New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

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The Neurobiology of Addiction: Leveraging Science to Improve Prevention & Treatment Outcomes

  • March 25, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 100, Concord, NH
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A 6 hour training event with Lee Dalphonse, CAGS, LMHC, LCDS, CCMHC, CAADC, CCS

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

PRESENTATION:  This training is designed for prevention specialists and treatment providers interested in learning more about brain science and the impact on prevention and treatment outcomes.  Rapid advancement in the precision of physiological (functional) imaging technologies such as Positron-Emission Tomography (PET) and Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) made it possible for researchers to directly observe, measure and map metabolic activity in the various regions of the brain in both disease and non-disease states. The systematic mapping of the brain’s complex neuro-circuity has led to the discovery of a number of key neural pathways that are essential to survival and psychological well-being. More recent research has led to a much better understand how the brain’s neurochemical processes and neural networks both protect against and exacerbate the risk of addiction and mental illness.

In this training, special focus will be placed upon helping participants understand:

  • How the functioning of key neural pathways is disrupted by prolonged exposure to drugs of abuse, stress, and other dopamine enhancing activities.
  • How the disruption of these neural pathways sets in motion the cycle of addiction (Preoccupation/ Anticipation; Binge/ Intoxication; Reward deficit/ stress surfeit).
  • How medication assisted treatment options work to restore normal brain functioning.

This training will also introduce participants to key highlights from related research on topics such as:

  • Reward Deficiency Syndrome.
  • Rethinking the notion of “free will” within the context of the addiction cycle
  • The interactive and synergistic relationships, and related brain process that that link vulnerability to stress related illnesses, attention related deficits, substance use disorders, and chronic pain.
  • The emergence of third-wave (third generation) cognitive-behavioral theories that incorporate relevant research findings; such as the brain’s ability to restore disrupted neuro-circuits by combining mindfulness practices with traditional cognitive re-framing techniques.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:  Lee Dalphonse is an educator, organizational consultant and psychotherapist with thirty-plus years of experience planning, implementing, and evaluating of a number of innovative outpatient, residential, and hospital-based programs and services, and he has provided training and consultation to a variety of audiences and for a number of human service organizations throughout the United States and Canada. Lee is currently the Chair of the Rhode Island Certification Board, the past President of the Rhode Island Mental Health Counselor’s Association, and he was named the Counselor of the Year by the Rhode Island Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors in 1994.  Lee holds an advanced degree in mental health counseling, and he is currently a Doctoral Candidate in the Health Administration program at Central Michigan University.  In addition to his academic credentials, Lee is dually licensed as a Mental Health Counselor and a Chemical Dependency Clinical Supervisor, and he holds numerous state and national certifications in various behavioral health sub-specialties.

Fee:  NHADACA Members $55.00.  Non-Members $65.00.  NBCC add $5. Lunch will be on your own.

For registration information contact:  603-225-7060

6 Contact Hours Available
Certified Prevention Specialist Category:  6
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 5, 14, 16
CRSW Performance Domains:  3
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.


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