NIEAPA 38th Annual Conference

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8:15 am - 9:45 am

  1. Keynote Session

    William Moyers is committed to eliminating barriers to recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations, Moyers leads the organization's policy and advocacy activities. From "carrying the message" about addiction, treatment and recovery, to public policy and philanthropy, Moyers brings a wealth of professional expertise and an intimate personal understanding to communities across the nation. He uses his own experiences to highlight the power of addiction and the power of recovery.

    William C. Moyers, 
    Vice President of Public Affairs and Community Relations, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

    10:15 am - 11:45 am
    CURRENT SESSIONS 2, 3, 4, 5

  2. Substance Addiction: Treatment and Beyond Diagnosis

    This session will provide review of new criteria for the accurate diagnosis of substance use disorders according to DSM-V. It will then examine the various options for treatment of such disorders, focusing both on levels of care available as well as possible options for pharmacological assistance in treatment. All these topics will be discussed in relation to a medical review of an actual patient case.

    Zachary Kordik, MD, Medical Director, Presence Behavioral Health

  3. Informing Treatment with Outcome Data   

    Organizations that can consistently present valid and reliable information regarding patient outcomes and satisfaction will thrive in the new healthcare environment because this information adds value not only for payers but also provides important information on clinical trends. Clinical and facility management can utilize this information in developing relevant timely interventions to support long term positive outcomes for patients. This session will discuss what to look and how to assess the validity of provider outcomes and information. Strategies for integrating research and quality measures will be presented and specific example of the use of aggregate outcome and quality data to support the clinical processes will be presented.

    Siobhan A Morse, MHSA, CRC, CAI, MAC, Director of Research and Fidelity, Foundations Recovery Network
    Jennifer Patterson, PhD, CEO, The Oaks at La Paloma

  4. Embracing Complexity in Trans – Affirmative Care   

    This presentation will emphasize the complexity in addressing the wide range of concerns Trans -identified clients bring to the clinical setting. Participants will be given the ability to learn about and discuss basic terminology regarding Trans (Identify, gender fluidity, and relevant clinical topics related to competent care.) This presentation will emphasize real-world case examples meant to highlight the complexity of incorporating intersecting identities and practical considerations in treatment.

    Rena McDaniel, Med, LPC, Chief Operating Officer/Staff Therapist, IntraSpectrum Counseling
    Ian Bonner, Psy.D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Director of Communications/Staff Therapist, IntraSpectrum Counseling

  5. Protect Your Parents from Exploitation

    Your aging parents, family members and older adults may be a target for senior scams and financial exploitation. As adult children, it's important to be their advocate and help them get their "ducks in a row". The discussion will highlight ways to protect your parents from scam artists, financial exploitation, "romancing for riches", and a legal document checklist for Alzheimer's or chronic diseases.

    Kerry Peck, Attorney, Managing Partner, Peck Ritchey, LLC

    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

  6. Acceptance, Commitment, Therapy and Addiction
    Additional Materials Available Here

    Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) has been shown to be useful in the treatment of addictive disorders. The cornerstones of ACT include principles of mindfulness, remaining open to new ideas and moving toward one’s values rather than escaping one’s feelings. In short, accepting feelings rather than escaping them and moving toward values rather than toward suffering define the goals of this type of behavioral therapy. Introducing patients to these principles can be done early in drug and alcohol treatment and set the tone for ongoing therapy. This workshop will demonstrate practical techniques that can be used in any therapeutic setting.
  7. Joseph Troncale, FASAM, MD, Medical Director, Retreat at Lancaster County

  8. Connecting Differences in a Workplace (*Cultural Diversity Topic) 

    Differences exist. It is a simple statement of reality. But what does it actually take for an organization that employs and serves a variety of people to be truly inclusive? Whether differences contribute to richness of our human interactions and to creativity of our problem-solving or they themselves become a problem to be solved depends on how we approach being different and what skills we have to navigate the terrain of diversity. This highly interactive session will consider a power of unconscious biases to examine why positive intentions do not equal positive results. The workshop will explore 3C’s – Culture, Communication, and Conflict and provide participants with practical tools and ideas for connecting differences in a workplace.

    Tatyana Fertelmeyster, MA, LCPC, Founder and Principal, Connecting Differences, LLC

  9. Overcoming Destructive Anger

    The presentation I propose is based on my new book of the same title, Overcoming Destructive Anger: Strategies That Work, to be published in the spring of 2015 (Johns Hopkins University Press). It will offer a unique framework to help clients cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion to their thoughts, feelings, and physical states associated with anger arousal. It offers them increased freedom and choice to meaningfully intervene in and constructively alter the course of these experiences. It highlights practices in Compassion Focused Therapy.

    Bernard Golden, Clinical Psychologist, Anger Management Education

  10. Broadening the Value of Critical Incident Response  

    Critical Incident Response, as delivered in an EAP context, is an essential tool to mitigate the impact of emotionally disruptive events and helps achieve significant Business, Productivity, and Absence Management goals – but it is rarely promoted as such. More often the discussion comes from a purely clinical perspective, typically focused on the prevention of PTSD; statistically, the least likely outcome in the vast majority of workplace events. By broadening our understanding of crisis beyond trauma prevention and recovery, EAPs are better positioned to positively impact both the company and the individual employee. This presentation seeks to answer the question “What does the corporate customer really want from this valuable service, and how can EAPs best deliver?”

    Jeff Gorter, LMSW, Clinical Director, Crisis Care Network

    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

  11. A Modern Addiction: Social Networking and Technology

    Social networking and the use of technology are today the norm and often the chosen method of communication for our families and employees. Unfortunately, many of our children and teens, as well as adults, have taken this new method of communication to an extreme using the internet as a method to discover a safe haven, an escape and often a source of identity. Clinically, we are also aware of and intrigued by the research that is currently trending that correlates substance use disorders and these identified process addictions or behavioral addictions (Gambling, Gaming, Food, etc.). This brief in-service will provide an overview of the epidemic of social networking as a key “process addiction”, and the social impact of this trend and will briefly review other Behavioral Addictions that are present in the workplace and in our communities. 

    Alexandra Lopez, MA, LCADC, ICADC, CPS, DRCC, CCS, SAC, BCPC, Director of Clinical Operations, Brooktree Health Services 

  12. Moving EAP into Health 2.0 World

    Technology has and continues to revolutionize the way in which business is conducted. EAP is no different. The advent of a Health 2.0 World has introduced new technologies and interventions that are changing the face of how EAP services are implemented, delivered and measured. The presentation will highlight the latest in how technology solutions are being deployed from Apps, on-line Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gaming, Virtual Reality, video and chat. The presentation will also detail the importance of developing a strategy and technology roadmap for the greatest success.

    Rich Paul, MSW, CEAP, SVP, Employer Strategy & Development, Beacon Health Options


For access to photos from our 2016 conference, please click here.

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

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