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CenterPointe Hospital
Fall Conference 2018 Presents


Friday, September 14, 2018
8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Register 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.


Old Hickory Golf Club
#1 Dye Club Drive
St. Peters, Mo 63304

Joint-provided by: Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Co-provided by School of Nursing and School of Social Work
Approved for 6.25 hours continuing education credit

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 21.5 million American adults (aged 12 and older) are battling a substance use disorder, with numbers growing dramatically every day.

Addiction is considered to be, on average, heritable about 50 percent of the time (Journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics). Addictions are a diverse set of common, complex diseases that are to some extent tied together by shared genetic and environmental etiological factors. Genetic studies and other analyses clarifying the origins of addiction help destigmatize addiction, leading to more prompt treatment. Knowledge of genetic factors in etiology and treatment response may enable the individualization of prevention and treatment, as well as the identification of new therapeutic targets.

Families with alcohol and drug problems also have high levels of distress causing family members to assume roles initially adapted for survival but inevitably become self-destructive, e.g., enabling roles make excuses for all behaviors which cause the dysfunction to continue. People become familiar with and dependent upon the role they play in families. The goal of addiction treatment is to make each family member WHOLE. Overcoming family roles is the key to family recovery.

This conference will discuss the unwanted inheritance of addiction and reframe clinical conceptualization to include a compassionate way of thinking about the family experience of addiction, as well as offer healing activities for families.



Leslie Adair, PhD, LP, LMFT

Leslie Adair, PhD, LP, LMFT, is the National leader for Mental Health services for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. She has operational oversight of outpatient mental health services and is also responsible for high quality care delivery of standardized evidenced-based mental health treatment across the continuum. Her areas of interest include assessment and treatment of co-occurring disorders, family therapy and quality patient care. Dr. Adair received a Master’s Degree in counseling and psychotherapy from the Alfred Adler Institute of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree and Doctorate in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA.

Azfar Malik, MD, MBA, DFAPA

Azfar Malik, MD, MBA, DFAPA, is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology with secondary certification in both addictive and geriatric psychiatry. Dr Malik is President of CenterPointe Behavioral Health System and Chief Medical Officer of CenterPointe Hospital; board chairman of his private practice group, Psych Care Consultants; assistant clinical professor, department of psychiatry at Saint Louis University Health Science Center, and principal investigator and president of Psych Care Consultants Research. Dr. Malik earned his Doctor of Medicine in 1978 from Dow Medical College in Karachi, Pakistan. He is licensed by the state of Missouri and certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He earned his Master’s in Business Administration from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Candace Finan, MA, LPC

Candace Finan, MA, LPC, is the Clinical Supervisor of The Changing Pointe Addiction Treatment Center at CenterPointe Hospital. Candace received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Lindenwood University in 2002 and is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed clinical hypnotherapist. Candace has worked in the behavioral health field for over 30 years and has an extensive background in counseling and addiction treatment with emphasis on dual disorders, relapse dynamics, codependency dynamics, prevention and recovery. She is a frequent speaker on addiction and dual diagnosis topics.

Steve Brunk, MA, LP

Steve Brunk, MA, LPC is a counselor for The Changing Pointe Addiction Treatment Center at CenterPointe Hospital. He received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Webster University in 2012 and a Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in psychology from Southeast Missouri State University in 2009. Steve worked at ARCA, Hyland Behavioral Health and Harris House prior to CenterPointe Hospital, dedicating much of his work to helping individuals and families affected by addiction. In addition to providing counseling sessions, Steve provides mindfulness sessions at The Changing Pointe.

Catherine Decker, MA, MT-BC

Catherine Decker, MA, MT-BC, has been a music therapist at CenterPointe Hospital for 12 years. Catherine earned a Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy, both from Maryville University in 2012 and 2002 respectively. Catherine also provides contracted music therapy services at CdMarie’s Music Therapy Services, LLC and FindYourVoiceMusic Therapy. Catherine has supervised music therapy interns, is a speaker for Music Therapy conferences and other organizations, and is the Past Educational Chair of St. Louis Music Therapy Association.

