2018 Workshops Evolving List

2018 Workshops Descriptions

Emerging Issues with Electronic Tobacco Products
Brian King, Deputy Director for Research Translation | Centers for Disease Control 

DO you know what JUUL and IQOS are? This presentation will describe the evolving landscape of e-cigarettes and other electronic tobacco products in the United States and the impact of these products on individual and population-level health.  Highlights will include how electronic tobacco products are advertised and sold. Additionally, this workshop will outline population-based strategies that communities can implement to minimize the risks of e-cigarettes on public health, particularly for youth and young adults.  

Community Response to Human Trafficking
Tracy M. Thompson, Assistant Attorney General | NJ Division of Criminal Justice

Human and sex trafficking is a rapidly increasing issue in New Jersey. This crime preys on our most vulnerable citizens and exploits people at their lowest points. Traffickers and recruiters prey on victims of disasters, coerce those trying to “make a little extra money,” or through kidnapping or blackmail to trap people into a situation from which they cannot escape. Anyone could be in a situation to identify signs of abuse or fall victim to abuse. Our daily work within the communities expose us to opportunities to identify warning signs every day. This workshop will provide field professionals with key information to identify signs of human trafficking, and learn state and local resources available for those in need of help

The Art of Mentoring
Brandon Brown, National Trainer/Facilitator | BRB Consulting

One of the essential and crucial elements in recovery support is the ability to establish authentic, genuine, and sincere relationships. This    workshop will explore the art of mentoring and its various forms with specific focus on tools of effective engagement. Participants will learn how to engage individuals via the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets, and how this tool can be used to frame a successful mentoring relationship for peers, adolescents, and adults. 

Social Gaming to Internet Gambling
Daniel Trolaro, Assistant Executive Director | Council on Compulsive Gambling

Technology is exploding and one area that has seen rapid growth is within the world of skill-based, social and internet gaming.  The rise in  popularity of eSports and Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has resulted in an increase in gamers worldwide seeking fast-paced action, escape, and sometimes a chance to win money.  Problem gambling is associated with many individual, public health, and social problems including: depression, suicide, significant debt, bankruptcy, family conflict, domestic violence, neglect and maltreatment of children, and criminal offenses.  As with any addiction, treatment and early intervention utilizing various approaches can be very effective.  This workshop will provide an overview and analysis of gaming and gambling, the behavioral, emotional and psychological warning signs, and considerations for recovery including key principles and barriers.

Job, Career, or Calling?: The Power of Happiness and Resiliency
Alexandra Lopez, Assistant Professor | Rutgers University

This workshop will provide Addiction Professionals with an opportunity to reimagine the purpose of their career choice. Working in the         field of substance abuse disorders can be a daunting task: burnout and staff turnover are constant reminders of the number of professionals that struggle with self care. We often fail to apply what we espouse. Resilience and Happiness are just two concepts that can be of tremendous support – not just for our clients – but for us as well. Conventional wisdom holds that if we work hard we will be more successful, and if we are more successful, then we will be happy. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology have shown that this formula is actually backward: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. Participants in this workshop will have an opportunity to re-energize through discovery and self-evaluation; ultimately, providing a higher quality of care to their clients.

Treatment Options on the Path to Abstinence
Joseph Ranieri, Medical Director |  Seabrook

Understanding the benefits, risks, and alternatives regarding treatment options is the ongoing focus of field professionals. This workshop will describe the components of evaluation for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and discuss the range of treatment goals – both pharmacologic and biopsychosocial – for patients with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD). Additionally, it will identify both FDA-approved pharmacologic treatments for OUD, and non-FDA approved pharmacologic enhancements for treatment, describe different methods to treat OUD, and the process of shared decision making through a comprehensive team approach.

Drug Trends and NJ’s 360 Response
Christopher Jakim, Special Agent | Drug Enforcement Administration

The State of New Jersey continues to experience a steep increase in overdose deaths — with Opioid/Heroin-related overdose-deaths spiking higher each year. This presentation brings to light the significant impact of a comprehensive and collaborative approach to prevent statewide drug related overdose deaths.  Our approach is based on data driven outcomes and the efforts of multidisciplinary groups known as Overdose Fatality Review Teams (OFRTs). The experiences and information emerging from this comprehensive approach will help all counties within New Jersey, as well as other states, struggling with the same challenges.  This presentation will positively impact the knowledge, attitude and skill-sets of working collaboratively within the Public Health and Public Safety sectors.

Pharmacogenetics and MAT: Engaging those with Co-Occurring Disorders
Patricia Allen, Executive Director | Summit Behavioral Health

Successful addiction treatment must be multidisciplinary and encompass both mental health and substance use disorders. Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and pharmacogenetics testing are essential tools to support engagement and recovery. Research indicates that more than 65% of those with a substance use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. This workshop will explore how interprofessional teams provide the landscape for optimizing engagement from the onset of treatment, and highlight how optimizing treatment and subsequent abstinence is strongly connected to engagement.

