Paris 2019

Addiction, Society, And Identity

This year, our 4th iCAAD Paris day-conference will address the central theme of addiction and identity. An opening Keynote and debate will be followed with 9 Master Classes covering important and relevant topics when treating addictive disorders beyond the addiction. They provide the audience with evidence-based and best practice insight knowledge directly applicable into our practice.

The conference provides CPD credits and is suitable for:

  • Health care professional and social workers
  • Students from Medical school and psychology universities
  • Psychiatrists and Addictologists and General practitioners
  • Clinical psychologists and psychotherapists
  • Private practitioners
  • Mental and health care institutions

See the Conference Program below for full details.

June 21

09:00
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09:30

Opening & Welcome

Christophe Sauerwein
Academic Director, Psychotherapist, iCAAD Events

09:30
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10:15

When Addiction, Society and Identity Intersect: The dynamic (trans)formation of the self

David Saint Vincent
Psychologist/Director/General Secretary

10:15
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11:00

Panel discussion with David Saint-Vincent and Dr Cosmo Duff Gordon, moderated by Christophe Sauerwein.

David Saint Vincent
Psychologist/Director/General Secretary

Dr. Cosmo Duff Gordon
CEO/ Président Directeur General, Start2Stop

Christophe Sauerwein
Academic Director, Psychotherapist, iCAAD Events

11:00
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11:30

Coffee break

11:30
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12:30

LGBT, the Courageous Communitiy: from stigma to identity, from pain to hope

Stu Fenton will address the many specificities of the LGBT communities and individualities through a multifaceted approach linking identity quest, painful stigmas of Chemsex and addiction, and most importantly the courage and mindfulness of a community facing its challenges with hope and determination. We have so much to learn here. Could it well be that a Minority is actually leading the Majority by example of self-discovery and self-introspection? As Stu Fenton & al. proposed in Berlin in 2018: “Surely gay culture is not just something depressing? It’s also about self-discovery, adventure, relating to a group of peers, have meaningful relations, reaching out to others in order to lift each other up and having all sorts of primal instincts satisfied.”

Stuart Fenton
Clinical Psychotherapist and Counsellor, R12 and The Cabin Addiction Services Group

12:30
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14:00

Lunch break

14:00
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14:45

Addiction And Families: The Solution is also inside the Problem (English SimTrans)

How does the alcoholic or addicted individual effect the family and community? In what way do they equally become sick? What does intervention, treatment and aftercare look like for the family and how does this effect the individual with addiction? This masterclass will examine the origins of addiction throughout a family’s history and find new ways to transform those old stories of shame and blame to survival and resilience. Participants will be provided a number of key points aimed at enhancing professional knowledge and performance. We will examine alternative ways to think beyond individual treatment, which include the entire family not only though current Family Therapy models, but by examining the stories and pain of past generations. This cutting-edge thinking regarding family work can transform the lives of generations yet to come who may escape the prison of addiction due to our ability to stand with our clients in their multigenerational story of trauma and adaptation. In conclusion, participants will examine how family therapy techniques including examining generations of Transgenerational Grief provide an opportunity for feelings that have been previously denied and lost in the family story can be named, explored, reframed and viewed as strength and hope.

Dr Colleen M. Kelly
Psychotherapist and Clinical Outreach Consultant

Sex Addiction: Clinical and Therapeutic Aspects (French)

In recent years, we have observed a growing clinical demand for people with compulsive sexual behaviour. Faced with this particular problem, it is essential for practitioners to adopt a benevolent attitude towards the patient. The therapeutic alliance allows the addict to express himself freely and gradually discharge his feelings of shame related to his addictive sexual behaviour. Thus, the clinician can evaluate the addictive practice and propose a diagnosis. Depending on the severity of the disorder and the presence of factors of vulnerability and maintenance, different therapeutic strategies can be put in place and proposed to the patient. According to the current scientific literature, cognitive and behavioural therapies seem to be effective for sexual addictions.

Marthylle Lagadec
Psychologist, Sexologist

Masterclass Series 1: A Lever to Initiate and Support Change in Our Patients (French)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a relational person-centered approach focused on motivating and enhancing the process of change. In the MI approach, the patient is at the center of the decision process. He is the caregiver's partner with whom he explores and resolves his ambivalence. The-ability-to-change is no longer seen as personality trait, but as the outcome from the patient-therapist interaction. Also, therapists are far from being the onlookers of the process of change of their patients. On the contrary, they influence by the quality and nature of their relational approach, the motivation of patients. In Motivational Interviewing, the therpaist helps the patient to identify its intrinsic values ​​and his goals which will drive sustainable change. This Master Class will allow participants to familiarise with MI through cases and experiential exercises. It will provide participants with a first understanding of how to use it effectively when working with addicts.

