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National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Sessions & Faculty 2020
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A Message from the NRADAN, Inc., Board of Directors >>

Rural Advocates and Friends:

As we find ourselves in uncertain times with differing mandates from Federal, state, and local governments, living in rural America is good training for our current situation of stocking up and staying home or safely serving our clients. We know how to do that! Think: blizzard in North Dakota or flooding in Iowa. Rural folks maintain, and thrive, and we get it done.

Some challenges cannot be overcome, however, and our annual conference is running into those issues. The University of Wisconsin-Stout is not holding summer in-person classes, some staff is sheltering and teleworking, and the State of Wisconsin is following mandates not to gather in groups over 10. The current timeline of the Governor’s mandate is indefinite, and until the end of the public-health crisis, we cannot be certain when that order will be lifted. Pandemics don’t conform to our lives, it appears.

Decisions about the Institute must be made earlier rather than later, due to many factors including already-incurred costs, speaker schedules, and an unknown immediate future, and our Planning and Executive Committees this week made the tough, heartbreaking decision to cancel the 2020 National Rural Institute. We will provide future guidance on scholarships, awards, and the 2021 Institute, but we wanted you to know as soon as possible so you can update your budgets and your work schedules. We are saddened, as “the Rural” is such a large part of our lives – and yours. Caring for our communities and ourselves is paramount right now.

Some good news: The NRADAN Board decided at its retreat in August to rebrand the Institute; it will now be called the “National Rural Institute on Alcohol, Drugs, and Addictions” to honor all those we serve. Look for more information soon!

As with all things, we will survive this, and we will be stronger for it. Our rural innovative ideas and work ethic can be used in this time of national crisis, and our “Rural Institute Spirit” can help our families and local communities get through the uncertainty and tragedy of this pandemic. We are all working to help our neighbors – by staying home! – and by donating, by serving our clients, and by inventing new ways to congregate. In the end, we will be there, having made our nation stronger through our grit and wisdom. We believe this!

We will see you June 20-24, 2021 – stay strong, and please let us know if we can do anything to help. The NRADAN Board will continue to meet and to plan for our future. Ideas are always welcome! Thank you for ALL you do. 

With every good wish,

NRADAN, Inc. Board of Directors,

Mike Early                                   Joe Amico
Christy Alten-Osmera                 Bill Beaton
Paul Mladnick                             James Swarthout
Dee Owens                                 Dianne Sullivan

Event Status update: 3.23.20: Canceled.

Save the Date for next year - June 20-24, 2021

 

NRIADA 2020 Keynote Pat Wiley

2020 Sunday Keynote: 

Patrick Wiley, CSAC, Counselor, Nova Counseling Services, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Sunday Keynote Description

Pat will approach this keynote address from three directions, 1) addiction and recovery 2) rural living 3) some historical reflections of 30+ years of the rural institute.

Rumor has it there may be a return of the opening night “Rural Jug Band” as well.

Pat Wiley Biography

Pat Wiley has been a certified/licensed substance abuse counselor since 1982. He currently works as a counselor at a residential treatment facility, Nova,  in Oshkosh Wisconsin. He has been involved with the NRIADS since 1986. Pat has opened this conference many times, combining his experience of addiction and recovery and his music and songwriting. This year will include new original music reflecting on 40 years of sobriety and 30 years in the treatment field.

NRIADA 2020 Keynote-Don Coyhis

2020 Monday Keynote:

Don Coyhis, President and Founder,  White Bison, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Don Coyhis Biography

Don Coyhis, Mohican Nation, is the President and Founder of White Bison, Inc., an American Indian non-profit organization, located in Colorado Springs, CO. Don originally set out to raise awareness and treat alcoholism among Indian youth on the reservations. After studying the underlying causes of alcoholism, White Bison’s mission expanded to include drug addiction, dysfunctional families and relationships, as well as the American Indian suicide rate. From this, the Wellbriety Movement was born. The teachings of Wellbriety go beyond being sober to include thriving in the community and being balanced emotionally, mentally, physical and spiritually.Over the past 26 years, Don has developed a series of culturally-based programs to address recovery and treatment, youth prevention and treatment, programs for healthy families, and healing from unresolved grief and traumatic loss due to intergenerational trauma. These programs are designed help with all facets of family healing and have been implemented throughout the United States and Canada.Don Coyhis was the 2009 winner of the Purpose Prize Award, which was created in 2005 by Encore.org, with funding from the John Templeton Foundation and The Atlantic Philanthropies, to showcase the value of experience and disprove outdated notions that innovation is the sole province of the young. It’s for those with the drive to make change and the experience to know how to do it.Don’s life experiences have enabled him to author several books addressing recovery, treatment, and prevention of alcoholism and substance abuse for adults, youth and families. He has been called upon to provide technical assistance by national policy organizations such as the White House Office of Drug Control Policy, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), as well as other national recovery organizations to develop prevention and recovery programs for Native American/Alaska Native communities. Don has dedicated his life to raising awareness about all issues surrounding alcohol and drug abuse, how it impacts the family system, and most importantly how families and communities can heal from these issues.

NRIADA 2020 Keynote CC Nuckols

2020 Tuesday Keynote:
Understanding and Treating Cannabis (Cannabinoid) Use Disorder

CC Nuckols, PhD, Cardwell C. Nuckols & Associates, LLC, Longwood, Florida

Tuesday Keynote Description

Understanding and Treating Cannabis (Cannabinoid) Use Disorder

The use of cannabis in its many forms with enhanced purity of about 90% in some inhalant products and the growing number of states approving both medicinal and recreational use create many questions and not enough answers. New questions such as how do you treat someone who is dependent or addicted to multiple substances and carrying a marijuana card issued by the state? What do we really know about medical marijuana?

This skills-training event will give the participant a state-of-the-art understanding of the following:
• The neurobiology of cannabis use and addiction
• The short and long-term health effects of cannabis use (evidence of cannabis-related harmful effects is mounting)
• An understanding of the cannabis acute abstinence syndrome and its treatment
• The evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches to the treatment of Cannabis Use Disorder
• Current perspectives on legalization of medical marijuana

We are seeing more and more patients coming into treatment with Cannabis Use Disorder and cannabis is often involved in relapse to other drugs of addiction.

CC Nuckols 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.

NRIADA 2020 Keynote Lizzy McGlothlin

2020 Wednesday Keynote:
Liminal Space of Leadership: The Transformative Power of Crisis

Lizzy McGlothlin, VP of Programming, Onsite Workshops, Nashville, Tennessee

Wednesday Keynote Description

Liminal Space of Leadership: The Transformative Power of Crisis

Description Forthcoming

Lizzy McGlothlin Biography

Lizzy McGlothlin, Vice President of Programming at Onsite, has worked in the field for over 12 years in a variety of administrative and leadership roles.  She has been with Onsite since 2009 where she has served in admissions, marketing, and programming. Lizzy has an unique ability to balance both the strategic and tactical thinking required to grow and sustain a high performing team. She has a strong belief that courage and vulnerability are essential leadership skills required to meet the challenging demands of today’s organizations.  Lizzy’s own recovery journey sparked her passion for helping others and inspired her desire to change and grow as a leader in this special field. She loves collaborating with others to build Onsite. Her proudest accomplishments are her happy marriage and their two adorable little boys.

NRIADA 2020 Keynote Mackenzie Phillips

2020 Thursday Keynote: 

Mackenzie Phillips, RADT-I, Director of Referral Relations, Breathe Life Healing Centers, Hollywood, California

2020 Preconference Sessions:

Note: Additional Fees apply.

