Finding Freedom logo 2019

January 24-25, 2020

Riviera Resort in Palm Springs, CA

2020 Theme: LGBTQ Recovery, Health, Wellness and Longevity

 

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About the Conference

The Finding Freedom Symposium is about bringing forward relevant information for best practices in supporting the LGBTQ community with co-occurring disorders. Our intention is to offer a container for discovery and focused discussion to find effective solutions for professionals and their LGBTQ patients - all while offering attendees up to 11 CE credits!

Our goal is to cultivate a conversation that will lead to clinical, research-based information. The conference is open to the community, treatment professionals, doctors, therapists and anyone who is interested in the unique issues facing sexual identity and co-occurring disorders treatment. We invite you to join for education, conversation and connection.

Last year's "Out Your Inner" fundraiding event was a massive success! This year, we will be hosting the fundraiser on Friday evening titled "Out Your Inner Star." The fundraiser supports Sanctuary Palm Springs TLC for LGBTQi+ Youth, and everyone is encouraged to join us and help raise money for this fantastic organization!

The Finding Freedom LGBTQ Symposium 2020 features keynote speakers with a wealth of knowledge on topics relevant to sexual identity and co-occuring mental health and addiction treatment.

Here are just a few of the names and topics that will be on display at the conference:

Keynote Sessions

David Fawcett, PhD

Embracing an Unanticipated Life: Resilience, Connection and Lifelong Recovery in the LGBTQ Community.

Krista Gilbert, PhD

The Intersection of Mom and Clinician: Raising a Non-Binary Child.

Out Your Inner Star

Last year's "Out Your Inner" fundraising event was a massive success! This year, we will be hosting the fundraiser on Friday evening titled "Out Your Inner Star." The fundraiser support Sanctuary Palm Springs TLC for LGBTQI+ Youth, and everyone is encouraged to join us and help raise money for this fantastic organization!

Agenda – Up to 11 CE credits available!

  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
    Time TBD
    Blue Tiger
    Town Hall Meeting: Internalized Shame Due to Heterosexism
    John Dennem, CADC-II, PCC, CAL State University LA
  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tour Local Facilities
    1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Grand Ballroom III
    Exhibitor Setup
    1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Foyer
    Registration Open
    12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
    1.5 CE
    Lunchtime Session
    1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Break and Visit Exhibitors
    1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
    1.0 CE
    What is Prep and Why You Would Want to Use it: Anal Cancer, Hep C
    Desert AIDS Project
    3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    1.0 CE
    Narcan: What, Why and How to Administer It
    Amanda Cowan
    4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Break and Visit Exhibitors
    4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    1.0 CE
    Continuum of Care: Developing a Community Culture of Long-Term Recovery Support
    Cheryl Houk, Stepping Stones, San Diego
    5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Hors d’Oeuvres Reception / Posterboard Session: Portraits of Addiction
    James Barry, PsyD, LAADC
    6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. "Out Your Inner Star" Fundraiser to Benefit Sanctuary Palm Springs
  • Saturday January 25, 2020
    7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
    Grand Ballroom III
    Continental Breakfast and Visit Exhibitors
    7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
    Foyer
    Registration
    8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
    Grand Ballroom II
    Welcome Message from Conference Organizer
    Renee Baribeau
    8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
    Grand Ballroom II
    1.0 CE
    Keynote Address: Embracing an Unanticipated Life: Resilience, Connection and Lifelong Recovery in the LGBTQ Community
    David Fawcett, PhD
    9:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Break
    10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
    Grand Ballroom II
    1.5 CE
    Sharing the Road; Many Paths – LGBTQI+ Long-Term Recovery Options
    Panel Discussion facilitated by Renee Sievert
    Davina Kotulski, PhD, Susan Lake, Mark Accomando, TJ Woodward
    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Grand Ballroom II 1.0 CE
    Keynote: The Intersection of Mom and Clinician – Raising a Non-Binary Child
    Krista Gilbert, PhD
    12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Lunch on Ptio
    12:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Grand Balroom III
    Coffee Cart Open
    1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    1.0 CE
    A-1 Fragile Power: Why WeNneed to Expand Cultural Competency to Include People Who Live in Identities of Power.
    Paul Hokemeyer, PhD
    A-2 The Importance of Attachment Healing for LGBTQ+ Persons in Substance Use Disorder Treatment
    Rigo Brueck, PhD, LP, LMFT | Hazelden Betty Ford
    A-3 Assessment, Demographics, and Trends of LGBTQ+ Population
    Todd Connaughty, MA, LPCC, LADC | Pride Institute
    2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break and Visit Exhibitors
    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    1.0 CE
    B-1 Understanding LGBTQI Role Responsibility During Times of Collective Uncertainty
    Lauren Costine, PhD and Renee Baribeau
    B-2 Sexually Informed Addiction Recovery
    Joe Kort, MSW, PhD
    B-3 Cultivating Awareness and Responsiveness to Gender and Sexuality
    Sorin L. Thomas, MA, LPC, LAC, CG (xe/xyr/xem)
    4:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Break and Visit Exhibitors
    4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    1.0 CE
    C-1 Out in Recovery: Launching an LGBTQ-Focused Residential Addiction Treatment Program
    Karen Wolownik Albert, LCSW
    C-2 An Overview of Ethics and Dual Relationships in the LGBTQ+ Recovery Community
    Mark McMillan, LMSW, CAADC
    C-3 Countering Toxic Male Spirituality: Reclaiming The Male Spiritual Journey
    Steve Kelly, LPC, CSAT
    5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Evaluations and Signout
    5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Evening Events in Palm Springs
    Gay Playhouse, Dinners

The Coachella Valley LGBTQ+ Association

Course Description

The symposium is designed for clinicians, treatment professionals, therapists, and EAP providers. The goals of this symposium include educating treatment professionals about evidence based practices and LGBTQI specific issues in mental health and addiction treatment (co-occurring disorders). Presenters will address numerous topics including cultural competency, gender diversity, trauma informed care, suicide prevention and assessment, workplace issues, employee assistance best practices and organizational adaptation to change.

Contact Info

Renee Baribeau Michael’s House Community Outreach and Marketing Coordinator [email protected] 760-464-2138 Get LGBTQ Symposium and Michael’s House updates:

Sponsorship and Promotional Opportunities

We have several sponsorship packages and promotional opportunities for the LGBTQ Symposium. For more information on pricing and offerings, contact Renee Baribeau at [email protected]. Sponsorship Levels

Speak with an Admissions Coordinator 760-548-4032