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.


Phoenix Area Professionals' Breakfast
Bimonthly

Presented by Sierra Tucson.
Schedule:
Held the second Wednesday on the following months:

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 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, $25 cash or check.)
For additional information you may call Chrissy Lamy at 480-231-0260.

November 12, 2014
Come meet members of Sierra Tucson's Executive Team!
Dr. Michael Genovese, Medical Director

Before joining Sierra Tucson, Dr. Genovese co-founded the Long Island Mind and Body, an integrative practice in Garden City, New York, a practice that focuses on mood and anxiety disorders, insomnia, addiction, and medico-legal issues. He serves as a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and The American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Dr. Genovese was a Fellow in the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. He completed his adult psychiatry residency training at the University of Connecticut. Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Genovese earned a law degree at The University of Pittsburgh School of Law. With a unique background in both law and medicine, Dr. Genovese is a respected consultant on mental health and behavioral health topics by multiple organizations, school districts, and for private industry and he is a member of the Professional Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Nassau County Bar Association. He is Of Counsel to the Law Offices of Sullivan and Sullivan, LLP, and he is a member of the New York Bar Association. A well-known lecturer on topics such as psychopharmacology, pharmacogenomics, and neuromodulation, Dr. Genovese taught resident physicians and medical students at Winthrop University Hospital.

Lisa Jane Vargas, Director of Marketing
Lisa Jane Vargas serves as Director of Marketing and brings with her more than 18 years of experience in the mental and behavioral health field. During her 11 year tenure, she has served on several boards and committees and was instrumental in transforming and growing our business. As a brand expert in our industry, she is known for developing and implementing business and marketing communications programs. Her expertise encompasses knowledge of co-occurring disorders including chemical dependency, eating disorders, mood disorders, trauma, and complex pain. Lisa Jane's 28 year career includes a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, management in the health and fitness industry, financial services positions at top international firms, and is a 200 Hour Registered Certified Yoga Teacher. Lisa Jane believes in a holistic focused treatment approach and is an esteemed professional in the treatment community in Arizona.

Jaime W. Vinck, Chief Clinical Officer
Practicing psychotherapy in Arizona for more than ten years, Vinck is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. In addition to developing and maintaining a successful private practice in Scottsdale, Vinck is the founder of Hoofprints to Healing an Equine Psychotherapy program targeted at addressing the emotions underlying addiction. Before joining Sierra Tucson, Vinck's professional career included 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.

Rich Appert, Director of Intake
Appert's experience in the behavioral health admissions has included management positions at Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches and Seaside Palm Beach in Southern Florida. He has developed successful systems in admissions, alumni teams and insurance departments, and has collaborated with managed care companies to advocate for patients. Before Appert's move to the West Coast, he started a nonprofit that helped install recreational facilities in Palm Beach county parks. Appert received his B.A. from Rutgers University and worked in financial services before moving into behavioral health.


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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)
November 7, 2014

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.

November 7, 2014
"Winning the War of the Treatment Worlds: Integrating Treatment for Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders"
Speaker: Annie Peters, Ph.D.


Traditional models of treatment for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders do not address the comprehensive needs of individuals with multiple presenting problems. This presentation addresses strengths of integrated treatment for co-occurring disorders and provides suggestions for improving co-occurring capacity of treatment programs that currently focus on either mental health or substance use issues.
Objectives:

  • Identify four temporal models of treatment for co-occurring disorders, and explain why some models are less effective than others.
  • Identify three benefits of integrated treatment for clients and their families.
  • Describe differences between addiction/mental health only treatment vs. dual diagnosis capable vs. dual diagnosis enhanced.
  • Describe three ways to improve co-occurring capacity in treatment programs.

  • Dr. Peters earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She joined the staff at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in 2006 and served as a psychologist in the addiction units and as a faculty member of the addiction studies graduate school. Dr. Peters academic and clinical interests include assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of addiction and co-occurring disorders, multicultural counseling, and mindfulness based cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies.

    This is an intermedaite presentation that targets all therapists and healthcare professionals that may use integrative treatment.

    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 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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    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:
    Dec 3, 2014 December's location will be in the Palm Room (See Topic/Speaker below)

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

    December 3, 2014
    "Yoga Skills for Therapists: Empower Your Clients to Manage Their Moods"
    Speaker: Amy Weintraub


    The author of Yoga Skills for Therapists (W.W. Norton) will lead you through evidence-based yoga practices, appropriate in a clinical setting, to help clients self-regulate, manage their energy and their moods. When you guide a yoga skill in a session, you will find your client has greater focus, access to feelings, and is ready to dive deeper into the work of therapy. Learn yoga techniques that can be done in a chair, right in your office, that offer you an energy boost and a calm and focused mind, even as you teach them to your clients.
    Objectives:

  • Identify, practice and prescribe a Yoga breathing technique to help clients suffering from anxiety.
  • Identify, practice and prescribe a Yoga breathing technique to help clients suffering from depression.
  • Demonstrate and recommend imagery and affirmation to increase client self-compassion.

