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  • Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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    Day 1

    7:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Registration and Breakfast
    Registration Booth opens at 7:00 a.m. Breakfast will be served starting at 7:30 a.m.
     
    8:30 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Welcome
    Welcome by WATCP Board and Conference Organizers
    9:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Improving Outcomes with Data Management
    This session will help attendees understand the importance of monitoring and evaluating their program to determine adherence to best practices, identify service gaps, effectiveness, and improve program processes and outcomes based on data collection. Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to: • Learn how to routinely monitor program adherence to best practices • Learn procedures to evaluate your program’s effectiveness
    Speakers:
    10:30 AM  -  10:45 AM
    DAY ONE - MORNING BREAK
     

    Day 1

    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Addressing Cognitive Delays in Treatment Court  (Track 2)
    Substance use disorder can manifest itself in a number of different ways as the individuals we treat in drug courts work through levels of care and phases in treatment court programs. Sometimes challenges present themselves which can be easily misinterpreted as the participants lack of motivation or desire to change. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration recommends that part of long term recovery is addressing medical and mental health related factors in the early phases of the recovery process. This equips treatment and team members to make adjustment necessary to support success for the participants. Because of the impact of drugs on the brain, we sometimes miss diagnose behaviors in program participants, and expect changes in behavior. Adults with cognitive deficits have a higher risk of both psychiatric disorder and behavioral problems. These issues have to be recognized, diagnosed, and treated in addition to the substance use related issues in order for the participant to achieve and sustain long term recovery. The lack of appropriate diagnosis can lead to program failures because program expectations are not met without additional wrap around services. This session will look at how drug court programs and incorporate screening, assessment, and case planning that addresses cognitive delays for drug court participants. Learning Objectives-At the end of this session, the participant will be able to: • Understand the impact that cognitive delays can have on program completion • Learn how to incorporate screening into the early phases of program participation • Learn how to adjust case plans to incorporate wrap around services for this population
    Speakers:
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    10:45 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Role of the Coordinator  (Track 1)
    The coordinator may be a court administrator, a judicial clerk, or a probation or pretrial services officer; even a prosecutor may serve in this capacity. Therefore, it is important for the coordinator and his or her immediate supervisor to understand the wide-ranging tasks that a drug court coordinator must perform. This role is critical to the planning, maintenance, and evaluation of the drug court and may often be a full-time position. The role of the coordinator is extremely important and is critical to the planning and management of the drug court. Attendees will learn the skills and strategies necessary to manage partnerships, track, monitor, and evaluate the delivery of services while maintaining a cohesive treatment court team. Learning Objectives-At the end of this session, participants will be able to: • Describe the varied roles and responsibilities of the drug court coordinator • Appreciate the key role that the drug court coordinator holds • on the drug court team
    Speakers:
     Optional 
     
    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Lunch
     

    Day 1

    1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Ethics and Boundaries  (TRACK 1)
    The NADCP Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards Multidisciplinary Team Standard stipulates that all team members contribute relevant insights, observations, and recommendations based on their professional knowledge, training, and experience. While the judge makes final decisions on matters that affect a participant’s welfare or liberty interests, the Standard clarifies that such decisions are to be made only after the judge considers the perspectives of all team members. This presentation will outline a set of communication practices that team members can employ to help ensure that their unique perspective is heard and valued. The presentation will discuss when ethical considerations require certain team members to remain silent during team discussions, even when they have relevant information to share. Learning Objectives— At the end of this session, participants will be able to: • Learn the role of each team member and how they complement program outcomes • Analyze common ethical issues faced by the drug court team in the drug court setting • Learn the common confidentiality issues faced by treatment providers in the drug court setting and how they apply to program participants
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Suicide Prevention / Risk Assessment  (Track 2)
    According to the National Institute of Health, suicide is a major public health concern. Over 40,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States; it is the 10th leading cause of death overall. Suicide is complicated and tragic but it is often preventable. Suicide does not discriminate. People of all genders, ages, and ethnicities can be at risk. Suicidal behavior is complex and there is no single cause. In fact, many different factors contribute to someone making a suicide attempt. But people most at risk tend to share certain characteristics, many are prevalent in the high risk/high need populations on drug court dockets. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives. Drug courts utilize risk and need assessments and a clinical assessment to determine eligibility and placement into the programs. These tools should be used to develop a case plan to address the client’s needs. Since dynamic factors can purportedly change, it is logically reasonable that case managers should regularly incorporate new information about dynamic risk variables into case plans and modify risk management strategies. This is presentation outlines how to utilize case planning to address risk of suicide and incorporate prevention tools into the recovery process. Learning Objectives-At the end of this session, the participant will be able to: • Understand skill sets necessary to address and prevent suicide in case planning • Learn how to utilize your assessments to develop a case plan • Learn the difference between dynamic, static and protective factors.
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    2:30 PM  -  2:45 PM
    Afternoon Break
    2:45 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Networking / Coordinator Q&A
    Send your questions to the experienced coordinators in advance via email (watcp.assistant@gmail.com) or bring them with you!
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    4:15 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Day 1 Wrap-UP
    Speakers:
    5:00 PM  -  6:30 PM
    Meet & Greet
    Meet and network with your peers and other conference participants and vendors at an informal social gathering
  • Thursday, September 20, 2018
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    7:30 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Breakfast - Closing Remarks
     

