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Psychological Treatments for Addictive Disorders
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When: Friday, April 1, 2016
9:45 AM
Where: North Central Bronx Hospital
3424 Kossuth Ave
17th Floor
Bronx, New York  10461
United States
Contact: NYSPA Central Office

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A One-Day Conference Presented By:
North Central Bronx Hospital - NYC Health + Hospitals and
The New York State Psychological Association Division on Addictions

Online registration has closed for this event. Onsite registration will be available. 


9:00 - 9:45 am: Registration


9:45 am: Greetings and Introductions
Rebecca Block, PhD, President of NYSPA Division on Addictions


10:00 - 11:00 am: High Impact Therapy and the Role of Collaboration: How Engaging Family Members in Treatment Supports Harm Reduction and Patient Engagement in Therapy
Jami Wolf-Dolan, PsyD and Dr. Neta Tal, PhD
In this talk, presenters will discuss a complex case of a young woman presenting with multiple risk factors including polysubstance use, trauma, and domestic violence. Presentation will explore how two therapists, one working with patient, one with patient's mother, have collaborated to help mitigate risk and help maintain patient's engagement in therapy. Presenters will address how sometimes eschewing traditional approaches to addiction treatment, thinking “outside the box,” and embracing a true team approach has promoted patient's ability to reduce self-destructive behaviors.


11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Couples and Substance Use: Collaboration and De-Stigmatization
Gayna Havens, PhD
There is a powerful pull to stigmatize the substance user within a couple, and to insist that he or she is the one who needs to make changes. This talk will focus on how to help couples begin to use their relationship as a resource and to truly collaborate with each other. Crucial to this shift is communicating in such a way that similarities can be identified and differences can be tolerated. I’ll describe some simple techniques to help the couple begin to talk about substance use in a more productive way.


12:00 - 1:15 pm: Lunch


1:15 - 2:15 pm: Is There a Place for Narrative-Based Treatment of Trauma with Substance Using Clients?
Lisa Litt, PhD
It has become increasingly clear that many individuals struggling with substance use are also facing the sequelae of a traumatic past. Clinicians and researchers have sought to identify effective methods to address these comorbid issues. Narrative-based trauma-focused treatments, which have had clear success in ameliorating PTSD in non-substance using populations, have worried clinicians working with clients in recovery. This presentation will seek to address these fears and will discuss recent forays into using a narrative-based model with substance-using clients.


2:15-3:15 pm
On Using, Remembering, and Forgetting in Psychotherapy
Teresa López-Castro, PhD
Some individuals use to forget, others to remember, and some to remember what needs forgetting. This talk will describe these three clinical scenarios and consider possibilities for therapeutic interventions with each. In doing so, I’ll discuss how the concepts of “remembering” and “forgetting” have evolved with our understanding of dissociation and why they may prove vital in appreciating some of our patients’ dilemmas with substances.


3:15-3:30 pm: Break


3:30-4:30 pm: Urge Surfing Toward Healing, Growth and Positive Change (Recovery)
Andrew Tartarsky, PhD
Biology, meaning, habit and social context converge in the addictive urge. The urge is the axis of change. Urge surfing interrupts the addictive process putting a pause or space around the urge. This enables “unwrapping the urge,” reflection into what lives in the urge and the possibility of choosing healthier alternative solutions. These ideas will be discussed and practical techniques will be taught and practiced.


Free of charge for Psychology Staff at NCB and JMC


Mass transit and driving directions to NCBH can be found at:\


Private parking is available at the Greene Medical Arts Pavilion at 3450 Bainbridge Avenue, entrance on Wayne Avenue. Tel: 718-920-6306 for parking rates