Metro Denver IDC Conference

The Impact of Substance Abuse on Domestic Relations Cases:
A “Pot – Pourri”

Date:     Friday, March 11, 2016
Time:     8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Location:  Wellshire Event Center
Flyer:     MDIC Conference Brochure

Keynote Speakers:

Michael Kosnett, MD, MPH, FACMT has more than twenty-five years’ experience as a board certified physician specializing in medical toxicology, occupational medicine and internal medicine.  He is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and an Attending Physician at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. He recently served on several Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division work groups on cannabis product potency and equivalencies, and he is a technical consultant to the CDPHE Retail Marijuana Public Health Advisory Committee on the pharmacology of cannabinoids. 

Armand Lebovits, LCSW, CAC III is a licensed clinical social worker and a senior level certified addictions counselor. Armand is a Past President and board member with COAFCC and currently serves on the MDIC Board of Directors and on the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on Family Issues. Mr. Lebovits has been the Substance Use Disorders trainer for the CFI Certificate Program offered by State Judicial (SCAO). Armand’s practice is primarily focused on psychotherapy, investigations/evaluations and other divorce-related services. Mr. Lebovits has delivered lectures on drug testing technologies over the last several years to MDIC, Boulder IDC, FLI and the National CLE Family Law Conference.

Kathryn Wells, MD, FAAP is the Medical Director of the Denver Health Clinic at the Family Crisis Center where she serves as the child abuse and neglect consultant for Denver Health, the Denver Department of Human Services, the Denver Police Department and the Denver District Attorney’s Office. Dr. Wells is also an attending physician with the Kempe Child Protection Team at Children’s Hospital Colorado and is an Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is the Colorado past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has received numerous awards including their Special Achievement Award.

Panel Speakers
David Littman, Esq. – Moderator

Judge Angela Arkin
Lorraine Bockman, LCSW, LAC
Judge Christopher Cross
Michael Kosnett, MD, MPH, FACMT
Armand Lebovits, LCSW, CACIII
Kate M. Lewis, Esq.
Kathleen Lundwall, BA
Colleen Moore, LMFT, MAC
John Rymers, LPC, CAC III
Gina Weitzenkorn, Esq.

Participant Takeaways:

  • “Cheat Sheet” stating what drug tests and methodologies to use to test and monitor for specific drugs
  • The impact of alcohol and cannabis on parenting (i.e. impairment, cognitive functioning, behavior, and driving ability)
  • New research on drug testing (including UA and blood testing for cannabis and alcohol)
  • Substance abuse professionals’ recommendations for parenting plans when substance use is an issue
  • Judicial perspectives on drug use and parenting time
  • Learn about Soberlink

Conference Agenda:

7:45 am             Registration

8:30 am             Welcome and Introductions – Kate M. Lewis, Esq. and Armand Lebovits, LCSW, CAC III

8:40 am             Methodologies for Monitoring Substance Abuse – Armand Lebovits, LCSW, CAC III

9:40 am             Break

9:50 am             The Impact of Substance Abuse on Parenting Skills – Kathryn Wells, MD, FAAP

11:10 am           Marijuana Use by Adults: Short-Term and Long-Term Impacts on Cognition, Behavior, and Driving Safety  – Michael Kosnett, MD, MPH, FACMT

12:00 pm           Lunch Presentation – Soberlink: An Ingenious Way to Monitor Sobriety – Colleen Moore, LMFT, MAC

1:00 pm             Laboratory and Clinical Tests to Detect Marijuana Use and  Impairment – Michael Kosnett, MD, MPH, FACMT

2:15 pm             Break

2:25 pm             Panel Discussion: Substance Abuse, Parenting Time and Decision Making  – Moderated by David Littman, Esq.

4:00 pm             Conclusion

Conference Registration is CLOSED. Lunch is included in registration price.

Conference attendees will receive 7 CLE credit hours


Cancellations prior to February 26, 2016 will be honored, less a $25 service charge.  Cancellations after that date will not be refunded but substitutions may be made.

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