A Way Out is proud to present a 3-day conference via Facebook Live featuring 3 internationally recognized leaders in the field of behavioral science and addiction recovery. The event will be held over a 3-day period and includes 3 presentations and a panel discussion.

September 29, September 30, October 1

September 29, 12:00 — 1:30 PM | Dr. Michael Barnes
September 30, 12:00 — 1:30 PM | Dr. Judith Grisel
October 1, 12:00 — 1:30 PM | Rokelle Lerner
October 1, 2:00 — 3:00 PM | Panel/Audience Discussion

Events are listed in Mountain Standard Time (MDT)

4 CEU's are offered for this conference

DAY 1 | If You Really Want to Treat Addiction, You Need to Treat the Family Too!
By Dr. Michael Barnes

What would happen to our treatment outcomes if we were to really treat addiction like the chronic disease it is? This presentation will apply the lessons learned from the way in which chronic disease is treated in integrated medical environments, through the lens of medical family therapy, and through the lens of transgenerational and family system trauma therapy.  The goal will be for attendees to consider the need for a paradigm shift in how families are incorporated into the disease process.

Dr. Barnes will discuss the clinical implications, introduce a family system and a family centered clinical program for treating families who are struggling with addiction. The lecture will be approximately one-hour and will be followed by interactive audience Q&A.

Dr. Michael Barnes is a Master Addiction Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Counselor, and a Diplomat in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.  He currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer at the Foundry Treatment Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 

Prior, Dr. Barnes served as the Clinical Manager of Residential Services at CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation) at the University of Colorado Hospital.  He also spent 10 years as a full-time clinical professor in Counseling.

Most recently he served as the Clinical Coordinator and Clinical Associate Professor in the Master’s Program in Counseling at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Barnes has developed trauma integrated clinical models for treatment of individuals with co-occurring addiction and trauma and he speaks nationally on Families, Trauma, and Addiction with a wide understanding of the importance of families in addiction recovery.

Dr. Barnes is noted to work effectively with extreme trauma and its aftermath.

September 29, 12:00-1:30PM

DAY 2 | Help! I Have a Teenager! Adolescence, Weed and Addiction
By Dr. Judith Grisel

Dr. Grisel will explain the inner workings of the teenage brain, the latest in brain studies on marijuana as well as other drugs’ effects on teen development and how best to navigate these challenges and support our teens.

Her talk will explain how the brain adapts to delta-9-THC by creating the states of craving, tolerance, and dependence that characterize addiction. She will discuss how such adaptation during periods of rapid brain development results in lasting changes in brain structure and function that pave the way for future addictions and make recovery so challenging. The lecture will be approximately one-hour and will be followed by interactive audience Q&A.

Dr. Judith Grisel is an incredibly accomplished educator, researcher and publisher of behavioral neuroscience and psychology research articles and books.  She has been the Chair of the Neuroscience Program and a Professor of Psychology at Furman University, she is a Graydon and Mary E. Rogers Faculty Fellow and a Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University. She has received funding for over 25 research grants covering topics such as “Opiate Tolerance Dependence,” “Naltrexone on Gambling Behavior,” “Analgesic Studies of Methadone,” “Genetic Analysis of Alcohol Sensitivity in Beta-Endorphin Deficient Mice,” “Sex-Dependent Effect of Stress on Alcohol Consumption,” etc. 

In long-term recovery from addiction herself, Dr. Grisel has been an advocate for discussions on drug and alcohol abuse in Boulder, Colorado, County Jails. She has also designed science curriculum to teach Native American high school students about the effects of drugs and alcohol. She was appointed to the advisory board of the R.E.A.C.H. Foundation (Recovery, Education, Action, Career Help) a non-profit dedicated to providing grants for treatment and education of drug addiction. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Rosewood House in Greenville, SC (a residential treatment program for women struggling with addiction).

Authored in over 45 publications, book chapters and reviews, Dr. Grisel is on the cutting-edge of the latest research and findings in substance use disorders topics.  In her recent book, NEVER ENOUGH, Dr. Grisel chronicles the neuroscience and her personal experience of addiction.

September 30, 12:00-1:30PM

Narcissistic Wounds and the Challenge of Recovery (Strategies for Healing)
By Rokelle Lerner

Many addicts suffer from false pride, entitlement and grandiosity that, unfortunately, don’t disappear with sobriety. This narcissism interferes with personal and professional relationships that are so filled with conflict and pain that relapse often occurs. Often as a result of childhood trauma, narcissists spend their lives expunging shame which can take on the characteristics of helpless victim, grandiosity and cruelty.

This lecture will examine the relational consequences of narcissism and offer tools to clinicians who recognize this destructive dynamic in treatment and recovery. The lecture will be approximately one-hour and will be followed by interactive audience Q&A (questions and answers).

Rokelle Lerner is an international speaker and trainer on addiction, trauma and women’s issues.  She is the Senior Clinical Advisor for Crossroads Center in Antigua. For the past eighteen years, Rokelle has been the co-founder and clinical director of Spring Workshops in London, UK. She is also co-founder of Children are People, Inc., a national organization dealing with high-risk children from chemically dependent families and developing curriculum used in thousands of schools throughout the US and Europe. 

Rokelle has received numerous awards for her work including Esquire Magazine’s, “Top 100 Women in the US Who are Changing the National,” the National YWCA award for Human Services and the National Association of Children of Alcoholic’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Among the books published by Rokelle Lerner:
The Object of My Affection is in my Reflection: Coping with Narcissists
Living in the Comfort Zone: The Gift of Boundaries in Relationship
Boundaries and Co-Dependency
Affirmations for Adult Children of Alcoholics
Affirmations for the Inner Child
Inkspirations for Recovery: A Coloring Companion Celebrating Recovery

October 1, 12:00-1:30PM

DAY 3 | Interactive Panel Discussion

A panel discussion will take place incorporating the lecture content by all three esteemed presenters. The questions will be asked as they are received to the presenters for a lively and informative interactive panel discussion.

October 1, 2:00-3:00PM

Join us! We have three different options for participation this year.


Watch the recordings from the event starting October 2nd.

OPTION 2  |  CEU: $30  (Best Value!)

Watch all the sessions LIVE.

Gain access to the private event Facebook group for your chance for
meaningful conversations and networking prior to, during, and after the event.

OPTION 3 | VIP: $79

The perfect opportunity for those that are looking for an experience unlike we have ever offered before.

Gain access to the private Facebook Group for your chance for
meaningful conversations and networking prior to, during, and after the event.

Sit in for pre-event lunch and learns with the presenters, members from A Way Out, and more!

Download all the panel sessions to watch again.

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