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43rd Annual Northwest Institute of Addictions Studies Conference Schedule

Wednesday & Thursday, July 19-20
8 a.m.  |  Plenary
9 a.m.  |  Break
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  Session 1
12:30 -1:30 p.m.  |  Lunch
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.  |  Session 2

Friday, July 21
8 a.m.  |  Plenary
9 a.m.  |  Break
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  Closing Session

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Schedule and Presentation Information will be added as it becomes available.

Wednesday, July 19   

Plenary - 8-9 a.m.

The Biology of Loss: The Impact of Trauma on Physical, Mental and Behavioral Health, and the Path to Healing  |  Gabor Mate, MD
This presentation outlines the mental health implications of early childhood emotional loss—whether due to abuse in the family or simply of stress on the parents—on the subsequent loss of attunement with the child. Childhood developmental disorders, such as ADHD, ODD, and other mental health problems (anxiety, depression, personality disorders, etc.) can all be traced to either negative childhood experiences or the absence of sufficiently positive ones. Addiction and adult mental health issues also flow from the same source. The impact of the environment on brain development will be discussed, along with ways of recognizing and helping to heal the negative consequences of early loss. Also discussed is the impact of peer orientation, as articulated in the best selling book, Hold On To Your Kids.

Breakout Sessions - 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Diving Deeper into the Biology of Loss: The Impact of Trauma on Physical, Mental and Behavioral Health, and the Path to Healing  |  Gabor Mate, MD
Continuation of plenary session topics

Ethics, Law, and Risk Management in 21st Century Clinical Practice - Part 1/2  |  Douglas S. Querin, JD, LPC, CADC-I
This engaging and interactive workshop will offer a realistic and functional exploration of the major ethical, legal, and risk management issues facing mental healthcare professionals in today’s clinical environment. Challenging issues, including informed consent, boundaries and multiple relationships, confidentiality, and record-keeping will be discussed. The workshop will provide participants with a valuable understanding and appreciation of the ethical nuances of everyday clinical practice. Participants will receive practical suggestions about identifying and avoiding many of the ethical conflicts, legal issues and other dilemmas that frequently arise within a clinical setting.

Trauma Informed Care and Assertive Engagement - Part 1/2  |  Erin Fairchild, MSW, Kate Gigler, MSW, Tash Shatz
The first part of this session will include a screening and discussion of the film “Paper Tigers”. This documentary by KPJR Films follows six high school students over the course of a school year as a new trauma-sensitive program is implemented.
 *Please note, this film contains graphic language, violence, and descriptions of sexual violence.*

Breakout Sessions - 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Diving Deeper into the Biology of Loss: The Impact of Trauma on Physical, Mental and Behavioral Health, and the Path to Healing  |  Gabor Mate, MD
Continuation of A.M. session topics

Ethics, Law, and Risk Management in 21st Century Clinical Practice - Part 2/2  |  Douglas S. Querin, JD, LPC, CADC-I
Continuation of morning session.

Trauma Informed Care and Assertive Engagement - Part 2/2  |  Erin Fairchild, MSW, Kate Gigler, MSW, Tash Shatz
In the second part of this session, we’ll provide an overview of the impact of trauma on learning and youth participation and the critical role of providers in ‘rewiring’ students so that they can experience safety and inclusivity. We’ll also practice Assertive Engagement skills to center strengths, improve empathy, and integrate Motivational Interviewing tools.

 Thursday, July 20   

Plenary - 8-9 a.m.
Rethinking Challenging Behavior: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach
J. Stuart Ablon, PhD
Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is an evidence based intervention that integrates the latest research on brain development, trauma informed care, and effective components of change, to help people develop skills which ultimately lead to decreased problem behaviors, improved relationships, and greater accountability. CPS was developed specifically to address the needs of challenging youth, and the adults who live and work with them, for whom traditional interventions have proven ineffective. Skills developed through CPS are internalized, enduring, and generalized, helping youth become more successful not only in institutional settings, but in the community and their homes. We know that there is a percentage of the population who tends not to respond effectively to traditional behavioral interventions, which continues during their involvement with the justice system. CPS is an effective intervention to fill the gap and help anyone people develop critical skills. 
Breakout Sessions - 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Rethinking Challenging Behavior: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach
J. Stuart Ablon, PhD
Continuation of Morning Plenary

