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    • 02/11/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • ONLINE Only

    Luna Medina Wolf

    "Eye Movement, Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)"

    "EMDR" has been a buzz topic in the therapeutic community the past few years. EMDR Therapy is an evidence-based treatment primarily for PTSD but has been applied successfully to various other clinical issues. As therapists, we always look for the next training to acquire, to make sure we can help our clients improve and reach their goals. EMDR changed my career completely because I learned I can help people actually heal from trauma rather than just learning to cope with it. Many clients who come to get help for anxiety, depression, low self esteem, anger issues and more do not even know it stems from trauma they experienced. We know that trauma is categorized as more than catastrophic events. Research shows that repeated exposure to Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) can actually be more detrimental to the human mind than a single event trauma for many people. If you want to hear more about how EMDR can help treat trauma and other conditions, in addition to trying some techniques for yourself from phase two of EMDR, than this workshop is for you!

    Participants will:

    · Describe the 8 phases of EMDR

    ·  Articulate the Adaptive Information model (AIP)

    ·  Understand the "Three Pronged Approach" to trauma recovery

    ·  Deploy Reducing Techniques: Breathing, Tapping, Polyvagal Exercises and more

    Luna L. Medina-Wolf, LMHC, NCC, MCAP, QS

     Luna Medina-Wolf is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Master Certified Addiction Professional. Luna is an approved consultant for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, a Facilitator in Training with the EMDR Humanitarian Assistant Program and a Qualified Supervisor in the State of Florida. Luna is the owner of a Group Private Practice, Helping Moon Counseling, P.A. in Boca Raton, FL, which employs approximately 20 mental health professionals and student interns. Further, Luna is multilingual, fluent in English, Spanish and Hebrew.

     Luna has a robust background in working with individuals who have a history of trauma, as well as those who struggle with substance use or addiction issues. The compassion, dedication and knowledge she possesses make her an empathic and skilled therapist who connects quickly with her clients. Luna works with individuals, couples, and families experiencing varying obstacles that can cause high levels of emotional pain and anxiety. Luna believes in providing clients with a holistic approach to improving their lives. She empowers her clients to improve their lifestyle, approaching it from a mind, body, and spirit relationship due to her understanding of the synergistic connection between these three components on overall well-being. Luna sincerely believes in the success and long-term efficacy of EMDR, and the importance of dissociation work as intertwined with EMDR phase work.
    vLuna is an extremely passionate, educated mental health professional who has the ability to counsel, instruct and guide others while emphasizing the importance of self-efficacy. She continues to participate in professional development of her own because she is respectful of the ever-changing societal aspects that can affect mental health. Luna believes that positive change is always possible, even for those who have faced the most difficult circumstances in life. Her life work is to empower those around her and to embolden people to be the best version of themselves.

     Our Sponsor Coral Shores Behavioral Health

    John Davis, President

    • 03/18/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online Only

    Jasleen Chatwal, MD

    Adverse Childhood Experiences: Epigenetics, Impacts, and Accounting for Toxic Stress During Early Development

    Toxic stress during childhood can harm the most basic levels of the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, and such exposures can even alter the physical structure of DNA (epigenetic effects). Childhood maltreatment has been linked to a variety of changes in brain structure and function and stress-responsive neurobiological systems with negative downstream impacts on health, emotional well-being and longevity. In this presentation, we will explore the mechanisms by which adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) exert their negative impacts. In understanding the effects on brain, body, and behavior, we will then look to solutions that can move us in the direction of improved health outcomes.


    • Identify Adverse Childhood Experiences.
    • Explain the mechanisms by which ACEs exert longer term negative impacts.
    • List 3 solutions to reduce the morbidity of ACEs.

     Jasleen Chhatwal, MBBS, MD, FAPA,

    Chief Medical Officer, Sierra Tucson

    Jasleen Chhatwal, MD, is Chief Medical Officer and Director of the Mood Disorders Program at Sierra Tucson, a premier residential behavioral health treatment center. A board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Chhatwal serves as Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and as President of the Arizona Psychiatric Society. She is trained in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavior therapy, psychopharmacology, neuromodulation including ECT & rTMS, and various emerging modalities. She further completed fellowship training in Integrative Medicine from the renowned Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine.

    Dr. Chhatwal’s treatment philosophy includes intervening early, providing holistic, culturally competent, gender-affirming and evidence-based care.

    Proudly Sponsored by:

    Acadia's Treatment Placement Specialists

    John Davis, President

    • 04/22/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • ONLINE




    Working with attorneys and the legal system can, at first, appear daunting.  Many of us work hard to stay out of court for any reason. Therapists tend to think differently and are often "on guard" with courtrooms and lawyers.  Joe Considine, one of our sponsors and a long time supporter of our association returns to speak with us about how to work effectively with attorneys, especially in the field of addiction and recovery where understanding The Marchman Act is essential.  

