Thursday, August 13

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8:30 am – 10:00 am

Reasons MH & SA Integration Are Critical

Track: Innovative Behavioral Health Practices

Lucrece Pierre-Carr | Texas Dept. of State Health Services
Leonard Kincaid MBA, MS, LPC, LCDC | Houston Recovery Center
William Loving MD | Texas Star Program

People’s minds and bodies are inseparable – except when it comes to health care. All too often, physical and mental health conditions are treated apart from one another. Different insurance plans cover physical and mental health care. Providers in unrelated offices or clinics treat physical and mental health conditions. Medical records with important details about test results, diagnoses and medications are scattered and incomplete. Integrating, or systematically coordinating, primary care and mental health services can greatly improve people’s health and quality of life. Attend this panel discussion to hear updates on mental health (MH) and substance abuse (SA) integration.

Just Get Up & Move

Track: Integrated Approaches to Healthy Living

Harriet Turk | Harriet Turk, LLC
Bored with the same old energizers and games? During this session, participants will be introduced to games and activities to use at meetings, conferences, or any time your members need a break! Topics include:
· Replacing indifference with energy
· Dealing with adversity
· Goal-setting and action planning
· Team building and management
· Activity and fundraising ideas
· Energizers and games

New Developments in Brain Neuroscience, Epigenetics and Its Application to Prevention

Track: Prevention / Promotion

Marcia Baker PhD, LCDC, ACPS, LBSW | Strengthening Families Foundation / Advanced Training Third Coast
This training will provide new information that can assist in your understanding of what we do in our curriculums that can change the brain’s functioning, and with time even change our bodies.

Youth Suicide: Contemporary Issues In Prevention & Intervention

Track: Prevention / Promotion

Lacy Kendrick Burk MS, MBA | Change Matrix, LLC
Death by suicide is the third leading cause of death in the United States among teens ages 10-24, and ranks number 10 across the nation for people over the age of 10; yet suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death. The speaker will take participants through a journey of lived-experience, suicidal ideation, youth involvement in suicide prevention, and will bring a national perspective to practical strategies on how to how to partner with youth and others in order to prevent youth suicide.

The incidence of youth suicide requires that schools and communities collaborate and increase suicide prevention efforts. This presentation will help school and community mental health personnel increase their understanding of the most common factors in youth suicide. Participants will learn effective practical strategies to prevent youth suicide.


10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Providing Forensic Services in Community Mental Health Agencies: Forensic Training Needs of Community Mental Health Counselors

Track: Innovative Behavioral Health Practices

Courtney Heard PhD, LPC | Texas Department of State Health Services
This presentation is designed to address the training needs of community mental health counselors providing forensic services. Disparities in forensic mental health counseling training will be contextualized through a discussion of forensic programs in operation at community mental health agencies.

Self-Care Using Yoga: Practicing What We Teach

Track: Integrated Approaches to Healthy Living

Marcia Baker PhD, LCDC, ACPS, LBSW | Strengthening Families Foundation / Advanced Training Third Coast
Care givers do just that, they care for those around them, but often they neglect their own self-care. This training will focus on evaluating our own practices and how we are caring for ourselves as we give to others. It will also look at specific yoga techniques that can be implemented daily, including evaluation of our own self-care practices, developing yoga strategies to improve those practices, and committing to implementing self-care strategies.

Diversity in Education

Track: Prevention / Promotion

Milton Creagh | Amplify Resources
Speaking to over 200,000 kids and approximately 20,000 parents a year, the former host of the PBS national television series, “Parenting Works,” Milton Creagh has heard literally thousands of parents say that because their parents were strict with them, they decided to raise their kids differently. They say they want their kids to have all of the things they did not have, and when schools or law enforcement discuss discipline issues with their kids, many of them use the cop-out, “In today’s environment, the government won’t let you discipline your kids.” This session will discuss how parenting is prevention.

Recent Trends of Prescription, Illicit, and Designer Drugs in Forensic Toxicology Casework

Track: Prevention / Promotion

Jeff Walterscheid PhD, F-ABFT | Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences
Drug abuse has become more prevalent over the past few years due to the increasing potency and availability of substances. As new drugs are introduced or modified, the analytical profiles and detection capabilities must also adapt. This presentation addresses the trends associated with prescription, illicit, and designer drugs used in combinations, overdoses, the desired effects that abusers are seeking, and our ability to confirm these drugs in toxicology specimens.

