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2021 ACE Event Agenda


2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Dr. Stephanie Vaughn and Sally Roesch

Radically Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO-DBT) & Adolescents

Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT) is an offshoot of traditional DBT which has grown in popularity in treating disorders of over control. With over 20 years of research, RO-DBT is increasingly being utilized to target issues such as anorexia nervosa, obsessive compulsive and avoidant personality disorders, self-harm, autism spectrum disorder, and treatment hesitant depression. In this presentation, we will introduce the RO-DBT model, assist attendees in determining candidates for the treatment, and discuss treatment considerations for adolescents. 

3:10pm - 4:10pm EST

Tori Dudley, PhD

Culturally Inclusive Clinical Care and Multicultural Outreach: A Systematic Approach

The treatment industry remains stagnant in its efforts to develop and promote culturally inclusive clinical models.  This stagnation has created blind spots in the outreach and partnership efforts needed to build relationships in diverse communities. This presentation will examine the relationship between culturally informed and inclusive clinical care and multicultural community outreach efforts.

4:20pm - 5:20pm EST

Dr. Richard Schwartz

The Treatment of Trauma & The Internal Family Systems Model

Developed over the past four decades, the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model offers both a conceptual umbrella under which a variety of practices and different approaches can be grounded and guided and a set of original techniques for creating safety and fostering Self-to-Self connection in couples and families.

This presentation will provide an introduction to the basics of the IFS model and its use with attachment and trauma. An overview of IFS and its clinical applications will be presented.  



9:00 - 10:00am EST

Dr. Sarah Bacon

Adverse Childhood Experiences: Prevention, Identification, and Response

This sixty-minute session will explore the issue of Adverse Childhood Experiences, also known as ACEs.  Upon defining ACEs, we will discuss how they are measured and whether current measurement and surveillance accurately reflects the totality of the construct we want to capture.  We will also explore the burden ACEs pose to health and wellbeing, during childhood and adolescence, and into adulthood.  We will then examine best practices for ACEs prevention, identification, and response, including individual-, family-, community-, and systems-level strategies, and including consideration of the essential partnership between clinical interventions and supports and population health.

10:10 - 11:10am EST

Brad Kammer, Stefanie Klein, Mike Giresi

Attachment, Complex Trauma & Supporting Parents: Using the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) to Strengthen Family Relationships

Parenting in the 21st century involves all sorts of challenges that most of us would have never imagined a generation or two before.  In this presentation, Brad Kammer will provide a basic orientation to using the NeuroAffective Relational Model (NARM) for supporting parents of adolescents.  Using elements of Attachment Theory, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study, and the new diagnosis of Complex-PTSD, Brad will focus on the impact of various “environmental failures” that culminate in specific challenges for adolescents.  


11:20am - 12:20pm EST

Mike Giresi

Adolescence: Renegotiating Attachment and Authenticity

In this presentation, attendees will be introduced to a theoretical understanding of adolescence through the lens of attachment & authenticity. This framework will support attendees to gain a deeper understanding of the inner world that is driving adolescent turmoil and opportunity. 



12:30 -1:30pm EST

Live Yoga Session + Giveaway Raffle

Trauma Informed Yoga

A 30 minute yoga practice incorporating trauma informed elements with a 20 minute discussion to follow regarding trauma informed principles and mental health sensitive practices in yoga.

Aaron Moore is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and co-founder of Solace Counseling in Orlando, Fl, alongside his wife Michelle.  He works with adults and adolescents experiencing a wide range of struggles including addictions, marriage and relationships, trauma, depression, and anxiety. He is a Master A.R.T. clinician,  trained in EMDR and is also a yoga instructor.

1:40 - 2:40pm EST

Dr. Dixie Brown

Integrative Medicine Practices for the Treatment of Eating Disorders

This workshop will make a case for the value of Integrative Medicine Practices in the treatment of adolescents with eating disorders while also offering participants concrete tools for using these skills in their practice. The presenter will provide a brief introduction to Integrative Medicine as a treatment modality and then review the available evidence for its use in treating people with eating disorders and other co-occurring disorders. The workshop will offer providers useful ways to conceptualize and use Integrative Medicine in conjunction with other evidence-based practices for adolescents with eating disorders. 


2:50 - 3:50pm EST

Dr. Clifford Sussman

Escape from Escape: Assessment and Treatment of Digital Use Disorders

The demand for greater recognition and treatment of problematic use of internet and video games has been growing exponentially in the digital age, and will continue to climb during and after the pandemic. Evidence continues to support key similarities between internet and video game use disorders and substance use disorders. By combining this evidence with the Instructor’s 13+ years of experience as a clinical child, adolescent, and young adult psychiatrist, consultant, and educator specifically on this topic, this training will give therapists some of the tools they need to clinically assess and treat patients with digital use disorders.  

An overview of the relationship between excessive use of digital technology and the brain, and a guide to assessing digital use disorders will be included at the start of the course. Then a three-phase process of treatment will be outlined. Multiple tools for working with patients and families will be explored, including motivational interviewing and other forms of individual therapy, parent training and other forms of family therapy, group therapy, and placement options.  Time permitting, cases will be presented and questions will be answered.


4:00 - 5:00pm EST

Dr. Laurence Heller

Introduction to the NARM approach for working With Developmental Trauma

Dr. Heller will present evocative new ideas about how to address developmental trauma (C-PTSD)


  • Grand Prize: Oculus Virtual Reality Headset

  • Ring Lights (3)

  • Lululemon Yoga Mats (10)


Join Us for the Event

Join us and some of the most seasoned and innovative minds in the adolescent clinical treatment space. Plus, clinicians who attend can obtain up to 9 Continuing Education Units if they attend the full two-day session.

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