August 12, 2015 - August 14, 2015
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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August 5, 2015 (11:59 PM) EST

Addiction Studies Institute 2015

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Join our Center at the "Addiction Studies Institute." We will be presenting the following workshops:

B4: Motivating Behavior Change In Others: The Influence of Our Values and Perceptions

  • Session #: B4
  • Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015
  • Time: 10:15 am - 12:30 pm
  • Presenter:  Deana Leber-George, MEd, LPCC-S (get bio)
  • Abstract:  We will introduce participants to the philosophical roots and essential constructs of motivating behavior change. Participants will engage in reflective exercises and dialogue designed to assist them in uncovering personal and professional expectations that influence how they relate to others. Common traps will be identified that create barriers to motivating change. We will discuss client-centered approaches and strategies for responding to resistance in clinical settings for individuals with behavioral health conditions, including mental health and/or substance use disorders.

C1: Managing Medications For The Treatment Of Mental & Substance Use Disorders

  • Session #: C1
  • Date: Thursday, August 13, 2015
  • Time: 1:45 to 5 pm
  • Presenter:  Christina M. Delos Reyes (get bio)
Abstract:  This session will update participants on the most recently approved medications being used to treat severe mental illness and substance use disorders. There will be an emphasis placed on interactions between medications and substances of abuse. Additionally there will be a discussion of strategies to increase medication adherence and to decrease substance use in patients with dual disorders.

D3: Co-Occurring Treatment with People Involved in The Criminal Justice System

  • Date: Friday, August 14, 2015
  • Time: 10:15 am to 12:30 pm
  • Session #:  D3
  • Presenter:  Scott Gerhard, MA, LSW (get bio)
Abstract:  The desire for changing behavior and motivating genuine behavior change with involuntary (court ordered) clients continues to challenge practitioners. Ohio SAMI programs have routinely worked with court-involved clients in helping them lead productive lives through a recovery process using integrated-treatment principles. This session will provide an overview of important issues for consideration and highlight the lessons learned within a program providing Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT) services, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams, and in residential treatment settings with this vulnerable client population.

D6: Tobacco Cessation: What Can You Do? 

  • Date: Friday, August 14, 2015
  • Time: 10:15 am to 12:30 pm
  • Session #: D6
  • Presenter: Debra Hrouda, PhD, MSSA, LISW-S (get bio)
Abstract:  A holistic approach to care must include attention to tobacco use. This training is intended to heighten the awareness of behavioral health staff regarding the tobacco cessation needs of individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Participants will learn practical interventions they can do regardless of how ready the person is to quit. Additionally, key aspects of successful intervention for tobacco use and nicotine dependence that can be incorporated into existing program services will be addressed. An emphasis is placed on effective strategies and considerations for consumers served in behavioral health treatment and consumer operated services settings.


The Addiction Studies Institute is the largest Midwest conference of its kind providing an array of dynamic educational choices for the chemical dependency counselor, social worker, prevention specialist, criminal justice professional, clergy, physician, marriage and family therapist, nurse, and other healthcare specialists.

In addition to general sessions, participants can select from more than 60 concurrent sessions. These sessions range from entry-level to advanced in scope.



The "Addiction Studies Institute" provides an array of dynamic educational choices for a variety of healthcare and behavioral healthcare professionals. Among those who attend include the following:
  • Chemical-dependency counselors
  • Prevention specialists
  • Social workers
  • Marriage and family therapists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Criminal-justice professionals
  • Clergy


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