Schedule at a Glance


September 15 – 17, 2017   |   St. Charles Bend, Bend, OR

***All presentations take place in Conference Rooms A, B, C, D unless otherwise specified (breakouts). Schedule subject to change without notice.

Friday, September 15:

4:00-5:00pm – Event Check-In and Welcome Reception

5:00-5:05pm – Welcome & Introduction of Keynote Speaker – Dr. Jeff Absalon, Chief Physician Officer, St Charles Health System

5:05-6:30pm – Keynote: “Why Was the Evidence Ignored? The Long Record of Research Findings Documenting the Harm from Benzodiazepines” – Robert Whitaker

6:30-8:00pm  – Open Dialogues: Benzodiazepine Recovery – Panel

Saturday, September 16:

7:00-8:00am – Event Check-In and Continental Breakfast

8:00-8:30am – Welcome – Marjorie Meret-Carmen, M.Ed., Steven Wright, M.D., Joe Sluka, President/CEO, St. Charles Health System

8:30-9:35am – “The Neuropharmacology of Benzodiazepines and Drugs with Similar Mechanism of Action” – Robert Raffa, Ph.D.

9:35-10:40am- “Benzodiazepines: The Compassionate Doctor, the Drug-Seeking Patient, and the Risks of Overprescribing” – Anna Lembke, M.D.

10:40-10:55am – Break

10:55-12:00pm – “Anxiety States & Benzodiazepines” – Michael Miller, M.D.

12:00-1:00pm – Lunch and “TIBS Talks”

1:00-5:00pm – Breakouts

Conf. Room F


Conf. Room G (1:00-5:00PM) Conf. Room H Cafeteria Conf. Room
1:00-2:10PM “Trauma-Informed Difficult Conversations: Building Capacity for Resilient Clinical Relationships” – Lydia Barthalow, PMHNP    Motivational Interviewing Training – Mary J. O’Leary, Ph.D. “Hypnotic Medications” – Wallace Mendelson, M.D. “Benzodiazepine Medical Disaster” – Shane Kenny, Filmmaker
2:10-3:35PM “Trauma-Informed Difficult Conversations” Continued Motivational Interviewing Training Continued “Exploring the Benzodiazepine Opioid Co-Prescribing Dilemma” – Joseph Pergolizzi, M.D. “Behavioral Sleep Medicine, Special Emphasis on Insomnia and CBT-I” – Mary Rose, Psy.D.
3:55-5:00PM “Trauma-Informed Difficult Conversations” Continued Motivational Interviewing Training Continued “A Mindful Way through Anxiety” – Steve Flowers, MA, MFT “Integrative and Environmental Approach to Anxiety and Insomnia” – Lisa Lavine Nagy, M.D.

6:30-9:00pm – Speaker dinner at COCC Campus

Sunday, September 17:

7:00-8:00 – Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:00am – “Learning to Worry Better – A Cognitive/Emotional Approach to Reduce Anxiety and Stress” – Martin Rossman, M.D.

9:10-12:20pm – Breakouts

Cafeteria Conference Room Conference Rooms F, G, H
9:10-10:10AM “Life Without Benzos: Tapering and Withdrawal” – Mark Sullivan, M.D., Ph.D. “Imagine: No Suicide” – Cheryl Emerson, MS
10:10-10:15AM BREAK BREAK
10:15-11:15AM “Considering Trauma in Treatment and Prescribing: What We Know, What We Don’t and What We’re Learning About How Best to Help” – Elaine Walters, MS “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Tools for All Providers in the Treatment of Anxiety Spectrum Disorders” – Kimberly Swanson, Ph.D.
11:15-11:20AM BREAK BREAK
11:20-12:20PM “Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety” – Michael Twohig, Ph.D. “Non-benzodiazepine Pharmacologic Approaches to Anxiety” – Steven Wright, M.D.

12:20-1:20pm – Lunch and Open Dialogues: Benzodiazepine Legislation – Panel

1:20-2:45 – Open Dialogues: “Where Do We Go From Here?”  -All Star Panel