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2015 NAMA International Conference - Anger,
Aggression, and Violence
March 12-13, 2015 - The Westin Chicago
Northwest, Itasca, IL
The NAMA Board of Directors and Midwest Chapter of
NAMA are extremely excited to announce the following
presenters who have been selected to speak at this
very important NAMA conference
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|Ron Potter-Efron, PhD, MSW|
|Howard Kassinove, PhD|
|Christian Conte, PhD|
|Bernard Golden, PhD|
|Michael Toohey, PhD|
|Lynette Hoy, LPC and Steve Yeschek, LCSW|
|Glen Cannon, LCPC|
|Laura Moss and Rich Pfeiffer, PhD|
|Adam Guss, LCSW|
|Andy Prisco, PERT Supervisor, Western State
|Siegel Bartley, PhD|
|Cornell Brunson, D.Th, LCADC|
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There is Still Time to Register to Become a
Certified Domestic Violence Specialist-I
Domestic Violence Specialist-I Certification 2-Day
Seminar, October 11 & 12, 2014, Hyatt House
Charlotte Airport Hotel, Charlotte, NC
This training event for the CDVS-I credential will
take place this fall in the delightful Hyatt House
Charlotte Airport Hotel. Dr. Ron Potter-Efron and
Pat Potter-Efron will facilitate this important
Domestic Violence training event. The Certification
training is open to anyone holding a minimum of the
CAMS-I credential. Here are some of the topics to be
Description: Why are you interested in this area?
What are your personal experiences with domestic
violence? What is your concept of "offenders"? What
is your concept of "victims"?
History of domestic violence treatment and
Description: The power and control model;
evidence-based protocols; gender similarities and
differences; justifications for individual and group
treatment; considerations for eventual couples
therapy. Anger/domestic violence connections.
Assessment of client's capacity for domestic
aggression. Lecture with handouts.
Description: Use of available tools to assess
appropriateness for treatment and likelihood of
domestic violence; follow up tools after treatment
to assess effectiveness of treatment.
The most critical concept: safety first.
Description: Channeling all work toward physical
safety; concept of psychological safety;
communication with shelters; restraining orders/no
contact orders; legal and ethical considerations;
the community as client; working with the courts and
probation departments; awareness of possible effects
of early traumatization, child abuse and neglect
Levels and types of aggression.
Description: Types of anger and domestic violence.
The varieties of power and control; varieties of
anger/aggression including passive aggression, etc.;
sexual abuse as an aspect of domestic violence. Rage
as distinct from anger.
Brain change and its relevance to domestic
violence offender treatment.
Description: Presentation of a domestic violence
offender treatment program specifically designed
around brain change concepts.
Levels of treatment and topics in groups.
Description: Presentation of two levels of domestic
violence offender treatment: 10 session vs. 50
session programs. Gender specific differences in
programming topics. Necessary and optional topics to
present in groups. Creation of own twenty-four
Developing positive directions for clients.
Description: Instilling hope; rewarding success;
improving self-worth; working with clients'
Adapting standard anger management
techniques to domestic violence offender treatment.
Description: The need to adapt standard anger
management techniques to situations relevant to
domestic violence offenders.
Shame and shame-based rage as predictors of
Description: Discussion of two concerns highly
correlated with domestic violence.
Increasing client empathy.
Description: Emphasis upon teaching participants how
to help clients improve this critical skill.
Description: Attachment, jealousy and insecurity as
predictors of domestic violence; alcohol/drug abuse;
depression; anxiety; brain damage, etc.
Alternatives to violence.
Discussion: Important positive directions to help
clients move beyond domestic violence and
aggression. Topics include respectful relationships;
What are the Benefits of Belonging to
Enhance Your Network
For most people, creating professional relationships
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sponsor numerous events throughout the year that
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can participate and have the opportunity to learn
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with your professional needs or you may be in a
position to become a mentor to someone else. Giving
back can be the greatest reward and benefit.
