National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Sessions & Faculty

National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Sessions & Faculty 2019
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NRI 2019 Keynote Renee Harrington

2019 Sunday Keynote: Addiction and Recovery: A Yoga Perspective

Renee Harrington, MS, E-RYT 500, Lecturer, Dept. of Health and Exercise Studies, North Carolina State University

Sunday Keynote Description

Untangling from the grip of addiction can seem impossible. There are many methods and programs available to treat substance abuse and addiction, from traditional, to alternative, to complementary. With high relapse rates, addiction specialists are turning to adjunct therapies such as yoga as a way to supplement traditional 12-step programs. As we learn more about how yoga affects us physiologically, we get clues as to why it can be helpful to those in recovery. In this talk, Ms. Harrington will provide a deeper understanding of addiction through the yogic lens of “samskaras,” the impressions or pathways carved into the mind by habitual behavior that make addictive patterns very difficult to break. We will also gain insight to the practices of yoga and how they can assist in overcoming addiction and support recovery.  

Renee Harrington Biography

Renee Harrington, M.S. Exercise Science, is a Lecturer at North Carolina State University in the Department of Health and Exercise Studies, a certified E-RYT 500 level yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance, and Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit. Renee is a health and wellness specialist with more than a decade of experience in the fitness and wellness field as a trainer, coach, and workshop presenter. With a depth of knowledge in physiology, nutrition, and biomechanical principles she specializes in athletic performance, metabolic aspects of physical activity and exercise training, and stress management.

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2019 Monday Keynote: 

J. Carlos Rivera, CADC-II, Executive Director,  White Bison, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Carlos Rivera Biography

J.Carlos Rivera is the Executive Director at White Bison, Inc. located in Colorado Springs, CO. Carlos is an enrolled tribal member with the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians and is also of Mexican descent. He is originally from Northern Ca. but currently resides in Sioux Falls, SD with his family.Carlos, CADC-II, received his degree in Chemical Dependency Studies at the American River College. He served as a substance abuse treatment provider for 10-years at the Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc. providing services to adult men and women on parole, juvenile offenders and other referrals from the Department of Corrections. He continues to make a difference in Native Tribal communities serving as the Executive Director for White Bison, Inc. In his role he oversees daily operations and is also passionate about developing new curriculum to better meet the needs of Native American/Alaska Native communities. Carlos has also been an active committee member for the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency State Committee for California, appointed by Governor Jerry Brown.Carlos has faced many adversities in his life that have ultimately guided him to build resiliency, discipline and a sense of direction in his life. Carlos grew up without a father or mother figure and became a ward of the court at age 13, resulting in him spending most of his adolescent years in treatment programs, group homes and Youth Authorities. Through the process of treatment and recovery Carlos found a greater purpose in life which inspired and motivated him to establish a healthy foundation for his family.

NRI 2019 Keynote Mel Pohl

2019 Tuesday Keynote: Chronic Pain and the Opioid Epidemic - How We Missed The Boat

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM, Chief Medical Officer, Las Vegas Recovery Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

Tuesday Keynote Description

America is a country in pain. Physical pain receives much attention, but often the impact of emotional or spiritual pain is underemphasized, particularly in discussions regarding the opioid crisis. In fact, physical pain is usually accompanied—and enhanced—by emotional distress. Mel Pohl, MD, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, has focused his career on investigating this connection. Dr. Pohl’s work with hundreds of patients has shown the important role that clinicians have in reducing chronic physical pain by using tools such as biofeedback, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and yoga—interventions that often are more effective and have a greater impact on reducing physical pain than traditional opioid-based therapy. Join Dr. Pohl to explore the critical role that behavioral healthcare professionals have in reducing individual suffering and providing non-pharmacologic solutions to address chronic physical pain and turn the tide in the country’s opioid crisis.

Learning objectives:

  • Describe principles of chronic pain, including central nervous system processing and the brain’s response to pain and suffering.
  • Identify the effects of emotional distress on increasing chronic pain.
  • Discuss techniques to manage opioid dependence and the experience of recovery from chronic pain with clinical methods including mindfulness, CBT, DBT and ACT.
Mel Pohl Biography

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is the Chief Medical Officer of Las Vegas Recovery Center (LVRC). Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC’s Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine,  (ABAM), and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). He is the former chairman of ASAM’s AIDS Committee, a member of the planning committee for ASAM’s Annual “Common Threads, Pain and Addiction” Course and co-chair of ASAM’s Pain and Addiction Workgroup. Dr. Pohl is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2009 to present. 

NRIADA19 Keynote Kirk Moberg

2019 Wednesday Keynote: Cannabinoids—Reefer Madness or Medical Miracle?

Kirk Moberg, MD, PhD, Executive Medical Director, Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, Peoria, Illinois

Wednesday Keynote Description

The status of cannabinoid preparations remains a moving target.  A complex network of federal and state laws that target this class of substances varies dependent upon time, geography and indication.  In this presentation Dr. Moberg will address the pharmacology, formulations, medical indications, and the issues surrounding legalization of this most interesting group of compounds.

Lizzy McGlothlin Biography

Dr. Kirk Moberg is the Executive Medical Director of the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery.  A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Moberg has remained a member of the faculty holding the rank of Clinical Professor.  He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.  Dr. Moberg serves on the boards of the Illinois Society of Addiction Medicine and the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling.  He is a member of the Mayor’s Heroin Task Force in Peoria, Illinois.  Dr. Moberg is a popular speaker at the regional and national levels and speaks frequently on the opioid crisis, cannabis, gambling and other process addictions.  He teaches the buprenorphine DEA waiver course and the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) course on Safe Prescribing of Long Acting/Extended Release Opioids.  Dr. Moberg serves on the board of the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network, Inc. and served as President in 2016-2018.

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2019 Thursday Keynote: Hope in Recovery

Chester Marcol, Counselor, CSAC,
Libertas Green Bay; former Green Bay Packer

Thursday Keynote Description

Chester will speak openly and candidly about his own experiences with addiction and rehabilitation focusing on hope in recovery and the importance of counselors to not give up on clients - regardless how many times they come to treatment. 

Chester Marcol Biography

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2019 Session and Institute Faculty Information

Track Sessions

Track 1 - Medical Scholars/Allied Health Professionals Track

Medical Scholars/Allied Health Professionals Track

The phenomenon of addiction has been documented in some of our earliest writings. Different ideas have had support from a variety of quarters regarding its etiology. These have ranged from a desire for intoxication, lack of will, immorality, avoidance of withdrawal or a symptom of some of other underlying illness. This changed in the mid-20th century when addiction was termed a "Metabolic Disease". Fast forward to the present and the American Society of Addiction Medicine has provided the following definition, "Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social, and spiritual manifestations."

The Medical Scholars/Allied Health Professionals Track is open to all professionals who care for patients that suffer from the disease of addiction as well as medical students training in the field. During the Track we will discuss a history of proposed etiologies with an emphasis on the brain disease model, neurobiology, drugs of abuse, various types of treatment including medication assisted treatment, intoxication and withdrawal, and current controversies.

NRI 2018 Kirk Moberg

FACULTY: Kirk Moberg, MD, PhD
Executive Medical Director, Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery
Peoria, Illinois

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Kirk Moberg is the Executive Medical Director of the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery.  A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Dr. Moberg has remained a member of the faculty holding the rank of Clinical Professor.  He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.  Dr. Moberg serves on the boards of the Illinois Society of Addiction Medicine and the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling.  He is a member of the Mayor’s Heroin Task Force in Peoria, Illinois.  Dr. Moberg is a popular speaker at the regional and national levels and speaks frequently on the opioid crisis, cannabis, gambling and other process addictions.  He teaches the buprenorphine DEA waiver course and the Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMS) course on Safe Prescribing of Long Acting/Extended Release Opioids.  Dr. Moberg serves on the board of the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network, Inc. and was elected President in 2016.

Track 2 - Building an Inclusive Environment...

Building an Inclusive Environment: Understanding, Working and Supporting the LGBTQ population 

Presenters who identify on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, will facilitate this workshop to assist individuals who support, advocate and offer programs to the general population to understand the needs of those who identify as LGBTQ+, the needs and barriers to accessing services.  In addition, this workshop will offer opportunities for the class to brainstorm and "think tank" about barriers and issues that effect the LGBTQ populations being served. Resources will also be provided to assist service professionals at all levels to retrieve information when they return to their programs and services.

