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2019 Dauphin County Addictions Conference

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Supporting Families from Prevention to Recovery

This conference will explore emerging issues in substance abuse and problem gambling prevention, treatment and recovery through engaging speakers; networking opportunities; and enlightening workshops on a variety of topics including opioid abuse, addiction prevention, therapies and recovery process.


The program is presented by Dauphin County Department of Drug and Alcohol Services with assistance from Penn State Harrisburg Continuing Education and Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education.

Target Audience

Social Workers
Case Managers
Addiction Counselors
Anyone affected by addiction


Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB)

This program has been approved for continuing education credit through the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) 1 Credit per 1 clock hour. 

Social Work Credit

Penn State is an approved provider as defined by Pa. Code Sections 47.36(a)(3), 48.36(a)(3), and 49.36(a)(3). Social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors licensed by the state of Pennsylvania can earn a maximum of 16.25 clock hours of continuing education for completing this course.

Social Work CEU’s
May 14 = 6.5 total CEU’s
May 15 = 6.75 total CEU’s
May 16 = 3 total CEU’s


$75 for three days.

Late Fee
Registrations received after May 13, 2019 will incur a $25 late fee

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received later than May 7, 2019 will incur a $25 processing fee
No refunds after May 10, 2019


May 14, 2019 – Day 1

  • 8 a.m. | Registration/Networking Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors
  • 8:05 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks
  • 8:15 a.m. | Opening Plenary – Drugs 101: What Parents Need to Know
    James J. Reisinger, Vice President of Education Services
    Nikole E. Tome, MPH, MCHES; Director of Curriculum and Assessment, Byrnes Health Education Center
  • 10:30 a.m. | Break and Visit Exhibitors
  • 11 a.m. | Model State Drug Laws as a Catalyst for Advancing Life Saving Drug and Alcohol Policies
    Gary Tennis, President, National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws
    Cheryl Dondero, Chief Executive Officer, National Alliance for Model State Drug Laws
  • 12:30 p.m. | Lunch and Visit Exhibitors
  • 1:30 p.m. | Hoarding Disorder: More Than Just a Little Clutter
    Debra L. Thompson, LCSW, CADC, CCPG, Thompson Social Services, Inc.
  • 3 p.m. | Break and Visit Exhibitors
  • 3:15-4:45 p.m. | Breakout Sessions
    Session A: Pathological Gambling and Personality Disorders
    Debra L. Thompson, LCSW, CADC, CCPG
    Thompson Social Services, Inc., Owner
    Session B: Understanding Online Gambling and Gambling Disorder
    Gregory Krausz, MA, CAADC, LPC
    Adjunct Faculty, Moravian Seminar
    Director, MARS
    Owner, Monocacy Counseling Associates
    Consultant/Trainer CCGPA
    Session C: Empathic Connections and Cultural Understanding
    TJ Griffin
    Motivational speaker, DDAP and PCB Training provider, an at-risk youth educator and mentor
    Founder and CEO of “The Vision Program”
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Celebrate Recovery
    An open reception to celebrate addiction recovery. No additional fee – but registration is required.

