Saturday, December 1, 2018

December Behavioral Health Webinars

Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery:
2018 Year End Policy Review 

December 5, 2018      1:00 PM EST

Register for Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery
2018 has seen many great advances on the policy front for SUD treatment and recovery advocates with Congress spending a record amount of time on the issue. This webinar will sort out rhetoric from reality and evaluate our success versus what still needs to be done. We will examine legislation, attitudes, spending, and other subjects from a policy perspective while also examining how our message needs to evolve in the future.
Andrew D. Kessler, JD, is founder and principal of Slingshot Solutions LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in behavioral health policy. With 15 years of policy experience- and over a decade in behavioral health- Kessler is a fixture in circles that advocate for substance abuse treatment, prevention, and research. He collaborates frequently with congressional offices, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and other federal actors.

Intergenerational Stress Patterns of Healthcare Professionals
in the Workplace: Strategies to Improve Performance and Collaboration

December 12, 2018      1:00 PM EST

Register for Intergenerational Stress Patterns
The purpose of this workshop is to review patterns of various age groups in the healthcare workplace and the potential stress patterns that often results. Examination will demonstrate the impact of age groups and how this may affect the collaborative approach in patient oriented healthcare. The presentation will review traits, socialization, specific determinants and styles of learning as well as philosophical roots of professional healthcare roles. The program will identify common age-related stressors that impact performance of when caring for others and the methodologies to improve collaboration and peer respect. The ultimate goal is for the attendee to recognize that professional self-awareness in all age groups, ultimately improves self-satisfaction and helps to promote improved patient care.
Donna White, RN, PhD, CS, CADAC is a consultant Addiction Specialist for the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a Public Health Hospital for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Past positions were the former Chief Operating Officer and Nurse Executive at Worcester State Hospital, and the Director of Nurses and the Director of Chemical Dependency Services as well as the Dual Diagnosis Program at Pembroke Psychiatric Hospital. She is now a Master Trainer for the Department of Mental Health.
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Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” ~~Babe Ruth

“What you know today can affect what you do tomorrow. But what you know today cannot affect what you did yesterday.” ~~Condoleezza Rice

 “Why let go of yesterday? Because yesterday has let go of you.” ~~Steve Maraboli

Statement #9:
 The past is gone forever.
No longer am I victimized by the past.
I am a new woman.

Recently in our f2f group, one 4C woman brilliantly described how she curtails thoughts about the past.  In her mind, she imagines or envisions “auto-correct,” backing up and erasing regrets/negative thoughts and replacing the words with statements which empower her towards her goals. This is an excellent tool to put action into Statement #9.

Instead of replaying events or thoughts from the past, we can zap unhealthy or unproductive lines of thinking and insert self-encouragement. Our Program booklet states “To loosen one’s grip on the past is not always easy. We evaluate our past so we can learn from it. We examine our feelings about the past so we can process and release them. Our interest in the past is to use it as a guide for how we want to be in the moment and to prepare for the future.”

Sobriety and Statement #9 in action focus on the present and plans for tomorrow. Romancing past alcohol or drug use kept the process repeating, but this critical Statement offers alternative choices and opens up endless possibility.


Hi 4C Women,

The past has come back to me this past week and it's been a struggle to work through it. As I reached out, I realized how blessed I am for Statement 9 and the support I received. I don't usually read my horoscope which is on the side bar of my home page but for some reason, I decided to and here is what it said on the very day I couldn't stop the tears and reached out. "You will likely receive the support you need if you seek out advice on a problem today. But where you find counsel isn't as important as the information you are given. The key message is that you needn't go through life's rough patches or face its array of baffling questions alone. You also don't have to feel like you're the only person who must come up with all the answers now. Thankfully, it warms your heart to know that others have your back when you need them."  

As I started my Christmas decorating, I decided to open each wrapped ornament, ceramic item, holiday photos and snowmen (I am a collector) with great care and reflection. I was overwhelmed with gratefulness for the love I have experienced in my life even while feeling sad about the losses. I cannot change the past and while there are times I am conflicted with regrets, Statement 9 brings me back to the realization that it is futile to be stuck with what cannot be changed. So I keep on learning, trying to understand my strong reactions and seek peace and healing. I hope that each of you will reach out when you need to share unsettling feelings, gain insight from others and know you are doing the best you can. You are enough and most importantly, you are not alone. Part of no longer victimizing ourselves begins with forgiving ourselves for our mistakes and unhealthy choices. No longer will we be the provider of punishment and continued suffering. We can go to that auto correct button and press "forgive, heal and learn from the past.  
Bonded in forgiveness, healing and learning as the past is gone forever!! 
4C WFS Member 

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Join NAADAC for a Professional Exchange Delegation to Kosovo on May 18-25, 2019
NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals and the National Council for Behavioral Health are honored to have been selected to lead the Addiction and Mental Health Counseling Professionals Delegation to the Republic of Kosovo.

Join NAADAC Executive Director Cynthia Moreno Tuohy, BSW, NCAC II, CDC III, SAP, and the National Council President and CEO Linda Rosenberg from May 18-25, 2019, for this important international exchange program that will give you a unique opportunity to learn about the state of addiction and mental health programs in Kosovo, the Balkan region, and Eastern Europe.

Celebrating 10 years of independent governance in 2018, Kosovo has endeavored to develop a solid infrastructure to support its civil society. A culture that has been shaped by conflict and violence now looks to a bright future. Supported by U.S. and international nongovernmental organizations, Kosovo, the poorest nation in Europe, is home to some of the most innovative programs addressing the challenges of access to health care, advancing education, stabilizing the rule of law, and ensuring basic human needs for their entire population.
Connect with addiction and mental health professionals in Kosovo to discuss:
  • Epidemiology of addiction and mental health disorders in Kosovo;
  • Assessment, intervention and referral, treatment and care options for drug and alcohol use disorders;
  • Scarcity of service providers and access to treatment;
  • Role of primary care and community-based services in identification and treatment;
  • Ongoing quality of life and community rehabilitation programming;
  • Resources for patients and affected family members;
  • Treatment for post-war traumatic disorders; and
  • Roles of international NGOs in developing programs in Kosovo.

NAADACThe Association for Addiction Professionals
44 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 301Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: 703.741.7686 / 800.548.0497

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