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Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches Co-Sponsors Northeast Conference on Behavioral Health Addictive Disorders

On September 12-15, 2012, BHOPB will be co-sponsoring an all-new conference on behavioral addictive disorders in New Brunswick, NJ in association with the Governors Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA). The conference will highlight and discuss the relationship between trauma and addictive disorders and how they impact victims\’ daily lives and their interactions and long-term relationships with people.

There will be four days of discussions and lectures by some of the most respected and experienced professionals in the addiction care and psychiatric fields, as well as plenty of opportunity to learn new and innovative techniques in addressing trauma-induced addiction at the clinical level. Main topics of the conference will include: The Brain, Neuroscience and Therapy, Complex Trauma and PSD, Relationships, Loneliness and Gender Issues, Co-Occurring Disorders, Prescription Drug Abuse, and Anxiety and Depression.

BHOPB is honored to be the one of the main sponsors of this event and pleased to be a part of such a substantive and informative dialogue. The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2 Albany St. New Brunswick, NJ 08901. For hotel reservations and additional information, please call 888-421-1442.



2010 International First Responder-Military SYMPOSIUM

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Mathieu Guidere – University of Geneva, Switzerland

Predictive Profiling of Lone Bombers


  • Dr. Newton Howard – MIT Mind Project Director
  • Dr. Louis M. French – Walter Reed
  • Dr. John Violanti – University of Buffalo
  • Major Eduardo Suarez – Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program


Greg believed in the Iraq war and in his abilities as a warrior. Twice, he served his country in combat, first in Kosovo and then in Iraq as an elite Army Ranger. He went back to his job as a Milwaukee police officer shortly after returning home from Iraq. Greg typed a suicide note on his computer and left two copies in his home. The final line states – We will just leave it as war being one hell of a bitch no matter how big or small it\'s found. Greg died two days before he would have turned 27. He shot himself in the head with his police gun in the basement of his home. He won\'t be listed among the American soldiers who died so far in Iraq, but people he loved and even those he served with in combat consider his death a casualty of war.


Earn CEUs for Addiction Professionals, LCSWs, LMHTs, and LMHCs and PDHs for Employee Assistance Professionals


  1. To Register call (716) 656-8641 or email laweap@aol.com.
  2. The fee is $30.00 which includes lunch and refreshments.
  3. Time 7:30-8:30am for registration and continental breakfast.



WORKSHOP: Rx Drug Abuse vs. State-of-the-Art Treatment

West Palm Beach Convention Center 650 Okeechobee Blvd. West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
The problem of easy access to opiate pain medication at relatively unregulated Pain Clinics in Palm Beach County and in South Florida has been well documented in the Palm Beach Post (5/17/10) and addressed by the County Board of Commissioners as well as the Florida State Legislature. The abuse of prescription pain medication is being actively addressed by the Palm Beach County Substance Abuse Coalition, government, treatment centers, and concerned communities.

On the other hand, for many people, some of whom suffer from the disease of addiction, chronic pain is very real. This presentation will raise awareness regarding the problem of prescription drug abuse as well as address state-of-the-art treatment for chronic pain among people with the disease of addiction.

  • Earn 5.45 CEUs for Addiction Professionals, LCSWs, LMHTs, & LMHCs
  • Earn PDHs for Employee Assistance Professionals


Jeffrey Koons – Palm Beach County Commissioner
The Impact of Prescription Drug Abuse in Palm Beach County and His Personal Experience

Randy Grimes – Former NFL Player
Experience, Strength, and Hope: Recovery From Addiction and Chronic Pain

Randall Lyons – Doctor of Chinese Medicine
The Use of Acupuncture In The Treatment of Chronic Pain

Jay Goldman, D.M.D., LCSW
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Louis Baxter Jr., M.D. – President of the American Society of Addictive Medicine
State-of-the-Art Treatment for Addicts/Alcoholics with Chronic Pain

Joe Abruzzo – Florida House of Representatives District 85
Legislation in progress or that has been passed regarding prescription medication

Colonel James Stormes – Commander of Law Enforcement, Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office

Captain James K Durr – Commander of the Narcotics Division Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office
Issues of investigations, overdose deaths and prescription drug issues in Palm Beach County


SEMINAR: First Responders: Special issues in treatment and the role of the family

