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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

7:00 am - 2:00 pm

8:00 - 10:00 am

Breakout Sessions

43. Making a Case for Clinical Supervision: Ethics & Outcomes

Amanda Richards, Metropolitan State University and Amanda Richards Consulting; Cindy Meyer, Northern Cities Therapy; Sally Guiller, BBHT

There is so much more to clinical supervision than signing off on progress notes and treatment plans. While clinical supervision is an opportunity for a seasoned counselor to guide and mentor less experienced counselors in ethics, legal requirements, and treatment planning. Clinical supervision can also improve retention of clients AND staff while having a positive impact on employee morale and clinical outcomes. The first half of this presentation will primarily focus on the ethics of clinical supervision, the second part will examine common factors and involve participants in developing justification for ongoing clinical supervision.

Core Function: Clinical Supervision

Amanda is Community Faculty in the graduate Co-occurring Disorders Recovery Counseling program at Metropolitan State University and is a consultant and clinical supervisor for individuals and programs providing mental health and substance use disorder counseling throughout Minnesota.

Cindy currently works with individuals, couples, families and leads therapy groups in a private practice setting. In addition, to working with clients Cindy is a Board Approved Supervisor and meets with therapists pursing their LMFT, LADC, LPC and LPCC throughout the community.

Sally Guillet, MA, LP is a Minnesota BBHT approved supervisor for LADC and LPCC. She is the current supervisor of LPCC candidates and has been a Community Faculty at Metropolitan State University teaching in the Alcohol and Drug Counseling Program. She has served on the Board of Wayside House and directed an addiction counselor training program in Ireland.

44. Increase Your Client’s Recovery Success

Ellie Peterson, Power of Positive Workouts

Whatever your client's addiction, they need easy to implement behaviors that help them release negative emotions and stress. A 2016 University of Minnesota Occupational Therapy Department feasibility research study concluded that meditative movements may be effective in reducing anxiety, depression, and fatigue while improving functional and emotional well-being.

Core Function: Client Education, Treatment Planning

Ellie Peterson is the creator of the Meditative Movements™ technique and author of the Meditative Movements book published in 2008. She studied fitness and psychology at the University of St. Catherine where she graduated in 1992 with a Business Administration degree. She has 30+ years teaching experience as a group fitness instructor and was a corporate trainer with companies like Balancing Life Issues and other fortune 1000 companies. As a Florida snowbird, Ellie currently is a part-time trainer at Florida Gulf Coast University. As a professional speaker in the Health & Wellness Industry, she has presented at the Prairie Care Educational Series, Health Counseling Services, and Minnesota Association Children Mental Health Conference. Ellie has been featured on the WCCO | CBS morning and KARE 11 television shows. She is also the author of Ellie's Meditative Yoga eBook and the creator of Power of Positive Aerobics DVD.

45. Finding Effective Methods of Enhancing Motivation for Change

Larry Silverness, Amethyst Consulting Services, Inc.

In working with clients today, addiction counselors are constantly trying to find ways, new or old, of developing the motivation our clients need to be successful at changing addictive behavior. Everything from lethargy, lack of education, unhelpful attitudes, misplaced common knowledge and learned failure are standing in the way of a worthwhile outcome. This presentation and discussion will focus on what is working with clients and how we can best implement these old and new techniques in our programs. My background before entering the addiction field was in the motivation/incentive industry, developing systems and programs that would motivate people to reach their (corporate) goals. Although we don’t use these types of extrinsic rewards in addiction counseling, we do need to consider using every intrinsic and extrinsic motivation tool/idea at our disposal. The goal for this seminar is to organize in our minds the motivational tools and ideas that are available to us and explore what is really working with our clients.

Core Function: Counseling, Client Education

Larry Silverness, LADC is the founder of Traveling Together Inc. and the program designer of Cruise Architects with over 30 years’ experience in the Incentive Travel Industry. Changing career direction, he has been working at Amethyst Counseling Services, Inc. on a new challenge as an Addiction Counselor.

