July 2018

The ADOLESCENT + YOUNG ADULT COLLECTIVE

JULY 26th & JULY 27th, 2018

Calamigos Ranch 327 Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265

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COLLECTIVE FOCUSED

JULY 26 & JULY 27, 2018

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The ADOLESCENT + YOUNG ADULT COLLECTIVE is a gathering of professionals dedicated and passionate about working with adolescents and emerging young adults.

This event will be two full days of educational offerings, fun activities and networking. The breakout sessions will offer dynamic, engaging presenters working with effective and exciting treatments within this community. Each day will feature an exciting keynote speaker. Attendees can earn CE's. CE's offered through Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers.

The motivation for this event is to create a united voice for adolescent and young adult treatment. A voice and perspective uninfluenced by financial gain or outside agenda. The ADOLESCENT + YOUNG ADULT COLLECTIVE will enable us to tailor an experience that will benefit us professionally as well as our clients. A hosting collaboration of select like-minded leaders in our field will ensure keeping of the culture, mission and direction of our top-notch educational offerings.

Who Should Attend

The mission of the Adolescent + Young Adult Collective is to bring together leaders in the treatment community directly working with clients and their families. This includes: therapists, clinicians, educational consultants, educational attorneys, physicians, psychiatrists and treatment providers.

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Day 1

Speakers

JULY 26

Andrew Solomon

Andrew Solomon

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Solomon is a writer of remarkable talent and intellect. His books and essays explore the subjects of politics, culture and psychology with extraordinary humanity.

He received the National Book Award for The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression. The book was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was a worldwide bestseller published in more than twenty languages. It is widely considered the definitive text on depression.

Acclaimed as a revolutionary feat of journalism, Far From the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity, is an examination of the means by which families accommodate children with physical, mental and social disabilities and how these unusual situations can be invested with love. Andrew spent ten years researching the book, interviewing more than 300 families and generating more than 40,000 pages of notes. NPR called the book “a work of genius” and Vanity Fair said, “Andrew Solomon’s empathy, heart, and vast intelligence are in abundance in Far from the Tree.” In 2017, Andrew released a young-adult version of Far From the Tree that explores the impact of extreme differences between parents and children. In 2016 he released a collection of essays examining his years of international travel titled Far and Away.

Taruno Steffensen, SEP, ASAT & TRE Practitioner

Taruno Steffensen, SEP, ASAT & TRE Practitioner

Taruno has been in private practice for over 25+ years as a psychotherapist in Norway and currently in Arizona. He has experience with both group and individual therapy and has further skills in the treatment of drug, alcohol and sex addiction. Taruno received his SEP certification in 2008 and since then has assisted trainings in Norway, Australia and the US. Taruno is trained in Kathy Kain’s Touch Skills for Trauma, Pia Mellody’s PIT model, the Twelve Step Method, and David Berceli’s TRE-Trauma Release Exercises. He envisions Somatic Experiencing becoming an integral part of healing and transforming our world and feels greatly inspired when helping professionals integrate these simple principles for treating and transforming trauma and distress.

Ariel Cohen, LMFT

Ariel Cohen, LMFT

Ariel Cohen is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, working primarily with children and adolescents in Woodland Hills, CA. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco, he has gone on to develop a thriving private practice as a psychotherapist and established himself as a leader within both his local as well as Greater-California psychotherapist community. Ariel served four consecutive years on the Board of Directors at the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (SFV-CAMFT), most recently serving as Chapter President in 2016 and Past-President in 2017. He continues his CAMFT involvement on several local and state-level committees at this time. When Ariel is not in the office, you might find him perusing the local bookstore, hiking with friends, or spending a day hanging out with family— he’s one of four brothers!

