2013 McLeod Institute on Substance Abuse: Transformative Approaches for Diverse Populations

Please join us for the 2013 McLeod Institute on Substance Abuse: Transformative Approaches for Diverse Populations

Click here to register for all or part of the Institute http://education.uncc.edu/oeo/events/jonnie-h-mcleod-substance-abuse-institute

Monday, May 13   8:45am-12pm

Women, Girls, and Addiction: Celebrating the Feminine in Counseling Treatment

Dr. Cynthia Briggs

Addiction counseling presents a unique and difficult challenge for counselors who are often mystified and intimidated by the process. Unfortunately, much of what we believe we know about addiction, treatment, and recovery evolved from an exclusively male perspective. Until 1990’s, the vast majority of addiction research focused on male clientele. The results from these studies, indicating “best practices” in addictions counseling, were generalized to women with-out evaluating the effectiveness of such practices on this population. However, as we know now, women do in fact experience addiction differently than men. Dr. Cyndi Briggs is the co-author of the book, “Women, Girls, and Addiction: Celebrating the Feminine in Addiction Counseling Treatment and Recovery”. In this workshop, she will present an overview of the main areas of consideration when counseling addicted women and girls and how counselors can create female-friendly addiction counseling practices.


Monday, May 13   1:30pm- 4:45pm

CBT for Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders in Veterans

Dr. Amy Wenzel

Currently, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system is nationally disseminating and implementing evidence-based treatments, especially cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), for a wide range of clinical presentations. This workshop will describe issues to consider when implementing CBT with veteran patients, including ways to adapt CBT protocols to increase their relevance for veteran patients and ways to work collaboratively with veteran patients to increase their readiness for treatment. Participants will learn strategies for implementing CBT for veterans who struggle with issues such as sub-stance abuse, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other anxiety disorders. In addition, participants will develop an understanding of the ongoing stressors in the lives of many veteran patients that exacerbate their symptomatology and affect the course of treatment.


Tuesday, May 14    8:45am-4:45pm

Dr. Amy Wenzel

Group Cognitive Therapy for Addictions

Cognitive therapy is an evidence-based treatment for addictions that focuses on modifying thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that put people at risk for addictive behavior and relapse. This workshop will describe the theoretical under-pinning’s and a step-by-step illustration of the adaptation of cognitive therapy for addictions to group settings. Workshop participants will learn strategies for (a) fostering group cohesiveness, (b) helping group members to modify unhelpful patterns of thinking, (c) helping group members to cope with urges and cravings, (d) helping group members to relate to others without the veil of addiction, and (e) helping group members to engage in healthy self-care.


Wednesday, May 15   8:45-4:45pm

HIV & Ethical Issues in Substance Abuse Counseling

Cathy Killian & Eli Branscome

All mental health and substance abuse service providers work in environments that present ethical dilemmas and uncertainty. Technology now raises the degree of challenge in the quest for ethically sound practice. This HIV/Ethics combined training day will review ethical principles and the legal aspects that affect and often complicate our ethical decisions and behaviors. We will examine: HIV/AIDS transmission and current treatments, related bio-psycho-social issues of substance abuse, and the new ethical and boundary challenges presented by the use and abuse of technology. The format of the instruction is very interactive and entertaining. You will be challenged to think and urged to challenge your past thinking – hopefully you will have fun doing so.


Thursday, May 16 8:45am-4:45pm

Family Therapy Basic Training: Working with Addicted Families and their Children

Lewis Foster

This workshop will introduce participants to dependence, co-dependence and interdependence, general systems ideas, the basics of the Structural and Strategic Models of Family Therapy, joining with a family, defining the problem, the family dance, interacting with the family, enhancing intimacy in relationships and managing conflict creatively. Parenting issues with addicted adolescents, and treating COAs will also be included in the discussion. We’ll use role-playing a family counseling session to demonstrate the above. Expect lots of discussion and fun during the day.



Friday, May 17   8:45am-12pm

Understanding the New DSM V: Substance Use Disorders

Dr. Linda Barclay

This session will review the significant changes in DSM V diagnosis of sub-stance use disorders; discuss the research (and rationales) behind the changes; and explore the application of DSM V criteria in case examples.


Friday, May 17   1:30-4:45pm

Like Ships Passing in the Night: Recognizing and Working through Communication “Misses” in Multicultural Supervision

Dr. Linda Barclay

This session will briefly review central functions of clinical supervision; examine how cultural values, assumptions and communication styles can impede clear communication between supervisor and supervisee; and explore strategies to move beyond impasses. Participants will explore these issues through specific examples – video, case examples or role plays.

Pam Lassiter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Counseling

UNC Charlotte

9201 University City Blvd

Charlotte, NC  28223-0001



McLeod Institute on Substance Abuse – May 13-17, 2013


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