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;

  • 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
  • Moments of Change
    Sept. 29-Oct. 2, Palm Beach, FL
    Dr. Michael Genovese Presenting
  • National Conference for Lawyers Assistance Programs
    October 20-22, Albuquerque, NM
  • BFI Summit
    October 29-31, Tempe, AZ
    Jaime Vinck, Chief Clinical Officer, presenting
  • AAAP
    Dec 3-6, Huntington Beach, CA


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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 <05/22/2015>
    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:

    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
    "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.

    Registration & Networking: 11:30am
    Lunch buffet served: 11:45am
    Presentation: 12:00 - 2:00pm

    August 28, 2015
    Is Food A Drug? The Treatment of Food Addiction vs. Binge Eating Disorder
    Dorie McCubbrey, MSEd, PhD, LPC, Positive Pathways

    Binge-Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. An estimated 3.5% of women, 2% of men, and 30% to 40% of those seeking weight loss treatments can be clinically diagnosed with BED. Although Binge-Eating Disorder (BED) is the term used by most clinicians, the term Food Addiction is commonly used by those afflicted as well as researchers and treatment providers. What does this term imply, in terms of diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of eating disorders? Do certain foods activate the same neural pathways as do drugs? If so, which foods and is everyone a potential food addict, since we need to eat to live? Rather than addiction to food as a substance, are specific eating behaviors addictive? What are the similarities and differences between Food Addiction and Binge-Eating Disorder (BED)? What treatments are used for Food Addiction versus BED, and which are most effective? These questions will be addressed through discussion of DSM-5 criteria, peer-reviewed research, evidence-based practices, and case studies. Specific techniques from Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT) will be explored, featuring interactive group activities.

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

    Objectives:

  • Discuss the definition of Food Addiction and evaluate research which suggests this is a Substance Use Disorder.
  • Identify similarities and differences between Food Addiction and Binge-Eating Disorder using DSM-5 diagnostic criteria.
  • Explain the predominant standards of practice for the treatment of Binge-Eating Disorder, including three primary treatment goals.
  • Assess the efficacy of abstinence-based meal plans versus intuitive eating and mindfulness strategies for the treatment of Binge-Eating Disorder.

    Dr. Dorie McCubbrey is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist, with more than 20 years of clinical experience in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge-Eating Disorder and other types of body image and eating disorders. She has a Masters Degree in Counseling and a Doctorate in Biomedical Engineering, and this unique combination of credentials allows her to address the complex psychological and physiological aspects of eating disorders. She is the Owner and Clinical Director of Positive Pathways, which is a Denver-based group practice providing outpatient treatment of eating disorders and related issues. She has developed an integrative method called Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy (EDIT) which provides comprehensive treatment of eating disorders using evidence-based practices. She conducts training programs for professionals to become EDIT Certified practitioners. She is the best-selling author of two books Dr. Dories Dont Diet Book, and How Much Does Your Soul Weigh and she is a nationally known keynote speaker, clinical trainer, and retreat leader.

    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.


  • 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.

    Cost & Registration:
    Sign up and save! $20 per person with pre-registration due Friday 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.


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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 <05/14/2015>
    "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
    <06/18/2015>

    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

    June Location:
    Grimaldi's Pizzeria
    9788 West Northern Avenue, Suite 1440,
    Peoria, AZ ‎
    (623)486-4455
    Appetizers will be served.

    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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    Chicago Gratitude for Giving Celebration
    11/13/2015

    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 13, 2015
    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 $40 per person or $350 per table of 10. All tickets must be purchased by October 29, 2015. Only table tickets purchased by October 2 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 14, 2015

    Nominate-Click Here

    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 Burke Halinovych @(312) 937-2403.


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    Dallas-Ft. Worth Gratitude for Giving
    11/20/2015

    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 20, 2015
    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 $40 per person or $350 per table of 10. All individual tickets must be purchased by November 6, 2015. Only table tickets purchased by October 9, 2015 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.

    Click here to nominate:

    We invite you to nominate your peers for the awards below before September 21, 2015. You may nominate for more than one category. Our Awards Committee will review all nominations submitted by the deadline.


    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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    South Florida Sixth Annual "Gratitude for Giving" Breakfast
    12/04/2015

    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 4, 2015
    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 $45 per person or $400 per table of 10. All tickets must be purchased by November 20, 2015. Only table tickets purchased by October 23, 2015 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 2, 2015. You may nominate for more than one category. Our Awards Committee will review all nominations submitted by the deadline.

    Click here to nominate
    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. 600464.


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    Phoenix "Gratitude for Giving" Celebration
    12/04/2015

    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 4, 2015
    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 $40 per person or $350 per table of 10. Registration must be by November 20, 2015. Only Sponsored Tables purchased by October 23 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 2, 2015. You may nominate for more than one category. Our Awards Committee will review all nominations submitted by the deadline.

    Click here to nominate.


    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 Chrissy Lamy @ 480-231-0260.


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