Speaker Bio & Presentations

Kristina Padilla

Special Speaker

Kristina Padilla, MA, LAADC, ICAADC, CGS, C-Stat Candidate

Degrees:

  • MA, Counseling Psychology
  • BS, Criminal Justice Administration

Kristina Padilla is a leader with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), where she serves as the Vice President of Education and Strategic Development overseeing CCAPP’s Education Department. Additionally, she travels throughout California and the nation bringing addiction focused businesses together to promote the profession, increase access to services and improve the quality of AOD service provision through education, business development, and investment in quality programming. Formerly she served as the Education Director for the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC). Ms. Padilla led California’s innovative criminal justice program serving as the Offender Mentor Certification Program Director for three years where she managed 12 in-prison programs for training counselors. She worked closely with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in California prisons for the duration of the contract bringing innovation and growth to the state’s in custody treatment programming. Ms. Padilla has a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Padilla is a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LAADC), and an International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICAADC). She is also a Certified Gang Specialist of the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) and is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and their Allies (NALGAP). Ms. Padilla is on the Advisory Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Sacramento Board. She is also on the Board of Directors for the Women's Association of Addiction Treatment (WAAT) Board where she is Chair. Ms. Padilla is the on the Native American Training Institute (NATI) Advisory Board. She is the past Program Director for the Peer Support Specialist Training Program, also known as the PPTP, and is the Chief Academic Officer for the CCAPP Academy at CCAPP. Ms. Padilla is also an Addiction Technology transfer center (ATTC) Trainer as well.

Presentations & Workshops

Clinical Consideration for Working with the Queer, Gay, Non binary, and LGBTQIA2+ Population

This session delves into clinical information for working with the Trans Community by addressing the needs of LGBTQAIA2+/transgender individuals who seek treatment for mental health and/or substance use disorders. The presentation covers Clinical considerations, including best practices for trans youth and adults, body dysphoria as per the DSM-5, hormone readiness implications, body image management, and emotions and feelings those in the LGBTQIA2+ “Rainbow Community” may experience will be presented from both a clinical, as well as personal perspective through Kristina Padilla’s lived experience as a gay/trans/fluid person. CBTF will be discussed, MET will be gone over, and Trauma inform treatment will be presented to show clinicians how to work with queer populations. As a refresher for some and a foundation for those new to working with this population, an “Introduction to the LGBTQ+ Community: LGBTQ+ 101,” will give basic information about definitions, best practices, and working with the Trans and non-binary population. Effective tips and questions to ask as a potential clinician will be reviewed so that clinicians may self-assess their practice’s LGBTQIA2+ affirming levels and ways in which to improve this quality if necessary. Insights about how to run a successful support group for those who are coming out or questioning will also be outlined and discussed. To take participants beyond their practices to becoming potential advocates for their clients and within society as a whole, “Welcome to the Rainbow Community: What you didn’t know, and How to Become an Ally” will be presented. This important section of the presentation challenges practitioners to be leaders in their communities and to inspire clients and their families to end stigma that has so deeply impacted “Rainbow People.” Many practitioners have a basic familiarity concerning LGBTQ clients. However, most are unfamiliar with the distinctions within the trans and non-binary populations. There is a strong need for practitioners to learn the unique attributes of the trans umbrella and how the histories and challenges each segment faces when entering treatment for addiction impacts the way in which each individual may succeed or fail. Clinicians can vastly improve service delivery by understanding that what they may not know what they do not know regarding this special population. With the incredible stress that isolation has created due to the pandemic, young trans people are at a historic risk for addiction and suicidality. It is urgent that practitioners increase their knowledge about this special population.

Objectives:

  • Describe a positive or negative impact of a person’s coming out story regarding family support or lack thereof.
  • Learn three categories typically placed under best practices for working with the LGBT community
  • Describe similarities between the stigmatization of “rainbow people” and stigmatization of people with addiction and describe their compounding effects on one another

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