Preconference #1: Having Had A Spiritual Awakening: “Working The Steps”

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

Additional Fee: $65

Preconference #1 Details

The presentation of well-established and time-honored spiritual principles will give the participant an evidence-based (Alcoholics Anonymous is an evidence-based psychosocial intervention) look at how the 12-steps facilitate client recovery. Each step will be discussed…These steps dismantle the source of all suffering and misery-the human ego while changing one’s worldview from grandiosity to gratitude. Emphasis will be placed on the utilization of spiritual tools such as forgiveness, humility, surrender, acceptance, etc. and their role in healing guilt, hopelessness, fear and egoic character defects such as pride, jealousy and greed.

This skills training event will look at how the 12-step programs (AA, NA, GA, etc.) dismantle the ego (false-self) and allow the true SELF (soul) to shine through. Emphasis will be placed on how the Steps create a spiritual path with each step taking us deeper into our divine heritage.

If you work with any form of addiction it is important to understand how the developmental 12 step model enhances spiritual essence and aids in recovery.

OBJECTIVES:
Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss how the first 3 Steps approach the issues of power and control.
  • Describe how Steps 4-9 get you sober but don’t keep you abstinent.
  • Describe the psychological and spiritual aspects of Steps 4 and 5.
  • Discuss approaches to self-forgiveness, making amends and apologizing.

 NRI 2018 Cardwell Nuckols

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. 

Note: Additional Fees apply.

Preconference #2: How Rural Communities Can Partner with Cooperative Extension to Address Substance Use

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

Additional Fee: $70

Preconference #2 Details

Cooperative Extension was originally formed in every state to help connect university resources and knowledge to farmers in the hopes of improving agricultural productivity. A legacy system of Extension offices pepper every state in the nation, with many counties still housing their own university outreach site. In 2014, Extension leadership realized the importance of translating this vision to health and wellness, bringing a public health approach to our pre-existing network of campus and field faculty. This is a particular boon to rural areas, where a local Extension office may serve as a primary if not exclusive site for accessing a variety of resources. 
This talk will explain to providers, non-profit and government leaders, peer support specialists and associated fields how to partner with their local extension offices to: target unique grant opportunities, build and strengthen coalitions, and access university resources. Landgrant universities have a mission of serving their states, with a civil rights mandate to address underserved population: these can be mutually beneficial goals. With a brief overview of a Participatory Action Community Based Research framework, participants will leave with new tools to help enact local change in rural communities facing SUD.

SESSION LEARNING GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES:

  • Understand the role of Cooperative Extension in rural community development.
  • Apply the Extension Health & Wellness Framework to particular local contexts.
  • Identify the ways Community Based Participatory Action work can improve SUD outcomes in rural areas through community partnerships.

Sandra Sulzer

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Sandra Sulzer is the Director of the Office of Health Equity and Community Engagement and faculty in the Masters of Public Health program at Utah State University where she teaches Public Health Communication and Holistic Health. She has a PhD in Sociology and, Community and Environmental Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specialization in medical sociology and social psychology. She was hired at Utah State University in 2017 to launch Health & Wellness programming within Utah’s Cooperative Extension system. In that capacity, she has had the joy of visiting every county, meeting local, state and national change makers, and working with an incredible team of people who inspire her every day. She currently oversees approximately $2.5 million in federal grants that address tribal and rural communities facing high rates of opioid overdose mortality. 

2020 Session and Institute Faculty Information

Track Sessions

Track 1 - Medical Scholars/Allied Health Professionals Track

Medical Scholars/Allied Health Professionals Track: The Medical Aspects of the Chronic Brain Disease of Addiction

In the medical aspects of addiction track, we are going to focus on addiction as a chronic brain disease and use the ASAM definition of addiction as well as the as 5 pillars found in the surgeon general’s report on addiction. The 5 pillars (1.  prevention, 2. education, 3. research, 4. treatment, and 5. recovery support systems) as a model for treating this chronic disease. We will focus on the challenges encountered by rural practitioners, as well as, explore the science behind addiction as a chronic brain disease, specifically, highlighting the surgeon general’s report on substance use disorders and the ASAM definition of addiction (Addiction is a stress-induced, genetically mediated, primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.)

Joseph Garbely

FACULTY: Joseph M. Garbely, D.O., DFASAM
EVP/Chief Medical Officer
Caron Treatment Centers
Wernersville, Pennsylvania

BIOGRAPHY: As executive vice president of medical services and chief medical officer at Caron Treatment Centers, Dr. Garbely oversees the following programs and departments: Healthcare Professionals Program, Chronic Pain Program, Neurocognitive Services Department, Psychology, Research, detoxification and, medical management.

During his tenure at Caron, Dr. Garbely spearheaded a high-level initiative to educate and train physicians in addiction medicine through the establishment of the Resident Training Program at Caron Pennsylvania. Dr. Garbely established an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at Caron Pennsylvania and Reading Hospital. As the Addiction Medicine Fellowship director, Dr. Garbely is a member of the American College of Academic Addiction Medicine. He is also a clinical associate professor at Penn State College of Medicine, an adjunct associate professor at Stony Brook School of Medicine, and a member of the medical staff at Reading Hospital.

Dr. Garbely is the chairman of the Physician in Training Committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), an ex-officio member of the ASAM Board, and a distinguished Fellow of ASAM. Dr. Garbely received his board certifications through the American Board of Preventative Medicine, Addiction Medicine Subspecialty; the American Board of Internal Medicine; the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; and the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Prior to his current position, Dr. Garbely served as the vice president of medical services and medical director of Caron Pennsylvania. With 20 years of addiction medicine experience, Dr. Garbely has an extensive background in treating substance use disorders, including substance use disorders in healthcare professionals, executives, and pilots. He has worked to develop treatment programs for psychiatric patients involving a 12-Step philosophy. Dr. Garbely has won teaching awards on the local and national level, including the American Psychiatric Association’s Helen Ruske, MD Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching.

Track 2 - 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 3 - Implementing Treatment Court Best Practices in Rur

Implementing Treatment Court Best Practices in Rural Jurisdictions

This track will cover the most critical research-based practices in the implementation and operation of a treatment court, including the drug court, mental health court, and veteran’s court.  Topics covered will include: Selecting the Right Participants, Designing Treatment Court Phases, Incentives, Sanctions, and Therapeutic Adjustments, Applying Procedural Justice, Trauma-Informed Practices and the Recovery Model, Implementing the National Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards, Exploring the Standards on Equity and Inclusion, and Understanding Secondary Trauma, Vicarious Trauma, and Compassion Fatigue.  Sessions will be both didactic and interactive and will consider both policy development and practice considerations.

NRI 2019 Norma Jaeger

FACULTY: Norma D. Jaeger, Ph.D. ABD
Executive Director, Recovery Idaho. Inc,
A Statewide Recovery Community Organization
Meridian, Idaho

BIOGRAPHY: Norma Jaeger spent more than thirty years managing and evaluating substance use disorder prevention and treatment systems, mental health programs, and integrated behavioral health services in North Idaho, Portland Oregon, and Seattle Washington.  She developed several interagency criminal justice initiatives throughout the Northwest.   She served as Programs Manager for the Idaho Department of Correction and as the Statewide Coordinator for Idaho’s 70+ Drug and Mental Health Courts.  She served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and received the Stanley M. Goldstein Hall of Fame Award from the association in 2018.  She taught for fifteen years at Boise State University in the Department of Criminal Justice and currently serves as Executive Director for Recovery Idaho,  a statewide recovery community organization. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Health Administration and is completing a dissertation for a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Boise State University.  She is also a consultant for the National Drug Court Institute and is the Community Partnerships Coordinator for Ride for Joy, a therapeutic horseback riding organization. She is honored to serve as Associate Producer for I Married the War, a documentary film exploring stories of wives of combat veterans.

