10: Using And Managing Social Media: Professional And Risk Management Issues


Social media, email and texting are powerful tools to create a professional identity, communicate with others and reach populations in need. Yet these powerful tools are not without personal and professional risk. Many professionals are naively engaging in ethically and legally risky behaviors while attempting to navigate the digital world. Boundaries are tricky when both client and counselor are using social media. New technologies are emerging; prevention practices and policies struggle to keep pace. This session offers practical, relevant prevention strategies to mitigate professional and personal risk to you and your clients.

Tim Conrad, PhD, LPC, NCC, NCSC, Principal Consultant, Resilient Resources, LLC, Worthington, OH; Adjunct Instructor, Professional Development Services, Ashland University, Ashland, OH

D11: Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder: First Do No Harm

Participates will review the DSM criteria for diagnosing Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) as well as explore what to look for in practical terms, including distinctions between Schizophrenia and Dissociative Identity Disorder. Factors contributing to the development of DID will be explored, as well as strategies for intervention. Participants will review factors that make it a controversial diagnosis. Time will also be set aside for participates to share their experiences in treating clients dealing with DID in hopes of expanding participant's repertoire of skills.

Michael Meckstroth, MA, LPCC, Therapist, Shelby County Counseling, New Knoxville, OH

Education Session - Lunch Not Provided
Friday, 7/22/2016
12:45PM – 1:45PM

**There is NOT a fee to attend this session but you MUST PRE-REGISTER. CEUs will be available for this session.

P2: Engaging Young People In Recovery


Young People in Recovery is a national organization whose mission is "To promote active, healthy, productive lives for young people in or seeking recovery." This session will discuss the culture, structure and issues surrounding recovery in young people including: describing the core issues that are unique for young adults and youth in recovery, providing strategies that help promote healthy, productive lives for young people seeking or in recovery; and exploring effective ways of sharing one's recovery story to engage other young adults to look beyond the stigma of addiction.

Justin Luke Riley, Executive Director, Young People In Recovery, Denver, CO

Concurrent Session E
Friday, 7/22/2016

E1: A Gestalt Approach To Understanding & Working With The Family Dynamics Of Addiction


In this session we will explore the family dynamics of addiction and the psychological role each family member takes on as the disease of addiction progresses. We will discuss principles of Gestalt therapy practices and explore ways we can therapeutically work with families affected by the brain disease of addiction.

Annette Franks, MEd, CWC, Professional Counselor/Corporate Wellness Coach, AnnetteFranks.com, Columbus, OH

E2: Starting A Needle Exchange Program Against All Odds

Session Has Been Canceled

E3: Human Trafficking & Addiction: What Clinicians Need To Know!

Human trafficking is closely associated with addiction, prostitution, and more. We will explore these relationships as well as ways a clinician or criminal justice professional can help in the reduction of human trafficking.

Brent Currence, Missing Persons Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Columbus, OH

E4: Motivational Interviewing With Adolescents: Working Ambivalence To Develop Self-Concept & Change


Motivational interviewing as a counseling style is based on assumptions that ambivalence about change and about substance abuse is normal and constitutes and important motivational obstacle in recovery (Miller and Rollnick, 1991). This session expands on the research related to developing adolescents to emphasize the importance of empowering ambivalence in adolescent clients and with their families while working to increase intrinsic motivation for change. The use of practical awareness enhancing techniques and instruments that can be used in sessions and potent therapeutic homework stategies will be reviewed in dynamic group exercises and focused discussions.

Anderson Hawes, MEd, LPCC, LICDC, LSW, President/Therapist, Associates in Family Wellness, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

E5: Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT)

UZIT has been shown to be supportive and effective for individuals going through recovery. Inspired by Donna Karan and developed by Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee, UZIT was developed to serve hospital staff, patients and their families. It uses multiple modalities to address the symptoms of PANIC(TM) - Pain, Anxiety, Nausea, Insomnia, Constipation, and Exhaustion - that accompany disease or injury. These modalities include mindful movements, guided meditation, restorative yoga poses, breath practices, aromatherapy and Reiki. In this session you will experience the calming benefits of UZIT, enhancing your own well-being and providing you insights and information into ways these practices can be integrated into treatment plans and support your clients.

Lori Bower, MEd, E-RYT500, Urban Zen Integrative Therapist, Dublin Springs Hospital/OSU Center for Integrative Health and Wellness, Columbus, OH

E6: Trauma & Recovery: The Integration Of Spirituality With The Mind And Body

This session will study the ways that trauma and addiction intersect, and how an integration of spirituality into holistic treatment can effectively enhance healing. This practical session will provide take away skills to work with the AOD population with trauma, with discussion of psychosocial trauma, physical trauma, traumatic brain injuries and spiritual trauma. The emphasis is on the use of spirituality as a way to treat trauma and increase engagement in recovery. Come to be personally renewed and professionally updated on new models of treatment.

