Schedule at a Glance


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

Schedule at a Glance

***All presentations take place in Conference Rooms A, B, C, D

Friday, September 15:

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

5:00-5:05pm – Welcome & Introduction of Keynote Speaker – Jeff Absalon, MD, 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, MD, 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, PhD

9:35-10:40am- “Benzodiazepines: The Compassionate Doctor, the Drug-Seeking Patient, and the Problem of Misuse and Addiction” – Anna Lembke, MD

10:40-10:55am – Break

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

12:00-1:00pm – Lunch and “TIBS Talks”

  • “Trauma-Informed Difficult Conversations” – Lydia Bartholow, DNP, PMHNP, CARN-AP & Tracy Bitz, PMHNP

1:00-5:00pm – Breakouts

Conference Room A Conference Room B
1:00-2:10PM “Hypnotic Medications” – Wallace Mendelson, MD “Benzodiazepine Medical Disaster” – Shane Kenny, Filmmaker
2:10-3:35PM “Exploring the Benzodiazepine Opioid Co-Prescribing Dilemma” – Joseph Pergolizzi, MD “Behavioral Sleep Medicine: Non-Pharmacological Management & Care of the Complicated Sleep Patient” – Mary Rose, PsyD
3:55-5:00PM “A Mindful Way to Care for Your Anxious Mind” – Steve Flowers, MA, MFT “Integrative and Environmental Approach to Anxiety and Insomnia” – Lisa Lavine Nagy, MD

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

Sunday, September 17:

7:00-8:00 – Continental Breakfast

8:00-9:00am – “The Worry Solution” – Martin Rossman, MD

9:10-12:20pm – Breakouts

Conference Room A Conference Room B
9:10-10:10AM “Life Beyond Benzos: Taper and Discontinuation” – Mark Sullivan, MD, PhD “Imagine: No Suicide” – Cheryl Emerson, MS, NCC, LPC
10:10-10:15AM BREAK BREAK
10:15-11:15AM “Considering Trauma: What We Know, What We Don’t, and How Best to Help” – Elaine Walters, MS “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Tools for All Providers in the Treatment of Anxiety Spectrum Disorders” – Kimberly Swanson, PhD
11:15-11:20AM BREAK BREAK
11:20-12:20PM “Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety and Related Disorders” – Michael Twohig, PhD “Non-benzodiazepine Pharmacologic Approaches to Anxiety” – Steven Wright, MD


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

1:20-2:45 – Open Dialogues: “Next Steps to Improving Benzodiazepine Prescribing Practices”