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Treating Adolescent, Young Adult/Adult Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders


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The Interpersonal Neurobiology (INPB) of Addiction is the most comprehensive model for understanding addiction today. From Jon Daily, LCSW, CADC II’s latest book, Adolescent and Young Adult Addiction: The Pathological Relationship to Intoxication and the Interpersonal Neurobiology Underpinnings we will learn how to understand the layers of complexity in addiction in a way that augments case formulation and informs more personalized and comprehensive treatment plans.  INPB illuminates that there is no distinction between addiction and mental health, and that there is no separating relationships from psychology and neurobiology.  You will learn exactly how these systems are operating all at once.

Here is an example:

The brain, mind, affect regulation and the ability to securely negotiate relationships are not just hardwired into DNA and blossomed independently, rather, they are constructed and organized by the brain and mind of the child’s caregiver.  Attunement promotes healthy emotional, biological and relational development and occurs in the fractional moments when caregivers allow their own mind and body to be organized around the internal workings and rhythms of their child’s mind and body.  In the moment of true resonance/attunement the child has the experience of “feeling felt.”  This “feeling felt” coupled with the experience of consistent, warm, predictable responses to the child’s needs creates a secure attachment.  Secure attachment underpins healthy emotional, psychological and neurological development, hence, regulatory systems.

Psychologically, the internal working model (IWM) is constructed and imbedded into implicit memory in the right hemisphere of the brain.  This psychological regulatory system is the cognitive filter which quickly and unconsciously informs us about how we feel about ourselves, and what we can expect from others.  When there is mis-attunement and trauma then what’s developed is an IWM that filters through the lens of insecurity, fear, mistrust, avoidance and a negative internal dialogue running in the mind that reinforces insecurity.  The opposite of this is true for the securely attached child who had a positive/secure IWM built. 

Neurobiologicaly, Siegel (1999) states, that when we are “feeling felt” in early childhood, our dopamine system expands, and the psychological correlate tethered to this experience is the allowing or wanting to “be seen.” Conversely, he defines shame as simply the absence of attunement. Moreover, most clinicians understand that shame can be an even more explicit weapon in families.  Siegel goes on to purport that shame contracts the dopamine system and the tethered psychological experience is a person who wants to be “unseen.”

This and relationships  will all be linked to Addiction and Treatment



You will learn that addicts are not hooked on drugs, but rather, they are hooked on a pathological relationship to intoxication, and how drug use is both a “consequence of and a solution for failed relationships.”

You will learn that the name of the drug the addict is using is an illusion which contributes to biases and traps for clinicians and the systems around the addict.

You will learn how to show clients in the “here and now” how the relationship with you is activating their dopamine and opiate systems.

You will learn an approach for breaking down denial and increasing motivation for sobriety and wellness.

 More importantly you will experience this lecture as immediately applicable through case examples and it will validate and stretch you professionally.


Jon Daily, LCSW, CADC II is the founder and clinical director for Recovery Happens Counseling Services and specializes in the outpatient treatment of adolescents, young adults and their families with addictive disorders and dual diagnosis issues. A recipient of numerous awards for his work, Jon is also the co-author of (2006) “How to Help Your Child Become Drug Free,” and (2012) “Adolescent and Young Adult Addiction: The Pathological Relationship to Intoxication and the Interpersonal Neurobiology Underpinnings.” Jon has been an instructor to nurses, medical residents and has taught post-doctoral students for UC Davis. Currently he instructs graduate students for the University of San Francisco and is the developer of a chemical dependency track within a Sacramento based psychiatric hospital.  Jon has trained thousands of clinicians working with youth, young adults and adults. He has been a resource in the media over 90 times in his career from local media to the national Today Show.  In addition to teaching, practicing, writing and providing forensic testimony, Jon provides program development, trainings and conference presentations. More information at 916-276-0626.


Registration starts at 8:30 AM

Conference Details:

* Lunch will be provided.


5 CEUS for attending this training for LCSW and LMFT. Board of Behavioral Sciences approved CEU provider. Tickets are able to be cancelled 48 hours before event for refund or application to future event. Pay at the door tickets who do not show up to pay at the door will be billed. RSVPs and cancellations allow us to put on a relaxed event with appropriate seating and food and keep costs low.  


Anxiety Disorders - Effective Strategies That Work - 04/24/15


We are excited to announce that we have Dr. Robin Zaiso PsyD., LCSW coming to present a day long training on  Anxiety Disorders!

Please click on link below to buy tickets!

