Presenter: David Mays, M.D., Ph.D., Forensic Psychiatrist, Mount Horeb, Wis.
This three-part workshop will present aspects of ethics and boundaries that are particularly relevant to mental health/substance abuse professionals. The focus will be how the law, professional standards, and thinking on ethics complement and contradict each other.
*This is a three-part workshop. You must also attend Sessions 22 and 35 to receive credit.
- Understand the basic components of informed consent, confidentiality, and the right to refuse treatment.
- Be able to discuss how conscience clauses may conflict with professional codes of ethics.
- Know the history of the duty to protect and Wisconsin law regarding a Tarasoff duty.
- Be able to assess themselves for risk of boundary crossing.
- Be able to ask clearly for consultation when an ethical dilemma arises at work.
Presenter Biography: Dr. David Mays, M.D., Ph.D., is a licensed physician in the State of Wisconsin. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a clinical adjunct assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member the Wisconsin Psychiatric Association.
Presenter: Steven Dakai, AD SAC, ICS, NCAC I, CEO Rocking Bear Consulting Firm, Johnson City, Tenn.
Ambiguous loss is a loss that occurs without closure or clear understanding. This type of loss leaves a human being searching for answers, and this search complicates and delays the process of healing from the pain due to the loss. This delay challenges coping skills or to even acknowledge a loss occurred. The overall goal is to provide a transfer of knowledge to the therapist/counselor as to help the Patient to cope with ambiguous loss and overcome the trauma associated with the loss and restore or build up resilience. Additionally, front line staff experience many of the behaviors that the griever experiences. Staff need to recognize the affects of ambiguous loss as it pertains to burn-out, secondary trauma, and or vicarious trauma.
- Participants will define ambiguous loss.
- Participants will identify the signs and symptoms of grief and understand the difference between grief and mourning.
- Participants will identify ways of coping with grief and when to ask for support.
Presenter Biography: Steven Dakai is a nationally and internationally recognized professional and personal life enrichment consultant. He is the author of
Making Shift Happen. He holds a Doctorate in Addictive Disorders. Steven concentrates his efforts in the areas of Counselor Wellness and Resiliency (avoiding burn-out), Trauma/Grief as it pertains to Opioid use along with the losses experienced with COVID-19. Steven is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist, Interventionist and Trainer, Life Coach, and ACEs Trainer along with Train the Trainer in Trauma Informed Care and ASAM PPC 2-R.
Presenters: Kate Rifken, M.S., Research Manager, OMNI Institute, Denver, Colo.; Jason Wheeler, Ph.D., Researcher, OMNI Institute, Ridgefield, Wash.; and T. Schweimler, M.A., Researcher, OMNI Institute, Denver, Colo.
Prevention specialists do important work in our communities – and evaluation can strengthen those efforts by being intentional and thoughtful. Utilizing SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) can increase the success of prevention services and help organizations adapt to changing environments and communities. The SPF helps us to understand what issues are important in the community and, more importantly, what issues the community is ready to address. This helps to move our prevention planning and implementation work forward. Focusing on the SPF steps of assessment, capacity, planning and evaluation, staff will provide real-life examples from their work with Virginia and Colorado. This will include discussing how organizations and coalitions assessed their communities needs and readiness, strengthened core supports, and told the story of their impact through evaluation. Implementing the SPF also allowed for many agencies to better serve traditionally marginalized communities and approach their prevention work from an equity lens.
- Participants will receive tangible, adaptable tools for planning and evaluating community work, for example coalition capacity assessment.
- Participants will learn how to create evaluation roadmaps and implement the SPF model.
- Participants will learn the importance of getting different stakeholders involved (ex. directors, community members, policy makers, etc.).
Presenters Biographies: Kate Rifken (she/her): Kate is passionate about exciting stakeholders to use data for storytelling. She has experience in mental health and substance use evaluation as well as data visualization. Kate previously working at the Department of Health Services in Wisconsin working with counties and communities to evaluate substance use treatment services. Prior to that, Kate has worked on mental health and substance use research for veterans at the VA Hospital, as well as meditation and mindfulness research studies. Kate understands that traditional metrics do not always tell the full story and is committed to working in partnership with communities to help them grow and build capacity for planning and evaluation work.
Jason Wheeler (he/him): Jason has formal education and training in Prevention Science, which focuses on the fundamentals of generating research on risk and protective factors for mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders and translating that research into effective prevention programs. His training includes aspects of prevention program development, such as planning and implementation of programs into communities, and using data sources to measure their effectiveness.