FACULTY: Katherine Trombley, M.S. Ed, Ph.D. Candidate
Director of Adult Educational Opportunity Center, Genesee Community College
Batavia, New York

BIOGRAPHY: Kate Trombley is an advocate and ally to many underserved communities, including LGBTQI+. She currently serves as the Director of the Adult Educational Opportunity Center which is located at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York. Her mission and purpose through the center is to create initiatives and programs which assist low-income and first-generation adults to continue to post-secondary education, gain needed career skills through education and/or complete the high-school equivalency. Kate strives to level out the playing field for any individual who typically has to struggle to obtain what he or she needs.  In addition to her professional position, Kate is very passionate about reducing societal stigma and barriers which impact individuals who have lived experience with mental health and/or substance use challenges.  It is her long-term goal to open an respite for individuals who identify as LGBTQI+.

FACULTY: Lawrence Manchester

BIOGRAPHY: Lawrence is an individual who identifies as a female-to-male transgender individual. From a young age Lawrence knew when he looked in the mirror that the way he felt was not representative biologically. As a teenager, he started to self-medicate with alcohol. As Lawrence began to explore his identity and figure out who he was, he was also able to understand the root of his depression and alcoholism.  Once Lawrence began his transition and transformation, his depression reduced and he overcame his alcoholism with counseling and support. He will be part of this four day series by sharing his story of transition and the barriers that happened in his life as an individual living through the lens of trans experience.

Track 3 - Drug and Treatment Courts

Drug and Treatment Courts

This track is for judges, probation officers, case managers, treatment providers, attorneys and other practitioners who are involved with the work of drug and treatment courts. This track will focus on issues and problems facing those who work in any kind of problem-solving court. Topics will include 

  • Selecting the Right Participants for Your Treatment Court
  • Designing Treatment Court Phases to Achieve Better Outcomes
  • Understanding Incentives, Sanctions, and Therapeutic Adjustments in the Treatment Court
  • Understanding Procedural Justice, Trauma-Informed Practices and the Recovery Model in Treatment Court
  • National Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards
  • Special Focus on the Treatment Court Standards on Equity and Inclusion
  • What does trauma have to do with me?  Understanding Secondary Trauma, Vicarious Trauma, and Compassion Fatigue

NRI 2019 Norma Jaeger

FACULTY: Norma D. Jaeger
Problem-solving Court Specialist
Idaho Supreme Court
Meridian, Idaho

BIOGRAPHY:  Norma Jaeger is former Director for Problem-solving Courts and Community Sentencing Alternatives with the Idaho Supreme and continues to provide guidance and support to 66 drug and mental health courts in Idaho. Norma received a Master of Science degree in health services administration from Whitworth College in Spokane Washington and is completing dissertation for a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration.  She has spent over 30 years working in the development and administration of public behavioral health programs in Idaho, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.  She served as  adjunct faculty in the  Criminal Justice Department at Boise State University and is a former  member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and the National Center for DWI Courts Advisory Committee.  She is a consultant for Policy Research Associates and American University and curriculum developer and trainer for Idaho Certified Peer Support Specialists with the Jannus Corporation.  She also serves as the Executive Director of Recovery Idaho, Inc. a statewide recovery community organization.

 

Track 4 - Cultural Competency from a Native American...

Cultural Competency from a Native American Perspective

Native Americans are a relatively small part of the U.S. population but are disproportionately affected by health issues including chemical dependency. Native Americans have been historically marginalized by government policy and actions. The boarding school era and removal acts of the last two centuries have left long lasting psychological scars on Native communities. Often, we as treatment providers and prevention specialists ask people in Native communities to trust systems that have been historically harmful. 
This track will focus on helping the chemical dependency and prevention professionals to develop and use culturally competent tools and techniques to begin the process of healing when working with Native populations and other treatment resistant populations.

NRI 2018 Mitch Crowe

FACULTY: Mitchell W. Crowe, MA, LADC, CSAC, LPC
Dual Diagnosis Clinician, St Croix Tribal Behavioral Health Clinic
Webster, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Mitch Crowe currently works as a Dual Diagnosis Therapist for the St. Croix Tribal Behavioral Health Clinic in Hertel, WI. Prior to this, Crowe was employed at the Hazelden Betty Ford Center as a counselor specializing in working with impaired health care professionals. He continues to serve as a guest lecturer at the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies providing education on cultural competencies and treatment considerations when working with Native American populations. Crowe’s experience span over a decade of working in the addiction, mental health, and education fields.

NRI 2018 Diane Sullivan

FACULTY: Dianne Sullivan, MA, CSAC, LADC
Human Services/AODA, LCO Community College
Hayward, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Dianne Sullivan graduated from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, MN. She is full time faculty at the Lac Courte Oreilles Community College and an on-call counselor at Hazelden Betty Ford in Center City. Dianne has over 30 years experience in various aspects of substance abuse, working primarily with programs in the LCO and Sawyer County service area, in Hayward, WI.

Track 5 - Prevention Track

Prevention Track

Planning and evaluation – skill development – community organization – policy – environmental strategies – do these sound like difficult concepts to master? Come to the prevention track to learn about these and more, including resources you can use. This training will provide hours toward the Prevention Specialist-in-Training for Wisconsin and prevention certifications in other states.

NRI 2018 Dee Owens

FACULTY: Dee S. Owens, MPA,
Special Assistant to the Director, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)
Rockville, Maryland

BIOGRAPHY: Dee S. Owens is the Special Assistant to the Director at the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and serves on the Rural Task Force at SAMHSA as well as a liaison to the Office of Rural Health Policy at HRSA. Previous work experience includes directing substance abuse services in Oklahoma and in the Marshall Islands and directing the Alcohol-Drug Information Center at Indiana University. She recently ended a term as President of the National Rural Alcohol and Drug Abuse Network and teaches annually at the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse at the University of Wisconsin. She is the recipient of the Harold E. Hughes Exceptional Rural Professional award, the Bringing Excellence to Rural America award, and the 2016 Larry W. Monson award. She owns a small farm in Indiana.

 

NRI 2018 Jeff Bentz

FACULTY: Jeffrey J. Bentz, CACS, ICRC, CADC III
Director (Emeritus), CESA8 Humanities Department
Gillett, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Bentz is a State of Wisconsin, United States and Internationally Certified Clinician Clinical Counselor, having held ICRC, CADCIII, CSAODC III certifications, respectively. During the past 35 years he has served as founding Director of the CESA8 ATOD, Healthy Schools and Communities, and Humanities Departments at CESA8, Gillett, Wisconsin. During the past 25 years Jeff has also served as faculty to the National Rural Institute on AOD, and with Viterbo University’s Rural Masters in Education (with a Rural ATOD Emphasis). While performing with these professional roles he has twice received national awards from both NRIADA, and CADCA.

In addition to these noteworthy accomplishments, Jeff is also Founding Partner of Green Light Associates(GLA), and Green Light Grants-LLC. (GLG); dedicated to the research and developments of funding opportunities for rural not for profit organizations located within Northeastern Wisconsin.

Track 6 - Adolescent Treatment and Recovery

Adolescent Treatment and Recovery

One of the biggest enjoyments in working with youth is that things are always changing. As technology advances and novelties are discovered, we need to be prepared to engage teens in their world, and provide treatment options that are relevant and engaging. This track will help providers fine tune their ability to work with today’s youth and thrive in the face of new challenges.  

First of all we will take some time exploring the latest information from several surveys including the Monitoring the Future Surveys, and information from SAMHSA and NIDA. We will explore the latest trends, novelties and influences that are molding the minds and capturing the attentions of teens today. 

We will enter the online world and explore social media – gaining understanding into this world and apps like Instagram, Twitter, SnapChat and Youtube. There are definitely concerns about social media’s impact on the developing brain, but we will also look at how we can harness this as a tool for recovery and wellness! 

We will look at our own personal learning styles and how to help identify those styles in those we work with. We will then go through activities suited to each of those learning styles, and how to tie that back into treatment objectives and interventions. 

Non-suicidal self-injury like cutting or burning has also been common in teens in the treatment setting. It is easy to react in a way that can actually make it worse. We will take a look at this issue, and how to best help. Tied into this conversation will be an exploration on the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) instrument. We will look at what the ACEs score really means and how to reframe that and use it to map a new path to wellness. 

We will explore ways to gain rapport and buy-in from teens without "picking up the rope" and engaging in power struggles, how to diffuse anger, and use a positive system to motivate and engage teens in making difficult changes. Lastly we will be looking at how to develop a strong team – and how to utilize the team to make it through the challenges the teen population can present and come out stronger on the other side. 

Come ready to interact, play and learn! Even if you don't work exclusively with teens, this can still be a great session to freshen your practice and toolbox!

