Professional Events

Sierra Tucson is a leader in the industry for providing innovative, progressive, and clinically sound workshops, conferences, and events nationwide. Networking opportunities also allow professionals to better serve clients and assist one another by expanding our knowledge of resources. Professional/clinical events are listed on these pages and are updated regularly. Please use the convenient online "Register Now" buttons for quick, secure registration.


2015 Sierra Tucson Conferences
See Schedule;

  • Trauma, Resilience and Recovery
    April 10, San Diego, CA
    Dr. James Seymour presenting
  • NAATP Annual
    May 16-18, Carlsbad, CA
  • DB Recovery
    22-May-15, London, UK
    Dr. Michael Genovese presenting
  • WASET/ICPPH
    May 25-26, London, UK
    Dr. Michael Genovese presenting
  • West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders
    May 28-31, La Quinta, CA
  • CORE
    July 19-22, Amelia Island, FL
  • Annual Southwestern School for Behavioral Health Studies
    August 19-22, Tucson, AZ
    Jaime Vinck, Chief Clinical Officer, presenting
  • EMDRIA Conference
    August 27-30, Philadelphia, PA
  • Cape Cod Symposium
    Sept 10-13, 2015 Cape Cod, MA
  • BFI Summit
    October 29-31, Tempe, AZ
    Jaime Vinck, Chief Clinical Officer, presenting


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    Be Informed
    See Schedule:

    Presented by Sierra Tucson.
    Get Informed - Be Informed

    Save the Dates:
    May 22, 2015
    Aug 14, 2015
    Nov 13, 2015

    Schedule:
    8:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Registration
    9:00 - Noon - Presentation

    Location:
    Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes
    Kachina 1 & 2
    2000 Westcourt Way
    Tempe, AZ 85282
    (602-225-9000)
    Google Maps Link

    "Family Recovery and Healing Strategies: Moving Past the Damage
    Presenters: Jaime W. Vinck, MC, LPC, NCC, Chief Clinical Officer and Mike Gaziano, M.S.W., LCSW (WI),Family Program Coordinator, Family Therapist

    When someone is affected by mental illness or addiction, it can affect the entire family. When that person enters treatment, the family's pain and confusion doesn't just go away. Family members need a way to move past the damage that has occurred all while strengthening the ties that hold it together.This presentation will address how to re-story the family script to include healthy patterns of communication, boundaries, and self care. The speaker will also discuss family recovery and healing strategies that will provide clinicians with strategies to address these needs and to assist families in their own process of self-exploration and growth.

    Objectives:

  • Define the difference between family therapy and family education Analyze the Stages of Change/Recovery for a family
  • Establish reasonable goals for families in recovery
  • Identify what is Enabling Behavior?
  • Explore our family boundaries, self care, and communication styles

  • Jaime Vinck serves as the Chief Clinical Officer at Sierra Tucson. Practicing psychotherapy in Arizona for more than ten years, Jaime is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. In addition to developing and maintaining a successful private practice in Scottsdale, Jaime is the founder of Hoofprints to Healing an Equine Psychotherapy program targeted at addressing the emotions underlying addiction. Jaimes professional career includes working with a variety of treatment programs serving as dual residential therapist, family education therapist, outpatient services director and corporate clinical director. She continues to teach in the Master of Counseling Program at Grand Canyon University as an adjunct faculty member.

    Mike Gaziano was born and raised in the Midwest and chose Tucson for his undergraduate work in Psychology. He is now a proud alumnus from the University of Arizona. He later received his masters in Social Work from the University of Illinois. Bringing over 25 years of clinical expertise to Sierra Tucson, Mike has worked in the Family Program since 2008 and was promoted to Family Program Coordinator in April 2013. He has worked in the private sector and public sector as a social worker and is trained as a mediator and conflict resolution specialist. Mike has also provided his clinical skills to Pima County as a group facilitator for domestic violence classes.


    This is an introductory presentation. Attendees are behavioral healthcare professionals in private practice.

    Cost & Registration:
    Sign up and save! $20 per person with pre-registration by the Friday prior to the event (no refund after the due date). Please use the "Register Now" button below to register online with credit card. Include your name, address, telephone, and credit card information - card number, exact name on card, expiration date, security code. (Late registration at the door, $30 cash or check.)

