CE Event: Clinical Tools for Authentic Care – Maryland/DC


Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

The Gathering Place
6120 Day Long Lane
Clarksville, MD 21029

Event Details

“Inside Intervention” by Don Sloane, MSOD

Don Sloane of Recovery Care Partner will present an overview of the continuum, enumerate its component parts, demonstrate how these functional parts interact with one another, exhibit the value to our collective clients and how this modality of collaboration yields better outcomes.

Additionally, he will provide a thorough demonstration of the engagement, contracting and intervention components of the continuum and how these component parts interact and support better outcomes for our clients

“Healing Psychological Injury: A Grief Model of Trauma Recovery” by Cindy Westcott, BA, BS, LCSW

What exactly do we mean when we use the term “trauma recovery”? The Grief Model offers a useful conceptualization for assessing an individual’s progress towards the state of peace, empowerment, and restoration of self-identity we hope for in the healing of trauma(s).

Grief may be defined as an innate mental, emotional, and biological process which occurs in the human mind and body in response to psychological injury. The subjective experience of the ‘stages’ of grief, while varying somewhat depending on several factors, parallel biological and neurological processing and are nonetheless useful in predicting and determining an individual’s journey from the initial reaction of emotional shock to acceptance, peace, and bodily and sensory integration. This healing process occurs automatically and inevitably in the presence of emotional support and validation as well as other necessary external and internal scaffolding.

Often the mind and body are unable to successfully ‘move through’ the middle and end stages of the grieving process due to a chronic neurobiological state of shock or ‘frozenness.’ This ongoing state of chronic shock may also be conceptualized as being locked in an ongoing and circular state of endless grief, or PTSD.

Based on the work of Bessel van der Kolk, Peter Levine, Robert Schear, Lorie Dwinell and Jane Middelton Moz, and others, we will explore 1. How traumatic experiences as well as grief and loss are registered as psychological injury and encoded in the brain in a similar fashion; 2. How the ‘stages’ of grief effectively describe the subjective experience of feeling, emotional, and cognitive states as an individual grieves a variety of usual and unusual life experiences; 3. What internal and external support and anchoring is most helpful or even necessary for successful grieving to occur; 4. What occurs when such support (validation, emotional support, etc.) is unavailable and how to recognize the ‘abnormal’ or ongoing cycle of circular grief; 5. How trauma in particular is encoded, digested, ‘grieved’, and ultimately healed in the mind and body and how we assess that progress, and 6. How clinicians, loved ones, and communities can create optimizing environments which support and facilitate grief work and healing, with specific focus on EMDR as a tool for facilitating the grief stage processing necessary for trauma recovery.

“Real Life, Real Culture, Real Results” by Ilana Zivkovich, LCSW, LCDC, CDWF

Effective treatment for substance use and mental health disorders comes in many shapes and sizes.  In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the core tenets of the In Vivo™ treatment model and the importance of focusing on organizational culture as they relate to successful treatment outcomes.  The In Vivo™ (or “in life”) model of treatment empowers clients with appropriate opportunities to experience the joys, challenges, stresses, and successes of “real life” while within the supportive treatment environment.  The theoretical foundation as well as applied practices of the In Vivo™ model will be discussed, with opportunities for workshop participants to identify ways in which this model can be applied within their settings.  Additionally, the rationale behind emphasizing a healthy organizational culture, as well as the elements necessary to sustain it as defined by Patrick Lencioni will be covered. Drawing from the research of Dr. Brené Brown, participants will learn about trust, authenticity, vulnerability and courage as they relate to organizational culture.  Through these lessons attendees will develop understanding of how to create a thriving culture that provides a maximally impactful experience for the clients, families, professionals, and team members who come in to contact with the organization.

“Collaboration of Care Through a Long-term Treatment Continuum” by Sam Bierman, CAP, ICADC, IC&RC

Research has shown that longer term care for substance abuse treatment for the young adult population will equate to more and long term positive outcomes.  Rarely can a patients needs be met by a single provider, and therefore a multidimensional model of continuity have had to be developed to accommodate comprehensive treatment of patients.  To execute this model appropriately, different providers at different levels of care need to understand and learn the importance of collaboration between providers, communication between providers, and how providers can work together to increase positive outcomes throughout a treatment stay.