May 15, 2019 – Day 2

  • 7:30 a.m. | Registration/Networking Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors
  • 8:30 a.m. | Welcoming Remarks
  • 8:45 a.m. | Opening Plenary: Use of Animal Models to Advance Our Understanding of the Disease of Addiction and to Identify Novel Avenues for Treatment
    Patricia Sue Grigson, PhD
    Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences
    Director, Penn State Addiction Center for Translation
    Penn State College of Medicine
  • 10 a.m. | Break and Visit Exhibitors
  • 10:15 a.m. | The State of Gambling in Pennsylvania
    Josh Ercole, Executive Director, Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania, Inc.
  • 11:45 a.m. | Lunch and Visit Exhibitors
  • 12:30 p.m. | Breakout Sessions
    Session A: Drugs of Abuse as False Messengers: The Opioids
    Kent E. Vrana, PhD, FAAAS
    Elliot S. Vesell, Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Penn State College of Medicine
    Session B: My Story
    Brad S., Gamblers Anonymous Member
    Session C: Addressing Stigma by Sharing Stories of the Opioid Epidemic
    Glenn Sterner, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
    The Pennsylvania State University, Abington Campus
  • 1:50 p.m. | Break and Visit Exhibitors
  • 2:05 p.m. | Breakout Sessions
    Session A: Vaping and Juuling in Adolescents and Adults
    Jonathan Foulds, PhD
    Public Health Sciences and Psychiatry
    Penn State College of Medicine
    Session B: Improving Outcomes from Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Through Family Support
    Michael Frost MD,FACP,FASAM
    President/Medical Director
    The Frost Medical Group, LLC
    Chief Medical Officer, Longbridge Health Solutions
    Session C: Minfulness and Meditation for Stress Reduction – Research and Practical Implications for Healing from Addiction
    Elizabeth J. Tisdell, EdD
    Professor of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education, and Chair of the Division of Health and Professional Studies, Penn State University-Harrisburg
    Timothy C. Riley, MD
    Assistant Professor and Associate Vice-Chair for Wellness in the Dept. of Family and Community Medicine,  Penn State College of Medicine
  • 3:25 p.m. | Break and Visit Exhibitors
  • 3:40-5 p.m. | Breakout Sessions
    Session A: Changing Roles of Harm Reduction in the Prevention and Treatment of Problem Gambling
    Ken Martz, Psy.D., MBA, CAS
    Special Assistant to the CEO
    PsyD – Gaudenzia Treatment Center – Treatment – Gambling Counselor /
    Session B: Understanding and Overcoming Stigma and Misinformation
    Weston Scott Kensinger, PhD, CHES
    Assistant Teaching Professor
    Penn State University
    Session C: Advancing the Practice of Motivational Interviewing: “Are We Doing Our Very Best to Engage Individuals and Families in Recovery Services?”
    Dorothy J. Farr, LSW, LADC, CCDP-D
    Consultant and Trainer
    Farr Consulting, LLC
    The Change Companies/Train for Change – ASAM Criteria Trainer

May 16, 2019 – Day 3

  • 7:30 a.m. | Registration/Networking Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors
  • 8:45 a.m. | Update on Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Initiatives
    Jennifer S. Smith, Secretary
    Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
    Grace Kindt, MPH, CPH, Division of Prevention & Intervention
    Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
    Gail Yoder, BSW, CADC, CCDP, Division of Treatment
    Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs
  • 10:15 a.m. | Break and Visit Exhibitors
  • 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. | Breakout Sessions
    Session A: Join the Voices of Recovery: Together We Are Stronger
    Marianna Horowitz, Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance
    Session B: Gambling Disorder: The Hidden Addiction
    Liz Lanza, Director of Programs, Office of Compulsive and Problem Gambling of PA Gaming Control Board
    Session C: Youth Engagement and Empowerment
    Dionne Baylor
    Angela Bates
    LaSandra Cousins
    Natasha Sentiwany
    Robert Standland
    Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Services Prevention Staff
    Heather Crook
    Halifax Communities that Care


A completed evaluation is required in order to receive a certificate for attending this activity. Please complete and submit the evaluation within the specified time frame.


The University reserves the right to cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund any program registration fees paid but cannot be held responsible for any related costs, charges or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Program registrants who are experiencing illness or have been exposed to anyone who is ill should contact the Continuing Education office before attending any in-person activities.


Content and speakers for all programs are subject to change. Registrants will be notified of any significant updates.


On-campus educational activities provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education are required to follow healthcare facility guidelines. Off-campus events provided by Penn State College of Medicine Continuing Education follow the COVID-19 requirements of that venue. We ask that all participants respect that some attendees may still choose to wear masks for activities. Check the venue website for the latest requirements and recommendations. Please do not attend this activity if you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. By attending the activity, you attest that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of COVID-19, which may include fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, loss of taste, loss of smell or any other sign of illness.

Access (ADA)

Penn State encourages people with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Participants who anticipate needing any type of special accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided should contact the Continuing Education office at least one week in advance of participation or visit.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest (COI and Educational Balance)

It is Penn State policy to ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all educational programs. Faculty and course directors have disclosed relevant financial relationships with commercial companies, and Penn State has a process in place to mitigate any conflict of interest. Complete faculty disclosure will be provided to program participants at the beginning of the activity.

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