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Keynote Speakers:

Andrea Barthwell, MD, DFASAM

Andrea Barthwell, MD, DFASAM is the Chief Medical Officer for Treatment Management Company and the Founder and Director at Two Dreams Outer Banks, a comprehensive wellness center for the treatment of alcoholism and substance use disorders. She is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington, DC-based global health care and policy-consulting firm EMGlobal LLC. Dr. Barthwell’s current work is focused on developing strategies to expand access to treatment for opioid dependence disorder, expanding practitioner knowledge of urine drug testing in the identification and treatment of substance use disorders, and helping individuals and families prevent substance use disorders with the lecture series, “The Parents Academy.” Dr. Barthwell served as Deputy Director for Demand Reduction in the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) under President George W Bush from 2002 to 2004. As a member of the President’s sub-cabinet, Dr. Barthwell was a principal advisor on policies aimed at reducing the demand for illicit drugs. During Dr. Barthwell’s tenure, the Bush Administration widely publicized science-based facts about the dangers of marijuana use and the harms of drug legalization. The Administration encouraged student drug testing as a deterrent to the initiation of drug use and as an early identification tool, and it promoted the expansion and improvement of drug courts. The ONDCP 25-Cities Initiative fostered local coordination of drug treatment and control efforts. ONDCP coordinated with the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) to provide funding for screenings, brief interventions, and referrals to treatment to fund early intervention services in hospitals and other general medical and community settings to reach people at risk of dependence on alcohol or drugs. In fiscal year 2004, the President’s drug treatment initiative, Access to Recovery, received a $100 million appropriation from Congress. Initial grants were awarded in 2004 to 14 states and one tribal organization. While serving the Executive Office of the President, Dr. Barthwell was an active member of the White House Task Force on Disadvantaged Youth and the White House Domestic Violence Working Group. She also worked closely with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to define the scope of its Health Services Research portfolio. Dr. Barthwell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University, where she served on the Board of Trustees, and a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School. Following post-graduate training at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University Medical Center, she began her practice in the Chicago area. Dr. Barthwell serves as President of the multi-disciplinary Encounter Medical Group (EMG, an affiliate of EMGlobal), was a founding member of the Chicago Area AIDS Task Force, hosted a weekly local cable show on AIDS, and was president of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). In 2003, Dr. Barthwell received the Betty Ford Award from the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse. In 1997, Dr. Barthwell’s peers named her one of the “Best Doctors in America” in addiction medicine.

Stephen Dansiger, PSYD, MFT

Stephen Dansiger, PSYD, MFT played CBGB and Max's Kansas City in the late 70s; drank, played drums in a toy rock band and then got sober in the late 80s; became an international educator and rocker again in the 90s; and a sought after clinician, writer and meditation teacher in the 2000s. Dr. Steve has attempted to cure Marc Maron on WTF, become a master EMDR therapist and provider of EMDR Basic Training and Advanced Topics Courses with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, and helped set up the premiere Buddhist addictions rehab center, Refuge Recovery Treatment Centers. At the center he developed and instituted the MET(T)A Protocol, a design for addictions agency treatment using Buddhist Mindfulness and EMDR Therapy as the theoretical orientation and primary clinical practice.The MET(T)A Protocol is now being implemented at other treatment centers nationally and internationally. He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers (StartAgain, 2016) and avidly blogs and podcasts on topics related to mental health, recovery, and mindfulness. Besides maintaining a private practice in Los Angeles, he travels nationally and internationally speaking and teaching on Buddhist psychology, EMDR therapy, the MET(T)A Protocol, trauma, addictions, and clinician self-care. He has been practicing Buddhist mindfulness for almost 30 years (including a one year residency at a Zen monastery), and teaches dharma classes regularly at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles, and at other centers nationally and internationally. His second book (co-authored with Dr. Jamie Marich), EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care, is available now on Springer Publications.

James Flowers, PhD, LPC-S

James Flowers, PhD, LPC-S is a highly-respected leader, mentor and entrepreneur in the pain recovery and addiction treatment field. For over twenty years, he has developed a substantial number of addiction and pain recovery programs within some of the most recognized treatment centers in the country. He has dedicated his career to designing multidisciplinary addiction treatment programs and clinical protocols to help individuals suffering from addiction and chronic pain.
Dr. Flowers earned his Ph.D. and his master's degree in Counseling from Sam Houston State University, and bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has been an active member of the Texas Association of Chronic Pain Management, the American Psychotherapy Association, the American Counseling Association, the Texas Counseling Association, the American Academy of Pain Management, and the Texas Pain Society.
Currently, Dr. Flowers is founder/CEO of Driftwood Recovery Center and Kemah Palms Recovery, both in Texas, and provides consulting services to a variety of organizations nationwide.

Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM

Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM is an addition psychiatrist and the Medical Director for Co-Occurring Disorder Services at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Brian is currently the Treasurer of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

Rocco Iannucci, MD

Rocco Iannucci, MD an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of McLean Fernside, a residential program specializing in treatment of severe substance use disorders and other psychiatric illnesses such as mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. In my role as the Director of a residential treatment program with a substantial group therapy component, as well as through direct experience facilitating treatment groups, I have seen firsthand the power of the therapeutic group process. More recently, I have been involved in a project to adapt Integrated Group Therapy (an evidence-based treatment of co-occurring bipolar and substance use disorders) into a software platform. This experience taught me the new meaning of "group" in the age of social media, with all the strengths and dangers that accompany the novel ways people now interact.

Tena Moyer, MD

Tena Moyer, MD is the associate medical director for Sierra Tucson, with a primary focus on the development of the Eating Recovery Program and addressing acute clinical patient concerns. In the continuation of her education, Dr. Moyer attended USC Keck School of Medicine.

Jeff Skillen

Jeff Skillen founded SkillSet Enterprises in 2007 with the vision of offering his unique perspective, skills, and expertise to companies who want to take their game to the next level. Jeff has extensive senior executive experience at world-class companies, and possesses the unique ability to creatively connect the seemingly disparate artistic and corporate worlds to deliver outstanding results for clients. Having developed and sold a small business himself, he is keenly aware of the entrepreneurial mindset and unique environments found within growing companies. Further, Jeff has been a part of 2 separate senior management teams that have launched successful IPOs. Jeff has diverse entrepreneurial experience in virtually all facets of creative business industries and communities. His expertise encompasses behavioral health, digital media, new technology, business development, production, public relations, management, publishing, business affairs, sales, e-commerce, marketing and distribution. Jeff has previously worked with prominent brands such as DTS, Acura, Gibson Guitar, Warner Bros., and Dell. In addition to serving a number of high profile clients, Jeff serves as an Expert Scholar for the Gerson Lehrman Group, and has been a Visiting Scholar at Louisiana State University and the University of Montana. He has previously been a member of NARAS, the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG) Communications Committee, and a member of Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Audio Technology Advisory Board. Jeff is a proud husband, father and Eagle Scout.