“What’s Love Got to Do With It”: Addiction, Attachment and Turning the Echoes of Childhood Trauma into the Language of Resilience - Part 1/2  |  Mike Bricker MS, CADC-II, LPC
The growing attention to the neurobiology of substance – related and addictive disorders in the past decade has brought focus to attachment theory as one lens through which to view addiction.  Unstable attachment in early childhood can lead to early onset of substance use, early initiation of sexual activity, sequential intense but unstable relationships, and romantic entanglements in early sobriety which often lead to relapse. What the DSM defines as an immutable “personality disorder” can perhaps be viewed instead as a “life posture” which is amenable to change. This empowers our patients to shift their internal dialog from “What’s wrong with me?”  to “What happened to me, and what can I do about it now?” This workshop will provide a basic understanding of attachment as one important facet of addiction and recovery, and discuss its impact on “process addictions” and emotional relapse prevention. Participants will increase their knowledge of this topic, learn new skills, and will be provided with worksheets to use in their practice.

Perception vs. Reality: Talking to our Youth About Addiction and Problem Gambling  |  Andrew Cartmill, BS, CPS
The importance of how a message is delivered should not be underestimated, especially when talking with youth. Data drives the message, but the message itself needs to be considered. Addiction and problem gambling issues are not a goal for individuals who experience them, so why do adolescents start and continue even when they experience problems? We will discuss addiction and the roles played by the adolescent brain and adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s). We will learn about gambling’s role as a risk factor along with substance use and other behavior. We will discuss the significance of being available, dependable, and reliable as a community resource for youth recovery.

Breakout Sessions - 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Rethinking Challenging Behavior: The Collaborative Problem Solving Approach
J. Stuart Ablon, PhD
Continuation of Morning Plenary and Breakout Session

“What’s Love Got to Do With It”: Addiction, Attachment and Turning the Echoes of Childhood Trauma into the Language of Resilience - Part 2/2  |  Mike Bricker MS, CADC-II, LPC
Continuation of Morning Session

Trends in Youth Substance Abuse  |  Eric Martin, MAC, CADC III, CRM, CPS
This presentation will review State, National and International epidemiology and will discuss new trends in youth substance abuse, including “Research Chemicals” (synthetic drugs of abuse), “Dabs all Day” (marijuana extracts) and the emerging threat of illicit synthetic fentanyl analogues.  Eric will draw a parallel between Southern Afghanistan and Mexico, the Taliban and the Sinaloa, the unintended consequences of “building a wall” and the propagation of illicit synthetic fentanyl analogues like acetylfentanyl.

 Friday, July 21   

Plenary - 8-9 a.m.
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Trauma, Healing and Community Restoration - Part 1/2   |  Joy DeGruy, PhD, MSW
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) is a theory that explains the etiology behind many of the adaptive survival behaviors found in African American communities in the United States. These behaviors are a result of decades of multigenerational oppression of Africans and their descendants, including both chattel slavery­—a form of slavery based on the belief that African Americans were inherently/genetically inferior to whites­—and institutionalized racism, which continues to perpetuate injury today. Participants in this training will learn the theory of PTSS, and how the structural inequalities that began at the period of enslavement continue to impact African Americans and their communities today. Attendees will examine culturally appropriate interventions for working with African American individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, including cultural ethical issues related to differing assessment intervention strategies. The roles that trauma, racial socialization, and respect can play in current issues of African American youth violence will also be discussed.
Breakout Sessions - 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: Trauma, Healing and Community Restoration - Part 2/2  |  Joy DeGruy, PhD, MSW
Continuation of Morning Session

Opioid Addiction and Youth
  |   Bradley Anderson, MD, Beth Magee, LPC, CADC I
This presentation will familiarize the audience with the neurobiology of opioid addiction, as well as the medications available for the treatment of this disease. It will also provide an overview of how opioid addiction has become an epidemic in the Northwest through such vehicles as changes in chronic pain treatment and legislation. It will also follow the impact on the adolescent population and the intersection with adolescent addiction treatment. Lastly, key learnings from Kaiser Northwest Department of Addiction Medicine’s own specialized treatment program will be shared.