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WAFCA-CE The Intersection of Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma: Taking the Next Right Step
Best Western Oshkosh Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center
1 North Main Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901

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Thursday, April 23, 2020, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST
Category: WAFCA CE Training

The Intersection of Addiction, Anxiety, Depression, and Trauma: Taking the Next Right Step

Together we will engage on a professional and personal journey while exploring what it means to create a foundation of wellness, given life’s struggles with addictions, anxiety, depression and trauma. Portions of this workshop will be interactive (don’t panic) and being curious will be encouraged. You are invited to dress in your most comfortable clothes and be prepared to have some fun!

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the intersection of Addictions, Anxiety, Depression and Trauma view and how to integrate it into their personal and professional life

  • Understand how to support people in self-directed change to increase their mental health and build a foundation of well being .

  • Understand what “right action” is and how to use it for increasing wellness

  • Interpret what the research says about Meditation as a tool for wellness 

  • Explain the connection between professional integrity and one’s personal view

  • Critique the concepts of compassion, empathy and happiness, and explain the benefits of compassion

  • Practice awareness throughout the day


Vicki Goodman-Strenski has worked in both the mental health and substance use disorders fields for over 25 years. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Vicki has focused her career on supporting people in self-directed change designed to improve their psychological and physical health. Vicki has expertise in Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, and Substance Use Disorders, and utilizes various treatment modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral techniques, Motivational Interviewing, and Neuropsychology (a combination of Neurobiology, Contemplative Practices and Psychology).

Vicki worked at the UW Hospital in the Addictive Disorders Clinic and had a private practice with Family Therapy Center of Madison.  Within her private practice she taught groups on Mindfulness Meditation as a tool to increase psychological wellness. She also taught continuing education workshops on both Mindfulness Meditation and on Dual Diagnosis (MH/AODA) throughout the state. She is currently working with Dr. Zgierska of the UW Family Medicine Clinic supporting her research on non-pharmacological options for pain management.

In July 2015 Vicki and her family survived a traumatic rollover car crash. She has been imperfectly “practicing what she preached” since the accident. She is excited to present a fresh view of the intersection of addiction, anxiety, depression and PTSD.


Contact: Rachel Kruse: [email protected], 608.257.5939