Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest

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The purpose of the Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest is to provide low-cost training for the staff, interns and volunteers of member agencies and other professional caregivers. All training provided must meet all standards of and be recognized for continuing-education credit by the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) and the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon (ACCBO).

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Friday, July 12th, 2019
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Emerging Drugs of Abuse and Utilization of Pharmacogenetics for Behavioral Health Treatment

Friday, August 9th, 2019
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Addressing Medical Consequences of Addiction: Pharmacotherapy & Neuroscience Approaches
Friday, May 10th, 2019 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
6 CEU Hours
Sponsored By
The Recovery Village Ridgefield
Held at Royal Oaks Country Club
8917 NE Fourth Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA 98662
Lunch Provided

This event is generously sponsored by The Recovery Village Ridgefield.

Goal of Training
The Opioid Epidemic has resulted in a new occurrence of diagnosis of Hepatitis C (HCV) in those with intravenous drug use. Participants will be educated on the disease process of HCV in an effort to encourage proactive response to addressing treatment with IVDUs. Healthcare providers hesitation to address the challenges of IVDUs and HCV will be discussed with attention on HCV elimination, quality patient care, and community health. Participants will be presented with practices for treating and managing HCV, helping to diminish stigma and encourage recovery.

Understanding the history of pharmacology and the utilization of prescribed medications to assist in the treatment of not only medical consequences of addiction can assist clinicians in determining successful options for complete and holistic treatment of those in early recovery. Participants will be informed of the current pharmacology options for the treatment of both medical consequences and behavioral health.

During early recovery, client's will struggle with periods of hyper-arousal and/or hypo-arousal which can create unique challenges to the therapeutic relationship. Participants will be directed on methods for assisting a client in distress. Interventions for monitoring client engagement, including a lack of engagement, will be reviewed. Participants will be introduced to techniques to re-engage the client in treatment sessions.

Behavioral Objectives
Participants of this training will be able to:

  • Identify prevention and control of exposure for Hepatitis C virus;
  • List the impact of healthcare provider bias and stigma for high risk patients;
  • Describe the pharmacology interventions for treatment of medical consequences of addiction;
  • Indicate benefits of pharmacotherapy on neuroscience; and
  • Identify therapeutic methods for intervention during early recovery.


8:00 - 8:10 a.m. CDTC Staff Announcement
8:10 - 8:20 a.m. Introductions and Housekeeping
8:20 - 10:20 a.m. Medical Consequences of Addiction and Self-Defeating Behaviors, specific emphasis on Hepatitis C ~Presented by Kassandra Lambert, RN
10:20 - 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 - 12:30 p.m. Utilization of Pharmacotherapy ~ Presented by Estela Clemente, PharmD, MBA, CDPT
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch Provided ~ Agency and Staffing Networking
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Addictions Impact on Hyper/Hypo-Arousal and Therapeutic Methods for Early Recovery ~ Presented by William Richert, LMHC, NCC
3:30 - 3:50 p.m. Questions and Answers
3:50 - 4:00 p.m. Evaluations

Kassandra Lambert, RN, has been working at The Recovery Village Ridgefield as the Director of Nursing, Risk Management and Infection Control Officer since 2017. In her role, she manages a team of more than 50 nurses and direct care staff with a focus on not only compliance, but education and training as well, especially for patients with Hepatitis C. One of the things she’s most proud of is the creation and implementation of processes and protocols for a new 16 bed sub-acute detox facility in Vancouver, Washington, along with hiring and training the staff to support it. Kassandra holds an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing from Coconino Community College and has been working in the field since 2011.

Estela Clemente, PharmD, MBA, CDPT, joined The Recovery Village Ridgefield team in August of 2018 as a clinician. Her impressive background includes an MBA and a Doctorate of Pharmacy from Harding University, and a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Economics. In her role as a Clinician, Estela facilitates residential treatment, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient
cognitive behavioral processing groups and educational sessions on neurocognitive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, nutrition and pharmacology. She also holds individual counseling sessions and develops practice models as well.

William Richert, LMHC, NCC, is a Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor with The Recovery Village Ridgfield. He has over ten years of experience in the mental health field. His background includes experience working with co-occurring adults in individual and group settings. He has utilized the Seeking Safety model for over 5 years as an essential resource in serving the needs of diverse clients with multiple diagnoses and complex trauma. He has worked towards promoting Seeking Safety as a tool for professional survival among new clinicians. He is additionally a Licensed Professional Counselor in Oregon and has a private practice. He earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from George Fox University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Miami University.

Course No: 05-2019 Member $50 **See the Our Members page**
05-2019 Non-Member $75
05-2019 Student $50 *Must provide verification of enrollment.
Pre-registration and payment in advance is required.

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  This course has been approved by CDTC as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #100385. CDTC is responsible for all aspects of their programing.

This training is approved for 6 contact hours through NAADAC. Those participating in educational programs offered by NAADAC Approved Education Providers are assured that the continuing education (CE) credits provided for each course will be accepted toward national credentialing by the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP), as well as many of the individual state licensing/certification bodies in the addiction and other helping professionals.

The CDTC Refund/Cancellation Policy: For full refund, cancellation of attendance must be received by the CDTC at least 3 days prior to the event.

Cancellations made in less than 3 days of the event are subject to a $15 handling charge. Occasionally, changes are made due to speaker availability or unforeseen circumstances. The CDTC will send out an email announcement to the registration contact and provide an update on our website.

If we are aware of bad weather in the area, the CDTC will extend the full refund deadline to include the morning of the training. The CDTC still must receive notice of cancellation of attendance prior to 10 a.m.
Lunch: Complimentary lunch provided for by The Recovery Village Ridgefield.
Date: Friday, May 10th, 2019 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: Friday, May 10th, 2019 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Royal Oaks Country Club
8917 NE Fourth Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98662

To keep interruptions at a minimum, it is requested that all cell phones and pagers
be turned off during the training. Due to state-manadated temperatures, the thermostats
in our classrooms are set and cannot be changed.
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