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Monmouth University’s Department of Professional Counseling, The Monmouth County Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services (MCDMHAS) in cooperation with the Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (GCADA), and MonmouthCares, Inc. will present the Second Annual Clinical Conference: Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) and Substance Use Disorders on Friday, November 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Conference will be held at Monmouth University’s Wilson Hall.  The fee is $30 and includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking, and CEUs.

This conference will focus on the issues of PTSD and its confluence with Substance Use Disorders, with emphasis on symptomatology, therapeutic interventions, neuroscience, and psychopharmacology.  Additional emphasis will be given to the issues of returning veterans, first responders, and victims/witnesses of violent crime.

LCADC and LPC CEUs have been approved. For LCSW CEUs participant must apply directly to licensing board.


8 – 8:30 a.m.       Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.       Welcoming Remarks, Barry Johnson, Director, MCDMHAS

8:45 – 9 a.m.       Opening Remarks, Celina Gray, Director of Community Relations, GCADA

9 – 10 a.m.     Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorders 101:What Every Clinician Needs to Know,  Alan Cavaiola, Ph.D., LCADC, Monmouth University

10 – 11 a.m.   Neuroscience Informed Therapy for PTSD, Gary Handler, Ph.D., LPC, Monmouth University

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.   It’s Not Wednesday Night T.V., Crime Victims: What Happens after the Trauma?; Pamela Schott, M.S.W., LCSW, Director, Victim Witness Unit, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office

12 – 1 p.m.     Lunch

1 – 2 p.m.       Trauma in the 21st Century Warrior:Assessing and Treating the Invisible Wounds of Veterans, Thomas Morgan, Psy.D., Private Practice, Princeton, NJ

2 – 3 p.m.       Pharmacology and Addictions: Drugs, Medications and their Interactions – Part I, George Kapalka, Ph.D., LMHC, Professor and Chair, Department of Professional Counseling, Monmouth University

3 – 3:15 p.m.       Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.       Work Shops

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.      Return conference evaluation, collect CEU certificate