Keynote Speaker

Recovery: The Heroic Journey
of Promise & Possibility

Phoenix R. Kawamoto, M.S.W

6th Annual ADACBGA Conference

Embracing & Enhancing Clinical Competence

Preconference: June 20, 2018
Conference: June 21 & 22, 2018

Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center
500 Powder Springs St, Marietta, Georgia, 30064


Pre-Con Conference Combined
Early Bird $65 $199 $249
Regular $75 $259 $299
Late $100 $299 $369
Student $30 $99 $119

Early bird registration will begin January 8, 2018 and will end on February 28, 2018
Late registration will begin June 1, 2018

Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center

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On a hilltop setting in Marietta, Georgia, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center exudes the essences of Southern hospitality. Located just 15 miles from downtown Atlanta, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center offers full-service amenities and deluxe facilities found only at the most distinguished hotels. Whether you're traveling for business or leisure, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center is a destination of inspiring history and unforgettable hospitality.

We Are Conveniently Located -

Just 15 miles North West of downtown Atlanta, Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center is a Marietta, Georgia hotel that suits the needs of business and leisure travelers. City Club Marietta golf course is located on the hotel grounds and historic Marietta Square and Kennesaw Mountain are minutes away. Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center offers complimentary shuttle transportation to points of interest within a 5-mile radius of the hotel. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is approximately 22 miles from our Marietta hotel.

Luxurious Rooms & Suites -

Surround yourself in refined Southern comfort at Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center. Our beautifully appointed hotel rooms and suites feature classic furnishings from our signature Hilton Serenity Collection and deluxe amenities including wireless Internet access. Some hotel rooms and suites at Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center feature scenic golf course views.


Marietta, Georgia Things to Do

Find interesting things to do in Georgia located near Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center. The Georgia Aquarium, Marietta Square, Kennesaw Mountain and the Georgia Dome are just a few attractions located near Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center.

Marietta Square -

Marietta Square is the historic center of Marietta, Georgia. Find quaint shops, delicious restaurants, entertainment at Glover Park, historic landmarks and museums such as the Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum, Scarlett on the Square that pays homage to the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Gone with the Wind. For more information, please visit Marietta Square's website.

Georgia Aquarium -

Experience enchantment under the sea at the world's largest aquarium located in the heart of Atlanta. The Georgia Aquarium features thousands of aquatic animals in distinctive marine environments ranging from river banks and coral reefs to open seas. The Georgia Aquarium is also home to the only whale sharks in captivity outside of Asia. For more information, please visit Georgia Aquarium's website.

City Club Marietta -

Enjoy a day on the greens at City Club Marietta golf course located on the grounds at Hilton Atlanta Marietta Hotel & Conference Center. City Club Marietta offers 18 holes, a pro shop, clubhouse, lessons, driving range, and tournament play. Dress code is enforced. For more information, please visit City Club Marietta's website.

Marietta Museum of History -

Located in the historic Kennesaw House in downtown Marietta, the Marietta Museum of History offers an intriguing look at the history of this southern region. The museum's four galleries showcase important historic relics, many of which date back to the Civil War. The museum building served as a hospital and morgue during the war. For more information, please visit Marietta Museum of History's website.

The King Center -

Established by Coretta Scott King, The King Center in Atlanta is the official living memorial to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Center, located at the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site, offers a variety of onsite education programs as well as international programs to advance the teachings of Dr. King. For more information, please visit The King Center's Website.

Pre Conference

Telemental Health and Ethics

More and more professionals are utilizing Teletherapy via smartphone, internet and other electronic means to assist in the delivery of services. This training will look at ethical and legal issues in this area. We will also review the requirements of federal and state laws specific to addiction treatment. This training will provide detailed information on how professionals can provide services face-to-face and via teletherapy and comply with all state and federal laws relevant to substance use disorders or when the issues are co-occurring.

We will review the differences in HIPAA laws and CFR 42 and the requirements that must be followed by all professionals. We will also review the limitations of Tele-therapy, issues with practice across state lines and ethical and legal considerations with substance use disorders. We will also discuss ethical consideration around dual roles of peer coaches and counselor/therapist roles.



Donna has over 25 years of experience in the field of addiction and criminal justice. She holds a Juris Doctor and is an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC), Internationally Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Professional (ICCJP), Internationally Certified Co-Occurring Disorder Professional and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LADC). She has worked in correctional programs, probation and parole and 18 years for a large community mental health center holding positions as Director of Substance Abuse Services and Director of Behavioral Health. In these roles, she supervised all levels of clinical care and provided clinical services for area criminal justice programs. Donna has provided training and consulting in over 45 states for SAMSHA and CSAT projects and has worked on consulting and training projects for the Bureau of Justice, Dept. of Justice and numerous law enforcement agencies as well as drug courts nationally and internationally. She is a consultant and trainer for the Matrix Institute providing training and consulting in the United States and abroad. She is the lead author on the Matrix Model for Criminal Justice Populations. Donna is also a consultant and trainer for Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and a contributor on the Hazelden Living Skills Series and currently working on several new publications. She has numerous magazine articles and has been featured on CBS Atlanta, PBS and Fox News on addiction issues.

