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.


Grand Rounds - Coming to our Senses
04/18/2014

Professionals are invited to attend the Grand Rounds presentation at Sierra Tucson.
2.0 CE Credits Available!

Schedule:
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sierra Tucson Auditorium
Refreshments will be served.

Friday:
April 18, 2014

Location:
Sierra Tucson
39580 S. Lago del Oro Parkway
Tucson, AZ 85739

Google Maps Link
April 18, 2014
"Coming to our Senses: Harnessing the Mind-Body Connection to Improve the Treatment of Depression"
Speaker: Charles Raison, MD,


This lecture tackles the limitations in our current treatments by asking whether better understandings of what causes depression, based on evolutionary science, might provide untapped resources for the treatment of this crippling condition. A key idea that will emerge from this lecture is that evolutionary processes have wired the brain and body together in ways that make it possible to treat depression by affecting the body, rather than the brain directly. Doing this may, in fact, make it possible to target brain areas involved in depression far more specifically than we are able to do with medications, and may avoid many of the side effects associated with current psychiatric medicine. To demonstrate these ideas, the speaker will provide examples from his own research into treating depression by impacting the bodys immune system and by using hyperthermia to specifically alter brain function in ways that relieve depressive symptoms. The talk will conclude with a discussion of how these scientific findings provide evidence for the effectiveness of many alternative treatments that have been in use for millennia.
Objectives:
  • Recognize and describe biological and evolutionary reasons for inherent limitations in pharmacological approaches to depression
  • Recognize how better identification of hard-wired evolutionary risk factors for depression may guide both better patient care and development of novel therapeutic strategies
  • Identify peripheral signaling pathways likely to hold promise for treatment of depression and apply this knowledge to enhancing current depression treatment and to gaining enhanced understanding of new somatic treatments for depression currently under scientific investigation
Charles Raison, MD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, and the Barry and Janet Lang Associate Professor of Integrative Mental Health at the Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona. Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions. The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2014 Dr. Raison received the Raymond Pearl Memorial Award from the Human Biology Association in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of evolutionary biocultural origins of mental health and illness. In addition to his activities at University of Arizona, Dr. Raison is the mental health expert for CNN.com.

CE Credit:
2.0 Continuing 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 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.

Cost & Registration:
There is no charge for professionals to attend this Grand Rounds presentation.
Seating is limited, so please email: Kathleen Gebler KGebler@SierraTucson.com
or call 800-624-9001, Ext. 2347, to register by April 16, 2014


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Phoenix Area Professionals' Breakfast
Bimonthly

Presented by Sierra Tucson.
Schedule:
Held the second Wednesday on the following months:
May 14, 2014 (See Topic/Speaker below)
July 9, 2014
September 10, 2014
November 12, 2014

Schedule:
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. - Registration
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Presentation

Location:
The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Veranda Room, Palacio Building
7677 North 16th Street (& Morten Avenue)
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602-997-2626)

Google Maps Link

Cost & Registration:
Sign up and save! $15 per person with pre-registration by the Wednesday prior to each breakfast (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, $25 cash or check.)

For additional information you may call Chrissy Lamy at 480-231-0260.


CE Credit:
2 Continuing Education Credits

May 14, 2014
"The Therapeutic Alliance: Helping Clients Achieve Lifelong Success."
Speaker: Dr. Philip L. Herschman


Dr. Herschman will present information that will provide attendees tools to help focus on improving the therapeutic alliance thus encouraging the therapist to enhance their client-directed treatment practices. Attendees will gain a greater emphasis on evidence- based practices that will affirm the current work they are doing with their clients. Dr. Herschman will connect the dots related to therapeutic modalities and the use of pharmaceuticals as part of the treatment plan. Lastly, this presentation will encourage your awareness of making sure your clients have ongoing, active roadmaps that will enhance their treatment.

Objectives:
  • Describe one model of supervision and state two reasons that supervision is crucial to good patient care.
  • List three reasons that Client-Directed Outcomes-Informed processes are important to engaging patients.
  • Explain the importance of Continuing Care.

  • Dr. Philip L. Herschman, also known as Dr. Phil,. has been Chief Clinical Officer of CRC Health Corporation since May 2011. Dr. Herschman serves as the Chief Clinical Officer of CRC Health Tennessee, Inc. and of CRC Health Group, Inc. He served as the Chief Medical Officer and President of Healthy Living Division of CRC Health Corporation and joined it in 2002. He has more than 30 years experience in the healthcare field, focused primarily in the areas of substance abuse and behavioral health sciences. Prior to CRC, he served as the Chief Executive Officer of Behavioral Health Concepts. He founded Behavioral Health Concepts in 1993. Before Behavioral Health Concepts, he worked in Business Development for Republic Health Corporation, where he was involved in implementing a strategy of joint venturing acute care hospitals with physician groups. Operationally, he was also responsible for three acute care hospitals for OrNda Health Corp., where he spent eight years. Prior to his association with Republic/OrNda, he served as a Regional Vice President of Operations with Horizon Health. He has been a Member of Clinical and Scientific Advisory Board at Novx Systems Inc. since January 2007. Dr. Herschman earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine and has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.

