London 2020

Join us at iCAAD London: an event that is internationally recognised as a sacred space for connection, humanity and a shared desire for learning and growth.

3 Days
May Mon 4th, Tues 5th, Wed 6th 2020

Largest european conference on addiction, behavioural, emotional and mental health, and wellbeing.


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London 2019

Last year, iCAAD London 2019 was a shared moment of humanity - beyond the bio-psycho-social - that wove together an eclectic combination of topics, and this year will be no different. Come to engage in dialogue, discussion, debate, conversation, exchange of information, mutual learning and progression.

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Royal Garden Hotel (Conference Venue) 2-24 Kensington High Street London W8 4PT

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Our expert speakers are the essence of iCAAD London.


The ABCs of Resilience: Building a Practical Toolbox for Adolescents, Young Adults and their Families

The mention of adolescents, young adults or youth quickly focuses the conversation on all the problems and modern world issues they are facing. This workshop will attempt to change our perspective from helplessness and hopelessness to hope, strength and resilience. The primary goal is to explore how we as professionals can help youth and their families understand that the necessary tools are available and that they need only to learn how and when to use them.

Our discussion will include balancing Agency, Belief and Communion with appropriate timing, people and places

When should youth seek help or advice and when should parents and family step in, or not step in? When are peers important? How do they navigate peer relationships in a digital world? How do they take control of their own recovery from mental health and/or substance use issues? Whom do they trust? How do they discriminate when and from whom to take advice? When others step in, including family members, teachers, and clinical professionals, should it be corrective, supportive, or empowering? Or all three?

Peers are a core influence in emotional and behavioural development. And peer pressure, so often perceived as negative, doesn’t have to be. Youth have the capacity to “pressure” each other into doing things that will improve physical and mental health, put their social life into perspective and make decisions that they feel good about, building self-esteem.

In this presentation, we will focus on the power of Positive Psychology, Resilience and Transitional Family Theory (Landau, 1982, 2018) and practice. We will explore the manner in which the community serves as a stabilising force; fosters open communication; teaches empathy and provides opportunities for leadership.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Practical guidelines for incorporating these useful practices into treatment including:
  2. Practical guidelines for helping youth and families build tool boxes that will work for them beyond treatment
  3. The importance of ownership of their toolbox
  4. Clinical outcomes for adolescents owning their inherent resilience
  5. The research supporting the outcomes of peer and family support, positive psychology and Transitional Family Therapy.

Therapeutically Engaging the Adolescent Male in the 21st Century

Therapeutically engaging today’s adolescent male has become increasingly difficult. Common barriers include emotional intelligence, shorter attention spans, detached relationships, increasing rates of depression, anxiety and self-medicating behaviours. This presentation will explore the role that technology could be playing in exacerbating these rates of increased mental illness in adolescents. These presenters will highlight effective therapeutic techniques that have shown to positively increase adolescent growth. Lastly, our presentation will identify both psychosocial and technology related approaches that successfully engage adolescents in therapeutic contexts. Participants should expect to engage in group dialogue and take away actionable information to be implemented into practice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the most common barriers that prevent engagement and connection in treating adolescent males.
  2. How to use research to design interventions specifically for the adolescent male that will result in treatment compliance and reduction in symptomatology.
  3. How to create assessment tools to measure the effectiveness of interventions, and then use those results to reinforce growth trajectories.
  4. Engagement strategies that support adolescent growth and complement existing cultural realities (e.g. technology, social media, popular culture).

Theoretical Framework for Working With Women: An Essential Resource for Women’s Case Management

Connection is the key and with it, expert interventionist and licensed counsellor, Heather Hayes, is able to lift the lid on women’s issues. With 35 years of working with women in the addictions and mental health field, Heather is able to offer invaluable insight for clinicians, case managers, coaches and interventionists working with women.

The first mention of a ‘sex-selective disorder’ dates back to ancient Egypt. It was here that the stigma towards women and their specific issues was created. Today women are statistically more affected than men by mental health and substance abuse issues, yet rarely do we address this.

Women face unique challenges regarding their physical and mental health that must be recognised and explored by mental health professionals. Such challenges include women’s exposure to violence, culturally supported roles for women in traditional settings, and mental health concerns across the life cycle. Women are unlikely to seek treatment for fear of losing their children. They are also unfulfilled by the modern day models of development which advocate individualism and independence. Women thrive through connection, therefore the way we need to help women recover needs to be through a connective model.

