Featured Faculty

Group A Faculty

Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC
Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC
Families, Trauma, & Addiction: Insights from Medical Family Therapy and Treatment of Chronic Disease
Sponsored by: Foundry Treatment Center - Steamboat

Throughout the past 35 years, Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC has served as an addiction professional, program administrator, family therapist, and counselor educator. For the past 3 years, he has served as the Chief Clinical Officer at Foundry Treatment Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Prior to working at Foundry, Dr. Barnes served as the Manager of Residential Services and Clinical Educator at the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) at the University of Colorado Hospital. Prior to that he was on the faculty of the MA Program in Counseling at the University of Colorado in Denver. Dr. Barnes earned his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at Florida State University, his M.Ed in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Pittsburgh, and his BA in Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a Master Addiction Professional (NAADAC), Licensed Professional Counselor (Colorado) and Diplomate in the American Association of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Dr. Barnes speaks nationally on Families Trauma and Addiction, Trauma Integrated Addiction Treatment, and Compassion Fatigue. His publications in books and scholarly journals have focused on secondary trauma and clinical work with traumatized family systems.

James Berry, MD
Buprenorphine Maintenance: Is There an End-Point or is it Life-Long?

James Berry, MD, FASAM was in primary care in teaching and practice roles from 1973 through 2018.  He worked full-time in addiction medicine at Mercy Recovery Center in Portland Maine from 2019 until it closed in 2015, and has continued his work in addiction medicine at several sites since then.  He has treated recovering patients with buprenorphine since it was approved in 2003, some continuing on it for 10-15 years and others discontinuing it with varying degrees of success. He is currently working in 5 county jails to expand access to addiction treatment for the incarcerated population. As current president of NNESAM, the local chapter of ASAM, he is politically active in expanding addiction treatment  in the northern New England states.

Lisa Blanchard, LMHC
Aligning Clinical Best Practices and Documentation with Managed Care Requirements for Improved Client Care
Sponsored by: Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.

Lisa Blanchard, MA, LMHC, is the Vice President of Clinical Services at Spectrum Health Systems Inc. based in Massachusetts. Spectrum currently operates fourteen outpatient programs, including opiate treatment, substance abuse and mental health outpatient, court mandated treatment and seven inpatient programs including detoxification, clinical stabilization services and residential treatment. Spectrum also provides correctional treatment programs in prison and community-based settings throughout Massachusetts, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia as well as several programs for at-risk youth with funding provided by the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services .  Lisa has over twenty years of experience in behavioral health administration and has successfully opened and started up over 12 new programs and implemented electronic health records across the agency.  Lisa has been trained as a NIATx process improvement coach and has served as a NIATx coach and presenter both statewide and nationally. Lisa has additionally served as a consultant and done several presentations nationally on innovations and behavioral health treatment including EHR adoption. Lisa also holds a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College.

Linda Buchanan, PhD, MEd, CEDSS
Resolving Resistance through Understanding and Dealing with Ambivalence
Sponsored by: Walden Behavioral Care

Linda Buchanan, PhD, CEDS-S has been practicing for 30 years specializing in treating eating disorders and personality disorders. She founded Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders in 1993 which was acquired by Walden Behavioral Care in 2017. She is now Senior Director of Clinical Services with Walden, a leading national healthcare system. Dr. Buchanan received her from doctorate from Georgia State University, doing a residency at the Medical College of Georgia.
This year she published a book with TPI Press titled A Clinician's Guide to Dealing with Pathological Ambivalence: How to be on Your Client's Side Without Taking a Side the content of which she has presented on the national level and soon to present at an international conference.  She is currently writing her second book titled I'm Not Good Enough: How the Stories You Tell Yourself are Ruining your Live. Additionally, she writes the blog From One Therapist to Another. Dr. Buchanan serves as a peer reviewer of American Psychological Association Journals for Practice Innovations and was a reviewer for the APA guidelines for treating eating disorders. She has published two chapters on her model of the treatment of eating disorders which have been used as texts in a local doctoral program for Clinical Psychology students. Additionally, she has published four research articles on the treatment of eating disorders including two outcome studies of the treatment provided at Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders.

Maureen Cavanagh, MEd, MPA
Healing Families Impacted by Substance Use: The Importance of Education, Support and Connection

Maureen Cavanagh, MPA, M.Ed, President of Magnolia New Beginnings; a national nonprofit and peer support group with over 25,000 members, and Magnolia Recovery and Consulting Services, both founded in 2012. She holds a Master's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Public Administration. She is a certified trainer for CCAR's Recovery Coach Academy and Parent Recovery Basics, an interventionist trained in the CFI Method and Arise Method of Intervention as well as trained in CRA/CRAFT Family Therapy, Invitation to Change,  and other behavioral approaches. Maureen is a national public speaker on the parent perspective of addiction and the author of "If You Love Me: A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Addiction and Recovery" published by Henry Holt/Macmillan in 2018. Maureen is the creator the NAADAC approved Family Focused Addiction Support Training (FAST) Program and consults to various healthcare organizations, substance use disorder treatment programs, and corporations on the creation and improvement of family wellness programs for those supporting a person with a substance use disorder. Maureen holds the core belief that addiction is a family disease, and therefore the key to improved care and sustained recovery is supporting and educating the entire family system.

Todd Connaughty, MA, LPCC, LADC
Demographics, Trends, and Assessment of the LGBTQ+ Population

Todd Connaughty, MA, LPCC, LADC has been employed with PRIDE Institute in various roles since 2006 and in his current role as Director of Clinical Services since 2012. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Addiction Counseling from Metropolitan State University and his Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary's University. He is certified to provide supervision to Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors through the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy of Minnesota.   Todd is also trained in EMDR therapy.  Todd is passionate about his work with the LGBTQ+ community and strives to help clients create a life in recovery that brings them meaning and purpose. Additionally, Todd enjoys working with alcohol and drug counseling interns and mental health practicum students, assisting new clinicians to become adept in working with the LGBTQ+ community.

Jonathan De Carlo, CAS
Multiple Pathways To Recovery
Sponsored by: C4 Consulting, Inc.

Jonathan is a Certified Addiction Specialist, with experience in addiction/recovery and mental health care since 1995, currently serving as the CEO of C4 Consulting, Inc.,  a subsidiary of C4 Recovery Foundation. He is co-owner and Director of Operations of Recovery 360°, providing psychosocial rehabilitation, individual, group, marriage, and family therapy, and organizational development and consultation services. Jonathan currently serves as a board president of the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP) and serves on the board of directors of the Stout Street Foundation. Additionally, he is a certified Helping Men Recover Consultant & Trainer with Griffin Recovery Enterprises, specializing in Men's Integrated Treatment and Trauma Informed Care.  Jonathan has developed care programs for inpatient and outpatient practices. Jonathan's current passion is in assisting organizations develop sustainable growth and wellness through the principles of Values-Based Care, Trauma Informed Care, & Measurement-Based Care practices.  His specific training includes Attachment Theory, Gender Informed and Gender Responsive Trauma Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Harm Reduction Models, Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement models, Rational Emotive Therapy, and Somatic Experience Therapy. His diverse experience in an array of care settings has provided experience, insight, and understanding that translates into client centered care.