NRI 2018 Christy Alten-Osmera

FACULTY: Christy Alten-Osmera, MS, LAC, NCC LPCMH
Adolescent Program Director and Therapist, Keystone Treatment Center
Canton, South Dakota

BIOGRAPHY: Christy has worked 24 years with Keystone Treatment Center, primarily with adolescents. She has experience working residential, outpatient and in the schools. She is currently the program director and clinical supervisor for the inpatient adolescent unit at Keystone. She is a certified non-violent crisis intervention instructor. She is an internationally certified alcohol and drug counselor; a licensed substance abuse counselor, and a licensed professional counselor mental health, as well as a qualified mental health professional for SD. She is on the state of SD’s Behavioral Health Advisory Council, and SBIRT subcommittee. She obtained her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at Walden University, based out of Minneapolis Minnesota. Undergrad work was at the University of South Dakota, where Christy received her Bachelor’s degree in biology and allied health (alcohol and drug abuse studies). Outside of Keystone, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3 children and multiple pets (some say a small zoo!). She loves the outdoors, photography and is actively involved in her church as the Children’s Pastor and on the music ministry team.

Track 7 - Positive Psychology for Treatment Planning...

Positive Psychology for Treatment Planning, Group Work, and Individual Therapy

Coined by Dr. Martin Seligman in 1998, positive psychology is defined as the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that allow individuals and communities to thrive (Seligman & Csikzentmihalyi, 2000). Rather than focus on what is broken or damaged, positive psychologists focus on personal strengths and individual merits. Participants in this track will examine the original tenets of positive psychology including gratitude, happiness, humor, resilience, well-being, and positive thinking in relationship to treatment goals, relapse prevention, and long-term recovery. Participants will learn how to shift their clinical focus from damage control (risk factors) to positive growth (protective factors).  Participants can expect a learning environment that encourages small group discussion, active learning (games, ice-breakers and prizes), and group idea-sharing.

NRI 2018 Julia Persike

FACULTY: Dr. Julia M Persike, PsyD, CSAC
Lodi Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Julia has spent the past 25 years providing behavioral health opportunities including education, consultation, presentations, and treatment services to both individuals and groups.  Julia has worked as a case manager, clinician, program coordinator, group facilitator, supervisor, and professional consultant.  Julia is a licensed Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) with a research focus on the impact of compassion fatigue on professional helpers.  Julia is an adjunct instructor for Madison College, an instructor for Wisconsin's Intoxicated Drivers Program, a national presenter, and a psychologist-clinician with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. 

Track 8 - Exploring Silenced & Stigmatized Grief in the...

Exploring Silenced & Stigmatized Grief in the Addicted Family System

The track will provide tools and knowledge to help participants assist family members of addicts to understand the addicted family system. We will discuss the addicted family system, stigma, family roles and rules through the perspective of family communication. Often family members experience silent grief that is unique within each family role.  The use of Doka's book Grieving is a Journey, will help explain why family members often do not receive the social support they need or desire. Throughout this track we will delve further into ways to support family members of addiction through supplements to regular treatment, as in yoga, relaxation, and meditation. Bob Storrer will be our special guest speaker to present ear acupuncture as an aid in recovery and coping skills for family members. 

*Dress comfortably and bring a towel or yoga mat for hands-on yoga, relaxation, and meditation activities in addition to lecture and class learning activities.

NRI 2018 Dee Priddis

FACULTY: DeAnne Priddis, PhD, RYT 200 Yoga Instructor
Assistant Professor Communication Studies, Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

BIOGRAPHY: DeAnne Priddis is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN). Her teaching includes Interpersonal Communication, Conflict, Lying and Deception, Interviewing, and Analysis. Her research includes conflict in families and organizations. Her research of families of alcoholics began in 2011, which brought her to the Rural family. She has been presenting workshops at Rural on the family system since 2014. She began teaching yoga in 2015 and understands the importance of mindfulness through yoga and meditation in caring and healing for affected family members.

Track 9 - Integrating Resources to Address Co-Occurring Prob

Integrating Resources to Address Co-Occurring Problems 

There is a well-established link between substance abuse and co-occurring problems, such as mental health issues, anger/aggressive behavior, and domestic abuse.  The correlation between these issues can be circular in nature; it takes a myriad of resources to adequately address them all.  From the judicial system, to mental health providers, to conflict resolution specialists, to those who provide substance abuse treatment and/or education programs, defendants/clients often report feeling perplexed by the assessments, recommendations, and final outcomes of behavior that they have been alleged or found and/or plead guilty of committing.  The stress associated with this process often leads to more substance abuse and, consequently, more court appearances and probation referrals.  

FACULTY: Kathy A. Smith, MA, CCS
Owner/Director, Kathy Smith Associates
Fayetteville, Tennesee

BIOGRAPHY: Kathy has a M.A. in Sociology (with 18 graduate Psychology hours) and more than 60 post M.A. hours in Criminal Justice and Human Services. She opened her practice almost 20 years ago.  Since that time, she has earned a TN Supreme Court listing as a Rule 31 Family/Civil Mediator.  She provides anger management classes, substance abuse educational classes, a co-parenting seminar, and parenting skills classes, in addition to doing family/civil mediation.  She is a member of the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociologists and the Mid-South Sociological Association.  She has held elected offices in both organizations.

Track 10 - Grant Writing & Fund Raising Survival School

Grant Writing & Fund Raising Survival School 

One of the greatest challenges to community treatment and prevention programs is often simply paying the bills.  More than ever, organizations need the skills to draft high quality proposals and increase the likelihood of sustaining important program services.  This is especially important with new Opioid related funding coming available this year.  Whether you're a seasoned grant writer or a novice, this workshop teaches applicants who to:

Identify funding sources fast;
Write measurable goals and objectives
Understand each section of a grant proposal and improve your review scores
Use Excel and Work to make grant writing more productive
Understand how grants are reviewed and use the information to your advantage
Find local data to support your case for funding
Make your application stand out and keep the reviewer's attention
Write a quality evaluation plan
Find best practice program models for use in your community
Write a budget that will pass federal review
Use fundraising and special events to support your agency
Avoid the Top Ten Reasons for Failure

The presenter has over thirty years experience in both treatment and prevention, and written over $95 million dollars in funded foundation, state, and federal proposal using the approach taught in the class.  

FACULTY: Paul N. McKenzie, PhD
Executive Director, Southeast Center for Strategic Community Development
Lancaster, South Carolina

BIOGRAPHY: Dr Paul N. McKenzie is the President of the Southeast Center for Strategic Community Development, founded to help build capacity of community and faith based organizations.  He has authored over $95 million dollars in funded grant proposals, served as principal investigator or evaluator for over thirty federal grants, and specializes in at-risk youth, families, and culturally competent intervention strategies.  

He is the founder of the Institute for Adolescent Addictions, selected as a model program by the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, and the Euphrasia Center, named one of fifteen most promising female offender programs in the nation by the U.S. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Dr. McKenzie has authored two books and numerous articles in his field and in 1984, received the Outstanding Research Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  

Track 11- The Science Of Recovery: An Advanced Clinical...

The Science Of Recovery: An Advanced Clinical Seminar on Addiction and Recovery 

Translate the Latest Research into Clinical Practice

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 clinician as neuroplastician will be the focus of this advanced seminar on recovery. 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. With 40 years of clinical experience, Dr. Nuckols has been described as one of the leading authorities in the world on addiction recovery and for over 30 years he has been described as one of the leading clinical trainers in North America.

NRI 2018 Cardwell Nuckols

FACULTY: CC Nuckols, PhD
President, Cardwell C. Nuckols & Assoc. LLC
Longwood, Florida

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Cardwell C. Nuckols is described as one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America. He has served the behavioral medicine field for over 40 years and for the last 25 years is considered one of the leading experts in the world on addiction and recovery. 

Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 65 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 25 audiotape series. His latest book is entitled Finding Freedom Through Illumination: Realizing Christ Consciousness. His previous publication is a best seller entitled The Ego-Less SELF: Achieving Peace and Tranquility Beyond All Understanding.  Dr. Nuckols first book Cocaine: Dependency to Recovery is also a trade best seller, as are, his booklets Quitting Heroin, Quitting Alcohol and Quitting Marijuana (Hazelden). He is the author of the book Healing an Angry Heart (HCI) and video Chalk Talk on Drugs with Father Martin (Kelly Productions).

Dr. Nuckols background includes advanced work in such areas as medical research, pharmacology, neurobiology and psychology. His personal spiritual path has involved studies into various spiritual traditions predominately early Contemplative Christianity. 

Track 12 - Understanding Nutrition and its Role...

Understanding Nutrition and its Role in Combating Addiction 

Addiction to drugs, alcohol and/or tobacco causes many hardships for the person who abuses them. Apart from relationship problems and mental health problems, addiction often produces a number of health challenges because of nutritional deficiencies. The relationship between alcohol and vitamin deficiency has been the subject of several studies and has been realized as a dangerous symptom of an addiction. Some of these nutritional deficiencies are caused by the substance itself, while others result from the behavior patterns associated with the addiction. In this tract, participants will gain an understanding of nutrition and addiction. Specifically, participants will learn in what ways alcoholism and other addictive behaviors results in nutritional deficiencies, the effects on the body and how nutritional deficiencies often results in relapse. Participants will learn how to identify symptoms of nutrient deficiency and how correcting deficiencies through nutritional and holistic medicine techniques can aid addiction recovery.