This presentation will explore the cultural and psychological dynamics that influence the treatment of women in behavioural health settings, including intervention and case management best practices.

Heather will outline a specific framework for the treatment of women, which will draw upon relational, non-pathologising treatment models which will help women, not only recover, but also thrive.

Xanax and Overprescribing

A growing number of people are abusing Xanax in the UK to help them relax, relieve stress, reduce inhibitions and self-medicate their anxiety.

Xanax is highly addictive and people misusing the drug can find that they need to take more of the substance at more regular intervals once they build up a tolerance, leading to physical and psychological dependency.

It is illegal to take Xanax without a prescription from a medical doctor. This presentation will further explore the issue of Xanax and overprescribing, looking at the signs, symptoms and treatment for Xanax addiction.

Race: Working Through Otherness

This talk discusses what it means to work through colour therapeutically. We will explore what it means to experience prejudice, racism, projections in the psychotherapeutic alliance and how these can be therapeutically processed. The importance of experiencing, validating and addressing concepts that society will often shy away from. When working with marginalised individuals however, the work does not stop there, it must also consider their traditions that play a emphasis on family and community. The aim of this talk is to get us thinking about these concepts whilst addressing our own stigmas when we think of colour.

This presentation will draw on politics and narratives of otherness, with a special focus on clients from the MENA region.

Although this can be, to some extent, rolled out to better understand the experience of marginalised groups, it is imperative that it is not seen so exclusively. Each subgroup bring a unique piece that further influences their experience of discrimination and otherness. This presentation aims to support professionals with feeling more comfortable with naming and addressing inequalities.

Examples of these experiences will be demonstrated through a series of case studies. Case studies are anonymised, and some may have additions for the purposes of illustrating examples of working through otherness.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the experience of exclusion.
  2. Learning a therapeutic approach when it comes to marginalised clients.
  3. Becoming more comfortable with working through stigma.

Combating Existential Despair: Finding Hope & Meaning in the Midst of Global Suffering

It seems like we can’t pick up our phones or turn on our televisions these days without hearing about some sort of global tragedy. Our days -- and our minds -- are filled with news of mass shootings, terrorist threats, and the catastrophic effects of climate change.

It’s getting harder and harder to silence the voices that seem to telling us “there’s nothing we can do” and “the world is dark and hopeless.” In Combatting Existential Despair, Cindy Westcott will share how we can build hope and resiliency in a world that is desperate for it.

Gender Evolution 2020: Creating Healthy and Affirming Spaces for Transgender and Gender Expansive Young People

Fifty percent of transgender young people will attempt suicide at least once before their twentieth birthday. Addiction amongst trans and non-binary youth are not easily assessed, however amongst LGBTQ young people it is known that rates of addiction are significantly higher than that of their straight and cisgender peers. Minority stress, stigma, and bullying are main causes for higher rates of addiction, anxiety, and depression.

As professionals, we need to create a space for understanding and safety within our walls of our facilities for these youths. This workshop will help professionals grasp terms, ideas, and situation that trans & non-binary youth are experiencing today.

Participants will be able to assess their own practices as it relates to transgender young people and be able to take with them an overarching understanding of the coming out process. Discussions will include policy & paperwork, talking to parents, creating safety within the group process, and how to effectively be an ally to trans and gender expansive youth. This workshop is experiential by nature.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to discuss and describe the coming out process to their youths

2. Participants will be able to evaluate and assess their own practice/approach as it relates to trans youths

3. Participants will learn to integrate skills into their practices/workplace with their youths

What Makes Addiction Possible?

Are Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders (SRAD) real diseases, or are they social constructs? The ambition for this presentation is to provide a theoretical framework to help understanding SRAD, that goes beyond the banal debates of "reality" or "social construction".

Hacking's (1998) metaphor of the 'ecological niche' will be used as a metaphor to help understand Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders (SRAD) as diseases that are steeped in the social circumstances of present time.

It is argued that Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders (SRAD) are not only caused by bio-psycho-social factors, but a result of a concatenation of diverse types of elements. This presentation will examine these chains of events to provide an explanation and understanding of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders (SRAD).

