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PREVENTION

TREATMENT

RECOVERY

DAY 1 WORKSHOPS

Thursday, May 16 | 2PM-4PM

Day1

Day 1 Workshops will be held in the afternoon only on Thursday, May 16 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM. Each workshop session will only be held once on Day 1 prior to the Conference Reception (4:00PM-6:00PM). 

Day 1 - Workshop | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | 

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Motivational Interviewing in Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

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William Miller
Day 2 Keynote Speaker
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of New Mexico

In this two-hour workshop, Dr. William R. Miller, who first created motivational interviewing in 1983, provides an experiential introduction to this clinical method.  He will describe and demonstrate key components of motivational interviewing and offer practice exercises to illustrate both provider and recipient experiences of this evidence-based method of facilitating conversations about change. 

Day 1 - Workshop | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | 

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We All Have a Story: How Mental Health is a Topic for “5 out of 5” 

Eric Kussin
Founder/CEO, #SameHere Global

Through his lived experience and penchant for storytelling, Eric builds camaraderie and connection during his workshops to normalize mental health struggles and promote wellness. Eric uses engaging visual aids to demonstrate how mental health is often erroneously addressed in today’s culture through media and commercial advertisements, showing what we must overcome to understand how mental health affects everyone. Further, this session will discuss the current state of mental health and the common feelings of loneliness, separation, and even division when it comes to our personal struggles. This session will lay the foundation to refocus and dive deeper into these topics through a more collaborative lens in a setting where everyone can feel comfortable, supported by each other, and part of one big team.  

Day 1 - Workshop | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | 

Ethically Navigating Treatment Services & Recovery Supports 

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Tony Polizzi
Trainer, New Jersey Prevention Network

This workshop will provide an opportunity for sharing, reflecting, and discussing the recent report by the State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation detailing fraud and ethical misconduct in the addiction rehabilitation industry. Key findings of the report will be highlighted and discussed. Participants will also be educated on maintaining ethical principles while navigating clients through the continuum of care.   

Day 1 - Workshop | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | 

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Cannabis Prevention in Schools

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David Nash
Director of Legal Education and National Outreach, Foundation for Educational Administration

This workshop will guide schools in creating a comprehensive and supportive response in the wake of cannabis legalization; shape their policies surrounding student possession and/or use of marijuana products; determine proper notification to parents and/or law enforcement; review the revised MOA between schools and law enforcement; and cultivate a practice of supportive responses to ensure youth receive the education and support they need.

Day 1 - Workshop | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | 

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Pass the Mic: Amplifying Youth Voices 

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Kira Chontow
LMTI Assistant Supervisor, Partners in Prevention

This workshop will guide schools in creating a comprehensive and supportive response in the wake of cannabis legalization; shape their policies surrounding student possession and/or use of marijuana products; determine proper notification to parents and/or law enforcement; review the revised MOA between schools and law enforcement; and cultivate a practice of supportive responses to ensure youth receive the education and support they need.

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Rachel Taylor
LMTI Supervisor,
Partners in Prevention

Day 1 - Workshop | 2:00pm - 4:00pm | 

Justice through Collaboration: A Comprehensive Guide for Alcohol and Drug Clinicians in the Criminal Justice Process 

This workshop offers attendees a comprehensive overview of the intersection between the criminal justice system and substance use treatment. Key highlights include: understanding the criminal justice process, gaining an understanding of the pivotal role clinicians and providers play in influencing the trajectory of justice for those struggling with substance use disorder, learning essential tools to navigate legal procedures effectively, including understanding subpoenas, privileges, client confidentiality within a legal context, and a review of diversionary programs such as recovery court.

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David Bruno
Partner, Bianchi Law Group

Robert A. Bianchi
Partner, Bianchi Law Group

DAY 2 WORKSHOPS

Friday, May 17 | 

AM Sessions: 10:30AM-11:45AM
PM Sessions: 2:30PM-3:45PM

Day 2 Workhops

Day 2 Workshops will be held in both the morning and afternoon on Friday, May 17. AM Sessions will take place from 10:30AM - 11:45AM and PM Sessions will be 2:30PM - 3:45PM. 

Day 2 - Keynote | 9:10am - 10:00am | 

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Motivational Interviewing in Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

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William Miller
Day 2 Keynote Speaker
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of New Mexico

In this keynote presentation, Dr. William R. Miller, who first created motivational interviewing in 1983, provides a brief introduction to this clinical method.  He will describe and demonstrate key components of motivational interviewing and offer practice exercises to illustrate both provider and recipient experiences of this evidence-based method of facilitating conversations about change. 

Day 2 - Plenary | 1:00pm - 2:15pm | 

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The Neuroscience of Addiction and Prevention 

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Ruben Baler
Day 2 Plenary Speaker
Health Scientist, National Institutes of Health

The growing gap between biological and environmental evolution presents a unique opportunity for exploring the human brain, its strengths, and vulnerabilities in an interactive and stimulating way. To really understand substance use disorders (and begin to increase resiliency) we must first understand the brain, especially the evolutionary constraints that have shaped its fundamental structures and functions. This presentation builds on the growing neuroscientific understanding of human behavior to explain the intrinsic vulnerabilities that emerge from the interaction between biological, developmental, and environmental factors and the impact that drugs (and other toxic influences) can have on brain circuitry and behavior. 

