This conference will highlight the necessity of a client's "restorative experience" in achieving recovery. Presenters will provide a deeper look into trauma and addiction, exploring the link between epigenetics and neuroplasticity with the resultant change in physiology, motivation, and behavior. The topic of meaning and purpose in a therapeutic setting will be discussed as an opening to an existential approach to psychotherapy and motivation. The principles of evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of the violent or suicidal client with co-morbid mental illness and substance use disorders will be examined. Additionally, case studies will highlight the acute and chronic behavioral neurobiology of the stimulant user.
Learning Objectives - Participants will be able to:
1. Name 3 ways in which motivation changes across the adult life span.
2. Identify 2 features of an existential approach to psychotherapy and motivation.
3. Name 2 methods to broach the topic of meaning and purpose in a therapeutic setting.
4. Explore the role of transcendent experiences in the treatment of mental health and addictive disorders.
5. Review the behavioral pharmacology of stimulant use.
6. Identify the risk of suicide and violence in co-morbid mental illness and substance use disorders.
7. Understand the practicalities of epigenetics in the context of neuroplasticity.
8. Describe the techniques utilized in obtaining a trauma history.
9. Explain the implications of cognitive impairment in substance use disordered patients.
Provided by the University of Alaska Anchorage - College of Health / Department of Human Services.
Friday - light snacks, refreshments and a 1 hour catered lunch are provided.
Saturday - light snacks and refreshments are provided.