UVU Conference on Addiction

2015 UVU Conference on Addiction


UVU will host the 4th annual UVU Conference on Addiction Friday, February 27, 2015 from 9 AM to 5 PM in the Sorensen Student Center on Utah Valley University's Orem campus.

Our goal is to provide information on a wide-range of issues specific to the topic of addiction. The symposium advisory committee welcomes our keynote presenter Christopher Kennedy Lawford, and a selection of concurrent session workshops dealing with various aspects of addiction including – treatment, prevention, recovery, non-chemical addictive behavior (such as pornography, gambling, etc) and various other related issues.

The conference is designed to meet the needs of university students, addiction professionals and community participants. Based upon previous participation – we anticipate over a dozen concurrent presentations to offer insight and education on addiction-specific topics. Sessions will provide information to anyone with an interest in substance abuse or compulsive addiction.

In order to provide additional resources and information to conference participants, exhibition space is being made available for community and state service providers. Exhibitors will offer information packets, guidance and insight to participants visiting their booths.



Christopher Kennedy Lawford

Bestselling author Christopher Kennedy Lawford offers a cohesive message of survival, hope, and inspiration. Born into political and movie royalty, he battled a drug and alcohol addiction for much of his young life. Sober for more than 22 years, he shares his personal story with others in hopes of making a difference.



Christopher Kennedy LawfordChristopher Kennedy Lawford

In his most rewarding role to date, Christopher Kennedy Lawford is an advocate, for critical mental health issues facing our society today. His passion and commitment to the issues of substance abuse, hepatitis C and mental health has reinvigorated the debate around these vital national concerns. Born into political and movie royalty. Lawford successfully navigated these two worlds as an actor, author, and advocate. However, before his successes, Lawford battled a drug and alcohol addiction for much of his young life. Sober for more than 22 years, he shares his personal story with others in hopes of making a difference. Diagnosed and successfully treated for Hepatitis C, he has assumed a new role in helping to educate America about the silent viral infection of the liver that affects an estimated four million Americans. As the author of the New York Times bestseller Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption, Lawford illuminates his extraordinary life and the tragedies he has faced - offering a cohesive message of survival, hope, and inspiration. His experiences are powerful and his search for the truth courageous. He manages to blend his unique background and experience, offering up a rare and provocative view of his life and the worlds around him. Lawford has worked extensively in politics, government and the non-profit sector as well as spending twenty years in the film and television business as an actor, lawyer, executive, and producer. Currently, he holds positions as a Public Policy Consultant for Caron Treatment Centers and a National Spokesperson for a Hepatitis C public awareness campaign. He spends his time writing, acting and speaking around the world on health issues. Lawford will release his second book, Moments of Clarity, in January 2009, a book of spiritual epiphanies enabling those who had them to move form addiction to recovery. In May of 2009 Harper Collins will release his third book Healing Hepatitis C. Lawford was born on March 29, 1955 in Santa Monica, California. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University, a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and a Masters Certification in Clinical Psychology from Harvard Medical School where he gained an academic appointment as a Lecturer on Psychiatry.



Gordon Bruin

Gordon BruinGordon S. Bruin M.A., C.M.H.C, is an American Board Certified Licensed Professional Counselor who specializes in the education and treatment of addiction issues.  He has served as a Program Services Manager for Utah County Division of Substance Abuse for the past 10 years and is the founder of InnerGold Counseling services. He received his graduate degree from John F. Kennedy University in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Addiction Studies in 1994.  He is also a graduate of the “Addiction Technology Transfer Center Leadership Institute.”  He is a trainer for the evidenced based practice called Motivation Interviewing and is the author of the Innergold Treatment Manual’s and “The Language of Recovery.”  Gordon has worked in the addictions field for 20 years.