Caroline Smith, MA, LPC, CSAT-S, CMAT-S, CIP & EMDR Level 2

Caroline Smith, MA, LPC, CSAT-S, CMAT-S, CIP & EMDR Level 2 holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist-Supervisor, and a Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist-Supervisor. She holds clinical expertise in the areas of trauma resolution, relationship attachment patterns, addiction interaction disorder, and the two most primary process addictions, food and sex. Caroline Smith is the Director of Addiction Services and Intensive Workshops at Pine Grove. Additionally, Smith has authored a chapter in the published book, Mending A Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts, 2nd. She also frequently speaks at professional conferences throughout the United States and Internationally. Smith's theoretical perspective has been heavily influenced by graduate studies examining the influence early childhood experiences have on adult relationship attachment, cognitive processes, affect regulation, spiritual practice, sexual expression and social functioning throughout the lifespan. She is a passionate force in the support of healing, hope and sustainable recovery.

Marsha Stone, JD, LCDC

Marsha Stone, JD, LCDC is a world renowned speaker, visionary, and respected leader in the field of addiction recovery. Marsha is the Chief Executive Officer of BRC Recovery and in January 2016 she founded Spearhead Lodge, an extended-care treatment facility for young adults. Spearhead Lodge offers a completely new approach to treating the young adult population and their families, based upon the tried and true principles found in every BRC Recovery program. BRC Recovery is a pioneer in the addiction recovery industry, and has successfully been Bringing Real Change to the face of addiction for over 10 years. Marsha integrates her own battle with and triumph over addiction into providing the most effective and quality rehabilitative process possible to those struggling with addictive disorders. Marsha holds a Juris Doctorate with the distinction of Academic Excellence from North Carolina Central University, a Bachelor of Arts in English from Elizabeth City State University, and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Texas.

Jaime Vinck, LPC, NCC, CEIP

Jaime Vinck, LPC, NCC, CEIP joined Sierra Tucson in August 2014 as Chief Clinical Officer. She oversaw the design and implementation for Sierra Tucson programs. In December 2015 Jaime was promoted to Chief Operations Officer, where she led strategic operational initiatives. In December 2017, Jaime was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. While COO, Jaime also represented Sierra Tucson on a national basis, speaking on Compassion Fatigue and Provider Resilience, The Mature Adult Treatment Experience and The Importance of Collaboration when Treating Co-occurring Disorders. Prior to joining Sierra Tucson, Vinck served in a number of positions with Journey Healing Centers. As an independently licensed clinician, she also began her own private practice in Scottsdale in 2007. Jaime is a Certified Equine Interaction Professional, with a specialization in Mental Health. Prior to entering the behavioral health field, Jaime had a successful career in Human Resource Management with Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, Michigan and Omnipoint Communications (T-Mobile) in Cedar Knolls, New Jersey.

Philippe Wuyts, MD

Philippe Wuyts, MD obtained his MD from the KU Leuven, Belgium in 2006. He trained in general adult psychiatry at the UPC KU Leuven and at King's College London. He also holds an MBA from EDHEC Business School. Dr Philippe Wuyts is currently active in his private practice in Paris where he works predominantly with the international population of expats, students and diplomats. He is a preferred practitioner with several international organisations, academic institutions and Embassies from countries around the world. He was the lead investigator for the International Burnout (Boss) Study for Belgium and has been involved in developing best clinical practice guidelines for Burnout pathology, prevention and treatment.
 

Faculty Members:

Jack Abel, MDiv, SEF

Jack Abel, MDiv, SEF is Senior Director of Spiritual Care for Caron Treatment Centers. In this role, he leads Caron's integrated spiritual care team and speaks for Caron on spirituality in addiction and other behavioral health care. Co-founder and current president of Spiritual Care Addiction Treatment Professionals, Rev. Jack also serves as CFO of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation. He is an authorized, ordained minister in good standing in the United Church of Christ and a summa cum laude graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary. Jack also pursued advanced studies at Catholic University and The New Seminary, and previously served as an endorsed substance abuse chaplain and pastor in the United Methodist Church. He is the principal presider for Caron's weekly Chapel Service. He is also a member in good standing of the North American Academy of Liturgy and A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy.

Jonathan Craig Allen, MD

Jonathan Craig Allen, MD Medical Director Of Rushford, a substance use disorder and behavioral health treatment organization. Board certified in Adult and Child Adolescent Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine a founding member of the Medical Director's Institute/National Council for Behavioral Health and Addictions Workgroups for Medication Assisted Treatment, Medication Adherence and Media Relations. The Cannabis Conundrum is one faced by our Rushford clinicians as well as the other healthcare providers throughout Hartford's system including hospitals, ambulatory and specialty care programs. This talk is one of a series of lectures given as part of Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living's Professional Development Course, a program offered for mental health professionals within Hartford Healthcare system. A enhanced/modified version will be given for a grand rounds presentation at UConn Medical School in November and has been used with Hartford Healthcare's primary care practices.

Lee Arian, Esq

Lee Arian, Esq has earned a national reputation as a leader in the fight for greater integrity in the U.S. healthcare system. An authority on healthcare fraud and abuse, he focused on deterring and detecting fraud that costs the system billions of dollars a year. Lee's 13 years of litigation and government enforcement experience in both criminal and civil cases, is uniquely bolstered by a dozen years of leadership in executive positions among the nation's largest health insurers. As a Vice President for Optum's advisory services team, he provided counsel to United Healthcare, as well as several small, primarily Medicaid plans, on fraud and abuse issues. As Staff Vice President at Anthem, he oversaw the enterprise fraud and abuse audit efforts, implementing cutting edge tools to ensure regulatory compliance with all federal and state laws relating to recovery. He also provided written testimony to Congress on healthcare fraud activities and met with select Congressional members and committee staffers to address pressing healthcare fraud issues. Lee has also served as Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles.