She is currently Chief Executive Officer for Addiction Solutions of Georgia, Inc. a company specializing in consulting and training in addiction, criminal justice, tele-mental health and integrated care. She currently provides consulting and training to numerous state addiction authorities, private agencies Fortune 500 companies and many criminal justice programs, She has been a speaker for numerous national conferences including the National Association for Drug Court Professionals Conference and the National Conference on Addictive Disorders and the United Kingdom and European Symposium on Addictive Disorders.

Keynote Speaker

Recovery: The Heroic Journey of Promise & Possibility

An interactive, informative, and inspirational presentations that explores and honors the transformational journey of recovery from substance use disorders. Phoenix weaves together their professional experience with wisdom and insight from their personal recovery journey in long-term recovery (established in April 1985). They offer a unique, creative combination of tools and techniques to inspire, support, and empower individuals traveling on their recovery journey.

Participants will have an increased awareness and understanding of:

  1. The hero’s journey framework and how it relates to resiliency and the healing path of recovery from substance use disorders.
  2. The power of new language, concepts, and frameworks can strengthen resiliency, recovery, and transformation, while reducing shame and stigma.
  3. How the power of story and metaphor can enhance treatment and transformation within treatment settings for individuals with substance use disorders.

Phoenix R. Kawamoto, M.S.W

Phoenix R. Kawamoto, M.S.W., is a captivating, experienced, passionate speaker and a highly skilled educator. Phoenix is knowledgeable about issues pertaining to substance use prevention and recovery from addiction, as well as gender identity, LGBTQ+ diversity, and resiliency. Their unique presentations share a message of hope through inspiration and education; weaving together many years of professional experience and development with personal transformation.


Historical and Generational Trauma

Historical Trauma, or Historical Trauma Response (HTR) can manifest itself in a variety of psychological ways. However, it is most commonly seen through high rates of substance abuse, alcoholism, depression, anxiety, suicide, domestic violence, and abuse within afflicted communities. The effects and manifestations of trauma are extremely important in understanding the present-day conditions of afflicted populations.
Historical and Generational Trauma often includes other types of self-destructive behavior, such as suicidal thoughts and gestures, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, anger, violence and difficulty recognizing and expressing emotions. Many historians and scholars believe the manifestations of violence and abuse in certain communities is directly associated with the unresolved grief that accompanies continued trauma.

Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC serves as a lecturer at the University of Chicago. Mr. Sanders is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. He has been Director of Trilogy, Inc. since April 2013. He is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health. Recent writings include Slipping through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients Multiple Addictions and Disorders, and Recovery Management: He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling books series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Addictions Professional of the Year in the State of Illinois, and the Healthcare Alternatives Systems leadership Award for his Commitment to Promoting Behavioral Health Recovery. Mr. Sanders received his MSW in 1986 from Loyola University of Chicago.


Thursday, June 15, 2017 Breakout Session A 2:45 pm - 6:15 pm

Words Matter: The Language of Recovery

We talk about recovery everyday but what does it really mean? Many people have a concept or an idea of Recovery but we lack a shared language that encompasses the many aspects of living a new life without active addiction. If we believe Recovery is abstinence from all mind altering substances and addictive behaviors then where is there room for harm reduction or medication assisted treatment in this conversation. Recovery Oriented Systems of Care strive to bring a shared language to our profession with the hope of uniting the many different pathways to Recovery. This presentation will invite you to participate in a new conversation, introducing new language and concepts that can be used to enhance our treatment practices and support those in their personal recovery journey.

Dawn Allred, LPC

Dawn Allred is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor with over 25 years experience working in the Behavioral Health field. She currently manages 2 outpatient Community Mental Health Centers in West Georgia for Pathways Community Service Board. Dawn serves on the board of 2 nonprofit organizations in her community as well as the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia. She is passionate about recovery and wellness for all people living with mental illness and addiction. Dawn is also living in long term recovery from addiction.

Addiction as a Public Health Matter

Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Addiction and related consequences now present one of the most significant health epidemics of our time. In order to address this issue with efficacy, we must apply principles of public health and epidemiology just as we would with any other epidemic. This workshop will present the foundational principles of public health measures that are consistently applied to address national health concerns and will describe how they can, and must, be applied to the epidemic of addiction. Participants will understand why our systems of belief about a disease matter, and they will explore and discuss practical solutions for addressing addiction from a public health perspective.

John Dyben, Ph.D.

