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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.

Denver Area Professionals' Luncheon - FULL
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Presented by Sierra Tucson.


Held on Friday on the following dates:
“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

“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.


  • 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. Dorie’s Don’t 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.


    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.


    September 17, 2015 <09/17/2015>
    "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 <10/15/2015>
    "Incorporating Spiritual Journey in a Recovery Program"
    Presenters: Lisa Arnold and Rev. Paul Holland

    Fairfield University’s Collegiate Recovery Program, not only pairs recovery and a college education, but woven into the philosophy is the spiritual development and personal enlightenment of each participant. Guided by a Jesuit, program participants engage in reflection, mediation, contemplation and prayer. Each semester, participants spend a weekend on retreat at Ender’s Island exploring the meaning and purpose within us.

    Lisa Arnold, MFT, LADC is the Clinical Coordinator of the Collegiate Recovery Program at Fairfield University. She graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's degree in psychology, and from Fairfield University with a master's degree in marriage and family therapy. In 2000, she became licensed in alcohol and drug counseling in the state of Ct. This is her twentieth year working with individuals struggling with addiction, and has worked with students in recovery at Fairfield University for the past fourteen years. She has a private practice for families and couples in various stages of addiction and recovery for seven years, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Bridgeport teaching a graduate course, Theories of Group Process. She resides in Litchfield County with her husband and three children, ages 13, 12, and 6.

    Rev. Paul D. Holland, S.J. is the rector of the Fairfield Jesuit Community and a member of the Collegiate Recovery Program Advisory Board. Originally from Belmont, MA, Fr. Holland lived and ministered in Zambia, Jerusalem and Sydney, as well as California, Indiana, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Prior to his return to Fairfield in 2010, Fr. Holland was pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church on the UCONN campus in Storrs, and religious superior and President of the Campion Center Health Center for elderly and ill Jesuits in Weston, MA. Presently, in addition to his duties as rector, he assists in the work of the Ignatian SpiritualCenter as well as several programs serving undergraduates (Man2Man, Build-A-House, Ignatian Residential College and the recovery program.)He also serves as chaplain to the Fairfield Prep faculty. He has degrees in international relations, philosophy and theology from Harvard, Boston College, Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and University of Notre Dame.

    November 12, 2015 <11/12/2015>
    "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.


  • 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 County’s 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 Colorado’s Center for Students in Recovery. He is a regular participant and conference moderator for the university’s annual Conference on World Affairs. He helped create the Cocoon Program for chronically ill children at Children’s 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.

    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.


    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.

    September 17 <09/17/2015>
    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

    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.

    Improving the Treatment of Anxiety for People with Substance Use Disorders

    Although anxiety symptoms and disorders are extremely prevalent among those with substance use disorders, little is known about the optimal treatment strategies for anxiety in this population. People diagnosed with substance use disorders often cannot access state-of-the-art anxiety treatments, and it is unclear whether these treatments are effective for people using substances. This presentation aims to describe how anxiety and substance use interact and to introduce concrete behavioral strategies for reducing anxiety and improving quality of life for those with substance use disorders. Preliminary results from a study of a new treatment for co-occurring anxiety disorders and opioid use disorder will be presented.

    R. Kathryn McHugh, Ph.D. Associate Psychologist, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse, McLean Hospital Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Dr. McHugh received her B.A. in Psychology from Harvard College and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University. She is currently a clinical psychologist in the Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse at McLean Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. McHugh is a clinical researcher and practitioner whose work focuses on the nature and treatment of anxiety and substance use disorders. She is a recipient of awards from the American Psychological Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the College of Problems on Drug Dependence and her research is currently funded by grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She also specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for the treatment of anxiety, depressive, and substance use disorders.

    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:

    Lisa Sarno
    Regional Outreach Specialist
    Sierra Tucson and Four Circles
    Sarah Verrelli
    Vice President of Marketing
    Mountainside Treatment Center


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