Thursday, August 18, 2016 | 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Topic:  Gender Matters
P01: Welcome Plenary: Relationships -- Our Key to Survival and Transformation
America is in a crisis—violence permeates every aspect of our lives.  Where do we begin to look for answers?  What is the key to our survival?  The key to our evolution, to our transformation as we continue to move further into the twenty-first century, is in relationship.  Without relationship no other structure can exist.  Our lack of knowing about, understanding, and valuing relationship is reflected in the breakdown of every structure in our society, of structures around the world.  We cannot separate our private lives from the life of the community.  It makes little sense to hope for peace on a planetary scale, unless we learn to live in peace in our relationships as individuals.  The planet, after all, is not an abstraction, but a place made up of multitudes of individuals engaged in myriad interconnecting networks of personal communications, relationships, and systems.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Acknowledge the levels of violence
  • Describe the structure of violence
  • Design a new vision
Sponsored by:  CeDAR and Dominion Diagnostics
Thursday, August 18, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
P02: Relational Freedom – From Attachment to Addiction to Recovery…No More Crazy Train!
This presentation will provide a deeper understanding how trauma, attachment wounds, and addiction play a big role in relationship challenges.  Lori Jean will provide insight and offer guidelines for identifying and recovering from relationship challenges that typically result in multiple process addiction survival patterns.  She will also talk about how to help others not fall into the “over-assessing and undertreating traps” that many wounded people find themselves in.  
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Gain an understanding of the language and behaviors behind what drives the relational actions of an addict. Learn how to teach the art of being the “Observer” so one can begin to understand their challenging behavior in relationships and have a “buy in” for change.
  • Define the process of ending an unhealthy relationship and why it is destabilizing for many.  Provide a system to teach clients how to prepare to end and then end a relationship in a healthy way.
  • Accurately and individually identify the origin of everyday relational challenges and how to create a personalized plan of change.  
Sponsored by: Dominion Diagnostics
Friday, August 19, 2016 | 8:15 am - 9:30 am
P03 – Client-Centered Collaboration & Integrated Care
The current focus on treatment of addictive and other health behaviors is integrated care and patient-centered interventions.  The challenge is to create a collaborative framework that is truly patient centered and to use an integrative perspective that can address multiple problems and client characteristics like readiness to change, self-efficacy, self-regulation capacity, and contextual influences. This presentation proposes a dynamic understanding of the process of change and recovery as a way to organize and track client progress and problems and will highlight recent efforts to integrate smoking cessation into addiction treatment.

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify critical tasks of stages of change at the center of client centered collaboration
  • Recognize how stage status differs for different goals and treatment behaviors
  • Define how self-regulation can interfere with the personal change process
  • Identify barriers to integrated care
Sponsored by: WestBridge Community Services and Dominion Diagnostics
Saturday, August 20, 2016 | 8:00 am – 9:30 am
P04: “Taking Action” – The Simple Way
Addiction is a chronic, progressive, and fatal disease that is killing our country at an alarming rate. Last December, the CDC reported that 47,000 Americans perished from drug overdoses in 2014. Since the year 2000, the rate of drug overdoses has increased 137%. There are many ways to combat the disease of addiction and Steven Herndon wants to offer his solution for those looking for hope. “Taking Action” is about finding a sponsor, working a 12-Step program and utilizing therapists and other resources to discover the real you. His personal journey is about the scared inner child that put a hole in his soul for 29 years. Once he found recovery, he found a solution to fill that hole. That solution is a spiritual experience and is only discovered by taking action.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Recognize the chronic and progressive nature of addiction.
  • Understand the systemic precursors and effects of addiction.
  • Understand and comprehend the value of “Taking Action” in order to find true serenity.
Sponsored by: Dominion Diagnostics
Saturday, August 20, 2016 | 1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
P05:  Plenary Presentation -- Big Tobacco is Back: Understanding the Marijuana Industry and its Implications
This plenary session will discuss the perils of Big Pot -- the big tobacco of our time, as Dr Kevin Sabet will argue. Dr. Sabet will go through the latest developments over the battle to legalize marijuana, and will review the latest science about the drug. Dr. Sabet’s presentation is based on his book “Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana.” In his presentation he will provide an overview of the current drug policy trends in the United States, and debunk some of the most cited myths about marijuana use, for instance: marijuana is harmless and non-addictive, and legalization will solve the government’s budgetary problem Dr. Sabet makes the claim that our greatest concern should be the inevitable rise of a second Big Tobacco industry, this time marketing marijuana to our children and youth. He will refer to the already arising problems in Colorado and Washington State as examples.  His presentation concludes with an overview of our policy options, describing a smarter, science-based approach to marijuana policy that neither legalizes marijuana nor demonizes its users. You will hear more about marijuana, and more about marijuana policy, the health effects of the drug, and the current political landscape in this presentation than you likely ever have.
Upon Completion of this session attendees will be able to:
  • Articulate the debate over legalization
  • Discuss the differences between smoked and nonsmoked marijuana
  • Review the latest health harms of marijuana according to peer reviewed research
Sponsored by: Dominion Diagnostics