 

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 Diane Sullivan

FACULTY: Dianne Sullivan, MA, CSAC, LADC
Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Center City, Minnesota

BIOGRAPHY: Dianne Sullivan is a Family Program Professional at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and an adjunct professor at the Lac Courte Oreilles College in Hayward, WI. Dianne has over 33 years experience covering the spectrum of substance abuse services, working primarily with programs in the LCO reservation and Sawyer County service area, in Hayward, WI.

Track 5 - Grant Writing & Fund Raising Survival School

Grant Writing & Fund Raising Survival School 

One of the greatest challenges to treatment and prevention agencies 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 high-energy, interactive workshop teaches applicants who to:

  • Identify funding sources fast
  • Find local data to support your case for funding
  • Understand how grants are reviewed and use the information to your advantage
  • Make your application stand out and keep the reviewer's attention
  • Understand each section of a grant proposal and improve your review scores
  • Use Excel and Word to make grant writing more productive
  • Write measurable goals and objectives
  • 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 $100 million dollars in funded foundation, state, and federal proposal using the approach taught in the class.

Paul McKenzie

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 6 - Adolescent Treatment, Co-Occurring & Recovery Issu

Adolescent Treatment, Co-Occurring & Recovery Issues

It seems as the years have gone on, our clients have come in more complex and tough to work with. Adolescents in particular, especially at the residential level have so much more than just substance use going on. To be effective we have to have an understanding of co-occurring issues. We need to understand how addictive patterns can overlap with mental health symptoms and trauma, and what to do with them to help them begin a complex recovery process. It is important not to get caught up in the battle of which came first, but instead to focus how we can treat the whole person. 
The information in this track can be useful not only for those that work with adolescents, but with adult populations as well. Understanding the developmental process of even our adult clients can help us navigate their individual path to recovery. This program track is encouraged for anyone interested in the unique novelties and trends of adolescents, as well as those wanting a deeper understanding of how trauma and mental health issues can impact a client at any age and how we can help.

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 - From Crappy to Happy: A Wellness-Based Approach to

From Crappy to Happy: A Wellness-Based Approach to Fighting Burnout

Whether experienced by a social worker, counselor, nurse, law enforcement officer, or case manager, professional helpers take on some of the most challenging personal experiences of their clients while unknowingly falling prey to the devastating symptoms of compassion fatigue (professional burnout).  This class will examine how the often silent symptoms of burnout skew professional judgement and objectivity.  First, participants will learn how compassion fatigue impacts individuals and entire organizations.  Second, participants will examine practical, wellness-based methods of burnout prevention.  Lastly, participants will learn practical coping strategies using mindfulness, stress reduction, voluntary simplicity, and time management.  This track offers an interactive learning environment, group activities, and hands-on learning.  Participants will walk away feeling refreshed, empowered, and ready to return to their vital role of professional helper.

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 - The Successful Treatment of Methamphetamine Addict

The Successful Treatment of Methamphetamine Addiction

This skills training event will focus on the impact of methamphetamine and how this powerful drug changes the brain of the user. Plan on a very clinical training. Technique and the evidence supporting the strategy will be a focus of the track.

Using a developmental model, attendees will experience an awareness of how the prefrontal cortex develops. Evidence-based clinical approach and resulting technique will be presented. These approaches and techniques involve both group and individual strategies utilized to enhance neuroplastic growth of the prefrontal cortex.

Lastly, treating methamphetamine is in many ways different than treating alcoholism. This skills training event will give participants a clear picture of the process of recovery. Time lines and stages of recovery will be explored noting the pitfalls that must be overcome along the way.

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 9 - Conflict Resolution and Management in the Family’s

Conflict Resolution and Management in the Family’s Journey of Change

The track will provide tools and knowledge to help participants manage conflict when the family is encountering change. The change may occur within a dysfunctional family system (e.g., addiction, alcoholism, abuse) or when a family system tries to heal. We will explore the communication studies lens of the family to understand conflict, conflict styles, goals within conflict, roles and rules in the family system, communication styles, stigma, social support, and maybe even forgiveness and reconciliation. Throughout this track we will delve further into ways to support family members of the dysfunctional family system through mindfulness practices and understanding how communication patterns can be revised to support family members seeking conflict resolution and management tools. The intent of this track is to supplement the treatment that is already being offered, but to help family members understand that family communication must change to support and survive the dysfunction or the change currently occurring within the family system.

NRI 2018 Dee Priddis

FACULTY: DeAnne Priddis, PhD Communication, Conflict
Assistant Professor 
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN

BIOGRAPHY: DeAnne Priddis, Ph.D. (UW Milwaukee) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN). Her teaching includes Interpersonal Communication, Conflict in Communication, Conflict Resolution and Negotiation, Lying and Deception, Interviewing, and the Dark Side of Communication. Her research includes conflict in families and organizations. She has been researching families of alcoholics since 2011, which brought her to the Rural family. She has been presenting workshops at Rural on the family system since 2014. As a side hustle, she has been a certified yoga instructor since 2015. Mindfulness through yoga and meditation can have a connection in caring and healing for affected family members.

Track 10 - Holistic Approaches to Assist Addiction Recovery

Holistic Approaches to Assist Addiction Recovery 

Recent scientific studies have demonstrated holistic treatment approaches dramatically improve success rates in addiction recovery. Holistic approaches provide a multi-faceted means to assist detoxification, reduce stress, regain personal balance and improve mental and physical well-being. In this track, participants will learn holistic health approaches that are beneficial for addiction recovery including exercise, nutrition, Ayurveda, yoga techniques, meditation/mindfulness and methods to rebalance hormones and circadian rhythm. In addition, participants will gain an understanding of how to implement and educate clients and patients about these approaches to assist moving into and maintaining 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 in NC State University’s Department of Health and Exercise Studies, an E-RYT 500-level yoga instructor, Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit. With over a decade of experience as an instructor/presenter, Renee blends her knowledge in exercise physiology, nutrition, and biomechanical principals with personal experience to provide valuable information and practical tips for stress management, nutrition and metabolic aspects of physical activity. 

Track 11 - Using Solution-Focused Counseling in Relapse Trea

Using Solution-Focused Counseling in Relapse Treatment and Relapse Prevention

This workshop will introduce basic concepts of relapse treatment and solution-focused counseling, and describe specific ways to operationalize these principles with substance-abuse clients and families.

Solution-oriented counseling helps clients construct a problem-free lifestyle, in this case a sober lifestyle, as an alternative to identifying and fixing problems and remedies.

Participants will:

1. Learn basic principles of solution-oriented counseling.
2. Learn basic principles of relapse, relapse treatment, and relapse prevention.
3. Gain awareness of client abilities and perspectives in relation to length of sobriety.
4. Recognize ways in which families of addicts/alcoholics may embark on a parallel recovery process.
5. Identify ways to build on client motivation toward recovery.

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.

