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❱❱Mini-Plenary Speakers

Friday, August 23


Richard Rawson,

PhD, Research Professor, University of Vermont

Methamphetamines 2019: New Trends and Evidence-based Treatments

Rates of methamphetamine (MA) use and MA deaths have recently increased dramatically. There are currently no medications approved for the treatment of MA use disorders. There is no evidence that generic counseling reduces MA use. However, there are evidence-based approaches with strong evidence of efficacy. This presentation will review current trends in MA use, describe the clinical challenges of treating individuals with MA use disorders and review the evidence-based practices that do provide optimal clinical outcomes.




S. Doug Lemon, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist

Here We Grow Again: Cultivating Resilience

Resilience is a key ingredient in any life change or trauma. Psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Doug Lemon shares the remarkable firsthand account of how his life was drastically changed and he was tested by the fire of stage four lung cancer. In a refreshingly transparent way, Doug shares the personal struggles he and his family endured, as well as the joys, reflections, and insights from God's healing touch on his life. This story of one family's journey to the edge of death and back is both an adventure and a source of inspiration to all who face seemingly insurmountable challenges. It is a tribute to the resiliency available to all.




Heidi Squier Kraft, Ph.D.

Cinical Director, PsychArmor Institute

Veteran Suicide Prevention

Suicide in America is a critical issue, with high rates in military service members and veterans. Beyond our military and veteran population, suicide is the second leading cause of death for people aged 15-24. It touches every one of us. Asking the right questions and feeling confident about what to do next are the first steps in preventing someone dying by suicide. In the military and veteran community, addressing mental health stigma is particularly important. In this session, PsychArmor Institute will cover suicide prevention strategies such as helping veterans overcome barriers to treatment, knowing what to do if you identify a veteran at risk for suicide, and implementing the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (CSSRS). At the end of this session, participants will: 1) Develop a general understanding of the problem of suicide in the United States; 2) Understand how to identify a veteran who may be at risk for suicide; and, 3) Know what to do if you identify a veteran at risk.




Daniel I Shapiro, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Director of Operations, UC Davis Early Psychosis Programs

Khalima A. Bolden, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Assistant Director of Clinical Training, University of California, Davis Medical Center Early Psychosis Program

 Early Intervention in Psychosis: Approaches to Identification &Treatment

The early phases of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders are critical windows for intervention. This session will provide an overview of: 1) scientific findings supporting the importance of early identification and intervention for psychosis; 2) characteristic signs, symptoms, developmental trajectories, and methods for identifying them; 3) specialized evidence-based treatments and treatment models.




Heidi OToole, MS,LPC, Co-Founder, WV Therapy and Wellness Center

The Brain Love Novelty: Integrative Interventions & Creative Counseling Techniques

The theme of this session is ENGAGE to RETAIN. We must first engage those we serve, in order for them to retain what it is we are sharing with them. This interactive session will offer a multitude of “novel” demonstrations, including creative therapeutic techniques and integrative interventions which can be used to engage individuals and/or group members - adults, adolescents, family members, residential or out-patient for both addiction and mental health populations. The goal of this session is to provide participants with practical and effective “tools” to add to what they are currently offering the people they serve.