Workshop Topics

 Featured workshop topics at this year’s conference include:

Gangs: Origin, Effect and the Future

Ronald Hampton, Major | New Jersey State Police

This presentation will traverse the evolution of gang culture into our region, the current landscape and the outlook for our region’s future. Gangs have existed in this country for nearly a century and remain well entrenched in popular culture, social media and many of our communities. Why do children, adolescents and adults seek membership in gangs? The answer is complex and encompasses a myriad of reasons, which include; the lack of education, family dysfunction, protection and peer pressure. Membership entails violence, discipline, power, indoctrination, respect and love. The casual effect of mixing the two is the criminality so often associated with gangs. Gangs will continue to exist and impact society so long as social ills endure. What can we do collectively? This interactive presentation will allow attendees the opportunity to exchange opinions on how law enforcement can better address this issue and other associated criminality.

 

Gambling: The Disordered, The Responsible and Everything in Between

Daniel J. Trolaro, MS, Assistant Executive Director | Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey

Disordered gamblers often show signs of withdraw and preoccupation, isolate themselves and even lie about where they have been or what they have been doing. This presentation will cover the warning signs, demographics, similarities and differences of Disordered Gambling to that of Substance Use Disorders. Additionally, this workshop will discuss recovery support and the importance of language and meaningful relationships in recovery, the concerns over emerging trends with respect to addiction switching,  responsible gambling and strategies to ensure it remains a form of entertainment instead of a progressive and devastating illness.

 

DEA 360 Strategy

Timothy P. McMahon, Special Agent | Drug Enforcement Administration

DEA’s 360 Strategy responds to the heroin and prescription opioid pill crisis. The 360 Strategy takes an innovative three-pronged approach to combating heroin/opioid use through:

1. Coordinated Law Enforcement actions against drug cartels and heroin traffickers in specific communities;

2. Diversion Control enforcement actions against DEA registrants operating outside the law and long-term engagement with pharmaceutical drug manufacturers, wholesalers, pharmacies and practitioners; and

3.  Community Outreach through local partnerships that empower communities to take back affected neighborhoods after enforcement actions and prevent the same problems from cropping up again.

Opioid Overdose Recovery Program – What We Know Now

Connie Greene, MA, CSW, CAS, CPS, Vice President & Eric McIntire | RWJ Barnabas Health/Institute for Prevention

After completing the first year of New Jersey’s Opioid Overdose Recovery Program, there continues to be many lessons learned. This workshop will provide participants with insight as to what worked and what didn’t, the data collected, and the expected and unexpected outcomes. Hear front-line stories of why this is working from Program Administrators, Patient Navigators and Recovery Specialists.

 

Finding Change in the Intersection of Compassion and Science

Donald J. Parker, President & CEO | Carrier Clinic

An exploration of the Science of Compassion and the Compassion of Science and how together they can change how behavioral health organizations operate and how our patients heal.

 

The Legalization of Marijuana in Colorado: The Impact

Thomas J. Gorman, Director | Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

This session will cover a number of related subjects leading to the facts about the impact of legalizing “medical” and recreational marijuana in Colorado. Subject matter will include such topics as the war on drugs: success or failure, the truth behind the drug legalization movement, normalization of marijuana and data covering the six years of commercialized “medical” marijuana and two years of recreational marijuana in Colorado. The attendees will be able to determine for themselves whether pro or anti-legalization groups were accurate in their predictions about the impact of marijuana legalization.

 

Exploring Strategies to Combat 3 D’s of Impaired Driving

Pam Shadel Fischer, Principal | Pam Fischer Consulting

When you think of impaired driving, what comes to mind? Drunk driving, right? But there are other forms of impairment – distraction and drowsiness, for example – that are putting roadway users at risk. Explore strategies for addressing these three D’s with a particular focus on drivers 17-29 years of age.

 

Health Disparity and Cultural Competency

Phil McCabe, CSW, CAS, DRCC, Health Educator | Rutgers School of Public Health – Office of Public Health Practice

Cultural competence is not just a buzz word. As prevention specialists, treatment service providers and recovery advocates, we have shifted to being more culturally diversified in our interventions. The core considerations of Knowledge, Attitude and Beliefs are central to developing cultural competency. It is important to consider the needs of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. LGBT individuals and families experience additional stress because of a lack of recognition or fear of discrimination. The issue can be compounded for racial and ethnic minorities who also are LGBT.

 

Breaking the Stigma of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Heroin/Opiate Abusers

Jeffrey A. Clayton, MC, LPC, LCADC, ACS, CCS, Regional Director of Addiction Programs | Helping Hands Behavioral Health

This presentation will clarify the function of medicated-assisted treatment, such as Suboxone, Methadone and Vivitrol for some heroin/opiate addicts. the presentation will review the organic brain chemistry associated with heroin/opiate addiction, explain why talk therapy alone is ineffective for some heroin/opiate abusers and the role of medications in the treatment process for individuals afflicted with the brain disorder associated with heroin/opiate addiction.

In an effort to break the stigma associated with medication-assisted treatment, participants will gain an understanding of the brain disorder linked to heroin/opiate addiction, how the various medications function in the brain to reduce the urges to use, the blocking effects of heroin/opiates, and diagnostic skills to encourage appropriate referrals for medication-assisted treatment. The goal of the presentation is to reduce heroin/opiate related deaths, keep heroin/opiate addicts engaged in treatment, reduce relapse and facilitate the appropriateness of medication-assisted treatment in the treatment process for some heroin/opiate users.

 

Treatment In and Out of Corrections

Frank Mazza, Director County of Hudson Reintegration Program

This workshop will examine the services needed to reduce recidivism of those most frequently in contact with clinical, healthcare, public assistance, shelter, judiciary and correctional systems.  A public health and public safety approach is most effective when community partnerships are formed and strategies are developed that will have significant benefits to disparate populations and the surrounding community.  With these broad-based community support systems, striving individuals can re-establish healthy, productive and rewarding lives and recover their dignity.

 

Adventures in Mindfulness: The Full Value of Cultivating Mindfulness in Ourselves and Our Children in a World of Distraction

John Grund, LCSW, Grund and Associates LLC

This presentation will explore and encourage the development of Mindfulness. Mindfulness is the deliberate, investigative form of awareness that can offer individuals a way to come off “automatic pilot.” This practice will assist participants in developing a more genuine and authentic connection with the self and others. We will explore the science behind these practices and stress reducing techniques that cultivate well-being and the development of a healthy mind. Through activity, lecture and discussion, participants will experience this scientifically proven and life changing practice.

 

Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE): The Impact on Treatment of SUD

 

Dr. Alberta Montano-DiFabio, Chief Clinical Officer | Seabrook House 

Trauma has become a highly discussed topic in the fields of addictions. Yet, many questions on the most effective ways to approach treatment remain problematic. The pros and cons of when, if and how to address ACE issues of trauma and substance use in the various levels of treatment are explored. Discussion will include specific challenges that clinicians face in short term, long term and outpatient SUD treatment with realistic suggestions on what can be achieved. Compassion fatigue is acknowledged as a possibility for clinicians working with ACE and the need for self care.