NRI 2018 Renee Harrington

FACULTY: Renee N. Harrington, MS, E-RYT 500
Lecturer, NC State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

BIOGRAPHY: Renee Harrington, M.S. Exercise Science, is a Lecturer at North Carolina State University in the Department of Health and Exercise Studies, a certified E-RYT 500 level yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance, and Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit. Renee is a health and wellness specialist with more than a decade of experience in the fitness and wellness field as a trainer, coach, and workshop presenter. With a depth of knowledge in physiology, nutrition, and biomechanical principles she specializes in athletic performance, metabolic aspects of physical activity and exercise training, and stress management.

Tuesday Special Topic Series and Single Sessions

TUES STS-1A SERIES: The Ethics of Care for Substance Use...

The Ethics of Care for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Professionals: The Ethics of Client-Care (Part 1)

Simply put, ethics is all about the pursuit of 'the good.'  The moral theory known as the ethics of care considers 'the good' to be caring relationships between persons and, in pursuit of this good, promotes the well-being of care-givers and care-receivers within a network of social relationships.  Since this ethical system is oriented around relationships, it provides a useful tool for examining the ethics of professions that are centered on therapeutic relationships between a service provider and a patient/client.  In the three parts of this 4.5-hour special topics workshop, the ethics of care is utilized to examine three important aspects of professional ethics in addiction treatment.  In Part 1, we see how the ethical standards governing substance use disorder treatment professionals set the contours of good client care and give shape to a beneficial treatment plan.

FACULTY: Jeffrey A. Ahonen, MDiv, MA (Cand.), SAC-IT
Chief Executive Officer and Principal Educator, The Just Community
Ladysmith, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Jeffrey A. Ahonen is an ordained minister, experienced educator, and budding community mental health counselor and substance use disorder counselor.  He has taught applied ethics, health care law and ethics, and paralegal ethics at the undergraduate level.  He was a presenter on professional ethics at the 2016 and 2017 NRI conferences.

TUES STS-2A SERIES: Active Learning in the Group Room...

Active Learning in the Group Room: Simple Games, Activities, and Alternative Learning Methods Geared Towards Clinical Treatment Groups (Part 1)

The success of our clients/patients hinges upon their ability to soak up healthy coping strategies, relapse prevention skill sets, and an improved sense of self.  Clients want to feel comfortable and understood yet often struggle to take healthy risks and offer candid self-disclosure.  Individual enthusiasm, involvement and willingness to participate in the group process affect the quality of group discussions and often presents as a challenge for the group facilitator.  During this special topic series, participants will learn and engage in simple ice-breakers, games, and active learning strategies guaranteed to improve group participation and decrease individual anxiety.  Participants can expect a learning environment that encourages small group discussion, active learning (games, ice-breakers and prizes), and group idea-sharing. 

NRI 2018 Julia Persike

FACULTY: Julia M Persike, PsyD, CSAC
Lodi Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Julia has spent the past 25 years providing behavioral health opportunities including education, consultation, presentations, and treatment services to both individuals and groups.  Julia has worked as a case manager, clinician, program coordinator, group facilitator, supervisor, and professional consultant.  Julia is a licensed Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) with a research focus on the impact of compassion fatigue on professional helpers.  Julia is an adjunct instructor for Madison College, an instructor for Wisconsin's Intoxicated Drivers Program, a national presenter, and a psychologist-clinician with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. 

CANCELLED-TUES STS-3A SERIES: Addiction and Qigong

CANCELLED-Addiction and Qigong (Part 1)

Description: Forthcoming

FACULTY: Char Lusher, RN, BSN, M.Ed,
Spring Forest Qigong Certified Instructor, National School of Healing Certified Instructor, Certified Instructor Public Speaking
Mankato, Minnesota 

BIOGRAPHY: Retired from active nursing in 2007.  Char has maintained license and provide volunteer hours to a multiple of treatment individuals and programs from teen to adult.

TUES STS-4A SERIES: Sexual Minorities: Key Terms and Concept

Sexual Minorities: Key Terms and Concepts (Part 1) 

The latest (and greatest!) information about working with LGBTQi+ clients.  Everyone has them: why not know the best practices for working with them?  Is it about bathroom issues (Transgender)?  Do you know what Intersex, Pansexual, Gender Neutral mean? Do you understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity?  Are you familiar with the term Cultural Humility?  Definitions will help clarify and treatment solutions will be offered.  Bring your own case studies and questions with you.  Very interactive tract including field trip to UW-Stout's unique LGBTQi+ center.    

Joe Amico has presented on this topic all over the US, Bermuda and at the UK/European Symposium on Addictive Disorders in London.  

NRI 2018 Joe Amico

FACULTY: Joseph M. Amico, M.Div., LADC-I, CAS
Secretary, NALGAP (The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies)
Salem, Massachusetts

BIOGRAPHY: Joe Amico is an international speaker on LGBTQ addiction issues, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Certified Addictions Specialist (Alcohol, other drugs and sex addiction), radio talk show host and ordained United Church of Christ clergyperson.  He is past president of SASH (Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health) and NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies; serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Addiction Professional; Advisory Board for the New England Addiction Technology and Transfer Center and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services LGBTQ Advisory Board.  Joe is currently the Designated Term Minister of Tabernacle Congregational Church (UCC) in Salem, MA.

TUES STS-5A SERIES: Establishment and Operation of...

Establishment and Operation of a Veterans Court: Establishing a Veterans Court (Part 1)

This 3-part special topics series is about the establishment and operation of a Veterans Court. Part One will cover planning and launching a Veterans Court including, basic elements of a Veterans Court, e.g., eligibility, screening, program design, court team membership, the role of the VA Justice Outreach Specialist, Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards and research on Veterans Court outcomes.

FACULTY: Brenda C. Desmond
Fourth Judicial District Standing Master
State of Montana
Missoula, Montana

BIOGRAPHY: Brenda C. Desmond of Missoula, Montana has served as Standing Master for the State of Montana, Fourth Judicial District Court since 1994.  She also serves (part-time) as CJustice of the Fort Peck Tribal Court of Appeals. 

A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, Desmond taught at the University of Montana School of Law from 1985 – 1994, in the areas of Indian Law, Legal Writing, Appellate Practice and Public Land and Resource Law. 

Desmond has been involved in the establishment and programming of the Missoula Youth Drug Court since its inception in 1996.  In 2004, Desmond initiated planning and implementation of the Missoula Co-Occurring Treatment Court, designed to divert adults with serious mental illness and substance use issues charged with crimes into treatment. In 2011, Desmond led the establishment of the first Veterans Court in Montana.  She presides over both adult treatment courts.

TUES STS-6A SERIES: The Return of Psychedelics: Back to...

The Return of Psychedelics: Back to the 60’s? (Part 1)

There is a current resurgence in research into the use of psychedelics such as MDMA (ecstasy) and LSD for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, issues of death and dying, and alcoholism/substance dependency.  This series will take a look at what therapists are doing, outcomes of treatment, and current ideas about how these drugs affect brain, mind, and spirit.  The presentation will review what is known about popular non-therapy use (3 million users), such as use of MDMA at raves and microdosing with LSD to boost creativity.  

Session 1 will address these questions: 
•    What are the drugs, who is using them, where are they being used?
•    What is a typical drug experience?  
•    Why do people use psychedelics – fun, curiosity, spirituality, therapy -?
•    What is the legacy of the 60’s, as reflected in our current laws, treatment practices, music, art, religion?
•    What are risks and benefits of using psychedelic drugs?  Is this use a predictor of addiction/alcoholism?

NRI 2018 Niki Moyer

FACULTY: Nikola C. Moyer, LADC, MALP
Center City, Minnesota

BIOGRAPHY: Niki Moyer has been active as a counselor and psychologist in the field of substance abuse for many years. Among her professional roles, she served in counselor and training supervisor positions at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (where she continues as staff in the Hazelden Family Program); adjunct faculty at Rutgers University; faculty with Terence Gorski’s CENAPS; and nationally and internationally as an instructor where she is best known for her presentations on relapse treatment, solution-focused counseling, and the nature of recovery.

