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Monday, February 7
 

10:00am CST

In the Moment: Five Mindful Strategies to Reduce Relapse Risk
This presentation is based on the theory, research, and practice of various mindfulness philosophies and techniques as related to relapse prevention in an addiction counseling setting. Teaching mindfulness to clients that struggle with addiction can assist with maintaining attention in the moment and practicing being non-judgment when urges and cravings are initiated, thus, possibly reducing the desire to act on the desire to use. 


Monday February 7, 2022 10:00am - 11:15am CST

1:00pm CST

The Use of Self-Forgiveness to Reduce Self-Stigma in Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
This presentation will focus on treatment aimed at breaking the cycle of addiction by first conceptualizing it as related to self-stigma, and treatable through self-forgiveness which may help individuals stay free from addictive substances and once again see themselves as responsible, productive citizens.


Monday February 7, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST

2:30pm CST

Expressive Gestalt Therapy for Culturally-Responsive Addictions Treatment
This presentation will explore the use of Gestalt Therapy and expressive counseling modalities in culturally responsive, social justice-oriented addictions treatment. The presenters will provide a decolonized perspective on addictions before exploring the use of Gestalt Therapy with diverse populations. The presentation will emphasize the development of spontaneous creative Gestalt “experiments” in addition to pre-prepared expressive interventions that offer utility to addictions counselors.


Monday February 7, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm CST
 
Tuesday, February 8
 

10:00am CST

Gambling Addiction: Foundations, Current Trends, and Recovery
This presentation will focus on the concept of behavioral addictions. Some of the behavior addictions included in this presentation are gambling, video games, and internet addiction. The presenter will also explore treatment options and family involvement.


Tuesday February 8, 2022 10:00am - 11:15am CST

1:00pm CST

Compulsive Sexual and Love Behavior: Etiology and Culturally-Responsive Treatment for Sex Addiction
This training session will explore the evolution of the proposed diagnostic criteria for Sex Addiction as well as the history, and social and cultural context of this process addiction. Participants will consider the impact of compulsive sex and love behavior on the client/patient’s loved ones, family system, and community. Participants will also have the opportunity to practice pragmatic evidence-based culturally-responsive interventions for the treatment of SA.
 


Tuesday February 8, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST

2:30pm CST

Recognizing and Responding to Behavioral Addictions: An Exploration of Diverse Counseling Approaches
In this presentation, attendees will learn how to conceptualize behavioral addictions using a public health model, be able to recognize behavioral addictions in their clinical work, and become knowledgeable of diverse treatment considerations for several prominent behavioral addictions. The presenter will describe relevant neuroscience related to addictive behaviors, updates to diagnostic manuals, psychometrically sound assessment instruments, and 12-step programs specific to behavioral addictions. 


Tuesday February 8, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm CST
 
Wednesday, February 9
 

10:00am CST

Addiction: What Family Can and Cannot Do to Help
This presentation will arm therapists with a family-friendly explanation of what addiction is, including the physical signs of addiction, the prognosis and nature of addiction, and typical behavioral traits. The presenter will also focus on practical strategies for identifying the family’s current coping skills and establishing healthier coping skills. It is important to clearly distinguish between what a family member can do to help their addicted loved one.


Wednesday February 9, 2022 10:00am - 11:15am CST

1:00pm CST

Behavioral Couples Therapy for Substance Use Disorders: Rationale, Methods, and Implementation
This presentation will focus on (a) providing the theoretical rationale for the use of couple’s therapy for substance-abusing patients (b)describing theoretical and practical underpinnings of Behavioral couples’ therapy for substance use disorders (BCT-SUD) along with key components of this intervention, (c) reviewing eligibility criteria and contra-indications, and d) presenting a potential model for implementation. Research results of numerous studies over the past four decades have consistently revealed the effectiveness of couple and family-based approaches for drug and alcohol abuse.


Wednesday February 9, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST

2:30pm CST

The Myth of Meritocracy: Assisting and Advocating for Economically Fragile Families with Substance Use Issues in Rural Communities through Family Systems Practice
The presenters will explore issues common among economically fragile rural families and related substance use; provide suggestions for ways to better integrate and manage client needs in this population when resources are lacking, specifically incorporating technology as means of best practice in overcoming lack of access to care; as well as explore ways to partner with schools, civic organizations, and community groups to best serve client needs.
 


Wednesday February 9, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm CST
 
Thursday, February 10
 

10:00am CST

Culturally and Socially Informed Recovery Treatment for Young Adults in College
The presenters will explore the socio-political, religious, and social changes around substance use and the experiences of people in young/emerging adulthood. The presentation will also focus on the shifting ethical and legal considerations, as well as the impacts of decriminalization on diverse regions and communities.
 


Thursday February 10, 2022 10:00am - 11:15am CST

1:00pm CST

How Collegiate Recovery Programs (CRPs) Serve Students with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders
This presentation will review the complexity of today’s college students facing mental health and addiction challenges and briefly consider a few ideas and approaches that colleges and universities (and their partner organizations) can take to help meet these challenges. The presentation will conclude with important strategies and key insights on starting and maintaining a Collegiate Recovery Program with the opportunity for participants to brainstorm potential action steps based upon what they’ve learned.


Thursday February 10, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST

2:30pm CST

Understanding the Growing Threat of Synthetic Drugs: A Closer Look at Synthetic Cannibinoids and Cathinones
The presentation will explore global and national epidemiological trends of synthetic drugs. Participants will be able to recognize unique aspects of synthetic drugs including legal implications associated with these drugs, marketing strategies used to sell synthetic drugs legally, reasons for use and typical route of administration, and side effects.


Thursday February 10, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm CST
 
Friday, February 11
 

10:00am CST

Addiction, Stress, and Relational Disorder: A Neuroscience-Informed Approach
This session offers a brief introduction to neuroscience-informed counseling, with specific application to substance misuse. It describes basic considerations for incorporating neuroscience into treatment, along with a multi-dimensional model of treatment.


Friday February 11, 2022 10:00am - 11:15am CST

1:00pm CST

Building Therapeutic Relationships and Saving Lives Through the Use of Harm Reduction
The purpose of this presentation is to introduce addiction counselors and other helping professionals to the use of syringe exchange programs (SEP’s), drug checking kits, naloxone, MAT, and safe injection sites. We will explore state and federal laws and how they impact the development and implementation of these harm reduction approaches as well as the treatment outcomes seen in international settings.


Friday February 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:15pm CST

2:30pm CST

Contemporary Approaches to Grief Counseling in the Context of Substance Abuse Recovery
The process of recovery is threaded through with multiple experiences of loss. By using creative art therapy techniques including letter writing, body journaling, and guided imagery meditation, grief and loss can be processed in the recovery setting. This presentation will provide creative techniques for making a safe space to explore the difficult feelings in the recovery process


Friday February 11, 2022 2:30pm - 3:45pm CST
 
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