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Central Nebraska Council on Alcoholism and Addictions, Inc.


Serving Hall, Hamilton, Howard, & Merrick Counties



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



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Thursday, March 28, 2019

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Claudia Black

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

CEUs: 5 LADC - APPROVED! | 5 Criminogenic - APPROVED!


Learning Objectives: 

1. Identify the interplay between the three areas of the brain, the brain stem, the limbic system and prefrontal cortex at times of trauma and the implications for recovery
2. Describe the addiction /trauma cycle
3. Describe inter-generational repetition
4. List seven layers of healing
5. Describe a variety of strategic family interventions

Workshop Description:

Trauma begets trauma; addiction begets addiction; and each tends to beget the other. Both reverberate throughout a family system. From her most recent book Unspoken Legacy, Claudia Black , Ph. D., will describe how addiction and trauma are interconnected, often repeated throughout the addictive family system and most importantly what must happen for healing to occur. She will discuss trauma, what influences both the vulnerability and the resilience to painful life situations. She will speak to the hidden darkness of shame that grows from unattended trauma and addiction, and offer early strategies in working with family members impacted by active addiction. Throughout the day, there will be small group sharing and debriefing of the content discussed.


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, 2019 SOLD OUT
5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Dinner & Comedy Show
Presenter: Comedian, Jeff Allen
Topic:  I Can Laugh About It Now
CEUs: 1 LADC - APPROVED! | 1 Criminogenic - APPROVED!


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, Jeff Allen's Bio:
Through humor and honesty, Funny Man, Jeff Allen, shares a somber testimony of a deflated marriage while questioning the value of life. After one of Jeff’s weakest moments with drugs and alcohol, he sought help through a 12 step program and therapy. It wasn’t until filing for bankruptcy and nearly losing his career, wife, and family that he opened himself to God’s grace through repentance. Admitting that his ignorance and arrogance prevented him for years from seeking a higher power in his recovery, Jeff is humble today about the role God’s grace and mercy has had on his path of sobriety.


Jeff Allen combines clean, hilarious humor with inspiration like no other comedian working today. He is the best at what he does – making people laugh as hard as humanly possible. His Happy Wife, Happy Life® message of a marriage gone wrong and redeemed has given laughter and encouragement to millions of people. Jeff’s comedy drives home the humor in everyday family life and the joy derived from a healthy marriage.


Jeff Allen is in his fifth decade as a working comedian. You may have seen him on Comedy Central, VH-1, Showtime, TBN, CBN, Family Net and numerous other television networks. He can be heard regularly on SiriusXM’s comedy channels, also Pandora and Spotify. He has performed for our troops on aircraft carriers and ships in the Indian Ocean. Look for him on the CRTV sponsored tour in 2019 titled, “Make Comedy Great Again Tour” and on the fastest growing comedy internet sensation, Drybar Comedy. Jeff has also produced and starred in his own sitcom pilot for Castlerock Television and in the critically acclaimed films, “Apostles of Comedy.”




Friday, March 29, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Presenter: James Campbell, LPC, LAC, MAC, CACII
Topic: Experiential Treatment - Engaging the Whole Person in their Recovery
CEUs: 6 LADC - APPROVED! |  6 Criminogenic - APPROVED!


Learning Objectives:

  1. Grasp the strengths and vulnerabilities particular to our brain physiology,
  2. Develop their understanding the holistic nature of substance use disorders and recovery,
  3. Gain an understanding of the strengths and limitations of traditional “talk therapy”,
  4. Gain exposure to and an understanding of the role of experiential exercises in engaging those we serve.


Workshop Description:

Substance Use Disorders impact every aspect of the lives those who have them. Likewise, effective treatment should engage every aspect of the individual as they enter recovery. Experiential Treatment - Engaging the Whole Person in their Recovery is a practical, didactic, and experiential exploration of how to effectively assist individuals in moving towards a healthy recovery utilizing a holistic model of Substance Use Disorders and Recovery. This hands-on workshop is a means of exploring how to engage the whole person in treatment and appeal to those with diverse learning styles.


James Campbell's Bio:

James Campbell has been working professionally in the human services field for over twenty-four years. His passion is helping individuals, families, and relationships to heal and assisting them in building on the strengths they possess. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Addiction Counselor, a Master Addictions Counselor through NAADAC, a Certified Addictions Counselor II through SCAADAC, and is a member of both NAADAC and ACA. James is the current President of SCAADAC.

James is the Founder of Family Excellence, Inc., the Director and Lead Trainer of Family Excellence Institute, LLC, and is a nationally recognized author and speaker.


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