Upcoming EAPA Chapter Meetings!
7272 Park Circle Drive


While we typically break from meetings for the summer, EAPA Chesapeake Chapter is pleased to be able to offer virtual Chapter meetings and presentations via zoom in August! 


To join by video:

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August 6, 2020, 9:00am:

Speaker: Anthony S. Parente, M.A., L.C.P.C., N.C.C., M.A.C., I.C.G.C. II, BACC 

Title: What All Helping Professional Should Know Working with Problem Gamblers

Objectives: 

WEBINAR: What All Helping Professional Should Know Working with
Problem Gamblers
Join us for this interesting an informative webinar which will cover the various clinical issues
related to working with problem gamblers and their families. As gambling continues to become
increasingly accessible there has been and will continue to be a rise in the prevalence of
problematic gambling. This presentation is applicable and relevant for all professionals working
in the areas of employee assistance, mental health and addictions. Topics and issues addressed in
this workshop will be aimed to increased knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
 The basics of the DSM diagnostic criteria for Gambling Disorder and it’s severity
 The effective use of screening /assessment tools and engagement strategies when
working with gamblers in various counseling and treatment settings.
 Co-occurring disorders and gambling
 The Pathways Model of Gambling Disorder
 Future trends in Gambling
 Compassionate Recovery

The basics of the diagnostic criteria for gambling problems and their severity

DSM 5
BBGS, Inventory of Gambling Situations(IGS) and Gambling Pathways
Questionnaire (GPQ)

Join us for this interesting an informative webinar which will cover the various clinical issues related to working with problem gamblers and their families. As gambling continues to become increasingly accessible there has been and will continue to be a rise in the prevalence of problematic gambling. This presentation is applicable and relevant for all professionals working in the areas of employee assistance, mental health and addictions. Topics and issues addressed in this workshop will be aimed to increased knowledge and understanding in the following areas: 

  • The basics of the DSM diagnostic criteria for Gambling Disorder and it’s severity

  • The effective use of screening /assessment tools and engagement strategies when working with gamblers in various counseling and treatment settings. 

  • Co-occurring disorders  and gambling

  • The  Pathways Model of Gambling Disorder

  • Future trends in Gambling

  • Compassionate Recovery

  • The basics of the DSM 5 diagnostic criteria for gambling problems and their severity 

  • Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS)

  • Inventory of Gambling Situations(IGS)

  • Gambling  Pathways Questionnaire (GPQ)


Speaker Bio: ANTHONY S. PARENTE, M.A., L.C.P.C., N.C.C., M.A.C., I.C.G.C. II, BACC is a Mental Health Professional and Addictions Specialist with over thirty seven years of service in the field. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with a private practice in Lutherville Maryland. Mr. Parente is an International Certified Gambling Counselor II in addition to being a Board Approved Clinical Consultant, recognized by the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board. Mr. Parente is also an Employee Assistance Professional. He serves as an EAP counselor, trainer, and consultant to various employer groups, both large and small. As an Employee Assistance Professional, Mr. Parente provides counseling, consultation and training to employers and employees regarding wellness and workplace issues. Currently he is the on-site EAP Counselor at Under Armour Global Headquarters in Baltimore Maryland. Mr. Parente is also on staff as a consultant, trainer and clinical supervisor with the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling in the Department of Psychiatry for the University of Maryland. He is a former faculty member of Loyola University Maryland’s Department of Psychology, where he taught for twenty-nine years.





Responding to COVID-19 can take an emotional toll on you. There are things you can do to reduce secondary traumatic stress (STS) reactions:


● Acknowledge that STS can impact anyone helping families after a traumatic event.

● Learn the symptoms including physical (fatigue, illness) and mental (fear, withdrawal, guilt).

● Allow time for you and your family to recover from responding to the outbreak.

● Create a menu of personal self-care activities that you enjoy, such as spending time [virtually] with friends and family, exercising, or reading a book.

● Take a break from media coverage of COVID-19.

● Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed or concerned that COVID-19 is affecting your ability to care for [others] as you did before the outbreak.



Cost: No charge for Chesapeake Chapter members and full-time students. $25 charge for non-members.

