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Stress, Substances and Your Brain: Understanding the neuroscience and what you can do

Total Credits: 3 CLE, 3 Ethics

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Ethics |  Stress or Substance Abuse
Kolette A Butler |  James Stoehr
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Apr 21, 2023


In this presentation, Dr. Butler and Dr. Stoehr will discuss the impact and role of stress and substance use from a behavioral and neurobiological perspective. Participants will gain an understanding of the neurological pathways of stress, the behavioral manifestations, how to work effectively with inevitable stress, and when to seek professional help. Attendees will also learn the neurobiological pathways and implications of substance use (especially alcohol and cannabis), how substances interact with stress pathways in the brain, what risk factors signal a person's propensity for use becoming abuse and addiction, neurological addiction pathways, and healthy alternative tools to manage stress.


Chair: Kolette Butler, JD, PsyD - Psychologist, Verdant Hope Therapy & Evaluations, LLC 

Co-presenter: James Stoehr, PhD, Professor, Midwestern University 



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Kolette Butler is a native Arizonan and a licensed attorney (inactive status) and psychologist in the state of Arizona. She earned her JD at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU. After law school she clerked on the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division One. She then took a position with a national firm working on cases for Fortune 500 companies. During her legal career, a family circumstance prompted Dr. Butler to pursue a doctorate in psychology. She earned her PsyD from Midwestern University and has a private practice focusing on trauma, complex family dynamics/high conflict forensic cases, faith transitions, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. Dr. Butler regularly conducts evaluations for family court. She is a frequent presenter for the State Bar of Arizona, the Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts, Maricopa and Pima County Bar Associations, and was a recipient of the President’s Award from the State Bar of Arizona in 2020. Outside of work, Dr. Butler thrives on nature, being with her people, poetry, and quality time with her dog.

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Dr. James Stoehr has a doctorate in physiology (neuroscience emphasis) from Dartmouth Medical School and is currently a tenured, full Professor at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ. He holds joint appointments in the College of Health Sciences and the College of Medicine where he teaches and coordinates courses in Psychiatry, Medical Ethics, Evidence-Based Medicine, and Epidemiology and lectures in Physiology, Pharmacology, Clinical Medicine, and Neuroscience.  He is a regular speaker for continued education training for several Public Defenders Offices within the state and has been retained as an expert educational witness in more than 50 capital cases in Arizona, California and Nevada.  He has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications in substance abuse, psychopharmacology and health professions education and published a book in 2006 entitled the Neurobiology of Addiction.



Overall:      4.6

Total Reviews: 37


Jean S

"one of the best seminars that I have attended. Well organized presentations and valuable information"

Elizabeth B

"Very interesting material"

Kathleen L

"Interesting, evidence based, speakers well qualified"

Christina K

"This was probably the most beneficial CLE I've taken. The information was really helpful both for personal use and for interaction with clients and other attorneys. The presenters were very knowledgeable and I appreciated the effort and time."

Matei T

"Presenters were great and material was well organized."

Laura S

"Very informative and made technical topics easy to understand. "

Carl Z

"Very well informed presenters on a very important subject. "

Eric T

"There are so few CLE programs that are clinically oriented ( for an MD JD) which is why I really enjoyed today"

Julie R

"They are clearly experts in the field and the science was very influential."

John N

"Well organized, fun, and incredibly informative."