TUES ST-7: Strengthen the Connection: A High-Tech, High-Touc

Strengthen the Connection: A High-Tech, High-Touch Approach to Crisis Intervention and Prevention for At-Risk Populations

Professionals in uniform routinely witness life-threatening and life-changing events and human disasters. For those in high-stress professions, the ongoing nature of the work can intensify stress and retrigger symptoms of PTSD; many who seek intervention can feel stigmatized or isolated. Suicide among first responders (EMT, Police, Crisis Care, Firefighters, educators, etc.) has been a growing epidemic in the United States. A survey of more than 4,000 first responders found that 6.6% have attempted suicide, over 10 times the rate of the general population.  Furthermore, over 57 million Americans, including at-risk individuals, live in rural communities nationwide; however, 65% do not have access to a mental health professional.

What are we doing to better equip and protect our at-risk populations from mental health fatigue, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation?

At-risk individuals are not seeking mental health resources or suicide prevention assistance for lack of resources where they live, lack of funding for crisis care programs and maintenances, and a misunderstanding of mental health created by societal stigma.  For over a decade, NARMH has looked for ways to provided at-risk populations solutions to mental health issues through a variety of methods including distance coaching and technology. 

This presentation will focus on the success of our method in handling crisis care coordination and stress-related issues for at-risk populations and will help participants understand the ways a technological approach to mental health leads to increased intervention success. 

FACULTY: Jennifer Christman, BSW, MA
President, Board of Directors National Association for Rural Mental Health and Chief and Executive Vice President or Behavioral Health Programs VetAdvisor/Three Wire Systems, LLC, National Association for Rural Mental Health
Ebensburg, Pennsylvania

BIOGRAPHY: As Chief and Executive Vice President of Behavioral Health Programs for VetAdvisor® Services, Jennifer implements and directs proactive Veteran coaching and counseling programs for Three Wire Systems. In her current role, she improves Veterans’ access to reintegration services in the areas of wellness, behavioral health, financial and career transition coaching. She has more than 15 years of experience managing personnel providing veteran-related services. During her tenure, she has provided direction and oversight for over 250,000 coaching sessions. Jennifer serves as President of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) and the Saint Francis University Social Work Advisory Board. She also serves on the board of directors for Veterans Community Initiatives (VCI). She is a Certified Peer Support Specialist Supervisor, has a Bachelors in Social Work from Saint Francis University where she was honored with the Social Work Student-of-the-Year for 2003, and a Masters in Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Mount Aloysius College. Jennifer has spoken to organizations and at conferences about student Veterans and Veterans in the workplace including benefits of hiring Veterans and retaining Veterans. Her recent speaking engagements have included presentations to the World EAP Conference; the PA Veteran Forum; the National Association for Rural Mental Health; APHA; SugarCon; IVMF V-WISE; and the EAPA Pittsburgh Chapter. She was named to the Top 100 People in Central Pennsylvania and Beyond in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Most recently, Jennifer was named as one of the 2018 Women Making a Difference Award by the Pennsylvania Business Central and Saint Francis University. 

TUES ST-8: R.I.S.E.

R.I.S.E. (Recovery In Supportive Environments)

This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of how a RISE (Recovery In Supportive Environments) Model incorporates key evidence based practices aligned with the SAMSHA definition of recovery into successful provision of client services. Attendees will examine strategies for successful integration of recovery residence resources, peer recovery support, care coordination and trauma informed care for improved client outcomes

FACULTY: Kenneth Roberts, MPS, LADC, LPCC
Chief Clinical Officer, NUWAY
Minneapolis, Minnesota

BIOGRAPHY: Kenneth L. Roberts is the Chief Clinical Officer for the NUWAY non-profit program in Minneapolis, MN. He has worked for over 10 years as a clinician, clinical supervisor and administrator in various levels of co-occurring care treating substance use and mental health disorders. He is certified in Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for treatment of PTSD.  A graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Master's Degree in Professional Studies (Co-Occurring Disorders) he serves as an adjunct faculty member to both the University of Minnesota and Metro State University. Possessed of extensive experience developing and running recovery residences, Mr. Roberts works in his current role synthesizing a R.I.S.E. (Recovery In Supportive Environments) Model of care with community based resources to support improved clinical outcomes. 

TUES ST-9: PTSD and Trauma: Healing Trauma and Addiction...

PTSD and Trauma:  Healing Trauma and Addiction with Yoga Based Practices

In this workshop, participants will learn the most recent nutritional tools and wellness tactics to treat a physical ailing addict, to prevent relapses, and to enhance a sober lifestyle.  As a nutritionist, trainer, wellness consultant, and recovering alcoholic, Ms. Pampell has devoted her life to disease prevention and treatment.  She works with clients in all areas of the country, and has expertise in nutritional applications in rural and underserved areas.

NRI 2018 Renee Harrington

FACULTY: Renee N. Harrington, MS, E-RYT 500
Lecturer, NC State University
Raleigh, North Carolina

BIOGRAPHY: Renee Harrington, M.S. Exercise Science, is a Lecturer at North Carolina State University in the Department of Health and Exercise Studies, a certified E-RYT 500 level yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance, and Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit. Renee is a health and wellness specialist with more than a decade of experience in the fitness and wellness field as a trainer, coach, and workshop presenter. With a depth of knowledge in physiology, nutrition, and biomechanical principles she specializes in athletic performance, metabolic aspects of physical activity and exercise training, and stress management.

TUES ST-10: Nutrition for Every Addict: Tools and Techniques

Nutrition for Every Addict: Tools and Techniques for Health and Relapse Prevention 

In this workshop, participants will learn the most recent nutritional tools and wellness tactics to treat a physical ailing addict, to prevent relapses, and to enhance a sober lifestyle.  As a nutritionist, trainer, wellness consultant, and recovering alcoholic, Ms. Pampell has devoted her life to disease prevention and treatment.  She works with clients in all areas of the country, and has expertise in nutritional applications in rural and underserved areas.

FACULTY: Monica Pampell, B.A, M.S.
Wellness Consultant, PentaFit LLC
Washington DC

BIOGRAPHY: Monica Pampell is the President of PentaFit, LLC, a company specializing in innovative wellness programs for companies and organizations of all sizes. Ms. Pampell founded PentaFit in 2011 to create widespread positive change in the field of preventive care. Ms. Pampell has assisted national organizations such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Industrial Minerals Assocation-North America, and the Young President's Organization in the development of dynamic and results-driven wellness programs.

In addition to her knowledge in the wellness field, Ms. Pampell has a passion for sport, and also personal experience battling alcoholism.  She has spent the past two years learning about the disease, stemming from personal experience.  She hopes to spread the message to others.

Ms. Pampell holds a MS in Exercise, Nutrition, and Eating Behavior from the George Washington University, and also earned her BA in Psychology, with a minor in Biology and a Pre-Medical Focus, from GWU.

TUES ST-11: Drug Related Interpersonal Conflict and Violence

Drug Related Interpersonal Conflict and Violence

The nexus between drugs and violence is well established.  This presentation will look at drug related violence known to researchers and law enforcement, with particular attention paid to interpersonal violence across the substance abuse spectrum. It will particularly focus on domestic violence, neighborhood violence and gun related violence.  The presentation will walk through the situations that generate interpersonal violence and examine what personal and neighborhood based solutions have proven effective in reducing interpersonal violence.

FACULTY: Christopher Ryan, JD
Managing Director (former Chief of Violent Crime, Manhattan DA's Office), K2 Intelligence
New York, NY

BIOGRAPHY: Christopher Ryan is a nationally recognized expert on violent crime. He is a 20 year veteran of the Manhattan DA's Office, having served as Chief of Violent Crime for ten years.  Chris was responsible for prosecuting drug and gang related homicides and firearms crimes, as well as domestic violence.  Chris received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

Wednesday Special Topic Series and Single Sessions

WED STS-1B SERIES: The Ethics of Care for Substance Use...

The Ethics of Care for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Professionals: The Ethics of Team-Care (Part 2)

Simply put, ethics is all about the pursuit of 'the good.'  The moral theory known as the ethics of care considers 'the good' to be caring relationships between persons and, in pursuit of this good, promotes the well-being of care-givers and care-receivers within a network of social relationships.  Since this ethical system is oriented around relationships, it provides a useful tool for examining the ethics of professions that are centered on therapeutic relationships between a service provider and a patient/client.  In the three parts of this 4.5-hour special topics workshop, the ethics of care is utilized to examine three important aspects of professional ethics in addiction treatment.  In Part 2, we consider how the professional standards create professional relationships and roles between the treatment provider and other members of the client's care team (including counseling supervisors, practice managers, and insurance administrators) and set the stage for a client-centered team approach to addiction treatment.

