International Association of Addictions & Offender Counselors

IAMFC Conference

The International Association of Marriage & Family Counselors 2016 Conference is being co-sponsored by IAAOC.

The Conference will be in New Orleans, LA on March 10 - 12, 2016.

Addiction Presentations for 2016 IAMFC Conference


Thursday, March 10


Title: Internet Gaming Addiction’s Impact on Couples and Families: Screening, Assessment, Diagnostic,

and Treatment Issues

Date: Thursday, March 10 8:00AM – 12:00PM

Presenters: Joseph Graham & Kristy Carlisle

Format: 4-Hour Pre-Conference Workshop


Title: Is There a Process Addiction Elephant in the Room? Screening, Assessment, Diagnostic, and Treatment Issues for Families Dealing with Process Addictions

Date: Thursday, March 10th 1:00PM – 5:00PM

Presenter: Leigh Falls Holman PhD, LPC-MHSP, RPTS, NCC, LSC

Format: 4-Hour Pre-Conference Workshop



Friday, March 11


Title: Using Motivational Interviewing with Substance-Using Appalachians

Date: Friday, March 11 8:00AM – 8:50AM

Presenter: Darlene Vaughn, M.Ed., CSAC, FACASAC, LPCC, NCC.

Format: 50-Minute Education Session

Description: In Appalachian clinical work, barriers prevail. Developing therapeutic alliance is challenging. Lack of resources, multi-generational influence, socioeconomic differences, and dual relationships present when Appalachian-Americans enter therapy. Prideful self-sufficiency and suspicion must be overcome. Miller’s Motivational Interviewing is an effective intervention with resistant clients. Miller's principles broaden the capacity for communication building in therapy with Appalachian-Americans.


Title: Anthetic Relationship Therapy for Sustaining Recovery

Date: Friday, March 11 1:30PM – 2:20PM

Presenters: Kathryn Elliot, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT & Scott Mire, Ph.D., LPC

Format: 50-Minute Education Session

Description: A deep sense of emotional closeness is fundamental for both relapse prevention and optimal couple functioning. This experiential session offers innovative skills teachable by the counselor and sustainable by the couple in everyday conversations for containing emotional flooding, facilitating partner empathy, and preventing relapse, all based on the voltage concept from Anthetic Relationship Therapy. Participants will gain skills immediately useful in helping partners stabilize emotionally in order to sustain recovery.


Title: Embracing Change in the Family System of Addiction

Date: Friday, March 11 4:30PM – 5:20PM

Presenters: Martina Moore, Ph.D., LPC, LICDC-CS, CEAP, SAP & Stacey Litam, M.A., LPC

Format: 50-Minute Education Session

Description: According to Margolis and Zweben (2011), the first step to working with a family with addiction is to engage them in the treatment process. Margolis et al. suggested that engagement starts with the family member acknowledging that there is an addiction problem. Many family members once engaged in the process can admit that there is an addiction problem in the family, however, the acknowledgment process usually stops there. Family members, who seek help for their addicted loved one, come in desperation for hope that change is possible. When family members seek counseling they experience the same process to change as the addict. This workshop will review the stages of change hat families encounter and how to assist them with progressing through the stages and working through resistance.


Title: Addictions and the Family System: Systems Theory with Families Effected by Addiction

Date: Friday, March 11 4:30PM – 5:20PM

Presenters: Heidi Unterberg, MACC, MAFP, NCC & Simone Lambert PhD, LPC, NCC

Format: 50-Minute Education Session

Description: The purpose of this presentation will engage professionals in the Family Systems Theory (FST) perspective for families affected by substance use disorders (SUD). The presentation will explore how SUD's impact all levels of family dynamics; including, development, interpersonal violence, and perpetuation of circular causality. The activity will include a multiculturally sensitive case study with discussion of techniques to work with a family to reframe and re-author their negative interactional patterns. Handouts for resources will be provided.


Title: Narrative Therapy for the Treatment of Substance Abuse in Older Adults

Date: Friday, March 11 6:00-7:00PM

Presenters: Victoria Haynes, M.Ed., & Lauren Bristow, B.A.

Format: Poster Session

Description: Substance abuse among the older adult population has become a growing trend in the U.S. in recent years. However, within the mental health community, much of the focus on substance abuse is directed towards younger adults and adolescents. Furthermore, within the older adult community, there may be a strong hesitation to seek out treatment on their own. When these two factors converge, this results in the older adult not receiving the proper care they need. This is unfortunate, because research suggests that effective treatments do exist for older adults struggling with addiction; in particular, there is evidence that narrative approaches in a family therapy setting can be effective in the treatment of substance abuse for this population. In addition to providing a breakdown of the current trends and statistics on the issue, this presentation will provide an overview on the use of narrative therapy in the family context for the treatment of substance abuse for older adults. It will also offer recommendations for how to maximize the therapeutic outcomes and minimize this population’s hesitation to seek treatment.