Beck Gee Cohen

Beck Gee Cohen

Beck has a dedicated passion for working with the LGBTQ community and has years of experience introducing individuals to pathways of recovery. He is dedicated to the lives of LGBTQ young people, adults, and their families as they are walking through complex mental health, substance use, and stigma. He recognizes stigma, which is a prevalent road block for many in seeking help, is even more amplified in this particular population. Education is a key aspect in Beck’s consulting, training and conference addresses. He demonstrates how bias, judgment and intolerance by others often complicate the process of recovery. Beck is a master’s level clinician with an undergraduate degree in Sociology specializing in Gender & Sexuality, with a Master’s Degree in Addiction Counseling.

Internationally, Beck has presented to conferences, treatment centers, schools, and institutions. Using his personal experience, humor and vulnerability, he connects to participants in a heartfelt way. Beck addresses concerns of equality and acceptance of LGBTQ individuals in recovery and promotes improved mental health services, acceptance, as well as specific treatment plans that can assist in improving outcomes for recovery. He openly shares his journey, lessons learned, and valuable information so others can properly support their loved ones.

Chris Mulligan,​ ​LCSW

Chris Mulligan,​ ​LCSW

Christopher Mulligan is a licensed clinical social worker with 26 years of clinical and administrative experience. He received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MSW from the University of Southern California. He is on staff at Psychological Care and Healing where is works as an individual, group and family therapist. He is currently an adjunct professor at the USC School of Social Work where he teaches assessment methodologies and theories of human behavior. Over the past two and one half decades Christopher has designed and implemented comprehensive treatment plans for children, teens, and adults challenged by complex developmental and psychiatric disorders including PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Autism, Anxiety and Depression, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome, Eating Disorders, and behavioral addictions. Christopher has also worked with teens transitioning to and from residential treatment and is experienced in divorce and custody mediation for families with special needs children.

Edward Shahrokh, MA

Edward Shahrokh, MA

B. Edward Shahrokh is an experienced mental health professional. He holds a Masters degree in psychology from Pepperdine University and is completing his Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University Santa Barbara. Additionally, he completed his Bachelors in philosophy from UCLA.

Edward has predominantly worked with individuals with substance use and mental health disorders in various levels of care ranging from intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization programs, residential and detoxification settings. He has extensive experience with cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and psychodynamic approaches to individual, group and family sessions. In his work with families, Edward focuses on increasing communication and cohesion, strengthening boundaries and enhancing attachment within families in order to decrease emotional dysregulation as families transition forward in their journey.

Hanna Stotland, JD

Hanna Stotland, JD

Hanna Stotland flunked out of high school, got a G.E.D., and went on to graduate from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Since 1999, she has been an independent admissions consultant specializing in educational crisis management. Hanna’s unique experience as a former troubled teen who overcame her mistakes gives her unusual sensitivity to the challenges young people face. Her recent professional presentations include annual conferences of the Pacific Northwest ACAC, the Independent Educational Consultants Association, the Higher Education Consultants Association, and Families Advocating for Campus Equality. Her 2018 speaking schedule includes talks at major conferences, schools, and libraries in New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, and Illinois.

Steven Mercer, Ed.D

Steven Mercer, Ed.D

Steven Mercer, Ed.D. is the founder of Mercer Educational Consulting, a private college counseling practice in Los Angeles, CA. He is an experienced educator with an extensive background in selective college admission, counseling, teaching, and academic and non-profit leadership. Prior to founding Mercer Educational Consulting, he was an admission officer at the University of Southern California. In additional to working with students one-on-one, Dr. Mercer is an Adjunct Faculty in the on-line College Counseling Certificate program at UCSD Extension and works as a consultant to colleges and universities on matters related to college admission. Dr. Mercer has a BA in philosophy from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from UCLA.

Day 2

Speakers

JULY 27

Hans Steiner, MD

Hans Steiner, MD

Keynote Speaker

Hans Steiner was born in Vienna, Austria and received his degree from the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna, Austria, in 1972. He completed his residency in adult Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in 1976, his child and adolescent psychiatry residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1978. Currently, Dr. Steiner is Professor Emeritus (Active) of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Human Development at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Guest Professor, Medical University of Vienna and the University of Innsbruck. He is a founding member and the Director of The Pegasus Physician Writers at Stanford (since 2008), a group of doctors who write creatively. As of 2011, he is the director of Stanford’s Program in Psychiatry and The Law. He is a Lifetime Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), a Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM).