Adam Barrett, RN, BSN, MEd, CARN

Adam Barrett, RN, BSN, MEd, CARN is a registered nurse in the state of Massachusetts with a primary practice focus in surgical critical care and trauma previously at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Over the past 10 years, Adam has expanded his nursing practice to include addiction studies and recovery coaching choosing to focus primarily on healthcare providers whose practice has become impaired by substance use disorder including alcohol and often involving drug diversion from the workplace. Adam earned his Associate Degree in Nursing at Massachusetts Bay College in Wellesley, MA, his Bachelors Degree (BSN) in Nursing from Curry College in Milton, MA and his Masters Degree in education with a concentration in Counseling Psychology in Addiction at Cambridge College in Cambridge, MA. He is the former president of the Massachusetts Chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addiction, a member of the Addiction Council of the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) providing support and counseling to nurses seeking recovery and support, a former member of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services’ Advisory Board, and has been a presenter on Impaired Practice in the states of MA, RI, ME, and FL. Adam has provided trainings for such audiences as: medical students, graduating nursing students, staff nurses from all disciplines, nurse directors/managers, human resources generalists and staff from employee assistance programs.
Adam is currently working as a renal nurse for Fresenius Medical Care while continuing to provide consultation services and education to those seeing education and/or counseling in substance use disorder and narcotic diversion.
Adam is a member of American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) and Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. Adam continues to advocate those impacted by substance use disorders and for interventions and recovery focused treatments for healthcare providers impacted by alcoholism as well as addiction to other substances and behaviors.

Stefan Bate, BA, MA, LAC

Stefan Bate, BA, MA, LAC holds a Master's Degree in Applied Psychology from Regis University and is a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the state of Colorado. Stefan has wide-ranging experience in the field of addiction recovery including: working as a recovery coach, therapist, and program director. Stefan also has extensive experience designing and implementing addiction treatment and recovery support programs. Helping people engage in effective treatment, build a solid foundation for real world recovery and participate in a life of true fulfillment are his specialties. Stefan is currently the Chief of Clinical Operations at Jaywalker Lodge.

Donna Bernstein, MPH

Donna Bernstein, MPH has been using her Total Solutions for Healthcare© program at hundreds of behavioral health programs throughout the U.S. Ms. Bernstein has been instrumental in improving revenue as well as providing mentoring to countless professionals, who have gone on to thriving and prolific career trajectories.

James Berry, MD, diplomat ABFM, diplomat ABAM, FASAM

James Berry, MD, diplomat ABFM, diplomat ABAM, FASAM is Board Certified in Family Medicine and in Addiction Medicine He practiced family medicine in rural Maine for 30 years before taking up addiction medicine full-time. He currently works at SMART Child and Family Services and at Mercy hospital in Portland.

Stan Bumgarner, MDiv, LADACII

Stan Bumgarner, MDiv, LADACII Cumberland Heights, Nashville, TN. After graduating from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2006, Stan began his career in alcohol and drug counseling, working first in Cumberland Heights Intensive Outpatient Program, then residential programming, and eventually becoming primary counselor for the Cumberland Heights Extended Care Residential Program. Stan has been spiritual director at Cumberland Heights since 2016 where he provides individual pastoral care to patients, teaches large and small group spiritual education classes, and leads Twelve-Step based Sunday services. He also serves as pastor to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Clarksville. He is the newest member of SCATP, the organization of Spiritual Care Addiction Treatment Professionals.

Rosie Burke, MSW

Rosie Burke, MSW known as the CEO whisperer, Rosie Burke is a 30 yrveteran of healthcare with demonstrated success in natl leadership, multi-site management and more recently board development/fundraising. She has lead start ups-large and small. Burke has been affiliated with Jeri Davis Intl for over 16 years.

Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP

Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP has over 25 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults along with their families. She has both treated families and created programs to help families deal with the struggles of addiction and ways they can support their loved one's recovery, as well as begin a journey of recovery for themselves. She has also run multifamily DBT groups for adolescents and young adults and their families to help them work collaboratively through their addiction, strengthen their communication skills, and set appropriate boundaries to help create a safe place to begin their recovery. Her areas of expertise are addiction, co-occurring disorders, ADHD, trauma, and program development. Her work experiences include working in: long term residential treatment facilities for adolescents; secured facility for adjudicated youth; Partial hospitalization for children and adolescents, outpatient treatment for co-occurring disorders and my current role as the director of Family services at RCA. She has years of experience as both a local and regional trainer.

Alison Camhi, LMFT

Alison brings over 20 years of work in the field of recovery from addiction and co-existing disorders. Currently a Therapist at La Ventana Treatment Programs in Chemical Dependency and Mental Health. Alison has focused her passion for dynamic, multi-modal work with Clients, integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills, somatic experiencing, spirituality, psychodrama, and Post-Modern elements, to facilitate meaningful growth and healing. Alison holds a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential and has worked with students at elementary, middle and high school settings. In addition, Alison is a Certified Instructor for Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP). She maintains a private practice in Agoura Hills, California, working with Clients struggling with trauma and complex PTSD, mood disorders, learning disabilities, eating disorders into her work with individuals, families and groups. Alison earned her Masters degree in Marital and Family Therapy in 1998 and PPS Credential in 2001. Alison is a Member of the Alpha Beta Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda (AEL), the National Honor Society for Graduate Students. A passionate advocate of early intervention in treatment of addiction, mental health mood disorders, Alison has been involved with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

Rick Campa, MD

Rick Campa, MD is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. He trained in family medicine and served as chief resident at the Reading Hospital in Reading, PA. Dr. Campa has been practicing since 2013 in the field of family and addiction medicine. His practice specializes in the detox from chemical dependencies and care of eating disorders. Dr. Campa received the Exceptional Teacher Award and Exceptional Role Model Award during his year as chief resident at the Reading Hospital. He is board certified in family medicine and is a licensed physician in the state of CA.

Gwendolyn Casella

"If I can make a difference in one person's life, restore hope to an addict's heart, my job is done. One person can make a profound difference." After Gwendolyn got clean and sober in 1997, she worked at Cri-Help, Inc. for over a decade in a variety of direct care and administrative roles while attending Drug and Alcohol Studies at Pierce and Mission Colleges. Since 2002, Gwen has been tied to the recovery community through her considerable experience as a sober coach and by conducting "extreme interventions" (defined as "recovery by any means necessary"). She has her own business, Recovery Services Unlimited LLC and, notably, was featured on A&E's "Relapse, the Sober Coach Chronicles." Identifying integrity as the underpinning of her approach, Gwen considers herself very lucky to be trained by some amazing mentors for whom she has always had a tremendous respect. Having worked at several treatment facilities, Gwen now passionately devotes all of her professional efforts to her role as Director of Detox and CD Services at La Ventana. She believes she was meant to do this work and loves doing it. When Gwen is not working, she spends time with family and sings in her band.