Dr. John Dyben, DHSC, CAP, CMHP, ICADC, is the Clinical Director of the Hanley Center at Origins. John’s multi-faceted experience and leadership in the addiction field underscores Hanley Center’s focus on holistic substance abuse treatment. John brings the remarkable skill set of pastor, counselor, clinical manager, teacher and respected expert to his position as Director of Older Adult Treatment Services. John began his career as an ordained minister in a traditional church setting. He went on to work in community-based mental health and wellness fields which included therapeutic and administrative positions with Boys Town USA. His leadership is reflected in national presentations on a broad range of addiction, spirituality, and related topics. He is an adjunct faculty member at Palm Beach State College and a faculty member of the Addiction Professionals Training Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida.


Biofeedback can be a primary or an adjunctive treatment in addiction recovery. In this presentation, the theories, principles, and practices of biofeedback for addiction recovery are explored. A careful definition of biofeedback and a commonly used model of treatment frame a discussion. The advantages of various biofeedback modalities for each step of a treatment plan are presented followed by an introduction to neurotechnologies.

Peder H. Fagerholm

Attention Deficit and the Internet

There is increasingly more and more concern and research into the effects of pornography, social media, and video games on the brain. Over the next two hours, we shall conceptualize and examine the interaction between modern mass-media and process addictions in neurological, cognitive, and social perspectives. The content of this talk is informed by our experiences treating process addictions in individual counseling, as well as by our experiences in creating and leading a group therapy for adolescents and young adults struggling with Problematic Internet Use and Social Anxiety.

Kumar Krishnan, LPC

Girish Kumar Krishnan is a graduate of Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Georgia State University and an Associate Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia. Kumar has a deep interest in the intersection of media technology, neuroscience, and stress/anxiety/depression/addiction. Kumar utilizes psycho-education on the biology of the mind and the body as tools raise awareness and self-efficacy in adolescents and young adults in relation to their media use habits. He has treated clients with problematic internet use in both individual and group therapy settings in the past two years.

Thomas E. Andre, MA, NCC, LAPC

Thomas E. Andre, MA, NCC, LAPC earned a BS in Organizational Interpersonal Communication, an M.A. in Counseling, and a Certificate in Internet Addictions. He has worked for 8 years in hi-tech before changing careers. He has been a member of an addictions treatment team and a co-facilitator of an IOP program. Currently, he works in a private practice in East Cobb. He also is the Co- chair of Professional Development and Board member at the L.P.C.A.

Treating Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders: What Works

The workshop begins by asking 3 questions:

  1. Why do adolescent use drugs?
  2. Why should adolescents stay sober? and
  3. What can we do to support their movement from moving to recovery?
Both research and 40 years Clinical Practice can provide answers to these questions. In the workshop we will review specific approaches and techniques which are effective in working with adolescents. We will discuss the characteristics of the best treatment program for adolescents. Finally we will discuss how the personal characteristics of the therapist can influence outcomes better or for worse.

Robert Margolis, Ph.D.

Robert Margolis PhD is the Senior Clinical Director for Caron Solutions, An Intensive Outpatient Program for adolescents and young adults in Roswell, GA. For the past 40 years, Dr. Margolis has specialized in working with young people with substance abuse problems. Dr. Margolis has authored a book on the treatment of addiction problems for the APA Press. He has also served as a consultant to APA for addiction topics. He has authored several book chapters and published 10 articles in professional journals on addiction related topics. He has presented at numerous conferences and community groups on addiction issues.

Prescription Drug Abuse: Prevention Programs for High School and College Students

This presentation will address a serious health issue related to student-athletes and prescription drug abuse and addiction, as it relates to sport injuries. I will examine recent deaths in high school and college sports as it related to this topic. Medication therapy due to certain injuries is a common means of rehabilitation in sports. As a result of this, there have been incidences over the past 8 years in which high school and college athletes have been victims of accidental drug overdoses that have resulted in tragic deaths in sports. I have continued ongoing research to address the best preventive measures in order to assist in decreasing the potential for prescription drug abuse, and providing more education to student-athletes. This presentation will also focus on ways to implement more preventive strategies on electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs within athletics, as a means to monitor the actions and behaviors of student-athletes who seek additional medications outside the confines of their school's medical staff.

Marcus Amos, GCADC III

Marcus Amos is a native of Augusta, Georgia and the founder of Prevention Education for Athletes. He currently serves as a professor of Sport Management at Voorhees College and is completing his PhD. at the University of Tennessee. While at Voorhees College, he also serves in the role of life-skills enhancement for student-athletes, providing personal development in the areas of substance abuse prevention, domestic violence - sexual assault, and career development. His research in the area of prescription drug abuse among athletes has allowed him to speak at several local, national, and international conferences. He has also been solicited to provide his expertise to media outlets such as HBO Real Sports, ESPN, 60 Minutes, ABC News, Sports Illustrated, and several other media networks. He was also a key contributor to the national documentary "Locker-Room Addiction" produced by Direct TV.

