Complex Trauma and Addiction III: Linking Motivation and Recovery

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm & Saturday 9:00am - 12:00 noon
Day 1:
Friday, July 26, 2019 at 09:00 AM until 05:00 PM
Day 2:
Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 09:00 AM until noon
Location and Delivery Method ( view map )
Delivery Method
Location Name
Rasmuson Hall UAA
3146 Seawolf Dr. Room 101
State / Province
Zip / Postal Code
United States
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

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Rural AK Health Professions Foundation - Alaska AHEC
Christopher La Tourette L Riche, MD; Paula Colescott, MD; Alexander von Hafften, MD


C.E. Credit for BH/SW - Social Work: 9.00
Specialization: Alaska Board of Social Work Examiners
Application for substance abuse credits has been filed with the Alaska Board of Social Work Examiners. Determination of credits are pending.
C.E. Credit for Physician: 9.00
Specialization: American Academy of Family Physicans - Prescribed
This Live activity, Complex Trauma and Addiction III: Linking Motivation and Recovery, with a beginning date of 07/26/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 9.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Training Overview Description

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.

Event-specific Details

Friday - light snacks, refreshments and a 1 hour catered lunch are provided.
Saturday - light snacks and refreshments are provided.

Prescription Drug Abuse / Opioid Abuse
Community Based Continuity of Care
Behavioral Health / Mental Health
Alternative/Complementary medicine
Alcohol & Substance Abuse
Family Medicine Physician
Family Caregiver
Registered Nurse - CNS
Registered Nurse
Public Health Nurse
Nurse Educator
Nurse Anesthetist
Nurse Administrator
Licensed Practical Nurse
CNA/NA (Certified Nursing Assistant/Nursing Assistant)
Physician Assistant
Other Mid-Level Providers
NP - Psychiatric
NP - Family Practice
Individual Support Worker
Home Health Aide/Personal Care Attendant
Case Manager/Care Coordinator
Village Counselor
Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseler
Social Worker
Licensed Professional Counselor
Family & Marriage Therapist
Chemical Dependency Counselor
Behavioral Health Aide
Community Health Practitioner (CHP)
Community Health Aide (CHA)
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