    More information will follow on this exciting topic. Tickets are on sale now. 

Past events

01/14/2022 Personality Disorders: Adversity, Dysregulation and the Search for Secure Attachment
10/15/2021 How to Chill: Mindfulness with Teens for Rootedness and Humanity
09/10/2021 NARM & Working With Teenagers
06/11/2021 Targeting Trauma: Filling the Gaps
05/14/2021 Love Wins: Trauma, Adversity and Healing
04/16/2021 Rethinking Personality Disorders: The Search for Secure Attachment
03/12/2021 Bottomless: The Marchman Act and Other Radical Approaches to Addiction
02/12/2021 The Happiness Trap: Spirituality, Psychotherapy and Holistic Health
01/15/2021 Food and Mood: Eating and Emotional Regulation in the Pandemic
01/08/2021 Required Renewal Ethics Course 3 hrs
12/19/2020 Required Renewal Laws and Rules 3Hrs
12/17/2020 Required Renewal Medical Errors 2 Hrs
12/17/2020 Required Renewal Medical Errors 2 Hrs
12/09/2020 Required Renewal Laws and Rules 3Hrs
11/03/2020 Sexual Betrayal: Helping Couples Survive
10/09/2020 Surviving or Thriving? Strategies to Build a Smart Private Practice During the Pandemic
06/26/2020 Fearless Love: Relationship Sanity During Crazy Times
06/05/2020 Telehealth for Counselors: Zooming Into a New Era
05/22/2020 Close Up: COVID-19 Through the Lens of Inpatient Psychiatry
02/14/2020 Never Enough: Homeostasis, Marijuana and Opiate Addiction
01/24/2020 A Unified Partnership: Attorneys & Mental Health Counselors
12/14/2019 Soul Tending: Healing the Wounded Healer
12/13/2019 From PTSD to PTG: Psychological Resilience after Community Crisis
11/22/2019 Accurate Diagnosis: Tools for Effective Clinical Mental Health and Substance Abuse Evaluation
10/25/2019 Sex, Drugs & Rock-Solid Recovery: Regaining Intimacy
09/13/2019 Saving Lives: Getting Loved Ones into Treatment Using the Marchman Act
06/07/2019 Half Day Qualified Supervisor Refresher Training June 7th, 9 to 1
06/06/2019 Two Day Qualified Supervisor Training June 6 & 7th , 9 to 3 both days
05/31/2019 More than Addiction: Comprehensive Approaches to Co-Occurring Disorders
05/03/2019 ICISF Group Crisis Certification
04/19/2019 Eating Disorders Don't Discriminate: Screening for Signs and Symptoms
03/15/2019 Marijuana: Weeding Out Fact From Fiction
02/15/2019 Love Wins: Trauma, The Nervous System and Recovery
02/02/2019 Trained Crisis Responder Certification Course
01/04/2019 Communal Trauma: A Journey of Hope (Free CE Workshop)
01/01/2019 Ethics, Medical Errors, Renewal Laws & Rules: 8 Hour Friday Course
11/16/2018 Starry Nights: Non-suicidal Self-injury
10/12/2018 No Time to Lose: Accelerating Trauma Resolution
09/14/2018 On Becoming A Master Therapist: Personal and Professional Journeys
08/24/2018 Using Emotions in Therapy: Gottman, Ekman, Norcross and Napier
05/18/2018 Borderlines Part 2: Treating Personality Disorders
04/12/2018 Affluenza: Family Pathology of Excessive Wealth
03/16/2018 Radical Self Care: Mindfulness and Making Money in Therapy
02/16/2018 Intimacy Interrupted: How Sex and Other Addictions Destroy Relationships
01/26/2018 Marketing Strategies for Private Practice Owners (Special Engagement)
01/19/2018 Lifting the Fog: Integrating Bio/Neurofeedback into Dual Diagnosis Treatment
12/15/2017 The Body Keeps Score: Healing Trauma from Linehan to Van der Kolk
11/17/2017 Teens, Sex and Social Media
10/13/2017 Build Your 6 Figure Dream Private Practice
06/09/2017 Complicated Pain: Breaking the Destructive Opioid Spiral
04/21/2017 Treating the "Un-treatable": Borderline Personalities and Getting Results
02/10/2017 Failure to Launch: Issues and Strategies for Troubled Young Adults
01/06/2017 Medical Errors, Ethics, Domestic Violence
11/18/2016 Treating Complex Co-Occurring Disorders: A Team Approach

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