42nd Annual NIEAPA Conference

Please find the agenda from the conference below. If you have any questions, please contact Tricia Fusilero or Kim Branch at NIEAPA@CorpEvent.com or call 312-756-7756.


2020 NIEAPA Conference Agenda
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. 
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Keynote: The Latest on the Neuroscience of Addiction and Recovery
- Kevin McCauley, M.D. 
Following the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s definition of addiction, this lecture describes the current neuroscientific models of this brain disorder and how they correspond to the experience of people in or seeking recovery as well as the symptoms of Substance Use Disorder as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5).

9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Break to Visit Exhibits

10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions
Session 1
 - The Latest on the Neuroscience of Addiction and Recovery Part 2
- Kevin McCauley, M.D.

Session 2 - Using Team-Building Activities to Evoke the Principles of Recovery
– Barney Straus, LCSW, PCGC, CGP
This experiential workshop will offer participants an opportunity to engage in a series of team-building challenges that are designed to evoke the principles of recovery; asking for help, trusting others, and creative problem-solving will be emphasized. No special athletic ability is required--just willingness!

Session 3 - Utilizing Principles of DBT, ACT and EFFT to Manage Burnout with Clinicians and Caregivers
Jennifer McAdams, MA, LCPC, CEDS-S
In working in mental health field, the treatment team works tirelessly with integrity to support patients and caregivers. This presentation will install competence with integrating principles of Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. It will assist clinicians in better supporting caregivers, while modeling the very same skills they teach. Participants will be equipped with interventions to share with caregivers, as well as to implement in their own self-care routines.

Session 4 - Race and Harm Reduction
-Sarah Suzuki, LCSW, CADC, Dennis Nguyen, LCSW and Galen Carter, LSW
Outpatient counselors increasingly work with clients who engage in problem drinking and risky substance use as part of the presenting concern. Although research documents declining life expectancy across racial groups, clinical guidelines remain silent on how to recognize and interrupt institutional racism in addiction recovery. In this presentation, participants will be introduced to a harm reduction approach to understand, address, and interrupt white supremacy dynamics when treating substance use in a brief outpatient therapy setting. Participants will be introduced to concepts of internalized racial superiority and internalized racial oppression, as well as a framework to illuminate how institutional pressure to maintain “white innocence” leads to poor health outcomes.

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Lunch and Speaker

1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Break to Visit Exhibits

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions
Session 5
Medical Aspects of Alcohol
Dianna Feeney, LCPC, CRADC, SAP, CEAP
This training is designed to work with clinicians and students in understanding the medical consequences of alcohol on the body and the brain. Alcoholic beverages are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as a Group 1 carcinogen responsible for up to 7 types of cancer. It is also considered to be one of the leading causes of preventable death Globally. Program Content: Acquire knowledge of the effects of alcohol on the body’s organs. Identify the medical consequences associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs including the relationship between cancer and alcohol. Gain understanding of how the body metabolizes alcohol leading to tolerance. Understanding how tolerance and withdrawal affect the organs and brain. How the body recovers from alcohol abuse.

Session 6 - The Care and Feeding of the EAP Crisis Responder: Maintaining Compassion Satisfaction 
- Jeffrey Gorter, MSW, LCSW
Between mass shootings, natural disasters, and increased suicide rates, recent years have seen an unprecedented number of workplace tragedies across the US – and Employee Assistance Professionals have been on the frontlines of them all. While delivering resilience-focused care and compassion is a core skill for many of us, effective self-care often falls lower on the priority list, especially during a large-scale disruptive event, and that can limit the quality of our service as well as creating unnecessary personal challenges. This presentation will briefly review some of the recent national scope crisis events, explore current research on compassion fatigue, and consider compassion satisfaction as a model for sustainable care among EAP Professionals. An interactive discussion on the ProQOL self-assessment tool will be facilitated, along with suggested self-care strategies.

Session 7 - Gender & Sexuality: From Courts to Board Rooms & Break Rooms
Margo Jacquot, Psy.D, CSADC, BCETS
From the Supreme Court to board rooms, bathrooms and break rooms, issues of identity, civil rights, gender and sexuality are presenting in the workplace in unprecedented numbers. While many companies are developing policies and procedures, many gender and sexually creative people continue to experience harassment, bullying and unrelenting stress while at work. This workshop will offer practical strategies and potential solutions to offer greater safety to employees, making businesses safer and able to attract top talent.

Session 8 - Metaphors are Memorable: Teaching Coping Skills through use of Metaphors 
Rose Metivier, LCPC, NCC and Danielle Doucette, PsyD, CEDS
Many people come to therapy because they are struggling to cope with difficult feelings – such as depression, anxiety, shame, anger, or guilt. Improving one’s capacity for tolerating unwanted and unexpected emotions is essential. Teaching coping strategies to help deal with these emotions is an important part of treatment. Oftentimes, it can be challenging for clinicians to teach skills to cope with such difficult emotions. This presentation will teach clinicians creative and interactive ways to teach skills to deal with emotions in productive, healthy ways. Specifically, we will use metaphors to teach skills that build emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and that help motivate individuals make changes in service of valued goals. Metaphors assist in relating information differently, helps create new associations, and are memorable. We will share ways that we have integrated metaphors into our clinical work and participants will leave with specific tools to implement right away with both short- and long-term clients.

3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Break to Visit Exhibits & Raffle

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions
Session 9 -
 Comparing Employee Mental Health in Masculine and Feminine Workplace Cultures 
Mark Attridge, PhD, MA and Bonnie Lashewicz, PhD
Internal EAPs serve a particular work organization and must understand the organization’s specific culture to be effective. EAP vendors have many customers and are challenged to adjust their account management, promotional practices and service delivery practices to fit the different work cultures of each organization. This presentation asks how does the gender style of work culture affect employee experiences with workplace mental health? This question was examined in two applied research studies recently conducted by the presenters. The answers provide insights relevant to employee assistance providers for how to understand and support the different needs and challenges of client organizations with more masculine or more feminine focused workplace cultures. Understanding such differences can inform how EAPs provide educational trainings to the worksite and how counseling to individual employees can be more effective.

Session 10 - How Not to Get Old: Managing the Aging Work Force
- Tony Pacione, LCSW, CSADC and Diana Uchiyama, JD, PsyD
As the percentage of workers over 60 years increases rapidly at many companies and organizations, employers and EAPs are called upon to develop strategies to manage the aging work force. This 90 minute presentation focuses on helping employers / EAPs to better manage age related cognitive decline.


  • Enjoy a full day of quality professional development
  • Network with extremely knowledgeable professionals
  • Expand your skills through educational seminars
  • Build valuable resources through regular contact with others in the industry
  • Share ideas, problems and solutions with peers and colleagues
  • Learn more about current trends and innovative ideas
  • Recharge your batteries in the company of other professionals

CEU and PDH Credits are available for CEAP, LCSW, LCPC, LMFT, IAODAPCA

Northern Illinois Chapter Employee Assistance Professionals Association (NIEAPA)

Address: 400 E. Randolph #2305, Chicago. IL 60601Phone: +1 (312) 756-7756
Email: nieapa@corpevent.com

Log in
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software