Benton Granville

Benton GranvilleBenton W. Granville recently returned to his home in Saratoga Springs, Utah after spending a year serving as Professor of English at Ocean University of China in Qingdao, China. He previously served as the Clinic Director of the Provo, UT clinic of the Journey Counseling Centers.  Prior to that, he worked for CRC Health Corporation as the Director of Marketing for Keystone Treatment Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and as the Western Region Marketing Director for their Aspen Schools Division.  Other positions he has held include:  CEO/Administrator of Solano Park Hospital in Fairfield, CA; Director of the Child and Adolescent Program at Centennial Peaks Hospital in Louisville, Co.; Administrator of the Behavioral Health Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho and Director of the Family Peace Center in Wailuku, Hi.  He is a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Counseling and a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration.  He has worked extensively in the mental health and human services fields with a variety of populations including children, adolescents and adults and he has spoken extensively on the topics related to addictions and domestic violence.

Terra Hamblin

Terra HamblinFor the past twelve years Ms. Hamblin has worked for the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) on multiple grants and contracts in the behavioral health field. Currently, Ms. Hamblin is the Project Manager for the National Frontier and Rural Addiction Technology Transfer Center, (NFAR-ATTC), which serves as the national subject expert and key resource on delivering addiction treatment/recovery services in frontier/rural areas using telehealth technologies, and the PI/Project Director for the Career Healthcare Connections Program. 



Sara M. Howe

Sara HoweSara Moscato Howe, MS, CHES, is Chief Executive Officer of the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA).  Her responsibilities include state and federal policy and legislative analysis and advocacy efforts on behalf of the more than 50 community-based substance use and mental health disorder prevention, treatment and recovery support service providers that comprise IADDA’s membership. Ms. Howe also oversees the planning and implementation of the Association’s substance abuse prevention programs: Operation Snowball (OS) and the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute (CGTI).  She is Chair of the Illinois Department of Human Services Social Services Advisory Council, is a member of Illinois’ Human Services Commission and a co-chair of the Commission’s One Health & Human Services Workgroup and is a member of the board of directors for the National Council for Behavioral Health. Ms. Howe joined the Association in 2000 from the Denver Public Health Department where she served as the coordinator of the Denver Alliance on Tobacco and Health.  She is lead author of the October 2001 publication in the American Journal of Health Behavior: Evaluating a Fear Appeal Message to Reduce Alcohol Use Among “Greeks.”  She holds a Master’s degree in Health Promotion with a research emphasis in collegiate peer alcohol abuse prevention from Purdue University and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion, also from Purdue.   

Greg Hudnall

Greg HudnallDr. Gregory A. Hudnall is a former high school principal, student service director and associate superintendent with the Provo City School District. He has been involved with suicide prevention for the past twenty years and has personally been involved with over twenty-five suicides as a first responder or consultant. Dr. Hudnall was invited to testify before the United States Surgeon General on suicide in Utah and has trained over 21,000 Utah residents in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention in 65 cities. Dr. Hudnall was invited by a White House representative to present in Washington D.C. on the Circles4HOPE community mental health model at the “Dialogue on Behavior Health and Community Resilience in LDS Communities.” He is the founder of HOPE4UTAH, a non-profit grass roots organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. The school-based program, “HOPE Squads” has been responsible for saving numerous lives. HOPE4UTAH was chosen by the Center for Disease Control to receive assistance in developing research and evaluation. He is considered one of Utah’s leading experts in community and school-based suicide prevention, intervention and postvention.

Kimberly Meyers

Kim MyerKim currently works as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator with the Utah Department of Human Services-Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and is focused on reducing suicide rates and building healthy communities.  She works to help local communities plan and implement suicide prevention and mental health promotion strategies.  She works with health and behavioral health care providers to implement strategies for suicide safer care and is the chair of the Utah Suicide Prevention Coalition.  Kim has also worked in mental health advocacy, health policy, youth mentoring programs, with youth and families involved with juvenile court, and with youth experiencing mental health and substance use disorders.  Kim received her Masters of Social Work from Portland State University and her Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice from Weber State University. 