Multidisciplinary Outpatient and Residential Management of Chronic Pain: An Overview for Addictions Professionals

Although Dr. Feelgood armed with prescription pad calls himself pain management, real pain management involves a multidisciplinary treatment team, cognitive-behavioral management, and functional restoration. The purpose of this lecture is to provide an overview of the University of Washington biopsychosocial model and how it benefits dual diagnosis pain/addiction patients.

Marilyn Oakes, LCPC

Marilyn Tuck Oakes is a rehabilitation counselor in Marietta, Georgia. She attended the University of Kentucky and was graduated from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Mrs. Oakes has worked with pain patients more than 30 years and served on pain teams at the University of Alabama - Birmingham Pain Center, the Center for Spine Care at Shepherd and the Northside Hospital Multidisciplinary Pain Management Team. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Certified Pain Practitioner (Fellow of the American Academy of Pain Management), and Certified Rational Hypnotherapist

Ethics in Clinical Supervision.."Be a Gatekeeper to the Profession"

This interactive workshop will focus on the responsibilities of clinical supervisor in monitoring and modeling competencies of the profession and uphold ethical standards. Will discuss purpose for the professional code of ethics in protecting the well-being of the client and gatekeeper to the profession.

Sandra Phillips, LPC, CADC II

Sandra V. Phillips received her undergraduate from West Georgia University in Carrollton, GA. She late continued her education at Troy University, where she earned a M.Ed. and MS in Counseling and Psychology. Sandra has over 10 years of experience in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse profession. Ms. Phillips is currently hold the following license and credentials: CADC ll, ICADC, SAP, NCC, LPC and CPCPCS. Sandra worked with a diverse population of clients. She is also a Star Behavioral Health Provider, who provide services to our military population. Phillips motto and positive approach to therapy is "Renewing of the mind for Positive Transformation".

Enhancing Clinical Insight regarding Major Barrier-Toxic Relationship Involvement

In compliance with SAMHSA Practice Dimension I-Treatment Planning Competencies 38-44, this training will assist the professional with including relationship issues as a vital component of treatment goals and objectives, explaining assessment findings to the client, providing clarification and additional information as needed. The purpose of this workshop is to provide professionals with insight to assist clients in addressing toxic relationships, an issue often associated with substance abuse relapse. The addictive nature, the association of these relationships with substance abuse and tools to assist client in letting go of and refraining from such relationships, will be discussed. Professionals will be equipped to assist clients in recognizing the cycle of addiction, high risk behaviors and triggers as related to toxic relationship involvement. Information will be provided to enhance the professional's ability to reduce the recidivism rate attributed to toxic relationship related substance abuse related. Pamela Morgan

Pamela Morgan

Pamela Morgan, MBA/BSHS/CADC is a nationally known trainer and substance abuse professional providing services since 1993. She is owner of Key Insights, LLC, an approved professional development training provider with Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals. Best known for her presentation - Toxic Relationships: Another Addiction, she develops and facilitates various topics including Addiction to Crime, Ethics and Boundaries for working with Chemically Dependent Clients, and Recovery, Relapse & The 12 Steps. With more than 25 years of personal recovery, 21 years working with treatment, prevention, correctional and adolescent populations, and 16 years professional training experience - Morgan offers a wealth of personal and professional experience

Grieving the Addiction

You know addiction, but are you aware of the veil of grief that accompanies it? The weight of this often emotionally or mentally paralyzes our clients. This workshop is designed to better equip you with a skillset that assists your clients, and even yourself, in recognizing how to effectively acknowledge and grieve an addiction. Addictions are primarily rooted in loss or voids; and we are not just addicted to chemical based “drugs of choice.” Anyone can fall into emotional habitual patterns. Such patterns show up as toxic relationships, co-dependency, sex, food, technology, shopping, etc. The list is long and includes any vice that supports one’s desire to numb from life; past, present or future. As professionals, we know that when one hits the tolerance ceiling, there is an urgency to find stronger and faster agents to support the appetite to numb, armor or disappear.

In this workshop, we will discuss how to create healthy shifts which support sustainable health and happiness by recognizing the importance of allowing time and space to grieve the addiction while introducing healthier boundaries, skills and mindsets rather than ignoring, dismissing or bulldozing through it.

Teri Pugh, Ph.D.

Like many, Teri faced gremlins, heartache and mental road blocks. Along the way she began to navigate the turbulence. She holds a Doctorate in Spiritual Life counseling, focusing on Social & Emotional Skills; Grief, Loss and Habitual patterns. Willingness invites awareness and opportunities to shift. She shares time in private practice, speaking and volunteering at a maximum security prison. Her program, Transcending Turbulence, supports sustainable health, boundaries and peace of mind; even for the most textured. She presented the TEDx Talk, How to Find the Gift in Grief.