Dr Pascal Gache
Addiction Specialist

14:45
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15:00

Coffee break

15:00
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15:45

Entitlement, Rage and Contempt - Narcissistic Wounds and the Challenge of Recovery (Strategies for Healing) (English, SimTrans)

When and how can we conceptualise addiction as a narcissistic decease? Research has often linked alcoholism with narcissistic deprivation in childhood. Narcissism differentiates from borderline personality and antisocial disorders. It corresponds to specific behaviours and posturing with implications and concerns in addiction treatment. Most importantly narcissistic-addict personal and professional relationships conflicting dynamics are a potential trigger for relapse, which need to be resolved in therapy. Subsequently, the impact of counter-transference, when working with narcissistic-addicts plays in adversely more than with any other mental illness. This Master Class will provide delegates with a theoretical framework and strategies to alleviate narcissistic dynamics as part of relapse prevention therapies.

Rokelle Lerner
Senior Clinical Advisor / Conseillère Clinique Principale, Crossroads Antigua

Multiple Addiction Disorders: Tackling a Complex System (French)

67% of Addicts present in average with 4 to 5 different addictions alongside the visible one. They are not just a sum of self-destructive behaviours; they are intertwined and operate all together as a complex system. Addressing the most visible presenting addiction is necessary but not sufficient as a treatment plan, neither looking at the several addictions from a discrete approach only. This master class will provide participant with assessing tools to map out complex addictive systems and design relevant case formulation and subsequent treatment plan.

Christophe Sauerwein
Academic Director, Psychotherapist, iCAAD Events

Determining Factors of the Outpatient Addiction Treatment (French)

Philippe Cavaroz and Dr Asta Georgsdottir will lead a workshop Master Class on out-patient treatment, exploring what can be done for a person suffering from an addiction when residential program is not an option. One to one out patient treatment can be more efficient than residential rehab, the therapist is be able to establish a unique program fit for an individual, implementing a custom made therapy, associating when necessary the best available specialists. At a lower cost, the patient will be able to recover in a real life setting. Philippe and Asta will review an up to date array of solutions available to the French therapist working from his private practice.

Philippe Cavaroz
Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Asta Georgsdottir
Psychologist, Doctor of Psychology

15:45
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16:15

Coffee break

16:15
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17:00

Understanding the Impact of Transgenerational Trauma (English SimTrans)

This presentation will explain what transgenerational trauma is and highlight how parent-to-child carried emotional dynamics impact the child development and lead to mental health issues and addiction in adulthood. 64% of addicts had severe adverse childhood experience, abuse and trauma. Using the Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACE) and its findings, participant will be presented with assessment and intervention tools directly applicable to their clinical and psychosocial work and practice. “It’s never too late to have a happy childhood”.

Chris John
Psychotherapist

How micronutrition & meditation can benefit anxiety & depression therapies/ Comment la micronutrition et la méditation peuvent renforcer les psychothérapies de l'anxiété et la dépression. (French)

Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent psychiatric disorders often going along with depressive feelings. According to epidemiological surveys, one third of the population is at least once affected by an anxiety disorder during their lifetime. During midlife, their prevalence is highest and there are probably even more as there is a high percentage un-diagnosed. On the other hand, there is growing evidence showing that it is unlikely to be a clinically important advantage for antidepressants over placebo in individuals with minor depression. The underlying cause for anxiety and depression is multiple and often linked to complex biochemistry we have to have a closer look to improve and consolidate mental strengthening. This presentation will focus on how specific micronutrients can efficiently affect our emotional wellbeing and support mental strengthening as well as meditation, which shows efficient benefits in the therapy of anxiety and depression.

Dr Antoinette Sarasin Gianduzzo
Director of Biomolecular Restoration, Nutrition and Lifestyle

Dr Douglas Liddell
Deputy Medical Director /Psychiatrist Consultant, The Kusnacht Practice (Switzerland)

Master Class 3: Dual Diagnosis with Addiction: Case Studies Master Class (French)

Prevalence of patients in addiction care units with associated mental illness is between 60-80%. It is therefore necessary to integrate co-morbidity in most case formulation and addiction treatment plans. Through a series of case studies, Dr Darbeda and Dr Dupuy will provide participants with tools to detect, assess and integrate co-existing mental illness issues when working with addicts. Participants will also be able to better understand the interconnection between mental illness mechanisms and symptoms and the addiction ones.

Dr Stéphane Darbeda
Psychiatrist, Clinique Bellevue

Dr Gael Dupuy
Addiction Psychiatrist

17:00
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17:30

Closing Keynote

As every year, Professor Michel Reynaud will honour us by his presence and his wisdom through a closing allocution.

Prof Michel Reynaud
Professeur des Universités, Président du Fonds, Fondateur, Actions Addictions, Village Addict’Aide

17:30

Conference Ending

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