Friday, June 21
8:30am - 6:00pm - 6 Hours
GANG PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION STRATEGIES
This presentation begins where other gang related presentations end. We will not focus on gang colors, logo's and handshakes. Topics covered includes: 22 reasons youth join gangs; 15 prevention and intervention strategies; the drug/gang connection and what to do about it; addressing father hunger and father wounds among gang members; positive rites of passages for clients at risk for gang affiliation; Socratic questions as an intervention strategy; the use of motivational interviewing principles to help clients leave gangs; school, employment, criminal justice, familial, and community intervention strategies; how to help clients shift from gang/drug culture to treatment and recovery culture.
By the end of this workshop you will:
- Understand 22 reasons clients join gang
- Be able to utilize 15 prevention strategies
- Be able to utilize 15 intervention strategies
- Be able to use principle of motivational interviewing to help clients leave gangs
- Be able to utilize positive rites of passages for youth at risk for gang affiliation
- Be able to help clients shift from gang/drug culture to treatment and recovery culture
Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC
Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC is an international speaker in the Behavioral Health Field whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean and British Islands. Mark is the author of 5 books. He has had 2 stories published in the New York Times Best Selling Book Series, Chicken Soup For The Soul.
Mark has lectured at universities for 30 years having taught at The Illinois School of Profession Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago and the University of Chicago school's of Social Work. He has lectured for PEACE Academy, a program which prepares former gang members to negotiate truces among current gang members and to reduce gun violence.
HIV & Opiates: An Epidemic Within an Epidemic?
The surge of Opioid use has created a newly developed complication; increased possibility of HIV transmission. We will take a closer look at the connection between HIV and Opioids, review the advances that have been made with HIV and discuss how stigma continues to exacerbate the spread of the virus.
- To be able to identify the behaviors of opioid use that put IV users at increased risk of acquiring HIV. To learn of the advancements that have been made in HIV treatment.
- To review how our biases impact how we interact with vulnerable populations and complicate an infected person’s ability to pursue supportive services.
- To review how one’s mental health can further complicate and HIV diagnosis and Substance Use Disorder.
Shannon D. Tillett ICADC ,NCAC II, CADC II, CPT, Narcan Trainer
Coordinator HIV Early Intervention Specialist and Internationally/Nationally/State Certified Addictions Counselor. Coordinate services that include: Confidential FREE rapid HIV/HCV testing, pre/post counseling, referral and linkage to medical care for those confirmed positive. Provide HIV,HCV, STD Educational Groups and Risk Reduction Counseling within the agency and community in efforts to improve care, and reduce disparities in health outcomes. Develop outreach activities that are designed in response to the unique needs of the community which have included Free HIV/Hep C testing and educating at health fairs, on college campuses, in churches and other community gathering places
Jennifer Glaze LCSW, MAC
As a native Chicagoan, Jennifer Glaze has always had a special interest in the challenges that encompass the human experience. Receiving her Bachelor’s Degree at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, she studied the field of Psychology to pursue her interests in human behavior. Her education was further advanced at Kennesaw State University achieving a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Today her professional focuses include Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Women’s Issues and HIV/AIDS. Mrs. Glaze’s ultimate goals are to use her personal and professional experiences to improve the emotional wellbeing of others.
AMERICA’S OPIOID USE EPIDEMIC: HISTORY, PATIENTS AND TREATMENT
This presentation with discuss the confluence of factors that led up to the epidemic, with a focus on the related changes in OUD patients and the treatment challenges these changes present. Data collected from a nationwide network of treatment centers will be presented and treatment implications for this changing population will be reviewed.
- Review the history and progress of the Opioid Epidemic in America and identify the myths, realities and changes in the opioid use disorder patient.
- Define the behaviors and signs which may indicate an opioid use disorder.
- Discuss recent changes in the opioid use population and their implications for identification and treatment and review recommendations for actions when an opioid use disorder patient has been identified.
