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;

  • 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:
    Aug 14, 2015
    Nov 13, 2015

    Schedule:
    8:30 - 9:00 a.m. - Registration & Breakfast
    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


    Aug 14, 2015
    "On Integrating an Integrative. Implementing BioNeuroFeedback into Integrative Mental Health"
    Presenter: Antoinette S. Giedzinska-Simons, Ph.D.


    Implementing a viable bioneurofeedback program into an integrative mental health inpatient rehabilitation has its appeals and its challenges. The fact that the field of biofeedback is a dynamic system of training, education, and empowerment, can yield creative programmatic solutions toward integrating this therapy to coalesce within a greater integrative mental health system. This presentation outlines the challenges to consider when implementing such a program, along with consideration of the programs model and methods

    Objectives:

  • Identify the varied purposes & clinical applications of bioneurofeedback.
  • Define integrative mental health and discuss the benefits of treatment from this perspective.
  • Discuss how incorporating psychoneurophysiological approaches to behavioral health treatment can augment and enhance recovery.

  • 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. She has authored several scientific publications, developed and implemented the bioneurofeedback program at Sierra Tucson, and oversees the Psychology department in addition to the planning and implementation of patient outcomes. She maintains an enthusiastic stance as a scientist/practitioner in all her roles at Sierra Tucson, aimed not only to support 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.

    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 23, 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 advanced 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
    See schedule

    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:

    September 17, 2015
    "Avoiding Diagnostic Deficit Disorder"
    Presenter: Dr. Steve Weisblatt

    Accepted statistics indicate that 2% of individuals will develop Bipolar Disorder at some point in their lives - and another 10-12% will experience symptoms of "Bipolar Spectrum". This statistic is in the general population - it is far higher in the percentage of individuals getting mental health services.Patients in therapy do not benefit maximally, and do not function to their best potential if a co-morbid, unrecognized, misdiagnosed or mistreated biochemical imbalance is present. Given the nearly 70% misdiagnosis rate in patients with full spectrum bipolar disorder, the percentage of misdiagnosis is even higher for the 12-14% of people with sub-syndromal presentations. Usually the patient is incorrectly diagnosed and treated for "depression" or "anxiety". The misdiagnosis rates are higher in children, seniors and people with organic brain disease. In this presentation we will review the symptoms (often obvious and occasionally subtle) that promote making a correct diagnosis and the medications that might be best used for treatment. We will also review how to distinguish between palliation of symptoms versus treatment of a disorder to remission. Also we will review when and how medications should be used when patients present with only partial syndromes.

    Dr. Steve Weisblatt is a former Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Downstate Medical Center and held a similar position on the teaching faculty of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition to being the past author of the former "Clinician's Corner" Column in Bipolar Magazine, he has spoken widely in the US, Canada and Europe on the subject of accurate diagnosis and effective treatments for patients with mood disorders.

    October 15, 2015
    Fairfield University Counseling & Psychological Center will be presenting.

    November 12, 2015
    "Coming of Age Under the Tyranny of Freedom: Excess Choice and Millennial Behavior "
    Presenter: Daniel Conroy, co-founder of AIM House

    Until recently, matters of identity, education, love, and work were settled by default. Today, there is no default. The result is that emerging adults are adrift, taking longer to finish college, choose a career, and get married than previous generations. In this session, we dispute the claim that Millennials are lazy and entitled, arguing instead that their delayed transition to adulthood is the result of chronic indecision caused by the extension of autonomy to areas of life historically governed by tradition. We will examine the influx of choice in the collegiate setting and discuss ways to help students navigate the overwhelming array of academic and extracurricular options before them. this assessment.

    Objectives:

  • Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to identify key behavioral and intellectual differences between Millennials and preceding generations (i.e., Generation X-ers, Baby Boomers, and Silents) and evaluate common stereotypes of Millennials.
  • Participants will be able to describe the various psychological processes involved in decision-making and assess the advantages and disadvantages of extending choice to identity, education, work, and marriage.
  • Participants will be able to present their students with methods for navigating the overwhelming array of academic and extracurricular options available to them.


  • Daniel Conroy is the co-founder of AIM House. Daniel graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a bachelor of arts in humanities. Before opening AIM House in 1999 with his wife Mae, Daniel held a number of positions at therapeutic programs. He started his career in counseling and activity leading in Boulder Countys EXPAND program for emotionally challenged children. Daniel then took on the role of intake counselor and eventually alumni Coordinator at Sierra Tucson in Arizona. Later, Daniel worked as the admissions counselor, admissions director and finally, director of professional relations at CEDU in Running Springs, California. The knowledge that Daniel gained while working at treatment facilities and therapeutic boarding schools was fundamental in building the fantastic program that AIM House is today. He is the founder of the CU Boulder Collegiate Recovery Center and was an advisor to The University of Colorados Center for Students in Recovery. He is a regular participant and conference moderator for the universitys annual Conference on World Affairs. He helped create the Cocoon Program for chronically ill children at Childrens Hospital in Denver. He volunteers his time with Horizons Elementary School, Boulder County YMCA and several other human services agencies on the Colorado Front Range. Daniel enjoys volunteering, spending time with his wife Mae and their four children.
    December 04, 2015
    Holiday Event!
    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:
    September 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.

    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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    Orange County Sixth Annual Open House
    09/17/2015


    Thursday, September 17, 2015
    11:30 - 2:00 p.m.

    Location:
    The Resort at Pelican Hill
    22701 pelican Hill Road South
    Newport Coast, CA 92657
    (888-507-6427)

    We are honored to provide a venue not only to meet with Sierra Tucsons staff but also to share your expertise with others in private practice. This event has limited seating to allow forproductive networking. We look forward to seeing you!

    R.S.V.P. online for by September 4, 2015. There is no charge for this event.
    Please note: This event is by invitation only and may not be transferred. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated. This event has limited seating.

    If you did not receive an invitation and are in private practice, please email Christine Foell cfoell@crchealth.com


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    LA Luncheon for Private Practitioners
    09/18/2015

    Schedule:
    Friday, September 18, 2015
    11:00 - 11:30 a.m. Registration
    11:30 - 2:00 p.m. Presentations and Luncheon

    Location:
    The Beverly Wilshire Hotel
    Ballroom/Wintergarden
    9500 Wilshire Blvd
    Beverly Hills, CA 90212
    310-275-5200; (Hosted Valet Parking)

    Sierra Tucson recognizes the importance of making connections with other clinicians. We are honored to provide a venue for you to personally meet with Sierra Tucsons Clinical Staff to learn about our key programs: Addiction/Co-occurring Disorders, Eating Recovery, Mood/Anxiety Disorders, Complex Pain, and Trauma Recovery. Please come early to allow the best opportunity to participate and network with colleagues. We look forward to seeing you!

    R.S.V.P. online by September 4, 2015. There is no charge for this event.
    This is a by-invitation-only event. If you did not receive an invitation, your registration cannot not be accepted. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated.

    If you did not receive an invitation and are in private practice, please email Amy Atwell: aatwell@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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    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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    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.
    • Vision Recognition honors a professional who has expanded knowledge and understanding through scientific inquiry.
    • Gratitude Recognition honors a professional for Lifetime Achievement.
    For additional information, you may call 800-624-5858, Ext. 600464.


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