Tuesday Special Topic Series and Single Sessions

STSeries 1A-TUE-(Pt 1) Relationship Boundaries for Substance

STSeries 1A-TUE-(Pt 1) Relationship Boundaries for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Professionals: 
Maintaining Ethical Boundaries with Your Clients

Positive counseling outcomes depend upon a good working alliance between counselor and client. Maintaining appropriate ethical boundaries between the client and the counselor is crucial for the therapeutic alliance. These boundaries set limits for the therapist's expression of power in the therapeutic relationship in order to keep the patient safe. Ethical boundaries also establish a structure for professional relationships, providing a consistent and reliable frame of reference for service providers and clients as they unexpectedly find themselves navigating uncharted territory during the counseling process. Additionally, ethical boundaries define the limits to which the counselor’s personal self and professional self should extend into each other, assisting the counselor to provide personalized therapy while maintaining a personal life outside of the therapeutic setting. In Part 1, we examine the ethical boundaries between clinician and client and consider various solutions to common issues arising in clinical settings.

Jeff Ahonen

FACULTY: Jeffrey A. Ahonen, MAC, MDiv, LPC-IT, SAC-IT
Chief Executive Officer, 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.

STSeries 2A-TUE-(Pt 1) Positive Psychology for Treatment Pla

STSeries 2A-TUE-(Pt 1) 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 class 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. 

 

STSeries 3A-TUE-(Pt 1) LGBTQIA+ topic: Key Terms and Concept

STSeries 3A-TUE-(Pt 1) LGBTQIA+: Key Terms and Concepts

Everyone works with sexual minorities.  These sessions will address appropriate terminology and best practices for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, two spirit individuals and more. The Tuesday session will address key terms and concepts including understanding the difference between sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex assigned at birth.

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.

FACULTY: Kristina Padilla M.A., IMF, LAADC, ICAADC, CGS
Director of Business Development & Education at the California Consortium of Addiction Programs & Professionals (CCAPP)
Sacramento, California

BIOGRAPHY: Kristina Padilla works for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) (formally known as the California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) and the California Association of Addiction Recovery Recourses (CAARR)) as the Education Director that oversees the CCAPP Education Department. Ms. Padilla is also the Coordinator of events for the CCAPP Annual Conferences. She works to recruit speakers and exhibitors in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Profession for CCAPP’s Annual Conference. Ms. Padilla worked for (CAADAC) as the Education Director and Marketing Director before the consolidation of the two organizations. Ms. Padilla also worked for (CAADAC) as the Past Offender Mentor Certification Program Director for 3 years in 12 of the in-prison programs. She worked closely with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in the California Prisons. Ms. Padilla has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Padilla is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LAADC), and an International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICAADC). In addition, she is also Certified Gang Specialist of the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC).

STSeries 4A-TUE-(Pt 1) Acceptance-Commitment-Therapy

STSeries 4A-TUE-(Pt 1) Acceptance-Commitment-Therapy

Description: Forthcoming

Craig Bruesewitz

FACULTY: Craig Bruesewitz MSE-CSAC-ICS

BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Bruesewitz has been an alcohol and drug counselor in Wisconsin for 30 years. Craig has a Master’s degree, from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, in Counseling Education, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology. He is currently working on a book titled, “Talking to Myself” the Creative Mind and Understanding Internal Narrative. Craig has worked primarily in the residential treatment modality. As a clinician he uses Acceptance and Commitment Theory (ACT) alongside of the Twelve Step approach. Craig has been a musician, singer and songwriter for almost fifty years. He has developed, and presents, in treatment centers, a program called Recovery Rocks which includes original songs and lecture material about addiction and recovery. Craig’s original songs make up the Acoustikats CD ©2017, titled “Life is What You Make It.” His presentations include music, humor, serious reflection and educated insights that create an upbeat experience for his audiences.

STSeries 5A-TUE-(Pt 1) Private Practice: Fantasy or Reality?

STSeries 5A-TUE-(Pt 1) Private Practice: Fantasy or Reality?

Participants will explore whether starting a private counseling practice is a realistic option for them.

Learning Goals & Objectives
1. Does an individual possess the necessary qualities to be successful in private practice?
2. What are the risks and rewards of private practice?
3. Basic economics of business.

FACULTY: Christopher A. Brahan, M.S., LMFT, CSAC
Gateway Counseling
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Chris Brahan graduated with his Master's Degree in AODA Counseling from U.W. Stout in 1990. He has extensive experience in outpatient AODA treatment and management. For 15 years, Chris has been in private practice, providing outpatient
AODA services.

STSeries 6A-TUE-(Pt 1) Gambling><Video Gaming: A Convergence

STSeries 6A-TUE-(Pt 1) Gambling><Video Gaming: A Convergence - Gambling - Yesterday and Today  

A review and discussion of some How’s and Why’s about Gambling in today’s world including some clinical factors and tools. Gambling is changing fast to keep up with new Legal/Regulatory issues, ever growing Social Gambling, the intense expansion of Internet Gambling and an explosion of Sports Gambling.

Doug LaBelle

FACULTY: Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC II, CEAP

BIOGRAPHY: Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC II, CEAP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Wisconsin, International Certified Gambling Counselor II, Certified Employee Assistance Professional and a Trainer with the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling.  He has over 34 years of experience as an administrator, clinician, trainer and presenter.  Doug has worked with organizations, groups, individuals, and families impacted by Behavioral Health Disorders including Substance Use Disorders and Gambling Disorder.  Doug is currently working as an Independent Consultant, EAP Professional, Presenter, Speaker and Trainer with a specialty in Gambling and Gambling Disorder and Video Gaming issues.

STSeries 7A-TUE-(Pt 1) Identifying and Addressing the Impact

STSeries 7A-TUE-(Pt 1) Identifying and Addressing the Impact of Trauma in Rural and Frontier Communities: Recognizing and Understanding the Signs and Impact of Trauma

This session will speak to the prevalence, signs, and impacts of rural trauma, including the hallmarks of potentially traumatic events, including abuse, loss and chronic stressors. This session will cover the “three Es” of trauma: events, experience, and effects as well as the Adverse Childhood Experiences study, which looks at the ongoing effects of childhood experiences of abuse (emotional, physical and sexual), neglect (physical and emotional), and familial/environmental (active mental illness, untreated substance abuse/addiction, loss of parent, domestic violence in the home) . The session will speak to the health and social effects associated with significant trauma and will be strongly grounded in rural and frontier culture and intergenerational patterns of behavior.

Sherri Downing

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.

STSingle 8-TUE-Beyond ACEs: Promoting Client Resiliency in t

STSingle 8-TUE-Beyond ACEs: Promoting Client Resiliency in the Treatment of Trauma and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorder

75% of individuals in substance use treatment report abuse and trauma histories.  Data collected from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study has provided information regarding childhood experiences and current health status and behaviors.  In the mental health and substance use fields, much focus is placed on an individual’s symptoms.  By utilizing an approach that promotes resiliency and wellness versus placing focus on the past, professionals can help promote positive client outcomes.  This presentation will provide an overview of trauma and stressor related disorders and co-occurring substance use disorder followed by strategies to target strengths and external resources to strengthen an individual’s ability to address life’s challenges.  The target audience includes clinicians directly delivering trauma focused care and any agency staff involved in the development of trauma informed care environments.

Lindsay Bautello

FACULTY: Lindsay Battuello, MA, LADC, LPCC
Executive Director of Outpatient Development, NUWAY 
St. Paul, Minnesota 

BIOGRAPHY: Lindsay Battuello MA, LADC, LPCC is the Executive Director of Outpatient Development at NUWAY.  NUWAY is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, MN.  Ms. Battuello has worked in the addiction-recovery related field for 7 years as a clinician, clinical supervisor and program director in co-occurring disorders treatment.  She a Master Accelerated Resolution Therapy Practitioner.  Ms. Battuello is passionate about the continued exploration of innovative evidence-based strategies and community partnerships in development of the RISE (Recovering in Supportive Environments) Model of care in Minnesota.  Ms. Battuello holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology.

