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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.


Sierra Tucson 2015 Conferences
See Schedule;

  • BFI Summit
    March 18-21, Chicago, IL
    Dr. Michael Genovese presenting
  • IAEDP Symposium
    March 19-22, Phoenix, AZ
  • MEDA National Conference
    March 27-28, Needham, MA
  • Foundations-Innovations in Recovery
    March 31-April 3, San Diego, CA
    Dr. Michael Genovese presenting
  • Trauma, Resilience and Recovery
    April 10, San Diego, CA
    Dr. James Seymour presenting
  • 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
  • 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:
    Feb 27, 2015
    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
    Apache/Navajo.
    2000 Westcourt Way
    Tempe, AZ 85282
    (602-225-9000)

    "Understanding & Healing Your Pool of Pain" <02/27/2015>
    Presenter: Charles Atkinson MA, MSW, LCSW

    This presentation will explore and examine how unresolved early childhood traumas and traumas thru out life, negatively affect our psychology, physiology, and emotional well being. How unhealthy lifestyles are developed through unconscious patterning ingrained in our neural pathways from our families of origins to our death beds, Also, skills and techniques will be discussed to help ameliorate these dysfunctional and unmanageable symptoms. Noted research by the leaders in the field will include : Bessel Van Der Kolk, Pia Mellody, Peter Levine, and Joseph LeDoux.

    Objectives:

  • Identify negative patterns in oneself
  • Assess faulty paradigms
  • Indentify some early childhood traumas
  • Discuss and apply healthy interventions

  • Charles Atkinson MA, MSW, LCSW is a Arizona board licensed clinical social worker. He is also trained in EMDR. He currently has a private practice in North Central Phoenix. His main emphasis is on early childhood traumas, anxiety disorders, addictions, and depression. He has been in practice for 25 years. Charles was also a professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey for 30 years. While at Rutgers University his academic concentration was on stress management. He researched, wrote, and lectured on the first academic course “ Principles of Stress Management “.He also volunteered at the Franciscan Renewal Center for ten years. He has presented lectures on anxiety, chronic stress, and panic disorder with agoraphobia to to institutions, corporations, and private organizations.

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

    March 27, 2015
    Addressing Hidden Addictions in Therapeutic Practice
    Valerie Shinbaum, MS, LPC, MAC, NCC
    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.

    March 27, 2015
    "Addressing Hidden Addictions in Therapeutic Treatment"
    Speaker: Valerie Shinbaum, MS, LPC, MAC, NCC

    Addiction and addictive/compulsive/impulsive behaviors have become part of the landscape of today’s society. Perhaps you have the impression that the word “addiction” only applies to alcohol or heroin. This would be a mistake, because there are many more addictions in our world today and many more people to whom the word “addict” might be applied. It might not only be about driving drunk, or scoring some cocaine at a weekend party. Addiction is a daily behavioral process which may start in the brain long before the behavior is ever acted out, and might have at least some of its origins in a person’s emotional history. Addiction is a 24/7 way of life. The addiction may be viewed is a reward, a treat, a consolation, an escape, a self-medication from the emotional pain of life he/she might not be willing to face.

    The goal of this workshop is to identify addictions, particularly the ‘hidden addictions’ that may go unchecked in working with a client, yet pose an obstacle to a successful treatment outcome nonetheless. In this seminar, the many types of addictions and addictive behaviors will be addressed. The effects of addiction on addicts and their significant others will be discussed. Participants will focus on tools for emotional healing essential for working with clients in treatment, along with gaining knowledge of the sources of addiction and addictive behaviors Resources for addicts will be identified, such as support networks, that can serve as an adjunct to therapeutic work. Presenter will also address the daily triggers every addict must learn to face, as there is no escaping from the triggers that drove the addiction initially.

    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. (Preference is for Intermediate to advanced instruction.)

    Objectives:

  • Participants will identify various addictions from a variety of perspectives including brain/physiology components.
  • Participants will list behaviors and issues arising from each type of addiction and its accompanying behavior.
  • Participants will discuss the psychological dynamics of hidden addictions.

    Valerie J. Shinbaum, a practicing psychotherapist since 1992, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Master Addictions Counselor. Her private practice location is in Greenwood Village, CO. In addition to her private practice, Ms. Shinbaum teaches psychology courses at Community College of Denver, and Front Range Community College in Westminster, CO . Ms. Shinbaum is a national and local speaker/lecturer and is the founder of the interactive website www.bodymindandbalance.com and is a national and local lecturer.

    Ms. Shinbaum is a member of the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, the Colorado Counseling Association and the Denver Therapists Network. She is also the Organizer of the meetup group Mental Health Professionals In Private Practice. Contact Ms. Shinbaum at www.bodymindandbalance.com


    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. (Preference is for Intermediate to advanced instruction.)