Siobhan A. Morse, MHSA, CRC, CAI, MAC
As Director of Clinical Services, Siobhan Morse is charged with spearheading the research, clinical operations management and new product development for Foundations Recovery Network, the Addiction Services Division of Universal Health Services, Inc. Ms. Morse regularly presents original research worldwide and has published multiple articles in peer reviewed scientific journals. She holds a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Florida International University and later taught there as an Adjunct Professor. Ms. Morse is a certified ARISE Interventionist and Master Addiction Counselor and also currently serves as voluntary adjunct faculty at Baylor College of Family Medicine.
Experiential Methods for Treating Traumatized Clients with Substance Abuse Issues
Trauma treatment with our substance abusing clients is tricky business. How do we take them to their darkest places without triggering a relapse? We will discuss ways you can use expressive art and body movement interventions in order to help your clients increase their ability to regulate their emotional experiences.
- Learn how to help clients get in touch with how they experience emotions physically, in order to them utilize calming methods more effectively to facilitate increased understanding of self.
- Learn how to help a client employ creative arts in order to gain insight into emotions that seem confusing and out of their control, and gain tolerance of negative emotions that often trigger a desire to use.
- Learn what an art therapy journal is and how to coach your clients on using it both in and out of session in order to help them get more comfortable with identifying and expressing their emotions.
Jennifer Yaeger, MA, LPC
Jennifer has been working with clients struggling with substance abuse, mental health, and codependency issues since 2001. She has worked on all levels of care, including inpatient, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and telemental health. She has been trained in Trauma-Informed Expressive Art Therapy and Trauma-Informed Yoga. She owns a self-care center, Sea Glass Therapy, in which therapy, yoga, wellness and nutrition guidance, and personal style coaching are all offered. She also works for The Carter Treatment Center as their trauma therapist.
Heart & Soul Healing – A Different Perspective
The strong influence of our past impacts our present sense of self. Subconscious programs can hold pieces or
fragments of us, leading to negative choices by default. We can provide a different perspective with simple
techniques for self-compassion to release old programs and free individuals to make healthy, conscious choices.
- Comprehend the concept of subconscious programming as it affects present-day awareness and an
individual’s ability to create or make positive choices for the self
- Determine and contrast the effect of past emotional dynamics to an individuals’ current negative
- Recommend and manage the application of simple daily techniques to develop self-compassion, self-
communication and conscious creative choice
Rev. Nancy A. Nester, MScD, DD, MA, CHt, RMT, HSH-PT, NSHC
Ordained InterFaith Minister, providing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Meditation, National Health
Sciences & Wellness Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Spiritual and Relational Counselor, Reiki Master-Teacher,
Intuitive and Empathic Holistic Therapist offering Heart & Soul HealingTM. Certified mediator and life coach for
personal and business. Published Author & Co-Author of 11 self-help/self-awareness books. Presenter at U.S.
Conscious Living Expos, health and healing conferences around the world. Articles appear in newspapers,
magazines, health and spiritual publications. Appeared on national television throughout the world, co-host of a
radio program on mental and emotional insights with Ken Page. Nancy has helped thousands of individuals
worldwide to access their subconscious mind and free themselves from the patterns of their past.
Rev. Kenneth E. Page, CHt
Ordained InterFaith Minister, creator of Heart & Soul HealingTM, a holistic modality which identifies energetic
patterns on the physical body. Published Author & Co-Author of 11 self-help/self-awareness books. Certified
Clinical Hypnotherapist, respected international teacher and lecturer. Presenter at numerous U.S. Conscious
Living Expos and health and healing conferences around the world, Ken has spoken by invitation at the United
Nations. His articles appear in newspapers, magazines, health and spiritual publications. Ken has appeared on
national television throughout the world, and has co-hosted a radio program on mental and emotional insights
with Nancy Nester. Ken has presented at Unity Churches, metaphysical centers and bookstores throughout the
United States and Europe.
