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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, March 28, 2019

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

Presenter: Dr. Claudia Black

Topic: Unspoken Legacy: Addressing the Impact of Trauma and Addiction within the Family

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


Learning Objectives: 

Workshop Description:

Acute trauma and addictive disorders are often a result of psychological injuries experienced as a child, while typically producing long-term and harmful generational consequences on loved ones and other family members. Claudia Black presents a portrait of a broken family system, exploring how addiction and trauma develop in families, their damaging repetition, and offers a roadmap for healing. Dr. Black will comprehensively addresse the many components of traumatism, as well as addiction-related trauma. Vignettes highlighting the various causes of trauma will help the audiance understand the physiology and psychology of trauma and its negative effects. Includes healing, proactive steps that can be applied to better understand clients' circumstances and build healthier relationships both in and outside of the family.


Dr. Claudia Black's Bio:

Claudia Black, Ph.D., is internationally recognized for her pioneering and cutting-edge work with family systems and addictive disorders. Her work with children impacted by drug and alcohol addiction in the late 1970s fueled the advancement of the codependency and developmental trauma fields. Dr. Black’s passion to help young adults overcome obstacles and strengthen families built the foundation of the Claudia Black Young Adult Center. Not only is Dr. Black the clinical architect of this groundbreaking treatment program, she is also actively involved with the treatment team, patients, and their families.


Claudia is the author of It Will Never Happen To Me, Changing Course, My Dad Loves Me, My Dad Has A Disease, Repeat After Me, Relapse Toolkit, A Hole in the Sidewalk, Depression Strategies, Straight Talk, Family Strategies, Anger Strategies, Deceived: Facing Sexual Betrayal, Lies and Secrets, The Truth Begins With You, Intimate Treason: Healing the Trauma for Partners Confronting Sex Addiction, and her newest title, Unspoken Legacy. She has produced seven audio CDs addressing issues of addiction and recovery. They are A Time for Healing, Putting the Past Behind, Triggers, Emotional Baggage, Trauma in the Addicted Family, Imageries and Letting Go Imageries. She also has over 20 DVDs for professionals to use working with families and clients.

She is widely recognized for her contributions to the field of addiction and trauma treatment. Some of her recent awards are:

National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) Lifetime Achievement Award, Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award, Marty Mann Award, SECAD Award, National Council on Alcohol and Drug Addiction Educator of the Year, 2010 Conway Hunter Award for Excellence in the Field of Addiction, Distinguished Alumni Award University of Washington School of Social Work.



Thursday, March 28, 2018
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Dinner & Comedy Show
Presenter: Comedian, Jeff Allen
Topic: 
CEUs: 1 LADC - pending!


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.