Participating in forums, chat groups, LinkedIn
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And don't forget, listing your association
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Broaden Your Knowledge:
Most associations provide an enormous amount of
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Neurocardiology: The Brain in the Heart (Heart
in the 1960s, research conducted by John and
Beatrice Lacey -- pioneers in the field of
psychophysiology -- showed that the heart has its
own reasoning that is not determined by directives
from the brain. Subsequent investigations revealed
an actual pathway and mechanism allowing the heart
to send messages that inhibit or facilitate
electrical activity in the brain. The new field of
neurocardiology evolving from this research led to
the development of the concept of the "heart brain"
The "heart brain" is equipped with some 40,000
neurons. These neurons can deliver pain signals and
other sensations to the autonomic parts of the brain
(which are largely unconscious), as well as messages
to brain centers involved in conscious thought and
emotion. Contact with the "executive" part of the
brain can influence perception, decision making, and
emotional responses. Studies have shown, for
example, that a person is better at recognizing a
scary face when observing it as the heart contracts,
or pumps blood out to the body, than when observing
it as the heart relaxes and takes blood in. Clearly,
this type of response can play an important part in
A small group of cardiovascular researchers have
joined with a similar group of neurophysiologists to
explore areas of mutual interest. This represented
the beginning of the new discipline of
neurocardiology, which has since provided critically
important insights into the nervous system within
the heart and how the brain and heart communicate
with each other via the nervous system.
After extensive research, one of the early pioneers
in neurocardiology, Dr. J. Andrew Armour, introduced
the concept of a functional "heart brain" in 1991.
His work revealed that the heart has a complex
intrinsic nervous system that is sufficiently
sophisticated to qualify as a "little brain" in its
own right. The heart's brain is an intricate network
of several types of neurons, neurotransmitters,
proteins and support cells like those found in the
brain proper. Its elaborate circuitry enables it to
act independently of the cranial brain – to learn,
remember, and even feel and sense. The book Neurocardiology,
edited by Dr. Armour and Dr. Jeffrey Ardell,
provides a comprehensive overview of the function of
the heart's intrinsic nervous system and the role of
central and peripheral autonomic neurons in the
regulation of cardiac function.
The heart's nervous system contains around 40,000
neurons, called sensory neurites, which detect
circulating hormones and neurochemicals and sense
heart rate and pressure information. Hormonal,
chemical, rate and pressure information is
translated into neurological impulses by the heart's
nervous system and sent from the heart to the brain
through several afferent (flowing to the brain)
pathways. It is also through these nerve pathways
that pain signals and other feeling sensations are
sent to the brain. These afferent nerve pathways
enter the brain in an area called the medulla,
located in the brain stem. The signals have a
regulatory role over many of the autonomic nervous
system signals that flow out of the brain to the
heart, blood vessels and other glands and organs.
However, they also cascade up into the higher
centers of the brain, where they may influence
perception, decision making and other cognitive
Dr. Armour describes the brain and nervous system as
a distributed parallel processing system consisting
of separate but interacting groups of neuronal
processing centers distributed throughout the body.
The heart has its own intrinsic nervous system that
operates and processes information independently of
the brain or nervous system. This is what allows a
heart transplant to work. Normally, the heart
communicates with the brain via nerve fibers running
through the vagus nerve and the spinal column. In a
heart transplant, these nerve connections do not
reconnect for an extended period of time, if at all;
however, the transplanted heart is able to function
in its new host through the capacity of its intact,
intrinsic nervous system.
A second brain in the heart is now much more than a
hypothesis. Prominent medical experts like Doctor
Maurice Renard and others discovered that the
recipients of heart transplants are inheriting
donors' memories and consequently report huge
changes in their tastes, their personality, and,
most extraordinarily, in their emotional memories.
Today new science is testing the theory that the
heart is involved in our feelings.