Schedule:

8:15 am - 8:45 am: Refreshments and networking

8:45 am - 9:00 am:  Announcements

9:00 am - Noon:  Presentation





Previous EAPA Chapter meetings:


July 9, 2020, 8:45am:

Speaker: George Kolodner, MD

Title: Adapting the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders To the Coronavirus Pandemic

Objectives:

1.   Describe the transition from in-person to virtual treatment services

2.   Describe the process and outcomes of virtual withdrawal management

3.   Discuss issues relating to the return to in-person services and ongoing virtual treatment

Speaker Bio: George Kolodner, MD is a board certified addiction psychiatrist who specializes in the intensive outpatient (IOP) treatment of substance use disorders. He founded Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers in 1973. Today, he serves as the chief innovation officer. He works to increase awareness of IOP treatment and keep Kolmac on the cusp of leading-edge treatment.

While serving as a staff psychiatrist for the U.S. Navy, he witnessed recovery from alcoholism for the first time at a Naval residential rehabilitation program. Motivated by this experience, he became interested in replicating this success in a non-residential “outpatient” setting. After leaving the Navy in 1973, he designed and implemented the first IOP addiction treatment program in the country – Kolmac Outpatient Recovery Centers. His primary focus there has been on developing outpatient treatment strategies for managing withdrawal and rehabilitation services for people with substance use disorders. 

Dr. Kolodner received his M.D. from the University of Rochester and completed his psychiatric training at Yale University. He has made many presentations on addictions at the annual meetings of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association, of which he is a Distinguished Life Fellow. His publications on addictions include articles on co-occurring psychiatric disorders, cannabis, and book chapters on outpatient withdrawal management. He is a past member of the APA Addiction Council and Addiction Treatment Committee and a current Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at both the Georgetown University School of Medicine and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.



June 4, 2020:

Speakers: Susan Coale, LCSW-C and Amy Stapleton, LCPC

Title: Loss without Closure: Ambiguous Loss and Grief

Objectives:

  • Become familiar with the PEMSS model and impact of grief on self/family
  • Understand the concepts of ambiguous loss and stigmatized grief
  • Identify 3 creative interventions that can be used with families navigating grief/loss
  • Explore the importance of self-care and strategies for self-support

Speaker Bios: 

Susan Coale, LCSW-C, Director of the Chesapeake Life Center. Coale began her work with Hospice of the Chesapeake as a volunteer in 1990, joining the organization as a bereavement counselor in 2005, moving to Clinical Manager of Bereavement in 2015 and Director of Chesapeake Life Center in 2017. Coale leads the professionals of Chesapeake Life Center in providing grief support and counseling for families of patients cared for by Hospice of the Chesapeake and other grievers in the community whose loved ones did not receive hospice care. In addition to the day-to-day activities of counseling services, support groups and community educational programs, Coale’s team is also responsible for the planning and carrying out of annual bereavement camps for children and teens. Her team also develops and presents continuing education programs related to grief for local professionals and provides professional consultation when requested. Chesapeake Life Center also serves as a placement site for local graduate counseling and social work programs. Coale holds a Bachelor of Arts in social work/sociology from Western Maryland College as well as a Masters in Social Work from University of Maryland’s School of Social Work and Community Planning.

Amy R. Stapleton, LCPC, NBCC, Bereavement Manager, Chesapeake Life Center, provides individual, family, and group counseling for grieving adults, children, and families during times of crisis and loss. Amy comes to this work after having worked in community based mental health settings including Youth and Family Services, and a hospital setting where she was a chaplain. In her current role, she also provides outreach, education, and presentations for county and state agencies, school systems, and faith communities. She co-authored a pamphlet with Sarah Montgomery, LCSW-C and Joy McCrady, LCPC, Supporting Children After a Drug-Related Loss: A guide for parents and caregivers. Amy’s passion is working with children, young adults, and their families to increase resiliency and develop coping skills as they incorporate loss into their lives.

May 7, 2020:  


Virtual Check-In!

What challenges and successes are you facing in your EAP work in the face of this pandemic? What support do you need from other EAP professionals? How are you personally doing? What are you doing to adapt and cope with the current environment? or with anticipatory anxiety - your own or that of people you work with? How do you feel this will change EAP work in the future? 


