Conference Schedule

The Conference will offer professionals an opportunity to earn 12 continuing education hours.

Program Guide

For a PDF version of the entire conference schedule and workshops, please download the 2017 COD Program Guide.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017 (Pre-Conference and Early Check-In)

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm Early Registration and Check-in, Yakima Convention Center
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
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, 100 max; first-come, first-served; must be registered to attend
9:00am – 4:00pm  (1 Hour Lunch) Pre-Conference:  Suicide Risk Assessment, Prevention, Intervention and Management Training
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.No Registration Fee; 60 max; first-come, first-served, must be registered in advance to attend.


MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017 (General Conference)

Open at 7:30am  Registration/Continental Breakfast (Registration Desk is Open All Day)
8:00 – 8:30 am  Division Welcome: Chris Imhoff, Director, DSHS/DBHR
8:30 – 9:30 am  Plenary Session 1: Michael McLean and John Batdorf, Lifetime Songwriters, Composers, Authors
9:30 – 9:45 am  Stretch and Networking Break
9:45 – 10:45 am  Plenary Session 2: Irene M. Rodriguez, LMHC, CAP, CCTP, Certified EMDR Therapist, Affiliate Trainer Institute for Creative Mindfulness
10:45 – 11:00 pm  Stretch and Networking Break
11:00 – 12:15 pm Workshop Session I
: Addiction in the Digital Age: Preventing Problem Gambling Among Youth (Elizabeth Glavish)
A2: Developing Opioid Addiction Treatment in the Mental Health Center (Richard Ries)
A3: The Negative Impact of Long-Term Unemployment and Opportunities to Address It (Lisa Bennett-Perry, Melodie Pazolt & Wanda Johns)
A4: Community Support to People with Developmental Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors (Paul White)
A5: Motivational Interviewing: Part 1 (Scott Boyles)
A6: Clinical Documentation (Marc Bollinger, David Reed, Kathy Lee Robertson, Crystal Didier)
A7: Dancing Mindfuless: An Expressive Arts Pathway to Healing and Transformation (Irene M. Rodriguez)
A8: Integration: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Michele Waltz)
A9: The Seven Challenges for Adolescents and Young Adults (Robert Schwebel)
12:15 – 1:15 pm  Lunch (Provided)
1:15 – 2:15 pm  Plenary Session 3: Jordan Hansen, Ph.D., MBA & Stephen Delisi, MD, DABAM, FASAM
2:15 – 2:30 pm  Stretch and Networking Break
2:30 – 3:45 pm Workshop Session II
Challenging Yourself: The Seven Challenges for Adults (Robert Schwebel)
Comprehensive Opioid Response with the 12-Steps: Implementing MAT in Abstinence-Based, 12-Step Settings (Jordan Hansen, Ph.D., MBA & Stephen Delisi, MD, DABAM, FASAM)
Washington State Targeted Response (WA-Opioid STR) Grant (Tom Fuchs)
Dementia and Beyond: Working with Intellectually Disabled Adults Meeting the Challenges of Aging (Evelyn Dreyer)
Motivational Interviewing: Part 2 (Scott Boyles)
Treatment Planning (Marc Bollinger, David Reed, Kathy Lee Robertson, Crystal Didier)
EMDR Therapy (Irene M. Rodriguez)
Bridge Building to Engage a Peer Support Workforce (Clifford Thurston, Victoria Roberts, & Nancy Salovich)
Assessing and Treating Binge Eating Disorder using Enhanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT-E) (Angela Celio Doyle)
3:45 – 4:00 pm  Stretch and Networking Break
4:00 – 5:15 pm Workshop Session III
: Mastery Counseling (Robert Schwebel)
C2: Developing Opioid Addiction Treatment in the Mental Health Center (Richard Ries)
C3: How the Chehalis Tribe established, and developed, an award winning Re-entry Program (Charlene Abrahamson & Sally Heath)
C4: Focusing on Strengths:  Reframing work with individuals with cognitive disabilities (David O’Neal)
C5: Motivational Interviewing: Part 3 (Scott Boyles)
C6: Auditing (Marc Bollinger, David Reed, Kathy Lee Robertson, Crystal Didier)
C7: Problem Gambling and Therapeutic Justice (Jim Leingang)
C8: Police/Transgender Relations (James Ritter)
C9: New Opportunities to Link Individuals with Behavioral Health Challenges with Housing (Lisa Bennett-Perry, Melodie Pazolt & Wanda Johns)


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017 (General Conference)

Opens at 7:30am  Registration/Continental Breakfast (Registration Desk is Open All Day)
8:00 – 9:15 am  Plenary Session 4: “Through Your Hands” Chris Heimerl, MSSW
9:15 – 9:30 am  Stretch and Networking Break
9:30 – 10:30 am  Plenary Session 5: “The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids” Margarita Alegria, Ph.D.
10:30– 10:45 am  Stretch and Networking Break
10:45 am – 12:00 pm Workshop Session IV
: The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids (Margarita Alegria & Sachin Patel)
D2: Addiction IOP for Opioid Dep with Patients on MAT (Asif Khan & Belinda Allen)
D3: Motivational Interviewing: Part 4 (Scott Boyles)
D4: We Know This to be True (Chris Heimerl)
D5: Positive Leadership Skill Building: Part 1 (Natalie Fryar)
D6: Golden Thread: How Medical Necessity, Assessments, Individual Service Plans, and Progress Notes Lead to Quality Care and Billable Services (Marc Bollinger, David Reed, Kathy Lee Robertson, Crystal Didier)
D7: Strengthen your Resilience & Communication Skills for a Better Workplace (Fransing Daisy & Elizabeth Gordon)
D8: Problem Gambling and the Continuum of Care in Washington State (Jim Leingang)
D9: The Collaborative Effort of the Offender Reentry Community Safety Program for Transition (Angela Clark & Monica Reeves)
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm  Lunch (Provided) and Awards
1:15 pm – 1:30pm  Stretch and Networking Break
1:30 pm – 3:00pm Workshop Session V
: Leave the Past Effects of Stigmas Behind & “Speak Up, Tell Your Story” (Carol Gartin)
E2: Positive Leadership Skill Building: Part 2 (Natalie Fryar)
E3: Motivational Interviewing: Part 5 (Scott Boyles)
E4: DDA’s new online training certificate in Positive Behavior Support (Gene McConnachie, Sandi Miller & Phil Diaz)
E5: The Veteran client and TBI – What they want you to know to help them succeed (Daniel Overton)
E6: Medication Assisted Treatment: Myths, Facts and the New Reality (Asif Khan & Tom Fuchs)
3:00 pm  Conference Adjourns