Don Sloane, MSOD, is the founder of Recovery Care Partner. Don has been facilitating interventions for over thirty-two years in addition to providing Recovery Care Monitoring services. His experience working with a broad spectrum of clients has shown the most powerful tool we have to help those impacted by addiction is love and compassion combined with clarity and firmness. This is the platform from which Don facilitates all of his work.

Cindy Westcott, BA, BS, LCSW, is the Clinical Director of Milestones and has over 29 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her experience includes more than 22 years in private practice as founder of The Psychological Trauma and Wellness Center of Memphis. She has also developed and facilitated inpatient specialty programs for suicide prevention and for the treatment of complicated grief and PTSD for 3 different hospitals. She has developed and facilitated IOP programs for adults and partial hospitalization programs for the treatment of traumatic grief and traumatic stress. Cindy created weekend intensive programs for impaired professional in treatment for addiction and underlying disorders and ran these programs monthly for 15 years. She is a level 2 EMDR trained clinician and also utilizes other innovative therapies such as Internal Family Systems, Gestalt and Ego State Experiential therapies, EFT, and others to address the acute and long term effects of childhood and other forms of trauma and abuse. Cindy has spoken locally, regionally, and nationally on a variety of topics including Cultural Diversity, Women and Empowerment, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Eating Disorders and Trauma, and other topics related to grief and trauma recovery. She has experience as a Director of Social Services and wrote and developed inpatient chemical dependency and codependency treatment programs during the 1990’s. She has been a member of 12 step recovery programs since 1995 and enjoys reading, traveling, animal rescue, and writing.

Ilana Zivkovich, LCSW, LCDC, CDWF, is an experienced clinician, executive, and clinical development officer, Ilana Zivkovich serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Northbound Treatment Services, and operates a small private practice as a therapist, facilitator, and trainer. Ilana celebrates and emboldens Northbound’s renowned focus on fostering a flourishing and healthy organizational culture, and oversees clinical and programmatic development and service provision for the treatment center. Previously in her career Ilana served as the Executive Director for Promises Austin, and the Director of Clinical Development for Austin Recovery.  Ilana holds a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), and a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF). Ilana lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Zach, and daughter, Aviana.

Sam Bierman, CAP, ICADC, IC&RC, is the Executive Director of Maryland Addiction Recovery Center and is responsible for overseeing all clinical and administrative aspects of MARC.  Sam developed MARC as a long term extended care treatment center focusing on family dynamics, underlying causes and conditions, and giving patients a new service model where real life can happen “in treatment.”  Sam is a certified addiction professional in the states of Florida and Pennsylvania.


Continuing education credit for this event is co-sponsored by Onsite Workshops, Northbound, Maryland Addiction Recovery Center and Recovery Care Partner.

The Institute for Continuing Education.   The program offers 5.50 contact hours with full attendance required.  There is no additional fee to receive CE credit.   Application forms and other required CE materials will be available on site.   If you have questions regarding continuing education,  the program, faculty,  grievance issues, or for a listing of learning objectives,  please contact  The Institute at: 800-557-1950;  e-mail:  instconted@aol.com.

Psychology:  The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counseling:    The Institute for Continuing Education is an approved provider of continuing education by the Florida Dept. Health, Division Counseling, Social Work, MFT, Provider BAP 255.

NBCC credit is not offered for this event.

The Virginia Board of Counseling and MFT  honors programs sponsored by approved CE providers of the American psychological Association.  Virginia counselors and MFTs  should check the regulations of their state licensing board for CE requirements.

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), though the  Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.  The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program.   ASWB Provider No. 1007.  Licensed social workers should contact their individual state jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for license renewal.

Skill Level:  This event is appropriate for mental health professionals of all skill levels.

ADA:  If you require special accommodations, please contact Monnie@onsiteworkshops.com

Cancellation policy:  If a cancellation occurs more than 14 days prior to the start of the training, a refund, less a $25 administrative fee, will be issued. Cancellations 14 days or less prior to the beginning date of the training are non-refundable. If you have to cancel, please email Monnie Furlong: Monnie@onsiteworkshops.com