Learning Objectives:

1. A new theoretical framework for thinking about addiction

2. Learn about the metaphor of ecological niche

3. Understand addictions as a phenomenon that is more than just biological, psychological or social

Frozen Moments: An Experiential Approach to Treating Relational Trauma

Flight and fight are the well-known actions that we humans, animals and reptiles take when we’re scared or terrified. However, when we can do neither because we’re trapped, immobilised or simply have nowhere to go as is often the case with children, we may freeze or dissociate. These “frozen moments” however do not necessarily disappear, they can live within the mind/body as disowned parts of self that continue to have impact on how we live on our relationships. In psychodrama, we can concretise these moments through role play, we can talk to them, enter into them and bring the feelings associated with them from the inside to the outside. We can see, feel and heal them in a supportive, therapeutic context. In this experiential workshop we’ll do a “frozen moment” social atom, and a sculpture of a frozen moment. This is a contained way in which we can take a step back and see the picture more fully in working with relational trauma.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To gain a picture of a moment in which one may have felt traumatised and dissociated or frozen.
  2. To allow the protagonist to ascertain their own “frozen moment” rather than having to meet it in the course of role play and risk feeling blindsided by their own frozenness.
  3. To create a safe, experiential structure through which to work with relational trauma.
  4. To gain access to parts of the self that one may have thrown out of consciousness.
  5. To gain a clearer sense of the internalised family system that a protagonist may be operating from in their lives.

The Journey of the Heroic Parent Informed Therapy

As a founder of several treatment programs, I have spent 23 years training and supervisions clinicians. My experience is that many clinicians have little experience with supervision that considers how resistance is often exacerbated by clinicians. Therapists hide behind terms like “evidence based” to avoid their own inadequacies. They become experts at blaming the client when therapy is not going well. Therapist's models, theories, techniques, and emotional reactions can all become barriers to effective treatment.

The therapist's shame and the need to be a "good" clinician also prevent effective treatment. Counter-transference can be an effective diagnostic tool when therapists understand projective-identification defenses and when they are able to recognize personal counter-transference. Many in the therapy field account for a lack of progress in therapy as client-created and refuse to reevaluate their approach. Frustration, anger, hopelessness, anxiety, powerlessness, sadness, and many other emotional responses to clients can prevent the therapist from providing a safe container.

Therapists are not experts on their client’s lives, ought not to provide advice in major-life decisions, but should foster the development of a healthy Self. This requires that the therapist be constantly looking at their response, feelings, and relationship to the client and the client’s issues. Failure to reflect adequately can produce therapy that is abusive or at least inadequate. Many therapists respond to the defense at face value and thus contribute to the lack of progress in therapy or recovery. Research on how others respond to us and how that effects the brain is exhaustive.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand common counter-transference (CT) errors and be able to distinguish between personal and diagnostic CT.
2. Understand the many therapists increase resistance and then blame it on the client.
3. Describe supervision that helps therapists consider when they may be abusive towards clients.

Where do we go from here? – What happens when providers are traumatised, have death hit close to home, relapse or experience other crisis?

Mortality rates within the behavioural health treatment space are rapidly increasing and providers career expectancies are dwindling. This presentation examines stressors amongst counsellors, interventionists, milieu staff and other treatment providers. We will address provider burnout, exposure to traumatic incidents, severe mortality increases, inpatient death rates, relapse amongst professionals and best practice treatment modalities for addressing symptomology related to exposure.

Additionally, this presentation will address stigmas surrounding healthcare workers in crisis and barriers to them seeking assistance. Empirical evidence, statistics, research outcomes and personal experience will be interwoven to create a well-rounded and engaging presentation. Ben will provide statistical data regarding mortality rates amongst those with substance use and mental health disorders. All material will dually apply to better treating patients within a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) or Mental Health based treatment setting.

Psychedelics Please

In this presentation, we will first explore the role of psychedelics throughout human history. We’ll address the poignant similarities of its use in different cultures in dispersed geographic areas around the world and their important impact on human evolution and civilization by drawing from Shamanism in the Americas, the early days of Buddhism on the Indian subcontinent and the Eleusinian Mysteries in ancient Greece.

However, thankfully the dark age of psychedelics seems to be coming to an end. Recent studies using psychedelics in a wide variety of mental health disorders have repeatedly demonstrated their incredible potential, advocating for a change in their legal status and warranting a necessary reintroduction, at least in the realms of controlled use in clinical medicine.

