Pre-Conference Workshops

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Tuesday, Oct 25

IntNSA will offer a choice of 2 morning and 2 afternoon workshops in advance of the 2022 Annual Conference. Nursing CE is available for each workshop. Separate registration is required for the workshop (IntNSA Members: us$125, non-members: us$150). Sign up is available on the conference registration page. 

Morning Workshops: 8am – 11:30am

Workshop 1: Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Twelve Steps

  • Bari K. Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, FIAAN; Clinical Nurse Specialist; Boulder, Colorado, USA

This workshop will introduce participants to the “Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Twelve Steps curriculum, published by Hazelden Publishing. The author, Bari Platter, will present and will provide participants with an overview of the similarities in DBT and Twelve Step philosophy, how these two evidence-based approaches were combined to create a comprehensive, skills-based curriculum for patients with substance use disorders. Ms. Platter will discuss how skills from the curriculum can be used in individual sessions, in groups and when patients exhibit emotion dysregulation. Participants will experience a mock group session facilitated by Ms. Platter.

Learner Objectives:

  1. Discuss key concepts of DBT and Twelve Step Facilitation (TSF).
  2. Compare stages and targets of DBT with Twelve Step philosophy.
  3. Review four modules from Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Twelve Steps and practice a sampling of the skills.
  4. Participate with colleagues in a mock group session.

Presenter Bio:

Bari Platter has worked as a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist for over 30 years. She retired from UCHealth this Spring, most recently working as the Coordinator of the Healthcare Professionals Program at CeDAR, the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation. In addition to coordinating addiction treatment for healthcare professionals, Ms. Platter facilitated several process groups and psycho-educational groups. Ms. Platter co-wrote a curriculum, published by Hazelden, “Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Twelve Steps.” Specialty areas in therapy, both for individual and groups, include Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Ms. Platter is a local, national and international speaker in the areas of addiction, interpersonal communication, working with nurses in recovery, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and the 12-Steps, cultural competency and mindfulness practice. She holds a Clinical Associate appointment at the University of Colorado College of Nursing and at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado College of Medicine. In 2016 Ms. Platter was awarded the Florence Nightingale Award for Innovations in Non-Traditional Practice and in 2018 Ms. Platter was inducted by the International Society for Nurses in Addiction as a Fellow of the International Academy of Addictions Nurses.

Workshop 2: S.A.V.E Training

  • Shanea L. Clancy, DNP, RN, CARN-AP; EMBA-H Candidate; Veteran’s Health Administration; Butler, Pennsylvania, USA
Over 45,000 Americans died by suicide in 2017, including 6,139 Veterans. In 2017, the suicide rate for Veterans was 1.5 times the rate for non-Veteran adults. Younger Veterans, Women Veterans, Veterans in a period of transition, Veterans with exposure to suicide and Veterans with access to lethal means are at highest risk of suicidality, as well as those identified with a substance use disorder, homelessness, and/or military sexual trauma (MST). This educational and informative workshop will go over facts about suicide, common myths vs. realities, the steps of S.A.V.E., S.A.V.E. training, and resources and references.
Learner Objectives:
  1. Have a general understanding of the scope of suicide within the United States.
  2. Know how to identify a Veteran who may be at risk for suicide.
  3. Know what to do when you identify a Veteran at risk.

Presenter Bio:

A native of western Pennsylvania and 2018 Daisy Award Nominee, Dr. Clancy has a long list of accomplishments making lasting impacts in county, state, and federal circles. Her academic accomplishments include diploma RN from The Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, Clarion University BSN (Cum Laude), MSN Forensic track degree from Duquesne University (Magnum Cum Laude), and DNP degree from Duquesne University. Dr. Clancy is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA in Healthcare (EMBA-H) program at The University of Pittsburgh’s Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business. She also holds certification as a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse-Advance Practice (CARN-AP) with IntNSA since 2018. While serving on the Duquesne University’s MSN Dean’s Student Advisory Board from 2016-2018, Dr. Clancy was awarded the 2016 Martha Clark Scholarship and the 2016 Pittsburgh Chapter Women of AT&T Scholarship. Dr. Clancy was recently awarded the Duquesne University Merit Scholarship (2021) and the EMBA Women’s Talent Initiative Merit Scholarship with The University of Pittsburgh (2022). Dr. Clancy has participated in the Jonas Salk Fellowship, QI2T, Patient Safety, and Death and Dying Fellowships with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation. Dr. Clancy has served as the Evidence-Based Practice Coordinator at the Butler VA. Her current healthcare involvement includes full-time employment as Suicide Prevention Coordinator and Hispanic Heritage Special Emphasis Program Manager with the Veteran’s Health Administration, preceding adjunct clinical professor with Duquesne University’s School of Nursing and Charge Nurse at Greenbriar Treatment Center. In the civic field, Dr. Clancy is a Mediator on community, state, and federal levels.