Valerie Brodersen, BS, CTRS

Valerie Brodersen, BS, CTRS has been the Activity Coordinator at CenterPointe Hospital for 11 years where she supervises a staff of 6 experiential therapists including a recreation therapist, music therapist, art therapist, social work and activity aides. Prior to working at CenterPointe, Valerie held therapeutic recreation positions at Metropolitan St. Louis Psychiatric Center, St. Alexius Hospital and St. John’s Hospital and has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. Valerie received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Missouri State University in Therapeutic Recreation in 1998 and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

Program Agenda

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives for the Addiction is a Family Disease conference include:

I. Topic: The Parental Journey of Addiction: Developing Compassion for Parental Experiences of Addiction

II. Topic: Genetics and Comorbid Illness

III. Topic: Family Codependency Dynamics

IV. Topic: Using Experiential Therapies to Heal the WHOLE FAMILY Affected by Addiction

ADDICTION IS A FAMILY DISEASE has been approved for continuing education credit for physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, psychologists, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, nursing home administrators, employee assistance professionals, addiction counselors, activity/recreation therapists and other learners. Other disciplines will receive participation certificates to submit for continuing education credit in their respective disciplines.

ACCREDITATION: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Saint Louis University School of Medicine and CenterPointe Hospital. Saint Louis University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designations:
Saint Louis University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine will provide Other Learner certificates (for NPs and other types of learners).  The certificate will state that the activity was designated for 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ Follow your board’s requirements for reciprocal CE credits.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine has reviewed this activities’ disclosures and resolved all identified conflicts of interest, if applicable.


AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME. PAs may receive a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for completing this activity.


Saint Louis University School of Medicine is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Saint Louis University maintains the responsibility for this program and its content. This program is approved for 6.25 APA credits.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by SSM Health, St. Louis University School of Medicine and CenterPointe Hospital. SSM Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

SSM Health designates this educational activity for a maximum of 6.25 ACPE contact hours.


Saint Louis University School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Midwest MSD Provider CenterPointe CE Approval # M0221-1. Nursing contact hours: 6.25   Activity #N19003


The course titled, “Addiction is a Family Disease”, Sponsored by Saint Louis University School of Medicine, to be held on September 14, 2018, in St. Peters, MO, has been reviewed by the board and approved for licensed administrator continuing education hours in Missouri.

RCAL and NHA 6.25 PC Hours


Saint Louis University School of Social Work is an approved provider of continuing social work education. Social Workers will receive 6.25 CEH


This seminar has been approved for professional development hours through the Employee Assistance Certification Commission. CEAP participants may earn 6.25 PDHs for attendance.


Continuing education credit by ATRA and NCTRC for Category B is pending. Application for Activity/Recreation Therapists to earn .625 CEs has been submitted.


This activity has been approved by the Missouri Substance Abuse Professionals Credentialing Board (MSAPCB) to award continuing education credits for substance abuse professionals. Participants may earn 6.25 CEs for attendance.


Licensed Professional Counselors, Missouri and Illinois Educators and licensed professionals in other disciplines will receive participation certificates for 6.25 continuing education hours to submit to their respective licensing boards.

Register Online

Registration is required, as seating is limited. The seminar registration fee is payable online or by check (see fees for each discipline). To register online, scroll to the bottom of this page to “REGISTER NOW”, select your category or professional discipline, then click “Buy Now”

Register by Mail

To register by mail complete the registration form HERE with payment and mail to:

CenterPointe Hospital – Fall 2018 Conference
4801 Weldon Spring Parkway, St. Charles, MO 63304

Group Registration

For groups of 6 participants or more, a 20% discount will be available for a group registering together (group must register at one time). You will need to register by mail for the group rate (see Register By Mail registration form above). For more information, call 636-345-6150 or email

Participants will receive registration confirmation by email, so please provide an email address when registering. Attendees applying for continuing education credit must indicate the type of continuing education credit desired on the registration form.

Refund Policy: Refund requests must be made by September 7, 2018. Refunds for registrations paid by check will be returned in full. Refunds for online registration payment are made in full, less a $5 processing fee.



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