But beyond exploring the possibilities of developing new medical treatments, what is the real potential of psychedelics? And could, in an age of spiritual deafening and ecological crisis, psychedelics potentially save humanity?

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the use and role of psychedelics in different cultures throughout human history.
  2. Learn about the research and potential use of psychedelics for specific mental health conditions.
  3. Explore the potential of psychedelics in a wider societal context.

The Importance of "Functional Recovery" from Mental Health Issues

Traditionally, mental health treatment has been based on a “Medical Model” of treatment – mental illnesses are diagnosed and symptoms are reduced with the appropriate medications and psychotherapy. The concept of “Functional recovery” is relatively new and the therapeutic goal is to help clients not only achieve symptom reduction but importantly, achieve an overall sense of improved quality of life. This presentation will address and offer resources for such issues as social anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of healthy risk taking, fear of failure, fear of change, secondary gain from over-identification with a mental illness, misdiagnoses and missed diagnoses.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The DEEP Formulation will be explained and examined. DEEP = Differences; Environmental Stressors; Emotional Sensitivities and Problematic Patterns of Communication.
  2. Delegates will also learn about Intervention models, Unified Detachment and Empathetic Joining.

The usefulness of UControlDrink, a smartphone treatment platform, in the treatment of alcohol use disorder. A randomised controlled trial.

Alcohol use disorder (AUD) is a substantial problem, causing premature death and great economic burden. Research has highlighted the potential positive impact of technological interventions such as smartphone applications (app) in treatment of alcohol use disorder. The aim of this presentation is to explore the effectiveness of a smartphone app, incorporating computerised cognitive behavioural therapy (C-CBT) and text messaging support, on alcohol outcomes over 6 months in a post rehabilitation setting. 111 participants with AUD were recruited into this randomised controlled trial, following completion of a 30-day rehabilitation programme. Intervention group (n=54) used the smartphone app ‘UControlDrink’ (UCD) over 6 months and the control group (n=57) received treatment as usual (TAU). Results: There was a significant reduction in number of drinking days in the intervention group relative to TAU at 3- and 6- month time points over the treatment trial, with a corresponding reduction in anxiety scores..

The UCD smartphone app demonstrates a significant benefit to reducing the number of drinking days over a 6- month post-rehabilitation period.

The presentation will deliver the results of this important controlled trial, and place the findings in the setting of current evidence for the use of technology in treatment of addictive disorders. The presenter will use a slide presentation, with appropriate handouts to cover the material. A question and answer format will be used at the end of the slide presentation to allow audience participation

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the potential of addiction technology in the treatment of alcohol and addictive disorders.
  2. Learn about the scientific evidence for use of a smartphone app in a rehabilitation setting.
  3. Learn of the integration of technology interventions with established treatments

RECOVERY GAMES: How to Use Improv and Creative Writing in Groups

An experiential workshop exploring the use of creative writing and improvisation in group. Participants will gain direct experience of both techniques themselves, supported by evidence of the importance of play, story, and how they are connected, and will be provided with tools and resources to take away as well as the knowledge of how to put them into practice immediately.

Development of SURE Recovery: an app to help people who use substances self-monitor and track their recovery

Recovery is a widely used outcome within substance use treatment. In 2016, we published a validated measure of recovery called the Substance Use Recovery Evaluator (SURE). SURE was co-produced with people using substances and attracted international interest. Users of SURE soon reported that they wanted to access the measure in an app so they could self-monitor their own recovery and achieve personal goals. The aim of our next project was therefore to develop such an app. In 2018/19, we employed a user-centred design process to identify content for, co-design, and build the app. This involved over 40 people with lived experience of addiction working collaboratively with qualitative researchers, statisticians, clinicians, and digital designers. The app (SURE Recovery) was published on the App Store and Google Play in October 2019. It comprises i. a recovery tracker, providing SURE scores with personalised feedback; ii. a sleep tracker, enabling people to assess their own sleep; iii. an artwork feature, allowing people to share their creations with the recovery community; iv. a diary feature, offering a safe space to record thoughts and feelings; v. information on the life-saving drug naloxone; and vi. free access to a book on recovery. The app also gives people opportunities to participate in further research. SURE Recovery is an engaging self-management tool developed with, and for, people using substances or in recovery. Future research will explore how it is being used, how it can be improved, and whether using the app can itself change behaviours.

