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                                                                              October 2014

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
bulletRon Potter-Efron, PhD, MSW
bulletHoward Kassinove, PhD
bulletChristian Conte, PhD
bulletBernard Golden, PhD
bulletMichael Toohey, PhD
bulletLynette Hoy, LPC and Steve Yeschek, LCSW
bulletGlen Cannon, LCPC
bulletLaura Moss and Rich Pfeiffer, PhD
bulletAdam Guss, LCSW
bulletAndy Prisco, PERT Supervisor, Western State Hospital
bulletSiegel Bartley, PhD
bulletCornell Brunson, D.Th, LCADC
Click for EARLY BIRD Registration (until 11/30/2014).
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Co-Sponsored by: NAMA and the Midwest Chapter of NAMA

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 covered:

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 current approaches. 
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 upon offenders.

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 session program.

Developing positive directions for clients.
Description: Instilling hope; rewarding success; improving self-worth; working with clients' strengths.

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 domestic violence. 
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.

Related issues.
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; positive parenting.

What are the Benefits of Belonging to Professional Associations?  
NAMA is a professional association, and we are a synergistic group. The effect of a collection of people is much greater than the effect of just one person. How does being part of an association such as NAMA help further your professional goals? When you maintain your NAMA active membership status, you enhance your:
bulletCareer Opportunities
bulletAdvocacy, and
bulletSocializing Opportunities.

Enhance Your Network
For most people, creating professional relationships is important, and joining a group allows you to have a sense of security and trust. From this, you are able to support and help one another in reaching your professional goals. Associations such as NAMA sponsor numerous events throughout the year that allow you to connect with your peers. You can share ideas, ask for advice, volunteer to be a speaker or become a member of a committee. Since most associations have national or local conferences, you can participate and have the opportunity to learn about breaking news in your career, learn "best practices" or new ideas, hear about key achievers in your field and also meet and brainstorm with others who are also looking to share and learn new information. Another benefit of enhancing your network is that you may find a mentor to help you 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 groups or discussion boards sponsored by associations is also a great way to grow your network. This allows you to use your peers as sounding boards and often you can make some great friends with the same interests as you.

Take Charge of Your Career:
Another important reason to consider membership to a professional organization like NAMA is to take advantage of their career resources. Associations often have job listings online or in print that are available only to their members. This is a great way to find targeted job postings for your area of interest. Additionally, many associations have career resources available such as tips on effective resumes or cover letters, job searching strategies and negotiating techniques. Some associations even have panels of experts that you can contact for specific questions on career issues. Other benefits include information about seminars, training or certification classes that may be suitable for you. Often these classes can be done through webinars or podcasts so you don't even have to leave your home. And don't forget, listing your association membership on your resume is impressive to current or future employers as it shows that you are dedicated to staying connected in your profession.

Broaden Your Knowledge:
Most associations provide an enormous amount of access to resource information such as: case studies, articles, white papers and books written by experts in your field or area of interest. Also, major journal, magazine and newsletter access is provided as a part of your membership privileges. Another reason to join an association is to learn more or stay informed about issues in diversity. For example, includes a list of associations and articles that provide valuable information such as: resource guides for diversity, affirmative action and advocacy, as well as information on new and proposed regulations related to diversity. Additionally, associations provide a source for scholarship information, links to publications, and awards for persons achieving excellence in their field. No matter what your field is, staying on top of all of these issues is important.

So, whether you are looking to learn about job postings in your field, network in your professional community, gain access to current events in your career area, or just have some fun while meeting new people, joining a professional association is a step in the right direction!

Benefits of NAMA Active Membership
Your status as a Member, Fellow, or Diplomate in the NAMA provides the following:
bulletFree listing in the very popular online National Anger Management Association Directory for referrals and credential checks. This page often comes up near the top of relevant searches in Google, Bing, and Ask.
bulletNAMAs continued legislative advocacy, marketing, and research support for the Anger Management field and programs.
bulletNational standardization of credentials to help you become a local community leader in the field of Anger Management.
bulletOpportunities to network with other Anger Management professionals and experts.
bulletMonthly NAMA Newsletter.
bulletDid you know that you can add a picture to your profile listing? Research shows that people are attracted visually to profiles that have pictures. Just login to the NAMA website here: once you are logged in using your username and password, find your profile and click on edit. If you don't remember your login information click on 'forgot your password', enter your email address and the login information will be sent to you by email.
bulletDid you know that you can improve your listing placement by upgrading from 'Member' to 'Fellow' or 'Diplomate'. If you have been a member for a minimum of 3 years you qualify for Fellow level. After 5 years you may upgrade to Diplomate level. You also will receive a new certificate when you upgrade.

Neurocardiology: The Brain in the Heart (Heart Neurons)  
Back 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" in 1991.

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 survival.

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 processes.

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?


These are only a few of the many cases reported as evidence of something new and extraordinary happening to heart transplant recipients. They seem to take on the likes and dislikes of their donors.
bulletA gentle, soft spoken woman who never drank alcohol and hated football got a heart from a crashed biker donor and turned into an aggressive beer drinking football fan.
bulletA lazy male couch potato received a heart from a stuntman. He inexplicably started training fanatically for no apparent reason until he became a true athlete.
bulletA 47-year-old Caucasian male received a heart from a 17-year-old African-American male. The recipient was surprised by his new-found love of classical music. What he discovered later was that the donor, who loved classical music and played the violin, had died in a drive-by shooting, clutching his violin case to his chest.
bulletA man who could barely write suddenly developed a talent for poetry.

Did You Know . .  
  1. 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.
  2. 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 little poke.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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, Mississippi.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 Julian Simon.



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