  • Amy Weintraub, MFA, e-RYT 500, is the founding director of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for over 20 years. She is the author of Yoga for Depression (Broadway Books) and Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management (W.W. Norton) and numerous articles. Amy is involved in ongoing research on the impact of Yoga on mood. Her evidence-based Yoga protocol for managing mood is used in health care settings around the world and is featured on a number of audio-visual products, including the LifeForce Yoga series, an award-winning library of evidence-based yoga and meditation CDs and DVDs for mood management. She maintains an archive of news and research on her web site, yogafordepression.com. In addition to her Hatha Yoga studies in the US and India, Amy has been trained in Advaita Vedanta Nondualism, iRest Yoga Nidra, psychology and Internal Family Systems Therapy.

    This is an introductory presentation that targets all therapists and healthcare professionals that may deal with a crisis.

    Cost & Registration:
    Sign up and save! $15 per person with pre-registration by the Tuesday prior to the December 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 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.

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    Fairfield County "What's New With You?" Professional Breakfast Series
    See schedule

    What's New With You 2014 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:
    Thursday, November 13, 2014
    Friday, December 12, 2014 - Holiday Party

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

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

    Thursday, November 13, 2014
    "Internet & Video Game Addiction What Mental Health Providers Need to Know"
    Speaker: Paul Weigle, MD


    Regular computer use among youth has rapidly escalated in recent years and has dramatically changed the landscape of childhood and adolescence. The average American youth spends 3 hours each day using computers for entertainment, as a part of over seven hours per day of electronic media. A significant body of scientific research indicates that a significant minority of youth suffer from a behavioral addiction to video games and the internet, and reveals epidemiology, comorbidity, and effects on parameters of psychological well-being, including effects on academic achievement, sleep, and behavior. Research and clinical experience is beginning to reveal ways mental health providers can identify and treat these problems in affected youth.
    Participants will:

  • Appreciate the extent of video game and Internet habits in the lives of American youth.
  • Identify symptoms of a behavioral addiction to video games or the Internet, and the evidence surrounding this controversial diagnosis
  • Understand research findings regarding the epidemiology of Internet and video game addiction including risks factors, co-morbidity, and outcomes.
  • Be able to help parents promote healthy media habits in their children.

    Paul Weigle, M.D. is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and the president of the medical staff at Natchaug Hospital, an affiliate of Hartford Healthcare. He provides psychiatric care for children and teens at the Joshua Center partial hospital programs, and performs psychiatric evaluations for Connecticut schools. Dr. Weigle has served on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrys Media Committee since 2002. He has closely studied the effects of internet and video games habits on mental health, and has given numerous presentations, workshops, and seminars on this topic at the AACAPs annual meetings. His latest publication, entitled Internet and Video Game Addiction: Evidence & Controversy, appears in the April-June edition of the Journal of Adolescent Psychiatry, for which he served as a guest editor.

    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?"
    See Schedule

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

    Schedule:
    December 18, 2014

    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.

    December 18, 2014
    "Rock and Roll with the Resistance: Creativity and Hope in Addiction Treatment"

    Traditional behavioral health settings have often found the treatment of addiction difficult, even as the population in need of effective treatment has grown. Even seasoned mental health providers sometimes feel that addicts bring a burden of destruction, pain, and hopelessness which makes the prospect of treating them seem overwhelming. However, I believe such hopelessness is quite misplaced. By using music and the arts, Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and--most of all--hope, Right Turn has been able to address many of the typical difficulties drug treatment programs encounter: trouble keeping clients in treatment long enough for it to help, high relapse rates, and the reluctance of family members to engage in treatment. We have rediscovered something we always knew: that if you treat clients with respect and acceptance, they stay in treatment. If they stay in treatment they get better. And they stay better

    Presenter:
    Gabrielle Dean, MSW, MPH
    Gabrielle Dean has been in practice for over 25 years, eighteen of them in addiction treatment. She has designed and run residential and outpatient programs beginning with a federally-funded residential setting for opiate-addicted women and their children. About ten years ago, she and Woody Giessmann, LADC, CADAC and ex-drummer for the rock group The Del Fuegos together created Right Turn, a landmark program which incorporates expressive therapies and creativity into an evidence-based addiction program. She also hosts Right Turn Radio, a weekly interview show on addiction and mental health which is broadcast in 5 states. She finds her work in the addiction field asvery rewarding because, I get to see people get better..