The Body is the First Responder

This presentation will discuss MindShield, an integrated clinical modality developed by researchers at the University of Utah during their research and work with First Responders.

This session is intended as an experiential, multi-sensory journey to explore various states of regulation and dysregulation in the Treatment of Trauma: it is explicitly designed to help you as a frontline provider: by taking a sensory approach it is designed to maintain self-awareness and mitigate symptoms of burnout and compassion.

In the clinical environment, Mindshield is a set of strategies with a trifold focus on the client, the therapeutic encounter and the therapist’s experience (in and out of sessions). Mindshield sees those as separate and interconnected systems. The integration of those systems is a vital element of the therapeutic process that is rarely directly addressed.

Mindshield defines systems including the individual, family, groups and collective environments and within one’s biological, mental, emotional and spiritual experience. In the clinical encounter, it supports the conditions to eliminate potential treatment barriers and ruptures in the therapeutic relationship by promoting integration within the individual and dyad internal systems. In sessions, Mindshield promotes clients’ self-actualization, holistic awareness and treatment ownership.

Mindshield for clinical settings also seeks to enhance your unique clinical expertise as an adjunct method. It is explicitly designed to help you as a frontline provider: by taking a sensory approach it is designed to maintain self-awareness and mitigate symptoms of burnout and compassion fatigue.

Attendees will begin to understand the relational impact of unmet expectations with self and others and how that awareness together with our senses is in fact a strategy to enable the shift back to prefrontal cortex. We will use didactic materials and experiential exercises.

The Impact of Family Involvement in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorder

Dr. Adams will discuss his research into outcomes for individuals that participated in his study: The Impact of Involvement in Residential Treatment of Persons with SUD on Family Members: A Mixed Methods Study. The research was conducted in fulfilment of requirements for his doctorate degree and was completed April of 2019 but is yet unpublished. This innovative study involved family members of individuals that were in treatment for SUD, who participated in week long program called Residential Family Restructuring, which resulted in improvements in their depression and stress and other dimensions of their overall wellness, supporting the effectiveness of family systems treatment for SUD.

Dr Adams will present on various benefits to family participation in treatment, including improved outcomes for the identified patients as well as improvements in measures of mental health and wellness for the participating family members. He will explore methods that have had a more desired effect on outcomes and methods that have helped the entire family heal and effect positive change including family restructuring, family assessment protocols and techniques that encourage family involvement past the intervention stage.

This presentation will be useful for CEOs, senior management and Clinical Directors within the substance abuse fields, looking to advance and expand their family programmes.

Learning Objectives:

1. To gain an understanding of how the substance use disorder of an identified patients impacts the family members within the family system through an examination of dimensions of their mental health including levels of depression, anxiety and stress.

2. To identify and explore assessments, techniques and interventions that foster family healing and effect positive change within the family system such as family involved treatment programs and Residential Family Restructuring.

3. To discuss the lived experience of family members that have participated in the treatment of loved ones with substance use disorders, discuss treatment outcomes for family involved care, and to identify clinical and continuing care needs for family members.


This engaging dyadic presentation is specifically focused on our clinical conceptualisation of the needs of the families and spouses of addicted people. The talk will move from the 'wife shaming' views if the 1940's to the 'family disease models of the 1960's, ending with an overview the concept of codependency. (1980's, 1990's). The talk will then turn away from this historical critique, toward a discussion/description of a new concept, Prodependence.

Prodependence will be introduced as a fully new, strength based model sourced in attachment theory.

We will look at why has loving and caring for a troubled person become a pathology? In our age of attachment-focused psychotherapy, can anyone really "love too much?" For that matter, what is codependency today?

This clinical, research guided, provocative keynote modelled after the 2018 book Prodependence, critiques the history and present state of codependency, while also introducing something entirely new.

Prodependence is a brand new, attachment sourced view of the families and loved ones of addicts that pushes us past Codependence. Thus in an attachment-focused era, we will discuss whether we can begin to offer caregivers a more loving, strength based treatment model.

Learning Objectives:

1. Introduce a new model of treatment (educate participants) for partners of addicts.

2. Attendees will be able to compare and contrast codependence and prodependence to understand the differences between the models.

