Conference Agenda

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 – VIP DINNER

Time

Event

CE's

Location

5:30 -
6:00  PM           

Registration and Check In            

 

 Union Ballroom 314 AB

6:00 PM

Welcome

 

 Union Ballroom 314 AB 

6:15 PM

Dinner Served

 

 Union Ballroom 314 AB

7:00 PM

VIP Speaker: Trent Shelton
Topic: Know your Worth

 

 Union Ballroom 314 AB 

8:00 PM

Conclusion

 

 Union Ballroom 314 AB 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2017 – DAY ONE

Time

Event

 

Location

8:00 AM

Registration Opens                                          

 

 Union Ballroom 314 BC

8:15 AM

Exhibits Open
Continental Breakfast Served

 

 Union Ballroom 314 BC

9:00 –
10:15 AM

Keynote Session
Speaker: Noah Levine

 

 Union Ballroom 314 BC 

10:15 AM

Networking Coffee Break

 

 Union Ballroom 314 BC 

Breakout Sessions
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Topic: Addiction: What Children and Family Need to Know
Presenter: Kyle Pilans, B.A.
Presentation Description: Addiction is a disease that impacts everyone in the family. Family members need as much help and support as the primary individual experiencing a substance use disorder. Sometimes the family members can begin the treatment process for everyone involved. No matter who in the family takes the first steps toward recovery, often children are not included in the process. Children are usually the first hurt and the last helped in the midst of this disease. This presentation will teach a professional or family member how to address the disease of addiction with children ages 6-12. Once children have an understating of addiction and a language to discuss it, they can begin the process of recovery for themselves. The magic of this presentation is that it allows adults involved to focus on key concepts that often get lost in the chaos of this disease.

 

TBD

Topic: Black Males' Experiences of Mental health Court: A Phenomenological Investigation
Presenters: Bryan Stare, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
Presentation Description: Presenters conducted a phenomenological study of black males, age 18-40, who currently receive MHC treatment provisions. Black males of this age-group disproportionately experience high risk for involvement in the criminal justice system and lack of access to mental health resources (Carson & Sabol, 2012; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011; Gomez, 2015; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2001). Presenters will briefly discuss participant selection, research questions, methodology, and their research team before thoroughly discussing research findings. They will explain data analyses pertaining to phenomenology including epoche, phenomenological reduction, and imaginative variation in addition to discussing thematic coding discoveries and summarizing participants’ lived experiences receiving treatment in a mental health court program (Moustakas, 1994). Participants will discuss findings as they relate to present and historical themes of oppression within the context of mental health treatment and social justice advocacy. Participants will discuss implications for counselors and counselor educators as well as directions for future research and improved clinical practices.

 

TBD

Topic: Lessons learned from Portugal’s War on Drugs: Social Policy and Reform
Presenter: Rachita Sharma, Ph.D., LPC-S, CRC
Presentation Description: In 2001, Portugal radically changed its drug policy by decriminalizing drug possession and use. Until 1999, Portugal had the second-highest rate of drug abuse in Europe, with nearly 1% of its population at the time using or known to have already experienced heavy drug use. With consumption and trade rising, drug-related crimes were seen as a major national security problem, and prisons were being flooded with people convicted of drug-related offenses. The government shifted from a traditional punishment approach to a revolutionary treatment model that serves as a case study on drug policy. Participants in this seminar will learn about the complexity of this issue through a lecture presentation and personal anecdotes of the presenter who engaged in a 10 day seminar accessing the institutions, charities, and specialists who helped navigate the many different sides of the war on drugs in Portugal.

 

TBD

12:00 –
1:15 PM
Keynote Luncheon
Speaker: Bill Maher
Sponsored by: St. Christopher's Addiction Wellness Center
  TBD

Breakout Sessions
1:15 –
2:30 PM

Topic: Substance Use, Process Addictions, Family Systems and How They May Help or Hinder Recovery
Presenters: Jennifer Alfert, IGCG-II, MS, IMH
Presentation Description: Examines the similarities and differences between substance use and problem gambling while identifying direct correlations to Axis II personality traits. Inform and educate attendees on compuldive spending, shopping and stealing and their relationship to Axis II personality traits as well. How does the family system play a part with these and other addictions? Are they helping, hindering or are they more or less educated than their children?

  TBD

Topic: Women of Color in Recovery
Presenters: Chandra Donnell Carey, Ph.D., CRC
Presentation Description:

 

TBD

Topic: Motivational Interviewing Techniques for Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders
Presenters: Eluterio Blanco, MAC, LCDC
Presentation Description: Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based technique designed to elicit positive change. The approach has especially demonstrated efficacy for substance use disorders, however, emerging research has found MI to be also effective with other mental disorders (Carroll, 2004; Craig, et al., 2008; Drake, O’Neal, & Wallch, 2008). Of particular interest of the proper application of MI would be for clinicians who serve clients with COPSD and increase their commitment for recovery and engagement in the assessment process (Martino, Carroll, Nich, & Rounsaville, 2006). To emphasize the benefit of clinician training on MI techniques, Schoener and colleagues (2006) provided community mental health therapists with demanding caseloads with clients who have co-occurring disorders with training on motivational interviewing techniques. The authors found a statistically significant improvement in MI-consistent behaviors and reduction in MI-inconsistent behaviors following training. This session presents evidence-based MI techniques and describes its application with clients with COPSD.