Anna Lisa De Lima, PhD, LHMC, NCC
Breaking the Cycle: First responders and Trauma
Sponsored by: Origins Behavioral Healthcare

Anna Lisa De Lima, Ph.D., LHMC, NCC is a Program Director at Hanley Center at Origins. Anna Lisa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida as well as a National Certified Counselor. Anna Lisa is also trained in EMDR. Anna Lisa's dissertation work focused on the first responder population. She was inspired to begin her research while completing her master's degree and working with a firefighter's union where she witnessed the impact of on the job trauma exposure on firefighters. She became certified in CISM as a way to gain more intimate knowledge of the first responder's experience. Her dissertation work emphasized the factors that promote growth from trauma and the development of greater resilience in first responders. Anna Lisa has worked with first responders from a variety of backgrounds and specialties in her work as a clinician. Through this work and her years of research on this population, Anna Lisa is well-versed in the unique concerns that this population faces. Anna Lisa has also presented extensively on this topic at national conferences and webinars, as well as provided trainings at several fire departments.

James DiReda, PhD, LICSW
Healing Families Impacted by Substance Use: The Importance of Education, Support and Connection

Dr. DiReda holds a dual PhD in Sociology and Social Work from Boston University, and a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut. He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with over thirty years of direct clinical experience and consulting in the field of addictions. He has served as an advocate, treatment provider, researcher, and educator, working with individuals and families, hospitals, corrections facilities, and treatment programs, and private organizations on addiction. Dr. DiReda is an Associate Professor in the School of Professional Studies at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA and a Partner at Lake Ave Recovery in Worcester, MA.  He has published books and articles on addiction, speaks publicly on the topic, and has presented at local and international professional conferences.

John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP
If You Want Your Patients to Get Better…: Nutritional Psychology in Behavioral Healthcare

John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Origins Behavioral Healthcare.  In this capacity he provides both academic and clinical supervisory support to all of Origins' programs.  John's academic background includes a Doctor of Health Science and a Certificate in Nutritional Psychology.  John is an ordained pastor, clinically trained chaplain, and board certified as both a Master Addictions Professional and a Mental Health Professional in the State of Florida.  In addition to his clinical work, John lectures in multiple professional and academic venues on topics related to science, health, spirituality and ethics, and he was an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College for 12 years.  He brings over 20 years of experience as a therapist, educator and clinical supervisor to this topic.

Ross Ellenhorn, PhD, LICSW
Disappointment and the Fear of Hope: From Theory to Research

Ross Ellenhorn, PhD, LICSW is trained as a sociologist, psychotherapist and social worker. He has spent the last two decades helping individuals suffering psychiatric symptoms find the psychological and social means for remaining outside institutional settings. He created the first fully-operating intensive hospital
diversion and wrap-around program in Massachusetts, later creating and leading, one of the first Programs for Assertive Community Treatment teams in the
Commonwealth.

Linda Fensler, MS, CEAP
2020 Workplace Adaptations having a Long-Term Impact

Linda Fensler, MS, CEAP has over twenty years of healthcare experience, and eight years of experience administrating an EAP for the Adventist Health System's Midwest Region. Linda completed a Masters of Science Degree in 1999 (MS), from DePaul University in Rehabilitation Facility Administration. In 1996, she completed a Bachelor of Liberal Arts (BA), from DePaul University, Chicago, IL. Linda's career began as a mental health worker at a Community Mental Health Center in Indiana, with over 6 years of experience working with Chronic Mentally Ill Individuals. In the last five years, she has represented two different, unique, addiction treatment center's. She contracted with AddictionReach, a unique treatment program sponsored by the PGA. 

Linda's experience includes the development of an Internal EAP, throughout the Chicago area. She held the title of Regional EAP Director for the Adventist Health System's Midwest Region. She facilitated Fitness-for-Duty Training for the Chicago Auto Trade Association, for auto dealerships throughout the Chicagoland area. Fensler conducted DOT Fitness-for-duty assessments for two years. In 2012, Fensler formed FLEXIBLE EA Services, LLC: www.flexeaservices.com. She specializes in Violence in the Workplace. She has written materials addressing Process Addictions, Violence in the Workplace and Anti-Bullying Programs.

Ian Gershman, MBA, MA, CHC, CADC
Multiple Pathways To Recovery
Sponsored by: C4 Consulting, Inc.

Ian Gershman has over 25 years of experience in the behavioral health treatment field. He has worked in every possible milieu from long term residential treatment to hospital based detox to safer dancing for ecstasy users and needle exchange initiatives. With experience, nationally and internationally (9 years working in the United Kingdom and two training stints with substance abuse and mental health professionals in Africa) Ian brings a strong world view in his approach to serving clients. With an MBA, an MA in Education and Counseling, a CADC and a Licentate Diploma in Acupuncture, as well as being certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) he seeks always to create dynamic cohesive collaborative organizational systems and mentor and encourage individual capacities in staff to provide an elegant and innovative treatment experience for clients.

Antoinette Giedzinska
Antoinette Giedzinska, PhD
Improving Successful Outcomes through Implementing Measurement-Based Care

Antoinette Giedzinska, PhD, also known as Dr. Antoinette, received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California, where her training emphasized behavioral medicine, clinical research, and neuropsychology. She has authored several scientific publications addressing psychological correlates of cancer quality of life, program development, and patient treatment decision-making. Her 13-year career at Sierra Tucson comprises several accomplishments, such as developing psycho-educational curricula for Sierra Tucson's Pain Recovery program, developing and successfully implementing the Applied Neuroscience program into the Sierra Tucson treatment process, restructuring Sierra Tucson's Psychology department so that comprehensive psychological profiling became part of standard care for all admitting patients, pioneering the Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship program, and developing a Measurement-Based Care and Outcomes initiative to evaluate patient progress throughout the treatment trajectory as well as various time-points after discharge. The latter initiative afforded Dr. Antoinette the opportunity to serve as an advisor to the Acadia Corporation as they moved forward with system-wide measurement-based care as well as her partnering with the American Psychiatric Association to author the first publication on measurement-based care.

Jonathan Green, PhD
The Evidence for Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment: Whether and When to Modify Treatment Approaches
Sponsored by: O'Connor Professional Group

Jonathan Green, PhD, is the Chief of Clinical Operations at the O'Connor Professional Group, a concierge behavioral health consulting firm. A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Green received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Jon completed his clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Boston Healthcare System with appointments at Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine. Here he completed rotations in dual diagnosis (PTSD/substance use disorders) and behavioral medicine while also conducting research in the National Center for PTSD. Jon has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has received awards from the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, and the Military Suicide Research Consortium. Jon is a founding member of the Suicide and Self-Injury Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and is the current president of the Men's Mental and Physical Health Special Interest Group. Jon enjoys finding compassionate and creative ways to apply gold-standard, empirically supported treatments for clients with unique needs, valuing the relationship between the client and provider as much as the quality of the intervention.

Michael Groat, MS, PhD
Advancing Treatment of the Suicidal Patient: Integrative Approaches

Michael Groat, PhD, is the Chief Clinical Officer of Silver Hill Hospital, a Yale-affiliated, private, non-profit hospital found in New Canaan, Connecticut. Dr. Groat trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and family systems at the Austen Riggs Center, studied psychoanalysis and mentalizing based treatment at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Houston, and was associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also served as the Director of Adult Services at the Menninger Clinic. He was previously the director of Menninger's Professionals program, and prior to Silver Hill, was the president and CEO of CooperRiis, a residential treatment center in North Carolina.

Joseph G Hobelmann, MD, MPH
Comprehensive Pain Recovery
Sponsored by: Ashley Addiction Treatment

Greg Hobelmann, MD, MPH currently serves as a Joint CEO of Ashley Addiction Treatment. In this role, he oversees the clinical, medical and nursing staff for both the inpatient and outpatient clinics, in addition to general operations. He previously served as a staff psychiatrist after completing his psychiatry residency at Johns Hopkins. He has also completed an anesthesiology residency and pain medicine fellowship at Johns Hopkins in 2006 and has a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. His treatment interests include addiction and chronic pain.  Prior to arrival at Ashley, he worked as an interventional pain specialist.

