Mental Health Conference

Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Mental Health Conference

Treatment of Addictions: Biopsychosocial, Developmental, and Mindful Approaches
Featuring: Dr. Gabor Maté

Friday, March 10, 2017; 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (7:30 a.m. breakfast), Madison Theatre, Public Square
Molloy College, Rockville Centre campus

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Science program will be hosting it's Fourth Annual Interdisciplinary Mental Health Conference on March 10, 2017 at the Rockville Centre campus.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gabor Maté, a renowned speaker, and bestselling author has been confirmed as one of our speakers. Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. 

A conference brochure will be sent out in January 2017. However, the most up-to-date conference information can be found on this conference webpage at: www.molloy.edu/ce/mhc. To be placed on our mailing/email list, call Cindy Thomas at 516.323.3554 or email cthomas@molloy.edu.

Program Background and Description

Molloy College is a nationally recognized private, Long Island college. Molloy provides a value-centered, multidimensional liberal arts education with more than 50 quality academic undergraduate and graduate degree programs grounded in the Catholic faith, ideals of truth and respect for the dignity and worth of every individual.

Our unique conference will cover both conventional and unconventional approaches in the treatment and healing of addictions.

The conference will cover how the substance abuse epidemic is impacting our local demographic area, review current and medical treatment options for substance abuse, as presented by Dr. Karl Dormesy, a psychiatrist and substance abuse expert and Medical Director at the Outpatient Behavioral Health Services at Mercy Medical Center.

We will then discuss additional approaches as presented by our Keynote Speaker, Dr. Gabor Maté. According to Dr. Maté, the source of addictions is not to be found in genes, but in the early childhood environment. In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts: In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, Dr. Maté's most recent best-selling book, draws on cutting-edge science to illuminate where and how addictions originate and calls for a more compassionate approach toward the addict. In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, explores addiction as a symptom of distress, from the pain of individual trauma and family history to the spiritual emptiness pervading our entire society. Dr. Maté weaves brain science, case studies, personal testimony, and social critique into a powerful and kaleidoscopic look at one of our culture's most perplexing epidemics. In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts won the 2010 Hubert Evans Award for Best BC Non-Fiction Book. We will close our conference with a panel discussion in which different professionals from the mental health field are represented, including addictions counseling, clinical mental health counseling, creative arts therapy, psychiatry, psychology, and social work. The discussants will review several points with Dr. Maté from the lectures and interact with audience members. The conference will include introductory experiential exercises in breathing and mindfulness that can be used by everyone and therapeutic skills that professionals can implement in their clinical work.

Who should attend?
The intended audience includes anyone involved in the mental healthcare profession, including: clinical mental health counselors, addiction and substance abuse counselors, social workers, nurses, teachers, psychiatrists, psychologists, music therapists, and other creative arts therapists, physicians, marriage and family therapists, students and all those interested in their own health and well-being.

Conference Agenda
7:30 to 8:30 am - Registration and Breakfast

8:30 to 8:40 am - Welcome by Molloy College Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Ann Z. Branchini, PhD

8:40 to 8:50 am - Welcome and Introduction, Laura Kestemberg, PhD, Conference Chair, and Associate Dean, Director and Chair of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Department. Molloy College

8:50 to 9:00 am - Opening Exercise in Breathing and Mindfulness by Don Zezulinski

9:00 to 9:40 am - The Addictions and Substance Abuse Epidemic on Long Island: Treatment of Opioid/Heroin Dependence, by Karl Dormesy. MD, Medical Director, Outpatient Behavioral Health Services, Mercy Medical Center Click here for a session description.

9:40 to 10:50 am - Keynote by Gabor Maté, MD: In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Close Encounters with Addiction

10:50 to 11:00 am - Q&A for Gabor Maté, MD

11:00 to 11:20 am - Break

11:20 to 12:30 pm - Interdisciplinary Panel Presentation with Dr. Gabor Maté
Panel Members: Karl Dormesy, MD; David Flomenhaft, LCSW, Ph.D.; Laura Wood, LMHC, PhD; Maria Hodermarska, MA, RDT, CASAC, LCAT, ICADAC; Moderator: Laura Kestemberg, PhD

12:30 to 12:40 pm - Q&A for Panel Members

12:40 to 12:50 pm - Closing Meditation by Don Zezulinski

12:50-1:00 pm - Closing Remarks by Laura Kestemberg, PhD

Dr. Gabor Maté - Keynote Speaker Bio
A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics, from addiction to mind-body wellness. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning: In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focusses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.

Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

Speakers and Panelists

Karl Dormesy. MD, Medical Director, Outpatient Behavioral Health Services, Mercy Medical Center. Please click here for his bio.

 

 

 

David Flomenhaft, LCSW, Ph.D., Director, Oupatient Behavior Healthcare Services, Mercy Medical Center. Click here for his bio.

 

 

 

Maria Hodermarska, MA, RDT, CASAC, LCAT, ICADAC, Acting Director, Program in Drama Therapy, Assistant Clinical Professor of Drama Therapy, NYU. Click here for her bio.

 

 

 


Laura Kestemberg, PhD, Associate Professor, Chair, Associate Dean and Director, Master of Science Program Department of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Molloy College. Click here for her bio.

 

 

 

 

Laura Wood, LMHC, PhD; Assistant Professor, Department of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Molloy College. Click here for her bio.

 

 


Donald K. Zezulinski, Abbot, Clear Mountain Zen Center; President, Long Island Zen Association and Abbot, The Clear Mountain Zen Centerleads. Click here for his bio.

