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University of Montana Western

710 South Atlantic Street

Dillon, MT 59725

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Join the Beaverhead County Mental Health Local Advisory Council for two days of exceptional presentations by some of Montana's noted leaders in trauma informed identification and care of children, substance abuse treatment and recovery models, and innovative interventions in our schools' classrooms.


September 6th

7:30-8:15 Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:15-8:45 Welcome and Opening Session

8:45-11:45 Malcolm Horn, LCSW, MAC, SAP, NCIP

"Developmental Trauma Disorder" Attendees will come away with a good understanding of the origins and pathology causes of Developmental Trauma Disorder, how it differs from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and the behaviors that keep clients stuck in destructive behavior patterns. Ms. Horn will address clinical symptoms, and interventions and strategies.

12:00-12:45 Luncheon & Presentation of Howard Gaines Award

12:45-1:45 Jessie Close, Keynote Address: "FALLING OFF THE WORLD...CLAWING BACK ON"

2:15-3:30 Dr. Daniel Nauts: "Integrated Behavioral Medicine—How do we get there?" Dr. Nauts will speak about the prevalence of substance use disorders in primary care and mental health systems, universal screening, treatment, the opioid epidemic, and medication assisted psychosocial treatment.

3:30-3:45 Break

3:45-5:00 Panel Discussion: Dr. Arzubi, Dr. Nauts, Malcolm Horn, Jessie Close and Vikki Howard will share facts, offer differeing perspectives and respond to questions curated by a moderator as well as answer audience questions directly.

5:30-7:00 Conference Social

September 7th

7:30-8:15 Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:15-8:45 Opening Session

8:45-11:45 Dr. Eric Arzubi

11:45-1:15 Lunch on your own

1:15-2:30 Vikki Howard & Erin Butts

" Mindfulness Practices that Enhance Attention and Self-Regulation" Dr. Howard and Ms. Butts will provide insight on how varying mindfulness practices, e.g. meditation, breathing, exercise, compassion, etc., are instrumental in effective classroom management, more effective than punitive approaches, and allow staff to use a trauma-informed approach that promote and restores relationships.

2:30-2:45 Break

2:45-3:45 Viewing of the documentary: “RESILIENCE: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope” Directed By: JAMES REDFORD

Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by abuse and neglect during childhood. As the new one-hour documentary RESILIENCE reveals, Toxic Stress can trigger hormones that wreak havoc on the brains and bodies of children, putting them at greater risk for disease, homelessness, prison time and early death. “The child may not remember, but the body remembers.” While the broader images of poverty worsen the risk, no segment of society is immune.

RESILIENCE delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.

However, as experts and practitioners profiled in RESILIENCE are proving, what’s predictable is preventable. These physicians, educators, social workers, and communities are daring to talk about the effects of divorce, abuse and neglect. And they’re using cutting-edge science to help the next generation break the cycle of adversity and disease.

3:45-4:00 Closing Session & Door Prizes

About the Presenters

Eric Arzubi, MD is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, who completed his general psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry training at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Arzubi is Chair of the Billings Clinic Department of Psychiatry and is President of the Big Sky Regional Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Dr. Arzubi considers himself an advocate first and a physician second. As a result, he is driven to introduce innovative approaches to expand access to high-quality mental health services for all Montanans. Since arriving in August 2013, he led the design of Billings’ first school-based health center, led the launch of Project ECHO at the Billings Clinic, and is working on opening Montana’s first psychiatry training program.

With the worst suicide rate in the nation, Montana is at the epicenter of our national’s mental health crisis. Dr. Arzubi sees this statistic as an opportunity to energize stakeholders across our state and build a best-in-nation system of mental health care,

Erin Butts is the Statewide School Mental Health Coordinator at the Montana Office of Public Instruction, housed within the Special Education Division. She graduated with her bachelors in social work from Carroll College in Helena, MT in 2003. In 2010, Erin attained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Montana’s School of Social Work in Missoula, MT.

Jessie Close is an advocate and author of: Resilience: Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness At a young age, Jessie Close struggled with symptoms that would transform into severe bipolar disorder in her early twenties, but she was not properly diagnosed until the age of fifty. Jessie and her three siblings, including actress Glenn Close, spent many years moving with their parents Jessie passed her childhood in New York, Switzerland, Connecticut, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo), and finally Los Angeles, where her life quickly became unmanageable. She was just sixteen years old.

Jessie's emerging mental illness led her into a life of addictions, five failed marriages, and to the brink of suicide. She fought to raise her children despite her ever worsening mental conditions and under the strain of damaged romantic relationships. Her sister Glenn and certain members of their family tried to be supportive throughout the ups and downs, and Glenn's vignettes in RESILIENCE provide an alternate perspective on Jessie's life as it began to spiral out of control. Jessie was devastated to discover that mental illness was passed on to her son Calen, but getting him help at only 18 helped Jessie to heal as well. Because Calen was diagnosed with schizophrenia and medicated early he is doing very well, is married and leads a good life. Eleven years later, Jessie is a productive member of society and a supportive daughter, mother, sister, and grandmother.

In RESILIENCE, Jessie dives into the dark and dangerous shadows of mental illness without shying away from its horror and turmoil. With New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Pete Earley, she tells of finally discovering the treatment she needs and, with the encouragement of her sister and others, the emotional fortitude to bring herself back from the

Malcom Horn, LCSW, MAC, SAP, NCIP, has more than 10 years of progressive clinical experience working with the complex diagnoses that often accompany addictions and co-occurring disorders. She is the Director of Learning and Clinical Supervision at Rimrock Foundation in Billings, MT, the largest drug and alcohol treatment center in the region, serving adults and adolescents.

Vikki Howard, PhD a Professor of Special Education, and Chair of the Education Department at the University of Montana Western. Her work on trauma -Informed practices (TIP) includes presentations to schools and Head Start programs, authoring and delivering a trauma informed practices course for educators of students with emotional and behavioral disabilities, and collaborating with educators to implement behavioral and trauma informed strategies for students with significant behavioral challenges.

Daniel Nauts, MD is a respected leader in the field of substance use and co-occurring disorders, Dr. Nauts has more than 30 years treating substance use disorders and mental health disorders—often together. An internist by training, his passion for addiction medicine and psychiatry began when recruited to participate in the development of a substance use disorder treatment program in Bellingham, WA for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. Dr. Nauts was certified in Addiction Medicine in 1988 by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). After his move to Montana in 1993, he has provided addiction medicine direction at Benefis Health Care, Montana Chemical Dependency Center, Montana State Hospital, Center for Mental Health in Helena, Western Montana Addiction Services and his current position as Medical Director for Recovery Center Missoula (RCM). RCM provides evidence based treatment to both individualsl and their family members suffering from substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders. Under his leadership of the multidisciplinary team, this program is known for being innovative, comprehensive, and cost effective. Care is patient centered, emphasizing motivational enhancement, and provideshope and empowerment to those they serve.

Lodging Options: Mention the "Big Sky Behavioral Health Summit" block to get the rates noted below.

Comfort Inn

450 N. Interchange


$99+ tax

FairBridge Inn Express

580 Sinclair St.


$109.99-$119.99+ tax

Best Western Paradise Inn

650 N. Montana St


$109.99-$119.99+ tax

Super 8

550 N. Montana


$84.99-$89.99+ tax

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