June 2019

The ADOLESCENT + YOUNG ADULT COLLECTIVE

Organized By: Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers

JUNE 26th & JUNE 27th, 2019

Calamigos Ranch 327 Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265

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JUNE 26th & JUNE 27th, 2019

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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.

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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

June 26th

Ross Szabo

Ross Szabo

Keynote Speaker

When Ross was a freshman in college, everything on the surface seemed to be fine. He was making friends, getting good grades and had a fun social life. However, no one could have imagined how many emotions he was suppressing. Ross was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 16, was hospitalized for attempting to take his own life during his senior year of high school, and like so many other freshman, just wanted to fit in. He tried to hide what he was feeling to convince everyone that everything was ok, but that can only last for so long. Ross uses tasteful humor and insights to help participants understand common mental health conditions and individual differences.

Ross is NOW the CEO of the Human Power Project. He is an award-winning mental health speaker, writer, trainer and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Ross has spoken to more than 1 million students about the importance of mental health and provided a positive example to empower them to seek help. He received the 2010 Didi Hirsch Removing the Stigma Leadership Award, 2012 Changing Minds Award and had his advocacy work entered into the Congressional Record. He is the co-author of Behind Happy Faces; Taking Charge of Your Mental Health and a blogger for The Huffington Post.

Dr. Adriana Westby-Trent

Dr. Adriana Westby-Trent

Sponsored by: PCH

Dr. Adriana Westby-Trent received her B.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology (Summa Cum Laude) from California State University, Northridge, and her Ph.D. (Summa Cum Laude) in Clinical Child Psychology from the Reiss Davis Graduate Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy. Dr. Westby-Trent has an extensive history working with children, adolescents, adults, and families who have experienced negative life events/trauma. She also has experience in clinical supervision of undergraduate/graduate interns and unlicensed staff in community mental health and private practice settings. She is an adjunct faculty in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Pacific Oaks College, where she teaches graduate level courses in Counseling and Communication Skills, Trauma, Attachment, and Culture, African American Child and Family, Practicum, and Evidenced Based Practice. Dr. Westby-Trent is nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, and Managing and Adapting Practice. Dr. Westby-Trent joined the PCH family as a program director in March of 2014 and worked closely with the director of the OCD and Anxiety Clinic at PCH.  Dr. Westby-Trent quickly rose to the position of Clinical Director and a member of the executive team at PCH. Dr. Westby-Trent’s professional areas of interests and expertise are trauma, addiction, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Daniel Patterson

Daniel Patterson

Sponsored by: Visions

Daniel Patterson has dedicated his life to educating and supporting parents to raise authentic, vibrant, and thriving teenagers. Daniel worked in secondary education for fourteen years as an English teacher and high school assistant principal. Wanting to extend his reach and avenues to effect positive and progressive changes, Patterson launched his full-time consulting firm, Patterson Perspective Inc. in 2017. His consulting work includes positive reinforcement to teenagers, so they are able to reach their full capacity in academic and social frameworks and by giving parents the necessary tools for their children to achieve this.

Patterson released his first book, “The Assertive Parent,” in 2018. Drawing from his years of experience, “The Assertive Parent” is a compilation of hacks, tools, and strategies that serve as a roadmap for parents to assist their children in building autonomy, authenticity, and resilience.

Patterson has been a featured voice in several publications, including contributions to NBC News, Fox News, The HuffPost, The Los Angeles Times, Orange County Register, Entrepreneur Magazine, Thrive Global, MSNBC.com, Sheknows.com, Bustle.com, among others. He has also been an invited expert on podcasts, radios stations, and speaking engagements including TedX Newport Beach, My Dad Pod, The Bruce Cook Show, and No Bounds Podcast.