    DAY 2

    8:30 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Principles of Procedural Fairness in Team Mediation and Program Management
    Effective communication among problem-solving court team members is essential for effective decision-making. The NADCP Adult Drug Court Best Practice Standards Multidisciplinary Team Standard stipulates that all team members contribute relevant insights, observations, and recommendations based on their professional knowledge, training, and experience. While the judge makes final decisions on matters that affect a participant’s welfare or liberty interests, the Standard clarifies that such decisions are to be made only after the judge considers the perspectives of all team members. This presentation will outline a set of communication practices that team members can employ to help ensure that their unique perspective is heard and valued. As a bonus, this presentation will discuss when ethical considerations require certain team members to remain silent during team discussions, even when they have relevant information to share. Learning Objectives-At the end of this session, participants will: • Identify the unique roles of each member of the drug court team; • Describe how working as part of a multi-disciplinary team enhances participant outcomes; • Apply the Adult Drug Court Standards Best Practices for Multi-disciplinary Teams
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    10:00 AM  -  10:15 AM
    Morning Break - Day 2
    10:15 AM  -  11:45 AM
    ASAM Criteria for Non-Treatment Professionals  (Track 2)
    To Achieve the goals of increased public safety, decreased legal recidivism and crime, participants need to be engaged in a self-change, accountable treatment process. In the past, helping people change has too often depended on seeing resistance as negative, client pathology, “breaking through denial”, and strategies that have disempowered and disrespected people. Individualized treatment using the concepts and constructs of the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s (ASAM) Criteria and motivational interviewing and other evidence-based practices can help engage participants in lasting change. This presentation will discuss how treatment providers and problem-solving courts can work together to move people beyond compliance with mandated treatment to engage participant in responsible, accountable change. Learning Objectives: • Identify how to more purposefully join with participants to facilitate action/ change • Discuss how to use The ASAM Criteria and Evidence-Based Practices to engage hard-to-reach people as an active participant in an accountable service plan. • Apply The ASAM Criteria and stages of change work to increase accountability and lasting change
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    10:15 AM  -  11:45 AM
    Drug Court Case Management Skills  (TRACK 1)
    All drug court team members need to understand client case management. Through client case management the team is able to understand the client’s needs. Case management is an opportunity to assist our client’s recovery efforts and build a successful foundation for long term recovery. It is important to provide the wrap around services to the client to meet their needs. Effective case management is early identification of needs and provide tools and services to assist the client to change. This also includes identifying any gaps in the program to where the client’s needs are not being met. This session will help teams develop a framework for case management and provide information on evaluating a programs effort to meet the clients where they are. Learning Objectives: After this session, participants will: • Understand how case management builds a foundation for participant success and long-term recovery • Identify service gaps and their impact on participant recovery • Examine current processes which create gaps in service and how to strengthen case management to reduce service gaps
    Speakers:
     Optional 
    11:45 AM  -  12:45 PM
    Lunch - Day 2
     

    DAY 2

    12:45 PM  -  2:15 PM
    Self-Care: Recognizing and Managing Secondary Trauma
    This session will describe the key principles of procedural justice and secondary trauma, will explore how secondary trauma can lead to compassion fatigue, identify common risk factors and symptoms of compassion fatigue, and explore approaches to build resilience. Learning Objectives: After this session, participants will be able to: • To understand key principles of procedural justice and trauma-responsive approaches that can be used in a problem-solving court. • To understand the definition and sources of secondary trauma and its relationship to compassion fatigue. • To identify how secondary trauma leads to compassion fatigue, how to assess personal risk and strategies for building resilience.
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    2:15 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Afternoon Break
    2:30 PM  -  4:00 PM
    Drug Trends; Home Visits and Safety
    Lt. Scott Bjerkos, Regional Drug Task Detective and Tom Johnson, Southwest Regional Drug Task Force Coordinator will provide an update on current drug trends. Their presentation will include visuals of paraphernalia and drugs for identification purposes during home visits. Their discussion will focus on safety, identifying clues when meeting with participants or conducting home visits as well as current drug trends followed by a Q&A Session.
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