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Workshop 1 - May 16 & 17, 2019
Working Together Towards Understanding Addiction & Facilitating Recovery
The first session of the 3-part "Overcoming Addiction Together" workshop series took place May 16, 2019 in Wausau at Northcentral Technical College and May 17, 2019 at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. The 1st workshop in the series focused inter-professional education when addressing the complexities between co-existing substance use disorders, mental health, and physical health concerns. The plenary speaker was Dr. David Mays from UW-Madison, and he introduced the audience to the latest medical understanding of addiction: epidemiology, brain mechanisms, social neuroscience insights, and evidence for treatment. Various breakout sessions on multiple topics were held: Laura Saunders, Great Lakes Addiction, Mental Health & Prevention Technology Centers (SBIRT Training), Mia Croyle of Metastar (Motivational Interviewing), Dr. Michael Larson of Marshfield Clinic (Medical Assisted Treatment), Becky Boquist of Marshfield Clinic (Models of Recovery Coaching), and Michelle Hazuka of North Central Health Care (Models of Recovery Coaching). The day ending with a closing from Dr. David Mays.
Workshop 2 - July 18 & 19, 2019
Building Resilient Families & Communities: Moving Beyond Trauma & Addiction
The 2nd workshop in the series focused on family dynamics, adverse childhood experiences (ACES), and building family resilience. Participants were educated about family reunification, including navigating court and foster care systems. The Honorable Judge Everett Mitchell, Dane County Circuit Judge, and Baptist Minister - who himself is a survivor of childhood abuse, in long-term recovery, and an advocate for reducing racial, social, and health disparities. He spoke about the impact substance use and abuse is having on communities, and he sees the struggles within his own court room. One of the most prevalent risks leading to addiction is the number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) or trauma that happens well before criminal behavior begins. Participants also learned how criminalization in the justice system and social welfare systems can re-traumatize or impact the likelihood of a successful reunification of families, and ways of building resilience to break the school to prison pipeline. Scott Webb, UW-Madison/Wisconsin Department of Health Services, then reviewed an ACE's study, and identified the five pillars of a trauma-informed, resilient, and compassionate work culture, and steps to implementing trauma-informed care in the workplace. Trauma-informed care drive connection and can be applied in both mental health and substance use services. The day ended with a box lunch and the film "Resilience."
Workshop 3 - August 15 & 16, 2019
Taking Care of Ourselves as We Care for Others
The 3rd workshop focused on self-care for providers and concerned loved ones, including boundaries and ethics training, and complementary and alternative medicine practices (CAM). The day started out with plenary speaker, Jeff VanVonderen, a highly sought after speaker and consultant, with 35 years experience, 6 published books, and a featured spot on the A&E documentary series "Intervention." Jeff spoke about the addiction epidemic, identified co-dependency and warning signs, conveyed how addiction impacts individuals beyond the person with Substance Use Disorder, related methods for how professionals and caregivers can avoid relationship entanglement and still support clients/loved ones, and identified patterns of behavior and strategies to break cycles of addiction. Self-care breakout sessions were then held including: Kelly Keyser-Millar (Aromatherapy), RISE UP (Art), Daniel Shine & Labradoodle Alvin (Pet Therapy), Darlene Antoniewicz, Wellness Coach (Meditation), 401 Flow Yoga & Jane Banning (Yoga), and Debbie Mollendorf, UW-Extension (Taking Care of You: Stress Reduction Strategies). The closing speaker was Jesse Heffernan, a person who survived childhood trauma and who has been in long-term substance use and mental health recovery for 18 years. He is the co-owner of Helios Recovery Services, providing recovery coach training for the last 5 years throughout the Midwest as well as suicide prevention training and mental health awareness campaigns. Jesse spoke about the correlation between early childhood trauma and substance use/mental health, identified components of Healing Centered Engagement, and how it differs from trauma-informed care, and explored the ever-changing world of self-care, compassion fatigue, and not having to do it all. The day ended with a chance to get pampered...participants could receive free
In addition, an optional session with Jeff VanVonderen was available from 1:15-2:15 pm at Northcentral Technical College, and an optional evening session from 6:00-8:00 pm at DC Everest Middle School.
This program was provided with funding from the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA).
Also, thank you to our many community partners, who made this workshop series possible!