46. Social Skills Training for Substance Use Disorders

Tanya Line, University of Minnesota - MNCAMH

Social skills are often challenge areas for people in recovery and, as counselors, we often feel under-equipped to assist our clients as they work to improve this critical component of recovery. Social Skills Training is a strategy often used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for mental illness and is a powerful tool for the clinical toolbox in supporting behavioral change. In this workshop we translate this strategy for use in the treatment substance use disorders. CBT strategies like Social Skills Training can help people in recovery build skills to support change and use those skills outside of the counseling sessions. Whether used for building relationships or refusing offers to use, the step-by-step process of skills training gives counselor and client a way to improve social skills and build a social network that enhances recovery. Join in our discussion about the evidence supporting Social Skills Training and culturally appropriate adaptations, then try out your skills in our mini-workshop.

Core Function: Treatment Planning

Tanya Line has led workshops and presented research at international, national, and regional conferences. She is currently developing and conducting skills-based workshops throughout Minnesota, has been training practitioners in Illness Management and Recovery nationwide; as well as providing expert consultation services in her role as clinical trainer. Her research involves comorbidity of severe mental health disorders and the development and implementation of individualized and integrative interventions. Tanya holds a Master’s Degree in Integrated Behavioral Health with a Minor in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Integrated Behavioral Health and earned concurrent certificates in Addiction Studies and Applied Business. She is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a clinical trainer, and research associate at the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health, a center of excellence bridging the gap between research and practice.

47. Overdose Prevention and Naloxone Training

Randy Anderson, Steve Rummler Hope Foundation; Lexi Reed-Holtum, Steve Rummler Hope Foundation

This session will address the following:

  • Heighten awareness to the dilemma of chronic pain leading to opioid addiction
  • What is Steve's Law, the "911 Good Samaritan Law"?
  • What is Naloxone? Naloxone Questions & Answers
  • How to administer the life saving medication Naloxone when witnessing an overdose

Core Function: Crisis Intervention

Randy is a person in long term recovery and what that means to him is that he hasn’t had to use drugs, alcohol, or any mood-altering substance since January 9, 2005. After receiving the life-saving gifts of treatment and recovery, Randy completed his A.S. degree in addiction counseling at Minneapolis Community & Technical College in 2015 and now works as a full-time counselor for RS EDEN/Eden House Recovery Services – the very same treatment facility where he was once a client. Randy is a Board of Directors member for the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation, the organization responsible for passing Steve’s Law in 2014. For the foundation he has several duties, most importantly is overdose prevention, which includes training law enforcement, non-EMS, the public and anyone who wants to carry and know how to administer Naloxone, the medication to reverse an opioid overdose. A passionate advocate for recovery and reform, Randy also serves as a member of the MN Second Chance Coalition Steering Committee. There he was given the opportunity to testify during the 2015/2016 legislative session in front of several legislative committees during the drug sentencing reform hearings. Because of his testimony - and that of others - MN had the most significant change in drug sentencing in nearly three decades. He is grateful to know because of those sentencing guideline changes, approximately 700 less people will be incarcerated yearly because they have the disease of addiction. Randy is currently pursuing his B.A. degree in human services at Bethel University and lives with his wife, dog, and cat in Golden Valley, MN.

Lexi Reed Holtum, Executive Director of the Steve Rummler Hope Foundation, has been with the foundation since it's inception. Lexi was instrumental in the passage of Steve's Law and the 2015 appropriation enabling first responders to have the resources they need to implement the law. Creator of the foundations Overdose Prevention Program. In addition to the contributions she makes in the state of Minnesota she is also a sought out speaker and advocate federally.

48. Creating a Great, Evidence-Based Lecture

Saul Selby, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge; Ben Stapp, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

Lectures are a vital part of most treatment programs, yet many staff have little training on what makes a lecture memorable and impactful. This presentation will explore evidence based practices in public speaking. It will help participants identify skills and techniques that will enhance their ability to develop and present a quality presentation.

Core Function: Client Education

Saul is the Vice President of Clinical services at MNTC. He is an author and a national trainer with 35 years experience in presenting lectures to clients in treatment programs. He also has trained thousands of licensed professionals in the area of addiction and mental health. Saul is the creator of Slick, "The Voice of Addiction".