Robert Chapman, MSSW, LMSW, LADAC, EMDR I & II

Robert Chapman, MSSW, LMSW, LADAC, EMDR I & II has over 35 years of experience in the recovery field and specializes in Adventure Therapy techniques utilizing the Challenge Course, Ropes Course, Experiential and Metaphor Therapy as tools to enhance recovery from trauma, family of origin, and addiction & attachment issues. Robert has provided extensive training services throughout the country for a number of years. He has been on the faculty of CENAPS Intensive School of Relapse Prevention Specialists and has been published in Addictions and Recovery Magazine as well as other recovery related publications. Robert has worked in private practice and nationally recognized treatment centers bringing his expertise and passion for addiction, trauma and mental health recovery. Robert is a clinical & trauma specialist, Adventure Therapist, and primary facilitator for the family program at Milestones at Onsite.

Diana Clark, JD, MA

Diana Clark, JD, MA is a renowned family recovery advocate in the field of addiction and mental health treatment. She holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University and has authored and facilitated numerous workshops , a nd coordinating book "Addiction Recovery: A Family's Journey specifically designed for family members of those struggling with addiction. As a recognized force of clear speech, logic, and loving acceptance, Diana has helped thousands of families establish healthy boundaries, manage expectations appropriately, and develop plans for their own recovery.

Joanna Conti, BS, MS

Joanna Conti, BS, MS as her daughter cycled in and out of multiple alcoholism treatment programs over five long years, Conti became very frustrated by the lack of success rate data available to help families find the best facilities. Building upon her previous experience running a software company, Conti started Vista Research Group to provide treatment centers with real-time progress monitoring data proven to help patients get better faster during treatment as well as the independent post-treatment success rate data so important to families and payers.

Jeri Davis, MBA

Jeri Davis, MBA is one of the foremost experts in behavioral healthcare marketing, Author of 2 marketing textbooks for the behavioral healthcare field. Ms. Davis has led the marketing efforts for two of the nation’s largest behavioral healthcare companies during their fastest growth phases. She brings over 25 year’s experience consulting and recruiting for behavioral health industry leaders including payers, providers and public-sector agencies. Ms. Davis’ work is always at the forefront of the industry. She has helped launch the first national Autism Services Organization to manage new state mandates for commercial coverage of autism benefits. Ms. Davis has assisted the largest behavioral health companies in the country identify future growth directions and advises national and international companies on primary integration and retail healthcare. She is a frequent speaker for the American Psychiatric Association and works with physicians nationally on understanding industry trends, growing their practices and finding the right jobs.

Jonathan De Carlo, CAC III

Jonathan De Carlo, CAC III has experience in addiction/recovery and mental health care since 1995. He is currently the CEO for C4 Consulting - a firm committed to the financial and operational support of behavioral health and addiction treatment organizations and as Director of Operations at Recovery 360° - providing psychosocial rehabilitation, individual, group, marriage, and family therapy, and organizational development and consultation services. Jonathan currently serves as a board member of the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP), and on the Board of Directors of the Stout Street Foundation. Jonathan also serves as a consultant and trainer for Griffin Recovery Enterprises. Jonathan has extensive experience working with individuals, couples, and families during early recovery from addiction and mental health issues and seeks to help people find therapeutic solutions utilizing a wide array of modalities and approaches. Jonathan has developed care programs for inpatient and outpatient practices. Jonathan has a unique background in psychology, philosophy, and theology.

Marcus De Carvalho, MD

Marcus De Carvalho, MD is a Medical Doctor who specializes in addiction medicine and psychiatry. He is very passionate about addiction and commits his practice to helping individuals with addiction issues regain their lives once again. He is board certified and is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. Dr. De Carvalho is the president and founder of The Center for a Healthy Mind and Wellbeing, www.healthymindmd.com, and is the chief medical officer for Beaches Recovery, www.beachesrecovery.com, and Tides Edge, a residential rehabilitation facility that specializes in addiction medicine, detox, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient treatment, and residential treatment.

Scott Dehorty, LCSW-C

Scott Dehorty, LCSW-C is a Licensed Certified Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) and therapist who brings over 20 years of experience in the field to his role as Executive Director at Maryland House Detox, a part of Delphi Behavioral Health. Specializing in substance abuse, mental health, and chronic pain management, Scott utilizes a Cognitive Behavioral approach and draws largely from Mindfulness based practices when treating patients in all stages of recovery. Scott received his Master's degree in Social Work (with a focus on Clinical Mental Health Counseling) from the University of Maryland, and his Bachelor's degree in Human Services & Psychology from Elon College in North Carolina. Before joining Maryland House Detox, Scott spent the past two decades working in various roles within the field, serving as a Psychotherapist in his own Private Practice, a Pain Recovery Program Manager, Psychiatric Social Worker within a Pain Treatment Program, a Clinical Director, a Crisis/Admissions Counselor, and more. Scott has also played an active role within the mental health and addiction community, servicing as a presenter for various conferences including The Johns Hopkins Hospital Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Senate Employee Assistance Program, Delaware Professional Counselors Association, Addiction Professional Summit, Harford County Trauma Institute, among others.

Michael Dinneen, LCSW, CACIII, CSAT

Michael Dinneen, LCSW, CACIII, CSAT founder and Clinical Director of Valiant Living I have 25 years of clinical and leadership experience. I have a strong interest in the spiritual development of individuals in our field of behavioral health. I speak on topics of addiction recovery, holistic treatment, process addictions, trauma, relapse prevention and spiritual growth because those are my areas of expertise

Meg Doherty, APRN, MSN


Brianne Fitzgerald, RN, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, MPH

Brianne Fitzgerald, RN, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, MPH has been a nurse for over 40 years and an NP since 2009. She has worked primarily in the community on substance use issues and HIV/AIDS. She was the co-founder of an HIV test site in Boston that promoted harm reduction in its original form.

Audrey Freshman, PhD, MSW, CASAC

Audrey Freshman, PhD, MSW, CASAC is the Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Adelphi University, School of Social Work. She is also the Director and Lead Faculty of the Postgraduate Certificate Program in Addictions at Adelphi University. She is responsible for the creation and program development offered to mental health clinicians across the tri-state area. Dr. Freshman maintains a private practice located in Rockville Centre, New York and her area of specialty is in conducting interventions, diagnostic assessment and treatment of adolescents, adults and families coping with issues of substance use, comorbidity and the impact upon development. Since its inception in 1999, Dr. Freshman is the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Practice of Social Work in the Addictions. She has published extensively on the subjects of adolescence, trauma and addiction. In addition to speaking engagements, she has been featured on national and local radio. Dr. Freshman completed her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from New York University and her Master's in Social Work from Columbia University.

