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NHPA May 2018 Three-Day Addictions Symposium

Thursday, May 03, 2018

May 3rd, 2018:  Cybersex Use and Abuse: From Fantasy to Addiction

Internet addiction has become a serious mental health concern in many countries. While many individuals can engage in online behaviors with no serious consequences, there are specific pulls that lead many beyond the level of periodic pleasure to compulsive and addictive behaviors. While many of the same issues occur in terms of online gaming and gambling, this is particularly true regarding sexual activity, often referred to as cybersex.

This workshop provides in-depth information regarding frequency of cybersex use by men, women and teens and information on why cybersex has been referred to as the next sexual revolution. Initially, Participants will learn the 3 specific reasons that make cybersex so appealing and participate in a discussion regarding whether or not these behaviors are actually an addiction. The impact of cyber sexual behaviors on the reward system of the brain will be presented.

Participants will learn the components of assessment and current treatment recommendations for cybersex addiction. The program will then provide information on the impact of sexual addictions on the individual and family as well as guidelines to help with the healing of trauma for partners confronting sexual addictions.

About The Presenter: Elaine Ducharme, Ph.D. is a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist who has specialized in the treatment of trauma and abuse for over 30 years. Working with both victims and survivors of abuse and as a coach with divorcing families, she has seen the impact of internet addictions, and in particular cybersex addictions, on both the participants and their families.

Dr. Ducharme has lectured locally and nationally on many subjects including Parenting, Communication, Trauma, Cybersex, Anxiety Disorders, Domestic Violence and Dissociative Identity Disorder and is a frequent guest on both radio and television.  Her weekly blog on WRCH, (www.wrch.com), where she is a monthly guest on their morning FM radio show, provides information on a variety of mental health issues. As Public Education Coordinator for the Connecticut Psychological Association, she is a frequent contributor to local and national magazine and newspaper articles. Dr. Ducharme is often called upon to provide expert testimony to the courts on issues related to domestic violence, custody issues and trauma. Dr. Ducharme is co-president of the Connecticut Collaborative Divorce Group that works to help families emerge from the divorce process with dignity and respect.

She is the author of Assessment and Treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder as well as Must I Turn the Other Cheek, a book about the effects of premature forgiveness on recovery from sexual abuse.


May 4th, 2018: Understanding Key Elements in Chronic Pain and Addiction: The Role of Behavioral Health Issues in Effective Treatment

The current ongoing media attention to the “opioid crisis” and the simplistic solutions recommended highlight the misunderstanding and misconceptions that exist among professionals and the public about pain, addiction, and their treatment.  A comprehensive understanding of these concepts is required for more effective treatment solutions, particularly for behavioral health and medical professionals. The goal of this workshop is to provide front-line clinicians and medical providers essential mastery of effective treatment approaches, particularly for those who treat complicated, chronic pain.

This workshop is designed for a multidisciplinary audience and will answer commonly asked questions regarding the nature of pain and current treatment options, the differences between acute and chronic pain, and the impact of trauma and psychosocial issues can have on the treatment of chronic pain. Participants will learn more about addiction, understanding the nuances between addiction and physical dependence, drug tolerance, and pseudoaddiction. In addition to cultivating a solid knowledge base, participants will acquire the necessary tools to conduct risk assessments, identify compliant clients and patients, and approaches to actively engage them in treatment. Based on Dr. Jennifer Schneider’s extensive experience treating those with chronic pain, case examples will highlight illusions regarding -addiction and pain, and cultivate the necessary knowledge required to effectively understand and treat complicated pain.

About The Presenter: Jennifer P. Schneider, MD, Ph.D. earned her Doctorate in Philosophy in Molecular Genetics from the University of Michigan and her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, and is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management.  For many years she practiced internal medicine, addiction medicine, and pain medicine, and has had extensive experience in educating health care providers internationally on the appropriate use of opioids for chronic pain.

For several years she has been teaching a live national remedial prescribing course, “Opioids, Pain Management, and Addiction” to physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who have been mandated by their state medical licensing boards to attend such a course. She also does medicolegal consulting in this area.  

The author of the book, Living with Chronic Pain, and of many articles on pain and opioids in medical journals, Dr. Schneider has also lectured and written many books and articles in another addition field, sex addiction and cybersex addiction, its impact on the family, and on couple recovery from sex addiction


May 5th, 2018: Addiction: A Modern Perspective at the NHPA May 2018 Addictions Symposium

Addiction has long been deeply misunderstood in both our culture and clinical practice. Rather than being a reflection of impulsivity or self-destructiveness, or a result of genetic factors, addiction can be shown to be a psychological mechanism that is a subset of psychological compulsion in general. This workshop will describe and illustrate a new way to understand and treat addictions. Attendees will also examine the effectiveness of 12-step programs, the rehabilitation industry, myths of addiction, how to distinguish true addictions from simple abuse, and other topics in order to arrive at a comprehensive modern appreciation of the nature of addiction and its treatment.

This workshop is designed for providers across multiple disciplines, including nurses, mental health nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapists, addiction counselors, social workers, occupational therapists, and mental health staff.

About The Presenter: Lance Dodes, M.D. is a Training and Supervising Analysts Emeritus with the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and was an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (retired). He has served as the Director of the substance abuse treatment unit of Harvard’s McLean Hospital, Director of the Alcoholism Treatment Unit at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Director of the Boston Center for Problem Gambling. He annually chairs the discussion group The Psychology of Addiction at the fall meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association. He is the author or co-author of a number of journal articles and book chapters about addictions. His books, The Heart of Addiction, Breaking Addiction: A 7-Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction, and The Sober Truth have been described as revolutionary advances in understanding how addictions work. Dr. Dodes has been honored by the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School for “Distinguished Contribution” to the study and treatment of addictive behavior and has been elected a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry.

This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA). NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 



We would like to thank Exeter Hospital for their generous support of the
NHPA 2018 Awards Dinner on Friday, May 4th.

We’d also like to thank our Bronze Sponsors




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