Schedule subject to change.

8:00 am – Noon

Exploring the NEAR Sciences / Hope Science (4 CE hours)
Presented by: Liz Davis, BA, MiT, Schelli Slaughter, BA, and Jon Tunheim

Learn about the latest research and delve into complex issues, including how an individual’s experiences can affect brain development, gene expression, and physical and behavioral health, as well as how we can build and measure hope to prevent and mitigate trauma.

Ethics in Prevention: A Decision-Making Process for Human Services Professionals – Part I (8 total CE hours)
Presented by: Liz Wilhelm, MS

Ethics in Prevention describes the six principles in the Prevention Code of Ethics, illustrated by realistic examples designed to enhance understanding of each principle. This training also introduces a decision-making process designed to actively apply this code to a variety of ethical dilemmas.

Positive Community Norms in Practice: Preventing Addiction at the Community Level (4 CE hours)
Presented by: Derek Franklin, MA

Learn about the Positive Community Norms (PCN) intervention framework and how it applies The Science of the Positive to prevent addiction and advance individual and community health and wellbeing. Hear from practitioners using the model and science, learn from their experience, and engage in interactive discussions about practical application in your community.

1:00 – 5:00 pm

Ethics in Prevention: A Decision-Making Process for Human Services Professionals – Part II (see link above)
Presented by Liz Wilhelm, MS

New Ethical Dilemmas in the Digital Age (4 CE hours)
Presented by: James Von Busch, LPC

This session will review the current literature regarding new ethical dilemmas related to technology and the Internet, and provide guidance and recommendations for both counselors and clinical supervisors. Topics include: the use of social networking websites by clinical supervisors, counselors, and clients; emailing clients; conducting internet searches on clients and/or supervisees; and conducting client consultations online.

Recovery Advocacy Training to Support Crucial Programs and Services in Washington (4 CE hours)
Presented by: Lauren Davis, BA

This training will prepare individuals who are passionate about substance abuse, mental health conditions, and problem gambling to be effective advocates to change public policy at the state and local levels and to change public discourse by engaging with the media. People i recovery from substance addiction, mental health conditions, and/or problem gambling, impacted family members, and behavioral health professionals can all be effective advocates for programs and services in our state. Skills will include: how to tell your story in a way that’s succinct and compelling; how to structure a meeting with your legislator; ways to influence the legislative process; how to pitch a story to the media; and tips for being interviewed by the media.



Schedule subject to change.

8:00 am – Noon

Youth Mental Health First Aid – Part I (8 total CE hours)
Presented by: Connie Fisher, BS

Youth Mental Health First Aid™ (YMHFA) teaches adults how to identify and help youth who may be experiencing a mental health crisis and/or exhibiting at-risk behavior that could lead to a crisis. YMHFA is an evidence based, research proven 8-hour course that helps identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and addictions in youth ages 12-18. Pre-registration is required for this session, 35 attendees maximum.

ASAM: Criteria Changes, Integration, and Responses to Trauma – Part I (8 total CE hours)
Presented by: James Von Busch, LPC

This training will highlight the changes to the DSM 5 definition of addiction-related disorders and ASAM criteria based on latest empirical research. Revisions and updates that will impact changes to ASAM Criteria as it relates to assessment, individual service planning, course of treatment, discharge planning, as well as referral for continued services will be explored.. New information will be shared regarding terminology, guiding principles, care descriptions, and continued services when a patient is transferred or discharged. This training will also discuss the role adversity plays in patients continued substance related-related behaviors as a way of coping with interpersonal distress. Participants will have an opportunity to practice ASAM Criteria through clinical application. Pre-registration is required for this session; 35 attendees maximum.

Community Resiliency Model: Building Resilience to Trauma (4 CE hours)
Presented by: Elaine Miller-Karas, LCSW

The Community Resiliency Mode (CRM) is a wellness and prevention program that provides a biological perspective to common human reactions, which occur with stress and trauma. CRM is a set of six wellness skills that reset the natural balance of the nervous system. This workshop will share the key concepts of CRM.

1:00 – 5:00 pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid – Part II
Presented by: Connie Fisher, BS

ASAM: Criteria Changes, Integration, and Responses to Trauma – Part II (see link above)
Presented by: James Von Busch, LPC

Diversity and Inclusion – Building a Foundation for Equitable Services (4 CE hours)
Presented by: Lanessa Inman and Michelle Ryder

This workshop will explore the intercultural competency spectrum by engaging in hands-on, culturally relevant professional and personal development. Differences such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, language, abilities, and how those differences are navigated and stratified in our society, are closely linked to a range of social and health outcomes. Pre-registration is required for this session, deadline is April 5.