FACULTY: Jeffrey A. Ahonen, MDiv, MA (Cand.), SAC-IT
Chief Executive Officer and Principal Educator, The Just Community
Ladysmith, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Jeffrey A. Ahonen is an ordained minister, experienced educator, and budding community mental health counselor and substance use disorder counselor.  He has taught applied ethics, health care law and ethics, and paralegal ethics at the undergraduate level.  He was a presenter on professional ethics at the 2016 and 2017 NRI conferences.

WED STS-2B SERIES: Active Learning in the Group Room: Simple

Active Learning in the Group Room: Simple Games, Activities, and Alternative Learning Methods Geared Towards Clinical Treatment Groups (Part 2)

The success of our clients/patients hinges upon their ability to soak up healthy coping strategies, relapse prevention skill sets, and an improved sense of self.  Clients want to feel comfortable and understood yet often struggle to take healthy risks and offer candid self-disclosure.  Individual enthusiasm, involvement and willingness to participate in the group process affect the quality of group discussions and often presents as a challenge for the group facilitator.  During this special topic series, participants will learn and engage in simple ice-breakers, games, and active learning strategies guaranteed to improve group participation and decrease individual anxiety.  Participants can expect a learning environment that encourages small group discussion, active learning (games, ice-breakers and prizes), and group idea-sharing. 

NRI 2018 Julia Persike

FACULTY: Dr. Julia M. Persike, PsyD, CSAC
Lodi Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Julia has spent the past 25 years providing behavioral health opportunities including education, consultation, presentations, and treatment services to both individuals and groups.  Julia has worked as a case manager, clinician, program coordinator, group facilitator, supervisor, and professional consultant.  Julia is a licensed Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) with a research focus on the impact of compassion fatigue on professional helpers.  Julia is an adjunct instructor for Madison College, an instructor for Wisconsin's Intoxicated Drivers Program, a national presenter, and a psychologist-clinician with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. 

CANCELLED-WED STS-3B SERIES: Addiction and Qigong

CANCELLED-Addiction and Qigong (Part 2)

Description: Forthcoming

FACULTY: Char Lusher, RN, BSN, M.Ed,
Spring Forest Qigong Certified Instructor, National School of Healing Certified Instructor, Certified Instructor Public Speaking
Mankato, Minnesota 

BIOGRAPHY: Retired from active nursing in 2007.  Char has maintained license and provide volunteer hours to a multiple of treatment individuals and programs from teen to adult.

WED STS-4B SERIES: Sexual Minorities: Transgender and...

Sexual Minorities: Transgender and Non-binary Pronouns and Other Sensitivities  (Part 2)

The latest (and greatest!) information about working with LGBTQi+ clients.  Everyone has them: why not know the best practices for working with them?  Is it about bathroom issues (Transgender)?  Do you know what Intersex, Pansexual, Gender Neutral mean? Do you understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity?  Are you familiar with the term Cultural Humility?  Definitions will help clarify and treatment solutions will be offered.  Bring your own case studies and questions with you.  Very interactive tract including field trip to UW-Stout's unique LGBTQi+ center.  

NRI 2018 Joe Amico

FACULTY: Joseph M. Amico, M.Div., LADC-I, CAS
Secretary, NALGAP (The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies)
Salem, Massachusetts

BIOGRAPHY: Joe Amico is an international speaker on LGBTQ addiction issues, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Certified Addictions Specialist (Alcohol, other drugs and sex addiction), radio talk show host and ordained United Church of Christ clergyperson.  He is past president of SASH (Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health) and NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies; serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Addiction Professional; Advisory Board for the New England Addiction Technology and Transfer Center and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services LGBTQ Advisory Board.  Joe is currently the Designated Term Minister of Tabernacle Congregational Church (UCC) in Salem, MA.

WED STS-5B SERIES: Establishment and Operation of a...

Establishment and Operation of a Veterans Court: The role of Veterans Court Mentors (Part 2)

This 3-part special topics series is about the establishment and operation of a Veterans Court.Part Two will cover formation of a Veterans Court mentor program, including, community outreach and selection of Mentors, the role of Mentors and annual and ongoing training.

FACULTY: Brenda C. Desmond
Fourth Judicial District Standing Master
State of Montana
Missoula, Montana

BIOGRAPHY: Brenda C. Desmond of Missoula, Montana has served as Standing Master for the State of Montana, Fourth Judicial District Court since 1994.  She also serves (part-time) as CJustice of the Fort Peck Tribal Court of Appeals. 

A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, Desmond taught at the University of Montana School of Law from 1985 – 1994, in the areas of Indian Law, Legal Writing, Appellate Practice and Public Land and Resource Law. 

Desmond has been involved in the establishment and programming of the Missoula Youth Drug Court since its inception in 1996.  In 2004, Desmond initiated planning and implementation of the Missoula Co-Occurring Treatment Court, designed to divert adults with serious mental illness and substance use issues charged with crimes into treatment. In 2011, Desmond led the establishment of the first Veterans Court in Montana.  She presides over both adult treatment courts.

WED STS-6B SERIES: The Return of Psychedelics: Back to...

The Return of Psychedelics: Back to the 60’s? (Part 2)

There is a current resurgence in research into the use of psychedelics such as MDMA (ecstasy) and LSD for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, issues of death and dying, and alcoholism/substance dependency.  This series will take a look at what therapists are doing, outcomes of treatment, and current ideas about how these drugs affect brain, mind, and spirit.  The presentation will review what is known about popular non-therapy use (3 million users), such as use of MDMA at raves and microdosing with LSD to boost creativity.  

Session 2 will review the contributions to therapeutic practice made by earlier researchers of psychedelics, such as the importance of set and setting and the role of a guide or therapist, and then focus on current  research, such as experimental use of MDMA (commonly called ecstasy) in treating resistant PTSD, depression, and end-of-life issues.  We will also discuss the practice of “microdosing” in light of what is known about how psychedelic drugs affect brain function.

NRI 2018 Niki Moyer

FACULTY: Nikola C. Moyer, LADC, MALP
Center City, Minnesota

BIOGRAPHY: Niki Moyer has been active as a counselor and psychologist in the field of substance abuse for many years. Among her professional roles, she served in counselor and training supervisor positions at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (where she continues as staff in the Hazelden Family Program); adjunct faculty at Rutgers University; faculty with Terence Gorski’s CENAPS; and nationally and internationally as an instructor where she is best known for her presentations on relapse treatment, solution-focused counseling, and the nature of recovery.

WED ST-12: A High-Tech, High-Touch Approach to Rural Mental

A High-Tech, High-Touch Approach to Rural Mental Health Care for Veterans

Uniformed personnel living in rural areas, often lack access to needed mental health and wellness services. Using an innovative platform approach, professionals (clinical providers and peer-to-peer counseling) provide distance counseling/coaching that combines high-tech digital management with real time high-touch personalized services.

This session focuses on how technological tools can lead to effective outreach to veterans in rural populations that have been traditionally under served. We will discuss our approach to service delivery, engagement, and case management, demonstrating the ways integrated tele-mental health coaching can prove effective in reaching at-risk populations, breaking down barriers to rural care.

FACULTY: Jennifer Christman, BSW, MA
President, Board of Directors National Association for Rural Mental Health and Chief and Executive Vice President or Behavioral Health Programs VetAdvisor/Three Wire Systems, LLC, National Association for Rural Mental Health
Ebensburg, Pennsylvania

BIOGRAPHY: As Chief and Executive Vice President of Behavioral Health Programs for VetAdvisor® Services, Jennifer implements and directs proactive Veteran coaching and counseling programs for Three Wire Systems. In her current role, she improves Veterans’ access to reintegration services in the areas of wellness, behavioral health, financial and career transition coaching. She has more than 15 years of experience managing personnel providing veteran-related services. During her tenure, she has provided direction and oversight for over 250,000 coaching sessions. Jennifer serves as President of the Board of Directors for the National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) and the Saint Francis University Social Work Advisory Board. She also serves on the board of directors for Veterans Community Initiatives (VCI). She is a Certified Peer Support Specialist Supervisor, has a Bachelors in Social Work from Saint Francis University where she was honored with the Social Work Student-of-the-Year for 2003, and a Masters in Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Mount Aloysius College. Jennifer has spoken to organizations and at conferences about student Veterans and Veterans in the workplace including benefits of hiring Veterans and retaining Veterans. Her recent speaking engagements have included presentations to the World EAP Conference; the PA Veteran Forum; the National Association for Rural Mental Health; APHA; SugarCon; IVMF V-WISE; and the EAPA Pittsburgh Chapter. She was named to the Top 100 People in Central Pennsylvania and Beyond in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Most recently, Jennifer was named as one of the 2018 Women Making a Difference Award by the Pennsylvania Business Central and Saint Francis University. 