Effective Clinical Supervision Strategies for Mental Health Professionals
We will examine the role of the supervisor and the nature of the supervisory relationship. We will explore the key objectives, models, approaches, and major components of the supervisory process.
We will learn how to generate professional authority, build trust, and exercise influence within the context of the supervisory relationship. We will also introduce the structure of supervision, from the point of first contact when you establish your goals, all the way through the completion of the supervisory process. We will learn to recognize the supervisory style and needs of the supervisee and how to modify your supervision style to meet their needs. We will learn the best practices in supervisory record keeping and examine templates of key forms for documentation. We will examine ethical concerns in the supervisory relationship including boundaries, dual roles, and integrity. We will study the best practices models of ethical decision making and learn how to integrate then in to the handling of ethical challenges in the supervisory role.
Each day will include interactive scenario analysis, role playing, and the practice of key supervisory techniques and strategies.
- Identify components of the supervision relative to beginning, intermediate, and advanced supervisees.
- Differentiate between models of supervision in order to develop a personal model of supervision for practice.
- Examine ethical and culturally diverse issues inherent in the supervisory relationship.
Shannon M. Eller - LPC, LMFT, RPT-S, CPCS, ICAADC, ICCDP-D, ICCS, NCC, AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Brighter Tomorrows Consulting, LLC & Incorruptible Seed Ministries, Inc.
Shannon Eller earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA in 1986 specializing in Middle Childhood Education with Teacher Support Specialist Certification. Ms. Eller holds a T-5 State of Georgia Teaching Certificate. Ms. Eller taught for eighteen years prior to earning a Masters of Science Degree in Community Counseling from Columbus State University, summa cum laude in 2006 and
currently has 25 years experience in the teaching field. Shannon also studied at Argosy and Grand Canyon Universities. She has served as an adjunct instructor at Griffin Technical College for two years while assisting felony probationers obtain their GED diplomas through a joint collaboration between the Department of Corrections and the Department of Education. Shannon is dually licensed as both a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS). She is certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and holds a variety of state certifications including: Clinical Certified Alcohol and Drug Addictions Counselor (CCADC), Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate certification (CCDP-D) Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor (CPCS) AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Shannon Eller is currently in private practice at 1815 North Expressway, Suite B Griffin, GA. 30223 providing Individual, Couples, Marriage and Family, and Group counseling. Additionally, she is credentialed to provide Continuing Education Contact Hours for counselors seeking Addictions Certification, as well as Marriage & Family and Play Therapy add-on Certifications. She is qualified to provide Supervision for LPC and LMFT licensure, Addictions Certification, and Play Therapy Certification.
Telemental Health for Behavioral Health Professionals
Telemental Health for Behavioral Health Professionals meets the practice standards set by the Georgia Composite Board. This course will prepare clinicians for the use of telemental health practices which include teleconferencing as well as other forms of electronic communication. The course will cover legal, ethical, safety and risk concerns. Additionally, the course will discuss assessment and intervention used in a telemental health environment. Attendees will be informed about technologies for varying clinical tasks.
- Develop knowledge of legal & ethical concerns that arise in telemental health including practicing over state lines & HIPAA & technology
- Develop a working knowledge of how assessment and interventions are impacted by the use of telemental health
- Develop a working knowledge of safety concerns and risks that may arise through the use of telemental health
Nicole Fuentes, MS, LPC, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, CPCS
Nickie Fuentes, MS, LPC, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, CPCS is the owner of Modern Tribe counseling in Atlanta, GA. Nickie has been working in the behavioral health community for over 20 years in both direct care and administrative oversight capacities. In her current role, she provides counseling, continuing education, supervision and consultation with a focus on gender, sexual and relationship structure minorities and sex therapy.
8:30am - 12:00pm - 3 Hours
Use of Complementary Interventions in Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
With the effects of opioid crisis in Georgia, more and more people are turning to Medication-Assisted Treatment over traditional programs. Counselors in these programs focus their treatment on harm reduction and stabilization before shifting focus to relapse prevention and recovery skills. Expressive and arts-informed interventions for this population can serve to be useful for addressing differentiation between dependence and addiction, popular treatment goals, and transitioning clients through various stages of change. This program will discuss various interventions and techniques that can be used in the MAT setting, as well as case studies from actual clients.
