Annual Conference Workshops

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Keynote Presentation “Connecting the Dots: Trauma, Addiction, and Recovery” with Cheryl Sharp


WORKSHOP 1: Trauma 101 – An Introduction

Presented by Cheryl Sharp, MSW, ALWF, National Council for Behavioral Health Trauma-Informed Services and Suicide Prevention Efforts

It has become evident that human service professionals need to be aware of the effects of trauma. An estimated 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives. Untreated trauma can result in use of drugs and alcohol, poor physical health, and poor decision-making. This workshop will provide a basic understanding of trauma and identify specific skills to enhance the workshop participant’s ability to interact in emotionally healthy ways with people impacted by trauma.

WORKSHOP 2: Advances in Trauma Informed Care

Presented by Wayne Roffer, Psy.D., Department of Veteran’s Affairs

How can we best assist our clients in not only overcoming their trauma-related behaviors and problems, but also in crafting rewarding, meaningful lives? This workshop will provide an overview of the prevalence of trauma and PTSD. Diagnostic criteria, assessment strategies, and evidenced-based interventions will be discussed. Participants will increase their competence in working with civilian and military/veteran trauma survivors. Discussion will also include integration of technology and smartphone applications in enhancing care.

WORKSHOP 3: Current Drug Trends – A Regional Perspective

Presented by Laura Hendrick, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – Philadelphia Division

Misuse of prescription pills and cheap illegal drugs are causing disruptions within families, violations of the law, as well as overdose deaths. It is crucial that anyone who is involved in the safety and welfare of the community stay current on what is happening with regard to drug use trends. This workshop will inform participants of the latest efforts to combat the ever-evolving world of illegal drug use and abuse.

WORKSHOP 4: Co-Occurring Disorders and Trauma

Presented by David Loveland, Ph.D, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization (CCBH)

All too often, treatment of substance use disorders, mental health and trauma have been addressed separately, or sequentially. Additionally, one disorder may have been ignored to treat the other, leaving the individual lacking adequate help. This workshop will provide an overview of effective treatment techniques for engaging individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders and trauma. A case presentation will be used to highlight strategies that can be used to engage individuals with a SUD who have been exposed to traumatic experiences, or have PTSD. The workshop will focus on simple steps to enhance collaboration, as well as provide direction through behavioral activation techniques for individuals who are difficult to engage in treatment.

WORKSHOP 5: Breaking the Pattern – Trauma and the Family

Presented by Michele Pole, Ph.D., Caron Treatment Centers

Experiencing trauma, abuse or neglect can have intergenerational effects that are influenced by both genetic vulnerabilities and the environment. Recognizing the scope of symptoms exhibited by the client is important, in order to best treat and/or support those who have a history of trauma. This workshop will identify the continuum of symptoms associated with responses to a traumatic event, abuse or neglect. The goal is to help foster a compassionate approach to the clients and/or loved ones with a trauma history.

WORKSHOP 6: Healing Trauma through Mindfulness

Presented by Martha Thompson, Psy.D., Empower the Mind, LLC.

Traumatic events and their recall can produce physical, as well as psychological reactions. For many people, mindfulness practice provides refuge from the experience of traumatic recall. This workshop will offer an introduction to the use of mindfulness as an approach to helping individuals develop skills to manage the effects of trauma.


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