Brian Miller

Brian MillerBrian C. Miller, Ph.D is the director of the Trauma Program for Families with Young Children at The Children’s Center in Salt Lake City.  Dr. Miller has worked in a broad variety of treatment and mental health policy settings, including roles as the Director of Mental Health Services for Salt Lake County, Clinical Director of Davis Behavioral Health, Associate Director of the Utah State Division of Mental Health, and as a psychotherapist in private practice. 





Jeffrey Quamme

Jeffrey QuammeJeffrey Quamme is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Certification Board and has served in that role since May, 2013. While at the CCB, Jeff has proven himself to be a sought after trainer both locally and nationally, with expertise in medication assisted recovery workforce development and ethics. His expertise in medication assisted treatment has led to consultation opportunities with the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the President’s Office on National Drug Control Policy and the United States Senate. As an IC&RC Administrator, Jeff currently serves as Co-chair of the Co-Occurring Disorders Professional credentialing committee and as a member of the Finance Committee. He has served as a Subject Matter Expert for the AADC credential and as an item reviewer for the ADC examination, and was directed by IC&RC leadership to work collaboratively with another Administrator on ethics policy for staff concerns. Additionally, Jeff created the initial practice exam product which is currently used by IC&RC for all interested candidates. He has demonstrated the ability to make decisions with the focus being on the best interest of the IC&RC as a whole. Jeff has over 25 years of experience in the substance abuse, mental health and criminal justice fields, serving in a number of roles including residential, clinical, crisis response and administrative positions.

Blu Robinson

Blu RobinsonBlu Robinson is a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) and a Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) and the founder and Head Coach of Addict to Athlete. He has specialized in addiction treatment for over a decade and is passionate about helping others. Blu has overcome addiction in his own life and replaced it with things of greater value. Blu is married to Marissa Robinson who is a Recreational Therapist and Athletic Director of Addict to Athlete. Along with being a father of 4 children who all participate in and race with team AIIA, he currently serves as an LDS Bishop. 



Gerald "Jerry" Shulman

Jerry Schulman

Gerald Shulman is a clinical psychologist, Master Addiction Counselor and Fellow of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators.  He has been providing treatment or clinically or administratively supervising the delivery of care to alcoholics and drug addicts full time since 1962.  He provides training and consulting in behavioral health, with an emphasis on the ASAM Criteria, of which he is an author, and the DSM-5, providing quality treatment in a managed care environment, moving to evidenced-based treatment, assessment, pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders, customer service in behavioral health and older adults with substance use disorders.  He was an author of the ASAM Supplement on Pharmacotherapy and Workgroup Facilitators for two CSAT TIPs.


Jennifer Stansfield

Jennifer StansfieldJennifer Stansfield is a lieutenant at the Utah State Prison.  She is a supervisor within the Division of Programming, specializing in working to ensure that inmates receive their state-mandated education.  She also co-chairs the education and employment committee of the Transition Model Initiative. In addition, she is a certified member of the crisis intervention team and an edged weapon defense instructor.  Her career with corrections has also included working with such populations as maximum security and death row inmates, sex offenders, substance-addicted inmates, and gang members. Jennifer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Utah Valley University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah. 

Christopher Stock

Chris StockChris Stock, PharmD, BCPP is a clinical pharmacy specialist with over 30 years of experience treating and conducting research in persons with substance use disorders. Dr. Stock has collaborated with the VA and National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) conducting over a dozen pharmacotherapy research trials for substance use disorders. Recently, Chris has focused his attention on preventing overdose deaths. After seeing too many young veterans die of drug overdose, Chris has worked within the VA, the Utah Legislature, Utah’s Pharmacy and Medical organizations, the Utah Department of Health and others to expand access to naloxone (Narcan) to help prevent overdose deaths. 


