5 CEs and 5 NYS OASAS clock hours
Continental Breakfast: 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Lunch will be included.
In a parallel universe the themes of self-care, self-regulation, and inner-outer balance, are of utmost importance to the lives of clients and the counselors and social workers that provide services to them within the field of addiction. Conversely, the lack of emotional stability and self-care practice leads to an exacerbation of all of the “isms” on the continuum from alcoholism to workaholism.
NAFAS (Nassau Alliance for Addiction Services) is pleased to provide a stimulating conference on contemporary topics on a broad range of issues taught by a team of leaders within the field of addiction. Subject areas will focus upon health and well-being with adolescents, multiculturalism, criminal justice, medical management and counselor well-being.
Please join us for an energizing day of self-care and training. Mingle with colleagues and partake in the vital discussions of our time that impact our ability to deliver quality work within a challenging environment.
Finally, we will end our day by paying attention to and nurturing ourselves and our own needs for healing and well-being.
View the workshops:
Audrey Freshman, PhD, LCSW, CASAC
Dr. James R. Dolan, Jr., DSW, LCSW
Acting Commissioner, Human Services
Claudia Peters Ragni, CASAC
9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
This workshop will discuss all the available medications used for management of withdrawal symptoms, cravings and other symptoms. Presenter will address Vivitrol, Buprenorphine, Revia, Antabuse, Camparal as well as other prescription medications effective in helping patients manage uncomfortable symptoms and cravings. Information on all medications will be furnished to attendees.
Jamie Bogenshutz, LCSW/CASAC
Adrienne LoPresti, LMSW
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
This workshop will address effective treatment principals and best practices in working with adolescents and complex family systems.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
New York is one of only two states in the country that defines 16- and 17-year-old defendants as criminally responsible adults. In 2012, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman implemented a pilot Adolescent Diversion Program (ADP) in nine sites including Nassau County. Using trained clinical staff, these courts conduct validated risk and need assessments and utilize rehabilitative, developmentally appropriate community responses to reduce the use of conventional criminal penalties without jeopardizing public safety. The national Reclaiming Futures juvenile justice reform model, which is embraced by Nassau County ADP, unites juvenile courts, probation, adolescent substance abuse treatment, and the community to improve drug and alcohol treatment and to connect teens to positive activities and caring adults.
Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County
Arianne Reyer is an Assistant District Attorney in Nassau County, NY. She is the Co-Director of Nassau County’s Adolescent Diversion Part, a pilot program created to address and appropriately treat 16 and 17 year olds charged with criminal offenses. She is also Co-Director of the Nassau County Youth Court, an innovative diversion program that allows young offenders (11-17) to face a jury of their teenaged peers. She has been an adjunct professor at Hofstra’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law since 2012. Before joining the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in 2011, she prosecuted juvenile delinquents in Family Court and helped create Nassau County’s first juvenile drug treatment court as a Senior Trial Counsel for the County Attorney’s Office. She has also litigated high-profile federal lawsuits as part of the Nassau County Attorney’s General Litigation Bureau. Before she moved to Nassau County, Arianne worked in the Family Court Bureau of the New York City Law Department and in the private sector as a litigator with a focus on family law. Arianne is a recognized speaker on topics including innovative practices in youth courts, the prosecutor’s role in juvenile drug courts, engaging young people in the justice system, alternatives to detention of juvenile delinquents, and juvenile justice reform. Arianne is a graduate of Clark University and Pace Law School.
Maria Elisa Cuadra, LCSW-R, ACSW, CASAC, CPP, ICPS, ICADC
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
This training will educate participants on the concept of Cultural Fluency and communication and its importance in both engaging, maintaining and successfully treating clients.
Explored will be the ideas of health and illness and how these ideas/thoughts/causes, etc are influenced by culture. Focus on the growing Central American Community will be included.
Potential family concerns/ reactions relative to substance use and their migrant history will be discussed. Why people migrate and generic Latino cultural norms will also be included.
Sal LaFemina, LCSW
Barbara Rakusin, LCSW
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Burn out and compassion fatigue plays a major role in why many health care providers leave the profession that they dearly love and feel passionately about. In this workshop participants will learn the sources of burnout, identify signs and symptoms within themselves and will develop strategies for wellness.
Sal LaFemina, LCSW
Executive Director of Community Counseling Services of West Nassau
Sal LaFemina, LCSW, is the Executive Director of Community Counseling Services of West Nassau. He has spent over 35 years working with people who are struggling with addictions and mental health challenges, and with the systems and agencies struggling to meet their needs. In order to gain the skills needed for this lifework, he trained in multiple approaches over the course of many years, including addictions treatment, social work, psychoanalysis, hypnotherapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. He has long enjoyed supporting the fields of social work and addictions treatment and the new workers who are struggling to learn the skills needed to thrive in them. He has also played a role in key leadership and advocacy groups that bring professionals together to tackle the problems in human service work. Mr. LaFemina is in private practice providing individual, group, couples counseling and supportive therapy for his peers.