Urge Surfing: Targeting Addictive Behaviors through Mindfulness

Insight Treatment Adolescent Young Adult Resource Network

Urge Surfing Targeting Addictive Behaviors through Mindfulness in Los Angeles

Insight Treatment Programs and Clearview Treatment Programs is facilitating the next Adolescent & Young Adult Resource Network (AYARN) meeting on September 16th, 2016 at 8:30 am.

Alyson Lees, MA, LMFT will present how to target adolescents and young adults addictive behaviors through a Mindfulness technique called Urge Surfing.

The technique can help clients develop awareness of their urges to use and teach alternative coping skills.

The presentation will give 1 CE credit for Psychologists, LCSW’s and MFT’s.

Insight Proudly Supports our K-9 Officers In This Year’s Event

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It is the time of year again to celebrate and support our partners at the Los Angeles County Police Canine Association (LACPCA), the non profit group created jointly by the Pasadena and Los Angeles City Police Departments. This will be the 17th annual event for the nonprofit group that supports K-9 officers. The event is open to the public this coming Saturday, August 6 at Santa Monica College and runs from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  For more information, please call 310-390-2472.

This event is a great way for us all to give back. The funds raised at the will help support:

  1.  Families of police officers who are injured or killed in the line of duty.
  2.  Care for retired police service dogs. LACPCA provides veterinary care for retired service dogs.
  3.  Training programs for Police K-9 units, which may include outside experts, equipment acquisition, and seminars.
  4.  The Guide Dogs of America, the organization who trains guide dogs for the blind. Providing for medical costs and a place for them to live when they retire.

Anthony Lopez, Founder and Program Director of Insight Treatment Programs, said Insight has been a proud donor and sponsor of LACPCA for many years.

“LACPCA is a wonderful organization. Insight Treatment Programs has been working together since its inception with both Pasadena and Los Angeles City Police Departments,” Lopez said, “We have an Insight Treatment Program Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) in both cities, and over the past many years both of our police departments have worked closely with us.”

Lopez hopes to see another excellent turnout this year.  He writes:

My experience is that our brave men, women and our beautiful doggies in blue are not just here to uphold and enforce our laws. In my three decades of working with young people who suffer from mental health and substance abuse problems, we sometimes have no other choice but to reach out to our local police departments for a helping hand.  This has happened numerous times throughout the years.  Although this is not always the case, it is reassuring that we can call upon our fine officers anytime.

When we’ve worked together as a team, it has often proven to be the difference between a young person being incarcerated or dying– or providing the treatment these young people deserve a shot at.  We cherish the trust and the relationships we have built over the years with these departments.  Once in a while, there will be a need for these fine officers to intervene in situations at one of our facilities or at a patient’s home.  As part of intervention, these young people must often decide between going to jail or seeking treatment.  Our passionate team of counselors and therapists have worked alongside dedicated and compassionate police officers to provide the care these kids need.  Our goal is to help put these young lives back together.

Insight Treatment Programs and I are most grateful for the compassion exhibited by our partner police departments in Los Angeles and Pasadena.  I kindly ask that members of the public come out with their families for an educational and exciting afternoon this Saturday at Santa Monica College.  The support you show our law enforcement officers and their canine companions is much-needed because they put their lives on the line for us each day.  I hope to see you there.  🙂


Kind Regards,
Anthony Lopez
Insight Treatment Programs

SFV-EAPA Meeting April 26, 2013

San Fernando Valley . Employee Assistance Providers Association Presents
Short Term Treatment of Anxiety

Friday, April 26, 2013

April, 2013
SFV-EAPA Meeting

Friday, April 26th
8:30 am Networking
9-11 am Program

Insight Treatment Program. 14156 Magnolia Blvd. Suite #101, Sherman Oaks, Ca

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SFV EAPA would like to thank our Chapter Sponsors!


American Addiction Centers
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Program Costs:
Members:                 $15
Non-Members:          $20
Students with I.D:     $10
RSVP: 818.759.9999 or go to our website

If the employees in your care live in an area of Los Angeles where they have started putting Xanax directly in the water supply, you may not need to attend our April Meeting. For the rest of us, April’s Training is right up our therapeutic water supply!

Our presenter, Ken Goodman,, LCSW, is the funding Director of Quiet Minds Productions.  Ken and his team are dedicated to the creation of high quality and effective self-help material including hypnosis sessions, relaxation exercises and “The Anxiety Solution Series,” a comprehensive 9 disc self-help course that teaches people how to conquer their anxiety disorder.   

Ken has also produced an 8 unit CE audio download for therapists, entitled, “Solving the Anxiety Puzzle: How to Successfully Treat Patients with Anxiety.”  He has shared his expertise in anxiety at various universities, hospitals, mental health agencies and community groups.   Ken earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from UCLA and was trained in clinical hypnosis by the UCLA Department of Psychiatry.

Please join us for a great presentation and training on Short-Term Treatment of Anxiety.  This model is perfect for EAP settings and offers clinical insight into the minds of individuals who suffer with anxiety as well as tools to help them end their suffering.    

You will come away from this Presentation with powerful techniques that can be implemented immediately and bring relief to your employees and patients. 

You will hear directly from former anxiety sufferers as they share with you what has worked for them.   


We will also learn:

  1. How to assess a patient who presents with anxiety and formulate a treatment plan to help reduce their symptoms.
  2. How anxiety disorders can impact people’s ability to perform at their job.
  3. Specific anxiety reduction tools to help patients stop rumination and reduce the physiological symptoms of anxiety.
  4.  Three different types of relaxation exercises and how to use them with patients.

We hope that you’ll join us for this really useful presentation…and bring some of your professional associates!  Great topic for all of us concerned with employee and patient welfare and productivity. ;~>

Warm Regards,

Rudy Gartner



Added Benefit:
2 PDH/CEU Credits for CEAP, LCSW & MFT.

Recommended for EAP’s, HR Staff and Mental Health Professionals