Conference Schedule

The Conference will offer professionals an opportunity to earn 12.25 continuing education hours.


Draft Conference Schedule – Subject to Change

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2018 (Pre-Conference and Early Registration)

12:00pm – 6:00pm Early Registration and Exhibitor Set-Up
9:00am – 2:00pm: Chemical Dependency Professionals
(4 CEHs)
9:00am – 4:00pm: Mental Health Professionals
(6 CEHs)
(1 Hour Lunch)
Pre-Conference:  Ethics Training
Gina Dick, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Judy Holman, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
The workshop will cover the Counselor’s Code of Ethics, laws governing counseling and ethical decision-making, the ethical decision process and involve participant discussion.
$30 Additional Registration Fee
9:00am – 4:00pm
(1 Hour Lunch)
Pre-Conference:  Suicide Risk Assessment, Prevention, Intervention and Management Training
Jim Pinnell, Comprehensive Healthcare
Paul Nagle-McNaughton, Comprehensive Healthcare
This course will review risk and protective factors for suicide including discussing populations at high risk for suicide.  Risk factors specific to clients engaged in behavioral health treatment services will receive special attention.  Assessment skills for determining overall risk versus imminent risk for suicide will be presented.  Participants will learn to recognize potential risk signs and signals, as well as access clinical and natural referral resources to promote recovery.   Safety planning and other clinical interventions to reduce risk will also be discussed.  Opportunities will be provided for interactive discussions, small group dialog, role plays and skills practice.  This training meets Washington State requirements for 6 hours of training for behavioral health clinicians.
$30 Additional Registration Fee


MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2018 (General Conference)

7:00am – 8:00am  Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Viewing
8:00am – 8:30am  Welcome & Announcements: Chris Imhoff, Director, DSHS/DBHR & Donnie Goodman
8:30am – 9:30am  Plenary Session 1: Using DBT’s Spirit and Philosophy to Treat Dually Diagnosed Adolescents and Adults While Fostering Clinician Resiliency (Cathy Moonshine, Ph.D., MAC, CADC III)
9:30am – 9:45am  Break and Exhibit Viewing
9:45am – 11:00am  Workshop Session I
: Social Anxiety (Janice Gabe)
1B: MAT-PDOA (Joseph Merrill, Harvey Funai, Addy Adwell, Ashley Middagh, Jim Mayfield)
1C: ASAM Criteria Intent and Guidelines (Scott Boyles)
1D: Trauma Informed Care (Dr. Christen Kishel)
1E: Gambling: The Current Continuum of Care in Washington and Efforts Under Way to Increase Problem Gambling Services/Resources (Jim Leingang, Liz Glavish)
1F: Overview of DBT – Part 1 of 5 (Cathy Moonshine)
1G: Co-Occurring Anxiety Disorders and Eating Disorders; Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents (Alexia Spanos)
1H: LGBTQ+ and People of Color (Brandon Gibs)
1I: Suicide & TBI (Dan Overton)
11:00am – 11:15am Break and Exhibit Viewing
11:15am – 12:15pm Plenary Session 2: Workshop Title Pending (Reef Karim, Ph.D.)
12:15pm – 1:15pm  Lunch (Provided)
1:15pm – 2:30pm  Workshop Session II
: Social Anxiety (Janice Gabe)
2B: Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (Allen Hume)
2C: ASAM Criteria Dimensions (Scott Boyles)
2D: Improving Outpatient Outcomes Through Collaboration with the Developmental Disabilities Administration (Jeff Green)
2E: Workshop Title Pending (Reef Karim)
2F: Trauma and Substance Use within the Realm of Health Disparities (Fransing Daisy, Elizabeth S. Gordon)
2G: Addressing Eating Disorders by Non-Specialists in More Rural Settings (Briana McElfish)
2H: Diving Deeper with DBT – Part 2 of 5 (Cathy Moonshine)
2I: Aging and Substance Use Disorder (Aleks Martin)
2:30pm – 2:45pm Break and Exhibit Viewing
2:45pm – 3:45pm Plenary Session 3: Eating Disorders (Angela Celio Doyle, Ph.D.)
3:45pm – 4:00pm Break and Exhibit Viewing
4:00pm – 5:15pm Workshop Session III
: Behavioral Health Integration: Experiences from the Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment (DDCAT)/ NIATx Study (Mark McGovern, Tony Walton, William Waters, Diego Mendoza, Melissa Laws, Tonya Stephenson, Leah Silvas, and Stephanie Diltz)
3B: Overdose? Suicide? – Or the Gray Areas in Between (Rick Ries)
3C: ASAM Criteria More Dimensions (Scott Boyles)
3D: Including People with Developmental Disabilities in Crisis Response Services (Gene McConnachie)
3E: TBI (Ashley Minyard)
3F: Panel of Individuals Involved in MAT at the Muckleshoot Tribe (Carol VanConett, Aaron Soto)
3G: Exposure and Response Prevention Treatment (ERP) for Anxiety (Danny O’Rourke)
3H: Diving Deeper with DBT – Part 3 of 5 (Cathy Moonshine)
3I: Eating Disorders (Angela Celio Doyle)