Norman Hoffmann, PhD
Behavioral Health Conditions Among Local Jail Populations
Sponsored by: Evince Diagnostics, LLC

Norman G. Hoffmann, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the clinical assessment of mental health and substance use disorders and in the evaluation of behavioral health programs. He has worked with private organizations and governmental agencies in a variety of states and countries. Dr. Hoffmann developed assessment instruments used throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Sweden, Norway, and the United Kingdom. Instruments include brief screens, detailed diagnostic interviews, and treatment planning aids. He founded and served as chief science officer for the largest independent program evaluation system in the US and more recently developed evaluation tools for the NAATP pilot program evaluation. He has authored or co-authored more than 225 publications.  His faculty appointments have included the University of Minnesota and Brown University. Currently he is an affiliate professor of psychology at Western Carolina University and the founder of Evince Diagnostics, LLC.

Jessica Isom, MD, MPH
Can You See Us? Providing Culturally Competent Treatment for Persons of Color

Jessica Elizabeth Isom, MD MPH is an early career community psychiatrist, public speaker, medical educator and consultant for diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism projects. Driven by a passion for collaborative leadership, she takes pride in providing the conceptual frameworks and psychological safety necessary to expand the growing edges of her clients and peers. With over 10 years of demonstrated success in building relationships with patients and colleagues from all walks of life, Dr. Isom draws on her psychiatric training and humble background to connect across differences in power, education, and perspective to foster a collaborative approach to achieving racial justice and equity in medicine and beyond. As a resident in the Yale Department of Psychiatry, she was selected as the Chief Resident of Medical Education and as the Chief Resident of Diversity and Inclusion. In the Yale Department of Psychiatry, her professionalism, diversity and inclusion expertise and educational skillset were honored through awards and department-wide recognition. Her strong training background and leadership experiences inform her current role in Boston, MA as an attending psychiatrist at Codman Square Health Center. At Codman, she is providing expertise on antiracist transformation of staff and programming with a specific focus on the opioid use disorder services. She received her MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her MPH with a focus on public health leadership which inspired her passion for population health approaches to health equity. She currently serves as a leader within the American Psychiatric Association Assembly representing Early Career Psychiatrists, where her contributions center on illuminating the need for health equity in organized psychiatry. She has also been elected to the Councilor Position for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society where her focus on social justice and health equity provides an opportunity to improve the care provided to marginalized populations in the state. Her organized psychiatry involvement has earned national recognition as she was awarded the Resident Fellow Member Mentor award in 2019. She has continued to work with the Yale Department of Psychiatry residency program as a faculty track consultant leader for the Social Justice and Health Equity Curriculum. Currently, she is devoting considerable time to growing her consulting company, Vision for Equity LLC, which she intends to expand into a nationally sought out team of antiracism coaches and organizational trainers.

David Kahn, PhD, LPC, LPCS
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Skills Training: PART ONE
and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Skills Training: PART TWO

David Kahn, PhD, LPC, LPC is the founder, President, and owner of The Counseling Center of Florence, LLC. Dr. Kahn brings more than 30 years of experience providing counseling services for adolescents, adults, couples, and families who experience relationship conflict, blended family issues, substance use issues, depression, anxiety, work and social related issues, and are victims of violent crime.  He currently is an adjunct associate professor at Webster University and an adjunct instructor at Francis Marion University teaching in their graduate school programs. Dr. Kahn provides professional seminars and workshops for the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services and other Mental Health Professionals and employee training for area businesses. He is both a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Professional Supervisor.

Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI, CRS
Transitional Family Sculpting: Empower Clients and Families Through Creativity and Action
Sponsored by: Linking Human Systems

Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI, CRS is a child, adolescent, family and community neuropsychiatrist, certified family life educator, family therapist, certified recovery specialist, former professor of psychiatry and family medicine. President, LINC Foundation, Linking Human Systems, ARISE Network.

Ezra Lockhart, PhD ABD, MHlthSc(DD), CAS, CDCS, CAC II
Reconceptualizing Internet Gaming Disorder and Gaming Disorder Through Motivation and Cognitive-Behavioral Factors

Ezra Lockhart, PhD ABD, MHlthSc(DD), CAS, CDCS, CAC II, has been practicing for 17 years and has conducted research with the University of Sydney and Northcentral University on topics of social cognition and human-computer interaction.

Tena Moyer, MD
Suicide, Depression and Addiction - It's a Complicated Relationship
Supported by Sabino Recovery

Tena Moyer, MD currently serves as the Director of Concierge Medicine for Sabino Recovery. In the continuation of her education, Dr. Moyer attended University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and completed an internal medicine internship at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. After working for several years as a general practitioner, Dr. Moyer realized that she was particularly fascinated by psychiatric illness and returned to a psychiatry residency at University of Arizona. Dr. Moyer was a staff member at Sierra Tucson from 2000-2005, with concentration in addiction medicine and mood patients, as well as directing the Eating Recovery and Trauma Recovery Programs. In 2005, Dr. Moyer branched out to pursue new endeavors in private and concierge practice. During this period, she was also medical director at Southern Arizona Mental Health Center (SAMHC) and worked closely with Mirasol, a residential treatment center for individuals struggling with eating disorders. Upon furthering her experience in the field of behavioral health, Dr. Moyer returned to Sierra Tucson in 2014.

Consistent with Dr. Moyer's pursuit of diverse fields in her undergraduate studies, she has received extensive training in multiple psychiatric and psychological techniques. Additionally, Dr. Moyer has trained in Somatic Transformation Therapy with Sharon Stanley, PhD, and Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy at the Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies, and has pursued extensive psychoanalytic and psychodynamic training. As a practitioner, she attempts to synthesize diverse perspectives and approaches into her understanding and treatment of psychiatric patients, including biological, developmental, attachment, family systems, trauma, and psychoanalytic considerations.

Anthony Nave, LCSW
Addiction and Trauma Recovery: Through an IPNB Perspective
Sponsored by: Mountainside Treatment Center

Anthony Nave, MA, LCSW is a Clinical Social Worker currently licensed in CT, NY, and MA.  He holds master's degrees in Educational Psychology and Clinical Social Work. He is EMDRIA certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and is an approved EMDR Consultant. Anthony has over six years of experience in medication-assisted treatment, co-occurring disorders, and trauma recovery treatment. Prior to his current clinical practice, he had a nine-year career in education teaching in alternative therapeutic schools and at risk-student programs, helping youth with mental health and cognitive disorders. At Mountainside, he currently directs outpatient locations in the New England area and telehealth services, designs curriculums for clinical programming, and incorporates interpersonal neurobiology and a trauma-responsive framework into treatment and supervision.

David Nefussy
Aligning Clinical Best Practices and Documentation with Managed Care Requirements for Improved Client Care
Sponsored by: Spectrum Health Systems, Inc.

Prior to being hired as the VP of Business Development at Spectrum, David Nefussy worked on the Payer side for the previous 27 years most recently serving as the regional director of provider network services for MA, ME, NH, RI and VT at OPTUM Health, otherwise known as United Behavioral Health (UBH) where he was responsible for contracting and provider relations. Prior to UBH, he worked in a similar capacity for PacifiCare, Magellan, Beacon Health Strategies, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Private Health Care Systems. In addition, Mr. Nefussy has worked with several committees around behavioral health/primary care integration, 2013 CPT Code changes and federal mental health parity, including the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans, Massachusetts Division of Insurance, Association of Behavioral Health and Massachusetts Association of Behavioral Health Systems.