April, 2020:

The Tuerk Conference has been canceled and re-scheduled for September. https://www.ncaddmaryland.org


March 5, 2020


Speaker: Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey
Title: Aspiring to a Zero Suicide Mindset at Work: National Guidelines for Suicide Prevention and the Role of EAP

Objectives:

  • Participants will learn how the National Guidelines for Suicide Prevention were developed and their contents

  • Participants will learn about how the Guidelines can be used by EAPs to make suicide prevention a health and safety priority at diverse workplaces and professional organizations

  • Participants will learn about research and best practices for suicide prevention in the workplace and how they can get involved with the National Guidelines development and public dissemination

 

Speaker Bio: Dr. Jodi Jacobson Frey, PhD, LCSW-C, CEAP is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Social Work. She chairs the Employee Assistance Sub-specialization and Financial Social Work Initiative at the School. Dr. Frey has been a leader in the EA field for over 20 years, conducting research, program evaluation, teaching and providing direct practice. Her research focuses on behavioral health with working families, with an emphasis on suicide prevention, depression care and worker well-being. Dr. Frey has published over 60 articles and two books and regularly presents her research to professional audiences. She also serves as Co-Editor in Chief for the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health. 


February 6, 2020


Speaker:
Dr. Lisa Cooper-Lucas

Title: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Culture

Objectives: Trauma and psychological suffering are mediated by culture and historical experiences (Jackson 2013). Clinicians must be mindful and develop cultural humility, responsiveness, and competence to effectively “understand, assess, diagnose, communicate, and treat patients from different ethnocultural traditions” (Marsella, 2010, pp 17-26). At the conclusion of this workshop, clinicians will have an increased understanding of:

  • The impact of cultural coping practices

  • The collective or individualistic nature of an individual’s culture

  • The appropriateness of individual therapy vs. an ecological approach that incorporates the larger cultural community as a coping resource

  • The historical perspective impact and the intergenerational familial experiences

  • The subtle traumatic experiences of marginalized groups and how those experiences can impact world view and response to trauma

  • The inherent same in addressing negative affect, and fear of involvement with services may require nuanced and negative treatment options

  • The ability to self-assess clinician competence and search for cultural blind spots. Perfection in cultural competence is never attainable, and must remain an ongoing practice(Marsella, 2010 p. 17)


Speaker Bio: Dr. Cooper-Lucas is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Provider in the Washington, DC-Maryland geography. She also holds certifications as a Trauma informed therapist, a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Master Addiction Counselor and a Department of Transportation (DOT) Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. Dr. Cooper-Lucas completed her doctorate level studies in counseling psychology with a minor in Counselor Education and Supervision from a CACREP accredited program at The School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. Dr. Cooper-Lucas is also a Trauma Informed Mental Health First Aid responder to local and national disasters. Early in her career she was recruited after 9/11 by the Defense Intelligence Agency to provide care to the employees and their families impacted by the catastrophic events of that day. 

Dr. Cooper-Lucas has a very diverse mental health career which includes providing services for Magellan Behavioral Health as the “Manager of Clinical Implementation”, opening mental health clinics across the United States, As a clinician in faculty and staff assistance program at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in providing counseling support to the medical personnel ; in addition Dr. Cooper-Lucas facilitated the integration of care; incorporating a comprehensive mental health product into the medical assessment and ongoing medical care for the Federally regulated “Safety-Sensitive” employees of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, as the Manager of Medical Services and Compliance Branch. Prior to which over a three year period Dr. Cooper-Lucas hosted a two way talk radio program on NPR radio station WEAA educating the public on mental health and substance abuse topics.

Currently Dr. Cooper-Lucas is the Sr. Manager of Clinical Operations at the American Substance Abuse Professional (ASAP) organization. 

