Pleasure Unwoven: Shifting the Culture on Complex Care and Addictions - 4/19/18

Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 8:00AM - 4:30PM


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Event Details

21st Annual Conference featuring Dr. Kevin McCauley. Dr. Kevin McCauley wrote and directed two films: “Memo to Self” about the concepts of recovery management, and “Pleasure Unwoven” about the neuroscience of addiction which won the 2010 Michael Q. Ford Award for Journalism from the National Association of Addiction. *NONREFUNDABLE*No cancellations accepted but substitutions can be made.*

Dr.Kevin McCauley is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows of Wickenburg, Arizona and Senior Recovery Advisor at Northbound Treatment Services in Orange County, California. He first became interested in the treatment of substance use disorders while serving as a Naval Flight Surgeon where he observed the U.S. Navy’s policy of treating addiction as a safety (not moral) issue and returning treated pilots to flight status under careful monitoring. Dr. McCauley also continues to assist pilots with substance use disorders through his collaboration with the Air Line Pilots Association’s HIMS Program.

Educational Goals

The last twenty years produced an explosion of understanding not only of addiction (Substance Use Disorder) but how brains enable human capacities such as valuation, decision–making and social cognition. Addiction shows us how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong, and why this can have a dramatic impact in our ability to make proper choices. Early recovery can be a frightening time, but several groups of professionals have excellent success guiding people through the first year of sobriety and into long-term remission. This is the exciting new area of Recovery management – the philosophy of organizing coordinated, integrated support systems around people seeking sobriety to help them begin, maintain and strengthen their recovery. Dr. Kevin McCauley describes his experience observing the behaviors adopted and challenges faced and overcoming the most difficult part of addiction.

Educational Credits

Application has been approved for 6.0 Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP, specific to substance use) credits, 6.0 Michigan Social Work (BSW/MSW) CEUs and 6.0 Michigan Board of Nursing credits. All sessions must be attended and an evaluation submitted to be eligible for credit.


  1. Summarize the relevant neuroanatomy of substance use disorder pathophysiology and symptomology utilizing current research.
  2. Understand cross-addiction and the need to comprehend intoxicants from multiple sources including nicotine, and process addictions.
  3. Define elements of recovery oriented post treatment support and systems of care.
  4. Create ongoing care plan with recovery concepts.
  5. Understand the advantages and limitations of screening tests for drug and alcohol use.
  6. Describe complex factors leading to opioid addiction and how it evolves into a heroin epidemic.
  7. Enact a culture of safety to combat overdose deaths using providers and community based strategies.

The Agenda

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

Registration & Continental Breakfast (included)

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Addiction: A Most Confusing, Complex and Condemnable Disease

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Choice Argument, Disease Argument, Public Health Model, Five Working Theories of Addiction

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Neuroscience of Substance Use Disorder: Genetics and Epigenetics

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (included)

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Process Addictions

2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Early Recovery and Safety Culture

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Recovery Management, Medication Assisted Treatment, Hedonic Rehabilitation, Recovery Oriented Systems of Care

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Conference Closing with Questions Evaluation and Certificate Distribution

Parking provided at the Hagerty Center.

No cancellations accepted, but substitutions can be made.

Venue Information

715 East Front Street
Traverse City, MI
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Organizer Information

Northern Lakes Community Mental Health

105 Hall Street
Suite A
Traverse City, MI,
(231) 935-3099

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