Jake Nichols, PharmD, MBA
Medications for Opioid Use Disorder: Benefits, Challenges, and Public Health
Sponsored by: Evolve Recovery

Jake Nichols, PharmD, MBA is a pharmacist in long term recovery with extensive experience in community pharmacy academia,  primary care, managed care and pharmaceutical industry. He specializes in the treatment of SUDs, focusing on medication for addiction treatment. He speaks regularly at conferences nationwide, highlighting his experiences as a patient and emphasizing the importance and value of treatment.

Through his fifteen year struggle with substance use, he found his calling in the field and has dedicated his career to helping patients and their families suffering from this debilitating chronic disease.

By providing clinical support for clinicians treating patients with SUD and serving as a vocal advocate for treatment, Jake has established himself as a key resource within the field. He has spoken at well over 200 pharmacy, nursing, and medical schools across the country, sharing his story with students and faculty. He also regularly facilitates patient and parent support groups. In 2017 he established his own education, consulting, and treatment group called Professional Recovery Associates, and recently, has launched a Telemedicine treatment program for SUD. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in 2000 and his master's degree in Business Administration from UMASS Boston in 2007.

Aaron Olson, CMHC, SUDC
Invisible Loyalties: Uncovering The Transgenerational Impact of Addiction
Sponsored by: Cirque Lodge

Aaron Olson CMHC, SUDC has been in direct client care for the past 23 years. His experience spans the continuum of treatment settings in both mental health and addiction care. Aaron developed a deep reverence for dually diagnosed individuals as he progressed from his early career in juvenile justice through community and inpatient mental health and into residential chemical dependency treatment. The core of Aaron's commitment to treatment is to support individuals to return to or discover the essence of themselves that has survived the challenges they have faced.
Utilizing contextual therapy as a means for assisting clients to more fully comprehend the generational nature of their challenges. This has supported Aaron's efforts to establish a compassionate and honest perspective on the work that lies ahead of each client. As clients have been able to develop increased compassion for themselves their self-efficacy has increases and their approach to ongoing treatment more fully internalizes.
As he has presented on the topic of transgenerational trauma and addiction around the United States, Aaron has worked to support clinicians to recognize subtle and often overlooked indicators and consequences of transgenerational trauma. As university instructor, Aaron has worked to assist new counselors to begin recognizing these subtle behaviors and patterns so as to evoke an expanded view of their clients life experience and trauma's that they are unconsciously replicating today

Steven Proctor, PhD
Program-level Barriers to Addiction Treatment Initiation & Engagement: Cutting the Red Tape & Rolling out the Red Carpet

Steven Proctor, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of PRO Health Group—a research and outcomes monitoring company. He also serves as Senior Health Outcomes Advisor at Thriving Mind South Florida, and holds a faculty appointment at the rank of Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Florida International University's college of medicine. He specializes in the evaluation of addictions treatment outcomes and has published extensively in this area. He collaborates with national and local addictions treatment agencies to improve their treatment systems through research, outcomes monitoring, training, technical assistance, and program evaluation. He is Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on several federally-funded research projects, including a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Dr. Proctor earned his PhD in clinical psychology from Louisiana State University. He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, and his postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, where he received specialized training in the Addictive Disorders Treatment Program. He is a Fellow of Yale University's NIDA-supported Innovation to Impact entrepreneurship training program for addictions researchers.

Zina Rodriguez, MSW
Can You See Us? Providing Culturally Competent Treatment for Persons of Color
Sponsored by: Z&D Consulting

Zina Rodriguez, MSW holds a Master's in Social Work degree with a concentration in Administration from Fordham University and a Bachelors of Social Work degree from Rutgers University. With over 20 years of marketing and social work experience both in the private sector and behavioral health care,  Zina has gained an expertise in the program development of treatment centers as well as in strategic planning and branding. Her expertise includes functional areas of the operations of treatment centers; finance, licensing, accreditation, risk management, clinical program development, business development and marketing.  Zina's business and treatment philosophy is built around a client centered approach to the operations and the clinical care delivery provided to clients.  
 

Mary Anne Roy, PsyD, CCS
Integrating Substance Use Disorder and Eating Disorder Treatment

Mary Anne Roy, PsyD, CCS is a licensed psychologist and certified clinical supervisor.  Her extensive career in the mental health and addiction field has provided her with the experience and expertise necessary to provide strong leadership and direction throughout Crossroads' continuum of care.  As Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Roy oversees all clinical operations of the organization which include multiple outpatient and residential programs.  In this role, she is actively involved in program development in addition to presenting at state and national conferences on the topic of addiction and behavioral health treatment.

Dianna Sandoval, LPC, LAC, MA
Brainspotting for Trauma Treatment and Resolution

Dianna Sandoval, LPC, LAC, MA is the Executive Clinical Director of AspenRidge Recovery and has more than 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field, focusing on addiction treatment. She has designed, implemented and managed multiple recovery programs in the state of Colorado and Maryland. In addition to developing clinical programs and providing direct clinical services, Dianna is also a leader in providing clinical supervision, team building, and establishing healthy organizational cultures in the behavioral health industry.

Jaime Vinck, MC, NCC, LPC, CEIP
Suicide, Depression and Addiction - It's a complicated relationship
Supported by Recovery Ways

Jaime Vinck, MC, LPC, is the CEO of Utah Based CPF Recovery Ways, where she is leading their national growth and expansion into other markets.  Prior to joining Recovery Ways, Jaime was the CEO of the Sierra Tucson Group, where she created and lead the rebranding of Sierra by the Sea and Sunrise Ranch, as well as oversaw the Tucson campus where she implemented ground breaking clinical and operational initiatives as CEO, COO and Chief Clinical Officer. 

An industry advocate, she speaks nationally and internationally on Suicide, Compassion Fatigue and Trauma Informed Leadership.

Jaime is a Board Member of the National Association of Addiction Treatment Provider, an Advisor to the C.A.R.E.S initiative, and on the Advisory Board for Safe Call Now.

Roland Williams, MAC, LAADC, NCACII, SAP, ACRPS
Improving Treatment Outcome for Formerly Incarcerated Clients in SUD Treatment

Roland Williams, MAC, LAADC, NCACII, SAP, ACRPS is an interventionist, author, trainer, counselor and consultant. He is the Founder and Director of the United Auburn Indian Community Recovery Program. He is President and Founder of Free Life Enterprises an international counseling and consulting firm, that provides consultation, clinical training, program development, interventions and staff supervision, worldwide. He is the past Coordinator of Chemical Dependency Studies at Cal State East Bay. Roland is the past Director of Clinical Operations for DARA Thailand, and Clinical Director for Lionrock Recovery. He is the co-founder and former Executive Director of Alta Mira Recovery Programs, in Sausalito, California, as well as co-founder and former Clinical Director of Bayside Marin, in San Rafael.  Roland worked at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA. for 15 years, where he was the Director of Behavioral Health Services, and was responsible for the psychiatric and chemical dependency programs. He has provided counseling and consulting services to individuals and treatment facilities worldwide, including Switzerland, Holland, France, Dominican Republic, Italy, Thailand, Japan, Copenhagen, The Philippines, and the United Kingdom. Roland works with the Offender Mentorship Certification Program teaching CAADAC classes to incarcerated inmates. He also works with impaired legal and medical professionals and facilitates weekly support groups. He has published 3 books related to Relapse Prevention from a cultural perspective, A workbook entitled, "Recovery is a Verb" and written numerous articles on addiction and recovery. However, he is most proud of the fact that he has been in Recovery himself since June 10, 1986.