Friday, June 16, 2017 Breakout Session B 8:30 am - Noon

Intoxicating Cycles of Shame: The Missing Link in Treating CoOccurring Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

Accurately diagnosing and treating co-occurring disorders is paramount for long term growth and recovery. Studies show 50% of eating disorder treatment recipients struggle with substance abuse while 35% of addiction treatment recipients have a co-morbid eating disorders diagnosis. Firstly, the special challenges of treating these co-occurring disorders will be discussed including the challenges, contra-indications, and benefits of using an addictions model when working with individuals who have both and eating and substance problem. This presentation highlights clinical levels of shame as a key force underlying and perpetuating the cyclical nature of co-occurring eating disorders (ED), substance abuse (SA) and dependence disorders (SD). When these disorders co-occur, the level of shame intensifies. The relevant research exploring the link between shame, substance, and eating disorders will be discussed with special consideration given to shame research that addresses eating disorders and substance abuse treatment. Understanding shame is particularly salient to these co-occurring disorders because shame resilience therapy greatly decreases the magnitude and frequency of relapse. Thirdly, Clinicians will learn 4 practical interventions useful to educating and breaking cycles of shame, reducing destructive behaviors, build shame resilience, and relapse prevention from a biopsycho- social-spiritual approach. A unique method of assessment and intervention will be described that involves helping the patient identify and understand the effects of shame on their mind, body, and spirit with a special emphasis on the spirit. The presenter will propose how shame is fundamentally a spiritual concept with psychological effects and therefore will outline how to address shame spiritually as well as psychologically. The presentation ends with an expressive and interactive exercise for clinicians to use with patients.

Margaret Nagib, PsyD

Dr. Nagib is a clinical psychologist specializing in Christian counseling, inner healing and treating eating disorders, trauma, addiction, self-injury and mood disorders. For over 15 years, she has provided individual, family and group therapy. Today, as a key faculty member of Timberline Knolls’ Clinical Development Institute, she travels throughout the country providing clinical training and presentations to professionals. Every year, she provides more than 30 presentations at national and regional meetings, and contributes to awareness and early intervention through media interviews and blog contributions.

Medically Assisted Treatment

The purpose of the presentation will be to provide a detailed description of Hazelden Betty Ford’s treatment program called COR-12™ (“Comprehensive Opioid Response with the 12 steps”). COR-12™ was created in early 2013 by a large, cross-disciplinary team of Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation staff to help individuals with opioid addiction.

The presentation will have the following objectives:

  • Provide information about the extent of opioid abuse and overdose problems in the U.S. and how trends have increased over time
  • Describe how the COR-12™ model was created based on a review of the literature regarding evidence-based practices for the treatment of opioid dependence
  • Describe the elements of the COR-12™ program, including the use of medications
  • Describe outcomes associated with the COR-12™ program
  • Outline HBFF’s strategy for bringing COR-12™ to interested providers

Audrey A. Klein, Ph.D., MBA

Audrey A. Klein, Ph.D., MBA, is the Executive Director of the Butler Center for Research at Hazelden Betty Ford’s headquarters in Center City, Minnesota. The Butler Center for Research is dedicated to improving recovery from addiction by conducting clinical and institutional research, collaborating with other research centers, and communicating scientific findings.
Dr. Klein received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Case Western Reserve University in 1999. She completed her Master's degree in Cognitive Psychology (also from Case Western) in 1997 and received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Kenyon College in 1994. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in alcoholism research at the Research Institute on Addictions, University at Buffalo (SUNY). She recently completed her Masters of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management in May 2016. As an experimentalist, much of her early research focused on elucidating the processes underlying cognitive functions such as memory and attention. More recently, she has examined cognitive processing in persons with substance use disorders using a wide variety of information processing methodologies. In her current role as executive director, Dr. Klein oversees key data operations throughout Hazelden, including collection, analysis and reporting of patient outcomes and other program and product evaluation efforts. She regularly conducts multivariate statistical analyses of institutional data and disseminates the results. She also oversees clinical research studies involving Hazelden patient samples.

Stephen Delisi, MD, DABAM, FASAM

Prior to joining the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies as the Assistant Dean, Dr. Delisi served as the Midwest Regional Medical Director for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Dr. Delisi graduated in 2001 from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, and served as chief resident in the Psychiatric Residency Program. He also participated in a Neuroscience Research Fellowship from Loyola University in Chicago and was awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award. Prior to joining the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, he held positions as director of Psychiatric Services at Rush Behavioral Health-DuPage and associate director of the Psychiatric Residency Program at Rush.
His fields of interest include psychopharmacology, assessment and treatment of co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD) and mental health disorders, neurobiology of addiction, and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for depression and addiction. He is board certified by both the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He is also a graduate of the St. Thomas University Physician Leadership College.