Curt Widhalm, LMFT

Curt Widhalm, LMFT

Curt is in private practice in Los Angeles and Encino, CA where he specializes in working with adolescents, self-harm behaviors, and EMDR. He is the Chief Financial Officer for the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists and is a Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Curt is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University and the co-host of “The Modern Therapist’s Survival Guide” podcast.

David Wiss MS RDN

David Wiss MS RDN

David Wiss, MS, RDN is the founder of Nutrition in Recovery, which specializes in: Addictions, Eating Disorders, Mental Health, Body Image, and General Wellness. Mr. Wiss works closely with individuals to help them revolutionize their relationship with food, and has shared his expertise with numerous eating disorder and addiction facilities throughout the greater Los Angeles area. David is a nationally recognized expert in nutrition for addiction, and is currently working on his PhD in Public Health from UCLA.

Angelique Poisson, LMFT, ATR

Angelique Poisson, LMFT, ATR

Angelique Kay Poisson, LMFT, ATR is an artist, Registered Art Therapist, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Los Angeles, California. She is driven to help others unleash their inner creative and harness their capacity to heal, transform, and thrive. In addition to her private practice, Angelique works with adults at a mental health treatment center in Los Angeles where she has co-created a comprehensive art therapy track serving adults with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, and trauma. Angelique has developed and implemented art therapy programs for adolescents and adults at Hazelden Betty Ford Center for Youth and Families in addition to other treatment centers here in Los Angeles. In 2017, she was awarded the Art Therapy Clinician Award by the Southern California Art Therapy Association. Angelique is passionate about art therapy and arts advocacy and is a professional member of the American Art Therapy Association, Southern California Art Therapy Association, and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Learn more about her work at www.makeartbewell.com.

Brennon Moore, LPC

Brennon Moore, LPC

Brennon Moore is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC-II), and a Nationally Certified Trauma Therapist (CTT). Brennon has been specializing in young men’s trauma for nearly a decade in both a residential and outpatient setting. Currently Brennon leads week long trauma healing retreats for The Refuge- A Healing Place, a renowned residential program for trauma and addiction, and he speaks nationally on the subjects of childhood trauma, attachment, and addictive disorders. In January of 2017 his first book was released, “Finding a New Tribe: Helping Young Men Recover from Childhood Sexual Abuse and Addiction”, and in May of 2018 Brennon opened Skyline Recovery; an outpatient and transitional living program in Bend, Oregon, that utilizes 12-step recovery, sober coaching, cutting edge clinical modalities, family work, rites of passage experiences, and connection with a community of like-minded peers to facilitate healing and change.

Ashley Rollerson, LMFT

Ashley Rollerson, LMFT

Ashley Rollerson is a licensed marriage and family therapist who specializes in adolescent LGBTQIA affirmative practice. Ashley Rollerson is working on her certification in Brainspotting, a trauma modality that combines somatic experiencing and sub-cortical trauma processing within the brain. With the collaboration of trauma therapy and LGBTQIA practice, Ashley works towards addressing the core traumatic invalidation of LGBTQ youth in a society of binary ideals and values. Ashley has worked with dual diagnosed adolescents and young adults for over 7 years and has facilitated numerous trainings throughout her career.

Patty Gieselman, MFT

Patty Gieselman, MFT

Patricia (Patty) Gieselman, MFT is the founder and Executive Director of Choices Counseling & Skills Center which specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with extensive experience working with adults, adolescents and families in both community-based and residential settings. During her career, she has worked in the public and private sector as a clinician, consultant, trainer, program director and Vice President of Clinical Services. In addition to offering counseling services, Ms. Gieselman trains mental health professionals as a provider of continuing education courses in California and has been an adjunct instructor for local colleges and universities. Patty is well known for her practical yet often whimsical approach to teaching and problem solving.