Opioid Disorder Treatment for Pregnant Women
Deena Cohen, Project Director Perinatal Opioid Addictions | Central Jersey Family Health Consortium 

It is essential for pregnant women to receive specialized treatment in regards to withdrawal and treatment. This workshop will focus on the specific needs of perinatal women regarding opioid use and treatment, specifically addressing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS), and the FDA-approved Medication Assisted Treatment. Participants will learn about resources available for the professional treatment community regarding babies exposed to opioids in utero or born to opioid dependent women, and receive access to opioid toolkits for SBIRT and other best practices. 

The Path to Peer Professionalism: The Role of Peer Workers in a Medicaid Reimbursed Continuum of Care
Michael Santillo, Executive Director of Operations | John Brooks Recovery Center

With the expansion of peer driven recovery support services throughout New Jersey over the past decade, the peer workforce has expanded exponentially. With Medicaid reimbursement on the horizon for these services, an even greater expansion of this emerging workforce is expected. This workshop will explore the role of peer workers in an ever-changing and expanding Medicaid reimbursed continuum of care. Participants will examine the pros and cons of transitioning a traditionally grassroots and unregulated “movement” into an emerging profession with formalized regulations and oversight. The workshop will define the role of peer workers, core competencies for peer workers, and the peer worker’s scope of practice. Additionally, it will address confusion around current terms used to identify peer workers, different training curriculums, certifications, and credentialing.  Participants will also explore potential Medicaid requirements related to care coordination, supervision, and reimbursement of peer delivered services. Lastly, the workshop will emphasize the importance of maintaining the autonomy and integrity of peer delivered services, while integrating these services into an existing treatment continuum of care. 

Lessons Learned from Marijuana Legalization
Luke Niforatos, Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor | Smart Approaches to Marijuana
Mervyn Jones, Director, State and Local Government Affairs | Smart Approaches to Marijuana

The impact of marijuana legalization is on the mind of so many New Jersey citizens. During this workshop, presenters will share first-hand insight and experiences from Colorado on the effects of commercialization in a state supporting legalized marijuana. This workshop will provide information about lessons learned from marijuana legalization, the impact on the safety of our public streets and highways; and how this has left law enforcement and courts with few tools to protect innocent lives.  Mervyn Jones will discuss how New Jersey can learn from other states that have seen the negative public health impact of marijuana legalization and discuss some positive policy discussions happening in New Jersey that could help us avoid becoming victims of the commercialization and normalization of marijuana.

Coalition Strategies Across the Continuum of Care
Dorothy Chaney | CADCA

Drug overdose deaths are at epidemic levels in the United States. As communities work to combat this complex issue, coalitions are often expected to lead the way. This issue can take coalitions into areas beyond prevention, to look at harm reduction, overdose prevention and more.  This workshop will examine the Opioid Continuum of Care, and the unique root causes at the each stage of the continuum.  Participants will learn how coalitions use proven effective prevention strategies to equip communities to develop comprehensive action plans at each stage of the continuum of care.

A Minute in Their Virtual World
Nicki Francis, Coordinator of Program and Professional Development | Wellspring Center for Prevention

Social networking plays a vital role in broadening social connections and learning technical skills but its risks to youth cannot be overlooked. The lack or difficulty in self-regulation and susceptibility to peer pressure makes adolescents vulnerable to realistic threats such as depression, perfectionism, sexting, and cyberbullying. This workshop will take a deeper look into internet safety, social media, and the instant effects it has on youth today.  Nicki will provide the audience an insight into social media and the adolescent world, with a special focus on the dangers faced by youth, popular sites, shared language, and how social media shapes feelings and thoughts of youth living in the virtual world.

The Great U.S. Cannabis Experiment
Dr. Marilyn Huestis, Senior Scientific Advisor | NMS Labs Inc., Willow Grove, PA

The cannabis experiment has begun and the effects on driving is the number one short-term consequence. The increased use of cannabis following legalization in eight states and approval of medical cannabis in 28 states, has significant short- and long-term consequences for the public. The most severe short-term consequence is increased motor vehicle crash injuries and deaths. Unlike alcohol, the interpretation of blood cannabinoid data is complicated by chronic frequent cannabis intake. This problem affirms the important role of the Drug Recognition Expert’s (DRE) impairment evaluation and markers of recent cannabis intake. This workshop will share results of the first study of an illicit drug in the world’s most advanced driving simulator with and without alcohol, the rate that THC decreases in blood after intake, and the relationship between blood THC concentration and DRE evaluations will be presented.