Schedule subject to change.


Children of the Whoop-Up Trail
Presented by: Jack Gladstone

As one of our nation’s premier Indigenous singer/songwriters, Jack Gladstone, “Montana’s Blackfeet Troubadour” shares stories that illustrate the ecological, cultural, and historical evolution of the American West.  “Children of the Whoop-Up Trail” traces the odyssey of the Blackfoot Confederacy in the wake of British, American, and Canadian expansion.  Central focus falls upon Blackfoot resistance, adaptation, and accommodation in surviving the onslaught of the Euro-American biological, economic, religious, and alcoholic imperatives. Imperatives, that when delivered, forever changed the cultural and ecological fabric of North America.


Presented by: Malika Lamont, BA, MPA

Presented by Panel: Julie Hynes, MA, CPS, Roger Fernandes, MA, and Cam Adair

Presented by Panel: Mary McHale, BA, Carrie Nyssen, BA Sc, and Miae Aramori, MPH, CDP

  • Internet Addiction and Youth

Presented by: Hilarie Cash, PhD and Ann Steel, MD, MA, LMHC


LUNCH PLENARY (1.25 CE hours)

Health Care: Reform, Integration, Change and Engagement
Presented by Panel: David Dickinson, MA, MaryAnne Lindeblad, BSN, MPH, and Cassie Undlin

Healthcare Reform in the United States has a long history of steps forward and back. Of course, one of the most sweeping changes, and still most controversial, was the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. Will it be repealed and replaced under a new Administration? Will reforming Healthcare Reform resolve our healthcare debates? What will changes mean to our state health systems, to Federal policies, and to collaborative efforts between nonprofit, private, and public health staff working to make healthcare more accessible and more affordable? What do possible changes mean for integrating physical and behavioral healthcare programs? What do they mean for quality of care?



  • LGBTQ Safe Spaces: Culture and Community Support

Presented by Panel: Erin Honseler, MS, Joshua Wallace, and Cody West

  • Screenagers Film and Discussion

Presented by Panel: Hilarie Cash, PhD, Cosette Rae, MSW, LICSW, and Cam Adair

Presented by: Hilary Soens, MPA and Sabrina Craig

Presented by: Adam Fletcher, BA and Mary Ann O’Garro, BS, BA


4 pm-5:30 pm: Reception with Youth Programs

5:30 pm-7:00 pm: Open GA, Gam-Anon, AA meetings



Schedule subject to change.


“What’s Love Got to Do With It? – Addiction, Attachment, and the 13th Step
Presented by: Michael Bricker, MS, CADC-II, LPC

Counselors are well aware of the dangers of “treatment romance” and the phenomenon of “13th-stepping” at fellowship meetings, but may not be familiar with the science to back up their cautionary advice. The growing attention to the neurobiology of substance-related and addictive disorders in the past decade has brought focus to attachment theory as one lens through which to view addiction. Unstable attachment in early childhood can lead to early onset of substance use, early initiation of sexual activity, sequential intense but unstable relationships, and romantic entanglements in early sobriety which often lead to relapse. This session will provide a basic understanding of attachment as one important facet of addiction and recovery, and discuss its impact on “process addictions” and emotional relapse prevention.



Presented by: Jim Leingang, BA, CDP, WSCGC-II, and Maureen Greeley, MS

Presented by: Chris Stearns and Taurell Reboulet, MA, LMHCA

Presented by Panel: Mandy Paradise, M.Ed, Sara Ellsworth, MA, LMHC, CDP, Sara Rigel, MPH, CHES, Leslie Van Leishout, and Teresa Wolfe, LMHC


LUNCH PLENARY (1.5 CE hours)

Finding the Healing Spirit of Story
Presented by: Roger Fernandes, MA

Stories hold knowledge and wisdom to help us address the struggles of our lives. We need all types of experiences to help us grow. How we find the wisdom and knowledge around us and within us is a personal endeavor.



  • Introduction to EMDR Therapy in Integrative Treatment

Presented by: Katy Murray, MSW, LICSW, BCD

Presented by: Ruby Takushi, PhD, David Coffey, MPP, Cheryl Wilcox, BS, and Jane Brennan

Presented by Panel: Mary Segawa, MS, Mark Cooke, JD, MSW, and Josh Brown

Presented by: Brad Galvin, MS, NCGC-I, CDP, LMHC



Schedule updated 4/11/17