There are unique considerations when treating First Responders. First Responders include Police Officers, Corrections Officers, Fire Fighters, EMTs, and Flight Attendants. They come from highly stressful occupations where weakness and avoidance is not an option. They have faced traumatic situations and very likely suffer from PTSD. If they are abusing alcohol and, perhaps especially illegal drugs, they live with conflict. They often communicate among themselves and shut out others and often families. The effect is that their families greatly suffer the impact of addiction. This conference will focus on the Residential Treatment of First Responders and their families. It will go further in addressing the unique issues that they and their families face when they come home. Unique issues that will be addressed include:

  • What a recovery program looks like for a First Responder and his/her family
  • Addressing communication patterns
  • Treating trauma/PTSD
  • Co-dependency
  • Anger issues
  • Building trust
  • Continued care for Safety Officers and families


  • 3 Earn 6.5 CEUs for Addiction Professionals, LCSWs, LMHTs, and LMHCs
  • 3 Earn PDHs for Employee Assistance Professionals

Don\'t miss this amazing opportunity to be inspired and informed.


International Law Enforcement SYMPOSIUM 2010 – Post-Deployment Issues for Law Enforcement Organizations

The fee is $79.00 which includes lunch and refreshments.
7:30-8:30am – Registration & Continental breakfast
5:00pm – Conclusion

  1. If paying by check, please download the attached registration form.
  2. To register by phone or for multiple registrants, call 866-754-3220


Dr. Mathieu Guidere
University of Geneva, Switzerland
Guidere-headshot.jpgDr. Mathieu Guidere is Professor at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and Senior fellow at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Washington DC. As a leading scientist on cognitive linguistics and its applications to defense and security, he was awarded a Fulbright Prize for the “Radicalization Watch Project” (RWP). From 2003 to 2007, he chaired the Strategic Information Analysis Unit at the French Military Academy (Saint-Cyr), where he addressed the applications of mass data processing to supplement intelligence regarding radicalization and ideological indoctrination. He also headed several research projects to develop new counterterrorism strategies based on in-depth analysis of terrorist discourse and data. Since 2007, Dr. Guidere leads a research group on logic, mind and language. He has authored several works including “Al Qaeda Recruitment Manual” (Paris: Seuil), “Iraq in Translation” (Paris: Jacob-Duvernet) and “Multilingual Strategic Monitoring” (Paris: Le Manuscrit).

Other guest speakers include:
Dr. Newton HowardCenter for Advanced Defense Studies, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Newton Howard is the director of the Mind Machine Project and a resident scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received his Doctoral degree in Cognitive Informatics and Mathematics from University of Paris 1 – La Sorbonne (France) where he was also awarded the Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches for his leading work on the Physics of Cognition (PoC) and its applications to complex medical, economical and security equilibriums. While a graduate at the Faculty of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Oxford, England, he proposed the Theory of Intention Awareness (IA). He also held positions as a professor of Mathematics and Psychiatry at the George Washington University, where he established leading academic programs directed to solve real world problems.

Dr. Louis M. FrenchWalter Reed
French-headshot.jpgDr. French received his doctorate in clinical psychology, focused on assessment, from the George Washington University. He completed fellowships in clinical and experimental neuropsychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and in Neuropsychology, focusing on traumatic brain injury, at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.  He is currently the TBI Service Chief at the hospital and site director for the DVBIC at Walter Reed, where he oversees operations related to the identification and treatment of individuals with traumatic brain injury.  He serves or has served on a number of federal or Department of Defense panels on issues in traumatic brain injury, including the Army Surgeon General\’s Taskforce on TBI, and is a frequent speaker on issues of traumatic brain injury in the military.  He is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is principal investigator on six studies of TBI in returning Service Members.

