[DIV28SUPER] Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction 2015 - Pre-Conference Workshops Open for Registration!


2015 Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction

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Pre-Conference Workshops                    March 6, 2015 8am-12pm

Workshop#1 A Community Support Group Intervention for Substance Users
Presented by Michael Kidorf, PhD,
clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  His work includes the development and evaluation of the Community Support Group Intervention, a clinical strategy designed specifically to activate and expand drug-free social support and reduce drug use.  The Community Support Group Intervention (CSI) is a practical and structured approach for helping substance users activate drug-free social support and expand their recovery-oriented social network.  

 Workshop participants will learn how to: 

§  Identify and activate drug-free people in existing social networks

§  Incorporate CSI within most community-based treatment settings, structure weekly group sessions and assign recovery activities

§  Establish a therapeutic milieu that supports the intervention, identify and successfully manage common problems

Workshop #2 Manualized Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group for Diverse Addictive Behaviors

Presented by Bruce Liese, PhD, Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Courtesy Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas.  His work focuses primarily on the development of psychological interventions for treating addictive behaviors and diverse psychological problems.  He has been Director of CBT training for a large multi-center NIDA-funded addictions study and, over time, has supervised hundreds of CB therapists.  This highly interactive workshop presents a manualized cognitive-behavioral therapy addictions group for diverse addictive behaviors, including drug and alcohol misuse, gambling and shopping, binge eating, and pathological Internet use. 
Workshop participants will learn how to: 

§  Explain diverse addictive behaviors (e.g., drug and alcohol misuse, binge eating, problem gambling, Internet addiction) according to a cognitive-behavioral perspective.

§  Describe the structure and essential components of a CBTAG session, including facilitative conditions (e.g., group cohesion) that enhance the effectiveness of the group.

§  Design and implement a CBTAG in their own agency, organization, or community, serving a group of people with diverse addictive behaviors.

Workshop #3 Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Treat Addictive Behaviors     

Presented by Arthur Sandt, PhD, James Finkelstein, PhD, Michele Crisafulli, MA, and Taylor Berens-Crouch, MA.  This workshop will provide an introduction to ACT and its application to addictive behaviors. Theoretical underpinnings, research support, and linkages to other treatment approaches for addictive behaviors will be reviewed. Learning through direct experience will be emphasized through experiential exercises, case examples, demonstrations, and role-plays throughout the workshop.
Workshop participants will learn how to: 

§  Describe the six core processes targeted by ACT and their relevance to individuals with addictive behaviors.

§  Explain similarities and differences between ACT and other empirically-supported approaches to treatment for addictive behaviors (e.g., cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, 12-step).

§  Identify how to individually tailor and implement experiential techniques for addictive behaviors in their own clinical work.


Workshop Cost:        $75 for Workshops #1, #2, or #3 with conference registration

$115 for Workshops #1, #2, or #3 without conference registration


Workshop #4  Free Workshop for Students and Early Career Psychologists -  Post-Bac to Post-Doc: Navigating Graduate School and Beyond

Presented by Sara Jo Nixon, PhD; Jalie Tucker, PhD; Stephen Maisto, PhD; Matthew R. Pearson, PhD; Mark Celio, PhD; David Eddie, MS; and Megan Kirouac, MS.  The goal of this workshop is to provide attendees with valuable advice and guidance about preparing for, and applying to these positions. The seminar will be led by individuals with a track record of success in these areas who will share their personal stories, as well as tips for preparing for and attaining such positions. Following a semi-structured presentation, this workshop will offer separate breakout sessions, with each addressing one of these important career milestones. The panel consists of rising stars in the field of addiction psychology, as well as three senior clinical psychologists with independent research programs who also hold senior academic positions at major research universities. Workshop participants will learn how to: 

§  Identify opportunities and challenges in building a career as an addiction psychologist.

§  Learn how to make, identify, and secure the best CV building opportunities for advancing a   career in addiction psychology.

§  Describe key elements of success in transition from undergraduate to graduate school,   graduate school to internship and/or post doc, and post-doc to early career positions.



Please register at http://research.alcoholstudies.rutgers.edu/cpa/reg




Katie Witkiewitz, PhD, Chair


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