Session Descriptions

Opening Keynote (Grande Ballroom • 9:00 – 9:55 AM)  

Christopher Kennedy Lawford

In recovery from drug addiction more than two decades, Christopher Kennedy Lawford tirelessly campaigns on behalf of the recovery community. He currently works with the United Nations, the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse, the White House Office on Drug Control Policy, and the World Health Organization. Join us as Christopher shares his unique perspective on addiction, recovery, treatment and policy. 

10:00 AM Concurrent Sessions

Addictions and Family Violence: A Collaborative Approach

Benton Granville, MA

(Centre Stage • 10:00 am–10:50 am)

Join Benton Granville as he presents an overview of the impact and significance of domestic violence from the perspective of both the perpetrators and the victims of domestic violence. This workshop will provide substance abuse providers with a working understanding of the dynamics of how substance abuse impacts the issue. The session will show the necessity of collaboration between substance abuse providers and domestic abuse service providers for the ultimate good of the client.


The Relationship Between Suicide and Substance Abuse

Kimberly Meyers, MSW

(SC 213 AB • 10:00 am – 10:50 am)

During this session will cover the principles of suicide risk as it relates to individuals in treatment for substance use disorders. Kimberly will discuss understanding the relationship between suicide and substance use, recognizing suicide warning signs, screening for and assessing suicide risk, responding to suicide risk and incorporating suicide prevention into long term recovery strategies. 

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No One Finishes Alone

Blu Robinson, CMHC, SUDC

(SC 206 ABC • 10:00 am – 11:50 am)

EXTENDED Session – 110 minutes Please note that this session continues until 11:50 pm

This extended (110 minute) session will share information on how individuals can make a difference in their communities and within their family systems by moving out of the victim paradigm and choosing instead to become an agent and champion of sobriety. Blu will teach methods used by the Addict II Athlete team to encourage active community service and positive attitude to actually change the perspective of who and what an addict is. He will illustrate the principle of healing addiction via active and focused accountability as the individual moves out of anonymity using their past as a platform of inspiration instead of embarrassment and shame.

11:00 AM Concurrent Sessions

Ethics for Medication Assisted Treatment Providers

Jeffrey Quamme

(Centre Stage • 11:00 am – 11:50 am)

Areas covered in this session include anti-medication bias, administrative ‘fee-tox’, dosing caps, forced tampering and new legislation aimed at increasing treatment options for appropriate candidates. Perceived (yet unverified) biases against medications from 12-Step programs will also be discussed. 


Teen Institute Programs

Sara M. Howe, MS, CHES

(SC 213AB • 11:00 am – 11:50 am)

The National Association of Teen Institutes is the umbrella organization for Teen Institute (TI) programs across the United States. Teen Institutes are leadership development and substance abuse prevention programs for youth. This session will show how utilizing Teen Institute models can enhance existing prevention outcomes. 

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Exhibit Fair (Ballroom Commons • 12:00 – 1:00 PM)

Lunch (Grande Ballroom • 12:00 – 12:50 PM)

Plenary Session (Ballroom  – 1:00 – 1:50 pm)

Non-Substance Abuse Addiction (Technology/Pornography)

Gordon Bruin 

Drawing on research by Sherry Turkle from MIT and Clifford Nass from Stanford University, this session will address the challenges that technology and pornography addiction present in the lives of many individuals. Gordon will lay a foundation for understanding addiction and then discuss the two-part brain model and introduce the audience to the limbic system and the role it plays in addiction. This presentation is lively, educational and will present tools and solutions on how to treat addictions by drawing on best practices such as Motivation Interview and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. 

2:00 PM Concurrent Sessions

Naloxone Legislation

Christopher Stock, PharmD, BCPP

(Ballroom  2 pm – 2:50 pm)

In 2014, the Utah Legislature passed 2 important laws intended to reduce the number of deaths resulting from drug overdose. One of those has become Utah Code 26-55 (101-104) which allows health care providers to prescribe and dispense an opioid antagonist or reversing agent (naloxone or Narcan) to any Utah citizen to administer in the event of a suspected drug overdose. This presentation will highlight this important law and describe who should have naloxone as well as the practicalities of how individuals can obtain naloxone and how naloxone is used. 

