White Sands Army Substance Abuse Program
White Sands Missile Range hosted its first professional care providers training, “Drug Trends & Treatments Workshop” April 10. The event was led by the Army Substance Abuse Program and co-sponsored by University Behavioral Health, UBH, El Paso. The workshop brought together agencies from the surrounding areas in Texas and New Mexico.
The 80 participants were representatives from Fort Bliss, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Holloman Air Force Base and Veterans Affairs Office from both Las Cruces and El Paso. Other agencies included Juvenile Probation Office, Family Youth Inc, Mesilla Valley and Peak Hospital, New Mexico State University Social Work program and counselors from the Public School District. Each participant earned 6 continuing education units, CEUs, towards their licensure requirement.
UBH Director of Clinical Services Lori Brewer, Military Medical Director Dr. Hatem Nour, and UBH Medical Director Dr. Arthur Ramirez provided the training. Topics included Dual Diagnosis, New Trends Update, Integrated Therapy, Alternative treatments for Recovery, Psycho Medication Management Trends, Brain on Marijuana and Rules of Pharmacology.
The noon-time presentation was delivered through the eyes of a mother and as an educator. Ruth Rivas founded the non-profit organization; Spice is Not Nice, after the untimely death of her son, Adam Robert Hernandez. She turned this tragedy into a campaign and presented awareness on synthetic drugs.
The workshop provided a forum for counselors, therapists, and students to discuss tools and processes and how they can better serve clients. It was also an opportunity for professionals to stay abreast of the latest research and evidence-based practices in the field, and build relationships with other professionals who can be a resource for information and problem-solving ideas.
ASAP staff ensured the workshop moved swiftly as they in-processed participants, transformed a classroom into a top notch dining facility, ensuring that coffee and water was available, and engaged participants in an ice-breaker event.
Food, snacks, and speakers were provided by UBH.
CAPTION for Training session2/ Presentation2 — Dr. Nour, medical director of UBH military programs. Has over 5 years experience working with active duty military members for various installation across different branches of services. Presented on dual-diagnosis and the brain on marijuana.