2019 Annual Conference

September 19-21, 2019

University of South Dakota, Vermillion

Co-Hosted by the Department of Psychology

Join SDPA at our Annual Fall Conference this year to network with mental health professionals and further educate yourself on important topics trending in psychology and related fields. Our speakers for 2019 are Dr. Brian Miller and Dr. Amanda Vander Lugt.

Brian Miller headshotBrian Miller, Ph.D. provides training and consultation on topics of secondary trauma, trauma informed supervision, and implementation processes nationally and internationally.  He is an individual member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and chaired the NCTSN Secondary Trauma Supervision Workgroup. He is the developer of the CE-CERT model for intervening with secondary trauma in service providers and the Shielding model of trauma-informed supervision, both of which have been published and disseminated across mental health and child welfare systems. SDPA is excited to have Dr. Miller joining us in Vermillion as our Keynote Speaker on Secondary Trauma in Clinicians.

sdpa-vander-lugt-headshotDr. Amanda Adcock Vander Lugt is a clinical psychologist at the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System. She serves as the Pain Committee Chairperson for SFVA. She has special interest in rehabilitation of chronic pain using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, said as one word not letters). She has authored a peer reviewed chapter on this topic,  as well as 3 journal articles and 2 other chapters on related behavioral health concepts. She was previously responsible for the development of the CARF Accredited Interdisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program at the VA Maine Healthcare System. Dr. Vander Lugt will be speaking on the Opioids Crisis in America. We are grateful to have her joining us with her expansive knowledge on the related issues.

2019 Annual Fall Conference Schedule

Muenster University Center, Room 225 | University of South Dakota

414 E Clark Street | Vermillion, SD 57069

Thursday, September 19, 2019:

Location & Times TBA

Annual Conference Welcoming Social

Division 1 Meetings


Friday, September 20, 2019:

8:00-8:30am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:30am The Deep Well: Sustaining a Career in Trauma Work – Dr. Brian Miller

10:30-10:45am Break

10:45-11:45am The CE-CERT Model: Applying Concepts To Develop Career-Sustaining Behaviors – Dr. Brian Miller

11:45-1:30pm Lunch and SDPA Annual Meeting

12:00-1:30pm SDPA Annual Meeting

1:30-3:00 pm The Opioid Crisis: Understanding the Data and Changing Times – Dr. Amanda Vander Lugt

3:00-3:15pm Break

3:15-4:45pm Chronic Pain Assessment: Differential Diagnosis in Long Term Opioid Use – Dr. Amanda Vander Lugt

5:00-6:00pm Poster Presentations & Complimentary hors d’oeuvres


Saturday, September 21, 2019

8:30-9:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:30am Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain: The Matrix Model – Dr. Amanda Vander Lugt

10:30-10:45am Break

10:45-12:00am Presentation Provided by the Department of Psychology

12:00pm Poster Awards

12:30pm Conference Closing

Session Descriptions

The Deep Well: Sustaining a Career in Trauma Work – Presented by Dr. Brian Miller

Compassion Fatigue. Burnout. Vicarious Trauma. Secondary Trauma. Terms that are different in some ways but have one thing in common: they describe the emotional toll that is exacted upon workers in the helping professions who deal intensively and empathically with persons who are in engaged in an emotional personal struggle. It is a privilege to work in a profession in which caring about those who suffer is the main tool of our work.  But caring also takes a toll.  Being close to ground zero when people struggle effects the emotional life of those of us who care.

CE-CERT (Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma) was developed as a model to support emotional well-being in therapists who are exposed to the effects of secondary trauma.  But–as in Star Trek, “survival is insufficient.”  Ultimately, the goal of CE-CERT is not merely to survive this work: Rather, the goal is to have a vocation that is uniquely and deeply satisfying.

The CE-CERT Model: Applying Concepts To Develop Career-Sustaining Behaviors – Presented by Dr. Brian Miller

During the keynote, the CE-CERT model was described.  CE-CERT consists of five skill domains that serve to help us retain–or regain–conscious control over autonomic dysregulation. During this breakout, the skills will be reviewed in depth with an opportunity to “self-audit” your professional proficiency in each skill domain.  The goal of this discussion and reflection will be for participants to return to their practices with an identified area of focus for improving their own experience of conducting psychotherapy. 

The Opioid Crisis: Understanding the Data and Changing Times – Presented by Dr. Amanda Vander Lugt

Diagnosis, History, and What the Research Means

This session will consist of reviewing the statistics available on the “Opioid Crisis in America.” We will begin with an overview of the historical underpinnings for the development of the opioid crisis including “Pain as the 5th Vital Sign” initiative, pharmaceutical company marketing, and medical practice. We will review the data related to the Opioid Safety Initiatives. We will conclude with a review of some facts and myths surrounding the crisis and learn to differentiate the two based on the history and data.

This session will be data based, but highly interactive. Questions are welcome throughout the entire session.

 

Chronic Pain Assessment: Differential Diagnosis in Long Term Opioid Use – Presented by Dr. Amanda Vander Lugt

This session will focus on pain assessment and the differential diagnoses involved when a patient has been on long term opioid therapy for chronic pain. We will review diagnostic criteria for three common conditions in chronic pain and long term opioid use: Chronic Pain Syndrome, Long Term Use of Opioid Analgesic Drug, and Substance Use Disorder. We will discuss the behaviors seen in the clinic and diagnostic work up needed for each of these conditions. We will conclude the presentation with a review of the available evidence based treatments for each of the conditions.

This session will be mostly didactic with some time for questions at the end.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain: The Matrix Model – Presented by Dr. Amanda Vander Lugt

This session will focus on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT, said as one word) for chronic pain. We will review some literature on ACT for Chronic Pain. The majority of the session will be spent in experiential exercises using the Matrix Model of ACT. By the end of this session, the attendee will be able to use the matrix model with a patient or client to help them see a different perspective on their chronic pain and choose valued directions for life.

This session will be mostly experiential. The attendee should expect to participate in exercises (either silently or aloud).

A special thank you to The Trust for their continued support of SDPA and the 2019 Annual Fall Conference. 

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