Integrated Recovery Strategies for Healthy Living

Track: Recovery / Recovery Supports

Joe Powell LCDC, PRSS | Association of Persons Affected by Addiction
Michele Alexander Bibby CPS | MAB Consulting Services

Participants will receive a powerfully engaging and interactive presentation from two co-presenters who are leaders in the mental health and substance use recovery communities. This session will provide practical strategies for maintaining a high level of recovery from mental health and substance use challenges. These strategies include recovery strategies that have been embraced by the co-presenters. Attention will be paid to strategies that balance concern for being of service to others, wellness, physical health and well-being, emotional resilience and spiritual wellness. Discussion will include health disparities that exist for people with behavioral health conditions. Participants will leave with strategies for developing healthy lifestyle practices that promote wellness. Participants will take home a greater knowledge of how to maintain recovery in ways that maximize wellness. Information will also be shared regarding how to stay healthy amidst advocacy and service work.

Institution to Independence: Relocating People with Mental Illness from Nursing Homes

Track: Special Populations

Helen Eisert LCSW | University of Texas Health Science Center
The Money Follows the Person Behavioral Health Pilot (MFP-BHP) in Bexar and Travis Counties assists nursing home residents with mental illness/substance abuse disorders relocate into the community. The MFP-BHP provides Cognitive Adaptation Training (CAT), substance use services, and employment services for six months in the nursing home and one year in an individual’s home once they have relocated into the community. Since the start of the MFP-BH, 335 individuals have relocated back into the community and 65% of these individuals have successfully completed their year in the community. The Pilot has received national attention. Successful strategies piloted in the MFP-BH and their results will be discussed. The impact of interventions on an individual’s overall recovery will be explored through the lens of the individual as the expert on deciding what independence looks like for them.


1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

A Participatory Learning and Action Approach to Enhancing Linkage to HIV Care Among Youth

Track: Integrated Approaches to Healthy Living

Peggy Smith MA, PhD | Baylor College of Medicine
Ruth Buzi LCSW, PhD | Baylor College of Medicine

Early linkage to care is critical for HIV viral suppression and transmission prevention. Adolescents, however, are more likely to delay linkage to care than adults, and up to 60 percent of HIV-positive youth ages 13-24 are undiagnosed. HIV linkage to care is the initiation and receipt of HIV-related medical, psychological and social services by a newly diagnosed HIV-positive individual. Attend this session to learn how to engage community stakeholders in addressing low rates of HIV linkage to care among adolescents and the importance of risk reduction education in strengthening adolescents’ personal skills and to helping them avoid HIV risk despite the various pressures they experience in their life.

Nobody Wants Your Child

Track: Prevention / Promotion

Milton Creagh | Amplify Resources
Parenting in the new millennium! We spend more money on our kids than ever before. They tend to do less work around the house than ever. Add to that the fact that they have more freedom of movement and we end up with a situation where jobs that historically went to young people are being given to senior citizens and even the mentally challenged. The perception is that our children today are lazy and have low work ethic. The federal government says more and more of them will be living at home with their parents longer. In this session, Nobody Wants Your Child, the speaker explains to parents in a common sense way how we got in this situation, and more importantly, how to make sure that our kids will be wanted in the work place.

Opioid Overdose Epidemic & What We Can Do

Track: Recovery / Recovery Supports

Charles Thibodeaux LCDC, BAAS |
Mark Kinzly | Texas Overdose Naloxone Initiative

Discussion about the opioid overdose situation in the country will take place. Harm Reduction strategies to promote behavior change will be discussed. Prescription drug use as well as illicit drug use is driving the overdose epidemic. Drug overdose is preventable and we will discuss signs of overdose, what to do in the event of overdose, and Good Samiritan Laws. Life-saving medication is available and will be discussed.

Integrated Chronic Care Management for the Historically Underserved Community

Track: Special Populations

Diana Maldonado | Tropical Texas Behavioral Health
The presentation will cover basics on the Chronic Care Program with an integrated approach in behavioral health and primary care. The program focuses on the top 5 chronic conditions affecting our population: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity and asthma. Education is based on prevention, treatment, self-management goals, prevention, screening, monitoring, self- monitoring, cultural competence, family involvement, and positive merit systems. Tools used to teach include interactive models that patients can see and feel, posters, DVDs, vital signs, patient education, take-home flyers, and glucose monitoring kits. An important key is the integrated approach through communication and staffing with all providers, nurses, case managers, and staff on issues or concerns that will help identify a better care plan.

Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Unaccompanied Minors

Track: Special Populations

Marisol Acosta MEd, LPC | Texas Department of State Health Services
Unaccompanied minor children are among the most vulnerable populations in the United States. With the passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) was given the responsibility of providing protection, care, and placement of these children. Many of these children, generally from Mexico and Central American countries, are apprehended while attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexican border, while others are identified as unaccompanied, undocumented children after being detained for involvement in illicit activity while residing in the United States. Attend this session to learn steps DSHS is taking to understand and address the needs of these children.

Student Health Risk Behavior: When Do Counselors Break Confidentiality?

Track: Workforce / Workforce Competency

Michael Moyer PhD, LPC-S | University of Texas at San Antonio
School counselors have the daunting task of working with large numbers of students, parents, and administrators while at the same time conforming to one or more ethical codes, abiding by state laws, and following the guidelines of their local school board. When combined with these complicating factors, working with risk-taking students and maintaining confidentiality presents the school counselor with especially challenging ethical dilemmas. When is it appropriate for a school counselor to contact parents about risky behaviors in which their son or daughter is engaging? To what extent do factors such as the frequency, intensity, and duration of risk-taking behaviors impact the counselor’s decision to breach confidentiality? Is there agreement among school counselors regarding the meaning of “clear and imminent danger to the student or others” as described by the American School Counselor Association? Attend this session to explore this important ethical issue and discuss solutions.


3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Just Be A Resource

Track: Innovative Behavioral Health Practices

Harriet Turk | Harriet Turk, LLC
In this peer counselors/peer mediation program, Harriet combines experiential learning with research to create an effective and winning combination for participants. This intensive learning can cut months off learning time for a new group and boost an experienced group to their next enrichment level. Topics include:
· Listening skills
· Communication techniques and body language
· Teen issues (suicide, grief, stress, alcohol/drugs, eating disorders)
· Referral resources/when to let go
· Team building/leading a team
· Conflict resolution/bullying/anger management

Recovery Transformation Efforts in Texas

Track: Recovery / Recovery Supports

Joe Powell LCDC, PRSS | Association of Persons Affected by Addiction
Philander Moore | Texas Dept. State Health Services
Sherri Jackson |

Addiction recovery support services (RSS), including recovery housing, schools, coaches, ministries, and community centers, are rapidly spreading in the United States. In this session, a panel will address:
· What is new in the delivery of RSS in the Texas?
· What is known about RSS from the standpoint of science, practice, and experience?
· What does the addiction treatment and recovery field need to know about RSS?
· What are the next steps needed to develop, refine, and evaluate RSS?

Optimizing HIV Health Outcomes: Integration of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment into HIV Medical Care

Track: Special Populations

Ashley Innes MA | AIDS Arms, Inc.
Anna Pereida LMSW, LCDC | AIDS Arms, Inc.

The presentation will cover HIV/AIDS and the impact that mental health and substance use has on the disease. The behavioral health program model that is currently being used at AIDS Arms, Inc. will be presented and explained. The program will show the benefit of having co-located HIV/AIDS and mental health/substance use care and services.

Applied Ethics A to Z: Understanding and Applying Ethical Codes to Confidentiality, Supervision and Professional Responsibility

Track: Workforce / Workforce Competency

Michael Moyer PhD, LPC-S | University of Texas at San Antonio
This session takes participants through the entire 2014 code of ethics in a fun-filled, interactive format. Participants will work through real world dilemmas on topics such as supervision, confidentiality, professional responsibility, counseling relationship, distance counseling, counselor education, and many more. Attendees will not only come away with a better understanding of the new code of ethics, but also their own values and how those values affect their interpretation of ethical codes.


5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

New Paths of HIV Prevention

Track: Special Populations

Joe McAdams | HIV Connection
By the end of this course, participants will be able to describe global, national, and local trends related to HIV/AIDS, discuss developments in prevention, testing and treatment, and identify issues for persons dealing with substance use and HIV. This course reviews the latest statistical information related to HIV/AIDS from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and Texas Department of State Health Services. Trends are examined in the larger context of health disparities currently impacting communities. This course discusses the advantage and challenges related to new methods of prevention and advancements in testing and treatment. This training takes a special look at the connections between HIV and substance use and considers approaches for those clients struggling with the diseases of HIV/AIDS and addiction.