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CenterPointe Hospital
2019 Fall Conference


Friday, September 13, 2019
Registration 7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.
Conference 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Bogey Hills Country Club
1120 Country Club Road
St. Charles, Mo 63303

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

Addiction is a chronic condition that does not discriminate. It affects people of all ages, genders, sexual orientation, races, social classes, educational backgrounds and family structures. Addiction can affect us all, but according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, risk factors for addiction exist on an individual level as well as an interpersonal relationship, community and societal level.

Culturally appropriate and population-specific addiction treatment takes into account the various factors affecting a group of people. When addiction treatment is specific to an individual’s experience it is much more likely that individuals in the program will experience positive outcomes. When treatment methods are grounded in appropriate and culturally-sensitive approaches that provide a supportive recovery community, it can provide the best possible opportunity to heal.

For example, women are exposed more often to certain types of trauma that can fuel drug abuse. Essential components of treatment can include focused support for working through issues of trauma, violence, child abuse, spousal violence, other forms of trauma, as well as intense pain. Many women feel more comfortable in a treatment setting where treatment is tailored to their unique needs and they can share sensitive feelings and experiences.

The LGBQ+ community suffers from higher rates of substance abuse than the population as a whole. This is due in part to a number of societally imposed obstacles that they face, often on a daily basis. According to the CDC, substance abuse among LGBTQ+ individuals may be a reaction to homophobia, discriminations, or violence they have experienced.

Dealing with substance abuse, alcoholism, or drug addiction is never easy, and it’s even more difficult when you’re also struggling with mental health problems. In co-occurring disorders, both the mental health issue and the drug or alcohol addiction have their own unique symptoms, and to make the situation more complicated, the co-occurring disorders also affect each other. When a mental health problem goes untreated, the substance abuse problem usually gets worse. And, when alcohol or drug abuse increases, mental health problems usually increase, too.

This conference will discuss special populations in addiction – including women, the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals with mental health problems – and the importance of identifying their unique treatment needs.


Elizabeth R. Farver (Betsy), MAACP

Elizabeth R. Farver (Betsy), MAACP, has been 23 years in recovery from alcohol and nicotine addiction and 18 months abstinent. She graduated from USC with a BA in Psychology, and has a Masters in Addiction Counseling (MAAC) from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in Center City, Minnesota. She subsequently worked at the Betty Ford Center for 15 years where she served in various roles, including the Director of Clinical Services. She was instrumental in the successful merger of Hazelden and Betty Ford Center in 2014. In 2018 she retired from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation as Vice President of Philanthropy and Alumni Relations. Since her retirement, Betsy continues her work in the addiction field by facilitating and/or speaking at gatherings focused on all aspects of recovery.


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.

Brenda Iliff, MA, LADC, CAC, CMAT

Brenda Iliff, MA, LADC, CAC, CMAT, is the Executive Director of Hazelden Betty Ford in Naples. With more than 20 years’ experience in the addiction field, both as a clinician and as an administrator, Brenda Iliff brings strong clinical experience into a setting with real life recovery. A native Minnesotan, Brenda received her B.A. in Gerontology and Chemical Dependency from Metro State University in Minneapolis, MN. She went on to obtain her M.A. in Counseling from Regent University, VA.

Brenda has served in many roles during her 20 years with Hazelden Betty Ford. Brenda was the first clinical director of the Hazelden Women’s Recovery Center when it opened in Minnesota, which has subsequently been named the Betty Ford Women’s Recovery Center. She has been working as the Executive Director at Hazelden Betty Ford in Naples, FL for over six years. Brenda is the author of A Woman’s Guide to Recovery, (Hazelden, 2006) as well as many other articles on addiction and recovery concerns.

Dan Stewart, MS

Dan Stewart, MS, is the special programs coordinator at PROMO, Missouri’s statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization. He oversees PROMO’s Health Care Access Training program as well as SAGE of PROMO Fund (a program for LGBTQ elders). Dan received his bachelor’s in psychology from Saint Louis University and a Master’s of Science in Gerontology from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Dan serves on the diversity and inclusion councils of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri Chapter and the Red Cross, Missouri and Arkansas Region. He regularly presents across the US on the needs of LGBTQ individuals and how to serve this vulnerable, yet resilient, community.

Program Agenda

I. Working With Special Populations in Recovery

Learners will be able to:

  1. Identify treatment needs in special populations in recovery such as women, LGBT, seniors and individuals with mental illness
  2. Develop treatment strategies for special populations in recovery
  3. Integrate addiction principles of treatment with co-occurring treatment needs of special populations

II. Co-morbid Psychiatric Conditions Associated With Substance Use Disorder

Learners will be able to:

  1. Identify psychiatric conditions that are common among individuals affected by substance use
  2. Identify reasons why treating psychiatric conditions prevent relapse addiction recovery
  3. Describe programmatic approaches that treat both addiction and mental health issues

III. Equal But Different: Women, Addiction and Recovery

Learners will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 physiological differences in women that impact addiction and recovery
  2. Identify the strongest influencer for women in starting use, relapsing and recovery
  3. Identify differences in women in recovery in different generations and interventions
  4. Identify ways that support women in moving from clinical management to self-management

IV. Substance Use and Abuse in the LGBTQ Community

Learners will be able to:

  1. Identify stigma or discrimination experienced by the LGBT community
  2. Identify risk factors for substance use and abuse for members of the LGBT community
  3. Implement best practices to support LGBT clients in their journey to sobriety


The conference, The Mosaic of Special Populations in Recovery, has been submitted for approval for continuing education credit for physicians, physician assistants, 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 APPS 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 activity’s 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 School of Medicine maintains the responsibility for this program and its content. This program is approved for 6.25 APA credits.


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 Approved for 6.25 Nursing contact hours.


The course titled, CenterPointe Hospital Fall 2019 Conference, Sponsored by Saint Louis University
School of Medicine, to be held on September 13, 2019 in St Charles, MO, has been reviewed by the board and approved for 6.25 PC hours for RCAL and NHA continuing education hours in Missouri.


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


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


This seminar has been approved for continuing education credit by ATRA and NCTRC for Category B. Activity/recreation therapists may earn 6.25 CEs for attendance.


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.


Meets requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors for 6.25 Continuing Education Credits. Missouri and Illinois Educators and licensed professionals in other disciplines will receive participation certificates at the conclusion of the seminar 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 paper registration form HERE with payment and mail to:

CenterPointe Hospital
ATTN: Fall 2019 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. The group must register together by mail, completing a Registration Form for each attendee. For more information, call 636-345-6150 or email

Refund Policy: Refund requests must be made by September 6, 2019. 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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