 

 

 

Learning Objectives
Mental Health Conference Learning Objectives:     

• Increase the understanding of drug addiction and its impact on Long Island
• Increase the knowledge of treatment strategies for heroin and opioid addiction
• Increase the understanding of the healing of addictions using a developmental and bio-psycho-social model
• Learn new treatment strategies in the healing of addictions
• Learn the Four Steps Plus One Method in the Healing of Addictions developed by Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz and Dr. Gabor Maté
• Learn and practice basic breathing/relaxation/mindfulness exercises
• Increase the understanding of how different professionals in the mental health field (addictions counselors, psychiatry, psychology, social work, clinical mental health counseling, creative arts therapy)- conceptualize addictions and approach the treatment of addictions
• Learn how professionals can work together as a team to achieve better healing outcomes for clients through an interactive panel-audience discussion

Tuition Rates
Regular Registration, by February 24: $100
Late Registration: February 25-March 9: $115
March 10 or at the Door (if space is available): $125
Molloy Full-Time Students: $10 (please use your Molloy email when registering, no at the door registration, register by February 24)
Non-Molloy Full-Time Students: $25 (provide copy of student ID at check-in, no at the door registration, register by February 24)
Molloy Faculty and Staff: No Charge. (Please use Molloy email when registering. No at the door registration, register by February 24)
Molloy Alumni: 25% discount
LINYMHCA/NYMHCA Member (please provide membership proof at check-in): $10 discount off the Regular Tuition rates

Registration

Online registration is available by clicking here. Please note that if you are registering online, after you enter your charge card information you should click "Continue to Checkout" just once. It can take up to a minute or two for the charge to be processed. If you click more than once the system will void the registration and you will need to call the CE Office at 516-323-3550 to register.

Phone-in registration is available by calling 516.323.3550 with your MasterCard, Discover or Visa. To register in person, by fax or mail, please click here to download a registration form and follow the directions. Course number: Payment can be made by check or money order (made payable to Molloy College, by MasterCard or Visa, or by purchase order.

Registration is limited. In-person registration the day of the conference is on a space available basis and cannot be guaranteed.

Refund Policy: A full refund will be granted as long as you contact us by March 9. Refunds will not be granted after March 9: however, substitutions can be made until the day of the conference at no charge.


Location
The conference will be given in the Madison Theatre in the Public Square Building at Molloy's Rockville Centre campus located at 1000 Hempstead Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY, 11571. The campus is located about 40 minutes east of New York City by train on Long Island. Travel directions will be sent with your confirmation, but can also be found by clicking here.

If you should need hotel arrangements, please click here or call 516.323.3554.

Continuing Education Credit

Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs)
As of January 1, 2017 a new law took effect in NY State that requires that each mental health counselor licensed under the Education Law, must complete 36 hours of continuing education (CE) from a Department approved provider during each three-year registration period. Molloy College, Division of Continuing Education & Professional Development is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0052. This conference is offered for four (4) CE contact hours for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs). Further information on the new requirements can be found on the following NY State webpage: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/

NYS Licensed Creative Arts Therapists (LCATs) 
As of January 1, 2017 a new law took effect in NY State that requires that creative arts therapists licensed under the Education Law, must complete 36 hours of continuing education (CE) from a Department approved provider during each three-year registration period. Molloy College is an approved provider for CE credit from NY State for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists: approval number CAT-0015. This program is offered for 4 hours of CEU credit for Licensed Creative Arts Therapists.

Social Work Continuing Education Credit
CEU's for NYS Licensed Social Workers: Molloy College, Continuing Education & Professional Development Social Work CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0110. This program is approved for a total of four (4) CE contact hours  for NYS Licensed Social Workers.

Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors (CASAC)
CE credit through the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS-OASAS) has been approved for 4 clock hours in the following areas:
Initial Credentialing: CPP and CPS
Renewal: CASAC, CPP and CPS

Nursing Continuing Education Credit
Molloy College, Continuing Education Department, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses' Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 4 contact hours for the conference will be given.

Conference Brochure
Click here to download the conference brochure. The conference brochure will be mailed in late January/early February. To be placed on our mailing list or to be mailed a brochure, please contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services by email at: cthomas@molloy.edu or by phone at:516.323.3554.

Exhibitor Information
A limited number of exhibitors will be permitted for the conference. The fee to exhibit is $400 ($200 non-profit) for the day, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Space is limited, so only 6 exhibitors will be able to attend.  Exhibitors will be provided with a 6 ft. table and one conference admission (additional admission: $50 each).  The exhibit tables will be in the lobby of the Madison Theatre (where the breakfast, all of the sessions and the morning break will be held). Please download the Exhibitor form and return it by February 17, 2017 if you are interested in exhibiting at the conference.

Sponsorship
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Masters of Science program and Mercy Medical Center will be hosting the conference and the conference is being sponsored by the New York Mental Health Counselors Association (NYMHCA) and the Long Island Chapter, LINYMHCA.

 

 



Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program
Please click here for the webpage for the Master of Science Program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Molloy College.

Questions regarding conference content or speakers?
Contact Conference Chair: Laura B. Kestemberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor in Psychology, Chair, Associate Dean and Director, Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Molloy College
Email: lkestemberg@molloy.edu
Phone: (516) 323-3842

Questions regarding registration?
Contact Cindy Thomas, Assistant to the Director, Summer Sessions and Conference Services
Email: cthomas@molloy.edu
Phone: 516.323.3554