Robert Ahern, PhD, LISW-S, Drug Court Coordinator/Chief of Staff, Union County Probate and Juvenile Court, Marysville, OH; Community Lecturer, College of Social Work, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

E7: AOD Treatment Considerations For Individuals With Severe And Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI)


The addictions field continues to advance in regards to the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver effective interventions for those in need of services to promote recovery. Included in these advancements are an increased understanding of dynamics that are essential to master in order to have the greatest possible impact on positive client outcomes, unique to particular cross-sections of the population. While the treatment technology associated with best results for addictions treatment among individuals with a severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) has been better understood and articulated for several decades, persistent misunderstanding of the needs of this population and the nuances of service delivery are still pervasive in many treatment settings. This session will highlight ten considerations that are essential for programs that are providing treatment to individuals with SPMI and the role of those considerations in service delivery.

Richard Kruszynski, MSSA, LISW, LICDC-CS, Director, SAMI Consultation & Training, The Center for Evidence-Based Practices, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

E8: Enhancing Client Motivation & Autonomy In Addictions Treatment

Three evidence-based models for cultivating client motivation for change and promoting client autonomy will be reviewed: the stages of change model (SOC), motivational interviewing (MI), and self-determination theory (SDT). It is proposed that all three models can be used in an integrative fashion to tap into and harness the client’s motivational and self-regulatory processes to initiate and maintain change. Distinctive aspects of each model and shared principles among the models will be highlighted. Two case examples will be provided to illustrate the integrative use of SOC, MI, and SDT in the context of addictions prevention and treatment.

Cynthia Osborn, PhD, Professor, Counselor Education and Supervision Program, Kent State University, Kent, OH

E9: 420 to 710: Not Your Father's Weed


Explore the marijuana movement from 420 to 710. Participants will learn about marijuana muscle, ganjapreneurship, dabbing, cell dope, The Cannabis Cup, and The Weed Tour. This session will bring practitioners, old and new, up to speed with today's marijuana user and increase their THC knowledge that will prove beneficial during assessment and treatment.

Angie Giltner, MSOL, LSW, LCDC-III, President, Empower Training & Assessment Co., LLC, Wooster, OH

E10: The Book Of Eli: Saving Our Transgender Son From Self-Medicating


The session goals are to: define transgender, gender identity disorder and gender dysphoria and the associated emotional, behavioral and social implications; confer with The World Professional Association for Transgender Health's Standards of Care, and provide clinical guidance in assisting "gender non-conforming" youth with safe and effective pathways with achieving comfort with their gendered selves.

Betty Crafter, MBA, Austin, TX

E11: Perspectives On The History And Treatment Of Ohio's Opioid Epidemic

We will trace the evolution of the opioid epidemic in Ohio and highlight factors which have contributed to the substantial increase in opioid use. Information will be provided that explains how heroin, which is used by only a small portion of the population, can represent such a serious problem for society as well as individuals. Evidence-based practices as applied to opioid treatment will also be examined, as will the efficacy of various approaches to medication assisted treatment.

Joe Gay, PhD, LICDC, Executive Director, Health Recovery Services, Inc., Athens, OH

Rick Massatti, PhD, MSW, MPH, LSW, Health Services Policy Specialist, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Columbus, OH

2016 Professional Credit Information

Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals
The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board has approved 21.25 Recognized Clock Hours (RCHs) for the 2016 Addiction Studies Institute.

**The OCDP Board is an ICRC/AODA Member Board.

Pursuant to Ohio Board of Nursing Rule 4723-14-05 Item 6, The Addiction Studies Institute will be using credit approved by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board for Nursing CEUs. These hours will be recognized by the Ohio Board of Nursing for license renewal. Nurses from states other than Ohio should check with their licensing bodies to verify they will accept this credit certificate.

For information regarding nursing contact hours please contact Eleanor Garrison, 614.273.1400. 

Ohio Psychological
The Ohio Psychological Association has approved 21.25 hours of continuing education credit for psychologists attending the 2016 Addiction Studies Institute.

Social Work/Professional Counselor/Marriage & Family Therapy
Application has been made for continuing professional education units for social workers, professional counselors and marriage & family therapists through the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.

Changing Offender Behavior (COB)
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC) has approved the following sessions for Changing Offender Behavior (COB) credit: A1, A2, A7, A9, B2, B8, B9, B10, B12, C1, C3, C5, C8, D1, D7, D8, D9, E4, E6, E7, E8. If you have already registered and need to change to a COB approved session please email us at info@addictionstudiesinstitute.com with the change information.

Other Professionals
A certificate of attendance will be provided for any participant requesting one.

2016 List of Exhibitors

  • Acadia Healthcare
  • Access Ohio
  • ACM Medical Laboratory
  • Adams Recovery Center
  • Addiction Labs
  • Advanced Recovery Services
  • Al-Anon
  • Alcoholic Anonymous
  • Angels of America
  • BDSI
  • Behavioral Health
  • Center for Evidence-Based Practices
  • CompDrug
  • Cornerstone of Recovery
  • Derby Industries
  • Dublin Springs
  • Equitas Health
  • Glenbeigh
  • Hazelden Publishing
  • Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Indivior
  • Lakeview Health
  • Maryhaven
  • Methodist Theological School in Ohio
  • Muse
  • New Directions, Inc
  • Ohio Addiction Recovery Center
  • Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board
  • Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
  • OSU Sleep Lab
  • Pride Institute
  • Recovery Works
  • Rivermend Health
  • Shepherd Hill
  • Talbot Hall
  • The Recovery Council
  • White Deer Run Treatment Network
  • Wise Communications
  • Woodhaven Residential Treatment Centers
  • Young People in Recovery