Sarit Rogers, E-RYT, SEP

Sarit Rogers, E-RYT, SEP

Sponsored by Polaris

Sarit Z. Rogers, is a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, accomplished photographer, writer, and trauma-informed yoga teacher. Sarit is certified to teach trauma-informed Hatha/Vinyasa, Accessible Yoga, Yoga for All©, Restorative and Yin yoga—all of which have facilitated and encompassed her desire to teach to underserved populations. She has worked extensively with incarcerated men and women and currently provides Somatic Experiencing® sessions to both individuals and groups. She especially enjoys working with adolescents and adults in treatment settings.

Sarit promotes the cultivation of healing using her multiple modalities: movement, creativity, mindfulness, and SE to develop accessible tools for self-care, self-regulation, healthy boundaries, and ultimately, a nervous system that is more regulated and has more capacity to live life at its fullest.

Sarit is currently assisting Somatic Experiencing® trainings, participating in master classes and continuing to deepen her knowledge of Dr. Peter Levine’s life’s work in order to deepen and broaden her ability to promote healing. Sharing this work with others is the greatest gift of all.

Mike Giresi, CAP, CTP, ICADC, NMP

Mike Giresi, CAP, CTP, ICADC, NMP

Sponsored by: Family First
Mike Giresi started his career in the mental health field working with clients who suffered from complex trauma and PTSD, as well as chemical and process addictions. He has since traveled to India to study and become certified in Yoga and Meditation. He is a Certified Addiction Professional in the state of Florida, a nationally Certified Trauma Professional through Spirit2Spirit Healing, is a Certified Breathworker, and recently became a teaching assistant for NeuroAffective Relational Model Training Institute.
Mike uses a blend of attachment-focused, experiential, creative, and traditional therapeutic approaches to empower and bring about hope, resilience, and autonomy in his clients. He believes that a person’s path to healing starts when someone can meet them on their darkest day with love, compassion, and understanding.
Dr. Yvonne McSkimming

Dr. Yvonne McSkimming

Sponsored by: Sustain

Dr. Yvonne McSkimming is a top-performing executive with over 35 years experience in the social service industry. Yvonne has been credited with combining implementation, oversight and business development expertise constructing programming, recognized as exceptional in the highly competitive social service market. With a PhD in Social Science and a Master’s degree in Leadership / Psychology, Yvonne blends her diverse skill set to provide strong expertise in clinical counseling, group/seminar work, collaborative planning, financial /strategic / risk management / program development, outcome / evaluation management, staff recruitment / retention coordination, network development, quality improvement and fundraising.

Ari Drosman

Ari Drosman

LMFT

Ari has been passionately helping people for well over 15 years. Having worked in facilities and privately, Ari found himself with an innate desire to help those that did not fit the contemporary molds that existed. Embarking on a journey which led to many fruitful processes, Ari refined alternative approaches to helping, always from the whole-hearted place which is palpable in every interaction.

Professionally, Ari has been a student of English, Philosophy, and Psychology and holds a Master’s degree in psychology and practices as a licensed therapist. Ari has worked with thousands of people over the years with specialties in substance use disorders, extreme mental health issues, adolescents and families, as well as psychosis. Ari is an active practitioner of mindfulness in the personal and professional realm, and regularly draws from his connection to the ocean in this process.

Combining personal passion and experience with clinical expertise, Ari has worked tirelessly to assist each person he “is honored to work with”. Ari continues to be an avid surfer and waterman and has transmitted this to his son. Ari is also a dedicated family man and is always striving to be a better person for himself and his whole Ohana.

Terra Holbrook, LCSW, CADC, CSAT

Terra Holbrook, LCSW, CADC, CSAT

Terra Holbrook, LCSW, CADC, CSAT is an experienced speaker who focuses on trauma, codependency, addictions and the effects of early childhood toxic stress. She founded SeaGlass Intensives and Consulting, where she works with individuals and couples in three-day intensives and offers workshops. She also facilitates first responder workshops. Terra facilitated the Professionals Program at The Bridge to Recovery for many years and has worked as Clinical Director in various treatment centers throughout the country. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the mental health field since 1993. She has spoken at numerous conferences, been featured on NPR and Intervention, written for Counselor Magazine and has been on local T.V. and radio.