Friday, June 16, 2017 Break Out Session C 2:45 pm - 6:15 pm

Usefulness of a Discrimination Supervision Model in Providing Multicultural Supervision in a Substance Abuse Treatment Center Setting

The field of substance abuse treatment trends towards multi-disciplinary treatment teams with helping professionals ranging from early career novice to expert. This presentation will discuss the Discrimination Supervision Model as an approach that can be utilized to supervise clinical staff of varying levels of professional experience. The presentation will feature a variety of exercises and multi-media to prompt thoughtful discussion about how supervisors can utilize multicultural competencies in providing supervision.

Angela Montort, Ph.D. , LPC, NCC, CPCS

Dr. Angela Montfort is a psychologist in private practice at Positive Energy Solutions. She is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor. She is also a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor who has several years of supervisory experience. Her educational background includes a Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University, Master of Science degree in Professional Counseling at Georgia State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Emory University.

Working with Recovering Couples

Few challenges in life are more difficult that being in a committed relationship with someone in recovery. When I refer to a "couple in recovery" I am referring to a couple where the addict is clean and sober, and the partner is recovering from obsessive care taking. We will look at how mindfulness helps heal the relationship and how to boundaries are maintained in a recovery relationship. Examination of rapport and what communication looks like is an important part of rebuilding a relationship which is affected by addiction. We will explore how couples can maintain their sobriety as well as live rich lives!

Sandi Taylor-Anderson, Ph.D.

Sandra has a 35 plus history in addiction, treatment, planning, intervention, group and individual counseling and has worked in clinical and non-clinical settings with diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic groups. She currently works in private practice and in addition, she serves as the Director of Family Services at DecisionPoint Wellness in Johns Creek, GA. Sandra has a long history of working extensively with addiction in both the adult and young adult populations. Formerly, the Clinical Director of Talbott Recovery Campus in Dunwoody, Sandra was Clinical Director of three other treatment centers in Atlanta, GA. Her expertise extends to referral development and marketing. As a former director of the first Family Support Center for the US Air Force in Yokota Japan, Sandra wrote, produced and moderated FAMILY FOCUS, a local monthly program for THE FAR EAST NETWORK in JAPAN to address family and residents` issues of living abroad. She has developed and conducted in-service training programs for military staff and has conducted workshops on family issues and addiction. As a very active member of the community Sandra was the "second woman" to be elected to the City Council in Peachtree City, GA. She has been honored by the National Board of Certified Counselors and is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, the National Honor Society in Education.

Gambling Awareness: Screening, Intervention, & Treatment

This workshop will introduce you to gambling in American culture. Learn the Gambling "hook", similarities and difference with substance use disorders, and effective ways to screen and intervene with individuals that may be at-risk for gambling addiction. Learn about the National Council on Problem Gambling and its membership. Also learn how clinicians can become certified to diagnosis and treat those impacted by this disorder.

Jodi Bechtold LCSW, ICGC-II, PC

Friday, June 16, 2017 Breakout Sessions B&C (6 hour workshops)

Reality of a Goal: Vision Boards - Avenue to Success - Personal and Professional

This presentation was designed to teach creative avenues to utilize vision boards for attainment of professional and personal goals. In this workshop we will show clinicians creative ways to assist enhancement of treatment goals for self and clients. Participants will utilize pictorials, alphabets, personal pictures, and words to depict goal-setting realities and completion.
In this interactive session we will outline the benefits of using creative skills to set a goal (s) and achieve a goal. We will use magazines, maps, words, and fun things to paste to varying sizes of poster board. As a group participants will brainstorm the process in discussion on the benefits of visualization for making dreams and visions a reality. Participants will share in session goals, visions, and depictions on board.

  • Participants will learn the benefits of visualization and goal-setting for personal, professional growth.
  • Participants will use skills from session to go and teach clients to set SMART goals using the skill of visualization.
  • Participants will gain enhancement of self-care by use of the spiritual tool of imagination.

Deborah Alexander, LICDC

Deborah R. Alexander is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor who has designated a life time commitment to the advancement of knowledge and skill development of persons in the helping field of Chemical Dependency and assisting those seeking wellness, and holistic health for personal care. Deborah currently holds a position at Cobb Douglas CSB, and has experience in numerous clinical and supervisory areas in the addictions field. She is the former Executive Director of Harbor House 300 Beds Inc. a transitional home for addicted females. Deborah served as a Team Lead during Hurricane Katrina, she has worked on an intervention research team and is a seasoned proposal writer. A passion for coaching and assisting in the area of Spirituality has lead Deborah through doors of leadership in this groundbreaking arena.