Dr. Cooper-Lucas is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Provider in the Washington, DC-Maryland
geography. She also holds certifications as a Trauma informed therapist, a Certified Employee
Assistance Professional, Master Addiction Counselor and a Department of Transportation (DOT)
Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. Dr. Cooper-Lucas completed her doctorate level studies
in counseling psychology with a minor in Counselor Education and Supervision from a CACREP
accredited program at The School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. Dr. Cooper-Lucas
is also a Trauma Informed Mental Health First Aid responder to local and national disasters. Early in
her career she was recruited after 9/11 by the Defense Intelligence Agency to provide care to the
employees and their families impacted by the catastrophic events of that day.
Dr. Cooper-Lucas has a very diverse mental health career which includes providing services for
Magellan Behavioral Health as the “Manager of Clinical Implementation”, opening mental health
clinics across the United States, As a clinician in faculty and staff assistance program at the Johns
Hopkins Medical Institutions in providing counseling support to the medical personnel ; in addition
Dr. Cooper-Lucas facilitated the integration of care; incorporating a comprehensive mental health
product into the medical assessment and ongoing medical care for the Federally regulated
“Safety-Sensitive” employees of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, as the
Manager of Medical Services and Compliance Branch. Prior to which over a three year period Dr.
Cooper-Lucas hosted a two way talk radio program on NPR radio station WEAA educating the
public on mental health and substance abuse topics..
Currently Dr. Cooper-Lucas is the Sr. Manager of Clinical Operations at the American Substance
Abuse Professional (ASAP) organization.
Dr. Cooper-Lucas is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Provider in the Washington, DC-Maryland
geography. She also holds certifications as a Trauma informed therapist, a Certified Employee
Assistance Professional, Master Addiction Counselor and a Department of Transportation (DOT)
Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. Dr. Cooper-Lucas completed her doctorate level studies
in counseling psychology with a minor in Counselor Education and Supervision from a CACREP
accredited program at The School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC. Dr. Cooper-Lucas
is also a Trauma Informed Mental Health First Aid responder to local and national disasters. Early in
her career she was recruited after 9/11 by the Defense Intelligence Agency to provide care to the
employees and their families impacted by the catastrophic events of that day.
Dr. Cooper-Lucas has a very diverse mental health career which includes providing services for
Magellan Behavioral Health as the “Manager of Clinical Implementation”, opening mental health
clinics across the United States, As a clinician in faculty and staff assistance program at the Johns
Hopkins Medical Institutions in providing counseling support to the medical personnel ; in addition
Dr. Cooper-Lucas facilitated the integration of care; incorporating a comprehensive mental health
product into the medical assessment and ongoing medical care for the Federally regulated
“Safety-Sensitive” employees of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, as the
Manager of Medical Services and Compliance Branch. Prior to which over a three year period Dr.
Cooper-Lucas hosted a two way talk radio program on NPR radio station WEAA educating the
public on mental health and substance abuse topics..
Currently Dr. Cooper-Lucas is the Sr. Manager of Clinical Operations at the American Substance
Abuse Professional (ASAP) organization
Reminder: The Chesapeake EAPA Chapter follows Anne Arundel County Schools in terms of cancellations and delays due to weather. If Anne Arundel County Schools are CLOSED due to weather on meeting dates, EAPA meetings are canceled. If Anne Arundel County Schools open late, please check the website and email announcement for updated meeting status. Any question on inclement weather delays or closings, please contact eapamd01@eapa-chesapeake.org. Thank you!

Happy New Year to our Chapter Members and Friends.


Please join us for our next meeting on 

Thursday, January 9th, 2020, 9am

7272 Park Circle Drive


DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics

                    Presented by Sandra Serrano

Cost:

No charge for Chesapeake Chapter members and full-time students.

$25 charge for non-members.


 8:15 am - 8:45 am: Refreshments and networking

 8:45 am - 9:00 am:  Announcements
9:00 am - Noon:  Presentation:  “DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics”


 Title: “DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics”


Objectives:

  • To be able to discuss, define and understand terms such as DOT, FMCSA, FMCSA clearinghouse and Marijuana and DOT.

  • To be able to provide helpful tips to employers, SAPs and EAPs on the FMCSA Clearinghouse

  • To be able to provide helpful tips to employers, SAPs and EAPs on the relationship of Marijuana laws and DOT employee and non DOT employees

  • To learn the resources available to support employers, SAPs and EAPs when dealing with DOT employees.

 

Speaker Bio:

Sandra Serrano is the Chief Development Officer at American Substance Abuse Professionals (ASAP). Ms. Serrano started with ASAP in May of 2013. She comes to ASAP with 25 years of customer service and account management experience. Ms. Serrano has over 16 years of experience in substance risk management, testing program management, and software and product development. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Ms. Serrano works closely with safety-sensitive employers, third party administrators and employee assistance programs, building partnerships that meet drug-free workplace needs and ensure regulatory and policy compliance. She is an active member of the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA), National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) and the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), staying abreast of industry changes. She is the President-Elect for SAPAA for the 2019-2020 year. Serving on the SAPAA Board of Directors since 2016 as well as, the Regulatory Committee, Conference Committee, and Membership Committee. Ms. Serrano manages the business development for the organization; marketing, sales, account management, product implementation, and special projects at ASAP.

