The Canadian Trauma and Addictions Conference: Helping Individuals Heal and Recover | Mental Health and Education Professionals

Presented by Gabor Maté, M.D., Stanton Peele, Ph.D., Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP, Darryl S. Inaba, Pharm.D. & Martin Brokenleg, Ed.D.

Live Streaming on May 19, 2021

$169.00

7 Hours  |   Pre-approved for 7 CEUs

Description

This online course will be streaming live on May 19, 2021 from 8:15am – 5:15pm PST after purchase.

All course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until June 18, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on May 17, 2021

We are pleased to announce The Virtual Trauma & Addictions Conference: Helping Individuals Heal & Recover airing online May 19, 2021. We have introduced our lowest rate ever, to make this conference accessible to all audiences including professionals and the general public. Continuing education credits and an online certificate will be available for the those who qualify under the professional rate. This virtual conference will feature new interactive learning tools including digital handouts, polls and a live Q&A with the presenters. Join Gabor Maté MD, Martin Brokenleg Ed.D., Stanton Peele, Ph.D., Eboni Webb, Psy.D., and Darryl S. Inaba, Pharm.D for this special event.


Schedule (all times are in Pacific Standard Time)

8:15am – 8:30am – Introduction

8:30am – 10:00am – The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction, from Heroin to Workaholism presented by Gabor Maté, M.D.

10:00am – 10:15am – Break

10:15am – 11:45am – The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction, from Heroin to Workaholism continued presented by Gabor Maté, M.D.

11:45am – 12:30pm – Lunch Break

12:30pm – 1:30pm – Harm Reduction, The Disease Model and Trauma presented by Stanton Peele, Ph.D.

1:30pm –  1:45pm – Break

1:45pm – 2:45pm – Trauma and Attachment Across the Lifespan presented by Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP

2:45pm –  3:00pm – Break

3:00pm – 4:00pm – Current Science of Addiction Recovery: Dispelling the Stigma presented by Darryl S. Inaba, Pharm.D.

4:00pm – 4:15pm – Break

4:15pm – 5:15pm – Transforming Cultural Trauma into Resilience presented by Martin Brokenleg, Ed.D.


The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction, from Heroin to Workaholism continued presented by Gabor Maté, M.D.

For twelve years Dr. Maté was the staff physician at a clinic for drug-addicted people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, where he worked with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver Supervised Injection Site. In his most recent bestselling book In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, he shows that their addictions do not represent a discrete set of medical disorders; rather, they merely reflect the extreme end of a continuum of addiction, mostly hidden, that runs throughout our society. In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts draws on cutting-edge science to illuminate where and how addictions originate and what they have in common.

Contrary to what is often claimed, the source of addictions is not to be found in genes, but in the early childhood environment where the neurobiology of the brain’s reward pathways develops and where the emotional patterns that lead to addiction are wired into the unconscious. Stress, both then and later in life, creates the predisposition for addictions, whether to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, or to behavioural addictions such as shopping or sex.

Helping the addicted individual requires that we appreciate the function of the addiction in his or her life. More than a disease, the addiction is a response to a distressing life history and life situation. Once we recognize the roots of addiction and the lack it strives (in vain) to fill, we can develop a compassionate approach toward the addict, one that stands the best chance of restoring him or her to wholeness and health.


Harm Reduction, The Disease Model and Trauma presented by Stanton Peele, Ph.D.

Harm Reduction — which recognizes and builds on the fluidity of humans and their ability to change — is the opposite of the disease theory. And while significant cracks have begun to appear in the disease theory’s dominance in North America, remarkably, harm reduction thinking often accepts fundamental disease theory conceptions — primarily that addiction occurs simply as a result of exposure to opioids, is NOT impacted by social setting, and is irreversible. Dr. Peele deploys data, common sense, and the audience’s personal experience to show how wrong-headed — and dangerous — this disease theory residue is, while he presents an alternative way of thinking and treatment. Trauma theory is discussed in this regard.