Neeraj GandotrNeeraj Gandotra, MDa, MD

Neeraj Gandotra, MD is the Chief Medical Officer for Delphi Behavioral Health Group. Prior to joining, he has been Medical Director for the Center for Addiction and Pregnancy and Addiction Treatment Services at Johns Hopkins. He has been involved in numerous research projects at Johns Hopkins.

Joseph Gerstein, MD, FACP

Joseph Gerstein, MD, FACP has been advocating for choice in addiction recovery pathway, including becoming Founding President of SMART Recovery in order to provide one such pathway and worked in MA to establish 33 weekly meetings in 23 hospitals. He instigated NIDA to fund InsideOut, a correctional version of SMART in order to provide n alternative approach for inmates and drug court clients. He has facilitated almost 800 prison meetings.

Heidi Ginter, MD, FASAMI

Heidi Ginter, MD, FASAMI is a Diplomat of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. She has been ASAM certified since 3/12/2009. She has been practicing addiction medicine and working in methadone clinics since 2005.

Frederick Goggans, MD

Frederick Goggans, MD is Medical Director of McLean Borden Cottage a residential program. Dr. Goggans is a lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is also a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Thomas Greaney, MEd, CCDP, LADC, SAP

Thomas Greaney, MEd, CCDP, LADC, SAP is an important resource in the use of creativity in enhancing the learning process for clients and staving off burnout for clinicians. He authored a column for Counselor magazine for three years and presented on this topic at the 2013 and 2015 CCSAD.

Daniel Greer, MA, LMHC, LADC1, CADC

Daniel Greer, MA, LMHC, LADC1, CADC current practice manager for Health Care Resource Center's program in Boston. At our site we have been able to develop and implement a direct admission system that accounts for over 75% of our new patient admissions. This has enabled stronger professional relationships with area hospitals and ATS service providers, improved the efficiency of our intake and admission process, as well as reduced gaps in care between inpatient medical episodes and the initiation of outpatient MAT services.

Nicole Hanratty, CEAP, SAP, SAE, C-DERT

Nicole Hanratty, CEAP, SAP, SAE, C-DERT is a Senior Account Manager at ASAP. She has over 13 years of DOT Substance abuse professional experience. She works closely with companies in each of the DOT modes to implement drug-free work place programs, setup supervisor/employee trainings, and customized nationwide webinars.

Norman Hoffmann, PhD

Norman Hoffmann, PhD as a clinical psychologist, has 40 years of experience in the area of assessment research involving behavioral health conditions. He has lead the team that validated the first brief screen for substance use disorders among arrestees and that screen has been applied in various other settings. His work with colleagues has documented that not all diagnostic criteria are equal in their implications and have developed a variety of assessment tools based on the DSM-5 and ASAM Criteria.

Ashley Kelly, LPC MAC CACII

Ashley Kelly, LPC MAC CACII is a Day Services Director at Skyland Trail in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor & Master Addiction Counselor, experienced in working with adolescents & young adults with substance use and co-occurring psychiatric disorders.

Monika Kolodziej, PhD

Monika Kolodziej, PhD Director of Psychological Services, McLean Fernside. Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School. My clinical and program development activities focus on services for persons diagnosed with co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders, both of which are often accompanied by chronic medical conditions. I am especially interested in implementing effective tools to track and improve treatment outcomes, and in exploring means to increase collaboration between treatment seekers, their families, and multidisciplinary providers.

Albert Kopak, PhD

Albert Kopak, PhD specializes in the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders in criminal justice settings. He is an associate professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

Elizabeth Kunreuther MSW LCSWA, LCASA

Elizabeth Kunreuther MSW LCSWA, LCASA recent studies suggest individuals with autism spectrum diagnosis (ASD) have a higher risk of receiving a substance use diagnosis (SUD) than the general population. Two UNC faculty members have teamed up to discuss connections between ASD and SUD; Ann Palmer, a professional in the field of ASD and a parent of an adult child with ASD and Elizabeth Kunreuther a clinician in the addiction and substance use field with experience in ASD support and research. The presenters are the authors of Drinking, Drug Use and Addiction in the Autism Community due out 10/2017. The presentation will start with an overview of ASD and how it manifests in adolescents/adults with ASD. The presenters will explore the protective and risk factors mainstreaming has had regarding the potential to develop an SUD. The presentation will also include: substances as a means to cope, the behavioral/genetic connections between ASD and SUD. An overview of ASD/SUD treatment options including specific examples of customized/adapted SUD assessments and interventions. The presenters will also discuss the impact of honoring an individual's right to self-determination throughout the treatment process.

Robert Liles, JD, MBA, MS

Robert Liles, JD, MBA, MS has a background that is somewhat unique. In addition to a law degree, he also holds both an MBA and an MS in Health Care Administration. He has worked on the provider side, as a federal prosecutor and now he represent health care providers around the country in connection with Medicare / Medicaid / Private Payor audits, state board of licensure actions, and False Claims Act cases. He also currently serve as an IRO on Corporate Integrity Agreements for the Office of Inspector General. While working as a federal prosecutor, he was asked to serve as the country's first National Health Care Fraud Coordinator for the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. In this capacity, he advised federal prosecutors around the country regarding health care fraud statutes, schemes, investigative tools, privacy concerns, and compliance issues. Since entering private practice, he has continued to build on his health care background and experience. He has been rated "AV" by Martindale-Hubbell.

Stacie Lucius, LCMHC MLADC

Stacie Lucius, LCMHC MLADC Chief of Clinical Services at WestBridge, has years of experience providing Family Education and Support, the organizations' Behavioral Family Therapy model of treatment. For the past several years Stacie had been the primary trainer for new clinical staff.

Alan Lyme, LISW, MSW, ICCS, ICADC, MAC

Alan Lyme, LISW, MSW, ICCS, ICADC, MAC brings respected and innovative clinical and program management skills as the Director of Training for the Phoenix Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Alan is concurrently the Clinical Supervisor and Motivational Interviewing trainer and coach for the USC SBIRT grant program , following five years of a similar position in Georgia. Alan, with over 20 years in the field, has provided trainings nationally on MI, Clinical Supervision, and Working with Men. He received a BSW from Florida Atlantic University and a MSW from Barry University. Alan is a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers), an Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor, an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Master Addictions Counselor. His most recent certification is as a Leadership Challenge Workshop Master in Training.

Deb Lynskey-Lake, LCSW, MSW

Deb Lynskey-Lake, LCSW, MSW, is Clinical Director at Hanley Center at Origins. Deb received her Master's in Social Work from Simmons College and trained at The Harvard School of Medicine's Division on Addiction. She has dedicated her entire career to substance use and mental health issues.

