P01 - The Cutting Edge of Mind-Body Medicine: From Immunology to Neuroscience
Thursday, February 16, 2017
8:30 am - 10:15 am
The most important determinant of physical health is mental health. In this research-based practical presentation, participants will learn how adverse childhood experiences set the stage for chronic illness, and substance abuse later in life through epigenetic changes, neurochemistry, immune function, and brain wiring. In this session, Dr. Borysenko will examine how evidence-based psychological interventions can rewire neuro-hormonal circuitry, and help restore both physical and mental balance. Some of the interventions covered include the modification of explanatory style, stress hardiness and resilience training, narrative therapy, meditation, mindfulness techniques, and cognitive approaches. Since the quality of the provider-client relationship is key to healing, there will be a focus on how to optimize the therapeutic bond.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Describe the effect of adverse childhood experiences on physical and mental health
  • List three interventions that can rewire neural circuits
  • Explain the role of epigenetics in trauma
P02 - Mindfulness, Meditation and Buddhism: Breaking the Addiction for the Mind
Thursday, February 16, 2017
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
Buddhism is a path to freedom from suffering. Such suffering originates in the addictive quality of the mind, and our habitual tendency to grasp at pleasure and push away pain, all addictions stem from these roots. The Buddhist path offers a spiritual and psychological process of transformation that has proven to be a most effective treatment for our human addiction to thinking, and all the suffering we create with the mind. The Buddhist practice of mindfulness meditation is the most potent tool there is for recovering our original wholeness or Buddha nature. Noah will explore the practice of mindfulness meditation, philosophical framework of Buddhist practice, and tools and exercise for all will be utilized. This session will also discuss ways of breaking the addiction to the mind as outlined in the Refuge Recovery process.

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Find and place attention in a unique way using basic mindfulness practice, and an object of mediation, such as breath.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the philosophical framework of Buddhist practice.
  • Walk away with culturally relevant tools to bring mindfulness exercises into all areas of their lives.

P03 – Out of the Doghouse: Healing Relationships Affected by Digital Infidelity
Thursday, February 16, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 
Not so long ago, cheating and infidelity were mostly defined in physical terms. But what defines cheating today, in our age of webcams, online porn and adult friend finder apps? This presentation will help attendees gain insight into the meaning and experience of relationship infidelity in the digital age-for both “cheater” and spouse. Today, clinicians and hurting couples need new language and revised skillsets to get beyond past understandings of cheating to actively help such couples rebuild relationship trust. This talk provides a reset for professionals working those who are acting out their needs and desires in a digital world, while offering new views toward addressing sexual and romantic acting out, via social media and the web. With new clarity regarding what defines cheating today, we can help couples find the empathy, honesty and lasting behavior change required to grow relationship intimacy. This discussion will offer an overview of the problem along with specific empathy, relationship rebuilding skills necessary toward healing these painful situations.

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Understand three specific forms of denial that digital cheaters use to justify their online exploits.
  • Understand five specific activities that those couples experiencing digital infidelity can be taught, to help regrow and heal infidelity-broken relationships
  • Gain insight into the emotional interactions least helpful toward healing a shattered primary relationship

P04 - Ethics: Client Welfare, Therapist Responsibility: Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice
Thursday, February 16, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm  
Recent court cases highlight conflicts faced by students (in counseling, social work or academic programs focused on psychology), supervisors and psychotherapists when personal values conflict with diversity ethics requirements. Two legal cases involve student values related to client sexual orientation that were in conflict with diversity ethics codes. This workshop reviews ethical issues involved, legal outcomes and current standard of care.

Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • List three issues related to the current standard of care when therapists’ personal values conflict with ethics codes related to diversity.
  • List three ethical considerations related to conflicts between ethics codes and personal values.
  • Explain and define “conscience clause” and why it is relevant to diversity.
  • Review of ethics codes related to diversity
  • Revision of Codes of Ethics related to legal cases
  • Requirement for ethical “bracketing”
  • Appropriate referral situations: competency vs. discrimination
  • Referral and discrimination
  • Value imposition
  • Value neutrality
  • Requirement to clarify therapist values and beliefs
  • Religious beliefs and discrimination
  • Christian therapists and counseling clients in same-sex relationships
  • Practicing “empathic morality”
  • Five suggestions for graduate school programs
  • Two legal cases and outcomes
  • The “conscience clause”
Ethics Dinner:  Essential Changes to the DSM-5: Legal and Ethical Considerations
Thursday, February 16, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:15pm
Psychotherapists struggle with the role of the DSM-5 system and ethical diagnosing of clients. This workshop examines the major changes to the DSM-5 including: the non-axial system, ICD-9 and ICD-10 requirements, substitutions for Axis I through V, and the primary “lifespan” chapter arrangement. Potential harm inherent in using diagnostic inflation for reimbursement, assigning improper parity diagnoses, fraudulent insurance practices, multicultural diagnostic challenges and documented ethical controversies related to development of the DSM-5 will be discussed.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Name and explain the three major sections of the DSM-5.
  • Explain the primary reason the “bereavement exclusion” was eliminated.
  • Give three examples of insurance fraud with regard to DSM-5 diagnosing.
  • Name two reasons why it is tempting to give a “parity” diagnosis.
  • Explain what is meant by using a “cultural lens” with regard to proper diagnosis.
  •     Introduction to DSM system terminology
  •     Judging abnormality
  •     Organization of new system
  •     Sections I, II, III
  •     Chapter arrangement
  •     ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes
  •     Legal and ethical dilemmas
  •     Benefits, limitations and controversies of the DSM
  •     Using the DSM system in detail
  •     Following the “lifespan”
  •     Specific changes to DSM-5 – Selected Diagnoses
  •     Methods to diagnose
  •     Specific area of changes to DSM-5
  •     Disorders proposed in Section III
  •     Conditions for further study
  •     Optional measures