Patricia Wright

Patricia Wright has a BA in English and MSW Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University. She holds a Master Addiction Counselor Certification, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in both Substance Abuse and Mental Health. She currently works with Veterans suffering from trauma and addiction. She provides Clinical Supervision to Masters level Therapists and has a part-time private practice. Patricia has broken the cycle of addiction in her own family and has a passion for recovery on a multi-generational and holistic level. She describes herself as an encourager who enjoys humor, values spirituality and authenticity. Patricia is inspired by cultural diversity and enjoys writing poetry and making jewelry.

MAAD: Managing Adolescent Anger Differently

In today’s society, adolescents face daily situations that contribute to them being angry. A multitude of factors contribute to their anger. Some of those factors include poverty, neglect, divorce, physical or psychological abuse, and addictions. To be healthy and safe, teens need to be equipped with skills that allow them to cope with anger in a productive manner. The (MAAD) Managing Angry Adolescents Differently is a one-day workshop that is designed to equip therapist, teachers or anyone working with angry teens with the skills to understand their anger and manage their anger more proactively. The MAAD workshop focuses on understanding the drivers of adolescent anger including brain development, socialization processes, attachment disruption and adverse childhood experiences as well as assisting teens in developing choice-based anger management and behavioral control skills.

Gary Byrd

Gary K. Byrd is President and CEO of the Anger Management Institute and High Impact Training and Counseling. Mr. Byrd received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and his Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from West Georgia State University. Mr. Byrd is a Certified Master Addiction Counselor, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, a Certified Grief Specialist, a Certified Anger Management Specialist, and is a Certified Happiness Coach.

Mr. Byrd is the author of four participant manuals: Choice-based anger control manual for adults. Mr. Byrd authored Treating and counseling pathological gamblers participant workbook and facilitator manual for the State of Georgia.

External (Art) and Internal (Mindfulness Meditation) Expressive Group Therapy…a Hands-on Workshop

This fun, wet, messy ‘get-your-hands-dirty’, workshop teaches three group art therapy approaches mixed with three Mindfulness Meditations that you can use with your clients as soon as you get back from the conference! Experiential applications for both faith-based and secular programs will be addressed. Participants will actually do some of the following projects: 1. Mindfulness Meditation Exercises to achieve a mental “Resource State” to enhance creativity and to access memories, emotions, and therapeutic issues. Utilizes relaxation and visualization. 2. Pour Art from oops paint where frustration is resolved into acceptance as their color blends with others into something beautifully communal. 3. Identity Exchange on colored sheet of paper written hurts, habits, hang-ups, and secrets are seen by no one and destroyed in a blender with water and applied to a screen to dry to make collective piece. 4. Art Trading Cards small collaged from recycle print materials with significant messages to self and to exchange with another.

Casey Corbin, CADC II, CCS

Casey Corbin, BA, CADCII, CCS, is the author of the book, “CREATE! Expressive Art Therapy for Problem Solving and Getting Past Your Past!” and numerous Therapeutic Meditation written and audio products, including “A Clinician’s Guide to Therapeutic Meditation Course & Curriculum -Audios & Resources!” A certified addictions counselor for nearly two decades. He has additional certifications in Medical Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation. Owns Solutions Counseling Services, private practice counseling and coaching, sells his art, and provides clinical therapy at Penfield Christian Homes in Alapaha GA. and supervises interns. Casey is a sought after workshop instructor on expressive therapies.

Ethics and Boundaries for Professionals Working with Substance Abuse Clients

In compliance with SAMHSA Practice Dimension VIII - Professional and Ethical Responsibilities/Competencies 117-123, this training will assist the professional with understanding the importance of adhering to ethical standards and some unique boundary challenges of today's therapeutic environment such as recovering professionals working with recovering clients, peer recovery coaches, as well as social networking. Participants will receive insight to assist in building and maintaining healthy worker/client relationships. Course content includes The Code of Ethics purpose and principles as outlined in the requirements for ADACBGA certifications. Course format includes Power-Pointe presentation, lecture and discussion, and break out session lending to opportunity to discuss and resolve ethical and boundary situations common to the therapeutic environment.

Pamela Morgan

Pamela Morgan, MBA/BSHS/CADC is a nationally known trainer and substance abuse professional providing services since 1993. She is owner of Key Insights, LLC, an approved professional development training provider with Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals. Best known for her presentation - Toxic Relationships: Another Addiction, she develops and facilitates various topics including Addiction to Crime, Ethics and Boundaries for working with Chemically Dependent Clients, and Recovery, Relapse & The 12 Steps. With more than 25 years of personal recovery, 21 years working with treatment, prevention, correctional and adolescent populations, and 16 years professional training experience - Morgan offers a wealth of personal and professional experience

Only Men, Women and Children get AIDS

This workshop is a 6 hour workshop that combines basic HIV education with best practice prevention strategies and newest testing techniques. The workshop also delves into the societal impact of HIV and AIDS on families and communities. It looks at cofactors of dual diagnosis of other STD's, Hepatitis, and addiction and touches on the impact of nontraditional families as well as traditional families in dealing with disclosure and end of life planning. It is an interactive class that takes participants through the last 35 years of the AIDS epidemic.