Carol Mallia, RN, MSN

Carol Mallia, RN, MSN has served as the Associate Director to the MNA Peer Assistance Program for over 18 years. The MNA Peer Assistance Program is a free, confidential, volunteer peer support program for nurses with substance used problems. The program is not associated with the Board of Registration.

Andrew Martin, MBA LAADC

Andrew Martin, MBA LAADC is the Chief Operating Officer at Behavioral Health Association of Providers, a national trade association that provides regulatory and compliance resources to behavioral health and addiction treatment professionals. Andrew's extensive experience in the addiction treatment industry dates back to 2005 and includes founding and operating Serene Scene Magazine, a monthly magazine with a circulation approaching 30,000 subscribers. He also launched The Evolution of Addiction Treatment Conference, which delivered high level learning to addiction treatment professionals, developed LocateTreatment.com, a directory of addiction treatment resources and information for the United States and Canada, and spearheaded Serene Center, a 36 bed transitional sober living and outpatient treatment facility for those in early recovery. Andrew has also authored three books: Effective Time Management for High Achievers, Point of Return Book One, and Point of Return Book Two. Prior to his entry into the addiction treatment industry, Andrew spent two decades in manufacturing and contracting industries.

Kevin McCauley, MD

Kevin McCauley, MD is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine (formerly the Medical College of Pennsylvania). He was a U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon for HMH-363 Red Lions Marine Heavy Helicopter squadron and VMFAT-101 Sharpshooters fighter/attack training squadron. He was the Director of Le Mont Michel, a sober living/recovery management program in Sandy, Utah from 2009-1013, and is a co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study. His DVD “Pleasure Unwoven” won the 2010 NAATP Michael Q. Ford journalism award. He is currently a graduate student in Public Health at the University of Utah. Dr. McCauley became interested in the problem of addiction after witnessing the success of the Navy’s program for treating pilots with alcohol problems. He advocates strongly for the rights of recovering persons as patients and as valued members of society.

Jeffrey Merrick, Juris Doctor Esq

Jeffrey Merrick, Juris Doctor Esq is an interventionist and criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, California. Jeffrey specializes in the defense of mental health, drug and alcohol-related cases. His expertise is in care advocacy and alternative sentencing through the courts.

Catherine Milliken, LCSW,LADC,CCS

Catherine Milliken, LCSW,LADC,CCS is the program director at McLean Borden Cottage. Prior to working at McLean, she served as the Addiction Treatment program director at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and an instructor in psychiatry at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College.

Aldo Morales, MD, FASAM

Aldo Morales, MD, FASAM was born in Havana, Cuba. Dr. Morales is Board Certified in both Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and is a Charter Member of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.

Jake Nichols, PharmD, RPh, MBA

Jake Nichols, PharmD, RPh, MBA is a pharmacists in long-term recovery who has been working in the field for over 7 years, primarily as a medical science liaison for pharmaceutical companies. His specialty is medication assisted treatment.

Candice Norcott, PhD

Candice Norcott, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. She received her Bachelors from Brown University, doctorate from the University of Connecticut, and pre/postdoctoral training from Yale University.

Doug Paul, LPC, CPCS

Doug Paul, LPC, CPCS has been working as a clinician with substance use disorders since 2007. He completed a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from University of Central Florida in 2002. He went on to complete a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University in 2007. During his graduate training, he presented University-sponsored research findings at the American Counseling Association's Annual Convention in Montreal, Quebec in 2006. While at Talbott Recovery from 2007-2014, he assisted with development of the Young Adult program. Taking a Primary Therapist and then Clinical Director position with Foundations Recovery Network's Atlanta outpatient program in 2014, he expanded his repertoire of interventions in working with clients through therapy and education. Doug continues to practice his own recovery program over the last 18 years.

Julia Rose Polk, MA, LMFT

Julia Rose Polk, MA, LMFT is an LMFT in Los Angeles, California, Founder of Trauma Camp, and Clinical Consultant to La Ventana Treatment Centers. She earned her Masters from Pacifica Graduate Institute and her Bachelors in Journalism from DePaul University.

Charlene Richardson, MSN, RN, CEN, LNC

Charlene Richardson, MSN, RN, CEN, LNC is a Board Certified ED Nurse and a RN for 26 yrs. She has a MSN from Walden University. She works per diem in a hospital outside Boston as a Hospital Supervisor/Resource Nurse and her primary job is the Associate Director of Nursing at the MNA. She creates and implements CE programs for nurses.

Marc Romano, PsyD, PMHNP, BC, CAP, LHRM

Marc Romano, PsyD, PMHNP, BC, CAP, LHRM is a Licensed Psychologist, Nurse Practitioner, Board Certified in Family Psychiatric Mental Health, a Certified Addiction Professional, and a Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager. Dr. Romano has worked in the field of addiction since the early 1990's and in all types of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, residential, and private practice. He completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Connecticut before pursuing graduate study at Manchester University in Manchester, England where he received his Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology. After working for a year at St. Charles Hospital in London, Dr. Romano returned to the United States to complete a Doctor of Psychology Degree at the University of Hartford. He began his nursing career in 2000 by completing a Diploma RN at the Huran School of Nursing, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland OH, then went on to complete a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Florida International University and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. He is currently the Director of Medical Services and Director of Compliance at Delphi Behavioral Health Group. Dr. Romano completed a yearlong course of study at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL to become a Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager in the Florida. In addition to the above, Dr. Romano is also a Certified Addiction Professional. He approach to client care is eclectic drawing from cognitive behavioral to psychodynamic to pharmacotherapy.

Mary Anne Roy, PsyD, CCS

Mary Anne Roy, PsyD CCS is a licensed psychologist and certified clinical supervisor and received her doctorate in psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Her 15-year career in the mental health and addiction field has provided her with the experience and expertise to oversee Crossroads' outpatient and residential clinical practices at the agency's four sites. Dr. Roy often presents on the topic of gender responsive addiction treatment for women either as a panelist or at various state and national conferences.

Ricardo Santiago, LMHC, MS

Ricardo Santiago, LMHC, MS currently serves as Clinical Director of Palm Beach Recovery Group and is also co-owner and co-founder of Epic Adventures Therapy LLC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Palm Beach Atlantic University. Ricardo has served in the social services arena as a mental health counselor and program director since 2000 and was licensed as a mental health counselor in the state of Florida in 2003. He has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient & outpatient mental health, child and adolescent group home/shelter, adolescent & adult homeless shelter, in-home individual and family counseling, therapeutic foster care, and adolescent & adult residential substance abuse treatment. Ricardo is also an Adjunct Professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University where he teaches psychology courses. He is a member of the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) and was selected to serve as Coordinator of Publications & Communications of their Therapeutic Adventure Professionals Group (TAPG) Leadership Council.