- Participants will learn popular treatment goals for MAT clients.
- Participants will explore complementary therapies and learn various interventions that can be used in the different stages of change.
- Participants will review case studies of clients who have participated in expressive interventions.
Christian Brown, LMSW, CAADC, MATS
Christian Brown is a graduate of Kennesaw State University who has worked in the field of addiction since beginning her social work career. She is a native of Auburn, Alabama but relocated to the Atlanta area after completing her undergraduate degree to attend a clinical graduate program. Christian currently works as a substance abuse counselor in Woodstock, Georgia and executes research in the field of digital art therapy. Her research and writing has been published in Digital Art Therapy: Material, Methods and Applications as well as academic journals.
Rick Garner, PhD
Rick L Garner is Professor of Art Education at Kennesaw State University. His education includes degrees in neuropsychology, art therapy, and art education. His co-authored book chapter Serious Gaming, Virtual, and Immersive Environments in Art Therapy was published recently in his edited book Digital Art Therapy: Material, Methods and Applications.
Empowering Women in Recovery – Addressing Needs Specific to Women in Substance Use Treatment
Women often enter treatment with a history of trauma, abuse, and other unique circumstances which directly influence their substance use and self-image. This seminar will explore therapeutic challenges unique to females and offer experiential interventions for clinicians. Attendees will discuss the importance of instilling hope and empowerment in female clients.
- Audience will engage in experiential activities aimed at promoting positive self-image, empowerment and growth in females.
- Audience will discuss the importance of gender-responsive and strengths-based treatment responses when working with female clients.
- Audience will explore SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 51 – Substance Use Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women.
Jessi Emmett, LPC, CACII, CCS
Jessi Emmett received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from North Georgia College and State University and master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. Ms. Emmett is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Addictions Counselor, Level II and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. She has worked in various roles with the accountability courts of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit since 2007 and currently serves as the Assistant Director for Treatment Services. In this role, Ms. Emmett is responsible for the training and oversight of all clinical staff, provides direction for program operations, implements clinical interventions and develops agency policies and procedures.
Heather Herrington, LPC, CACII, CCS
Heather Herrington earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from North Georgia College and State University and her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. Ms. Herrington is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Addictions Counselor, Level II and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. Ms. Herrington currently serves as the coordinator for Hall County Drug Court, the largest of the nine accountability court programs in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. Ms. Herrington is responsible for the daily program operations and oversight of clinical and administrative staff. Ms. Herrington has served in the field of substance use treatment for over a decade and has assisted with training and clinical supervision to numerous clinicians.
Creating a Culture of Safety in Recovery: Shifting the Paradigm.
Current research has made important advances in understanding trauma informed care and cultures that promote strongest recovery outcomes. Recovery happens in safe environment where challenges are understood and progress is recognized and reinforced. This presentation will focus of key elements of healing environment and practical guidelines for creating these cultures.
- Describe the current research related to principles of trauma informed care
- Describe core components of cultures of healing
- Apply best practice, practical guidelines and actions in creating healing cultures and trauma recovery.
Juliet Caceres, Psy.D. Director of Spiritual Care, Timberline Knolls Residential Center
Juliet Cáceres, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 25years of practice. She currently serves at Timberline Knolls as Clinical Director of Spiritual Care leading clinical integration of spirituality as core to the recovery program. Prior to her current role, Dr. Cáceres served the Director of Clinical Operations. She provided leadership and management of the clinical system to ensure the highest quality residential services. Dr. Cáceres earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Her clinical research interest centers on the role of shame in interpersonal dynamics and the integration of spiritualty in therapy and the healing journey.