WED ST-13: Medication Assissted Treatment and Recovery

Medication Assisted Treatment and Recovery

This session will look at the history of medications and their place in recovery. It will explore the use of opiates, tranquilizers, anti-depressants and anti-psychotics in the treatment of addiction. Why are many twelve step participants so resistant to the use of medications in recovery? Historically for good reason. This issue and others will be addressed by the presenter, using lecture, personal sharing and group discussion to address many pathways to recovery. Participants will be asked to look beyond their own experience with recovery.  

FACULTY: James M Wilson, MRC, LAC
Treatment Consultant, SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
Columbia, SC

BIOGRAPHY: James Wilson has worked as an addiction counselor since 1986. He has worked in the private sector and public sector, in outpatient and inpatient services, and in direct care and as a supervisor and trainer. He has presented at local, regional and national conferences. He is partially retired, but still works part time in the single state authority and at a private hospital. He is currently the president of the South Carolina Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (SCAADAC), and was Counselor of the Year in 1997 for that organization. He is also in long term recovery from addiction since 1984.  

WED ST-14: Hand Drumming; Catalyst for Recovery

Hand Drumming; Catalyst for Recovery

Enough basic understanding of the drum, to loose the fear of hitting it.
The feeling of releasing pent-up, energy in a safe and productive manner.
The sense of coloration between your self, the drum, the group, and the sounds we make.
The knowledge and confidence, that your contribution to drum circle, is what completes the circle.

An ounce of learning
A pound of drumming
A ton of experience.

NRI 2018 Don Karsky

FACULTY: Don Karsky, former LADC
Drum Circle facilitor
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: A pre-adolescent finger tapper and carver of his first pair of drum sticks, Don, now 66 years young,  began his playing days in 1963 and officially ended in 1983. He played with eight separate bands, but still ended with the same three-piece band he began with in 1963.

Don discovered Drum Circle in 2007 and with their help; it opened a new door of performance. Early in 2008 a dance group asked Don to join them in their quest for live drumming to accompany the dance performances. Don felt honored, and joined in the effort.

With his partner Julie, Don moved to St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin in 1976 and built an underground house that they call "The Homestead." Don and Julie started a weaving business, a cottage industry, called "Karsky's Kraft" in 1988. They sobered up in 1997 and began some work Hazelden. Life is good.  And they both keep the cottage industry and homestead ship-shape from garden to woodshed!

WED ST-15: Re-Connecting the Dis-Connect through Yoga

Re-Connecting the Dis-Connect through Yoga 

Introduce the basic principles of yoga: Asana = (postures) physical practice,
Pranayama = mindful breathing practices and Dharana = concentration.

Connecting body, breath and mind, allows balance in aspects of life that may
otherwise seem dis-connected.

NRI 2018 Julie Karsky

FACULTY: Julie Kay Karsky, YogaFit Certified Yoga Instructor, S.O.A.R. Certified (Success Over Addiction and Relapse)
Yoga Instructor, Yoga with Julie
St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Julie is a yoga instructor and certified in all levels of Yogafit. Her yoga began with, and is rooted in, her 12 step recovery experience. She teaches young children, first-timers, experienced practitioners, and those with chronic pain, with an extraordinary level of love and light.

WED ST-16: A New Paradigm for Prevention Coalitions...

A New Paradigm for Prevention Coalitions -- Partnering with Rural Extensions

Land-Grant universities with Extension offices have a history of bringing the knowledge of the ivy tower into the community.  The relationships and partnerships of Cooperative Extension extend deep into the roots of local and rural communities. Prevention Science has moved toward this same type of cooperative and coalition-building model, in recognition of the need to build community supports that bolster risk reduction efforts.  This session presents a successful model of incorporating the resources of Extension faculty into community prevention efforts.  Participants will be coached through the steps of unleashing Extension as a powerful partner in prevention, including; 1) problem recognition, 2) catching the vision, 3) engaging a champion, 4) making the case and securing funding, 5) developing a team approach, 6) enacting culturally sensitive programming, 7) avoiding duplication of services, and 8) having exponential impacts through securing additional funding.  

FACULTY: Sandra Sulzer, PhD
Assistant Professor, Utah State University
Logan, Utah

BIOGRAPHY: Forthcoming    

FACULTY: Maren Wright Voss, ScD
Professional Practice Assistant Professor, Utah State University
Logan, Utah

BIOGRAPHY: Forthcoming
        
FACULTY: Ashley Yaugher, PhD
Professional Practice Assistant Professor, Utah State University
Logan, Utah

BIOGRAPHY: Forthcoming
        
FACULTY: Timothy Keady
Professional Practice Assistant Professor, Utah State University
Logan, Utah

BIOGRAPHY: Forthcoming

Thursday Special Topic Series and Single Sessions

THUR STS-1C SERIES: The Ethics of Care for Substance Use...

The Ethics of Care for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Professionals: The Ethics of Self-Care (Part 3)

Simply put, ethics is all about the pursuit of 'the good.'  The moral theory known as the ethics of care considers 'the good' to be caring relationships between persons and, in pursuit of this good, promotes the well-being of care-givers and care-receivers within a network of social relationships.  Since this ethical system is oriented around relationships, it provides a useful tool for examining the ethics of professions that are centered on therapeutic relationships between a service provider and a patient/client.  In the three parts of this 4.5-hour special topics workshop, the ethics of care is utilized to examine three important aspects of professional ethics in addiction treatment.  In Part 3, we look at professional ethics from a person-centered perspective and ponder how ethical reflection in the professional setting provides motivation toward self-care and influences the ongoing development of our personal ethics.

FACULTY: Jeffrey A. Ahonen, MDiv, MA (Cand.), SAC-IT
Chief Executive Officer and Principal Educator, The Just Community
Ladysmith, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Jeffrey A. Ahonen is an ordained minister, experienced educator, and budding community mental health counselor and substance use disorder counselor.  He has taught applied ethics, health care law and ethics, and paralegal ethics at the undergraduate level.  He was a presenter on professional ethics at the 2016 and 2017 NRI conferences.

THUR STS-2C SERIES: Active Learning in the Group Room...

Active Learning in the Group Room: Simple Games, Activities, and Alternative Learning Methods Geared Towards Clinical Treatment Groups (Part 3)

The success of our clients/patients hinges upon their ability to soak up healthy coping strategies, relapse prevention skill sets, and an improved sense of self.  Clients want to feel comfortable and understood yet often struggle to take healthy risks and offer candid self-disclosure.  Individual enthusiasm, involvement and willingness to participate in the group process affect the quality of group discussions and often presents as a challenge for the group facilitator.  During this special topic series, participants will learn and engage in simple ice-breakers, games, and active learning strategies guaranteed to improve group participation and decrease individual anxiety.  Participants can expect a learning environment that encourages small group discussion, active learning (games, ice-breakers and prizes), and group idea-sharing. 

NRI 2018 Julia Persike

FACULTY: Dr. Julia M. Persike, PsyD, CSAC
Lodi Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Julia has spent the past 25 years providing behavioral health opportunities including education, consultation, presentations, and treatment services to both individuals and groups.  Julia has worked as a case manager, clinician, program coordinator, group facilitator, supervisor, and professional consultant.  Julia is a licensed Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) and a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) with a research focus on the impact of compassion fatigue on professional helpers.  Julia is an adjunct instructor for Madison College, an instructor for Wisconsin's Intoxicated Drivers Program, a national presenter, and a psychologist-clinician with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. 

CANCELLED-THUR STS-3C SERIES: Addiction and Qigong

CANCELLED-Addiction and Qigong (Part 3)

Description: Forthcoming

FACULTY: Char Lusher, RN, BSN, M.Ed,
Spring Forest Qigong Certified Instructor, National School of Healing Certified Instructor, Certified Instructor Public Speaking
Mankato, Minnesota 

BIOGRAPHY: Retired from active nursing in 2007.  Char has maintained license and provide volunteer hours to a multiple of treatment individuals and programs from teen to adult.

THUR STS-4C SERIES: Sexual Minorities: Cultural Difference..

Sexual Minorities: Cultural Difference Considerations for Clinicians and Providers  (Part 3)

The latest (and greatest!) information about working with LGBTQi+ clients.  Everyone has them: why not know the best practices for working with them?  Is it about bathroom issues (Transgender)?  Do you know what Intersex, Pansexual, Gender Neutral mean? Do you understand the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity?  Are you familiar with the term Cultural Humility?  Definitions will help clarify and treatment solutions will be offered.  Bring your own case studies and questions with you. Very interactive tract including field trip to UW-Stout's unique LGBTQi+ center.  