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

    For additional information, you may call Diane Sanders at 720-810-1339.

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

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    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:
    March 12, 2015
    "Effective Integration of 12 Steps Programs into Dual Diagnosis Treatment"
    Presenter: Sarah Allen Benton, MS, LMHC, LPC

    Presentation Goals and Objectives:
    This presentation will give a brief overview of evidence based dual diagnosis treatment and how 12 Step Programs are often involved in that process. The purpose, intention and limitations of 12-Step programs will be described. Additionally, appropriate and inappropriate integration of 12-Step program concepts, literature and suggestions that compliment dual diagnosis treatment will be described. Case examples will also be used to demonstrate how best to combine these treatment modalities.

    Presenter
    Sarah Benton has over 10 years of experience in direct care and a passion for program development and teaching. She offers expertise in treating young adults and adults with addiction and co-occurring disorders as well as a specialty in treating high-functioning alcoholics and addicts. She is a Therapist at Insight Counseling in Ridgefield, CT specializing in outpatient adolescent/young adult addiction services, family support, and mental and behavioral health services for clients of all ages. She is presently the owner of Benton Behavioral Health Consulting, LLC that provides addiction specific consultations, treatment placements and psycho-educational presentations. Most recently she worked as a Primary Therapist at Turning Point in New Haven, CT with young adult males. Sarah previously worked as a Therapist at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA at McLean Brook transitional living program for dual diagnosis treatment, McLean Klarman Center for eating disorder treatment and the McLean Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute. Additionally, she was a Therapist at the Emmanuel College Counseling Center in Boston, MA. Sarah is author of the book "Understanding the High-Functioning Alcoholic" and has been featured in the New York Times, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, CBS Early Show, NPR and writes a blog on Psychology Today.com.

    April 16, 2015
    May 14, 2015
    September 17, 2015
    October 15, 2015
    November 12, 2015
    December 04, 2015

    Networking and Breakfast
    9:00-11:00 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?"
    See Schedule

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

    Schedule:
    March 19
    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.

    "The Efffectiveness of Mindfulness-Cultivating Well-Being and Insight"
    William Jacksonis finishing his PsyD. In clinical health psychology from the Massachusetts School of professional Psychology where he is studying the efficacy of a four week mindfulness training program for chronic pain. He has placements at Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Cranial Facial Pain Center and Boston Pain Care. He specializes in opioid risk stratification, multidisciplinary pain treatment and mindfulness based therapies. William spent 6 years as a Buddhist monk, has been practicing meditation for 15 years and teaching meditation for nearly a decade. He leads mindfulness skills workshops and sees private clients in the Boston area.

    "Current research on the effectiveness of mindfulness skills training for those seeking psychological help has been promising. Mindfulness based meditation has supporting research for the reduction a number of psychological symptoms. There are also several modes of delivery from a traditional therapy session to traditional Buddhist retreats as well as innovative combinations. This presentation should provide a basis of understanding of current research as to underlying mechanisms of mindfulness and the effectiveness of current modes of delivery of this old and new, innovative yet traditional approach to cultivating well-being and insight."

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

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

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


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    N.E.S.T.
    See Schedule

    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.

    March 5, 2015
    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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    NY Symposium to Honor Clinical Excellence
    03/06/2015

    "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates vision for tomorrow.”
    ~ Melody Beattie

    Friday, March 6, 2015
    10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

    Schedule:
    10:00 a.m. Registration, Group/Room Assignments, and Refreshments
    10:15 - Noon Rotation Sessions
    12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Annual Symposium and Keynote Speaker to Honor Professional Excellence

    Location:
    The Pierre Hotel
    Cotillion Room
    2 East 61st Street
    New York, NY 10065
    212-838-8000)
    Google Maps Link


    Ninth Annual Symposium and Luncheon
    Please join us for this opportunity to enhance your professional knowledge on current treatment topics that will be presented by Sierra Tucson staff. Enjoy a day of learning and networking with colleagues and Sierra Tucson staff that will include our Medical Director, Clinical Director, Primary Therapist, and Marketing Director.

    Cost & Registration:
    This event is by invitation only, so R.S.V.P. for this free symposium and luncheon by February 27, 2015. Please use the "Register Now" button above to R.S.V.P. 1.5 Contact Hours will be awarded to those attending a complete session.

    For additional information, you may call Jane Davis at 855-242-8632 or you may email: JaneDavis@CRCHealth.com.


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    Sierra Tucson blends time-tested techniques and innovative emerging methodologies to create clinically superior, patient-directed courses of treatment. .

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