Title: Reality Therapy and AA Are One In the Same

Date: Friday, March 11 6:00 – 7:00PM

Presenter: Ebonie Williams, M.Ed., LPCC

Format: Poster Session

Description: Reality therapy and AA have more in common than meets the eye. When combining the treatment approach of Reality therapy and using the basic element of connection from AA you have an approach that can help the client change the direction of their life for the better without returning to the use drugs and alcohol.



Saturday, March 12


Title: Recovering together and healing together: Structural Family Therapy Approach with Family impacted by Drug Addiction

Date: Saturday, March 12 10:00AM – 10:50AM

Presenter: Tracy M. Duncan, Ph.D., Ed.S., Ph.D., LPC, ACS

Format: 50-Minute Education Session

Description: Families are the hidden victims of drug addiction suffered by a family member. The disease affects all members of a family as the family becomes organized by their behavioral and emotional reactions around the drug addict family member. The drug addiction becomes the central organizing principle of the family system, controlling and dictating family members’ assigned family rules and family roles. The aims of this proposed two-phase presentation are to provide workshop participants with a practical understanding of the impact of drug addiction on the family and to conduct group interactive activities to demonstrate two family interventions for working with families


Title: Chemical Addiction and Older Adults: A Sobering Reality

Date: Saturday, March 12 11:00AM – 11:50AM

Presenters: Mary Ballard, Ph.D., LPC Hunter Alessi, Ph.D. LPC & Stuart Carpenter, B.A.

Format: 50-Minute Education Session

Description: By 2030, the U.S. Census Bureau claims that adults age 60 and older will comprise 20% of the population. Statistics also project that 5.7 million older adults will develop a substance abuse disorder by 2020, which is almost double what it is today. Couple these increasing numbers with the declining numbers of professional counselors trained to address the specific issues of aging and addiction, and you may well have the perfect storm. This presentation will expose what many are calling a “silent epidemic” and offer suggestions for helping chemically addicted older adults and their families.


Title: A Curriculum to Compassionately Engage Family & Substance Users

Date: Saturday, March 12 1:30PM – 2:20PM

Presenters: Robert Williams, Ph.D., & Kristen Dempsey, LMFT, LPCC

Format: 50-Minute Education Session

Description: The presenters afford participants the opportunity to learn about a family empowering, skills-based approach that engages families of a substance abuser, and potentially engages the "patient" into treatment. The Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) model is presented as part of a larger set of independent modules that can be integrated into core or substance use focused counselor education curricula.


Title: Addictions and Family Systems: Impact of an Integrated Course for Counselors-In- Training

Date: Saturday, March 12 2:30PM – 3:20PM

Presenters: Amy Williams, M.Ed., CSAC, NCC & Victoria Foster, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT

Format: 50-Minute Education Session

Description: Addictions impact the whole family system, although most treatment modalities attend to individual needs. Coursework for counselors-in-training focused on addressing addiction within the family context is limited despite the evidence supporting family-based interventions for addiction. This presentation will provide a framework for providing learning and practice-based experiences for master’s students in counseling focusing on addictions and family systems. Pre- and post-test data on student attitudes toward addiction and addiction counseling competencies related to working with families will be presented.


Title: Exploring the Counseling Services Provided at a Secure Residential Treatment Program Within a South Texas Juvenile Detention Center

Date: Friday, March 11 3:30PM – 4:20PM

Presenter: Wayne Smith, Ph.D. LPC

Format: Roundtable Discussion

Description: Treating the problems of youth at risk is complex and requires a systemic approach to reduce recidivism, substance abuse, violence, and mental health symptoms. This roundtable discussion will focus on the individual, family, and group counseling services provided at a 50- bed post-adjudicated male juvenile detention facility open to residents ages 10-17. Utilization of a treatment team including correctional and probation officers, mental health, family, and substance abuse counselors, and family members will be discussed. Personal experiences will be shared and the reality of working in this environment will be exposed.


Title: Resilience in Families Dealing with Alcoholism: Implications for Counselors

Date: Saturday, March 12 4:30PM – 5:20PM

Presenter: Shaywanna Harris, M.A.

Format: Roundtable Discussion

Description: Alcoholism is widely addressed as a family disease as it affects not only the individual who is addicted, but also those closest to the individual. There are multiple studies addressing the negative outcomes of children of alcoholics yet very little research on how counselors can promote resilience within families to mitigate these outcomes. This presentation will provide an overview of family therapy interventions that promote resilience in families of alcoholics.




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