Lauren Hoover Rios, MA, LMFT

Lauren Hoover Rios, MA, LMFT

Lauren Hoover Rios is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has worked extensively with adolescents and their families. Lauren earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with dual specialization in Psychological Trauma and Treatment of Children and Adolescents. She has spent the past decade working in the mental health field, addressing eating disorders, substance abuse and complex developmental trauma. Lauren is currently the Clinical Director of Clementine Malibu Lake, an adolescent residential program in Agoura Hills.

Day 2

Speakers

June 27th

Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey

Keynote Speaker

Over her twenty years as a middle and high school teacher, Lahey began to suspect that the way we parent children has a direct impact on their motivation, learning, resilience, and the development of obsessive perfectionism and performance anxiety. A deep dive into the research bore this hypothesis out, and resulted in the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed and over five years helping students, teachers, and parents understand that directive parenting and teaching undermines kids’ motivation, makes them more likely to give up when tasks get difficult, and ultimately, renders them less able to learn and become more intelligent.

Jessica offers practical advice for fostering deep, meaningful learning by offering kids more autonomy at home and in school, helping them feel more competent, and strengthening parent-child and teacher-student relationships.

Dr. Don Grant, PhD

Dr. Don Grant, PhD

Sponsored by: Benchmark Transitions

Dr. Don Grant is an internationally award-winning media psychologist, researcher, and addiction specialist.  He is Executive Director of Resolutions Teen Center, (an intensive adolescent/teen outpatient treatment program in Santa Monica; www.resolutionsteen.com), and Founder/CEO of  “(un)BOOT CAMP,” which assists teens, young adults, and families struggling with device, social media, online gaming, cyber pornography, and/or other digitally-mediated platform/device use/utilization, dependence, addiction, and management. Don is Co-Chairman of the American Psychological Association (Division 46) “Device Management” Committee, and has been commissioned by APA to write the only book on “Healthy Device Management & The Practice of Good Digital Citizenship” they plan to publish. He is also a certified chemical dependency counselor, nationally certified group facilitator, and clinician/educator trainer. He received his B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan, MFA from the University of Southern California, and both an MA and Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in Psychology (with an emphasis in media psychology) from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara.

Jordan Held, MS, MSW, ASW

Jordan Held, MS, MSW, ASW

Sponsored by: Casa Bella Recovery Services

Jordan Held MS, MSW, ASW is a Clinical Social Worker at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Center
for TransYouth Health and Development. A proud queer identified, transgender man, Jordan focuses his
mental health professional practice on creating a safe, trauma-informed and healing-centered space for his clients. Jordan has extensive experience teaching on the K-12 level, coaching and developing health and wellness curricula, specific to diversity and inclusion, leadership education and gender violence prevention. When not on the job, Jordan can be found exploring a new hiking trail or at the beach with his Partner and rescue dog, Kingston.

Ward Blanchard

Ward Blanchard

Sponsored by: BRC

Born and raised on the coast of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Ward’s professional career sprouted from the progressive roots of Southern California nearly 15 years ago. Ward’s behavioral health career was cultivated through working in all facets of the behavioral health treatment industry. Since moving to Charlotte, NC over four years ago, Ward has become one of the most prominent mental health and Substance Use Disorder professionals in the country for his innovative work with clients and their family systems. Ward founded Blanchard and Associates, LLC over 10 years ago as a private practice focusing on family re-structuring, family case management, and family consulting. In 2017, Ward established The Blanchard Institute, LLC, a dual diagnosis outpatient treatment center that incorporates comprehensive family focused care. Ward and his team approach treatment for behavioral health conditions through a unique family systems model that utilizes multiple evidence-based modalities in their innovative Blanchard family process.