T. Schweimler (they/them): Mx. Schweimler previously served as the Program Engagement Coordinator for Rainbow Alley, The Center on Colfax's program serving LGBTQ+ youth ages 11-21, facilitating outreach and education activities across Colorado and providing support services and crisis counseling for at-risk youth. They spent several years working with an equitable transit collaborative supporting the efforts of community stakeholders and collaborating partners in addressing transit equity and accessibility of health, education, housing, and employment for low-income and communities of color in Denver. At OMNI, Mx. Schweimler works on projects including a statewide survey assessing behavioral health of LGBTQ+ Coloradans, the Colorado Statewide Needs Assessment, and Colorado HIV/AIDS Strategy, and providing technical assistance and evaluation support for substance use prevention programs in the Commonwealth of Virginia and state of Alabama. They have 10+ years of community organizing in diverse and marginalized communities with a particular emphasis on working in LGBTQ+ and low-income communities & communities of color.
Presenter: Jason Chapman, Program Coordinator, Cognitive Behavioral, Trauma Informed, and Peer Support Programming, JusticePoint, Milwaukee, Wis.
Supervision of Peer Support Specialists presents unique challenges to both the supervisor and the organization. These challenges are often made more difficult because of frequent disconnects and misunderstandings between peer staff and non-peer staff. This workshop will examine the role of peer support staff within an agency and review best practices for supervising peer staff.
- Participants will understand the implications of philosophical differences between the traditional helping professions the professional peer movement.
- Participants will identify which roles are appropriate for a peer support specialist.
- Participants will review best practices for both supervision and quality assurance of peer support staff.
Presenter Biography: Jason Chapman is the coordinator for all cognitive behavioral, trauma informed, and peer support programing for JusticePoint in Milwaukee and Washington County. He brings 10 years of experience as a peer support specialist, several thousand hours of group and one-on-one experience, and is also a trainer for several cognitive behavioral group formats. He has spoken at several conferences on topics related to peer support, cognitive behavioral programming, and evidence based practices in the criminal justice field.
Presenter: Denise Johnson, BSW, Wisconsin Statewide Project Coordinator SUD/MH Services for people who are Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing, Independence First, Milwaukee, Wis.
Learn about the latest research on language deprivation and the lasting impact it can have on mental health and substance use in adults. Gain Tools and information on how to identify consumers who may fall in the gap, lacking access to effective services. Find out how you can help stem the ever-widening disparity in services for people who are Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing.
- Participants will be exposed to different dynamic language issues and the impact of language deprivation for individuals who are deaf/deaf-blind/hard of hearing with mental health and substance use disorder.
- Participants will be exposed to diagnostic assessment for individuals who are deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing and who are experiencing mental health and/or substance use disorders.
- Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the complex communication issues involved when working with this population.
Presenter Biography: Denise Johnson, BSW, is a Deaf professional working in collaboration with the eight Independent Living Centers (ILCs) in Wisconsin. The project is funded by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services; the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Denise has dedicated her career to advocating for and with persons with disabilities and who live with a substance use and mental health illness concerns, especially those who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind. Denise has more than 23 years of experience working in the field. She serves on the Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SCAODA) Diversity Sub-Committee, is the Treasurer of American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association (ADARA), and is the Chair of Independence First's group; Deaf Access Consumer Advocacy Team. Denise is one of the co-founding members and currently Board President of Deaf Unity in Wisconsin.
Presenters: James "Dimitri" Topitzes, Ph.D., LCSW Professor, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Director of Clinical Services, Institute for Child and Family Well-being University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Tanya Potter, BSW, T-SBIRT Project Coordinator, Workforce Resource, Inc., Menomonie, Wis.; Leslie Ruffalo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Center for Healthy Communities and Research, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.; Courtney Barry, Psy.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.; and Christian Blaisdell, CEO, Workforce Resource, Inc., Chippewa Falls, Wis.
This presentation will discuss the implementation of the trauma screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (T-SBIRT) protocol within a Wisconsin Works or W2 program operated by Wisconsin Resource, Inc. Presenters will provide an in-depth description of T-SBIRT, which is a one-session interview that helps human service agencies address the mental health effects of trauma among high-risk service recipients. Subsequently, presenters will report on the progress of the T-SBIRT initiative at Wisconsin Resource, Inc. with the help of data related to mental health service referrals. The presentation will close with an exploration of the policy implications of this work.