Dr. John ViolantiUniversity of Buffalo
Violanti-headshot.jpgJohn M. Violanti, Ph.D. is a research professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (SPM), school of Public Health and Health Professions at the State University of NY Buffalo and a member of the University of Buffalo medical school graduate faculty. He is a police veteran, serving with the New York State Police for 23 years as a trooper, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), and later as a coordinator for the Psychological Assistance Program (EAP) for the New York State Police. Recent projects include the Buffalo Cardio Occupational Police Stress (BCOPS) study, research on the health and psychological effects of shift work and police suicide. He is also a respected member of the Law Enforcement Wellness Association. Dr. Violanti conducts clinical research on a host of law enforcement health and wellness issues for the University of Buffalo Department of Social Work and Preventative Medicine. In addition to his research, Dr. Violanti has written and edited several books relating to law enforcement stress and trauma including Police Trauma: Psychological Aftermath of Civilian Combat, Posttraumatic Stress Intervention: Challenges, Issues, and Perspectives and “Copicide”: Concepts, Cases, and Controversies of Suicide by Cop. He has been an invited lecturer on topics of police stress and suicide to the FBI Academy at Quantico, Virginia several times. Prior to his present work with the University of Buffalo, John was a full professor in the Department of criminal justice at the Rochester Institute of technology in Rochester, New York for fifteen years. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1963-66 with the 57th MP Company at USMA, West Point.

Barbara O’ReillyBeyond the Yellow Ribbon Program
barbara-headshot.jpgLieutenant Colonel Barb O’Reilly serves as Chief of Deployment Cycle Support and the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon program for the Minnesota National Guard. Her mission is to empower leaders, Servicemembers and families by providing relevant training, services, and resources throughout the deployment cycle. Minnesota led the way in developing the training to help Servicemembers and families transition from Warrior to Citizen. They are now leading the way in establishing a program that can be sustained by communities long after the Servicemembers return home.



Please mention “Law Enforcement Symposium” when registering for the discount offered.

Host and Conference Hotel
The Marriott

4000 RCA Blvd.
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
(561) 622-8888
(800) 678-9494

DoubleTree – Palm Beach Gardens
4431 PGA Blvd
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
(561) 622-2260

Embassy Suites
4350 PGA Blvd
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
(561) 622-1000

Holiday Inn Palm Beach Airport
1301 Belvedere Road
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
(561) 659-3880

Hampton Inn Palm Beach Gardens
Palm Beach Gardens
4001 RCA Blvd
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
(561) 625-8880

Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
1000 Turnage Blvd
West Palm Beach, FL


Center for Advanced Defense Studieswww.C4ads.org
NY Fraternal Order of Policewww.fopdriscoll.com
COPS 4 COPSwww.cops4cops.org
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Officewww.PBSO.org
Florida State Lodgewww.floridastatefop.org
Beyond the Yellow Ribbonwww.BeyondtheYellowRibbon.org
Behavioral Health of the Palm Beacheswww.bhpalmbeach.com
Catch a Falling Starwww.catchafallingstar.net
NY Lodge Florida FOP


Earn CEUs for Addiction Professionals, LCSWs, LMHTs, and LMHCs and PDHs for Employee Assistance Professionals


Innovations in Substance Abuse Treatment – Workshop on Emotional Sobriety & Book Signing Event

Tian Dayton, MA, Ph.D.,T.E.P.

Tian Dayton is the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute where she runs training groups in psychodrama, sociometery and experiential group therapy. Dr. Dayton is a fellow and scholar’s award winner of ASGPP. She was a faculty member at New York University for eight years teaching psychodrama. Dr. Dayton has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Montel, Rikki Lake, John Walsh, and Geraldo. For more information, tiandayton.com


  • 3 CEUs for Addiction Professionals, LCSWs, LMHTs, and LMHCs
  • 3 PDHs for Employee Assistance Professionals

To register and pay by credit card please call Kerry Roesser at 561-352-5660.
Or make check payable to Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches.
Mail check to: 
Michael Weiner, Ph.D.,
Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches
3153 Canada Court
Lake Worth Fl. 33461.

Please include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address with check.

For more information please contact: Kerry Roesser at 561-352-5660
or Dr. Mike Weiner at 561-966-5128, ext. 235
or email: mweiner@bhpalmbeach.com


Integrating Pharmacological and Psychotherapeutic Interventions in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders

3.5 CMEs for Physicians / 3.5 CEUs for Addiction Professionals, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs and Nurses.

Louis Baxter, Sr., M.D., President of the American Society of Addiction Medicine

Arnold Washton, Ph.D., Executive Director of Recovery Options and author of Cocaine Addiction: Treatment, Recovery and Relapse Prevention 

Call 561-966-5128, ext. 235 or e-mail mweiner@bhpalmbeach.com