 

 

Happy New Year to our Chapter Members and Friends.


Please join us for our next meeting on 

Thursday, January 9th, 2020, 9am

7272 Park Circle Drive


DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics

                    Presented by Sandra Serrano

Cost:

No charge for Chesapeake Chapter members and full-time students.

$25 charge for non-members.


 8:15 am - 8:45 am: Refreshments and networking

 8:45 am - 9:00 am:  Announcements
9:00 am - Noon:  Presentation:  “DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics”


 Title: “DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics”


Objectives:

  • To be able to discuss, define and understand terms such as DOT, FMCSA, FMCSA clearinghouse and Marijuana and DOT.

  • To be able to provide helpful tips to employers, SAPs and EAPs on the FMCSA Clearinghouse

  • To be able to provide helpful tips to employers, SAPs and EAPs on the relationship of Marijuana laws and DOT employee and non DOT employees

  • To learn the resources available to support employers, SAPs and EAPs when dealing with DOT employees.

 

Speaker Bio:

Sandra Serrano is the Chief Development Officer at American Substance Abuse Professionals (ASAP). Ms. Serrano started with ASAP in May of 2013. She comes to ASAP with 25 years of customer service and account management experience. Ms. Serrano has over 16 years of experience in substance risk management, testing program management, and software and product development. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Ms. Serrano works closely with safety-sensitive employers, third party administrators and employee assistance programs, building partnerships that meet drug-free workplace needs and ensure regulatory and policy compliance. She is an active member of the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA), National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) and the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), staying abreast of industry changes. She is the President-Elect for SAPAA for the 2019-2020 year. Serving on the SAPAA Board of Directors since 2016 as well as, the Regulatory Committee, Conference Committee, and Membership Committee. Ms. Serrano manages the business development for the organization; marketing, sales, account management, product implementation, and special projects at ASAP.

 

 

Happy New Year to our Chapter Members and Friends.


Please join us for our next meeting on 

Thursday, January 9th, 2020, 9am

7272 Park Circle Drive


DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics

                    Presented by Sandra Serrano

Cost:

No charge for Chesapeake Chapter members and full-time students.

$25 charge for non-members.


 8:15 am - 8:45 am: Refreshments and networking

 8:45 am - 9:00 am:  Announcements
9:00 am - Noon:  Presentation:  “DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics”


 Title: “DOT in 2020- Updates, Refreshers and Hot Topics”


Objectives:

  • To be able to discuss, define and understand terms such as DOT, FMCSA, FMCSA clearinghouse and Marijuana and DOT.

  • To be able to provide helpful tips to employers, SAPs and EAPs on the FMCSA Clearinghouse

  • To be able to provide helpful tips to employers, SAPs and EAPs on the relationship of Marijuana laws and DOT employee and non DOT employees

  • To learn the resources available to support employers, SAPs and EAPs when dealing with DOT employees.

 

Speaker Bio:

Sandra Serrano is the Chief Development Officer at American Substance Abuse Professionals (ASAP). Ms. Serrano started with ASAP in May of 2013. She comes to ASAP with 25 years of customer service and account management experience. Ms. Serrano has over 16 years of experience in substance risk management, testing program management, and software and product development. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Ms. Serrano works closely with safety-sensitive employers, third party administrators and employee assistance programs, building partnerships that meet drug-free workplace needs and ensure regulatory and policy compliance. She is an active member of the Substance Abuse Program Administrators Association (SAPAA), National Drug & Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) and the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA), staying abreast of industry changes. She is the President-Elect for SAPAA for the 2019-2020 year. Serving on the SAPAA Board of Directors since 2016 as well as, the Regulatory Committee, Conference Committee, and Membership Committee. Ms. Serrano manages the business development for the organization; marketing, sales, account management, product implementation, and special projects at ASAP.

 

 

Speaker Bio: 
Speaker Bio: 

Above: Tom Murphy, former Chesapeake EAPA Chapter President; Dr. Meg Murphy, former NSA Employee Counseling Service Director; along with long time, influential EAPA member, Jim O’Hair and his wife Maria-Josette.