Rick Sautter, MSW, LCSW

Rick Sautter, MSW, LCSW is a retired career Naval Officer and graduate of the US Naval Academy. As a retired Commander and Helicopter pilot, he served in Vietnam and saw first hand the impact of what later became PTSD. He was deputy director of a Navy residential 200-bed alcohol, drug, and eating disorder treatment facility. Following his 24 years of service, Rick served as executive director of the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC), worked as an alcohol and drug interventionist, and introduced biofeedback and neurofeedback into addiction treatment facilities. Rick then went back to school and graduated from USC in an MSW program designed and oriented to mental health concentration and military social work and veteran services sub concentration. At this time he is providing therapy to this population as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).

Teri Savoie, MSW LCSW

Teri Savoie, MSW LCSW Clinical Support Coordinator Over the past eight years, Teri has had the opportunity to support families in a variety of settings. Teri currently works with the families of our participants including the facilitation and oversight of Family Education and Support.

Kristina Sherry, Esq

Kristina Sherry, Esq brings to her healthcare practice the equanimity of a litigator and experience defending public entities such as Los Angeles World Airports and the Los Angeles Unified School District. As a member of Nelson Hardiman's Transactional and Compliance practice groups, Kristina represents a diverse array of healthcare providers. She advises hospitals, physician organizations, long-term and behavioral care providers, and other healthcare-related organizations in transactions and regulatory matters. Kristina's experience also includes multi-business formations, complex mergers and acquisitions, drafting and reviewing concierge membership agreements, and employment contracts for healthcare providers. Kristina also has invaluable litigation experience representing employers and employees in labor and employment disputes. Kristina also assists clients including medical marijuana dispensaries, entrepreneurs, investors, manufacturers, and testing labs. Kristina has advised cannabis companies on a myriad of issues including corporate governance, employment matters, regulatory compliance, and nuisance litigation.

Cherlyne Short Majors, PhD

Cherlyne Short Majors, PhD has held senior executive level positions in marketing, business development and administration for numerous internationally recognized, behavioral healthcare treatment providers including Charter Behavioral Health (National Director of Managed Care), Betty Ford Center (Executive Director of Business Development), Cirque Lodge (National Director of Business Development), UCLA-affiliated Summit Centers (Executive Director) and, most recently, Constellation Behavioral Health (Chief Development Officer; Senior Strategic Advisor). Additionally, she introduced an innovative pharmacotherapy for substance use disorders to the European market by embedding the product in leading Swiss clinics (Director of International Business Development). Dr. Majors’ experience in the fields of child/maternal health and behavioral health spans 30 years in a variety of settings, including treatment of alcohol and drug dependent children and adults, as well as the creation and direction of programs designed to provide such treatment. Her consulting practice includes domestic and international strategic business development, and quality improvement for behavioral health treatment providers. Dr. Majors’ education includes a Ph.D. in Addiction Studies (International University of Graduate Studies); Masters of Liberal Arts (Southern Methodist University); Masters of Arts in Medical Anthropology (Southern Methodist University); Master Addiction Counselor (National); Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (Texas); Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (Inactive); Certification in Small Business International Management (Small Business International Trade Association of Oregon); and a Lifetime Teacher’s Certificate (Texas). Dr. Majors is a Founder of The Women’s CEO Global Alliance in Behavioral Health and is committed to encouraging and supporting existing and emerging women leaders through coaching and mentoring in a private practice. Most recently, she founded WILLOW Institute which is dedicated to developing leadership training for emerging women leaders in Behavioral Health. Having a global interest in cross-cultural healthcare systems has motivated Dr. Majors to enjoy international travel to and study in approximately 60 countries.

Samuel Silverman, MD, DFASAM, FAPA

Samuel Silverman, MD, DFASAM, FAPA, Assistant Clinical Professor, UConn. School of Medicine, Assistant Professor, Frank Netter SOM, Quinnipiac University, Director MedicalEducation, Rushford Center, , Program Director: ABAM Fellowship in Addiction Medicine, Site Director: Institute of Living Psychiatric Residency, and PA Student Site Director: Springfield College, Quinnipiac University. President: CT-ASAM, Board Certified: APA: (General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry) American Board Addiction Medicine: Diplomat in Addiction Medicine Fellow American Psychiatric Association (FAPA) Distinguished Fellow American Society of Addiction Medicine (DFASAM)

Crystal Stokes, MACP, MFTA

Crystal Stokes, MACP, MFTA is a life-long student of human behavior and interactions. She is passionate about empowering women and youth to live with confidence and purpose by teaching integrative methods founded in Eastern and Western spiritual, psychological, health, and nature-based practices.

Gina Tabrizy, LMFT

Gina Tabrizy, LMFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist with thirty years of experience and expertise in the areas of Addiction, Trauma, & Codependency. She is known for being direct, passionate, humorous, and loving while maintaining a reputation for providing excellent clinical care.

Nicky Treadway, MA, LMHC, NCC

Nicky Treadway, MA, LMHC, NCC holds a Master of Arts in Counseling and has been licensed since 2013. She currently owns & operates Anchors Aweigh Counseling, a private practice in Port St Lucie, FL. She also co-owns EPIC Adventures, which specializes in group therapy & corporate team building programs.

Arthur Trotzky, PhD, DCC

Arthur Trotzky, PhD, DCC a pioneer in online therapy and an internationally known addiction treatment specialist was a senior therapist at the Kibbutz Child and Family Clinic for 27 years and Clinical Director of Israel's first 12-step rehabilitation centers. website: www.onlinegrouptherapy.com

Sharon Volner, LMFT

Sharon Volner, LMFT brings a broad range of experience, currently the Clinical Director of La Ventana's Thousand Oaks Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Programs. She also maintains a Private Practice. She has over twenty years experience in the field of mental health and addiction.

Zoe Weinstein MD, MS

Zoe Weinstein MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, a general internist, a graduate of Boston University’s Addiction Medicine Fellowship and board certified in Addiction Medicine. Her current clinical work and research are focused on long-term Office-Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) with buprenorphine, the integration of addiction treatment with primary care and the development of inpatient Addiction Consult Services. She has been the director of Boston Medical Center’s Addiction Consult Service since July 2016.  