  TBD

2:30 –
3:00 PM

Networking Coffee Break

  Union Ballroom 314 BC 

3:00 –
4:15 PM

KeyNote Session
Speaker: Margaret Glenn

 

TBD

5:00 –
6:00 PM

Refuge Recovery Meeting led by UT Dallas Center for Students in Recovery

 

TBD

6:00 -
6:45 PM
Dinner on the Green Roof   University Union Green Roof
7:00 -
9:00 PM
An Open Book: An Evening with Justin Furstenfeld   Lyceum Theater

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 – DAY TWO

Time

Event

 

Location

8:00 AM   

Registration Opens                                     

 

 Union Ballroom 314

8:00 AM

Mindful Meditation led by Timothy Trail, UNT Substance Abuse Resource Center, Coordinator

 

Union 411

8:15 AM

Exhibits Open
Continental Breakfast Served

 

 Union Ballroom 314

9:00 –
10:15 AM

Keynote Session
Speaker: John Kelly, Ph.D.

 

Union Ballroom 314

10:15 AM

Networking Coffee Break

 

Union Ballroom 314 

Breakout Sessions      
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Topic: Addressing Treatment Needs for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders and a History of Child-Maltreatment
Presenters: Justin Watts, Ph.D., NCC
Presentation Description: The experience of child-maltreatment is often the precursor to many negative health related outcomes including: substance use disorders, mental health related issues, trauma and disability. Individuals who experience early trauma are often subjected to impoverished relational environments that contribute to negative coping skills and developmental deficits which are significantly related to later substance using behaviors, and often interfere with treatment when intervention is sought. This presentation outlines rates of trauma history including child-maltreatment histories among individuals who are seeking substance use treatment, and summarizes results from several studies examining the relationship between child-maltreatment and negative health outcomes which are intended to guide the development of individualized treatment plans addressing the complex nature of presenting issues for this population.

 

TBD

Topic: Mental Health Stigma and Access Gaps are Contributing to Delayed Help-Seeking and Substance Use
Presenters: Rakima Parson, LPC
Presentation Description: Because of common barriers to accessing community mental health services, individuals that do not get the care they need often continue a cycle of distress. Research asserts that the onset of many mental health concerns presents around ages 18-24, which is typically considered the traditional college age range. With access to alcohol and other drugs more readily available near college campuses and access to mental health services limited or stigmatized, sometimes college students misuse or abuse substances in an attempt to cope. We will explore how the lack of well-being not only impacts an individual student, but also the implications this has for the campus community. Based on quantitative and qualitative research, this presentation will identify external and internal barriers to mental health services, including social and cultural factors that negatively influence help-seeking behaviors. We will also explore how clinicians, university staff, and community members can potentially address or minimize some of the obstacles faced by students in need of mental health support and resources.

 

TBD

Topic: Drunkorexia
Presenters: Casey Tallent, Ph.D. and Robyn Cruze, MA
Presentation Description:

 

TBD

12:15 –
1:30 PM

Keynote Luncheon
Speaker: David L. Atkinson, M.D.
Topic: ADHD and Substance Use

 

Union Ballroom 314 BC 

Breakout Sessions
1:30 -
2:45 PM
Topic: Wholehearted Journey to Ethics and Compliance
Presenters: Maeve O'Neill, MEd, LPC-S, LCDC, CDWF
Presentation Description: Working in behavioral health is tough these days! Our clients are complex with co-occurring needs and our industry is complicated with standards that must be met. To best serve our clients and the organizations we work with it is critical to be ethical and compliant in meeting standards. We risk burnout, staff turnover and low morale when we don't have a roadmap to follow. This workshop will provide that roadmap and build resilience skills for self-awareness, teamwork and a healthy culture. The behavioral health workforce and workplaces are stronger with an engaged staff, empowered teams and enhanced organizational culture.
  TBD
Topic: Policy and Its Impact on the Future of the Addiction Field
Panel: Joe Powell, LCDC, CAS and Chris Poulos, E.D., Denton Life of Purpose
Presentation Description:
  TBD
Topic: Promoting Success: A Student Centered Focus Group
Panel:
Presentation Description:
  TBD
2:45 -
3:00 PM
Networking Coffee Break   Union Ballroom 314 BC 
3:00 -
4:15 PM
Closing Keynote
Speaker: Andy Finch, Ph.D.
  Union Ballroom 314 BC 
4:15 PM Exhibits Close