Professional Events

Sierra Tucson is a leader in the industry for providing innovative, progressive, and clinically sound workshops, conferences, and events nationwide. Networking opportunities also allow professionals to better serve clients and assist one another by expanding our knowledge of resources. Professional/clinical events are listed on these pages and are updated regularly. Please use the convenient online "Register Now" buttons for quick, secure registration.


Grand Rounds-“Nothing Occurs - or Recovers - in a Vacuum: Implementing Biofeedback & Neurofeedback into Integrative Mental Health Treatment”
08/15/2014

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

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

Friday:
August 15, 2014

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

Google Maps Link
August 15, 2014
"Nothing Occurs - or Recovers - in a Vacuum: Implementing Biofeedback & Neurofeedback into Integrative Mental Health Treatment"
Speaker: Antoinette Giedzinska-Simons, Ph.D


The field of bio-neurofeedback provides a dynamic system of training, education, and empowerment for patients struggling with mental health issues and addictions. Implementing a viable program into an integrative mental health inpatient rehabilitation program does not come without its challenges, however. This presentation will introduce the fields of psychophysiology and psychoneurophysiology, describe what bio- and neuro-feedback are, discuss how these modalities work, and examine how creative solutions toward integrating this therapy to coalesce within a greater integrative mental health system can be implemented. This is an introductory presentation that targets all therapists and healthcare professionals interested in a biopsychosocial approach to mental health.
Objectives:
  • Define the emerging fields of psychophysiology and psychoneurophysiology
  • Differentiate between biofeedback and neuro-feedback
  • Explain the interrelatedness between chronic stress and emotional dysregulation
  • Discuss key benefits that bio- or neuro-feedback can yield

  • Antoinette Giedzinska-Simons, Ph.D. is the Director of Behavioral Medicine at Sierra Tucson.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 articles in professional scientific journals on the psychological correlates of cancer and quality of life. At Sierra Tucson, Dr. Antoinette has developed and implemented integrated Biofeedback and Neurofeedback Training into the Sierra Tucson treatment model. She has recently led the development and implementation of Sierra Tucsons Outcomes Research program, to evaluate the short-term and longitudinal progress of patients. Her enthusiasm as a scientist/practitioner in her current role is 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 toward overall wellness.


    CE Credit:
    2.0 Continuing Education Credits available:
    • MFT, LCSW as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Approval #PCE3587.
    • Sierra Tucson is a provider approved by NAADAC. Approved Education Provider Program, Provider #471 for 2 Contact Hours.
    • RN as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Approval #CEP 12719.
    • Psychologists - This program is sponsored by Sierra Tucson. Sierra Tucson is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; Sierra Tucson maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

    Cost & Registration:
    There is no charge for professionals to attend this Grand Rounds presentation.
    Seating is limited, so please register with Margo Weltmer by August 8, 2014:
    Email: MWeltmer@SierraTucson.com
    Phone: 800-624-4000, Ext. 2347


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    Phoenix Area Professionals' Breakfast
    Bimonthly

    Presented by Sierra Tucson.
    Schedule:
    Held the second Wednesday on the following months:
    July 9, 2014 RSVP by June 30 (See Topic/Speaker below)
    September 10, 2014
    November 12, 2014

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

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

    Google Maps Link

    Cost & Registration:
    Sign up and save! $15 per person with pre-registration by June 30 (no refund after the due date). Please use the "Register Now" button below to register online with credit card. Include your name, address, telephone, and credit card information - card number, exact name on card, expiration date, security code. (Late registration at the door, $25 cash or check.)
    For additional information you may call Chrissy Lamy at 480-231-0260.

    CE Credit:
    2 Continuing Education Credits

    July 9, 2014 <07/09/2014>
    "Safe Touch in Psychotherapy and Touch Experiential."
    Speaker: Kim DiRe', LPC, MEd, SEP


    This presentation will expose the truth about touch in psychotherapy. There is confusion about boundaries in safe touch and the harmful touch that has breached many patient's trust. As we look at culture, human development and healing, evidence suggests humans require safe touch to thrive. Kim DiRe', a licensed psychotherapist and Somatic Experiencing Touch Practitioner will present and demonstrate the use of safe touch in psychotherapy.