Afternoon Workshops: 12noon – 3:30pm

Workshop 4: Publishing 101

  • Ann M. Mitchell, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FIAAN, FAANEditor, Journal of Addictions Nursing Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing; Pennsylvania
  • Christine Vourakis, PhD, RN, FAAN; Editor Emeritus, Journal of Addictions Nursing; Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento, California

The purpose of this workshop is to assist writers in identifying the reasons and steps to publishing their manuscripts. Further, they will be provided with approaches to revising their manuscript based on the feedback from peer reviewers. Finally, participants will participate in a discussion on ways to address and/or avoid or rejection.

Learner Objectives:

  1. Identify main reasons for publishing your work.
  2. Explore steps to publishing your manuscript including authorship.
  3. Discuss approaches to revising your manuscript. Examine ways to avoid/address rejection.

Presenter Bios:

Dr. Ann M. Mitchell is a professor of nursing and psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing. She is a Fellow in the International Academy of Addictions Nursing (FIAAN) and the in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Dr. Mitchell’s scholarly interests include mental health outcomes research, bereavement following a death by suicide, and screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) in relationship to alcohol and drug use. Dr. Mitchell has served as Project Director (PI) and Project Coordinator (PC) on two HRSA-funded projects designed to teach SBIRT to interprofessional groups of students and healthcare professionals. Recently, she has been funded by SAMHSA to integrate SBIRT education into the Nurse Practitioner (NP) curriculum, and has also worked with the CDC on two projects to incorporate alcohol screening and brief intervention (Alcohol SBI) into nursing practice – with the ultimate goal of preventing fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). Currently, Dr. Mitchell is funded by SMHSA to integrate information on medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorders into the NP curriculum. Dr. Mitchell is certified as a clinical research coordinator (CCRC) through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals and provides consultation and education specific to research and evidence-based practices. She is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Addictions Nursing.

Dr. Vourakis first became interested in the field of addictions during her work in a medical emergency clinic (MEC). This led her to shift her specialty from acute care nursing to ambulatory nursing in a methadone maintenance treatment center in Atlanta, GA. She has consistently advocated for nurses, no matter the specialty or setting, to identify patients at risk for substance use disorders and intervene with a focus or prevention, identification, and/or early intervention. In her Spring, 1996 Editorial for the Journal of Addictions Nursing, Dr Vourakis first published the coined phrase “Addictions Nursing is Knowledge Specific Not Setting Specific.” Dr. Vourakis has dedicated her career to addictions nursing with contributions to service, practice and policy. In April 1979 as the lead author of the AJN cover article, “Angel Dust: Not Heaven Sent,” readers were introduced to a primary, secondary and tertiary prevention perspective on substance use. Her co-edited interdisciplinary collaborative textbook published in 1983, Substance Abuse: Pharmacologic, Developmental and Clinical Perspectives, was regarded by reviewers as landmark because it transformed nursing’s prevailing view of addictions from a singular focus on one who abuses substances to a focus on at-risk populations spanning all nursing specialties. As the retiring Cofounder and Editor for the Journal of Addictions Nursing (spanning a 30 year career in addictions journal development and editorial leadership), co-editor/author of three editions of the Addictions Nursing Core Curriculum, and as a 30 year leader on the International Nurses Society on Addictions Board of Directors, she has been instrumental in changing the culture of addictions nursing from a hopeless alcoholic perspective to one of promoting prevention and maintenance of change.