Group B Faculty

Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CAADC, CCDP-D, CCTP
Unspoken Loyalty: Exploring the impact of trauma and substance Use in young adult families
Sponsored by: Recovery Center of America

Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CAADC, CCDP-D, CCTP, is the National Director of Family Services for Recovery Centers of America which has 10 sites across Midwest and the Northeast. She is contracted with Lakeside Global Institute as a trauma trainer and is an adjunct professor at Jefferson University.  Trish is a licensed clinician, marriage and family therapist and is certified in trauma, co-occurring disorders and substance use with over 27 years of experience. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences on the topics of substance use disorders and trauma. Additionally, Trish created the first Young Offenders Treatment program in Delaware County, serving first time offenders with Drug charges. Trish holds her MFT from Drexel University and holds a private practice specializing in substance use, family, ADHD and Trauma.

Hillarie Cash, PhD, LMHC, CSAT, WSGC
The Sexual Development of Gamers

In 2009 Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC, CSAT, WSGC, co-founded reSTART Life, where she is Chief Clinical Officer. reSTART is a residential program (first in the US or Canada) designed explicitly for adults and adolescents who are experiencing a disordered relationship with the Internet and video games, as well as other mental health problems. In addition, reSTART offers a transition program for adults and outpatient services. 

She began her work in the emerging field of Internet addiction in the mid-90's. By 1999 she had co-founded an outpatient clinic called Internet/Computer Addiction Services (now closed) in Redmond, WA. In 2008, she co-authored the book Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control and in 2009, she co-founded reSTART Life. She has co-authored several peer-reviewed journal articles and a workbook to be published in May, 2021. She has been training parents, therapists, researchers and educators since the 1990's. All these ongoing endeavors have brought her recognition as one of the nation's leading clinical experts in the growing field of Internet and Gaming Disorder.

David Cato, LCSW, TCT, SEP
Trauma, Attachment and Recovery

David Cato, LCSW, TCT, SEP began working at Sierra Tucson in April of 2008 and has served many roles, beginning in the mailroom. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Texas A&M University and a Master of Social Work from Arizona State University. He is a Somatic Experiencing® Therapy Practitioner (SEP), certified Transgender Care Therapist (TCT), and a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). David completed his master's coursework through an internship at Sierra Tucson. He has worked with substance use disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, codependency, grief/loss, and trauma. David provides individual, group sessions, and consultations for residents. David is a clinical supervisor and provides feedback and support to clinicians for their work with residents. David currently serves as the Interim Clinical Director at Sierra Tucson and is a member of the Executive Leadership team. David enjoys presenting on topics such as trauma disorders and recovery.

Maureen Cavanagh, MEd, MPA
Family- Focused Addiction Support Training: Working with Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorder

Maureen Cavanagh, MPA, M.Ed, President of Magnolia New Beginnings; a national nonprofit and peer support group with over 25,000 members, and Magnolia Recovery and Consulting Services, both founded in 2012. She holds a Master's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Public Administration. She is a certified trainer for CCAR's Recovery Coach Academy and Parent Recovery Basics, an interventionist trained in the CFI Method and Arise Method of Intervention as well as trained in CRA/CRAFT Family Therapy, Invitation to Change,  and other behavioral approaches. Maureen is a national public speaker on the parent perspective of addiction and the author of "If You Love Me: A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Addiction and Recovery" published by Henry Holt/Macmillan in 2018. Maureen is the creator the NAADAC approved Family Focused Addiction Support Training (FAST) Program and consults to various healthcare organizations, substance use disorder treatment programs, and corporations on the creation and improvement of family wellness programs for those supporting a person with a substance use disorder. Maureen holds the core belief that addiction is a family disease, and therefore the key to improved care and sustained recovery is supporting and educating the entire family system.

Jonathan De Carlo, CAS
Multiple Pathways To Recovery
Sponsored by: C4 Consulting

Jonathan De Carlo is a Certified Addiction Specialist, with experience in addiction/recovery and mental health care since 1995, currently serving as the CEO of C4 Consulting, Inc., a subsidiary of C4 Recovery Foundation. He is co-owner and Director of Operations of Recovery 360°, providing psychosocial rehabilitation, individual, group, marriage, and family therapy, and organizational development and consultation services. Jonathan currently serves as a board president of the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP) and serves on the board of directors of the Stout Street Foundation. Additionally, he is a certified Helping Men Recover Consultant & Trainer with Griffin Recovery Enterprises, specializing in Men's Integrated Treatment and Trauma Informed Care.  Jonathan has developed care programs for inpatient and outpatient practices. Jonathan's current passion is in assisting organizations develop sustainable growth and wellness through the principles of Values-Based Care, Trauma Informed Care, & Measurement-Based Care practices.  His specific training includes Attachment Theory, Gender Informed and Gender Responsive Trauma Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy, Harm Reduction Models, Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement models, Rational Emotive Therapy, and Somatic Experience Therapy. His diverse experience in an array of care settings has provided experience, insight, and understanding that translates into client centered care.

Amanda Fialk, PhD, LCSW, LICSW
A New First Response: Examining The Paradigm Shift in How Communities Manage 9-1-1 Mental Health Emergencies
Sponsored by: The Dorm

Amanda Fialk, PhD, LCSW, LICSW is Partner & Chief of Clinical Services at The Dorm. Amanda earned her Masters and Doctorate in Social Work from Wurzweiler School of Social Work and completed her dissertation on the clinical implication of countertransference in "wounded healers" which was subsequently presented as a research poster at the 2020 American Psychopathological Association (APPA) Annual Meeting. She works as an adjunct professor at The Wurzweiler School of Social Work, has completed psychoanalytic training at The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York City and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the New York Academy of Medicine. Amanda has specialized training in DBT, CBT, addiction and co-occurring disorders, eating disorders, family therapy, EMDR and motivational interviewing.

Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD
Brain Development and Psychiatric Disorders and Addiction
Sponsored by: Silver Hill Hospital

Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD is President and Medical Director of Silver Hill Hospital, a private non-proft psychiatric hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut. Dr. Gerber is a child and adolescent psychiatrist whose career combines his work as a clinician, scholar, research scientist and executive. He completed his medical and psychiatric training at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Hospital and Weill Cornell and Columbia medical schools; he completed his PhD in psychology at University College London and the Anna Freud Centre. 
Prior to joining Silver Hill, Dr. Gerber was Director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia Medical Center and Medical Director and CEO of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Among his many affiliations, he serves as associate clinical professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and as associate clinical professor at the Child Study Center and Department of Psychiatry, Yale University.

Ian Gershman, MBA, MA, CHC, CADC
Multiple Pathways To Recovery
Sponsored by: C4 Consulting, Inc.

Ian Gershman, MBA, MA, CHC, CADC has over 25 years of experience in the behavioral health treatment field. He has worked in every possible milieu from long term residential treatment to hospital based detox to safer dancing for ecstasy users and needle exchange initiatives. With experience, nationally and internationally (9 years working in the United Kingdom and two training stints with substance abuse and mental health professionals in Africa) Ian brings a strong world view in his approach to serving clients. With an MBA, an MA in Education and Counseling, a CADC and a Licentate Diploma in Acupuncture, as well as being certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) he seeks always to create dynamic cohesive collaborative organizational systems and mentor and encourage individual capacities in staff to provide an elegant and innovative treatment experience for clients.

Sarah Harte, LICSW
A New First Response: Examining The Paradigm Shift in How Communities Manage 9-1-1 Mental Health Emergencies
Sponsored by: The Dorm

Sarah Harte, LICSW is the Director of The Dorm, Washington, DC. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northern Arizona
University and her Masters of Social Work degree from New York University, with a specialty certification in Clinical Supervision. Sarah has spent close to two decades working with young adults in the field of social work and collegiate mental health. Sarah is an Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University's School of Social Work and has previously worked with the University of Maryland, Barnard College and Semester at Sea. Sarah has extensive experience working with problematic substance use and co-occurring disorders, as well as training in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the use of mindfulness meditation in therapeutic settings.