Robert Weiss, LCSW CSAT ABD

Robert Weiss, LCSW CSAT ABD is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert specializing in infidelity and addictions, most notably sex, porn, and love addiction. An internationally acknowledged clinician, he frequently serves as a subject expert on human sexuality for multiple media outlets including CNN, OWN,VICE, The NYT, The LAT and NPR, among others. He is the author of several highly regarded books, including "Out of the Doghouse: A Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating," "Sex Addiction 101" "Sex Addiction 101: The Workbook," and "Cruise Control:He blogs regularly for Psychology Today, and Psych Central. A skilled clinical educator, he routinely provides training to therapists, the US military, hospitals, and psychiatric centers in the US and abroad. Over the years, he has created and overseen more than a dozen high-end addiction and mental health treatment facilities. Currently, he is CEO of Seeking Integrity, LLC, being developed as an online resource for recovery from infidelity and sexual addiction. For more information or to reach Mr. Weiss, please visit his website, robertweissmsw.com, or follow him on Twitter, @RobWeissMSW.

Brenda Westberry, MS

Brenda Westberry, MS is the President and Founder of Westberry Consulting where she has been involved in providing training and workshops for community organizations and agencies throughout the country. She is a retired Adult Probation Chief from the Connecticut Judicial Branch with over 27 years of experience in working with convicted felons, substance abuse treatment agencies, the addicted client population and recovery organizations. Brenda is an instructor for the NE-ATTC, at Brown University, The New England School of Addiction Studies and the New England School of Best Practices. I would be the perfect speaker on this topic given my background in criminal justice and substance abuse, my experience as an educator, college professor and someone with nearly 30 years of hands on experience in the field. My dynamic presentation style coupled with my experience at presenting at WCSAD and Cape Code Symposium gives me the opportunity to engage with participants on all levels and allows them to interact with a presenter who has direct experience with the subject matter.

Donna White, RN, PhD, CNS, CADAC, LADC I, CARN

Donna White, RN, PhD, CNS, CADAC, LADC I, CARN is a consultant Addiction Specialist for the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a Public Health Hospital for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Past positions were the former Chief Operating Officer and Nurse Executive at Worcester State Hospital, and the Director of Nurses and the Director of Chemical Dependency Services as well as the Dual Diagnosis Program at Pembroke Psychiatric Hospital. She is now a Master Trainer for the Department of Mental Health.
She is a graduate of Boston City Hospital School of Nursing and earned a BSN from Curry College in 1985. In addition, she completed graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts/Boston, is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor with an additional certification in advanced Drug and Alcohol Counseling, is certified in Chemical Dependency and Addictions Nursing, and is certified by the ANCC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public Health Nursing.
Dr. White is the 2006 recipient of the Peer Assistance Award from IntNSA and was recently inducted as a Board-Certified Fellow at the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. In 2007, she was the first recipient of the Fong-Bressler Award for Outstanding Preceptorship in the Graduate Program for the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. MNA awarded her the Addictions Nursing Award in 2009. In October, 2010, she was recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the award of Champion of Public Health. In May, 2011, she was awarded the Nancy Valentine Leadership Award from the New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Association and in 2013, she was voted Mentor of the Year by the International Nurses Society on Addiction Nurses. Most recently, in 2014, she was given the Heart of Nursing Award from the University of Massachusetts/Boston Sigma Theta Tau Chapter. Donna is the author of an Addictions Competency Based Program in the Dept. of Public Health Hospital where she now consults. She has many publications to her credit and recently co-authored a chapter on Addictions Nursing in a Psychiatric textbook. In addition, she was part of a video production addressing suicide in adolescents in Massachusetts. In 2015, she was inducted as a Fellow in the International Nurses Society on Addictions. She is the recipient of many Community Awards and nominations.
Dr. White is the statewide Chairperson of the Massachusetts Nurses Association Addictions Council, and oversees the Peer Assistant Program for HCPs seeking help in recovery. She is certified by the Green Cross Foundation as an educator and therapist in Compassion Fatigue concerns and is a specialist in Addictive Disorders, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization in Healthcare Professionals. In addition, she is a member of the International Trauma Specialists Dr. White is a Clinical Instructor for Boston Area Colleges …graduate NP programs as well as baccalaureate level for Community Health Clinical work and is a Visiting Scholar for local colleges. In addition, she provided oversight for the clinical practicums of counseling students and consults to department chairs for all medical/professional clinical experience rotations at the Shattuck Hospital. She has lectured at many facilities and agencies and is a recognized leader in the field of Addictions, Impaired Practice and Peer Assistance, as well as Healthcare Professional Stress.

Kat Willis, PhD, CADC II, CEAP retired, CCTP

Kat Willis, PhD, CADC II, CEAP retired, CCTP has worked in the field of addiction for 40 years. She has been an external Employee Assistance Professional in San Francisco, She has taught at three colleges and Universities including the University of CA at Davis in addiction studies. She has been the Clinical Director and Executive Director of several California addiction programs. Dr. Willis has created training programs in several areas including facilitation for which she wrote a manual. Over the past 5 years, she has taken intensive training in psycho-drama, sensory motor, and emotion focused therapy including emotionally focused couple therapy with Trauma Survivors. She has included in her studies, the neuro-0biology of the brain as taught by Dr. Dan Siegel and others. 7 years ago, she designed a 5 day Family Reunification Program for treatment programs. It was an exciting and successful program with multiple families utilizing psycho-drama, family maps, Education on PTSD, studies on memory and trauma memories, genetics and epigenetics. It is a powerful and very positive program with a great deal of movement both emotional and physical. It is her desire to pass this process on to other clinicians.

Mary Woods, BC-RN, LCS, LADC, MSHS

Mary Woods, BC-RN, LCS, LADC, MSHS is a Licensed Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor. Mary has recently retired and has created a consulting practice. Mary has extensive experience in the treatment of Dual Disorders and Program implementation. Mary is Past President of NAADAC.

Ilana Zivkovich, LCSW, LCDC, CDWF

Ilana Zivkovich, LCSW, LCDC, CDWF an experienced clinician, executive, and clinical development officer, Ilana Zivkovich serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Northbound Treatment Services, and operates a small private practice as a therapist, facilitator, and trainer. Ilana celebrates and emboldens Northbound's renowned focus on fostering a flourishing and healthy organizational culture, and oversees clinical and programmatic development and service provision for the treatment center. An experienced and passionate presenter, Ilana is known for providing talks that are engaging, memorable, and impactful. Previously in her career Ilana served as the Executive Director for Promises Austin, and the Director of Clinical Development for Austin Recovery. Ilana holds a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), and a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF). Ilana lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, Zach, and daughter, Aviana.
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