Steve Sawyer, LCSW CSAC

Steve Sawyer, LCSW CSAC

Steve is a dual-licensed psychotherapist filled with passion and knowledge surrounding intervention and change process. His experience comes from two decades of intervention with tough to reach client populations in therapy setting ranging from residential, community based, outpatient and wilderness therapy. He is a trained trainer of several unique therapeutic models including somatic trigger release techniques, Brainspotting, traumatic memory reprocessing, and HeartMath. He works as core therapeutic training development staff with the Institute of Heart Math and is an International Brainspotting trainer. Steve’s trainings are recognized nationwide for cutting edge therapeutic techniques and inspiration.

Schedule

July 26th

Thursday 7/26/2018

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Breakfast & Welcome Message

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Taruno Steffensen, SEP - "Trauma & the Challenge of Substance Use Disorder" - Sponsored by Made Mentoring

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Hanna Stotland, JD - "Explain Fully On A Separate Sheet: The Special Circumstances Essay."

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Chris Mulligan, LCSW - "Understanding the Diagnosis & Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Specturm Disorder in Teens & Young Adults" - Sponsored by PCH

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Andrew Solomon, Author - "Far from the Tree: Parents, Children & the Search for Identity" - Keynote Speaker

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Break - Mix & Mingle

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Ariel Cohen, LMFT & Steven Mercer, Ed.D - "Preparing to Launch: What Therapists Need to Know About the College Admission Process"

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Beck Gee Cohen, MA, LADC - "How to Be Awesome While Working with Trans & Gender Expansive Young People"

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Mandy Baker, MS, LCDC - "The Skeptics Forum: The Research on the Effectiveness of 12-step Programs with Young Adults" - Sponsored by BRC/Spearhead

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Francine Miller, ACMHC - "Mindfulness & Therapeutic Presence" - Sponsored by Cirque Lodge

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Comedy Show - Redwood Room

6:00 pm

Collective Dinner

July 27th

Friday 7/27/2018

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Breakfast & Welcome Message

10:15 am - 11:45 am

David Wiss, RD - "Nutrition for Mental Health: Understanding the Gut Brain Axis" - Sponsored by Casa Bella

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Patty Gieselman, MFT - "Suicide - How To Talk About It"

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Ashley Rollerson, LMFT - "What is Pansexual? The Cultural Invalidation of Non-Binary Sexual Orientation" - Sponsored by Visions

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Hans Steiner, MD - "Anger, Rage & Violence: Dangerous Kids and How to Help Them" - Keynote Speaker

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Break - Mix & Mingle

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Curt Widhalm, LMFT - "The Skywalkers: Treating Untreatable Family Systems"

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Brennon Moore, MS, CTT, CADC-II, LPC - "Finding a New Tribe: Helping Young Men Recover from Childhood Sexual Abuse and Addiction"

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

TBA - Sponsored by ROWI Teen

5:00 pm

Conference Wrap Up & Farewell

Conference Location

Calamigos Ranch
327 Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265

Contact us with any questions
Call: (866)-809-3665
Email: info@theayac.com

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Mental Health Professional – $250, Marketing & Business Development – $300

Accommodations

The Anza

23627 Calabasas Road Calabasas,
California 91302

(818) 222-5300

10-15 room block
Corporate Rate: $164.00+ tax per night.

Westlake Village Inn

The Sheraton Agoura Hills

30100 Agoura Road Agoura Hills,
CA 91301

(818) 707-1220

15 room block
Corporate Rate: 174.00+ tax per night.

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Continuing Education

Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers is a certified Continuing Education Provider by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs. If attended fully, The Adolescent + Young Adult Collective meets the qualification for 9 hours of Continuing Education Credits. One hour of credit is provided for every hour of attendance, excluding breaks and meal times. Certificates of Completion will be awarded at the Registration Booth at the conclusion of the Collective in exchange for a completed Participant Evaluation form.