3. Attendees will develop three new terms to utilise when intervening loved ones of addicts.

The Yin and Yang that Live Within

Integrative care is believed to be a valid touchstone in helping our patients/clients achieve their goals in mental/emotional health and physical wellness. Oriental medical philosophy can be a powerful part of that care.

Understanding the concepts of balance, which will always include the principles of Yin/Yang, is another tool in mental, emotional, physical and spiritual diagnosis.

The concepts of darkness, light, change, and the free flow of magnetism, are a large part of the outside energetics of nature. These energies are an important part in the creation of Qi (i.e. life force).

We are in control of this powerful dynamic by our own life choices

It is this understanding that allows one to strengthen and enhance one’s physiological make up or ‘constitution’ and to recognise pattern’s in your patients/clients.

The 5 elements -- fire, earth, metal, water, and wood -- show us yet another vital way in which to look at energetics within the body. This inner body dynamic creates its own mental, emotional, and physical ecosystem, which flow together to create who we are in the here and now.

These concepts will be explored in relation to ourselves and to the understanding of our clients/patients. The clarity of Oriental Medical philosophy gives us another way to frame conversations, therapies, meditations, insights, dietary, and specific lifestyle recommendations.

Included will be exercise and breathing modalities best suited to each client’s individual needs.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will gain an understanding of the inner workings of Yin/Yang balance , and Qi ( life force ).

2. Participants will learn the importance of how a balanced lifestyle leads to healthy emotional decisions.

3. Participants will learn how to identify clients’ profiles and guide them to cognitive techniques leading to better balance and empowering growth.

Back To Balance, After Extreme Living

This session will draw upon the combined knowledge, expertise and experience of these two close friends, Robert and Andrew. Both Robert and Andrew come from two very distinct male demographics; Andrew a successful musician, best known for his involvement with the band M People, and Robert, a successful senior executive and CEO of E.ON engineering businesses in Europe. Both men knew the excesses of success and their journeys led them to meet at a men’s group in early 2018.

Using Andrew’s knowledge and expertise in Cranio Sacral and Somatic Experience therapies, and Robert’s understanding of existential psychotherapy and the role gender plays in therapy, this presentation will refer to individual and group therapeutic approaches, specifically looking at their usefulness for men’s recovery.

Robert will act as facilitator using Andrew’s life as a case study. The audience will be taken on a journey through Andrew’s adoption, his career, his addictions and finally, his nurturing through love, family and friendship.

Backed up by research and Robert’s own passion around the subject, the pair will discuss the importance of men’s groups for male recovery. The need for men to be vulnerable in a society which often dictates that they are anything but. These two will lead by example, opening their hearts to the audience to provide a heartfelt but informative presentation.

During the session each phase will be introduced by drumming/percussion and prose, setting the tone for the narrative and conversation. The attendees will be invited to engage actively in the Q&A reflecting on issues prompted and on the role of music, prose and gender focused support groups in addiction therapy.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To understand the deep and personal experience of how early trauma combined with an extreme lifestyle can lead to breakdown.
  2. To appreciate various therapeutic modalities and their importance in men’s recovery.
  3. To understand how men’s groups versus individual therapy can benefit men.
  4. To appreciate how a range of lifestyle changes and interventions can impact and aid recovery.
  5. To recognise the therapeutic value of music, prose and conversation.

The Future Science of Effective Substance Use Disorder Treatment

The effective treatment of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) faces many great challenges. Historically, these pitfalls have included low training standards, ambiguity of success, and the weight of stigma. Most behavioral health professionals are aware of these challenges. This presentation, however, will identify our most pressing concern: measurement. Our ability to measure and monitor treatment effect is directly proportional to the future growth of our practice. Unfortunately, the application of incongruent philosophical values (i.e. materialism and specificity) onto the behavioural sciences has severely hampered our ability to best measure patient change. These challenges have contributed to the greatest behavioural health pandemic of our time. Amidst these challenges, advances in both emerging technology accelerants and data science techniques has offered our field a unique opportunity. The same historical limitations of the behavioural sciences now offer unique advantage in catapulting our field into the current frontiers of information technology and behavioural science. This presentation will outline a comprehensive model of measurement that includes psychometrics, digital phenotyping, and neuroimaging. These emerging sciences applied into our practices can transform our field by increasing our capacity to identify severity profiles, optimise treatment dosage, and monitor patient change over-time. Applied examples currently leveraged within Cumberland Heights Foundation will be reviewed. The barriers and challenges associated with the adoption of these techniques will be emphasised.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the historical context of behavioural health theory.
  2. Identify emerging challenges facing behavioural health treatment practices.
  3. Examine how new applications of old data science techniques and technology accelerants can transform our field.
  4. Present brief overview of these techniques applied within the Cumberland Heights systems of care.
  5. Provide three action-oriented steps for each audience member to consider within their own practice.

