Special Rate Available for IUP Community for MARTI Conference on Opioid Epidemic and Suicide Prevention

Posted on 7/7/2017 3:45:26 PM

Members of the IUP community can take advantage of a special registration rate for this week’s Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for Community Behavioral Health (MARTI-CBH) Conference, “Promoting Recovery and Wellness: For Individuals, Families, and Communities.”

See the full schedule of presentations.

IUP faculty, staff, and students who wish to attend programming but do not want academic credit can pay $100 for the week of programming, or $25 per day. The conference is being held in the Humanities and Social Sciences building Monday, July 10 through Friday, July 14. Registration can be made in the lobby of the building throughout the day.

Professor Emeritus Robert J. AckermanRobert Ackerman, IUP professor emeritus of sociology and founder and previous director of the Mid-Atlantic Addiction and Training Institute, will be returning to IUP for the conference. Dr. Ackerman, internationally known for his work on addiction and families, is the co-founder of the National Association of Children of Alcoholics and is the author of 13 books, including Perfect Daughters and Silent Sons.

He will be presenting two workshops: “The Emotional and Behavioral Impact on Children/Adolescents Living in Dysfunctional Families,” and “Opioid Addiction and the Family: Using a Strength-Based Model for Treatment and Recovery.” His presentations are on Thursday, July 13.

Several IUP faculty, staff, and alumni also will offer presentations during this year’s conference, including Erick Lauber, associate professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations, Director of Community Health and Leadership at MARTI-CBH, and author, will present “What Are They Telling Us, and What Are We Telling Them: How Local Media Can Frame Addiction Issues and What Can Be Done About It.” He will present on Tuesday, July 11.

Ryan Brannon, an IUP graduate and 2015 winner of the Pennsylvania System of Higher Education Business Plan contest for My New Leaf, a computer app to chart recovery, will present “Can Recovery Be Fun? My New Leaf, a Gamified Addiction Recovery App Targeting Millennials Using Best Practices, Feedback Loops, and Rewards.” He will present on Wednesday, July 10.

Comedian Gary Owen, reality television star and movie actor from Think Like a Man 1 and 2, who will share his personal tragedy of losing his brother to heroin in a session open to the public on Wednesday, July 12 at 4:45 p.m. This program is free and open to the community in room 225.

A complete schedule of presentations is available on the MARTI website.

During the next three years, MARTI will take a three-pronged approach to addressing the opioid and suicide crises by obtaining research grants, community outreach and professional development, and training. This year’s summer conference kicks off the professional and training efforts.

Financial sponsors for the 2017 Summer Conference include Community Care and UPMC Health Plan.

Additional keynote faculty, in addition to Dr. Ackerman, include:

  • Dennis Daley, director of Substance Use Services at UPMC Health Plan, renowned advocate and expert on substance abuse, will present “Regional Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic.”

  • Antoine Douaihy, professor of psychiatry and medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, senior academic director of addiction medicine services at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at WPIC, will present “Medication-Assisted-Treatment for Opioid Addiction: The New Gold Standard?”

  • Richard Jones, Executive Director of Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) in Greenville, South Carolina, will present “Peer Support and Family Recovery” and “Reaching the Disengaged 90%.”

  • Ralph May, Chief Clinical Officer, Community Guidance Center, Indiana; co-chair, Indiana County Suicide Task Force; Clinical Director of the Indiana County Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, will present “Suicide, Mental Illness and Substance Use: Current Issues.”

  • Michael Parkinson, Senior Medical Director for UPMC Health Plan and WorkPartners; Principal, PC Health, LLC, will present “Walking the Talk: Being Our Best Self to Help Our Patients Do the Same.”

  • Mark Sanders, international speaker in the behavioral health fields, author, and lecturer at the University of Chicago, will present three programs: “Relationship Detox: Helping Chemically Dependent Clients Develop Healthy Relationships in Recovery”; “Gender-Responsive Services: A Focus on the Treatment Needs of Chemically Dependent Men and Women”; and “When the Titanic Meets the Iceberg: Addressing the Trauma Underneath Substance Use Disorders, Criminality, and Self-Harming Behavior.”

  • Karen Vadino, a motivational speaker, humorist, trainer, and consultant, will present “Loss and Grief: Complicated by Addiction” and “All Stressed Up and No One to Choke.”

  • Ajay Wasan, Vice Chair for Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, will present “Understanding Chronic Pain, Opioids, and Addiction.”

Other workshop and panel topics include:

  • Recovery Is a Journey, Not a Destination: Hope for Individuals, Families, and Communities Affected by Addiction

  • QPR Gatekeeper Training: Question, Persuade, Refer

  • What Do Suicide, Addiction, Unemployment, and Crime Often Have in Common? A History of Head Trauma Could Be the Cause

  • Warm Hand-offs: Engaging Introductions to Treatment

  • The Impact of Suicide

  • Non-Pharmaceutical Treatment of Addiction Disorders and Substance Abuse: A New Era

  • Keeping Secrets: Ethics Checklists for Protecting Confidentiality Rights

  • Substance Use Prevention and Intervention in College Health Settings

The 2017 program is the 27th annual MARTI summer conference. MARTI (founded in 1988 as the Mid-Atlantic Addiction and Training Institute), is one of 40-plus centers and institutes at IUP.

For decades, MARTI has been a powerhouse organized around a consortium of academic and professional experts in the field of alcohol abuse treatment, domestic violence intervention, and related mental health issues. MARTI-CBH’s director is Victor Q. Garcia, Distinguished University Professor and Department of Anthropology and MARTI-CBH’s associate director is Alex Heckert, Department of Sociology.

Since 2012, the institute’s director, associate director, and research associates have expanded the institute’s early focus to include new initiatives—among them, alcohol and drug research, veterans’ reintegration, family and mental health issues, training conferences for health professionals and educators, and community outreach.