Trauma and Attachment Across the Lifespan presented by Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP

Working with emotionally-dysregulated and traumatized children and teens in your practice can be overwhelming and exhausting. You probably feel the pull of being the “saviour” for dysregulated children and their worried parents. Learn how to develop the skills needed to be more effective in treatment, avoid burnout and achieve positive outcomes through developing an integrative lens to more effectively treat trauma and attachment across the lifespan. Dr. Webb will give you the training you need through case stories, neuroscience research, and experiential activities. Learn to work together with children and support systems to increase compassion through seeing the function of their behaviours through the lens of trauma, reestablish structure, and create a validating environment. Leave with the knowledge and skills to confidently teach parents and care providers how to implement a safe structure that enables the child to learn and master these skills throughout all the pertinent areas of their lives.


Current Science of Addiction Recovery: Dispelling the Stigma presented by Darryl S. Inaba, Pharm.D.

Brain imaging and other more recent research tools continue to discover variances in neuro-cellular, neuro-chemical, and neuro-functioning that underlie a vulnerability to develop substance-related and other addictive disorders. The brain anomalies associated with addictive disorders provide an understanding of the differences between the wide variety of drugs and behavioural compulsions. They also help to explain why some are more likely than others to relapse after treatment for their compulsive drug use or behaviours. The rapidly expanding field of Addiction Medicine provides new insights on preventing, assessing and treatment of addictions and related disorders. It is also providing more evidenced-based resources to better manage those struggling with these major mental health disorders. This presentation will explore the evolving science of Addiction and Recovery to dispel the undue stigma associated with Substance Related and Addictive Disorders. It will also offer an introduction to the new resources in development to treat these disorder and the evolving medical specialty of addiction medicine.


Transforming Cultural Trauma into Resilience presented by Martin Brokenleg, Ed.D.

Indigenous North Americans have experienced trauma as have many other populations around the world. Intergenerational Trauma is caused by experiences of war, residential schools, slavery, and social oppression. Trauma is cumulative and required a clear understanding of its symptoms to be identified and cured. Courts and social services increasingly identify and consider the impact of trauma on clients. This one-hour session explores intergenerational trauma, identifies its major symptoms, and examines some healing strategies.

The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction, from Heroin to Workaholism continued presented by Gabor Maté, M.D.

  1. What is the source of addictions?
  2. What happens chemically and physiologically in the brains of people with substance dependency or behaviour addiction?
  3. The false “blessings” of addiction as experienced by the addict (e.g., as emotional anaesthetic, as personality booster, as social lubricant, and so on;)
  4. The development of the addicted mind: how early childhood experiences shape the brain;
  5. The social basis of addiction in economic, cultural and political dislocation and disempowerment;
  6. How much choice does the addict really have, and how much responsibility?
  7. Developing a therapeutic relationship in which healing is possible;
  8. How to encourage the addict to take responsibility;
  9. The prevention of addiction, both in adolescence and before.

Harm Reduction, The Disease Model and Trauma presented by Stanton Peele, Ph.D.

  • Why it doesn’t make sense to call addiction a disease
  • The assumptions that guide both the disease theory and harm reduction
  • The Truth about addiction recovery
  • Integrating life changes
  • The life process program
  • Where the solution really lie
  • Assessing your values and developing life skills

Trauma and Attachment Across the Lifespan presented by Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP

  1. Defining trauma and attachment
    1. Biosocial Model
    2. Effects of inadequate validation in early emotional development
    3. Symptoms of a pervasive emotional dysregulation disorder
    4. Developmental vs. attachment trauma
    5. Single-incident trauma
    6. Common sources of trauma
    7. Parenting Styles
    8. Attachment Styles
  2. Trauma and Brain Development
    1. Biphasic arousal model
    2. Core organizers of experience
  3. Common survival resources
    1. Survival resources
    2. Somatic resources
  4. Critical Interventions
    1. Proximity maintenance: Restructuring boundaries
    2. Creating a secure therapeutic base
    3. Creating a safe therapeutic haven
    4. Validation: Connection before Redirection

Current Science of Addiction Recovery: Dispelling the Stigma presented by Darryl S. Inaba, Pharm.D.