Discovery of Many Case Studies
So what have they discovered so far? Amazing new
discoveries show that the heart organ is intelligent
and that it sometimes can lead the brain in our
interpretation of the world around us, and in the
actions we choose to take. The large number of these
case studies were enough to prompt some scientists
to look differently at the heart and to test old
theories that the heart is involved in our feelings
and emotions. Since cardiac surgeon Christian
Barnard's first successful human heart transplant in
South Africa in 1967, heart transplant recipients
have had intriguing experiences, so strange and out
of character that they seek to meet the families of
their donors to find out what is going on. Could
they have inherited certain behavioral and character
traits through cellular memories stuck in the heart
of their donors?
The Little Brain In The Heart
Neurologist Dr. Andrew Amour from Montreal in Canada
discovered a sophisticated collection of neurons in
the heart organized into a small but complex nervous
system. The heart's nervous system contains around
40,000 neurons called sensory neurites that
communicate with the brain. Dr. Amour called it "the
Little Brain in the Heart". It has been known for
many years that memory is a distributive process.
You can't localize memory to a neuron or a group of
neurons in the brain. The memory itself is
distributed throughout the neural system. So why do
we draw a line at the brain?
Did You Know . .
- U.S. life expectancy at birth was 39 years
in 1800, 49 years in 1900, 68 years in 1950, and
79 years today. The average newborn today can
expect to live an entire generation longer than
his great-grandparents could.
- A flu pandemic in 1918 infected 500 million
people and killed as many as 100 million. In his
book The Great Influenza, John Barry describes
the illness as if "someone were hammering a
wedge into your skull just behind the eyes, and
body aches so intense they felt like bones
breaking." Today, you can go to Safeway and get
a flu shot. It costs 15 bucks. You might feel a
- In 1950, 23 people per 100,000 Americans
died each year in traffic accidents, according
to the Census Bureau. That fell to 11 per
100,000 by 2009. If the traffic mortality rate
had not declined, 37,800 more Americans would
have died last year than actually did. In the
time it will take you to read this article, one
American is alive who would have died in a car
accident 60 years ago.
- In 1949, Popular Mechanics magazine made the
bold prediction that someday a computer could
weigh less than 1 ton. I wrote this sentence on
an iPad that weighs 0.73 pounds.
- The average American now retires at age 62.
One hundred years ago, the average American died
at age 51. Enjoy your golden years — your
ancestors didn't get any of them.
- In his 1770s book The Wealth of Nations,
Adam Smith wrote: "It is not uncommon in the
highlands of Scotland for a mother who has borne
20 children not to have 2 alive." Infant
mortality in America has dropped from 58 per
1,000 births in 1933 to less than six per 1,000
births in 2010, according to the World Health
Organization. There are about 11,000 births in
America each day, so this improvement means more
than 200,000 infants now survive each year who
wouldn't have 80 years ago. That's like adding a
city the size of Boise, Idaho, every year.
- America averaged 20,919 murders per year in
the 1990s, and 16,211 per year in the 2000s,
according to the FBI. If the murder rate had not
fallen, 47,000 more Americans would have been
killed in the last decade than actually were.
That's more than the population of Biloxi,
- Despite a surge in airline travel, there
were half as many fatal plane accidents in 2012
than there were in 1960, according to the
Aviation Safety Network.
- No one has died from a new nuclear weapon
attack since 1945. If you went back to 1950 and
asked the world's smartest political scientists,
they would have told you the odds of seeing that
happen would be close to 0%. You don't have to
be very imaginative to think that the most
important news story of the past 70 years is
what didn't happen. Congratulations, world.
- Two percent of American homes had
electricity in 1900. J.P Morgan (the man) was
one of the first to install electricity in his
home, and it required a private power plant on
his property. Even by 1950, close to 30% of
American homes didn't have electricity. It
wasn't until the 1970s that virtually all homes
were powered. Adjusted for wage growth,
electricity cost more than 10 times as much in
1900 as it does today, according to Professor