    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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    Denver Area Professionals' Luncheon
    See Schedule

    Presented by Sierra Tucson.

    Schedule:
    Held on Friday on the following dates, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    (Lunch served at noon)
    May 9, 2014 (See Topic/Speaker below)

    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 9, 2014
    "Overview of Sex Addiction "
    Speaker: Mark C. Miller, M.A., LPC, CAC, CSAT


    Overview of sex addiction examines the ways in which sex addiction is similar to other addictions and the ways in which it differs from them. We will provide strategies for screening and assessment of sex addiction, and discuss the effectiveness and the limitations of treating it with the Twelve Steps. We will also look at the treatment of partners through the lens of codependency and trauma.
    Objectives:

  • Assess symptoms of sex addiction and be able to screen for them.
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of treating sex addiction with the Twelve Step model.
  • Compare trauma model and codependency model in the treatment of partners.

  • Mark C. Miller, MA LPC CAC CSAT, has worked as a therapist in the Denver area since 1996. He has worked in community mental health, hospital, and private practice settings. Mark is a Certified Addictions Counselor and a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and has been treating clients with sex addiction for the past ten years. He supervises therapists who are working toward licensure and teaches on a wide range of topics including adoption, marriage, and addiction.

    Cost & Registration:
    Sign up and save! $15 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 Libby Timmons at 520-610-8471.

    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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    Tucson Area Professionals' Networking Breakfast
    Bimonthly

    Presented by Sierra Tucson.

    Schedule:
    7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Registration
    8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Presentation & Networking

    Held the following dates:
    April 2, 2014 (See Topic/Speaker below)
    June 4, 2014
    August 13, 2014
    Oct 1, 2014
    Dec 3, 2014

    Location:
    Westward Look
    Santa Catalina Ballroom
    245 E. Ina Road
    Tucson, AZ 85704
    (520-917-2939)
    Google Maps Link

    April 2, 2014 <04/02/2014>
    "Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for Co-Occurring Disorders"
    Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Handout
    Speaker: Liz Dampsey, MA, Certified EAP, Ph.D. candidate


    This presentation will cover the use of equine-assisted psychotherapy for treating co-occurring disorders including addictions, mood disorders, trauma, and eating disorders. The unique interplay between the horses qualities and the specific needs of humans related to connection, attachment and trust is what makes equine-assisted psychotherapy a viable and effective treatment modality. Integration of attachment issues and the neurobiological underpinnings within the horse-human relationship will be reviewed.
    Objectives:

  • Discuss the therapeutic potential within the horse-human relationship, including the specific qualities inherent in equines that are linked to the basic relational needs of humans.
  • Identify the related attachment and neurobiological underpinnings of equine-assisted psychotherapy.
  • Assess the efficacy of equine-assisted psychotherapy through anecdotal examples that illustrate the intrinsic benefits for clients challenged with co-occurring disorders.

    Liz Dampsey, MA, Certified EAP, Ph.D. candidate joined Sierra Tucson in 2001 and has primarily worked as an equine-assisted psychotherapist, in addition to serving as the coordinator of the grief and spirituality department. She is a certified equine-assisted psychotherapist, and is also a certified Interfaith Spiritual Director and Somatic Movement Therapist. Liz is a PhD candidate and currently researching the effects of equine-assisted psychotherapy on emotion regulation among trauma survivors.

    Cost & Registration:
    Sign up and save! $15 per person with pre-registration by the Wednesday prior to each breakfast (no refund after this 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, $25 cash or check.)
    For additional information you may call Chrissy Lamy at 480-231-0260

    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
    See schedule

    What's New With You 2013 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 11, 2014 (See Topic/Speaker below)
    May 8, 2014 (See Topic/Speaker below)
    September 19, 2014
    October 9, 2014
    November 13, 2014
    December 12, 2014

    8:30 Breakfast and Networking
    9:00-10:00 Presentation

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

    April 11, 2014 <04/11/2014>
    "Hide and Seek. An Adoptees Journey to Identity. An Introspective Story of Relinquishment and Recovery for the Helping Professional"
    Speaker: Thomas A. Ahern, M.A.


    In a deeply personal fashion, Thomas Ahern (aka Stephron Roberto MacCarthy) will tell the story of a boy relinquished at birth and adopted into a family of 4 other adoptees, discuss the search for his biological parents and describe the process of triumph and healing. Presented primarily to assist helping professionals understand an adoptees life style obstacles, his story will weave important insights from the scientific literature with the hope that this presentation will increase others knowledge, understanding and sensitivity for this complex subject.

    As a result of attending the presentation participants will be able to:

  • Describe the 7 core issues commonly associated with members of the adoption triangle.
  • Define the Adopted Child Syndrome.
  • List effective approaches to support those exploring their adoption (relinquishment).