Day 2 - Plenary | 1:00pm - 2:15pm | 

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"Big Vape:” An Investigative Report 

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Jamie Ducharme
Day 2 Plenary Speaker
Health Correspondent, TIME Magazine

This workshop will take attendees behind the scenes of the investigative journalism of Jamie Ducharme reporting for Big Vape: The Incendiary Rise of Juul, now streaming on Netflix. This session will dive deep into the scientific literature to assess Juul’s true potential public-health impact. Jamie will share how she was able to ascertain the inside story of Juul from former employees, advisers, and investors; as well as numerous lawmakers, scientists, researchers, harm-reduction advocates, and anti-vaping activists who had crossed paths with Juul. This session will also discuss the shift in public perception of vaping from when Jamie began her reporting for her book to when the Netflix series was released. Finally, Jamie will provide insights and impressions of Juul Labs and the vaping industry she has developed over her years of coverage.  

Day 2 - Workshop | AM & PM Sessions | 

Addressing the National & State Drug Landscape 

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Jennifer Austin
Field Intelligence Manager, Drug Enforcement Agency

This workshop will explore the most recently available reporting from law enforcement, intelligence, and public health agencies and identify the current trends related to the drug environment and impacted populations. Attendees will receive an overview of the most pressing drug threats facing the Nation and New Jersey to address the overdose epidemic, inform counterdrug policies, establish priorities, and allocate resources to drive community-led prevention and intervention strategies. 

Jennifer Austin, MA will share the most recently available National reporting from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and NJ State Police Detective Sergeant Bardunias will present the status of the overdose epidemic in New Jersey and share Drug Monitoring Initiative data, the New Jersey State Police collects and analyzes near real-time from many different sources to develop a comprehensive understanding of the drug environment. 

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John Bardunias
Detective Sergeant, NJ State Police

Day 2 - Workshop | AM & PM Sessions | 

Ethical Considerations When Supervising Peers

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Janine Fabrizio
Field Intelligence Manager, Drug Enforcement Agency

Ethical considerations are ingrained in our human nature and thus ever-present. Supervising peer recovery support specialists entails fostering a collaborative learning atmosphere among peers, mentors, and professionals, including those holding clinical licenses. Although overseeing individuals may pose distinct challenges, it also offers advantages to peer recovery support specialists, those in need of support, and the wider system of care. 

  

During this workshop, we will explore ethical challenges, dilemmas, and considerations that could arise when supervising peer recovery support specialists. Within the hour, we will offer guidance, practical techniques, and valuable suggestions rooted in best practices and evidence-based research. 

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Tim Ryan
Peer Recovery Workforce Development Trainer, New Jersey Prevention Network

Day 2 - Workshop | AM & PM Sessions | 

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Patient Journey Map: Listening to the Voices of Patients in Recovery  

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Jessica Hulsey
Executive Director and Founder, Addiction Policy Forum

The Patient Journey Map was created through direct input from 60 individuals who are in recovery from a substance use disorder. This presentation covers seven phases individuals go through to find recovery: onset and progression, trigger events, getting help, care begins, treatment and recovery, lifestyle changes, and ongoing support. While every journey through treatment and recovery is unique, the patient journey map highlights common elements, bright spots, and pain points in accessing care and finding and maintaining long-term recovery. These can be used to guide attendees in improving care, moving away from the siloed approach of care to collaboration within the field, and seeing how their voice matters. It will also review the key findings pulled from the research and how they can be implemented in the field.  

Day 2 - Workshop | AM & PM Sessions | 

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Intersection of Older Adults and SUD: A Case Study  

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James Johnson
Secretary, NAADAC

Nearly one million adults aged 65 and older live with a substance use disorder (SUD). A growing body of literature underscores the challenges of treating older adults with SUDs. Older adults typically present with unique counseling and prevention needs, SUD symptoms, and co-occurring psychiatric and medical conditions. They also typically present unique withdrawal management, recovery support, and healthcare insurance coverage needs. This presentation will focus on the practice standards for older adults while providing an interactive discussion housed in a series of case study examples.  

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Mita Johnson
Immediate Past President and Secretary, NAADAC

Day 2 - Workshop | AM & PM Sessions | 

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Up and Downstream Approaches to Prevention, Treatment, Recovery, and Harm Reduction.  

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Alexis LaPietra
System Director, Addiction Medicine Emergency Service Line, RWJBarnabas Health

This workshop will outline a whole-person, patient-centered approach to substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and recovery by integrating comprehensive peer recovery services with emergency department protocols. The presenters will explore the role of the emergency department as an entry point for patients needing SUD treatment and advocate for enhanced community collaboration. The presentation will apply an upstream/downstream public health approach to substance use prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction in healthcare settings. Additionally, the integration of harm reduction principles into all facets of SUD care will be discussed. Presenters will also delve into the resources crucial to mitigate the impacts of SUD and discuss how hospital systems can best meet patients where they are by applying a top-down approach to SUD care by integrating a full continuum of prevention, treatment, recovery, and harm reduction strategies such as evidence-based medical care, emergency services, peer recovery specialists, social care resources, and community networks.  

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Michael Litterer
Vice President, Institute for Prevention and Recovery, RWJBarnabas Health

Day 2 - Workshop | AM & PM Sessions | 

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Cultural Humility is the First Step 

This interactive session will share how cultural humility can be an approach to develop and adapt prevention strategies that are both culturally appropriate and improve community health systems to address risk factors that have historically disenfranchised marginalized groups. Participants will work in groups to brainstorm equitable action steps that will inform their interventions and partnerships. 

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Colber Prosper
CEO and Senior Consultant, Prosper & Partners International Consulting Firm

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