- Participants will learn the working definition of trauma-responsive services.
- Participants will learn the structure, elements, and purpose of Trauma Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment or T-SBIRT.
- Participants will learn about the acceptability, feasibility, and initial efficacy (i.e., mental health referrals) associated with implementing the T-SBIRT protocol within a W2 program in rural northwest Wisconsin operated by Workforce Resource, Inc.
Presenters Biographies: James Topitzes, Ph.D., designs, implements, and tests programs aimed at preventing or treating psychological trauma. He is also a licensed clinical social worker specializing in trauma-focused treatments. In 2013, he created the Trauma-Informed Care Graduate Certificate at UWM, directing the program from 2013-2016. In 2016, he helped co-found the Institute for Child and Family Well-being, where he serves as the Clinical Director. Based on the conventional screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment protocol for substance use, he developed the trauma screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (T-SBIRT) protocol that has been implemented and studied across a number of service settings. He currently provides training and technical assistance to Workforce Resource, Inc. (WRI) as they integrate T-SBIRT within their employment service systems (i.e., Wisconsin Works or W2). He also helped to create the evaluation plan used to assess the feasibility and potential efficacy of T-SBIRT as implemented within WRI.
Tanya Potter, BSW, serves as a Financial and Employment Planner at Workforce Resource, Inc. (WRI). She has 14 years of experience providing domestic violence/sexual assault services and currently leads the T-SBIRT implementation project at WRI, fulfilling the role of project coordinator. She will help to implement the protocol within agency services and to gather evaluation data.
Leslie Ruffalo, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, Center for Healthy Communities and Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Leslie specializes in the use of community engagement strategies to address health disparities. Her research interests include program evaluation, substance abuse, and behavioral health. She is currently serving as the lead evaluator for the T-SBIRT implementation project at WRI. Leslie created the evaluation design in concert with James Topitzes and analyzes all project data.
Courtney Barry, Psy.D., an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She has developed trauma-informed care training for healthcare professionals. In addition, she has created and evaluated programs that highlight the integration of mental and physical health.
Christian Blaisdell is the Chief Executive Officer of Workforce Resource, Inc.
Presenters: Stacey Teegardin, MS, CRC, CIPS, Individual Placement and Support (IPS) State Trainer, Department of Health Services- Division of Care and Treatment Services/University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Psychiatry, Madison, Wis., Andrew Johnson, MS, CRC, LPC, Social Security (Ticket to Work) and Supported Employment Specialist, Department of Workforce Development- Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Madison, Wis., and Beth Lohmann, MSW, APSW, Integrated Service Coordinator, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health, Milwaukee, Wis.
This workshop will describe the benefits work has in recovery. A typical role for a "successful" person in today's society is based on work status and that can start as early as age 14. International research, evidence, and personal experiences from people who have gone back to work will be shared. Presenters will walk through the eight practice principles of Individual Placement and Support (IPS). Each principle can be applied to the work providers do with consumers and how recovery and wellness are intrinsically tied to meaningful work. Participants will have an opportunity to experience engaging consumers in vocational conversations. Presenters will share tools providers can use as they support work as part of recovery.
- Participants will explore the link between work and wellness.
- Participants will understand the eight practice principles for the evidence based practice of Individual Placement and Support (IPS).
- Participants will come away with tools to discuss education and work with consumers.
Presenters Biography: Stacey Teegardin has been working in the behavioral health field for over 13 years. During this time she has held a variety of positions including job trainer, line therapist, community support specialist, clubhouse generalist, employment specialist, and rehabilitation counselor. Stacey is also a Combat Medic Army Veteran and a former Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). She has served on many boards and advisory committees for initiatives including behavioral health, employment and education, and youth, and is very passionate about recovery, early intervention, and improving the quality of lives for all people.
Andy Johnson currently serves as a crucial member of the State IPS Leadership team helping to increase access to supported employment services around the state and to integrate DVR services with IPS teams. Andy holds a license in professional counseling and is passionate in helping all people with disabilities find their purpose.
Beth Lohman spent 20 plus years working for Community Rehabilitation Programs developing and growing programs that focus on increasing inclusive opportunities for individuals with disabilities. As part of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) State leadership team, she has experience in training, technical assistance, and fidelity related to the evidence-based practice of supported education and employment (IPS). Her current focus is on the expansion of employment programs for individual’s that receive services through Milwaukee County Community Access to Recovery Services (CARS) programs.