    Objectives:

  • Identify the legal and ethical boundaries of safe touch in psychotherapy.
  • Identify how and when appropriate touch is to be used in psychotherapy.
  • Discuss the subtle shifts of a clients somatic state using their senses: hearing, vision, kinesthetic sense, smell, and tactile sense.

  • Kim DiRe', LPC, MEd, SEP is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in trauma healing, eating disorders, attachment and early developmental trauma. She is currently a candidate for the Doctorate of Behavioral Health Program at Arizona State University. Touch is a tool that Kim DiRe uses as a therapy mix. Integration of touch into the psychotherapeutic and counseling environment continues to develop. Kim is a Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner certified at the highest level of SE and SE touch training.

    2 Continuing Education Credits:
  • MFT, LCSW as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Approval #PCE3587.
  • Sierra Tucson is a provider approved by NAADAC. Approved Education Provider Program, Provider #471 for 2 Contact Hours.
  • RN as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Approval #CEP 12719.
  • Psychologists - This program is sponsored by Sierra Tucson. Sierra Tucson is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; Sierra Tucson maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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    Denver Area Professionals' Luncheon
    See Schedule

    Presented by Sierra Tucson.

    Schedule:
    Held on Friday on the following dates, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    (Lunch served at noon)
    July 25, 2014 (See Topic/Speaker below)

    Location:
    Cool River Cafe
    8000 East Belleview Avenue
    Greenwood Village, CO
    (303-771-4117)Google Maps Link

    Bring your business cards and brochures to share.

    July 25, 2014<07/25/2014>
    "Addictions Through An Attachment Lens: Possibilities, Pitfalls and Promises "
    Speaker: Jim Thomas, LMFT, Internationally Certified Emotional Couples Therapy Trainer


    Often in treating addiction, we focus on the user, offer 12-Step support, holistic interventions and other services to help them move in to recovery or at least reduced risk of harm. Growing evidence supports the view that addictions can be an attachment disorder. And certainly, in our work, we see that addictions can disorder a close attachment relationship. Any child who grew up in a house with a parent who abused drugs or alcohol can describe poignantly how addiction disrupts secure emotional bonds. Jim Thomas, an energetic, engaging presenter will explore the possibilities that emerge when we view addiction through this lens, as well as the pitfalls and promises inherent in couples and family therapy interventions grounded in attachment theory. Jim co-developed the E.F.T. Master Class, Transforming Addiction, Fostering Secure Bonds, with EFT, with fellow trainer, Michael Barnett, Ph.D. Atlanta Georgia.
    Objectives:

  • Discern and delineate attachment issues as related to drug addiction and alcohol abuse.
  • Demonstrate 2 ways that addictive behaviors such as alcohol/drugs emotionally contribute to a couple or family's negative cycles.
  • Apply E.F.T. with this population in the form of a loving intervention, so that couples therapy can be a gateway to recovery.

  • Jim Thomas, LMFT, ICEEFT Trainer, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, directs the Colorado Center for E.F.T. and is Director Emeritus, Denver Family Institute. In his private practice, he works with addiction frequently in the context of couples and family therapy. Leveraging the power of connection through this lens we can help more people caught in the throes of drug and alcohol addiction to turn towards their loved ones and in to recovery. Jim provides training in Emotionally Focused Therapy here in Colorado and throughout the U.S.

    Cost & Registration:
    Sign up and save! $15 per person with pre-registration due Thursday one week prior to the Friday event, (no refund after this date). Please use the "Register Now" button below to register online with credit card. Include your name, address, telephone, credit card information - card number, exact name on card, expiration date, security code. (Late registration at the door, $25 cash or check.)

    For additional information, you may call Libby Timmons at 520-610-8471.

    2 Continuing Education Credits:
  • MFT, LCSW as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Approval #PCE3587.
  • Sierra Tucson is a provider approved by NAADAC. Approved Education Provider Program, Provider #471 for 2 Contact Hours.
  • RN as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Approval #CEP 12719.
  • Psychologists - This program is sponsored by Sierra Tucson. Sierra Tucson is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; Sierra Tucson maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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    Tucson Area Professionals' Networking Breakfast
    Bimonthly

    Presented by Sierra Tucson.