Cathy Robinson Pickett, CAP

Cathy Robinson Pickett is an internationally recognized motivational and inspirational educator. She has been named a National Point of Light, by President George Bush and recognized by countless organizations and media outlets including PEOPLE Magazine for her work in HIV, Domestic Violence, victims’ rights, sexual responsibility and patient advocacy. Cathy’s legislative activism on a local, state and Federal level began in 1992 and has continued to evolve across the intersections of victims and patients’ rights for sexual assault, domestic violence and HIV. Her work initially focused on victims’ rights in assault cases and evolved into work around HIV testing for pregnant women and the availability of comprehensive reproductive health education for school aged young adults. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Friends-Together, a NGO that works with families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Slipping through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions and Disorders

Clients who have multiple addictions and disorders are more difficult to engage and treat than clients with a single disorder. Many of the current systems are ill-equipped to address the myriad challenges of these clients―their relapse and recidivism rates are higher, and many of these clients tend to slip through the cracks, often going back and forth among addictions treatment, psychiatric and medical hospitalizations, and incarceration. Too many difficult-to-reach clients are at risk for relapse because their practitioners lack effective, innovative strategies for this unique client base who remain part of a revolving-door syndrome. Now, Certified Alcohol and Drug Addictions Counselor Mark Sanders, LCSW, offers specific strategies to assist therapists and counselors who work with difficult and at-risk populations.

Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is an international speaker in the behavioral health field whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. He is co-author of Recovery Management and author of Relationship Detox: How to Have Healthy Relationships in Recovery. He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling book series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. His most recent book is entitled, Slipping through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions and Disorders. He is a lecturer at the University of Chicago.

Integrating Clinical Practice and Documentation

The purpose of this workshop is to assist participants in enhancing their skillset in clinical practices. Participants will increase their knowledge and skills for engaging, assessing and planning with clients. Specific attention will be given to strategies used to develop treatment plans based on evidenced based standards. Emphasis will also be placed on ensuring the use of treatment plans to help clarify client goals, tasks and priorities throughout the therapeutic process. Participants will also increase knowledge and skills in practicing collaborative documentation and increase awareness of the benefits of collaborative documentation.

Davine Sparks Ricks, Ph.D., LCSW

Dr. Davine S. Ricks, LCSW, MAC is a dedicated and enthusiastic leader with over 25 years of experience in developing and implementing mental health, criminal justice and substance abuse programs. She is accomplished as a grant writer and reviewer, program evaluator and clinical supervisor. Dr. Ricks is an experienced CARF Administrative and Program Surveyor and Consultant helping organizations achieve national and international accreditation. As a member of the Atlanta Dream Team Chaplain Support and as a John Maxwell Certified Trainer, Dr. Ricks seeks to add value to others and embrace opportunities to serve.

Preconference and Conference Schedule

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


8:00 am
Check-In for Preconference only
9:00 am-12:15 pm
Telemental Health and Ethics (6.0 CE Hours)
For a full presentation description and presenter bio, please refer to the Preconference tab
(a 15 minute break will occur at the presenter’s discretion)
12:15 pm
Lunch on your own
1:30 pm-4:45 pm
Telemental Health and Ethics continues
(a 15 minute break will occur at the presenter’s discretion)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Conference Day 1

7:00 am -8:15 am
Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am -11:00 am
Welcome and Keynote Presentation (2.5 CE Hours)
Recovery of a Lifetime:
The inspirational journey of a Super Bowl Hero Son and his father's battle against multiple addictions.
Mike Reis & Chris Reis
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Networking Hour (1.0 CE Hour)
12:00 pm-1:15 pm
Buffett Lunch and Awards
1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Plenary Presentation (1.0 CE Hour)
2:45 pm-6:15 pm
Breakout Sessions A (3.0 CE Hours)
30 Minute break from 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
For Presentation information, see the Presentation tab
7:30 pm-9:30 pm
Evening Movie Session (2.0 CE Hours)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Conference Day 2

7:00 am -8:15 am
Check-In and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am-12:00 pm
Breakout Sessions B (3.0 CE Hours)
30 Minute break from 10:00 am – 10:30 am
For Presentation information, see the Presentation tab
12:00 pm-1:15 pm
Buffett Lunch and Awards
1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Plenary Presentation (1.0 CE Hour)
2:45 pm-6:15 pm
Breakout Sessions C (3.0 CE Hours)
30 Minute break from 4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
For Presentation information, see the Presentation tab

Awards and Scholarship Applications

Organization Award Nomination Form

Jack Furtner Memorial Scholarship Application

Individual Award Nomination Form

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