Ben Stapp MA is a licensed teacher with a Masters in Instruction from St Mary's. He is over 15 years experience in teaching, and public speaking. He is currently employed as a Program Coordinator at MNTC.

63. Breaking through Stigma and Shame: A MOFAS Birth Mother Panel

Tiffany Morgan, Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The MOFAS Birth Mother Panel is a group of women who share their stories of the ins and outs of raising children with an FASD, as well as, their journeys to sobriety so other women know they are not alone.  They help educate not only on the dangers of prenatal alcohol exposure, but also on what resources and support are available for other families affected by FASD.

Core Function: Client Education

Tiffany Morgan is the Chemical Health Coordinator for MOFAS where she coordinates the Birth Mothers Network with the goal of empowering other women to shed the shame and stigma.  FASD is not only a professional interest of Tiffany's but it's also personal, as she is a mother raising a daughter with an FASD.


10:00 - 10:30 am
Break & Exhibit Hall Viewing 

10:30 - 11:30 am

Keynote: Matters Of Gender: Masculinity, Treatment, & Recovery

Mic Hunter

Mic Hunter

“Trauma informed treatment” has gotten much needed attention recently. But often when people think of trauma they think primarily of women. The effect of gender role expectations (masculinity), both the client’s and the treatment provider’s, has a profound impact on how men’s trauma is identified and addressed. This presentation will provide an overview of the problem and suggest practical solutions.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

12:30 - 2:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

49. Ethical Best Practices: How to Do the Right Thing and Make a Difference at the Same Time

MARRCH Ethics Committee

Ethics is more than rules, codes and guidelines. It is a "best practice"! In this presentation we will look at ethics with examples of ethical practices and events that have expanded our field.


The MARRCH Ethics Committee is dedicated to promoting education, offering support, and advocating for the ethical practice of chemical health counseling.

50. Practicum to Professional

Kenneth Roberts, NuWay House; Tiffany Dockham, NuWay House

Practicum is a critical component in the professional development process. It is also often an overlooked aspect in how organizations deliver services. This session will emphasize how providing clear structure, direction and expectations to the practicum student benefits both the treatment team and client outcomes while developing quality future professionals.

Core Function: Counseling

Kenneth L. Roberts is an LADC and LPCC. He obtained his MPS in Integrated Behavioral Health at the University of Minnesota. He is the Director of Outpatient Services at NuWay and a community faculty member at the University of Minnesota and Metropolitan State University.

Tiffany Dockham is an LP and LADC. She obtained her MA in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. She has served as both Clinical Director and Director of Mental Health Services at a co-occurring treatment center. She is currently Practicum Director at NuWay.

51. Professional Identity and Integrated Care

Therissa Libby, Metropolitan State University; Debra Wamsley, University of Minnesota; Rashida Fisher, Adler Graduate School; Kristin Williams, Minneapolis Community and Technical College; Roy Kamer, Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies

How do we prepare the next generation of counselors to provide integrated care of co-occurring disorders? Join local educators to discuss best practices in fostering necessary competencies, the key importance of collaboration between educators and providers, and the maintenance of addiction counselor professional identity in the age of dual licensure.

Core Function: Consulting with other Professionals, Counseling

Therissa Libby is an assistant professor of Human Services/Alcohol and Drug Counseling at Metropolitan State University, where she coordinates graduate programs in alcohol and drug counseling and co-occurring disorders counseling. She is an educator, author, neuroscientist and former addictions counselor, and is the coordinator of the Recovery Narratives Project.

52. Developing and Implementing CBT Strategies for Co-Occurring Disordered Clients

Hal Baumchen, Northland Counseling Services

This workshop presents 10 key integrated co-occurring CBT strategies you can implement immediately to increase your overall clinical effectiveness. Building on your knowledge of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, you will learn specific interventions that identify client strengths, challenge negative thinking, enhance the therapy process and develop positive recovery skills.

Core Function: Counseling

Hal Baumchen is the Executive Director of Northland Counseling Services and the Clinical Director of Northstar Regional. A Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with over 30 years of counseling experience, he is the author of two books on the treatment of co-occurring disorders.