Heather Hayes, MEd, LPC
Engaging the Complex Family System; Identifying Family Values-Protective or Harmful to Attachment Individuation

Heather Hayes, MEd, LPC is the Founder and CEO of Heather R. Hayes & Associates, Inc. She is a Master's Level, Licensed Counselor. Mrs. Hayes received her B.A. from Emory University and her M.Ed. from Antioch University in Counseling Psychology. A veteran of the behavioral health field, she has over 38 years of experience working with addictions and other disorders and specializes in the treatment of adolescents/young adults, trauma, brain disorders, complex mental health issues and the full spectrum of addictive disorders. 
Known as one of the country's most prominent authorities on these topics, Ms. Hayes is a coveted speaker on the national and international stage and has been published in numerous journals, books, and other industry publications. Recognized for her comprehensive and trauma-informed approach to addiction and intervention, Ms. Hayes serves as a consultant for CNN and Dr. Oz and has been featured on A&E, ABC, CBS, BBC, FOX, and NBC. In addition, Ms. Hayes is a featured interventionist on the 2018 & 2019 seasons of A&E's show Intervention. 
Outside of work, Heather uses her expertise to give back to her community as a volunteer psychological profiler with the Forsyth County Sheriff's Department Hostage Negotiation and SWAT Team.

Craig James, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
Practicing Alcohol Moderation: A Harm Reduction Alternative to the Abstinence-Only Model

Craig James, LCSW, LSATP, MAC has been in the addiction treatment field for over twenty years. He is the Co-Founder & Director of Operations of Insight Into Action Therapy and Insight Recovery Centers. He co-developed and implements the Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program© and is a nationally recognized trainer on alcohol moderation. Craig serves on the board of Dandelion Meadow and the Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals.

Brad Kennedy, MRC, CRC
When Philosophy Falls Short: Utilizing Attachment Theory and Experiential Therapies to Create Lasting Change
Sponsored by: Driftwood Recovery

Brad Kennedy, MRC, CRC has been a national leader in developing innovative programming to help individuals recover from addiction and mental health issues over the past twenty years. Brad started his career at St. Joseph's Rehabilitation Center in the Adirondack Mountains, then moved to Topeka, Kansas to join the Menninger Clinic where he delivered a variety of individual and group therapies while developing programs to help individuals reach optimal wellness. Brad is the Founding Board Member of the Association for Community Integration Programs (A4CIP), an organization that assembles experts in the field to share perspectives on how to help individuals with mental illness and addiction live healthy lives and integrate back into society. Brad's team at Driftwood focuses on evidence-based techniques that help individuals turn clinical insight into action. His proven ability to create programs is driven by his passion for community integration and aiding individuals in identifying their values and leading a meaningful life.

Mukta Khalsa, PhD, LADAC, LPMHC
Spiritual Disconnect: The Original Identity vs. the Addictive Personality
Sponsored by: SuperHealth, Inc.

Mukta Kaur Khalsa, Ph.D. is the director of SuperHealth and personally trained with Yogi Bhajan for thirty years. She was the director of a specialized hospital in Tucson, AZ, that was rated in the top 10% of all programs in the United States by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.   Since 1973, SuperHealth® has been on the cutting edge of behavioral health and addiction recovery.  It is a perfect blend of the ancient yogic wisdom of the East with the innovations of the West.  This supports one to move from recovery to self-discovery.  The system combines core technologies of Kundalini Yoga, meditation, breathing, nutrition restoration with specific therapeutic juices, vitamins and herbs as taught by Yogi Bhajan.

Deborah Kuzmin, MSW, LCSW
Stages of Change for Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions
Sponsored by: Origins Behavioral Healthcare

Deb Kuzmin, LCSW is a Certified Addiction Specialist, Motivational interviewing Trainer and Certified Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.  She is Vice president of Clinical Services for Origins. She has worked as a crisis hotline volunteer, discharge planner, therapist, Director of Case Management and Clinical Supervisor .  Deb received her Master's in Social Work from Simmons College and trained at The Harvard School of Medicine's Division on Addiction. Deb served as Substance Use Disorder Director at one of the largest behavioral health agencies in Florid before coming to Origins.  She has dedicated her entire career to the study of substance use and mental health issues.

Bruce Liese, PhD, ABPP
Group Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Diverse Addictive Behaviors

Bruce S. Liese, PhD, ABPP is Professor of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) and Clinical Director of the Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment at the University of Kansas (KU). Dr. Liese currently serves as Member-at-Large and Past President of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division on Addictions, Treasurer of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Addictive Behaviors Special Interest Group, and Chair of the Addiction Collaborative of the Society of Teachers in Family Medicine (STFM). His work focuses primarily on the diagnosis and treatment of addictive behaviors. He has taught courses on addictive behaviors, psychotherapy, and evidence-based practice at KU, and he has supervised hundreds of psychotherapy trainees. Dr. Liese has more than 75 publications, and he has co-authored two texts on addictive behaviors with Dr. Aaron T. Beck. Dr. Liese was also Editor of The Addictions Newsletter (TAN) for ten years, an official publication of the APA Division on Addictions. For his work on this newsletter, Dr. Liese received a President's Citation from the Division on Addictions. In 2015 Dr. Liese received the Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training award from that Division, and he received a Presidential Citation for his work as a Citizen Psychologist at the 2018 APA Convention. This award was granted for his work in his home community.

Julianna Mazzawi, PhD, RN, CADC II
Maternal Functioning Among Mothers in Recovery Support Treatment for OUD
Sponsored by: American Society of Addiction Nursing

Julianne Mazzawi, PhD, RN has over thirty-five years of nursing leadership in the field of neonatal nursing and women's health.  A recent graduate of UMASS Boston, Julianne's research was focused on maternal functioning among postpartum women in recovery support treatment for OUD with an infant 12 months or less. Julianne is passionate about the care and support of mothers in recovery and hopes to use her research to inform interventions that will support women in the recovery process. Julianne is a member of  the International Nurses Society of Addictions and received an IntNSA Research award for her proposal.  She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Organization of Nurse Leaders (ONL) and the American Nurses Association.

Chris McDuffie, MSW, MA,CADC-II
Buddhist Psychology: Enhancing DBT, ACT, and MBRP for Relapse Prevention

Chris McDuffie, MSW, MA, CADCII has been practicing recovery counseling for 8 years, a retired HS principal. Teaching Buddhist psychology and how DBT, ACT, and MBRP are each founded upon Buddhist principles, including Mindfulness, Meditation, and how to end suffering and cultivate joy and happiness for those suffering from co-occurring disorders.

Brian Meyer, PhD, LCP
Complex Cases Challenging Drug Courts

Brian Meyer, PhD, LCP, is a clinical psychologist and the posttraumatic stress disorder/substance use disorders specialist at the Central Virginia VA Health System. He is also an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He obtained his A.B. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a specialization in adolescents and families from Duke University.  He has worked in the child welfare and child and adult mental health fields as a clinician, administrator, teacher, policy maker, program developer, expert witness, researcher, and trainer. In his current roles, Dr. Meyer provides evidence-based treatment for veterans who have problems with PTSD, substance use, depression, TBI, and other cooccurring conditions; works with veterans and their families to address post-combat adaptations; trains psychology trainees; and develops and conducts research on treatments for PTSD, substance abuse, and co-morbid conditions.