Ward has a Master’s Degree in Psychology—Marriage and Family Therapy and an MBA in Healthcare administration. Specializing in dual diagnosis treatment, Ward obtained his advance addiction counseling education credential through California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC- II). Ward is also a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and a credentialed Clinical Supervisor (CSS).

In his career that spans across the country, Ward furthered his career while also working alongside some of the world’s most well-known behavioral health centers including The Betty Ford Center, Michael’s House Dual Diagnosis Center, BRC Recovery Center, Caron Treatment Center, and Cirque Lodge. Ward’s experience includes: interventions, admissions, program design and direction, experiential therapy, long term case management, and business administration and revenue cycle management. His passion is centered on educating individuals, families, and professionals as he has presented extensively at national conferences, hospital systems, continuing medical education events, and public service events. Ward has an altruistic passion around educating the professional community about family systems, SUDs, dual diagnosis disorders, the opioid epidemic and chronic pain.

Mahshid F. Hager, MFT, SEP

Mahshid F. Hager, MFT, SEP

Sponsored by: Made Mentoring

Mahshid Fashandi Hager is a Marriage and Family Therapist and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. In her work as a therapist she offers treatment and support to survivors of trauma, including recent refugees to San Diego County. More recently, Mahshid has discovered a passion for writing and story telling. She first began writing as a way to process her own traumatic history of immigration but, soon discovered the power of sharing her stories with others. She is currently working on her first memoir.

Aaron Olson, MS, MHCH

Aaron Olson, MS, MHCH

Sponsored by: Cirque Lodge

Aaron Olson. is a primary Counselor at Cirque Lodge. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, he has made Utah his home for the past 18 years with the last 4 years practicing at Cirque Lodge. Prior to Cirque Lodge, Aaron was working in a mental health recovery program in Salt Lake City and developed a deep compassion for individuals struggling with both addictions and mental illness. Aaron has also worked in the fields of juvenile justice, serious and persistent mental illness, and various levels of addiction treatment. Personally, he enjoys travel, reading, and baseball.

Jamie Tworkowski

Jamie Tworkowski

Jamie grew up in the surfing world and later fell in love with music and writing. TWLOHA (To Write Love On Her Arms) began as his attempt to tell a story and help a friend in 2006. Today, Jamie spends much of his time on the road, telling the TWLOHA story and encouraging audiences at universities, concerts, and music festivals. He has been interviewed by NBC Nightly NewsCBS Sunday Morningand Rolling Stone magazine. Jamie’s favorite things are his family and friends (especially his new nephews, Landon and Declan), music, surfing, basketball (#TeamKorver), and Dr. Pepper. He drinks iced coffee every morning, even when it’s snowing. Not many people know this, but Jamie is an introvert. His first book, If You Feel Too Much, is now available for preorder.

Lynne Pedersen, CADC II

Lynne Pedersen, CADC II

Lynne Pedersen (Butler) is known for her unbridled passion and fierce commitment to adolescents in need of care. She possesses an innate ability to create spaces where healing and integrity are paramount. Her unparalleled expertise in adolescent treatment has her well sought after by new and emerging programs, Lynne set aside the building of programs to focus on the building of the first nationwide prevention and early intervention support program of its’ kind.

Paulina Siegel, LCSW, CAC II

Paulina Siegel, LCSW, CAC II

Paulina Siegel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC II), and master-level trained mindfulness instructor. Paulina began her clinical career working with teens and Millennials struggling with mental health and or addiction and had the privilege of working with these individuals throughout her six years in community mental health. Paulina recently launched Courageous Paths Counseling in the Wash Park neighborhood and exclusively serves 15-39-year olds. She utilizes a generational approach to address the unique needs of these individuals while publicly speaking about the generational research across the United States.