53. Thingification: The Impact of Porn on People, Relationships and Society

Tamarah Gehlen, House of Charity/Adler Graduate School

The average age of first exposure to pornography is now between the ages of 6 and 8 in the US. This session will look at the implications of this on development, view of gender roles, behavior, relationships and more. We will explore what constitutes internet pornography addiction, how this intersects with chemical use and more.

Core Function: Counseling

Tamarah is the Chief Program Officer at House of Charity in Minneapolis, and is a graduate level professor in Co-Occurring Disorders at Adler Graduate School. She is an author and national speaker with 3 TEDx talks available on YouTube.

54. Substance Use Disorder Reform for Minnesota and the Future

Brian Zirbes, MN DHS, ADAD

This presentation will review the legislative proposals from the 2017 Legislative Session, including direct access, care coordination, and peer support services.  Discussion will focus on how these services can improve the service continuum from early intervention, treatment, and recovery in a longitudinal model, and how these improvements will impact people throughout MN. 

62. Understanding East African Clients, Somali 101

Yussuf Shafie, Alliance Wellness Center

In delivering treatment to Somali individuals, specific cultural considerations affect the outcome. Participants will understand the basic cultural considerations in assisting Somali clients and families navigate treatment. Focus in on values, religion and the dos and don’ts in therapy.

Core Function: Reports and Record-Keeping

Yussuf Shafie MSW, LGSW a Somali, graduate of the University of MN. Yussuf is a active well respected member of the Somali community. He completed his internship with Community University Health Care Center as a Social Work Triage Specialist, he continued on as a Mental Health Practitioner with CUHCC. In 2015 Yussuf opened Alliance Wellness Center in Bloomington MN., a DHS licensed Chemical Dependency Outpatient Treatment Program. Yussuf is currently working on a establishing a residential program. Yussuf's passion is to bring Wellness to those affected by Addiction and Mental Health.

64. Strategies for Working with Individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders & Substance Use Disorders

Ruth Richardson, Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

The latest research on neurocognitive science confirms how spiritual practices can transform the brain and body.  This workshop combines experiential learning with an overview of the relevant research and assists participants to make practical application to lives of their clients and to them selves.

Core Function: Treatment Planning

Ruth Richardson is the Director of Programs for MOFAS. Ruth has a JD from William Mitchell.  She serves on the MN Judicial Branch's Committee for Equality and Justice, the DHS Behavioral Health Planning Council, as co-chair for the DHS African American Birth Outcomes Task Force, the Board of Social Work, and the NIAAA Interagency Coordinating Committee on FASD Justice Workgroup.


2:30 - 3:00 pm
Break & Exhibit Hall Viewing 

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

55. Problem Gambling and Drug Addiction as Co-Occurring Disorders

John VonEschen, Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance; Mary Dahnert, Resilience Counseling

This discussion will help define and identify the nature of problem gambling as it manifests as a co-occurring disorder.  The presentation will focus on how gambling addiction can be a huge trigger for someone in recovery and how the brain can be quickly effected by gambling. 

John has worked as a therapist at Pathways Counseling in St. Paul for the past 12 years.  He is a speaker for Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance and does outreach work by speaking to many treatment centers in the state of MN about the dangers of dual addiction and problem gambling. 

Mary is in private practice in Chaska and loves working with problem gamblers and hopes to share how positive change can come about when working with a problem gambler.

56. Wired for Digital Addiction: Treating Your Tech-Addicted Clients

Mathew Meyers, Traverse Counseling & Consulting; Mike Kosim

Although not yet listed in the DSM-5, many families report struggling with addiction-like behaviors related to their technology use. This workshop will increase the confidence of addiction counselors and mental health practitioners/professionals in assessing for and treating Technology Addictions including internet gaming, phone apps, and pornography.  In this presentation you will learn:

  • Risk factors for compulsive technology use
  • Advanced Strategies for assessment and treatment of this emerging issue
  • Current research regarding technology and the brain

Core Function: Assessment, Treatment Planning

Matt is a therapist at Traverse Counseling & Consulting, which serves families struggling with internet addiction, substance abuse, and other challenges such as divorce. Through his work, he discovered a need in the Twin Cities area for a video game/internet addiction treatment program. He devoted his time in researching and developing a program at Traverse Counseling, which includes assessment, therapy and group therapy. He also presents and consults around the Twin Cities area on this topic.