  • Selected diagnostic changes
  • Cultural additions
  • Cultural concepts of distress
  • Outline for cultural formulation
  • Cultural formulation interview
  • Legal and ethical dilemmas
P06 – Mindfulness For Clinicians And Clients: A Practical Approach to Mindfulness in Daily Life and With Our Clients
Friday, February 17, 2017
8:30 am - 10:15 am 
Within the treatment world, mindfulness is a buzz word getting attention as an effective treatment modality. Yet clinicians hesitate in practice, running out of steam or having difficulty with practical explanation and approach. Many patients struggle with focusing on the moment, as they are already working hard to avoid their current reality. Clinicians struggle to guide them away from the judgment of thoughts. This session will focus on finding mindful practice within you, not only as the clinician, but as the person living life on life’s terms.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Learn how mindfulness is effective in clinical application
  • Guide patients in setting aside preconceived notions and judgment
  • Learn practical approaches in the use of mindfulness and meditation in treatment
P07 – A Neuroplastic Approach to Treating the Personality in the Addictive Personality
Friday, February 17, 2017
10:45 am - 12:15 pm
The co-occurrence of borderline personality disorder and substance abuse disorders is well-documented and poses specific treatment challenges. While borderline personality disorder (BPD) is often conceptualized as the behavioral manifestation of early life events amenable to intensive psychotherapy rather than biological approaches, more recent research suggests that it is a disabling brain disease well as a personality disorder. By neglecting the neurobiological underpinnings, psychotherapeutic intervention is likely to be only partially successful thereby reinforcing the cycle of affective instability that often characterizes BPD. This presentation suggests that some individuals with BPD who also have specific deficits in certain brain structure and function might benefit from a neuroplastic approach to BPD and substance abuse treatment.
 Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify personality disorders that most frequently occur with addictions.
  • Describe the biological and environmental factors that contribute to the onset of a personality disorder.
  • Describe the adult manifestation of a personality disorder and how personality disorders maintain addictive behavior.
  • Define neuroplasticity and its relevance for the disease model of addiction.
  • Review traditional psychotherapeutic treatment of BPD that is augmented with a bio-behavioral neuroplastic approach.
P08 – Panel Discussion: Therapeutic Modalities in Treating Trauma and Process Addictions: A Mindful Approach
Friday, February 17, 2017
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
This panel will discuss basic and new therapeutic modalities for trauma and process addictions using mindfulness therapy. Based in ancient Buddhist psychology, mindfulness is a form of meditation and one of the fastest-growing areas of psychological research today. More recently, clinicians have been adding mindfulness practices to their repertoire of interventions. Panelists will discuss in-depth trauma, mindfulness, and therapy techniques.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Discuss mindfulness practices to use in everyday settings
  • Learn several modalities for helping treat process addictions
  • Understand the basic principles of mindfulness
P09 - Closing Keynote:  Spirituality and Recovery: How to Welcome a Higher Power in Treatment
Friday, February 17, 2017
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm    
The basic aim of recovery is to move away from dependencies on drugs, sex, alcohol, food, or gambling and toward a powerful spiritual interdependence. One basic definition of spirituality is being a positive and creative human being.  Taking care of your body, avoiding harmful behaviors and unhealthy relationships are spiritual disciplines. In this session, Rev Leo will discuss a model of treatment that helps clients of all denominations find inner wisdom from a higher power.
Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:
  • Explain cognitive and experiential information about the importance of spirituality for mental, physical and emotional wellness.
  • Use a treatment and recovery model with clinical tools for helping their clients move into recovery.
  • Understand that spirituality is an essential part of ongoing recovery.