Healing Wounds from the Past by Mindfully and Compassionately Embracing the Present

There is mounting evidence that childhood maltreatment can profoundly influence human development, resulting in a variety of mental, emotional, and social challenges – including addictive disorders. Attachment theory is a dominant theory in human development today and is a useful framework for understanding how early relational experiences can have far-reaching effects.

Developmental trauma and attachment disturbances can lead to deficits in nervous system regulation due in part to disruptions in neurochemical systems involving oxytocin and dopamine and can impact neural pathways connecting the prefrontal cortex and the limbic structures. Furthermore, research conducted by the presenter will be used to show that attachment-related anxiety and avoidance are related to rumination/emotion dysregulation and suppression/emotional unclarity, respectively.

Addictive behaviours can be seen as an attempt at short-term regulation, with long-term consequences. Theoretical ideas will be presented linking early-occurring attachment-related changes to the dopamine rewards system as a possible basis for later vulnerability to addictive disorders. Finally, the roles of mindfulness and self-compassion will be explored as possible interventions for those who suffer with trauma- and attachment-related disorders.

This presentation will utilise cutting-edge research, highly engaging visual information, and real-world clinical anecdotes to explore the scientific linkages between trauma, attachment, and addiction, and will offer ideas on how to help clients restore the capacity to self-regulate in healthy ways.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will be able to identify general principles of attachment theory.

2. Participants will be able to describe how attachment theory can be used to better conceptualise childhood maltreatment.

3. Participants will be able to describe the qualities of the two main dimensions of attachment insecurity: anxiety and avoidance.

The Global Rise of Traumatic and Complex Grief: Clinical Reflections

This presentation will identify and explore how the current global climate of social, emotional and political trauma translates into a rise in traumatic and complex grief. The content will reflect on incidents of mass violence, political strife and the explicit and implied losses experienced. This presentation will review diagnostic criteria as well as current trends in treatment.

In our world today, we are struggling to cope with unprecedented violence. political and social unrest. We continue to see a dramatic rise in terror attacks, mass terror, and drug overdoses. Imbedded in these events is the loss of safety and predictability that afford us a sense of wellbeing and peace. This presentation will examine the significant rise in trauma and complex grief and will explore clinical considerations, risk assessments, and strategies to support those in need.

Learning Objectives:

1. The participant will identify diagnostic criteria for complicated grief.

2. The participant will learn to discriminate between uncomplicated grief and complicated grief.

3. The participant will demonstrate an understanding of the interweave between grief and trauma in cases of complex grief.

4. The participant will identify at least three clinical interventions to address complex grief.

5. The participant will identify specific factors that contribute to the rise in complex grief in our world.

Family Family Family: Integrating Comprehensive Family Treatment, Education and Intervention in the Treatment Process

We will discuss the importance of family therapy through out the treatment process. We know individuals do better in all forms of therapy when family is involved, this includes addiction, mental health and medical treatment.

Integrating family in the treatment process is paramount to achieving successful outcomes for adolescents and young adults struggling with emotional, psychological, and addiction issues. Because supportive family dynamics provide the greatest positive influence on adolescents in recovery, treatment professionals would better serve clients by incorporating the family in all stages of treatment.

Learning Objectives:

1. Why adolescents and young adults do better with includingfamily in the treatment process more than the adult population.

2. The necessity for therapist to view the family as a resource rather than an obstacle in treatment.

3. How to integrate family into all aspects of treatment: intervention, admission, treatment, and aftercare.

4. How to teach parents the tools to help their loved one manage recovery both during and after treatment



May Mon 4th, Tues 5th, Wed 6th 2020

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May Mon 4th, Tues 5th, Wed 6th 2020

Get up to 21 hours of CPD credits
Register now