Process Addictions: New Trends for Helping Professionals 2014 (CEU Conference)

September 25, 2014: 2-5 pm and September 26, 2014: 8:30 am - 4 pm
Registration Deadline: September 15, 2014
Fee: $90

Sponsored by:

  • UI Learning and Development/Organizational Effectiveness. a unit of University Human Resources and
  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Chemical Dependency Services

This conference is designed to provide medical and helping professionals insights into providing best practices care. Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available.

Intended Audience: Nurses, Psychologist, Primary Care Physicians, Alcohol and Drug Counselors, Social Workers, and Mental Health Counselors

Fee: $90 includes program materials, light refreshments and CEU's. Please complete the CEU Registration Form (pdf) and mail to: UI Learning & Development, 121 University Services Building, Ste. 51, Iowa City, IA 52242-1911.


Kate Speck, PhD, MAC, LADC; Senior Research Manager
The University of Nebraska, Public Policy Center 

Kate has 35 years experience working in the field of addictions. She has expertise in training clinical supervision, assessing and managing suicide risk, Motivational Interviewing (MI), disaster preparedness, psychological first aid, ethics, and workforce development. Kate is a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (IMINT) and has provided training and technical assistance nationally. She has worked in residential, outpatient and EAP settings, and has developed and directed addiction treatment programming in Iowa, Louisiana and Nebraska.

Linda B. Kalin, RN, BS, CSPI; Executive Director
Iowa Poison Control Center

Linda Kalin has over 25 years of experience in clinical toxicology and poison center activities. Linda began her career as an emergency room nurse, and in 1989 became Iowa’s first certified specialist in poison information. She was instrumental in the development of the statewide poison control center established in 2000. She is currently an adjunct faculty member and preceptor for the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy and Drake College of Pharmacy, and was awarded Preceptor of the Year by both universities. Linda has held leadership and service positions in many national and local professional organizations. Linda was honored as one of the 100 Great Iowa Nurses in 2012.

Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Health Care

September 25, 2014 | 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Registration and Welcome: 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Presenter: Kate Speck, PhD, MAC, LADC, The University of Nebraska

This workshop is designed to increase the knowledge and application of skills that enhance ethical practice in healthcare. Participants will discuss guidelines for effective ethical practice, and will consider how technology changes the picture of ethical practice. Professional boundaries, competence to practice, and ethical decision making will be discussed. The personal qualities of effective helpers will be critiqued by the participants.


Provide key concepts in ethical practice.


  1. Define the parameters of ethical dilemma in healthcare
  2. Explain personal myths that impact ethical reasoning and patient care
  3. Discuss the impact of technology on ethics

Into the Future: Process Additions

September 26, 2014 | 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Registration and Welcome: 8:00 am - 8:30 am
Presenter: Kate Speck, PhD, MAC, LADC, The University of Nebraska

This workshop will broaden medical and helping professionals’ understanding of the social, psychological and physical impact of process addictions, ranging from exercise dependence, eating disorders and internet addiction, to problem gambling.


Determine the impact of process addictions.


  1. Define process addictions
  2. Describe the differences between substance use disorder and process addictions
  3. Examine how process addiction impacts the medical and helping professions

Pills and Thrills that Kill: Emerging Drugs of Abuse

September 26, 2014 | 1:00 pm - 4 pm

Presenter: Linda Kalin, RN, BS, CSPI, Iowa Poison Control Center

N-bomb. Alpha-PVP. Molly. It’s almost impossible to keep up with the ever-changing synthetic “thrill-pills” available today. New recreational drugs with hallucinogenic and stimulant properties have hit the market since many states banned the most common chemicals used in making KI2 and bath salts. Learn how to recognize these substances and their symptoms, what they are, how they are obtained, what they do, how they are used, how overdoses are treated, why they’re so readily available, and how they impact communities. This program will also focus on commonly-abused prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including opioids (narcotic painkillers), depressants (sleeping pills or anti-anxiety drugs), stimulants (ADHD drugs) and dextromethorphan (cough medicine). Alcohol fads and other emerging drug trends will be discussed.


Describe the effects and risks of new synthetic drugs, their slang names, and identify new fads in teen alcohol use.


  1. Discuss the effects and risks of new synthetic drugs growing in popularity throughout Iowa and the U.S.
  2. Describe how these synthetic drugs are manufactured and sold, why they are so readily available, and the dangers these drugs pose
  3. Identify new fads in teen alcohol use

Continuing Education Units (CEU)

Participants must attend the entire program to receive full credit.

  • Nursing Credits: 0.99 CEUs will be granted by UI Hospitals and Clinics Department of Nursing (IBN Approved Provider #34)
  • IBC Credits: 3.0 contact hours; Ethics; 6.0 contact hours; Category A, have been approved by the Iowa Board of Certification
  • Social Work Credits: 3.0 contact hours; Ethics; 6.0 contact hours

Conference Location

  • University Athletic Club
    1360 Melrose Avenue
    Iowa City, IA  52246

Room temperature may fluctuate; please dress accordingly. Parking is available at no cost.