STSingle 9-TUE-Mixed Messages in Recovery

STSingle 9-TUE-Mixed Messages in Recovery

Mixed messages in life can sometimes be confusing. Mixed messages in Recovery can be life threatening. In the last decade, the 12 Steps and 12 Step Fellowships have been under siege by a ton of well-meaning folks. AA is now thought to be “old school” and “out of date” in certain circles. Everyone seems to have an opinion….
This talk will lay out some popular myths and misconceptions about the 12 steps. Based on 32 years in the Fellowships and 27 years in the Treatment business, I know permanent RECOVERY is possible.

NRIADA 2020 Chris Raymer

FACULTY: Chris Raymer, Recovery Community Director
La Hacienda Treatment Center
Hunt, Texas

BIOGRAPHY: Chris Raymer is a recovered alcoholic/addict of 32 years. He has been employed in the Treatment industry for the past 27 years, working with alumni and as an administrator. He has worked with thousands of alcoholics and addicts and speaks both nationally and internationally about recovery. He works as Recovery Community Director for La Hacienda Treatment Center in Hunt Texas and continues to serve on the Board of Directors for The Outpost Recovery Club. When he isn't on the road, he lives with his wife Patty in Ingram Texas. 

STSingle 10-TUE-Maximize Therapeutic Alliance: Treatment Out

STSingle 10-TUE-Maximize Therapeutic Alliance: Treatment Outcomes and Deliberate Practice

Addiction counselors increasingly experience shorter lengths of stay, pressure and accountability for treatment outcomes, and limited time to develop and maintain the therapeutic alliance.  To complicate matters further, research studies reveal that despite a proliferation of evidence-based methods, treatment outcomes have plateaued for nearly five decades.  Promising research indicates, however, that a small percentage of clinicians manage to achieve more favorable outcomes than the majority of their peers, thanks to their ability to form and maintain alliances with a range of patients—and this differential skill in alliance formation holds the hope of improving outcomes.

FACULTY: Daniel Frigo, PhD, LICSW, Professor
Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies
Center City, Minnesota

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Frigo is a professor who trained and practiced as a researcher and clinical social worker.  He has taught graduate students for 26 years and received three awards for excellence in teaching at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he taught for 20 years as an adjunct and visiting professor.  Dr. Frigo’s academic and research interests include evidence-based practices in addiction and mental health treatment, client-feedback systems (Feedback Informed Treatment), trauma and PTSD, therapeutic alliance, and professional development of therapists.

Dr. Frigo served as Dean of the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies (HGSAS) from 2010 to 2013.  As Dean, he practiced a student-centered approach, working to ensure a quality educational experience for students.  Prior to his role as Dean, Dr. Frigo was an Associate Professor at HGSAS for five years.  Dr. Frigo currently serves as a professor at the graduate school.

Dr. Frigo practiced as a licensed clinical social worker for 19 years.  He specialized in chemical dependency and mental health services for adolescents and adults.  Dr. Frigo also provided weekly group psychotherapy for physicians in recovery and worked with medical boards in Missouri and Illinois.  In addition, Dr. Frigo worked at a private, Catholic boys’ school, serving as a consultant to parents, adolescent males, and administration and faculty.  Earlier in his career, Dr. Frigo participated in leadership positions on several state legislative efforts that affected the licensure of social workers and participated as an officer in the Missouri Society for Clinical Social Work.

Dr. Frigo completed his graduate education at Washington University in St. Louis: MSW (1979) and PhD (1982), both in Social Work.

STSingle 11-TUE-EAPA in Rural America

STSingle 11-TUE-EAPA in Rural America

This session will provide:

  • Basic overview of Employee Assistance (EA) history, rationale, models, current operations and challenges, outcomes, and future direction.
  • Review role of alcoholism / addiction focus of EA work past vs today; and, workplace challenges with alc/addiction vs EA service delivery models.
  • Review and present information from a survey (to be) developed for this presentation re: survey of internal and external EA service providers from across USA in working with rural populations in general, and alc/addiction in particular. 
  • Implications of EA service delivery market trends, outcomes, and expectations of EA in working with rural alc/addictions providers re: intervention, assessment, treatment, follow-up, and stay at work/return to work challenges.
  • Future challenges in provision of EA services to rural employees with a focus on alc/addiction services.
  • Q&A re: working with EA service providers.

FACULTY: Jim Printup, President, The Oasis Group, Edina, MN, and President – EAPA Upper Midwest Chapter

BIOGRAPHY:

FACULTY: Gregory P. DeLapp, MHS, CEAP
CEO, Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA)
Arlington, Virginia

BIOGRAPHY:

STSingle 12-TUE-Yoga: An Alternative Treatment for Depressio

STSingle 12-TUE-Yoga: An Alternative Treatment for Depression and Anxiety

Depression has become an invisible epidemic, afflicting approximately 121 million people worldwide. The World Health Organization ranks depression as one of the world’s most disabling diseases, and our best estimates from population studies show that approximately 20-25% (or 1 in 4) of people in the United States will experience a serious, clinical depression during the course of their lifetime. Substance abuse is common among people who are battling a depressive disorder. Because alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, the use of this drug tends to trigger depression symptoms like lethargy, sadness and hopelessness. However, many depressed individuals reach for drugs or alcohol as a way to lift their spirits or to numb painful thoughts. As a result, depression and substance abuse feed into each other, and one condition will often make the other worse. The presentation will focus on the Eastern Medicine view of depression where physiology has an inherent self-repair mechanism and treatment approaches vary greatly depending on the individual. Participants will learn the three archetypes of depression and specific yoga postures, breath techniques, meditation and mindfulness suitable for each archetype of depression.

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 in NC State University’s Department of Health and Exercise Studies, an E-RYT 500-level yoga instructor, Senior Master Trainer for YogaFit. With over a decade of experience as an instructor/presenter, Renee blends her knowledge in exercise physiology, nutrition, and biomechanical principals with personal experience to provide valuable information and practical tips for stress management, nutrition and metabolic aspects of physical activity. 

Wednesday Special Topic Series and Single Sessions

STSeries 1B-WED-(Pt 2) Relationship Boundaries for Substance

STSeries 1B-WED-(Pt 2) Relationship Boundaries for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Professionals:
Maintaining Ethical Boundaries with Your Professional Peers

Positive counseling outcomes depend upon a good working alliance between counselor and client. Maintaining appropriate ethical boundaries between the client and the counselor is crucial for the therapeutic alliance. These boundaries set limits for the therapist's expression of power in the therapeutic relationship in order to keep the patient safe. Ethical boundaries also establish a structure for professional relationships, providing a consistent and reliable frame of reference for service providers and clients as they unexpectedly find themselves navigating uncharted territory during the counseling process. Additionally, ethical boundaries define the limits to which the counselor’s personal self and professional self should extend into each other, assisting the counselor to provide personalized therapy while maintaining a personal life outside of the therapeutic setting. In Part 2, we consider ethical boundary issues that occur within professional relationships with the treatment provider and other members of the client’s care team, including counseling peers, counseling supervisors, practice managers, and insurance administrators.

Jeff Ahonen

FACULTY: Jeffrey A. Ahonen, MAC, MDiv, LPC-IT, SAC-IT
Chief Executive Officer, 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.

STSeries 2B-WED-(Pt 2) Positive Psychology for Treatment Pla

STSeries 2B-WED-(Pt 2) 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 class 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. 