Attend this Event

**Check-in starts at 8:30am**

**Continental Breakfast and Lunch will be included in your registratin Fees**

Objectives include:
1. Participants will be able to distinguish signs and symptoms between various anxiety disorders.

2. Participants will be able to describe the principles of Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy.
3. Participants will be able to describe the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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Dr. Robin Zasio, Psy. D., LCSW is a specialist in treating OCD and anxiety disorders utilizing CBT and Exposure and Response Prevention techniques. She developed The Anxiety Treatment Center, Inc., The Compulsive Hoarding Center, and The Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center, all located in Sacramento, CA.  Dr. Zasio serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, Clinical Advisory Board, and Speakers Bureau for the IOCDF, and is also BTTI Faculty.  She is the Author of The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life. Dr. Zasio is a featured doctor on the A & E hit series Hoarders and Host of My Extreme Animal Phobia on Animal Planet.



A Message from a VS-CAMFT Member

Hello EMDR practitioners/trainees.

My name is Dr. Irit Goldman. I am an EMDR consultant in training and need to accumulate consulting hours  to be certified consultant.
I have been trained and certified since 2011. I am using EMDR extensively  my practice with a lot of success.
I also volunteered last summer to tr victims of war in Israel with EMDR, and gave some talks in different setting about  EMDR.
I would love to offer my knowledge of EMDR (and collect the hour I need for my certification as a consultant.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Irit Goldman,Psy.D, LMFT
1604 Ford Ave. Suite 1
Modesto CA. 95350
Tel: 209-605-9626

Fax: 209-566-9561


Job Opportunity – Post Masters Clinician

The Aspiranet WRAP around program has a current opening for a full-time clinician.


If interested please send your resume and cover letter to by February 6th, 2015.


Please see job description below.


Position Summary –

The Clinician Post-Masters is responsible for providing individual, family, and group therapy to clients. Additional responsibilities include regulation compliance, referring agency coordination, documentation and record maintenance.

Requirements –


  • Master’s degree or Doctorate as defined in the Health and Safety Code, Sections 1506 (e) (f)
  • Current Licensure as an LCSW or MFT, or Intern Registration with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, or Registration as a Psychological Assistant with the Board of Health and Welfare
  • Meets all state required conditions of employment as set forth by Community Care Licensing for a Licensed Community Care facility; i.e. Fingerprint and child Abuse Index clearance, TB/Health Physical, valid CDL and clean driving record

How to Apply-

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Aspiranet offers a competitive benefits package to full-time employees that are aimed at supporting your health and wellness, financial planning, work life balance, and protection from the unexpected.

We understand your desire to continue to grow in the role.  We are known for providing high quality services, excellent staff training and opportunities for advancement into supervisory and other roles within the organization.

The greatest benefit of a career at Aspiranet is the difference you make in the lives of our clients.

Our Vision, “to take collective action to support communities and families as they love and care for their children”, is widely respected across California and throughout the Human Services industry, and continues to support our reputation for innovative programs and positive outcomes.

The comprehensive benefits package includes:

·         Free Healthcare Insurance: Medical, Dental,  and Low Cost Vision

·         401a and 403(b) retirement program

·         Free Life and AD&D Insurance

·         Free Employee Assistance Program

·         Section 125 Medical and Child Care FSA’s

·         Commuter Benefits

·         Many more Voluntary benefit choices

·         Paid Time Off -Employees accrue 10 vacation days, 10 sick days and 10 holidays per year (Includes Birthday Holiday!), which may be used immediately upon hire. 

·         Additional paid vacation days accrue after 3 years of full-time employment

·         Job specific training opportunities

·         Opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the people that you serve!


Aspiranet is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer; all applicants will be given full consideration under state, local, and federal law.


Experiential Art Therapy Workshop

Please Note.. We will be selling 50 tickets to this event only. If you have trouble ordering, please send  an email to to inquire about additional tickets availalbe. Thank you

Please join us for an all day, hands on, art training presented by Margaret Hunter, LMFT, ATR

February 13th, 2015.

9:00am - 4:30 pm

Check-in starts at 8:30 am

Continental breakfast, buffet Lunch and Art Materials are included.

Sign up today!


Experiential Art Therapy Workshop (6 CEUS)
Margaret R. Hunter, LMFT, ATR

Course Objective

This is an introductory, experiential Art Therapy workshop that does not
require previous knowledge of, or experience with, art or art therapy.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:

• Understand the art process as a means of symbolic communication, used
to facilitate awareness and growth.

• Experience specific art-based approaches which may be integrated into
therapeutic work with children, adults, groups and families.

• Formulate clinical treatment plans for a variety of populations, utilizing
the experiential art therapy process.