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;

  • 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
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    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:
    May 14, 2015
    "Intervention for Clients Dealing with Infidelity, Trust and Betrayal"
    Presenter:Tammy Nelson, Ph.D.

    Presentation Goals and Objectives:
    In this cutting edge seminar, Dr. Tammy Nelson will share her expertise and describe real life case examples to illustrate how breaches of monogamy affect sexuality, intimacy and emotional development. Her seminar will discuss how to help couples restructure trust into responsibility, forgiveness into empathy, blame into erotic recovery, and move into a creative and new narrative for a vision of a stronger monogamy for their future. Her trainings cover the most effective and cutting edge forms of therapy for treating affairs. Using a theoretical model that works, Dr. Nelson's seminar will move beyond the perpetrator, victim, and rescuer model and teach a Three Part Recovery Process for Infidelity Recovery - with step by step Trust and Betrayal Intervention, where couples can grow past an affair and create stronger relationships and a closer intimacy.

    Presenter
    Tammy Nelson, Ph.D., is a Board Certified Sexologist and Certified Sex Therapist, as well as a Certified Imago Relationship therapist and International Speaker and Seminar Leader. She is the author of several books including, The New Monogamy; Redefining Your Relationship After Infidelity, Getting the Sex You Want; Shed Your Inhibitions and Reach New Heights of Passion Together, and What's Eating You? A Workbook for Anorexia and Bulimia. as well as an upcoming memoir. She has been a featured expert in Glamour Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, MSNBC, Healthy Life Magazine, Shape, Men's Health, Washington Post, and a source in Rolling Stone and Time Magazine

    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:
    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.

    Presenter
    Sarah Stewart, MSW, CPC


    Coaching is not therapy, nor is it used as a replacement for therapy. However, coaching can be a very useful tool when working with family members of addicts.

    Coaching is also a valuable tool when working with the family members of an addicted individual. Often, practitioners find that the family members become stuck and/or hyper focused on the addicted individual. Utilizing proper coaching techniques the practitioner can shift the focus back to the family members and have them define clear, measurable and achievable goals for themselves. During a high stress time that can feel very "out of control" coaching can deliver a sense of control, purpose, and achievement.

    Objectives:

  • Participants will have an understanding of the varying professional roles in the addiction industry their purpose and function.
  • Participants will have an understanding of the basics principles of coaching
  • Participants will understand the difference between coaching and therapy
  • Participants will understand the benefits of coaching for family members of an addict

    Sarah Stewart, MSW, CPC
    Throughout my 20 year career in healthcare, my favorite thing to do has been to coach people through changes. Whether the change is personal or professional, I love guiding people through the process to attain their goals! I have worked as a clinician, treating adolescents, adults, and families in both inpatient and outpatient facilities. I was a director of outpatient services for a psychiatric hospital on the East Coast and owned a consulting practice working with struggling teens and their families on the West Coast. Over the past 7 years my business development positions have allowed me to research, visit, and evaluate many wonderful residential treatment facilities, outpatient facilities, and private practitioners nationwide. I earned my Master's degree in Social Work from the University of New England and I am trained in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing. I am a certified professional coach through the World Coach Institute.

    Cost & Registration:
    $10 per person with pre-registration by June 8th (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.

    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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