Tina Nadeau, JD
Complex Cases Challenging Drug Courts

Honorable Tina L. Nadeau was appointed Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court in 2011 after serving as an associate judge for fifteen years. Since becoming a judge, she has presided over countless criminal jury trials, civil and equity bench trials and domestic, divorce, and custody matters. In addition, Judge Nadeau began the Rockingham County Drug Court. As Chief Justice of the Superior Court, Judge Nadeau has overseen the state budget, implemented case management systems, testified before the legislature, and sought and obtained statewide funding for the implementation of Drug Courts across the state. Before her appointment to the bench, she was a prosecutor for the New Hampshire Attorney General in the Homicide Division and was legal counsel to Governor, Stephen Merrill. Judge Nadeau is a graduate of University of New Hampshire and Franklin Pierce Law Center.

Abid Nazeer, MD
Understanding Fentanyl
Sponsored by: Symetria Health

Abid Nazeer, MD is board certified in Psychiatry and a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He provides psychiatric and addiction medicine care at Symetria Health® and is responsible for providing outpatient medication management to patients with a co-existing psychiatric illness or are on medications for psychiatric diagnosis. Additionally, he works closely with staff and patients to educate them on the potential impact unresolved psychiatric symptoms, such as anxiety or depression, can have on the recovery process, and develops treatment plans for patients that have dual diagnosis.
Dr. Nazeer has served as Medical Director for the Chemical Dependency IOP at Presence Mercy Medical Center (Aurora, IL) and Willis Knighton Addiction Recovery Center in Louisiana. He trained and held the role of Chief Resident at Louisiana State University Shreveport.

Lee Neagle, LPC
Emergency Preparedness for Behavioral Healthcare Professionals: Lessons Learned from the COVID Pandemic

Lee Neagle, MA, LPC has nearly two decades of experience with mental health treatment on a national scale, developing programs at treatment facilities across the country.   Lee has been responsible for leading several organizations through healthcare  licensing and accreditation. Lee understands the importance of
compliance as a foundation for clinical excellence and has served on the Board of Directors for the Residential Eating Disorder Consortium. Lee also served on the advisory committee for the adoption of eating disorders standards with The Joint Commission. Lee has lectured nationally for the last several years on a wide range of topics including eating disorder awareness/identification, behavioral healthcare compliance, shame, perfectionism, and experiential therapies. He is also a licensed professional counselor in the state of Wisconsin.

Cardwell Nuckols, MA, PhD
Loneliness: Clinical Observations and Therapeutic Approaches

Cardwell C Nuckols, PhD is described as "one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America." He has served the behavioral medicine field for over 40 years and for the last 25 years is considered one of the leading experts in the world on addiction and recovery.
Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 65 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 25 audiotape series. His latest book is entitled Finding Freedom Through Illumination: Realizing Christ Consciousness. His previous publication is a best seller entitled The Ego-Less SELF: Achieving Peace and Tranquility Beyond All Understanding. Dr. Nuckols' first book Cocaine: Dependency to Recovery is also a trade best seller, as are, his booklets Quitting Heroin, Quitting Alcohol and Quitting Marijuana (Hazelden). He is the author of the book Healing an Angry Heart (HCI) and video Chalk Talk on Drugs with Father Martin (Kelly Productions). Dr. Nuckols' background includes advanced work in such areas as medical research, pharmacology, neurobiology and psychology.

Kathleen Parrish, MAMFC, MARE, LPC
Clinical Reflections and Strategic Interventions in the Treatment of Traumatic and Complex Grief

Kathleen Parrish is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the owner and operator of KP Counseling and Consulting.  Formerly, she served as Senior Director of Clinical Operations and Community Outreach at Cottonwood Tucson for 18 years. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1991. She earned a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1999.    Kathleen is an approved Clinical Supervisor for the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.   Kathleen's work with trauma survivors spans over 25 years, using EMDR, Narrative Therapy, and Mindfulness.  She has written articles for Counselor, Addiction Professional, Addiction Today and Arizona Together magazines. She is the co-author of "The Essence of Resilience:  Stories of Triumph over Trauma," (HCI Books, 2016).  She has presented seminars on trauma in the United States and Europe.

Douglass Paul, LMHC, QS, LPC
A Multi-faceted Approach to Cravings Management

Doug Paul, LMHC, QS, LPC has been working as a clinician with substance use disorders for the past 15 years.  He completed a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University in 2007. During his graduate training, he participated in an 18-month University-sponsored research that culminated in presentation at ACA's Annual Convention in Montreal, Quebec in 2006. While at Talbott Recovery from 2007-2014, he assisted with development of the Young Adult program. In 2014, he transitioning to a leadership role with Foundations Recovery Network's outpatient programs, acting as Clinical Director and Director of Outpatient Services in at both locations in Atlanta through 2019.  Now in private practice in Orlando, FL, he continues to provide therapy for SUD clients and supervision to growing clinicians. Doug continues to practice his own recovery program over the last 21 years.

Liza Piekarsky, LMHC, CAP, NCC
Experiential Techniques in Therapy for Patients impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sponsored by: Retreat Behavioral Health

Liza Piekarsky, LMHC, CAP, NCC is the regional director of marketing at Retreat Behavioral Health, a leading provider of mental health and substance use care that operates a network of residential and outpatient facilities along the East Coast. Liza is also a licensed clinician with strong specialties in counseling for adolescents, young adults and their families, and people suffering from substance use disorders. She began her career in South Florida working with adolescents in the juvenile justice system and has since held a variety of clinical leadership roles both in residential care and private practice outpatient therapy. In addition to her role at Retreat, Liza provides individual psychotherapy and counseling to patients through her organization Therapy with Liza, which is part of the Caring Therapists of Broward network. Liza holds a master's degree in mental health counseling and a bachelor's degree in psychology.

Carolyn Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS
Stories of our Ancestors: Understanding the impact of culture, race and trauma on Addictions

Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS is an author, speaker, expert in the treatment of eating disorders and addictions.  She is the CEO of The Anchor Program™, a non-diet online (telemedicine) program for individuals with binge eating disorder, emotional eating and food addiction.   She is board certified in Preventive Medicine and also in Addiction Medicine and is a graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil's fellowship in Integrative Medicine.  Dr. Ross is an international speaker and consultant on issues of cultural competence, antiracism and diversity in mental health.  Dr. Ross also gave a TEDxPleasantGrove talk on "Historical and Intergenerational Trauma in January, 2020. She is the author of 3 books on eating disorders, the most recent is "The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook."  She is a contributing author to the recently released book: "Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician's Guide."  She is co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity - a consulting group that works with University counseling centers, treatment centers and other facilities offering mental health care -  training staff and health care professionals - to make culturally competent mental health care more available and accessible to black, indigent and other people of color.

Andrew Sidoli, MSW, LCSW, CADAC
Engaging the Complex Family System; Identifying Family Values-Protective or Harmful to Attachment Individuation

Andrew Sidoli, MSW, LCSW, CADAC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Addiction Counselor with an extensive 20-year background in a multitude of Chemical Dependency and Mental Health settings.  Born in Italy and raised in Britain, he has benefited from a multicultural and multi-language background which has informed his practice. His expertise with Attachment, Family Systems, and PTSD brings a Trauma Centered methodology to clinical work, his passion for Clinical Excellence, research and teaching has had him partner with the University of Utah in bringing resilience trainings to First Responders in Salt lake City and the State of Utah. He is currently Executive Clinical Director at Recover Integrity in Los Angeles

Nicole Siegfried, PhD, CEDS-s
No More Rock Bottom: Compassion Focused Therapy in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and Related Conditions

Nicole Siegfried, PhD, CEDS-s, is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS) and a licensed clinical psychologist. She also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has served as Chief Clinical Officer for treatment centers specializing in eating disorders and general mental health. She has treated eating disorders for more than 20 years. She is an international speaker and has published research, magazine articles, and book chapters in the field of eating disorders and suicide. Dr. Siegfried is Immediate Past President of the Alabama Regional Chapter of IAEDP. She is member of the International iaedp Board of Directors. She is former Chair of the Research Committee for the Residential Eating Disorder Consortium (REDC). She is a member of the Academy of Eating Disorders (AED) and former Co-Chair of the Eating Disorders and Suicide Prevention AED Special Interest Group.