    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.
    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:
    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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    Chicago Gratitude for Giving Celebration
    11/14/2014

    Sierra Tucson will be recognizing professionals in Chicago for their years of giving to others. Please join us in honoring your selected peers who have made a significant contribution to our community. Sierra Tucson staff will be available.

    Schedule:
    Friday, November 14, 2014
    8:00 a.m. – Registration
    8:30 - 10:00 a.m. – Breakfast, Presentation of Awards, and Networking

    Location:
    W Chicago Lakeshore
    Altitude, 33 Floor
    644 North Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312-943-9200; Hosted Parking available)
    Google Maps Link

    Cost & Registration:
    Tickets to this event are $35 per person or $300 per table of 10. All tickets must be purchased by October 31, 2014. Only table tickets purchased by October 3 will be recognized in the "Gratitude for Giving" Program. Due to the nature of this event, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. If purchasing a table, please provide the names of guests.

    We invite you to nominate your peers for the awards below before September 12, 2014

    Nominations have closed.

    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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    Dallas-Ft. Worth "Gratitude for Giving Celebration"
    11/21/2014

    Sierra Tucson will be recognizing professionals in the Dallas-Ft. Worth 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. Sierra Tucson staff and tables to display your literature will be available.

    Schedule:
    Friday, November 21, 2014
    8:00 a.m. – Registration
    8:30 a.m. – Breakfast, Presentation of Awards, and Networking

    Location:
    Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
    2821 Turtle Creek Blvd.
    Dallas, TX 75219
    (214-559-2100; Hosted Parking available)
    Google Maps Link


    Cost & Registration:
    Tickets to this event are $35 per person or $300 per table of 10. All individual tickets must be purchased by November 7, 2014. Only table tickets purchased by October 10, 2014 will be recognized in the "Gratitude for Giving" Program. Due to the nature of this event, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. If purchasing a table, please provide the names of guests.

    We invite you to nominate your peers for the awards below before September 22, 2014. You may nominate for more than one category. Our Awards Committee will review all nominations submitted by the deadline.

    Nominations have closed.

    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 Rosemary Werner at 972-248-3964.


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    Phoenix "Gratitude for Giving" Celebration
    12/05/2014

    Sierra Tucson will be recognizing professionals in the Phoenix 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. Sierra Tucson staff and networking tables will be available.

    Schedule:
    Friday, December 5, 2014
    8:30-9:30 a.m. – Registration, Networking, and Welcome
    9:30-10:30 a.m. – Breakfast and Award Presentation
    10:30-11:00 a.m. – Networking

    Location:
    Arizona Biltmore
    Grand Ballroom
    2400 East Missouri Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85016
    (602-955-6600; Non-hosted Parking available)
    Google Maps Link

    Cost & Registration:
    Registration for this event is $35 per person or $300 per table of 10. Registration must be by November 21, 2014. Only Sponsored Tables purchased by October 24 will be recognized in the "Gratitude for Giving" Program. Due to the nature of this event, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. If purchasing a table, please provide the names of guests.

    We invite you to nominate your peers for the awards below before October 14, 2014. You may nominate for more than one category. Our Awards Committee will review all nominations submitted by the deadline.

    Nominations closed October 14, 2014


    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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    Fifth Annual South Florida "Gratitude for Giving" Breakfast
    12/05/2014

    Sierra Tucson will be recognizing professionals in South Florida for their years of giving to others. Please join us in honoring your selected peers who have made a significant contribution to our community. Sierra Tucson staff and tables to display your literature will be available.

    Schedule:
    Friday, December 5, 2014
    8:30 a.m. – Registration
    9:00 a.m. – Breakfast, Presentation of Awards, and Networking

    Location:
    The Ritz-Carlton
    Grand Ballroom 2 & 3
    1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    (954-465-2300; Hosted Valet Parking available)
    Google Maps Link

    Cost & Registration:
    Tickets to this event are $40 per person or $350 per table of 10. All tickets must be purchased by November 21, 2014. Only table tickets purchased by October 24, 2014 will be recognized in the "Gratitude for Giving" Program. Due to the nature of this event, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. If purchasing a table, please provide the names of guests.

    We invite you to nominate your peers for the awards below before October 10, 2014. You may nominate for more than one category. Our Awards Committee will review all nominations submitted by the deadline.

    Nominations closed October 10, 2014

    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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