NRI 2018 Joe Amico

FACULTY: Joseph M. Amico, M.Div., LADC-I, CAS
Secretary, NALGAP (The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies)
Salem, Massachusetts

BIOGRAPHY: Joe Amico is an international speaker on LGBTQ addiction issues, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor, Certified Addictions Specialist (Alcohol, other drugs and sex addiction), radio talk show host and ordained United Church of Christ clergyperson.  He is past president of SASH (Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health) and NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies; serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Addiction Professional; Advisory Board for the New England Addiction Technology and Transfer Center and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse Services LGBTQ Advisory Board.  Joe is currently the Designated Term Minister of Tabernacle Congregational Church (UCC) in Salem, MA.

THUR STS-5C SERIES: Establishment and Operation of a...

Establishment and Operation of a Veterans Court: Access to Trauma Informed Services for Veterans (Part 3)

This 3-part special topics series is about the establishment and operation of a Veterans Court.Part Three will cover effective treatment in Veterans Courts, including trauma and combat stress-related interventions, peer support, the VA health care system and the Veterans Centers for combat Veterans and survivors of military sexual trauma.

FACULTY: Brenda C. Desmond
Fourth Judicial District Standing Master
State of Montana
Missoula, Montana

BIOGRAPHY: Brenda C. Desmond of Missoula, Montana has served as Standing Master for the State of Montana, Fourth Judicial District Court since 1994.  She also serves (part-time) as CJustice of the Fort Peck Tribal Court of Appeals. 

A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, Desmond taught at the University of Montana School of Law from 1985 – 1994, in the areas of Indian Law, Legal Writing, Appellate Practice and Public Land and Resource Law. 

Desmond has been involved in the establishment and programming of the Missoula Youth Drug Court since its inception in 1996.  In 2004, Desmond initiated planning and implementation of the Missoula Co-Occurring Treatment Court, designed to divert adults with serious mental illness and substance use issues charged with crimes into treatment. In 2011, Desmond led the establishment of the first Veterans Court in Montana.  She presides over both adult treatment courts.

THUR STS-6C SERIES: The Return of Psychedelics: Back to...

The Return of Psychedelics: Back to the 60’s? (Part 3)

There is a current resurgence in research into the use of psychedelics such as MDMA (ecstasy) and LSD for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, issues of death and dying, and alcoholism/substance dependency.  This series will take a look at what therapists are doing, outcomes of treatment, and current ideas about how these drugs affect brain, mind, and spirit.  The presentation will review what is known about popular non-therapy use (3 million users), such as use of MDMA at raves and microdosing with LSD to boost creativity.  

Session 3 will describe psychedelic-assisted treatment of substance use disorders, which is a departure from the use of Buprenorphine, Naltrexone, Vivitrol, methadone, etc.  We will look at outcomes of  current actual studies with smoking cessation, heroin addiction, and alcoholism.

NRI 2018 Niki Moyer

FACULTY: Nikola C. Moyer, LADC, MALP
Center City, Minnesota

BIOGRAPHY: Niki Moyer has been active as a counselor and psychologist in the field of substance abuse for many years. Among her professional roles, she served in counselor and training supervisor positions at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation (where she continues as staff in the Hazelden Family Program); adjunct faculty at Rutgers University; faculty with Terence Gorski’s CENAPS; and nationally and internationally as an instructor where she is best known for her presentations on relapse treatment, solution-focused counseling, and the nature of recovery.

THUR ST-17: Spirituality and Recovery

Spirituality and Recovery

Description: Forthcoming

FACULTY: Rev. James E Swarthout 
Rosencrance

BIOGRAPHY: Forthcoming

THUR ST-18: Recovery Messages

Recovery Messages

This is an outside of the box presentation. Oftentimes movies and music are talked about as triggers for active addiction. This presentation looks at a variety of movies that have recovery and treatment related messages. It takes movie scenes that depict topics such as: admission of the problem, empathy for others, re-framing the past, trust the process and more. It will stimulate ideas about other ways of teaching people about recovery. You will be both educated and entertained!

NRI 2018 Paul Mladnick

FACULTY: Paul Mladnick, MS., LADC, NCGC II
Counselor, Bridges and Pathways Counseling Services
Forest Lake, Minnesota

BIOGRAPHY: Paul Mladnick has over thirty years of experience in the counseling field. He is recently retired from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation as Supervisor of the family program in Center City, Minnesota and now works part time in private practice in Forest Lake, Minnesota. Paul is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Minnesota and a National Certified Gambling Counselor. He has twenty years of experience in providing treatment for people with problem gambling and has been a past trainer for the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling. Paul is an approved clinical supervisor through the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board. Paul was a co-founder of the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and he is still an active member on the National Rural Institute Board of Directors.

THUR ST-19: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Should I use...

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy: Should I use it in treatment?

As a certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist, I will provide information on why Dialectical Behavioral Therapy can be used with clients who suffer from substance abuse issues.  You will learn ways to implement Dialectical Behavioral Therapy in individual and group therapy. You will also learn why DBT has been found as an effective form of therapy for clients who have criminal and personality disorder backgrounds. DBT is an effective therapy to treat many clients who have been seen as 'untreatable'  

FACULTY: Melissa N Niedfeldt, MA, LPC, CSAC, PS-IT, CDBT
Mental Health/Addictions Therapist, North Central Health Care
Wausau, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Melissa is currently working at North Central Health care as a Licensed Professional Counselor/Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor. Melissa is working on becoming a Prevention Specialist, and is a Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Melissa is earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Family Life Education (minor in Sociology/Family Child Studies) from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and a Master of Arts in Community Counseling from Lakeland University. Melissa has worked with: children, adolescents, adults, and the prison/jail population. Melissa has experience providing individual and group counseling for children, adolescents, and adults. As a therapist, she works to create a safe and nurturing environment where her clients feel empowered and safe. Melissa's areas of specialization include: AODA/Mental Health assessments, driver's safety plan counseling, court ordered evaluations/treatment, substance abuse/criminology, dual disorders, emotional regulation (anger/anxiety), depression, sexual abuse, domestic violence, PTSD, trauma, grief and loss, and borderline/substance abuse counseling using DBT. 

THUR ST-20: Rural Housing Overview

Rural Housing Overview

This session will establish a frame of reference for the terms 'rural' and 'frontier;  and articulate why it is useful to understand these settings and provide practical tools that can be used to determine how much of a state or county is considered rural or frontier. This session will also discuss becoming culturally competent in a rural setting, which is a critical component of success.  Th session will provide insights into understanding the unique cultures of small communities and provide tools for decoding an area's demographics and give insight into where to begin looking for housing. An asset mapping exercise will help participants begin to  identify resources at the community and individual levels.   

FACULTY: Sherri Downing
Senior Program Manager, Advocates for Human Potential, Inc.
Helena, Montana

BIOGRAPHY: Sherri Downing is a Senior Program Manager for AHP and currently serves as the Deputy Director on SAMHSA"s Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) contract. She is nationally recognized for her knowledge of frontier/ rural homelessness, and the issues that lead to and sustain homelessness in these and more urban environments, including poverty, domestic and sexual violence, behavioral health disorders, mental illness and co-occurring disorders. She has experience with monitoring projects implementing a variety of evidence-based, including Housing First, and Permanent Supportive Housing.  She is an experienced coalition and capacity builder, and knowledgeable about initiating and implementing the strategies, public policies and practices needed to address homelessness. 

As owner/principal of a Helena, Montana based consulting firm, Ms. Downing worked with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services to coordinate the statewide effort to conceptualize, write and implement Montana's 10-year plan to prevent and end homelessness. In this capacity, Ms. Downing established the SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) Initiative for Montana, and served as Team Lead from 2004 - 2009. Her skills include providing training and technical assistance on a variety of topics, including Permanent Supportive Housing, case management, trauma and trauma-informed care, and cultural competence (with an emphasis on poverty cultures, frontier/rural environments and Native American communities).  She has been the lead author of numerous state- and national reports on homelessness, domestic violence, crime and prevention.

THUR ST-21: Energy Shift: From Adequate to Extraordinary

Energy Shift: From Adequate to Extraordinary

Helping others is a very fulfilling and rewarding experience. However, in the midst of serving others, it is imperative that helping professionals commit to making self-care a priority. As a licensed social worker, Dr. Houston understands the amount of energy and commitment it takes to help others. This training reveals how to avoid burnout and goal fatigue. It also reveals how to identify and address common obstacles to growth. In a highly interactive and engaging environment, you will learn how to become a better you, so that you can become a more effective helper!

FACULTY: Dr. Jessica Houston, Phd. Licensed Social Worker
Professor/Consultant, Purdue University
Macon, Georgia

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Jessica Houston has travels nationally and internationally empowering thousands as an inspirational speaker, success coach and business consultant. Dr. Houston's key messaging and platform are heavily influenced by her award-winning career in social work, consulting and higher education, which expands more than a decade. She currently serves as a professor at Purdue University and owns and operates a successful personal and professional development training company.