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The DSM-5 for Addiction Clinicians

Gerald Shulman

(Centre Stage 2pm – 4:50pm)

WORKSHOP SESSION. Please note that this workshop continues until 4:50 pm

This extended workshop presentation will begin with the controversies surrounding the development of the DSM-5. It will go on to describe the new diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders, comparing the DSM-4 and the new DSM-5, and the implications for the old diagnoses of abuse and dependence. Emphasis will be placed on the new diagnostic category of Substance Use and Addictive Disorders and those mental health disorders most likely to be found co-occurring with substance use disorders and their relationship to substance use disorders. A two-item scree for Gambling Disorders (now listed as an addictive disorder) will also be offered.

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Telehealth Technologies: The Portal to Expanding Treatment & Recovery Services

Tara Hamblin, MA

(SC 213 AB 2:00 pm – 3:50 pm)

EXTENDED Session – 110 minutes Please note that this session continues until 3:50 pm

This extended session workshop will expose clinicians and administrators to research-based technology-assisted care interventions that practitioners can add to their tool kit to complement treatment services. Technology-based care is a rapidly evolving field that may use different formats (such as audio, video, animations and/or other multimedia) be customized to patients, and be web-based and accessed using computers, tablets or smart phones. The Tara will provide an introduction to technology-assisted care and showcase at least two interventions for substance abuse treatment providers.

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Trauma and the Transitional Age Youth

Brian Miller, PhD

(SC 206 ABC 2 pm – 4:50pm)

WORKSHOP SESSION. Please note that this workshop continues until 4:50 pm

The effects of trauma exposure is the issue for our time.  Trauma exposure profoundly affects the behavior and treatment of youth ages 16-24 (transition age). This training will introduce attendees to the impacts of traumatic experiences on the developing brain, including the impact of substance use/abuse and other behavioral dysregulation effects. Attendees will be introduced to effective ways to engage this population and to deal with ways that youths’ behavior tells the story of their trauma. The training will introduce participants to the neurobiological factors of trauma, concepts of trauma-informed care, and secondary trauma in you, the treatment provider.

3:00 PM Concurrent Session

Developmental Stages and the Relationship to Addiction

Jennifer Stansfield

(Ballroom 4pm-4:50 pm)

Developmental stages have a significant bearing on the nature of addictive disease. This necessitates different treatment approaches and skills by the professionals providing treatment. This presentation will give examples, and highlight differences, of each generation currently in the work force. It will bring to light changes in the client/offender between generations, and ways to recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each. Session participants will take part in a smaller group discussion to explore each generation more closely, and investigate ways to emphasize the strengths, and overcome the weaknesses, in order to achieve better communication and unity. 

4:00 PM Concurrent Session

Suicide Prevention Among Adolescents

Greg Hudnall, EdD, MSW

(SC 213A-B 4pm-4:50 pm)

Utah consistently ranks high for suicide rates in the United States and is among six states within the ‘suicide belt’. In 2013, suicide was the number one cause of death for Utah youth ages 10 to 17 years old. Many potential suicides can be prevented when individuals know what the suicide warning signs are, how to intervene with a suicidal person, and where to get help. This session will focus on suicide prevention among adolescents with information about Utah suicide statistics. Participants will receive hands-on training for working with suicidal adolescents, appropriate assessments, therapeutic interventions and options for services. 

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Central Rockies ATTC


Discovery House

Nex Step



If you would like to have a space in our Addiction Conference Exhibitor hall and you are an event sponsor you can download the application here.

If you would like to have a space in our Addiction Conference Exhibitor hall and you are not an event sponsor you can download the application here.

If you have any questions about exhibit space or becoming an event sponsor please contact Toni Harris at 801-863-6816 or harristo@uvu.edu.

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