    Thomas A. Ahern is a former School Psychologist working as the Regional Clinical Manager for CRC Health Group that includes Sierra Tucson and Aspen Education Group. Mr. Ahern has served in both clinical and leadership positions in education and behavioral healthcare for most of his professional career and has been an innovative contributor to enhancing the system of care for people with behavioral health and substance abuse needs. Mr. Ahern earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Boston University, a Masters in Education, sixth year in School Psychology and an Educational Leadership Certificate all from the University of Connecticut. He resides in Old Saybrook with his wife and children.

    May 8, 2014
    "Leading Families From Within: Modeling Authenticity and Vulnerability to Families in Crisis"
    Speaker: Mike Ferguson


    Some of our deepest human desires are to be seen, heard, understood and connected. When families are in crisis around addiction or other behavioral health disorders, it becomes very, very difficult to have these needs met as family members of someone struggling. Mike will present strategies and ideas around providing true connection and support through crisis, and working alongside families to build a path that allows them have safety and security even in times of crisis. Presenter

    Mike Ferguson is the Founder and CEO of Ferguson Behavioral Health Consulting. As the leader of an independent behavioral health consulting firm, Mike and his team are able to direct families and their loved ones to appropriate programs based on their specific needs. Mike has personally visited over 350 therapeutic programs around the globe and is deeply passionate about finding the perfect fit for every client. He works diligently to help clients find long term recovery and help families heal themselves. At Ferguson Behavioral Health Consulting, Mike's extensive network of professional contacts provide access to a diverse range of mental health, therapeutic, and addiction treatment options for clients and their families. Mike travels frequently to visit programs, engage in trainings, and meet with families. Mike is a board member of C4 Recovery Solutions (an addiction recovery outcomes research organization), a member of the Association of Recovery Schools, and a candidate member of the Association of Intervention Specialists. Ferguson BHC is a proud member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers, the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs, and the Association for Experiential Education. Mike resides in Santa Monica with his lovely wife and two dogs, and is an avid Chicago sports fan.

    Cost & Registration:

    $10 per person with pre-registration by the Monday prior to the Breakfast (no refund after this date). 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 with credit card. Include your name, address, telephone, and credit card information - card number, exact name on card, expiration date, security code.

    For additional information, you may call Thomas Ahern at 860-227-3316.


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    Boston, MA "What's New with You?"
    See Schedule

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

    Schedule:
    June 19, 2014
    September 18, 2014
    December 18, 2014

    8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    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.

    June 19, 2014
    Cost & Registration:
    $10 per person with pre-registration by March 13th (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 Aspen Education
    617-283-3038
    or
    Sarah Verrelli
    Vice President of Marketing
    Mountainside Treatment Center
    860-248-0721


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    N.E.S.T.
    05/15/2014

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

    Creative, fun energizing networking event for Valley Professionals that will give you skills you can use in sessions and in your own lives. After a brief period of milling about, participants will be directed in exercises specifically designed to build relationships, reveal participants' strengths, talents, and interests; and allow for the sharing of resources and opportunities in our professional community.

    Schedule:
    May 15, 2015
    November 20, 2014
    February 19, 2015

    Location:
    Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
    7677 N 16th St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85020

    Cost & Registration:
    $10 per person with Pre-registration due one week prior or $15 at the door. (No refund after this date.)
    Register at AzPsychodrama.
    Seating is limited; first-come, first-served for clinicians only please.

    For more information, you may call Chrissy Lamy at 480-231-0260


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    Los Angeles "Gratitude for Giving" Breakfast
    06/04/2014

    Sierra Tucson will be recognizing professionals in the Los Angeles area for their years of giving to others. Please join us in honoring your selected peers who have made a significant contribution to our community at the 6th Annual Los Angeles "Gratitude for Giving" Breakfast.

    Schedule:
    Wednesday, June 4, 2014
    10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Location:
    Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
    300 S. Doheny Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90048
    310-273-2222;
    ($15 Non-hosted valet parking available)

    Cost & Registration:
    Tickets to this event are $45 per person or $480 per table of 12. To have your table name listed in the program, please register before April 23, 2014. Tickets will be available until May 21, 2014, or until the event sells out. Due to the nature of this event, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. (Use the "Register Now" button. You will need to include your name, address, telephone, and credit card information - card number, exact name on card, expiration date, security code. If purchasing a table, please provide the names of guests and name of the facility.

    Nomination forms must be submitted by April 2, 2014.
    Click this link to nominate: Los Angeles "Gratitude for Giving" Breakfast
    Award recipients will be notified in early May.

    Categories of Recognition:

    • Compassion Recognition honors a professional in the medical community for his/her contributions to the wellness of others.
    • Hope Recognition honors a professional who has contributed to prevention and education.
    • Humility Recognition honors a professional who has served as an advocate to others.
    • Spirit Recognition honors a professional who has assisted clients in a specialty area such as eating disorders, chemical dependency, or mental health.
    • Gratitude Recognition honors a professional for Lifetime Achievement.

    For additional information, you may call 800-624-5858, Ext. 2303.


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