Robert Frost and I
Have one thing in common
He loves woods
And so do I
But, there seems to be
A big difference
In the way we set forth
In life’s journey
He is a goer,
And I am a sitter
He has miles and miles to go
Before he sleeps
While I have years and years to sit
To reach the same destination.

— Ngodup Paljor

21st Century Recovery 2019


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21st Century Recovery
Joni Lavick, MFT and
Gaetano Vaccaro, PhD

February 16, 2019
10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Getting CEU’s doesn’t have to be dull. Come join us!

$195 – Full Tuition
$165 early registration before January 11, 2019

30% off for pre-licensed students in clinical training.
Use the coupon “student30”

This training will integrate leading-edge treatment options into a coherent modality and bolster your confidence in a new approach to working with substance abuse disorders and process addictions.

Workshop Overview: 

Section 1. Theoretical Models of Addiction.  

We will begin with a review of treatment modalities presented in Part 1 of the series. We will also address questions and case examples from your clinical experience and private practice.


Section 2. Understanding the Integrated System of Addiction Care 

Traditionally, either the therapist is the first point of contact that a client has with addiction recovery counseling, or the entry point is an emergency room following an overdose or a 5150. We will discuss how the handling of this first contact can often make the difference between successful enrollment in treatment, or misdiagnosis and continuation of addictive behaviors.  

Section 3.  Levels of Care.

What is the correct treatment level for your client? Do they need detoxification, or partial-hospitalization (PHP)? Are they appropriate for an in-patient residential setting (RTC), an intensive outpatient treatment facility (IOP), or sober living environment (SLE).  Additionally, how we integrate social model programs such as AA 12-step, Rational Recovery, Refuge Recovery, and other forms of peer support?  We will define and simplify the options of this system. You will learn The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) dimensions. We will have a discussion of how Utilization Review may impact treatment duration. 

Lunch on your own.

Section 4. An Addiction Recovery Model for the 21st Century. 

We will show you how you can create an individualized treatment plan uniquely suited to the needs of your client. This ‘do-it-yourself’ model is relational in its approach; inspiring your client to self-educate and empowering them participate in their own treatment planning.  The goal is a personalized recovery plan that your client can commit to long-term! 

$195 – Full Tuition
$165 early registration before January 11, 2019

30% off for pre-licensed students in clinical training.
Use the coupon “student30”


Joni Lavick, MFT maintains a private practice in Santa Monica. She is a clinical supervisor at Counseling West, and Antioch University, and works with families coping with addiction at The Canyon Recovery Center.

She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and has a Bachelors degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Joni’s philosophy and clinical practice is asset-based, integrates body and mind, and holds that it is the therapeutic relationship that heals. Her Universal Treatment Plan is the distillation of 25 years of training and experience to help clients grow through identifying strengths and enhancing resources.

Joni has been working with HIV positive individuals since 1988. In 2005 she received a National HIV Leadership Award from The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Psychotherapists Association’s honored her expertise and advocacy in 2000, with their Annual Community Service Award. She is a former Director of Mental Health Services at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.  Joni is a member of the teaching faculty at the Insight Center in Los Angeles.

She has over 20 years of experience treating individuals with sexual compulsivity, methamphetamine addiction, alcoholism and other substances, depression and anxiety. Currently she serves on the board of The Women’s Association for Addiction Treatment.

In addition to her expertise with HIV, addiction, and LGBT issues, she has special training in the scoring and administration of Mary Main’s Adult Attachment Interview, studied Intersubjective Systems Theory with Robert Stolorow, and is certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner by Peter Levine’s Foundation for Human Enrichment.

Her publications include “Trauma and HIV: Frozen Moments, Frozen Lives” BETA, Spring 2008 and “Conquering Anxiety; Living with HIV” BETA, Winter 2007. An experienced public speaker she has presented at many national conferences, university classrooms, and community based organizations.

Gaetano Vaccaro, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and an expert in Program Management, Organizational Change, and Optimal Performance. Dr. Vaccaro has over twenty-five years of experience as a psychotherapist, clinical program director, workshop facilitator, life-coach, and management consultant for program design and implementation.

Dr. Vaccaro is currently in private practice and also facilitates the Family Program workshops at Foundations Recovery Network RTC – The Canyon at Peace Park. He is a part of the counseling and consulting team of REACH RECOVERY, providing both direct clinical care and administrative program design and evaluation. Dr. Vaccaro is also a principal with EAGAN MEDICAL GROUP and he has done extensive counseling with adult survivors of sexual trauma, substance abuse and process addictions.  Dr. Vaccaro is a multi-disciplinary psychologist who received his doctorate at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian Depth Psychology, and his Masters degree in Positive Psychology & Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.

Dr. Vaccaro was recently the interim Clinical Director at Alta Mira Recovery Center in Sausalito, CA, serving to restructure and redevelop a comprehensive dual diagnosis treatment program. Dr. Vaccaro previously served as Director of Program Development and Clinical Director at Moonview Sanctuary, a psychological treatment center focusing on holistic multidisciplinary treatment of psychological disturbances and addictions. He was formerly the Manager of Clinical and Behavioral Research at the LAGLC Jeffrey Goodman Clinic and for eleven years he specialized in HIV/AIDS treatment and education, as well as treatment for sexual compulsivity, addictive behaviors, and mood disorders.

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Psychologists: The Insight Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Insight Center maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This course is provides 6 CE units.

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