    For event questions, please contact:CLamy@CRCHealth.com.

    3 Education Credits available:

  • MFT, LCSW as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Approval #PCE3587.
  • Sierra Tucson is a provider approved by NAADAC. Approved Education Provider Program, Provider #471 for 3 Contact Hours.
  • RN as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Approval #CEP 12719.
  • Psychologists - This program is sponsored by Sierra Tucson. Sierra Tucson is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; Sierra Tucson maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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    Denver Area Professionals' Luncheon
    See Schedule

    Presented by Sierra Tucson.

    Schedule:
    Held on Friday on the following dates:
    Registration & Networking: 11:30am
    Lunch buffet served: 11:45am
    Presentation: 12:00 - 2:00pm

    May 22, 2015
    Antoinette Giedzinska-Simons, Ph.D., Director of Behavioral Medicine, Sierra Tucson
    August 28, 2015
    Is Food A Drug? The Treatment of Food Addiction vs. Binge Eating Disorder
    Dorie McCubbrey, MSEd, PhD, LPC, Positive Pathways
    October 30, 2015 TBA


    Location:
    Cool River Cafe
    8000 East Belleview Avenue
    Greenwood Village, CO
    (303-771-4117)Google Maps Link

    Bring your business cards and brochures to share.

    May 22, 2015
    "Nothing Occurs or Recovers in a Vacuum: Implications for Integrative Mental Health Practices. A New Paradigm in Inpatient Treatment."
    Speaker: Antoinette Giedzinska-Simons, Ph.D.

    Comorbidity in psychopathology is no longer in an epistemic phase, but an inevitable reality in mental health treatment. For treatment to be successful it must encompass the entire person, not just their presenting symptoms. The first part of this workshop will outline the theoretical aspects of integrative medicine and integrative mental health. The second part will discuss how integrative mental health has been successfully implemented at a premier rehabilitation facility. Case studies will be included to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach to treatment. Discussion will ensue regarding the consideration of, and challenges to, measuring treatment outcomes in this paradigm.

    Objectives:

  • Explain the historical aspects of and current operational definition of Integrative Mental Health.
  • Describe the elements and considerations of implementing Integrative therapeutics into patient treatment planning.
  • Discuss the challenges of operationalizing outcome variables in order to substantiate clinical progress.

    Dr. Antoinette Giedzinska-Simons received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California, where her training emphasized the bio-psycho-social approaches in behavioral medicine, research, and clinical work. Dr. Antoinette provides leadership for several departmental systems, namely Psychology, PsychoNeuroPhysiology, and Outcomes Research. Her enthusiasm as a scientist/practitioner is not only to support staff and educate patients towards resiliency, quality of life enhancement, and stress reduction and management, but to continue one of her favorite passions in life, which is to be part of multidisciplinary teams that collaborate in and integrate cutting-edge modalities aimed to enhance the mind-body connection.

    This is an intermediate presentation. Attendees are behavioral healthcare professionals in private practice, treatment program clinical directors/staff, community agencies and various mental health disciplines.

    Cost & Registration:
    Sign up and save! $20 per person with pre-registration due Thursday one week prior to the Friday event, (no refund after this date). Please use the "Register Now" button below to register online with credit card. Include your name, address, telephone, credit card information - card number, exact name on card, expiration date, security code. (Late registration at the door, $25 cash or check.)

    For additional information, you may call Diane Sanders at 720-810-1339.

    2 Continuing Education Credits:
  • MFT, LCSW as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Approval #PCE3587.
  • Sierra Tucson is a provider approved by NAADAC. Approved Education Provider Program, Provider #471 for 2 Contact Hours.
  • RN as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Approval #CEP 12719.
  • Psychologists - This program is sponsored by Sierra Tucson. Sierra Tucson is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; Sierra Tucson maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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    Fairfield County "What's New With You?" Professional Breakfast Series
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    What's New With You 2015 will be hosted by Fairfield University Counseling Center and Psychological Services and co-sponsored by Fairfield University Counseling Center and Psychological Services, Marworth, Mountainside and Sierra Tucson.