Mike Kosim, MA, LMFT is a couples and family therapist at Traverse Counseling and Consulting. Since 2006, he has been helping clients overcome their addiction and compulsion issues in various milieus, including a group home for severely emotionally disturbed (SED) teens, a methadone clinic, junior high schools, San Francisco’s therapeutic men’s jail, San Francisco Child Crisis, and an integrated San Francisco county clinic. An avid gamer himself, he wrestles with the impact of technology on his own blended family and loves to help others find solutions for their own families. He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco.

57. CCBHC: Lessons Learned from the First Implementers

Heather Geerts, Zumbro Valley Medical Center

Hear from the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC) first implementers about the trials, tribulations and victories of implementing a new way to deliver behavioral health services. Topics will include agency preparation, new payment model, outcome measures and importance, and agency and state collaborative methods.

Core Function: Consulting with other Professionals

Heather is the Director of Clinical Services at Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center. In her role as the Director of Clinical Services, Heather provides comprehensive clinical direction for a Rule 29 Community Mental Health Center with over 150 staff members; and, one of Minnesota’s CCBHC First Implementers. Programming includes in-patient, out-patient, and community programs serving children and adults. She serves as the agency HIPAA compliance officer and a member of the senior leadership team. Heather engages in community networking, as well as presenting to numerous entities regarding mental illness and Zumbro Valley programming.

58. Best Practices for Handling Demands for Patient Information in the Face Of Changing Federal Substance Use Disorder Privacy Laws

Gerald Fornwald, Winthrop & Weinstine

Patients struggling with addiction often face legal struggles as well, whether criminal, civil or family-related. Therefore, chemical dependency treatment providers regularly receive demands for patient information. Learn the dos and don'ts of responding to court orders, subpoenas, and patient consents in the face of newly revised federal privacy laws.

Core Function: Reports and Record Keeping, Screening

Gerald is a heath care attorney and trial lawyer who serves as outside counsel to numerous substance use disorder treatment providers, including some of the nations largest. Fornwald counsels clients regarding privacy issues associated with patient information requests, subpoenas, and court orders and assists clients with developing best practices and procedures.

60. Substance Use Disorder Reform for Minnesota and the Future

Brian Zirbes, MN DHS, ADAD

This presentation will review the legislative proposals from the 2017 Legislative Session, including direct access, care coordination, and peer support services.  Discussion will focus on how these services can improve the service continuum from early intervention, treatment, and recovery in a longitudinal model, and how these improvements will impact people throughout MN. 

61. Supervising the Millennial Counselor: Tips and Techniques

Jennifer Londgren, Minnesota State University, Mankato

The face of the alcohol and drug counselor in Minnesota is changing due to retirement of a cohort of baby boomer counselors and a host of millennial counselors entering the field. This drastic generational shift has led to challenges in teaching and supervising young addiction counselors in training. This presentation will outline the face of the millennial counselor in training — the generational values, beliefs, and work ethic. It will also discuss the impact technology has had on this generation’s ability to focus, stay present, and connect with clients. It will examine how the values of the millennial generation may conflict with current treatment models and will provide resources and techniques for effectively supervising young counselors to work effectively with clients. Audience discussion is encouraged!

Jennifer is an Assistant Professor and the Program Coordinator for the Alcohol and Drug Studies Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Along with teaching she is a nationally recognized speaker on a variety of topics related to addiction and mental health. Jennifer's research interests include professional counselor identity development as well as the experience of counseling for women. Jennifer is a licensed marriage and family therapist and a nationally certified counselor.

66. Another Arrow for Your Quiver: REBT for SUD

David Frenz, MD; Diplomate, American Board of Addiction Medicine; Diplomate, American Board of Family Medicine

Rational emotive behavior therapy (REBT) is a clinically efficient psychotherapy that is effective for many conditions including addiction. This presentation will outline REBT’s A-B-C model for conceptualizing unhealthy negative emotions and self-defeating behaviors. The audience will also learn various ways to dispute their clients’ irrational beliefs concerning substance cravings and substance use.

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