Caroline Easton, Ph. D.

Using CBT to Treat IPV Among Substance Users: The integration of social learning theory, classical conditioning, and operant conditioning in the treatment of co-occurring addiction and IPV. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced based clinical practice that is grounded in theory and science. CBT has been shown to be an effective treatment in reducing substance use among a range of substance related disorders including, alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and opioid misuse. It has also been shown to be effective in the treatment of behavioral health disorders such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders and psychosis. More recently, Dr. Easton has adapted this therapeutic modality to treat two maladaptive behaviors (e.g., addiction and aggression) as an integrated model of care as well as studying how theses two behaviors interact. This relationship is controversial in the general intimate partner violence (IPV) field. In this presentation, Dr. Easton will discuss the evolution of this model of care. Moreover, she will present on the active ingredients that are founded within theory-based therapies and evidence driven-models related to pro-adaptive behavior change (operant conditioning, social learning theory and classical conditioning techniques). Data will be presented from studies showing the promise of utilizing this therapy to reduce addiction and aggressive behavior.

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Gail Gilchrist, Ph. D.

Gail Gilchrist is a Senior Healthcare Researcher in the Addictions at the National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry. She has worked in addiction research since 1995 in the UK (Argyll and Clyde Drug Action Team, Greater Glasgow NHS Board, University of Greenwich), Australia (University of Melbourne) and Spain (Institut Hospitalt del Mar d’Investigacions Mèdiques, Barcelona). She holds/has held grants from the ESRC, Alcohol Education Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia), Beyondblue (Australia), the Australian Primary Healthcare Institute, Fondo de Investigación Sanitaria ISCIII, American Foundation for AIDS Research, the Department of Health (Catalunya) and the European Union Drug Prevention and Information Programme.

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Christopher Eckhardt, Ph. D.

Anger, Alcohol Use, and Intimate Partner Violence: Etiology and Intervention

Despite extensive data showing an association between heightened anger and intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration, this relationship remains quite controversial in the general IPV field. In this presentation, I will provide a theory-based and empirically-driven review of what is known about the anger-IPV association and discuss the resulting implications about whether and to what extent anger is causally involved in partner abuse. In addition, I will present research from my lab showing how anger, emotion regulation, and alcohol intoxication may interact to influence IPV. The presentation will conclude with a discussion of how these findings may be translated into intervention and prevention programming for partner abusive individuals.

Ken Leonard, Ph. D.

Alcohol Use and Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence

Alcohol Use and Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence Dr. Leonard’s lab has largely focused on the bidirectional relationships between alcohol and social/interpersonal relationships. One of the specific questions that he has addressed is whether excessive alcohol use is a factor in bar violence, intimate partner violence, parenting behavior, and child outcomes. He has conducted this research on experimental, marital and parent-child interaction, event-based, and longitudinal studies and have made important theoretical and empirical contributions to the understanding of alcohol and adverse social outcomes. A second question that he has addressed is the individual difference, intimate partner, and social relationships that influenced alcohol and substance use among young adults. His research has shown that over the transition to marriage, marital satisfaction plays a pivotal role in the reduction of heavy drinking, both directly as well as indirectly by leading to changes in the social network. Moreover, his research has demonstrated the importance of discrepant substance use patterns as predictors of marital disruptions.

Richard Doolittle, Ph. D.

Neurobiological and Genetic Etiologies of Aggression Among Substance Users

Dr. Doolittle will present on the complex relationship between the neuroanatomical structures and mechanisms associated with addiction and aggression. This presentation will discuss the complex interplay between substance use, key neurotransmitters and aggression as it pertains to the brain and behavior relationship. Moreover, a basic review of the role of genetics and environment will be provided as it pertains to aggression among substance abusers.

David W. Eckert, LMHC, NCC, CRC

The Neurobiology of Attachment: Wiring for Self-Care and Empathy

This presentation will outline the biological and environmental influences of early attachment on neurological development which influence significant relationships throughout the life span. The neurobiological impact of separation, loss, poverty, stress, and abuses on the caretaker and child’s sense of security will be noted, with particular focus on attachment schemas which impact subsequent reactions to others.

Cory Crane, Ph. D.

The Effects of Brief Motivational Interviewing on Treatment Outcomes among Partner Violent Offenders Who Engage in Heavy Episodic Drinking

Treatment programs for intimate partner violence (IPV) evidence high rates of noncompliance, which is associated with repeat offending. Problematic alcohol use is detected in approximately half of all partner violent offenders and represents a strong risk factor for treatment noncompliance.

Carl Hatch-Feir

A Community Response to IPV

Carl Hatch-Feir is the President & CEO of Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council. He has been active in the Monroe County Domestic Violence Consortium since coming to Delphi just over three years ago and has been its Chair since January of this year. While at Delphi he has expanded Delphi’s longstanding commitment to working with domestic violence perpetrators by adding RESPECT, an educational program for those without a co-existing chemical dependence issue, and more recently and Adolescent Program for IPV Perpetrators.

Jack Brennick, LMHC

Overview of the The Duluth Model for Men Who Batterer with Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders.

This presentation will focus on a model of offender accountability that addresses both domestic violence behavior of men and substance abuse. During this session, the program features of the Duluth Curriculum will be presented in the context of men who also abuse substances. The Duluth curriculum is renowned for helping men identify and change beliefs that support using violence against women. The program offered by Delphi Drug and Alcohol Council is grounded in the Duluth Model, a philosophy and practice based on work to end men’s violence against women through a “coordinated community response”.

Peter Navratil, LCSW-R, ACSW, CASAC

Peter K. Navratil, LCSW-R, ACSW, CASAC, is both a licensed clinical social worker and a credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor. He received a B.A. in Sociology at Oswego State University (1978) and his MSW at Syracuse University (1980).

Katy Jones, Ph.D.

Dr. Jones’ research interests are in substance use, hazardous and problematic use of alcohol among various populations in the U.K. She has worked with adolescent cannabis users, recreational ecstasy and amphetamine users and long-term heroin users in the criminal justice system. Dr. Jones has been interested in disinhibited and impulsive behavior. She has studied this behaviour in the complex criminal justice populations who were committing aggressive crimes whilst under the influence of heroin, amphetamines, alcohol and benzodiazepines (Jones et al, 2011).

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