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

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

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

    August 13, 2014
    "EAP Critical Incident Response: Partnering with the Treatment Community"
    Speakers: Mary Straus, LPC and Randy Brooks, LPC


    When disasters, acts of violence, accidents and death impact workplaces, EAPs are called upon to provide crisis intervention with the goal of fostering resilience and returning both organizations and employees to a state of wellness and productivity. To meet these needs, EAPs rely on the partnership of the treatment community in two ways: first as the onsite EAP crisis interventionists supporting the EAP mission, and second, as a referral source to assist those most those impacted and agreeable for additional trauma-based services. This training helps the treating community learn the process of critical incident response, understand at what point in a response a referral might be made, and how best to continue fostering resiliency in treatment.
    Objectives:

  • Discuss the evolution of EAP CIR to its present Resiliency approach
  • Explain Operationalize resilience within an EAP crisis intervention environment
  • Define Operationalize effective, resiliency-based treatment for those impacted by critical incidents.

  • In a career spanning 45 years, Randy Brooks, MA, LPC has worked as a clinician and a business leader and owner in the areas of employee assistance, chemical abuse, and general mental health. He is the co-founder of Jorgensen-Brooks Group. Randy has done extensive critical incident management and critical incident training throughout the United States, Africa, and South America, successfully impacting over 50 companies. Clinically, Randy, being EMDR trained, has supported and helped individuals after earthquakes, war, flooding, rape, mutilation, and other forms of physical and psychological violence. He has served on the board of directors of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA) and acted as a commissioner on the Employee Assistance Credentialing Committee EACC).

    Mary Straus, MA, LPC, has worked in behavioral health for over 25 years. Highlights of her experience include psychotherapy with adults, couples, and families; clinical supervision; program development and management in private/public collaborations; critical incident management; coaching organization leadership. Mary serves on the board of the local chapter of the Employee Assistance Professional Association and on a community advisory committee to Owl and Panther Project, a non-profit group that serves refugee families affected by political torture and trauma.


    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 Wednesday prior to each breakfast (no refund after this date). Please use the "Register Now" button below to register online with credit card. Include your name, address, telephone, and credit card information -
    card number, exact name on card, expiration date, security code.
    (Late registration at the door, $25 cash or check.)
    For additional information you may call Chrissy Lamy at 480-231-0260

    2 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 2013 will be hosted by Fairfield University Counseling Center and Psychological Services and co-sponsored by Fairfield University Counseling Center and Psychological Services, Marworth, Mountainside and Sierra Tucson.

    Schedule:
    September 19, 2014 (See Topic/Speaker below)
    October 9, 2014
    November 13, 2014
    December 12, 2014

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

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

    Speaker Mike Stern, Ph.D

    Cost & Registration:

    $10 per person with pre-registration by the Monday prior to the Breakfast (no refund after this date). Seating is limited to 50 participants for each session, with no exceptions. Therefore, walk-ins may not be accommodated at this event. Please use the above blue button to register online. All payment are now cash or check and payable at the door.

    For additional information, you may call Lisa Sarno at 888-452-8458.


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

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

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

    8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    Location:
    Hotel Indigo
    399 Grove Street
    Newton, MA 02462

    Breakfast, networking and thoughtfully facilitated clinical discussion from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. at Hotel Indigo. Please bring your business cards and brochures to share.

    June 19, 2014 <06/19/2014>
    In November 2012, residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts voted overwhelmingly in favor of medical marijuana. The regulations have now been finalized and patients continue to seek medical marijuana as treatment for a host of illnesses. In this seminar, Dr. Hill, a physician scientist who sees patients with marijuana problems and conducts clinical trials aimed at developing treatments for marijuana dependence, will explain the Massachusetts regulations and discuss their practical implications. Dr. Hill continues to educate health care professionals around the country on this topic.

    Objectives:

  • Summarize the policies addressing the use of marijuana as a medication in Massachusetts.
  • Identify the risks and benefits of marijuana when used medically, as well as, alternatives to marijuana.
  • Discuss how mental health professionals can counsel patients seeking medical marijuana or colleagues asking about referrals for medical marijuana.

