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Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc.

Serving Hall, Hamilton, Howard, & Merrick Counties

Registration | Location Details | Hotels | Sponsorship | Exhibitor Booths | Dinner & Comedy Show | Spirit Award Nomination

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Allen Berger

Topic: The Role of Emotional Sobriety in Recovery Counseling 

CEUs: 6 LADC - APPROVED! | 6 Criminogenic - APPROVED!

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Describe two components of recovery counseling.
  2. Identify and name three of the 12 core concepts of emotional sobriety.
  3. Explain two ways emotional sobriety can reduce relapse and criminal recidivism.
  4. List two characteristics of the addict self.
  5. Define the therapeutic working point and list three ways to identify the working point when in session with a client.
  6. Describe two essential considerations when designing a therapeutic experiment.
  7. Describe two important issues to watch out for when facilitating a self-part dialogue.

Workshop Description:

Recovery Counseling is an experiential, process-focused approach for treating those who suffer from addiction. This phenomenologically based approach to counseling creates a powerful therapeutic experience which increases a patient’s self-awareness and their ability to act with greater sincerity toward themselves as well as to discover new possibilities. This training will focus on the identification of a therapeutic working point, how to design experiments that promote self-awareness and lead to the discovery of new possibilities, how to use self-part dialogue to initiate and sustain recovery, and how to integrate the 12 core concepts of emotional sobriety into a patient’s recovery. Emotional sobriety is a key to stable recovery and in reducing recidivism in alcohol and other drug-related crimes. 

Dr. Allen Berger's Bio:

Dr. Berger is a talented psychotherapist and popular recovery author who has written extensively about the experience of recovery, the important topic of emotional sobriety, integrating modern psychotherapy and the 12 Steps, and the psychological forces operating in the Twelve Steps. His most recent book is a sequel to the popular 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery and is titled 12 More Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery. Click here to learn more about Dr. Berger.

Thursday, May 3, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Dinner & Comedy Show
Presenter: Comedian, Jay Armstrong
Topic:  Recovery Comedy: One Laugh At A Time

Learning Objectives: 

To identify ways to use and experience humor/laughter in treatment and recovery.

Workshop Description:

Laughter is good for the soul, and being able to laugh at oneself in recovery can help with healing. Helping clients find fun and humor in life can also aid in long-term recovery. Using humor, wisdom and personal insight, this one-hour presentation will offer an opportunity to laugh, cry, and gain insight into your own recovery and/or how you can help others around you.

Evening Banquet will also include raffles, silent auction, live auction, dessert auction and a whole lot of fun you don’t want to miss after listening to a recovery comedian and learning the power of humor and laughter in treatment and recovery.

Comedian, Jay Armstrong's Bio:
Hailing from beautiful Covington, KY Jay Armstrong is one of America's funniest people. His style of comedy delights people from all walks of life. Jay was a child who was always told he had a lot of "potential" and spent most of his early years in school in gifted programs for genius kids. At 16 he discovered heroin and spent the next 9 years struggling with addiction, homelessness, and even served a little time in prison on drug charges. In 2005 he went to rehab and since has been the quintessential story of redemption and recovery. Once Jay worked up the courage to follow his dreams of comedy he was hooked. Jay travels the country performing at comedy clubs, recovery events and even a prison here and there. In 2014 he recorded his first comedy album which can be heard on Pandora Internet Radio. Jay is now a father in addition to being a comedian.  Click here to learn more about Jay.

Friday, May 4, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: Dr. Cardwell Nuckols
Topic: The Opiate Crisis: Understanding and Treating the Opiate Addict
CEUs: 6 LADC - APPROVED! |  6 Criminogenic - APPROVED!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the opioid crisis from multiple viewpoints including pharmacological, psychotherapeutic and criminal justice perspectives.
  2. Discuss the subjective experience of the opiate addict and understand what ‘normal’ means to them.
  3. Describe the relationship between early life developmental trauma and opiate addiction including the inability to successfully manage negative feeling states.
  4. Describe several psychotherapeutic techniques useful with opiate addicts.
  5. Describe the use of pharmacological agents with the opiate-addicted population.
  6. Discuss the importance of discharge planning, extended care and support necessary for many of those addicted from an early age, to reduce relapse and recidivism rates.

Workshop Description:

The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, Heroin, and synthetic opioids such as
Fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total "economic burden" of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement. 

Heroin, entanyl and its many analogues have taken over as the leading force behind opiate addiction, overdose, death and criminality. Treatment professionals, criminal justice officials, first responders and the community at large are deeply and negatively impacted by these powerful and deadly drugs.

This skills training event will introduce ways of understanding the opioid addict’s experience as engagement and all attempts at
intervention must start here. Both psychotherapeutic and pharmacological management will be discussed. How and when can pharmacological approaches such as Buprenorphine, Naltrexone and Methadone be helpful in aiding recovery? The importance of discharge planning, “wrap arounds” and extended care is critical for many of the younger addicts as they may not be candidates for rehabilitation but for habilitation. This training will take an honest look at a difficult-to-manage population and offer approaches designed to increase retention and enhance the possibility of long-term recovery.

Dr. Cardwell Nuckol's Bio:

Dr. Cardwell C. Nuckols is described as “one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America.” Dr. Nuckols’ passion and mission is to assist in the integration of emerging scientific research with traditional spiritual and self-help knowledge. From this integration comes knowledge, inspiration and technique helpful to those whose practice assists alcoholics, addicts and other mental health patients find healing and their personal road to recovery.

Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 60 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 25 audiotape series. His latest publication is a best seller entitled The Ego-Less SELF: Achieving Peace and Tranquility Beyond All Understanding. Dr. Nuckols’ first book Cocaine: Dependency to Recovery, is also a trade bestseller, as are, his booklets Quitting Heroin, Quitting Alcohol and Quitting Marijuana (Hazelden). Click here to learn more about Dr. Nuckols.