  • Increased understanding of neuro-chemical, neuro-cellular and neuro-functional mechanisms that underlie addictions and related disorders.
  • Appreciation of the diathesis stress model as the root cause of addiction and related disorders
  • Familiarity with the brain’s memory process of dendritic spines and their role in triggering cravings that lead to vulnerability for slips and relapses in recovery.
  • Improved understanding of the brain’s memory process and its role in craving and relapse in addiction
  • Exposure to the expanding science of epigenetic gene expressions and how environmental trauma can influence the vulnerability to addiction

Transforming Cultural Trauma into Resilience presented by Martin Brokenleg, Ed.D.

  1. Intergenerational Trauma cumulates over generations.
  2. Many populations around the world are affected by trauma.
  3. The symptoms of trauma are consistent.
  4. Healing of trauma also heals the symptoms of it.
  5. Social services and courts consider the impact of trauma.

The Hungry Ghost: A Biopsychosocial Perspective on Addiction, from Heroin to Workaholism continued presented by Gabor Maté, M.D.

  1. What is the source of addictions?
  2. What happens chemically and physiologically in the brains of people with substance dependency or behaviour addiction?
  3. The false “blessings” of addiction as experienced by the addict (e.g., as emotional anaesthetic, as personality booster, as social lubricant, and so on;)
  4. The development of the addicted mind: how early childhood experiences shape the brain;
  5. The social basis of addiction in economic, cultural and political dislocation and disempowerment;
  6. How much choice does the addict really have, and how much responsibility?
  7. Developing a therapeutic relationship in which healing is possible;
  8. How to encourage the addict to take responsibility;
  9. The prevention of addiction, both in adolescence and before.

Harm Reduction, The Disease Model and Trauma presented by Stanton Peele, Ph.D.

  1. To become aware of how the basic disease theory of addiction — exposure = addiction — is imbedded in cultural thinking.
  2. To understand how this thinking underlies our modern addiction and drug death epidemic.
  3. To understand how Harm Reduction often reflects — counterproductively — these cultural disease assumptions.
  4. To be familiar with epidemiological data, personal experience, and effective therapeutic tools to counteract this destructive cultural and clinical drift.
  5. To review the modern emphasis on trauma in Harm Reduction and treatment in terms of the foregoing.

Trauma and Attachment Across the Lifespan presented by Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP

  • Learn the impact of stress and trauma on the developing mind.​
  • Identify the key features of healthy attachment and its impact neurologically.​
  • Understand the critical attachment strategy that facilitates self-regulation.
  • Learn the difference between developmental and attachment trauma.​
  • Learn the different parenting and attachment styles with their corresponding dilemmas and strategies.
  • Identify the key defensive survival strategies in trauma.​
  • Understand how to establish a safe therapeutic environment that reestablishes healthy boundaries, connected communication and validates a client’s survival journey.
  • Identify how to develop a toolkit of resources that validates your client’s survival, journey.
  • Learn how to create a safe therapeutic haven.

Current Science of Addiction Recovery: Dispelling the Stigma presented by Darryl S. Inaba, Pharm.D.

  1. Identify the 2 major circuit of the brain’s addiction pathway and name at least 2 brain structures involved with the “Go” and “Stop” processes of these circuits
  2. Elucidate 3factors that contribute to the development of the brain anomalies associated with Substance Related and Addictive Disorders.
  3. Describe how neurotransmitters affect compulsivity and cravings and name at least 3 the most important neurotransmitters involved in these activities.
  4. Explain formation of dendritic memory spines and identify the 2 major pathways of memory formation in the brain and their role in addiction.
  5. Provide at least 2 ways that gene expression is altered to influence addiction vulnerability

Transforming Cultural Trauma into Resilience presented by Martin Brokenleg, Ed.D.