STSeries 3B-WED-(Pt 2) LGBTQIA+: Pronouns and Other Sensitiv

STSeries 3B-WED-(Pt 2) LGBTQIA+: Pronouns and Other Sensitivities

Everyone works with sexual minorities. These sessions will address appropriate terminology and best practices for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, two spirit individuals and more. The Wednesday session will address issues surrounding transgender and non binary identified individuals: pronouns and other sensitivities.

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.

FACULTY: Kristina Padilla M.A., IMF, LAADC, ICAADC, CGS
Director of Business Development & Education at the California Consortium of Addiction Programs & Professionals (CCAPP)
Sacramento, California

BIOGRAPHY: Kristina Padilla works for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) (formally known as the California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) and the California Association of Addiction Recovery Recourses (CAARR)) as the Education Director that oversees the CCAPP Education Department. Ms. Padilla is also the Coordinator of events for the CCAPP Annual Conferences. She works to recruit speakers and exhibitors in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Profession for CCAPP’s Annual Conference. Ms. Padilla worked for (CAADAC) as the Education Director and Marketing Director before the consolidation of the two organizations. Ms. Padilla also worked for (CAADAC) as the Past Offender Mentor Certification Program Director for 3 years in 12 of the in-prison programs. She worked closely with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in the California Prisons. Ms. Padilla has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Padilla is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LAADC), and an International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICAADC). In addition, she is also Certified Gang Specialist of the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC).

STSeries 4B-WED-(Pt 2) Acceptance-Commitment-Therapy

STSeries 4B-WED-(Pt 2) Acceptance-Commitment-Therapy

Description: Forthcoming

Craig Bruesewitz

FACULTY: Craig Bruesewitz MSE-CSAC-ICS

BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Bruesewitz has been an alcohol and drug counselor in Wisconsin for 30 years. Craig has a Master’s degree, from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, in Counseling Education, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology. He is currently working on a book titled, “Talking to Myself” the Creative Mind and Understanding Internal Narrative. Craig has worked primarily in the residential treatment modality. As a clinician he uses Acceptance and Commitment Theory (ACT) alongside of the Twelve Step approach. Craig has been a musician, singer and songwriter for almost fifty years. He has developed, and presents, in treatment centers, a program called Recovery Rocks which includes original songs and lecture material about addiction and recovery. Craig’s original songs make up the Acoustikats CD ©2017, titled “Life is What You Make It.” His presentations include music, humor, serious reflection and educated insights that create an upbeat experience for his audiences.

STSeries 5B-WED-(Pt 2) Private Practice: Turning Fantasy int

STSeries 5B-WED-(Pt 2) Private Practice: Turning Fantasy into Reality

Participants will explore the steps necessary to starting a private counseling practice.

Learning Goals & Objectives
1. Determining location, expenses, and necessary resources.
2. Determining laws, regulations, etc.
3. Recruiting customers.

FACULTY: Christopher A. Brahan, M.S., LMFT, CSAC
Gateway Counseling
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Chris Brahan graduated with his Master's Degree in AODA Counseling from U.W. Stout in 1990. He has extensive experience in outpatient AODA treatment and management. For 15 years, Chris has been in private practice, providing outpatient
AODA services.

STSeries 6B-WED-(Pt 2) Gambling><Video Gaming: A Convergence

STSeries 6B-WED-(Pt 2) Gambling><Video Gaming: A Convergence - Video Gaming - Then and Now

We’ll delve into the even faster changes happening with Video Gaming. This includes Platforms, Genres, Sub-Genres and eSports at Grade School, Middle School, High School, College and Professional levels.  The term Gaming Disorder will be introduced and discussed although not yet accepted for use in US.

Doug LaBelle

FACULTY: Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC II, CEAP

BIOGRAPHY: Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC II, CEAP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Wisconsin, International Certified Gambling Counselor II, Certified Employee Assistance Professional and a Trainer with the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling.  He has over 34 years of experience as an administrator, clinician, trainer and presenter.  Doug has worked with organizations, groups, individuals, and families impacted by Behavioral Health Disorders including Substance Use Disorders and Gambling Disorder.  Doug is currently working as an Independent Consultant, EAP Professional, Presenter, Speaker and Trainer with a specialty in Gambling and Gambling Disorder and Video Gaming issues.

STSeries 7B-WED-(Pt 2) Identifying and Addressing the Impact

STSeries 7B-WED-(Pt 2) Identifying and Addressing the Impact of Trauma in Rural and Frontier Communities: Principles of the Trauma-Informed Approach

This session will cover the principles of adopting a trauma-informed approach, and will include applicable information about safety, trustworthiness and transparency, peer support, collaboration and mutuality, empowerment, voice, choice, cultural, historical and gender issues. This practices realizes the scope and complexity of trauma, recognizes signs and symptoms, responds to the trauma appropriately and resists re-traumatization. This session will include tips about talking about trauma, which is nearly universal among people experiencing substance use disorders, people experiencing homelessness, serious mental illness and poverty.

Sherri Downing

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.

STSingle 13-WED-Do No Harm Yoga

STSingle 13-WED-Do No Harm Yoga

Most of us come to yoga to get something positive;
1) more flexibility, 2) more strength, 3) more balance

But first; do no harm
1)to yourself, 2) to others, 3) to your surroundings

Welcome yourself to your mat. Giving yourself lot’s of T.L.C. in your Practice and focus on; bring intention to; or draw upon your sankalpa; do no harm.

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.

STSingle 14-WED-Drumming in Sobriety

STSingle 14-WED-Drumming in Sobriety

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, 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!

STSingle 15-WED-Using Survey Research to Shape Substance Use

STSingle 15-WED-Using Survey Research to Shape Substance Use Prevention and Intervention Policy

Substance use, both alcohol and drug-related, impacts communities differently.  Using a comprehensive survey including measures on substance use, mental health, criminal history, family history, social and behavioral history, and treatment exposure(s), a team of researchers sought to better understand the needs of one county in western Wisconsin.  Constructing a survey aimed at isolating the most prevalent risk factors for substance use, researchers hope to identify those which put local residents at greatest risk.  Results from the survey will drive substance use prevention and intervention policy recommendations. Particular interest is being paid to the impact of methamphetamine on residents.  The first part of the study included sampling from a population in the recovery community, using a snowball sampling approach.  This method was one of convenience and allowed for survey items to be validated and the instrument to be considered reliable.  The second part of the study involved using the survey county-wide in an effort to receive more inclusive results.  Researchers received support from both the local Community Justice Collaborating Council (CJCC), as well as a local university.  The lead researchers maintain roles as a treatment court coordinator and visiting assistant professor with these organizations. Researchers hope to replicate this study in other areas, allowing for a more complete understanding of substance use needs across geographical locations.

Phillip Galli

FACULTY: Phillip M. Galli, MA
Visiting Assistant Professor
University of Wisconsin – River Falls
River Falls, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Phil is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Sociology, Criminology, & Anthropology at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.  His research interests include social support of justice-involved populations and substance use prevention/intervention strategies in communities.  Phil’s dissertation work looks at the role of social support prior to incarceration on social support while in prison.

 Kimberly Kitzberger

FACULTY: Kimberly J. Kitzberger, Treatment Court Coordinator
St. Croix County
Hudson, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Ms. Kitzberger joined St. Croix County as the Juvenile Treatment Court Coordinator in March of 2014 and was promoted to Treatment Court Coordinator (adult program) in May of 2015. With over ten years of experience in the clinical treatment of substance use disorders, Ms. Kitzberger brings a wealth of knowledge and compassion to her role as coordinator, case manager, and advocate. 