    Schedule:
    April 16, 2015 <04/16/2015>
    Presenter:Mary Kruger, MS, LMFT
    Presentation Goals and Objectives:
    This workshop will introduce participants to the Internal Family Systems Therapy Model (IFS), an innovative treatment approach. It will provide participants with a basic overview of the key IFS concepts, the IFS construct of addiction; and how IFS can meet current challenges in the treatment field. Some key IFS interventions for working with addictions will also be presented.

    Presenter
    Mary Kruger, MS, LMFT is an AAMFT supervisor and an IFS Lead Trainer. She is the founder of Rimmon Pond Counseling, LLC; an IFS based group practice located in the New Haven, CT area. She also provides private therapy, consultations and workshops nationally and internationally. Mary has been working in the field of addictions, eating disorders and trauma for over twenty years.

    May 14, 2015
    September 17, 2015
    October 15, 2015
    November 12, 2015
    December 04, 2015

    Networking and Breakfast
    8:30-10:00 a.m.

    Location:
    Fairfield University Alumni House, 1073 N. Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT
    Please see Directions

    Cost & Registration:
    $10 per person with pre-registration by the Monday prior to the Breakfast. Seating is limited to 50 participants for each session, with no exceptions. Therefore, walk-ins may not be accommodated at this event. Please use the above blue button to register online. All payments are now $10 cash or check and payable at the door

    For additional information, you may call Julie Latimer at 475-529-5715.


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    Boston, MA "What's New with You?"
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    Boston, MA "What's New With You?" is hosted by Mountainside Treatment Center & Sierra Tucson.

    Schedule:
    March 19
    June 18
    Sept 17
    December 17

    8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    8:30 a.m. Attendees arrive
    8:30-9 a.m. Networking/breakfast
    9:00-9:45 a.m. Presentation
    9:45-10:00 a.m. Q&A

    Location:
    Hotel Indigo
    399 Grove Street
    Newton, MA 02462

    Breakfast, networking and thoughtfully facilitated clinical discussion from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. at Hotel Indigo. Please bring your business cards and brochures to share.

    "The Efffectiveness of Mindfulness-Cultivating Well-Being and Insight" <03/19/2015>
    William Jacksonis finishing his PsyD. In clinical health psychology from the Massachusetts School of professional Psychology where he is studying the efficacy of a four week mindfulness training program for chronic pain. He has placements at Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Cranial Facial Pain Center and Boston Pain Care. He specializes in opioid risk stratification, multidisciplinary pain treatment and mindfulness based therapies. William spent 6 years as a Buddhist monk, has been practicing meditation for 15 years and teaching meditation for nearly a decade. He leads mindfulness skills workshops and sees private clients in the Boston area.

    "Current research on the effectiveness of mindfulness skills training for those seeking psychological help has been promising. Mindfulness based meditation has supporting research for the reduction a number of psychological symptoms. There are also several modes of delivery from a traditional therapy session to traditional Buddhist retreats as well as innovative combinations. This presentation should provide a basis of understanding of current research as to underlying mechanisms of mindfulness and the effectiveness of current modes of delivery of this old and new, innovative yet traditional approach to cultivating well-being and insight."

    Cost & Registration:
    $10 per person with pre-registration by the Thursday prior to the event (no refund after the due date). Seating is limited to 40 participants for each session.

    For event questions, please contact:LSarno@SierraTucson.com.

    Lisa Sarno
    Regional Outreach Specialist
    Sierra Tucson and Four Circles
    617-283-3038
    or
    Sarah Verrelli
    Vice President of Marketing
    Mountainside Treatment Center
    860-248-0721


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    N.E.S.T.
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    Sierra Tucson's
    "N.E.S.T."
    Networking to Energize Stressed Therapists

    Creative, fun energizing networking event for Valley Professionals. Bring your brochures and business cards and be prepared to share news with your colleagues.

    Schedule:

    6:00-8:00 p.m.

    March 5, 2015
    June 11, 2015
    Sept 24, 2015
    Dec 10, 2015

    Location:
    TBD

    Cost & Registration:
    There is no cost to attend this networking event. Please register at the door.
    Seating is limited; first-come, first-served for clinicians only please.

    For event questions, please contact:CLamy@CRCHealth.com.


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