    Presenter:
    Kevin P. Hill, M.D., M.H.S., is an addiction psychiatrist conducting clinical research aimed at developing treatments for substance use disorders. His work is focused primarily on medications and behavioral interventions that might improve available treatments for those wanting to stop smoking marijuana or cigarettes. Dr. Hill is the recipient of a prestigious federal K99/R00 grant award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) that will support his work over the course of 5 years. His project is to test the efficacy of a synthetic marijuana-like compound, nabilone, as a potential medication treatment for patients with cannabis (marijuana) dependence. Dr. Hill earned a masters in health science from the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale and has published on numerous topics in addiction. He has received multiple competitive awards as an investigator, including the National Alliance on Research for Schizophrenia and Depression Young Investigator (NARSAD) award, the Norman E. Zinberg Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry Research from Harvard Medical School, the Adam Corneel Young Investigator award from McLean, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence Early Career Investigator award, and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Research award. Dr. Hill also maintains a small private practice.

    Cost & Registration:
    $10 per person with pre-registration by June 13th (no refund after the due date). Seating is limited to 40 participants for each session.

    For event questions, please contact:LSarno@SierraTucson.com.

    Lisa Sarno
    Regional Outreach Specialist
    Sierra Tucson and Aspen Education
    617-283-3038
    or
    Sarah Verrelli
    Vice President of Marketing
    Mountainside Treatment Center
    860-248-0721


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    Los Angeles Professional Development Series
    07/25/2014

    Sierra Tucson Celebrating 30 Years and Outback Therapeutic Expeditions Present....

    "Shame: The Core of Codependency and Addiction"
    Speaker: Darlene Lancer, LMFT

    Addicts and codependents suffer from internalized toxic shame, which can destroy their enjoyment of life, success in work, and ability to have satisfying relationships. This workshop describes the nature and origin of internalized shame, shame spirals, shame-bonds, and how shame differs from guilt. It explains the co-emergence of shame and codependency in early childhood, identifies the ways people cope with shame many of which are symptoms of codependency, and reveals how shame hampers intimacy and damages relationships.

    This presentation targets psychotherapists treating couples with problems, such as communication, conflict, or intimacy, and individuals suffering from mood disorders, addiction, trauma, and/or codependency at the introductory level.

    Objectives:

  • Assess codependency symptoms
  • Discuss the origins of codependency and internalized shame
  • Distinguish shame from guilt
  • Spot defenses to shame in order to intervene therapeutically.
  • Develop treatment objectives to recover from codependency and techniques to heal shame

    Darlene Lancer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and expert on relationships and codependency. She's the author of two books: Codependency for Dummies and Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You and three ebooks: 10 Steps to Self-Esteem, How To Speak your Mind - Become Assertive and Set Limits and Codependency Recovery Daily Reflections. Ms. Lancer has counseled individuals and couples for 25 years and is a sought after speaker at national conferences, on radio, and to professional groups and institutions. Her articles appear in professional journals and Internet mental health websites, including on her own, darlenelancer.com and whatiscodependency.com

    Schedule and location:
    Friday, July 25, 2014
    11:00 AM 12:00 PM Registration & Networking
    12:00 2:00 PM Presentation
    Lunch is included

    Napa Valley Grille - Westwood
    1100 Glendon Avenue, Suite 100
    Los Angeles CA 90024
    310.824.3322
    Non-hosted parking is available

    <07/25/2014>
    Cost & Registration: THIS EVENT IS FULL.
    $15 Pre-registration; $25 at the door. R.S.V.P. by July 18, 2014, as seating is limited. THIS EVENT IS FULL.Please use the "Register Now" button above to register online.

    For additional information, you may contact: PSeidenfeld@SierraTucson.com.

    CE Credit:
    2 Continuing Education Credits available:
  • MFT, LCSW as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Approval #PCE3587.
  • Sierra Tucson is a provider approved by NAADAC. Approved Education Provider Program, Provider #471 for 2 Contact Hours.
  • RN as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing.Approval #CEP 12719.
  • Psychologists - This program is co-sponsored by Sierra Tucson and Outback Therapeutic Expeditions. 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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    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

    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. 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.

    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 Rosemary Werner at 972-248-3964.


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