Considered a local expert on substance use issues, Ms. Kitzberger serves as an advisory member to the St. Croix County Community Justice Collaborating Council (CJCC). Ms. Kitzberger was recently highlighted on a panel of experts during a local substance use prevention and intervention forum. In May of 2018, Ms. Kitzberger was elected to the Wisconsin Association of Treatment Court Professionals (WATCP) Board of Directors. As a strong proponent of data-driven decision making, and the voice of many rural communities, Ms. Kitzberger continues to influence policy making at both the local and state levels.

STSingle 16-WED-Corner of Walk and Don’t Walk: A Conversatio

STSingle 16-WED-Corner of Walk and Don’t Walk: A Conversation on Ambivalence and the Process of Denial to Destination of Decision

Some people are able to make decisions with out being bogged down by uncertainty. They make them quickly and with minimal amounts of anxiety and fretting over whether or not they made the wrong choice in the first place. For others, everyday decisions, small or large, can cause angst and worry. Their ability to make any decision is stopped dead in its tracks by what is known as ambivalence. Ambivalence is what we experience when we have two opposing feelings simultaneously toward an individual, situation or object. Although all of us have experienced ambivalent feelings at some time or another, chronic feelings of ambivalence can be emotionally debilitating. Ambivalent thinking leads to avoidance, procrastination, inhibits emotional growth and maturity, and prevents us from reaching our full potential.

So where does ambivalence come from? Many psychologists and social scientists report that certain personality traits tend to be associated with the ambivalent stance, such as obsessive compulsive tendencies, unhealthy psychological defensive styles (such as splitting), and underdeveloped problem solving skills. Ambivalent thinkers systematically over-evaluate all sides of a situation. They carefully consider all potential options and outcomes yet remain unable to make decisions. Ambivalent thinkers also have a great fear of making a "wrong" or "bad" decision. This pattern of thinking contributes to constantly moving from one side of the decision fence to the other.

Jim Swarthout

FACULTY: Rev. James E. Swarthout, M. Div., MSW, CAADC, CIP
Director of Clergy and Alumni Relations, Rosecrance Health Network

BIOGRAPHY: Fr. Jim Swarthout has been involved in mental health and addiction counseling for more than 33 years. He has master’s degrees in Divinity and Social Work and is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Intervention Professional. He is Director of Clergy and Alumni Relations for Rosecrance Behavioral health. His work is to align Interdenominational awareness and support for bishops, clergy and faith communities. Within Rosecrance Fr. Jim is also engaged working with Trauma and Invitational Intervention. 
    
   His resume includes Rotary International and founding board member of National Diaper Bank network and mental health and addictions support services. He is also the International Chaplain for the Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society: The “F.O.O.L.S.” exemplify the true meaning of the Brotherhood by providing training opportunities to Brother and Sister Firefighters worldwide. We organize benefits to assist not only a firefighter and their families in need, but our communities as well. The F.O.O.L.S. exist to strengthen the Brotherhood of our chosen profession and fuel the flame of passion we have for our calling. 

STSingle 17-WED-Creating the New Interprofessional Behaviora

STSingle 17-WED-Creating the New Interprofessional Behavioral Health Workforce

This presentation will share a model of faculty, clinical provider partnership and community collaboration used to create graduate student interprofessional experiential learning opportunities. Nurse practitioner, social work and counselor education graduate students were selected to learn together in teams in behavioral health care settings beyond discipline-specific coursework and clinical skills development.  An eight-county rural Appalachian Ohio region was identified for intervention based on overdose death rate data, related relevant statistics, and designations as health and mental health shortage areas with high needs and high demands.

Clinical providers shared challenges in recruiting behavioral health professionals and faculty responded to the need by creating an interprofessional evaluation tool for course and clinical evaluation, based on the interprofessional educational competencies. Clinical sites and preceptors are evaluating student experiences across all disciplines with one method of evaluation. Specific strategies developed for the interprofessional teams will be discussed. New resources for clinical preceptors will be detailed.  Lessons learned and recommendations will be shared.

 

FACULTY: Deborah E. Henderson PhD, MSN, RN, CNE
Professor and School Director, School of Nursing
College of Health Sciences and Professions
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

 

BIOGRAPHY: Forthcoming

FACULTY: Sherleena Buchman PhD, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing
College of Health Sciences and Professions
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

BIOGRAPHY: Forthcoming

 

FACULTY: Char L. Miller, DNP, ANP-BC, CNE
Associate Professor, School of Nursing
College of Health Sciences and Professions
Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

BIOGRAPHY: Forthcoming

 

Thursday Special Topic Series and Single Sessions

STSeries 1C-THR-(Pt 3) Relationship Boundaries for Substance

STSeries 1C-THR-(Pt 3) Relationship Boundaries for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Professionals: 
Maintaining Ethical Boundaries with Your Professional and Personal Self

Positive counseling outcomes depend upon a good working alliance between counselor and client. Maintaining appropriate ethical boundaries between the client and the counselor is crucial for the therapeutic alliance. These boundaries set limits for the therapist's expression of power in the therapeutic relationship in order to keep the patient safe. Ethical boundaries also establish a structure for professional relationships, providing a consistent and reliable frame of reference for service providers and clients as they unexpectedly find themselves navigating uncharted territory during the counseling process. Additionally, ethical boundaries define the limits to which the counselor’s personal self and professional self should extend into each other, assisting the counselor to provide personalized therapy while maintaining a personal life outside of the therapeutic setting. In Part 3, we focus on the ethical boundaries between the therapist’s personal self and professional self and share insights regarding how the practitioner effectively balances client-centered professionalism with self-oriented personal care.

Jeff Ahonen

FACULTY: Jeffrey A. Ahonen, MAC, MDiv, LPC-IT, SAC-IT
Chief Executive Officer, 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.

STSeries 2C-THR-(Pt 3) Positive Psychology for Treatment Pla

STSeries 2C-THR-(Pt 3) 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 class 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. 

STSeries 3C-THR-(Pt 3) LGBTQIA+: Clinical and Provider Consi

STSeries 3C-THR-(Pt 3) LGBTQIA+: Clinical and Provider Considerations

Everyone works with sexual minorities. These sessions will address appropriate terminology and best practices for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, two spirit individuals and more. The Thursday will address clinical and provider considerations and cultural differences.

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.

FACULTY: Kristina Padilla M.A., IMF, LAADC, ICAADC, CGS
Director of Business Development & Education at the California Consortium of Addiction Programs & Professionals (CCAPP)
Sacramento, California

BIOGRAPHY: Kristina Padilla works for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) (formally known as the California Association of Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC) and the California Association of Addiction Recovery Recourses (CAARR)) as the Education Director that oversees the CCAPP Education Department. Ms. Padilla is also the Coordinator of events for the CCAPP Annual Conferences. She works to recruit speakers and exhibitors in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Profession for CCAPP’s Annual Conference. Ms. Padilla worked for (CAADAC) as the Education Director and Marketing Director before the consolidation of the two organizations. Ms. Padilla also worked for (CAADAC) as the Past Offender Mentor Certification Program Director for 3 years in 12 of the in-prison programs. She worked closely with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in the California Prisons. Ms. Padilla has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Padilla is a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LAADC), and an International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICAADC). In addition, she is also Certified Gang Specialist of the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC).

STSeries 4C-THR-(Pt 3) Acceptance-Commitment-Therapy

STSeries 4C-THR-(Pt 3) Acceptance-Commitment-Therapy

Description forthcoming...

