Dr. James Boone, M.D.
Understanding of the reward pathways in addiction and the effects of drugs and alcohol on the prefrontal cortical structures. Understanding the neurobiology of healthy decision making, emotional homeostasis, and judgement and the prefrontal cortex. An understanding of the neuroscience behind the benefits of prayer and meditation and spirituality. An appreciation of the core principles in 12 step recovery and their enhancement of neural recovery and wellness.
Brief review on the neurobiology of addiction. Review of the different prefrontal cortical structures as it relates to executive functioning and top down control. Series of studies documenting via functional MRI, infared spectroscopy, and SPECT scanning the benefits of prayer, meditation, and mindfulness. Review of different portions of 12 step recovery and their benefits on prefrontal cortical recovery and wellness
Brittney Lollis Tolar, LCSW, LCDC, CDWF-C
Brittney Lollis Tolar will utilize conversation, open discussion, and case studies to educate participants on the topic of diversity in treatment. Attendees will be invited to participate and engage in an open discussion around race, addiction, stereotypes, and resources. This will be accomplished by reviewing case studies, outcomes of treatment, and the continuum of care. Participants will broaden their understanding of racial disparities in the treatment setting, explore stereotypes and narratives around BIPOC, and realize the lack of resources in BIPOC communities for the treatment of substance use disorders and mental health services.
Candace Kimbrough, LPC, LCDC
You will become familiar with:
Using assessment tools with the new DSM-V Criteria in order to help clinicians:
Understanding our clients:
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Dr. Kevin T. McCauley, M.D.
The national attitude towards marijuana has changed considerably since 1980 when presidential candidate Ronald Reagan called it “probably the most dangerous drug in the United States today.” Today it probably isn’t, and the shift of opinion towards and legal status of cannabis may accompany an end to the U.S. Drug War. Both have public health implications and may interact in a syndemic manner. This lecture will explore the history and present state of cannabis laws, the pharmacology of cannabinoids, current evidence regarding harms and benefits of various cannabis products for both adults and adolescents, and the impact of cannabis legalization on the entwined public health threats of addiction and mass incarceration.
At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to: