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Conference Agenda


Day 1: Monday, February 1

10 a.m. CST - Indigenous Perspectives related to Addiction, Treatment and Recovery

Presenter(s): Dr. Sylvia Lindinger-Sternart and Dr. Varinder Kaur

This presentation will highlight the enabling factors of drug abuse and dependence in indigenous peoples. The presenters will also identify the reinforcing factors of addiction and the role of integrating cultural traditions into professional counseling through the lens of indigenous populations. Additionally, evidence-based, culture sensitive counseling techniques will be discussed

1 p.m. CST - Pain to Paranoia: How the Immigrant Experience with Trauma Affects Substance Use Treatment

Presenter(s): Dr. Vassilia Binensztok

The presenter will highlight the various challenges faced by immigrants. Some of those challenges are trauma, isolation, acculturation difficulties, and discrimination. The presentation will focus on how trauma and immigrant experience lead to substance abuse and will identify culturally affirmative counseling to improve treatment outcomes. 

2:30 p.m. CST - The Intersection Between Trafficking and Addictions

Presenter(s): Dr. Claire Openshaw

In this session, the presenter will explore the connection between human trafficking and substance abuse. Identify how substance use makes individuals susceptible to being trafficked and discuss ways in which traffickers use substances to maintain entrapment.  The presenter will also discuss how traffickers are forced into criminality.

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Day 2: Tuesday, February 2

10 a.m. CST - Applying the Biopsychosocial Model: Individuals with Disabilities Seeking Treatment for Addiction

Presenter(s): Dr. Michele Mahr

The presenter will discuss the biopsychosocial model and how it may impact treatment for addiction among people with disabilities. This is a highly interactive session where the participants will be encouraged to discuss and reflect. The presenter will also highlight the major principles of this model as well as apply this model to a case study.

1 p.m. CST - Responding to the Unique Treatment Needs of Older Adults

Presenter(s): Kate Mahoney

Traditional substance use treatment programs are often not suitable for older adults due to their unique experiences. They have trouble fitting in with groups. The presenter will identify current trends in older adult substance use, discuss comorbid health conditions adults may experience, and some of the unique treatment needs of older adults.

2:30 p.m. CST - HIV/AIDS and Addiction in Rural Communities

Presenter(s): Grace Morgan Edwards & Dr. Mark Kilwein

This presentation will highlight the correlation between HIV/AIDS and Addiction in rural communities. It will also emphasize on the importance of addressing HIV/AIDS and Addiction treatment concurrently in the rural area. The presenter will also discuss the complexities of HIV/AIDS and addictions co morbidity in rural communities.

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Day 3: Wednesday, February 3

10 a.m. CST - Working with Male Domestic Violence Perpetrators with Co-Occurring Substance Use Concerns

Presenter(s): Dr. Andrew Plath

This session will highlighthow substance use and substance use treatment interacts with domestic violence batterer treatment. The presenter will also focus on  strategies for incorporating discussions around substance use into domestic violence perpetrator groups as well as how cultural identity and substance use history can be used to improve treatment outcome.

1 p.m. CST - Using the Social-Ecological Model to Explore the Impact of Military Life on Substance Use and Treatment

Presenter(s): Dr. Natasha Barnes & Kenya Johns

The presenters will discuss the factors leading to substance abuse in the military and reviewBronfenbrenner’s Social. The discussion will also involve effective strategies and evidence based practices for counseling military service members who have addictions.

2:30 p.m. CST - The Intersections of Addiction and Incarceration: Culturally and Politically Informed Interventions for Substance Use Recovery

Presenter(s): Dr. Kathleen Muirhead, Dr. Sarah N. Baquet, Dr. Jehan Hill & Dr. Vincent Marasco

The presenters will discuss the  cultural and political considerations of addiction recovery and mass incarceration in the United States and how it impacts professional practice. The participants will apply a case study that the broader socio/political implications and culturally responsive techniques via an experiential small group discussion.

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Day 4: Thursday, February 4

10 a.m. CST - Rural LGBTQ+ Youth’s Risk Factors and Barriers to Substance Use Treatment

Presenter(s): Benjamin Hearn

The presenter will identify the risk factors and barriers to treatment in the rural LGBTQ+  community. Additionally, the presenter LGBTQ+ affirmative concepts and techniques and recognize opportunities for advocacy within rural communities.

1 p.m. CST - Diverse Addictive Behaviors: Examining Biological, Psychological, Social and Cultural Considerations of Process Addictions

Presenter(s):  Dr. Amanda Giordano

The presenter will describe the nature of behavioral addictions from a biopsychosocial perspective. Attendees will gain foundational knowledge related to the etiology and progression of behavioral addictions, while considering both internal (biological and psychological) and external (social and cultural) contributing factors. Attendees will learn about an array of naturally-rewarding behaviors that can become addictive for a minority of individuals (e.g., gaming, social media, gambling, sex, pornography, shopping, nonsuicidal self-injury).

2:30 p.m. CST - Play Therapy with Children and Families Impacted by Addiction and Domestic Violence

Presenter(s): Dr. Alyssa M. Swan

The presentation will discuss the benefits of play therapy, three defining features of play therapy, and how it can be utilized in diverse treatment settings. Additionally, the presenter will focus on the approaches to play therapy and identify resources for therapists about the use of play therapy with children and families impacted by addiction and domestic violence.

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Day 5: Friday, February 5

10 a.m. CST - Recognizing and Addressing Microaggressions: Cultural Humility, Broaching, and Anti-Bias Strategies in Addiction Treatment Groups

Presenter(s): Dr. Janeé M Steele and Dr. Tiffany K Lee

The presenters will discuss the concept of microaggression and its potential impact on counseling outcomes in addiction treatment and recovery support. Additionally, they will discuss how to recognize microaggressions during the counseling process and how to intervene when microaggressions occur. 

1 p.m. CST - Healing the Crisis: Counselors and Communities as Solutions to the Opioid Epidemic

Presenter(s): Dr. Ariann Evans Robino

In this session, the presenter will describe contributors to the opioid crisis, policy efforts designed to mitigate its individual, communal, and institutional effects, and culturally inclusive and trauma-informed treatment approaches. Additionally, the  effects of the opioid crisis on marginalized populations, including lack of access to substance abuse treatment and disproportionate involvement in the judicial system for drug violations will be discussed.

2:30 p.m. CST - Telehealth and Substance Use Disorders in the Heartland: Considerations and Competencies

Presenter(s): Arielle Kalvelage, Stephanie Klewin, Katie Rodenkirch and Lucas DeMonte

The presenters will discuss socio political impacts of telehealth work in rural communities with substance abuse. Additionally, the presenter will discuss how to flexibly utilize video and phone calls to provide counseling for substance use disorders to clients with a wide variety of intersectional needs. Limitations to telehealth with substance use disorders will also be discussed in this session.

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