Newport Academy is proud to sponsor a cutting-edge conference for professionals working in the addictions and behavioral health fields. The US Journal Conference on Behavioral Health and Addictive Disorders is scheduled for November 2–4 in Newport Beach, California, offers a comprehensive view of today’s most relevant topics in the mental health and substance abuse fields.
The conference looks at depression, anxiety, and addiction from a new perspective. Moreover, it offers skills for taking a wellness-oriented approach to mental health. Plenary sessions and in-depth workshops will provide participants with new understanding and tools in their areas of interest.
Dr. Gabor Maté, internationally known for his work on the mind/body unity in health and illness, will speak at the conference. His appearance is sponsored by Newport Academy. Furthermore, Dr. Barbara Nosal, LMFT, LAADC, Chief Clinical Officer of Newport Academy; and Tim Ringgold, MT-BC, Music Therapist at Newport Academy, will also present at the conference. Additionally, presenters include Rokelle Lerner; John Arden, PhD; Pat Love, EdD; Sonnee Weedn, PhD; and many more.
Conference Covers the Most Pertinent Topics in the Field Today
The conference brings together leading speakers, authors, and trainers to present on topics of specific interest to professionals. Topics to be covered include:
- Relational trauma awareness
- The power of connection
- Holistic modes of therapeutic treatment
- Combining science and compassion
- Mindfulness and recovery
- Compassion fatigue
- Treating depression and anxiety
- Group psychotherapy
- Healing family trauma
- Substance misuse and pregnancy
- Neuroscience breakthroughs
- Political transference
- Maintaining equilibrium
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: past, present, future
- Music medicine
- Essential living game plan
- “Trauma heart”
- Neurobiology and resilience
- Brain-based therapy
- “Virtual virulence” and the toxicity of modern life
- Auto-stress disorders.
Expanding Clinicians’ Toolkits
The conference is designed to offer participants new skills and tools in the following areas:
- Treatment approaches for successfully treating addictive disorders, trauma, relationship and intimacy issues, co-occurring disorders and other psychological and behavioral issues
- Discerning symptoms and characteristics manifested in these disorders and to diminish their negative impact on clients’ interpersonal and family relationships.
- Identifying the key implications of neuroscience research as it applies to addictive disorders, trauma, resilience, relationships and related issues.
Gabor Maté and the “Hungry Ghost”
Gabor Maté is a medical doctor recently retired from active practice. He was a family physician for two decades and served for seven years as Medical Coordinator of the Palliative Care Unit at Vancouver Hospital. Furthermore, for 12 years, he worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by addiction, mental illness, HIV, and related conditions.
Gabor is internationally known for his work in the areas of mind/body connection, attention deficit disorder, and other childhood developmental issues. Moreover, he is recognized for his analysis of addiction as a psychophysiological response to childhood trauma and emotional loss. Additionally, Gabor is the author of four best-selling books, published in 20 languages on five continents. His books include When The Body Says No and the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction.
Presentation and Interactive Workshop
Gabor’s presentation at the conference will outline the latest research regarding the true source of addictions. Furthermore, Gabor will speak on treatment approaches based on both science and compassion.
In addition, Gabor will offer a workshop called “The Myth of Normal: Depression, Anxiety, and Addictions from a New Perspective.” This workshop will look at the subject of misapprehension, prejudice, and stigma connected to mental illness. Hence, the truth is that almost all individuals or families are touched by mental illness in some form. Also, many factors in our culture contribute to mental malfunction on a broad social scale. Consequently, Gabor’s talk will explore the causes and prevalence of depression, anxiety, and addictions in our society.
“Not all addictions are rooted in abuse or trauma, but I do believe they can all be traced to painful experience. A hurt is at the center of all addictive behaviors. The effects of early stress or adverse experiences directly shape both the psychology and the neurobiology of addiction in the brain.”
— Gabor Maté, In the Realm of the Hungry Ghost
Creating Authentic Connections to Heal Relational Trauma
Dr. Barbara Nosal will offer a workshop at the conference. Her talk is titled “Creating Authentic Connections: Healing Relational Trauma Within the Family System.”
Dr. Nosal has worked with adolescents and families in the field of mental health, teenage depression, and addiction treatment for more than 20 years. In addition, Dr. Nosal specializes in family systems, and her training includes a variety of therapeutic modalities. Consequently, these include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Post-Induction Therapy, and Multidimensional Family Therapy.
Treating Trauma Within the Whole Family
Furthermore, Dr. Nosal has held managerial and clinical positions in inpatient, outpatient, and school-based settings. At Newport Academy, Dr. Nosal developed and oversees the clinical and family programs for our residential and outpatient facilities in California and Connecticut. In addition, her work with families focuses on restructuring family dynamics and relationships through empowering parents with improved communication and healing family of origin childhood trauma. As a result, families are able to identify how their communication in the present is often a trauma response from the past.
Her workshop at the conference will explore these topics, including family dynamics, patterns, roles, and emotional reactivity. Also, her talk will examine how attachment wounds and relational trauma trigger emotional responses in the present and continue the cycle of shame-based behavior. Moreover, she will discuss how a family-systems approach to relational trauma can create more meaningful and authentic connection within the family.
“Attachment style in childhood sets the tone for future relationship patterns and interactions. When there is not a secure attachment with the primary caregivers, there is insecurity and anxiety. This creates an avoidant, ambivalent, or disorganized approach to adult relationships.”
—Dr. Barbara Nosal, LMFT, LAADC, Chief Clinical Officer of Newport Academy
Music as Medicine
Since 1995, Tim Ringgold, Music Therapist at Newport Academy, has been using music as a means to enhance present-moment awareness. In addition, he utilizes it to inspire interpersonal connection, creative, non-verbal expression, and to decrease anxiety and stress. Tim is a board-certified music therapist. Additionally, he regularly teaches and presents on music therapy across the country.
He frequently speaks at national conferences, colleges and universities, and health-care organizations. Furthermore, Tim offers group music therapy sessions in numerous clinical settings and for diverse populations. Specifically, his sessions usually include adolescents and adults recovering from substance abuse. However, he also works with older adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia, children and adults with developmental disabilities, cancer patients, and adults grieving the loss of a loved one.
At the US Journal Conference, Tim will offer a two-part workshop called “Music Therapy: How to Utilize Your Client’s Closest Friend as a Tool for the Treatment of Trauma and Addiction.”
This Experiential Workshop Will Include:
- Brief introduction to and history of the field of music therapy
- The “Big 5” goals of music therapy in the mental health setting
- An experience of the power of rhythm
- Understanding of why rhythm effortlessly connects us to ourselves and others
- A discussion of resources for making music independently.
“Music stimulates the brain to produce dopamine. It’s a healthy ways to feel joy and pleasure. We don’t have to be dependent on external devices or substances for relaxation or to increase our energy—we can use music to do the same thing far more efficiently, without side effects.”
—Tim Ringgold, MT-BC, Music Therapist at Newport Academy
In conclusion, the conference provides a powerful perspective and new skills. Hence, these apply to mental health experts, healthcare professionals, addictions counselors, and school counselors. Furthermore, those working in the justice system and prevention field will also benefit.