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August 2014
$350/20 CECs

The Psychopharmacology of Drug Abuse

August 8 @ 6:00 pm - August 10 @ 6:00 pm

LAD 5100 This course is designed to equip students with an overview of the biological basis of addiction. Topics will include drug classes, drug history, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics, basic neurochemistry. The biological, social and spiritual dynamics of pleasure and reinforcement will also be explored. Pharmacotherapies will also be covered, providing students with an overview of medications that are used to treat addiction. Brian Serna, M.A., LPCC, LADAC, is a nationally recognized trainer in the treatment of addictions. He also facilitates workshops on…

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$40 per workshop

Transformation and Healing Conference

August 20 @ 9:00 am - August 23 @ 5:00 pm

18 Experiential Workshops on the theme of  “Consciousness and Compulsivity” Wed., Thurs. and Friday, Aug. 20, 21, 22 at the Southwestern College Campus. See 33rd Annual Transformation and Healing Conference

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$40/3 CECs

The Good That Is Seeking You from Within

August 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Description: The fear began when, in our curiosity, we stepped away from ourselves. The sensation of separation, while initially exciting, settled in as fear.  From then on, we interpreted love through its reflections.  Reflected love is a contrary and perverse partner.  Love itself continued below the surface, growing in stature, yet undetected by fear. Our addiction and defense of fear masquerades as a dark lover. All this time, and we are ancient, while we fought the dragon, love continued to mature within us.…

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$40/3 CECs

Exploring Consciousness and Compulsive Gambling

August 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Description: Often referred to as “the silent addiction,” compulsive gambling is on the rise in New Mexico and across the United States and Canada with the increase in gambling availability. While all addictions share the trait of “compulsivity,” each addiction has its own specific distinguishing characteristics. In this workshop we will explore the nature of compulsive gambling and where gamblers get stuck in the process of gambling and why. We will also explore methods, approaches and the therapist mindset to unlock the…

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$40/3 CECs

Compulsive Phrases

August 20 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Description: Everyone repeats phrases to themselves and to the people in their lives: “I’m sorry,”  “I hear what you are saying,” “That’s not good enough,” and so forth. Where do these phrases come from? Who taught them to us? How do we use them? Are they helpful? For many of us this is an unconscious process that we are ready to explore. In this workshop we will unearth the phrases and words that recur in our thoughts and verbalizations through sensation awareness, group embodiment, and…

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$40/3 CECs

Healing the Dark Places Within:  From Shame to Self-Love

August 20 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This workshop will explore the nature of shame, how it is created, and how it underlies and reinforces addictive behaviors.  Through creative expressive exercises, participants will explore and release inner darkness, and learn to consciously engage self-compassion and self-love.  The process will explore concepts of containment, safety, mindfulness, challenging the inner critic and how to move from isolation to connection in order to heal. Carrie Ishee, M.A., PCC, is an art therapist and professional certified coach.  She has extensive experience working with survivors of…

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$40/3 CECs

Acting Up! Bringing the Queer Lineage of 
Empowerment into Psychotherapy

August 20 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Over a quarter million gay and bisexual men died of AIDS between 1985-1995. Compounding the enormous losses was the emotional annihilation of the dying and their loved ones by a culture that shamed, hated and ignored them.  In response, activists took to the streets, often undertaking intensely emotional and symbolic actions, using their most primal feelings as fuel for liberation. By turning rage into courage, shame into pride, grief into compassion, and devastation into determination, these people changed the course…

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$40/3 CECs

Psyche and Eros: Romance, Addiction, Individuation and Love – A Tale of Transformation

August 20 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Greek myths teem with romances and love stories and, unlike many fairy tales, they often have tragic endings. The myth of Psyche and Eros uniquely takes us on the journey from falling in love to a deeper understanding of loving oneself and the other through individuation and transformation. In this workshop we will explore the dynamics of romance, love and addiction, and a possible passage of transforming our selves and our relationships by mastering the challenges inherent in these powerful…

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$40/3 CECs

Helping Gay Men Find Sustainable Relationships in the  Age of Cybersex & Smartphone Hook-Ups

August 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This class is designed to help clinicians and others interested in understanding the particular challenges that gay men face in trying to form meaningful relationships in the age of Internet sex and “dating” sites. In this workshop, we will explore how gay men today are meeting, hooking-up and developing relationships using the Internet—and how these behaviors are creating their own set of addictive patterns. Using the book they co-authored, Gay Warrior: Transforming Betrayal into Wisdom, we will explore issues of gay development from an…

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$40/3 CECs

How to Disrupt the Adolescent Substance and Process Abuse Consciousness (SPAC)

August 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this workshop, participants will learn, through reflective writing and dialogue: • Ways adolescents become desensitized to compulsive behaviors; • The mechanics of process and substance abuse; • Ways that creative reflective and expressive activities disrupt the compulsive cycles of adolescent life; • How the SPAC develops in partnership with genetics; • How the when and why of the SPAC is the key to disrupting its damage.  Juan Blea, M.Ed., LADAC, believes that people want healthy lives, they just sometimes don’t…

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$40/3 CECs

Emotional Sobriety through Conscious Healing from Loss

August 21 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This presentation will be a mixture of  the experiential and the educational process of being able to look at the natural and normal healing process from loss, as well as the gift of learning emotional sobriety through “the shattering of the illusion” to become one’s true self. Participants will have the opportunity to see the gift presented through loss and the process of healing from that loss, as well as how to find sobriety in all aspects of life.  Tools…

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$40/3 CECs

Life Beyond Addiction

August 21 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

An individual has achieved sobriety.  Now what?  Abstinence and the ability to have a happy life are not the same thing.  Attaining sobriety is only the first stage of recovery.  Abstinence is often mistaken for recovery.  This workshop will focus on and explore approaches to long-term recovery.  We will be looking at the developmental stages and tasks of recovery.  There will be an experiential component as well as discussion.  Deborah Heikes M.A., LPCC, is a certified gestalt therapist. A natural…

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$40/3 CECs

Attending the Ghosts of Hunger and Longing: The Sense in Using Action Methods 

August 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

In this experiential workshop participants will learn and practice two core action methods:  doubling and role-reversal. We will explore how they can be used to engage parts of ourselves and others that govern the hunger and longing underlying addictive and compulsive behaviors. Attention will be focused on cultivating states that enable us to tap our inner sources of creativity and spontaneity. The didactic component will highlight the effectiveness and the theoretical roots of the methods demonstrated, drawing from the traditions and masters of…

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$40/3 CECs

Restoring Balance: Healing Trauma and Addictions in Indigenous Communities

August 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Many indigenous communities suffer with high levels of substance abuse, alcoholism, poverty and internalized violence. Concepts of balance and relatedness are important factors for healing within traditional structures. Healers need to be able to access these concepts in their practice through the language of relatedness. Access to these concepts to empower and create change involves story, both current and ancestral, along with symbols of animals, plants and natural forces as meaningful aspects of individual and group positive identity. Scott Thomas, Ph.D., LCSW, LADAC, CDVC3,…

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$40/3 CECs

Alternatives to Co-Dependency and Tough Love: Helping Families Who Struggle with Addiction

August 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Witnessing the addictive process in someone we love leaves us grasping for anything that might make an impact on our substance abusing loved one. Families come up with different coping behaviors. One way is by placating the addiction (“enabling” or “co-dependency”). Other families try a “tough love” strategy, which often lacks love and leads to isolation and hopelessness. This workshop will introduce CRAFT, Community Reinforcement and Family Training. CRAFT is an evidence-based practice that fosters attachment, clear boundaries and positive reinforcement to empower…

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$40/3 CECs

Sexual Fantasies and the Erotic Imagination

August 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

 The erotic imagination is capable of creating an endless variety of images, stories, and scenarios to fuel our fantasy lives. Using elements from our past and present, from culture and childhood, from biology and psychology, it produces fantasies that comprise much of our internal erotic lives. Because sexual excitement is exquisitely sensitive to and expressive of the inner workings of psyche, exploring fantasies can be a means of getting to know some of the most important parts of our selves. In this workshop, we will…

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$40/3 CECs

The Treatment of Emotional Dysfunction Underlying Addictive Behaviors through MBEP

August 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

MBEP (Mindfulness-Based Emotional Processing) is a body-centered approach to activating intrinsic emotional processing in the brain. The processing is activated and maintained by the client’s and the therapist’s mindful, Felt Sense Attention upon the client’s somatic experience. The focus of tender, compassionate awareness creates a specific quality of attention which activates a healing process within the client.  MBEP accesses the brain and nervous system’s intrinsic capacity to process emotional experience and memory by focusing and stimulating the brain’s right-hemisphere functions. MBEP is a practical, useful…

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$40/3 CECs

The Zephyrus Model for the Integrative Treatment of Eating Disorders

August 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The treatment of eating disorders is as complex and multi-faceted as the individuals presenting for treatment.  An inherent dichotomy exists; the body is the subject of obsessive focus but is unwanted and neglected.  How does a clinician engage a client in nourishing the body when to do so threatens their sense of self?  How do therapists begin to shift the client’s attention away from numbers on a scale and an overvaluation of size, shape and weight? This workshop will address these questions and…

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$429/20 CECs

Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Death and Dying

August 29 @ 5:00 pm - August 31 @ 5:30 pm

GCH 509 This class presents legal and ethical issues in death and dying. Topics include ethical principles, confidentiality, informed consent, legal tools for planning, professional and ethical codes, funerals, burials and special issues with HIV/AIDS. Participants are encouraged to identify ethical issues affecting their professional practice. (20 contact hours toward the GLT Certificate. NOTE:  6 of the 20 CECs may be applied toward the Ethics CECs required by the Counseling Board.) Janet Schreiber, Ph.D., is the founder and director of…

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