NYSPA's Division on Addictions  &
The New School present:
"Behind Closed Doors: What Addiction Psychologists Actually Do and Say in the Therapy Room"

October 4, 2013

The New School for Social Research
Theresa Lang Community Center & Student Center
55 w. 13th Street, Arnhold Hall
New York, NY 10011

Conference description:

How do experienced, psychologically-informed substance use clinicians actually work with patients? This conference will seek to answer that question in a vivid and intimate manner.  Presenters will show, not just tell, what they do using case material, demonstrations, and clinical discussions as the primary mode of learning.  Work in a range of treatment settings with diverse populations will be addressed. Highlights across workshops will include:
  • Different addiction treatment modalities: individual, couples, family, group, work with teens, outreach, intake, and intervention;
  • Different stages of work or treatment strategies: assessment, building alliances, collaborative treatment planning, working through difficulties, and solidifying gains;
  • Different approaches: behavioral, cognitive, psychodynamic, mindfulness-based, and experiential.

Workshop leaders will bring to life the creativity, humor, emotion, and other subtleties that are central to the therapeutic endeavor. We intend to create a conference where everyone can experience Addiction Psychology in action.

Event Schedule:


8:30 to 9:00: Registration and Light Breakfast


9:10 to 9:30: Conference Introduction: Addiction Psychology in Action

Alexandra Woods, PhD, President, Division on Addictions

9:45 to 11:00 Workshops I

I A: The Psychology of Addiction Medication

Jeff Foote, PhD, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Center for Motivation and Change


I B: Couples and Substance Use-Shifting from an Individual Role to Member of a Couple

Gayna Havens, PhD, Independent Practice


I C: Knock, Knock. Who's There? Using Humor in a Team Treatment Model with Teens; Opening Closed Doors of the Consulting Room

Yariv Hofstein, PhD, Jessica Houser, PhD, Shelby Semino, PhD, and Shilpa Taufique, PhD, CARES Adolescent Treatment Program; St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital


I D: Is There a Place for Narrative-Based Treatment of Trauma with Substance Abusing Clients?

Lisa Litt, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology in Psychiatry Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons; Clinical Director Trauma-Focused Programs, St. Luke's Hospital                   


1 E: How Do Psychoanalysts Treat Substance Misuse?

Debra Rothschild, PhD, Independent Practice; Faculty, NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis


11:15 to 12:30 Workshops II

II A: The Art & Science of Intervention

John Crepsac, CSW, JC Counseling & Consulting PC Manhattan Institute for Recovery (MIR), Chatham Wellness Center                  


II B: Therapeutic Detectives: Working with Adolescents and Emerging Adults

Lori Holleran Steiker PhD and Ivana Grahovac MSW, University of Texas, Austin


II C: Speaking One's Mind: Using Chairwork Dialogues to Treat Trauma and Addictions

Scott Kellogg, PhD, New York University and The Chairwork/Schema Therapy Treatment Project                     


II D: Group Psychotherapy: We All Do It, But Do We Know What We are Doing?  

Joe Ruggiero, PhD, Assistant Clinical Director, Addiction Institute of New York, St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital


12:30 to 1:45 Lunch provided


1:45 to 3:00 Workshops III

III A: The Community Reinforcement and Family Training Method (CRAFT): Helping Families to Facilitate Change in a Substance Misusing Loved One 

David Lane, PsyD, Clinical Director, Center for Motivation and Change, Westchester                  


III B: Non-Modulated Substance Abuse Psychotherapy: Drawing from the Patient's Own World (With a Little Help from Willie Nelson.)

William Salton, PhD, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology of Yeshiva University


III C: Incorporating Mindfulness-Based Interventions in the Treatment of Substance Misuse

Jenifer Talley, PhD, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counseling Concentration, New School for Social Research                    


III D: Integrative Addiction Therapy: Bringing Relational Psychoanalysis, CBT and Mindfulness Together in a Harm Reduction Frame           

Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, Founder and Director, Center for Optimal Living                    


3:15 to 4:00 Wrap Up



Registration Fees:
Early Bird by August 31, 2013
NYSPA Members: $105
Non-NYSPA Members: $125
Students: $40
Non-profits: $55

After August 31, 2013
NYSPA Members: $115
Non-NYSPA Members: $135
Students: $55

Non-profits: $65


CASAC and Social Worker CE credits pending 




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