Craig Bruesewitz

FACULTY: Craig Bruesewitz MSE-CSAC-ICS

BIOGRAPHY: Mr. Bruesewitz has been an alcohol and drug counselor in Wisconsin for 30 years. Craig has a Master’s degree, from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, in Counseling Education, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology. He is currently working on a book titled, “Talking to Myself” the Creative Mind and Understanding Internal Narrative. Craig has worked primarily in the residential treatment modality. As a clinician he uses Acceptance and Commitment Theory (ACT) alongside of the Twelve Step approach. Craig has been a musician, singer and songwriter for almost fifty years. He has developed, and presents, in treatment centers, a program called Recovery Rocks which includes original songs and lecture material about addiction and recovery. Craig’s original songs make up the Acoustikats CD ©2017, titled “Life is What You Make It.” His presentations include music, humor, serious reflection and educated insights that create an upbeat experience for his audiences.

STSeries 5C-THR-(Pt 3) Private Practice: Living the Dream

STSeries 5C-THR-(Pt 3) Private Practice: Living the Dream

Participants will explore the strategies to sustain a private counseling practice

Learning Goals & Objectives
1. Identifying current and future challenges.
2. Overcoming challenges and developing resilience.
3. Developing new business opportunities.

FACULTY: Christopher A. Brahan, M.S., LMFT, CSAC
Gateway Counseling
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY: Chris Brahan graduated with his Master's Degree in AODA Counseling from U.W. Stout in 1990. He has extensive experience in outpatient AODA treatment and management. For 15 years, Chris has been in private practice, providing outpatient
AODA services.

STSeries 6C-THR-(Pt 3) Gambling><Video Gaming: A Convergence

STSeries 6C-THR-(Pt 3) Gambling><Video Gaming: A Convergence - Convergence - Some Nows and Nexts

A discussion of the Convergence of these 2 issues including betting on eSports, Gambling mechanics in Video Gaming (i.e.: Loot Boxes, in game Casino’s and Poker) and Gaming Mechanics in Gambling (i.e.: Video Game Slots, eSports Lounges in Las Vegas Casinos).

Doug LaBelle

FACULTY: Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC II, CEAP

BIOGRAPHY: Doug LaBelle, LCSW, ICGC II, CEAP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois and Wisconsin, International Certified Gambling Counselor II, Certified Employee Assistance Professional and a Trainer with the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling.  He has over 34 years of experience as an administrator, clinician, trainer and presenter.  Doug has worked with organizations, groups, individuals, and families impacted by Behavioral Health Disorders including Substance Use Disorders and Gambling Disorder.  Doug is currently working as an Independent Consultant, EAP Professional, Presenter, Speaker and Trainer with a specialty in Gambling and Gambling Disorder and Video Gaming issues.

STSeries 7C-THR-(Pt 3) Identifying and Addressing the Impact

STSeries 7C-THR-(Pt 3) Identifying and Addressing the Impact of Trauma in Rural and Frontier Communities: Implementing Trauma-Informed Practice

This session will focus on practical ways to implement a trauma-informed approach and will include work on trauma-sensitive and trauma-insensitive language, building trust, identifying strengths and triggers. It will also provide information that staff can use to improve their self-care strategies and coping skills. Vicarious trauma among staff is a real issue when providing direct services to a trauma-impacted clientele, so ensuring that staff can practice effective self-care is a critical component of trauma-informed practice.

Sherri Downing

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.

STSingle 18-THR-Medications and Recovery

STSingle 18-THR-Medications and Recovery

Description Forthcoming...

James Wilson

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.  

STSingle 19-THR-Why should I use Dialectical Behavior Therap

STSingle 19-THR-Why should I use Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills when treating addiction?

As, a certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist, I am always talking about the DBT skill and how clients and therapist can integrate them into their treatment. In this session I want everyone to be able to understand and use DBT Skills with their clients who suffer from addiction issues. Many of these skills will help clients who struggle to regulate their emotions become stronger and healthier in their recovery. Come and attend this session so you learn how to implement DBT Skills in addictions based treatment, so we can better treat those clients who need a little more attention, so they can get on track to a recovery that is right for them.

Melissa Niedfeldt

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. 

STSingle 20-THR-Sober Living, not Sober Housing

STSingle 20-THR-Sober Living, not Sober Housing

The key to long-term sobriety is not found in a 30-day program alone. History has shown that long-term sobriety takes time and practice finding functionality in a routine, employment, engagement in the community, things like fitness, hobbies… Reasons to wake up every morning, to be excited for the day and to be sober. Chris Edrington (Executive Director) started St. Paul Sober Living 18 years ago and led the 100-bed sober living program through multiple program iterations to meet the demand and changing needs in addiction.

The key to success is finding the community and a home while working through the clinical recommendations and creating an atmosphere for “sober living” and not  just“sober housing” providing a place for residents from all backgrounds and communities to find a home where they can thrive and feel included. A place where recovery moves from residential to the real world with support along the way.

FACULTY: Chris Edrington, Executive Director
St. Paul Sober Living
St. Paul, Minnesota

BIOGRAPHY: 

FACULTY: Mike Beltowsky, Director of Admissions and Outreach
Colorado Program Manager, St. Paul Sober Living
St. Paul, Minnesota

BIOGRAPHY: 

STSingle 21-THR-Ethical Puzzlers

STSingle 21-THR-Ethical Puzzlers

Counselors can find themselves in an ethical bind and wonder not only how to resolve the situation ethically, but also how they got there in the first place!

Participants in this workshop will discuss strengths and values they bring to the counselor-client relationship, and will watch video of several classic ethical dilemmas as a refresher on how to prevent and solve them.

Although this information is universal, it will be particularly useful for providers who work in areas where their agency may be the only resource available to their client.

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.

STSingle 22-THR-Compounding Factors: Identifying and Functio

STSingle 22-THR-Compounding Factors: Identifying and Functioning with the Effects of Exposure

Exposure occurs throughout the lifespan and is manifested in a multitude of ways. Practitioners and caregivers may be led into their careers through an overdeveloped sense of responsibility to be concerned with the wellbeing of others over themselves. Individuals suffering from untreated exposure may seek approval, fear criticism, experience guilt feelings when they don’t give in, judge themselves harshly or have low self-esteem, fear abandonment, and/or become addicted to excitement.

Through a discussion based format, join us in exploring the exposure, the symptoms, the strengths and weaknesses, and developing a personal recovery plan which is translatable to those we serve.

FACULTY: Laura H. Moore, PHD, CSAC, ICS, PS
Bad River AODA Program Manager 
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College Human Services Full-time Faculty
Ashland, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY:  Laura Moore has an educational background in Psychology and Education. Her passion lies in working with those in recovery from substance use disorders and teaching courses in the human service and substance use field. Laura has been working in Native American communities for the past 6 years, using her grant writing skills and management experience to grow the program and increase types of services offered.

FACULTY: Jerry M. Moore
President of the Board 
1 Drum Solutions, Inc
Mason, Wisconsin

BIOGRAPHY:  Jerry Moore is an innovative thinker whose success relies on his visionary processing of information and problem solving. His passion lies in helping others and he is currently working on addressing the homeless epidemic in the Greater Chequamegon Bay area. Jerry’s lived experience with mental illness and home insecurity make him ideally qualified to assist with this population. Additionally, Jerry is passionate about his advocacy to help service providers find new ways to assist those with mental challenges. Jerry’s positive demeanor is contagious making his public speaking engagements a ready success.