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2018 (General Conference)

7:30am – 8:00am Registration, Continental Breakfast and Exhibitor Viewing
8:00am – 8:15am Welcome & Announcements: MaryAnn Lindeblad, HCA
8:15am – 9:15am Plenary Session 4: Complex Trauma Over the Lifetime (Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D., PLLC)
9:15am – 9:30am Break and Exhibit Viewing
9:30am – 10:45am  Workshop Session IV
: DBT Skills to Address Eating Disorders (Peter Doyle)
4B: JR Youth Opioid Use Disorder Project (Pamala Sacks-Lawlar, Dr. Paul Schneider, Leseili Tutuu, Lindsay Morse)
4C: ASAM Criteria Levels of Care (Scott Boyles)
4D: Older Adults (Allen Hume)
4E: Ricky’s Law Implantation (Robby Pellett)
4F: Anatomy of a Meltdown (Dr. Phil Diaz)
4G: Essential Skills Working with Trauma (Christine A. Courtois)
4H: DBT: Clinical Vignettes and Case Discussions – Part 4 of 5 (Cathy Moonshine)
4I: Suicide & TBI (Dan Overton)
10:45am – 11:00am Break and Exhibit Viewing
11:00am – 12:00pm Plenary Session 5: Workshop Title Pending (Walter Ginter, CMA)
12:00pm – 1:15pm Lunch (Provided) and Awards
1:15pm – 1:30pm Break and Exhibit Viewing
1:30pm – 3:00pm Workshop Session V
: Bridge Building to Engage a Peer Support Workforce (Clifford Thurston, Nancy Salovich)
5B: Conflict: Triggers for Relapse – It’s a Brain Thing (Tom Fuchs)
5C: New COD WAC (Judy Holman)
5D: Advanced DBT: Recovery – Part 5 of 5 (Cathy Moonshine)
5E: Integrating LTSS (Long Term Services and Supports) into Supportive Housing Services (Liz Prince, Whitney Howard, Jonnie Matson)
5F: Beyond Hot Baths: How to Stay Afloat Long Term (Janet Brodsky)
5G: Workshop Title Pending (Walter Ginter)
5H: DDCAT (Brandi Hurst)
3:00pm Conference Adjourns
12.25 CEHs will be sent via email upon completion of the online evaluation.



WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2018 (Post-Conference Sessions)

9:00am – 4:00pm Motivational Interviewing Training
Scott Boyles, Train for Change, Inc.
This one day session will focus on the spirit and processes of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and MI skills. Sessions will include lecture, group activities and skill practice.

$30 Registration Fee; CEHs To be determined
Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

9:00am – 4:00pm Serving Trauma Survivors: Applying Trauma-Informed Care to Your Practice Setting

Janet Brodsky, LICSW, South Bay Counseling

This interactive workshop will provide specific knowledge and skill-building for professionals who work in agencies that do not specialize in trauma therapy, as well as for therapists who provide more trauma-specific counseling. For chemical dependency and mental health providers, having solid guiding principles and tools to assess, address and apply trauma-informed care is essential in creating systems-wide services that identify and meet clients’ needs at various levels of severity and readiness.  It is also imperative that we de-mystify trauma-specific therapy so that more clinicians have access to treatments that work to reduce the effects of trauma.

$30 Registration Fee; CEHs To be determined
Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

9:00am – 4:00pm Supportive Housing & Supported Employment Post-Conference Institute

This post-conference workshop will take place at the Red Lion Hotel Yakima Center.

This workshop requires a separate registration from the general conference registration. To register for this post-conference workshop, and to learn more about this workshop, please follow this link to the Supportive Housing & Supported Employment Post-Conference Institute page.

Register for this Post-Conference Workshop