Jack Sodak, LPC, MS, CAADC, CCS
Experiential Techniques in Therapy for Patients impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
Sponsored by: Retreat Behavioral Health

Jack Sodak, LPC, MS, CAADC, CCS, is the Executive Director of Synergy Health Programs for Retreat Behavioral Health. He has also served as Director of Outpatient Programs for Retreat Behavioral Health from September of 2013 until June 2019. With over 30 years of experience implementing traditional and specialty programs as well as providing direct care to individuals and families, Jack has served in a multitude of roles in the behavioral healthcare industry. 
He is a licensed professional counselor, certified addiction counselor, and certified clinical supervisor. He has worked with specific populations such as executive professionals, adolescents, young adults, co-occurring disorders, couples and families. He has had a private practice, consulted with local schools and county probation departments, served on student assistance teams, provided public speaking and trainings for other behavioral healthcare professionals in the field over his career. Jack also serves as a Board Member on the Mental Health Association of Pennsylvania and the Drug and Alcohol Service Providers of Pennsylvania.

John Sovec, D.Min., LADC, CSAC, CCLC
The Integration of Spirituality and Psychotherapy

John Sovec, MA, LMFT is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of creating affirmative support for the LGBTQ community. He is the clinical consultant for The Life Group LA , adjunct faculty at Phillips Graduate Institute and guest lecturer at Alliant University and USC School of Social Work. John is currently a member of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
John Sovec is the author of multiple publications on providing LGBTQ support, speaks at conferences nationwide, maintains a private practice and provides training for community agencies, treatment centers, schools, non-profits, and professional consultation on LGBTQ competencies.
John is a nationally recognized expert on creating affirmative LGBTQ support with his work featured on The Riki Lake Show, OWN, FOX, The Advocate, Bravo, LA Talk Radio, The Washington Post,  and regular columns for Huffington Post and Good Therapy.

Andrew Susskind, MSW, LCSW, SEP, CGP
The Opposite of Addiction is Connection: The Intersection of Attachment Theory, Nervous System Regulation and Emotional Sobriety

Andrew Susskind, MSW, LCSW, SEP, CGP is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting Practitioner and Certified Group Psychotherapist based in West Los Angeles since 1992 specializing in trauma and addictions, and he has mentored associates in his private practice since 1997. His recent book, It's Not About the Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy after Sexual Addiction (Central Recovery Press, June 2019) joins his workbook, From Now On: Seven Keys to Purposeful Recovery which was released in 2014.

Cyndi Turner, LCSW, LSATP, MAC
Practicing Alcohol Moderation: A Harm Reduction Alternative to the Abstinence-Only Model

Cyndi Turner, LCSW, LSATP, MAC is the Co-Founder & Clinical Director of Insight Into Action Therapy and Insight Recovery Centers. She is a harm reduction therapist who has been in the addiction treatment field for almost three decades. Cyndi co-developed and facilitates the Dual Diagnosis Recovery Program©, is a clinical supervisor for licensure, expert witness, topic expert contributor for GoodTherapy, and nationally recognized trainer on alcohol moderation. She challenges the traditional belief that all drinkers experiencing problems are "alcoholics" who need to quit drinking forever and designed the Alcohol Moderation Assessment which predicts who may be a successful candidate for alcohol moderation. Cyndi is the author of numerous articles and three books Can I Keep Drinking? How You Can Decide When Enough is Enough, The Clinician's Guide to Alcohol Moderation: Alternative Methods and Management Techniques, and Practicing Alcohol Moderation: A Comprehensive Workbook.

Michael Walsh, MS, MCAP, CIP
What is your Idea of Success?
Sponsored by: Landmark Recovery

Michael E Walsh, MS MCAP CIP started his career working with at risk youth with the department of Youth Services in Massachusetts in 1983. After leaving the industry a few years later he returned in 1999 and has since received a Masters in Substance Abuse Counseling, helped develop the Certification requirements and test for CIP (Certified Intervention Professional with the Pa cert board (IC and RC and has worked in roles for Admissions, Case Management, primary Counselor, Supervisor, Executive Director, COO and CEO. As former President/CEO of NAATP he has been involved in Advocacy, Public Policy, and various treatment related issues on a local, regional, National and international stage. He has presented at numerous local, regional, national and international conferences including NCAD, Cape Cod and West Coast . He's been on boards including C4, FARR, NAATP and ASAM, worked with the Parity implementation Coalition and is a sought after industry consultant.  He currently serves as a consultant and Clinical Outreach Dire tor for Landmark Recovery which was founded in 2015 by his stepson Matthew Boyle and as a Senior Interventionist and Case Manager with Crisis Case Management, LLC

Janelle Wesloh, MBA, LADC
Technology Enablement in Behavioral Health and Recovery
Sponsored by: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Janelle Wesloh MBA, LADC has been a part of the addiction treatment field for over 27 years and spent most of career at Hazelden Betty Ford. She has held many roles, including youth counselor, intake counselor, continuing care counselor, electronic medical record designer, and privacy officer. In her current role, Janelle provides integration and standardization support to clinical operations across the organization to ensure the optimal functioning of a national system of care while striving to further establish the clinical innovation function and help Hazelden Betty Ford continue to lead the field through research and design. She oversees the Recovery Management division that provides ongoing recovery support through online, phone, and in-person programs and services. Janelle is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in the state of Minnesota. She holds an undergraduate degree in applied psychology with an emphasis in chemical dependency counseling and an MBA from Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Donna White, RN, PhD, CNS, LADC I, CADAC II, CCFE, CCFT, CARN, CCDN
Current Drugs of Abuse: Recovery Strategies and Innovative Treatment
Sponsored by: American Society of Addiction Nursing

Donna White, RN, PhD, CNS, LADC I, CADAC II, CCFE, CCFT, CARN, CCDN is an Addiction Specialist/Master Trainer for the MA DMH and a private consultant. Formerly the Director of the DMH/Harvard University Commonwealth Research and Evaluation Unit, and has held many positions in Clinical, Administrative, Research and Executive areas.    

She has 2 Fellowships, 7 certifications, two licensures and is a certified Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public Health.    

She is the recipient of many Local, Statewide and National Awards and is a Board Certified Specialist in Trauma.  She has many publications to her credit.  

Currently, the Chairperson of the MNA Addictions Council, guiding Peer Assistants for Professionals seeking help. She is an educator and therapist in Compassion Fatigue and is a specialist in Addictive Disorders, Compassion Fatigue/Vicarious Traumatization in Healthcare Professionals.   She is a member of the International Trauma Specialists and a Clinical Instructor for Boston Area Colleges of Nursing…all levels for Community Health Clinical work.  Currently, a Visiting Scholar for local Colleges and Healthcare Professional Schools, she formerly provided oversight for the clinical practicums for students and consulted to department chairs for all medical and professional clinical experience rotations.  She lectures nationwide and is a recognized leader in the field of Addictions, Impaired Practice, Peer Assistance, and  Healthcare Professional Stress.