  1. Defining intergenerational trauma using psychology and social theory.
  2. Enumerating causes of trauma in diverse populations.
  3. Researching strategies that heal trauma.
  4. Recognizing social services and courts reactions to trauma.
  5. Understanding how resiliency heals trauma.

All individuals who are interested in learning more about mental health to improve the lives of individuals, employees, families and communities.

The conference is relevant but not limited to: Mental Health Professionals, Educators, Health Care workers, Employers, Managers and Supervisors of Employees, Human Resource Professionals, Nurses, Social Workers, Psychologists, Addiction Counsellors, Mental Health Workers, Early Childhood Educators, Paramedics, Occupational Therapists, Physicians, Speech Language Pathologists, Human Resource Professionals, Lawyers, Dieticians, Disability Management, Pharmacists, Police Officers, Probation Officers, Rehabilitation/Vocational Counsellors and others.

Gabor Maté, M.D. (pronunciation: GAH-bor MAH-tay) is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in twenty-five languages, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. To learn more, join his enews list at www.drgabormate.com.


Stanton Peele, Ph.D. has been at the cutting edge in addiction theory and treatment and drug policy for fifty years. His seminal work began with his 1975 book, Love and Addiction (with Archie Brodsky), and extends to his 15th book, his 2021 memoir, A Life on the Scientific Edge: My Quest to Change How We See Addiction. On this journey, he has pioneered — with hundreds of articles, workshops, blogposts, and podcasts — the ideas that addiction includes more than substances, and of natural recovery, harm reduction, attacking addiction through real-world changes, and drug use as normal behaviour and natural life evolution rather than being a “disease.” He is still “on the edge.”

Eboni Webb, Psy.D., HSP is a licensed psychologist and serves as an advisor to the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy National Certification and Accreditation Association (DBTNCAA).

She has practiced in numerous community settings including clinics that treat underserved communities of colour, clients with developmental disabilities, and clients suffering from severe and persistent mental illness. She worked at the largest mental health clinic at the time in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area that specialized in treating clients diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) with Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She has practiced DBT in community mental health centres and developed two special DBT-oriented treatment programs for clients with developmental disabilities and borderline-intellectual functioning.

Dr. Webb currently resides in Nashville, TN where she has been serving clients in her private practice, Kairos. She continues to specialize in individual and group DBT as well as cognitive-behaviour strategies that address a myriad of clinical issues. She also offers special group therapies for adults and a dual-track of teen skills training that includes their parents. She is currently working to adapt DBT for clients with severe and persistent mental illness (e.g. psychotic-based disorders).


Darryl S. Inaba, Pharm.D.  is Director of Clinical and Behavioural Health Services for the Addictions Recovery Centre and Director of Research and Education of CNS Productions in Medford, Oregon. He is an associate Clinical Professor at the University of California in San Francisco, CA., Special Consultant, Instructor, at the University of Utah School on Alcohol and Other Drug Dependencies in Salt Lake City, UT and a Lifetime Fellow at Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc., in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Inaba has authored several papers, award winning educational films and is co-author of Uppers, Downers, All Arounder a text on addiction and related disorders that is used in more than 400 colleges and universities. He has been honoured with over 90 Individual awards for his work in the areas of prevention and treatment of substance abuse problems. He is a popular speaker at workshops and conferences nationally and internationally.

More information: www.cnsproductions.com/46.html


Martin Brokenleg, Ed.D. is co-author of the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk: Our Hope for the Future and co-developer of the Circle of Courage model and provides training worldwide for individuals who work with youth at risk. He holds a doctorate in psychology and is a graduate of the Anglican Divinity School. He is a retired professor and was most recently Director of Native Ministries and Professor of First Nations Theology at the Vancouver School of Theology. For thirty years, Dr. Brokenleg was Professor of Native American studies at Augustana University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He has also been a director of The Neighborhood Youth Corps, chaplain in a correctional setting, and has extensive experience as an alcohol counsellor. Dr. Brokenleg has consulted and led training programs throughout North America, New Zealand, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. He is the father of three children and an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.

More information: http://martinbrokenleg.com/

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