2:30am - 6:00pm - 3 Hours
Keeping Georgia Safe: Technology on the Road to Recovery
This training will educate the recipients on the various affordable tools that are available to help clients establish a road to recovery and separate drinking from driving in Georgia.
- Ignition Interlock in Georgia
- Affordable Portable Alcohol Monitoring options in Georgia
- Research supporting Interlocks reduce recidivism rates and change behavior
Jessica Rocker, Judicial Services Liaison, Smart Start, LLC (Alcohol Monitoring), BA History, Minor PreLaw
As the Judicial Services Liaison, Jessica acts as a conduit to foster communication between various agencies to separate drinking from driving and educate stakeholders in new and affordable ways to aid in the path to sobriety. Rocker is a member of the local PTA, the Former Operations Manager for a nonprofit for 7 years, and a former member of Juvenile Justice Fund Coalition Against Child Sex Trafficking.
Reconceptualizing Resistance as Ambivalence: How to Be on Your Client’s Side Without Taking a Side
Pathological Ambivalence and its common forms will be described and strategies for resolving ambivalence to improve therapeutic outcome will be taught. Also presented will be strategies for assessing scripts and avoiding common pitfalls such as prematurely discounting client beliefs, and unknowingly participating in, or becoming the target of the projections
Following this presentation, participants will be able to:
- Identify common expressions of Pathological Ambivalence (PA) in the recovery process.
- Describe the theory related to developing PA.
- Utilize multiple strategies for sidestepping power struggles to empower clients to resolve ambivalence
Linda Buchanan, Ph.D.
Dr. Linda Buchanan founded Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders in 1993 which was acquired by Walden Behavioral Care in 2017. She is now Senior Director of Clinical Services with Walden which offers the full continuum of care with facilities in Georgia, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Dr. Buchanan has authored a book soon to be published by TPI Press titled A Clinician’s Guide to Dealing with Pathological Ambivalence: How to be on Your Client’s Side Without Taking a Side, and two chapters and four research articles on the treatment of eating disorders including two outcome studies of the treatment provided at ACE.
The Link Between Teenage PTSD, Substance Abuse and Crime
Traumatic events overwhelm a child or teen’s ability to cope, leaving them feeling as though the world is a dangerous out-of-control place. The event deeply impacts the child’s thoughts of him or herself and the world, although the memory of the event is deeply encoded and different from normal memories. Rather than simply thinking about the event, the child continuously re-experiences the event, and the associated pain and fear of reliving the trauma causes the child to fear the memory as well as the event. PTSD has elements of intrusive thoughts, emotional numbing, social withdrawal and isolation, cognitive changes, and hyper-arousal.
Some of the most common traumatic events that can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder include (but are not limited to): Neglect, Domestic abuse, Physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Emotional abuse, Natural disasters, Threat with a weapon, Violent assaults, such as rape or physical attacks, Car accidents, Senseless acts of violence (such as school shootings), Witnessing another person go through traumatic events, and Diagnosis of life-threatening illnesses. The workshop will dwell into the real causes of PTSD, the aftermath, how teens cope with these events, and the consequences of negative coping mechanisms. Finally, the approaches for treating substance abuse problems in adolescents with PTSD will be explored.
- Identify the causes of childhood and teenage PTSD
- Identify the link between Childhood PTSD, substance abuse, and criminal activity among Adolescents
- Describe the main approaches for treating substance abuse problems in adolescents with PTSD.
Brandon Dawkins, M.Ed., Ed.S., CADC-II
I am a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor since 2004 and have worked in the field of Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Corrections, and Education for over 30 years. I have worked with adults but specialize with working with adolescents and young adults. I have coached college woman’s basketball, and currently I am a high school Head Boys Basketball Coach, Head Boys Soccer Coach, and Head Girls Soccer Coach. I currently work with children with special needs, as well and those with substance abuse and mental health issues. I currently am the CEO and program director of BMA and Dawkins Behavioral Health Services, which provides services to national programs such as Job Corps and other local and state agencies.