Starlight Project: THE ADDICTION WORKSHOP is about reaching out to front line health professionals. It was created by a group of naturopathic doctors and associates who are passionate about helping those struggling with mental health, alcohol, drug and process addictions. How many of you are touched by mental health or addiction? The statistics would suggest 25% of us have a loved one or close friend that is struggling with one of the many “faces” of addiction (drug, alcohol, gaming, gambling etc.). GOALS: Ask yourself these questions: 1. Do you know how to recognize the signs that someone is struggling with an addiction? 2. What would you say to your client/patient/friend if they told you they were struggling with a drug addiction? 3. Would you know where to refer them to? What agency? 12 step meeting? Resource Centre? 4. Do you have the skills and tools needed to ask the right questions? 5. Do you know the screening tests and how to use them? 6. Do you understand the neurobiology of addiction? These are some of the questions that this workshop will answer for you. Project Starlight - The Workshop is about helping YOU strengthen your addiction literacy. This is useful for not only your personal but professional lives. Whether you are looking to focus your practice on addiction and mental health, or you are a general practitioner this workshop will bring you up to speed with how to recognize addiction in your patients, family or friends; and refer them to the appropriate agency for treatment. CURRICULUM Module #1 - Mental Wellness: Learn about the historical context of mental illness and addiction. What is stigma, and how it plays into addiction. Learn about culture, and how important it is to be culturally literate. This module is meant to be an overall introduction to mental health in this country. Module #2 - What is Addiction?: Understanding addiction from a physiological and anatomical perspective. Learn what the dopamine reward system is and how addiction changes the structure and function of a healthy brain. Get a primer on how neurotransmitters are produced, and how important they are for understanding mental illness and addiction. Module #3 - Substances in Action: This is the module where you learn all about substances. What their signs and symptoms of use are, their toxic side-effects and withdrawal effects. Learn the basics of drug testing, and how you can monitor patients for drug and alcohol use. Introduction to current medical/pharmacological treatments for addiction. Module #4 - Testing and Assessment: Get the basics on screening patients for substance use. Learn to use the AUDIT and CAGE Questionnaires and get down and dirty with the DSM 5. An introduction to dual diagnosis and how interrelated addiction and mental illness are. Module #5 - Conventional Medical Treatment: Learn about the various models of mental/addiction treatment (medical, moral, harm reduction). Get the basics on outpatient vs. inpatient treatment; private vs. public. Go into the detoxification process for all the substances, including which rehabilitation facilities offer this in the inpatient/outpatient programs. A more in depth look into current medical treatments like vaccination, medications and CBT. Module #6 - Recovery and Aftercare: After the addict has gone through treatment, he/she will need to build themselves back up. This module goes into the various discovery exercises like the hierarchy of values and the wellness wheel. Go over how to help an addict in recovery navigate the first 3-6 months of becoming ‘sober’. Module #7 - Naturopathic Options: An overview of all forms of naturopathic treatment options for the addict. Starting with vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and going into botanical herbs, acupuncture and various IV protocols. This module will survey a few popular trends in the addiction field like IV NADH and Amino acid therapy. Module #8 - Role of the Allied Health Professional: Go over basic counselling skills and learn about the trans-theoretical model of change. Get an overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI), and how family dynamics play a role in addiction. This module will prepare you to “Ask the Hard Questions”. Module #9 - The Community: This module will go over the various resources available for patients/clients/family in mental health and addiction. Learn how to manage a crisis like a suicide. Go over what role various health care providers play in addiction. This module is based out of Vancouver BC, and so most resources will be for Vancouver and the GVA. Module #10 - Alternative Therapy Options: This module will cover a few key controversial treatments in the addiction field. Most notably going into the realm of psychedelics and plant medicine in treating mental illness and addiction.
Aaron Van Gaver, ND & Tanya Hollo, ND
Dr. Aaron Van Gaver ND Dr. Tanya Maté ND Dr. Aaron Van Gaver, ND A CCNM (2003) graduate - Dr. Aaron Van Gaver has dedicated his practice to helping those struggling with mental illness and addiction. Practicing on the border of Vancouver's Downtown East Side has given him the perspective that there are people in our own communities that need the help, love and support that those living without addiction and mental illness more commonly have. Dr. Aaron has furthered his education in the field of addictions, being a SMART Recovery group facilitator, as well as an addiction recovery coach. Currently in school to become an addictions counsellor, Dr. Aaron has been inspired by the people he has met, both teachers and students, that are passionate about helping those struggling with addiction to alcohol, drugs and other process addictions. With a background in toxicology, Dr. Aaron uses his scientific knowledge of drugs to make accessible the often complicated science of addiction. His experience with counselling theories and addiction recovery coaching gives this workshop a unique flare that is sure to keep participants excited and engaged. Dr. Tanya Maté, ND Dr. Tanya Maté, ND, is licensed by the CNPBC and practices in Vancouver. She is well-versed in her father-in-law Gabor Maté’s biopsychosocial views on addiction, and works to apply those theories to injury and illness of all varieties. She spent close to 10 years living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and is a firm supporter of harm reduction as an approach to addiction management. She is committed to sharing this knowledge with health care practitioners so that all humans can benefit. Dr. Tanya has led educational workshops and healing retreats, and is skilled in group facilitation. She believes that learning happens best when you see something new for yourself, and she strives to include as much of an experiential process as possible in her approach. Dr. Tanya has a background in genetics and fisheries research and consults part time on an environmental reclamation project in BC’s interior. She weaves this scientific background with experience from various spiritual traditions to offer a unique perspective as a doctor, writer, educator, and facilitator.
Friday, January 29, 2016 - Fri 5-9pm