Schedule

June 26th

Wednesday 6/26/2019

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Breakfast & Welcome Message - Redwood Room

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Trauma - Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Presented by: Dr. Adriana Westby-Trent
Sponsored by: PCH

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Process > Product: how to effectively pivot the educational paradigm of adolescents traversing the landscape of systemic academic pressure, resume line-item obsession, and one-size-fits-all achievement markers.
Presented by: Daniel Patterson
Sponsored by: Visions Adolescent Treatment Centers

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Somatic Experiencing® for Adolescents: From Fixity to Flow
Presented by: Sarit Z. Rogers, E-RYT, SEP
Sponsored by: Polaris

10:15 am - 11:45 am

NARM: The Neuroaffective Relational Model for Working with Complex Trauma
Presented by: Mike Giresi, CAP, CTP, ICADC, NMP
Sponsored by: Family First

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch - Lawn @ Star C - Picnic

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Keynote Presentation
Creating a Life Changing Connection
Presented by: Ross Szabo

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Popsicles, Photo Booth & More

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Teens: Dealing with Addiction, Technology & Stigma
Presented by: Dr. Yvonne McSkimming
Sponsored by: Sustain Recovery

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Adolescents: Living Beyond Labels
Presented by: Ari Drosman, LMFT

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Child Adversity & Toxic Stress: How it Translates to Adult Trauma
Presented by: Terra Holbrook, LCSW

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Fostering Resilience
Presented by: Lauren Hoover, LMFT

5:00 - 6:00 pm

Lawn Games @ Star C & Comedy Show - Birchwood Room

6:00 pm

Dinner - Redwood Room

June 27th

Thursday 6/27/2019

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Breakfast & Welcome Message - Redwood Room

10:15 am - 11:45 am

Left To Our Own Devices: Practicing Healthier Device Management & Professional Digital Citizenship
Presented by: Dr. Don Grant, CCDC, PhD.
Sponsored by: Benchmark

10:15 am - 11:45 am

What's a Gender Affirming Provider Anyway? The Roles and Responsibilities of Clinicians Working With Gender Diverse Young People & Their Families
Presented by: Jordan Held, MS, MSW, ASW
Sponsored by: Casa Bella Recovery Services

10:15 am - 11:45 am

The Neuroarchitecture of Family Systems:  We are all chemically
Presented by: Ward Blanchard
Sponsored by: BRC

10:15 am - 11:45 am

From Chaos to Resilience: Your Body Knows the Path
Presented by: Mahshid F. Hager, MFT, SEP
Sponsored by: Made Mentoring

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch - Lawn @ Star C - Outdoor BBQ Buffet

1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Keynote Presentation
The Gift of Failure
Presented by: Jessica Lahey

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Popsicles, Photo Booth & More

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Invisible Loyalties: Uncovering the Transgenerational Impact of Addiction and Families
Presented by: Aaron Olson, MS, MHCH
Sponsored by: Cirque Lodge

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

The Power of ONE: When passion meets purpose.
Presented by Lynne Pedersen, CADC II

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Moving From Annoyed to Impactful: Working with the Selfie Generation
Presented by: Paulina Siegel, LCSW, CAC II

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

If You Feel Too Much
Presented by: Jamie Tworkowski

5:00 pm

Wrap Up

Conference Location

Calamigos Ranch
327 Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu, CA 90265

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

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

31943 Agoura Road,
Westlake Village, CA 91361

(818) 889-0230

15 room block
Corporate Rate: $199.00 + tax per night.

Four Seasons Hotel

2 Dole Dr, Westlake Village, CA 91362

We have a 30% off rate using the promo code "visions"

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Event Details

Date: June 26, 2019

Start time: 10:30 a.m.

Venue: Calamigos Ranch

Phone: (866)-889-3665

Email: info@theayac.com

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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.

Psychological Care and Healing Treatment Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Psychological Care and Healing Treatment Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course provides 9 CE units. For MFTs, LCSWs,  Professional Counselors: The California Board of Behavioral Sciences now accepts APA CE's. Any grievances can be made with the Administrator, Dr. Sumenjeet Virdee at svirdee@pchtreatment.com / (310) 384-2631.