Keynote Speaker

Recovery: The Heroic Journey of Promise & Possibility

Phoenix R. Kawamoto, M.S.W

6th Annual ADACBGA Conference

Embracing & Enhancing Clinical Competence

Pre Conference A: June 17-19, 2018
Pre Conference B: June 20, 2018
Conference: June 21 & 22, 2018
Post Conference: June 23, 2018

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


Pre-Con A Pre-Con B Conference Post Con
Early Bird $250 $65 $199 $150
Regular $275 $75 $259 $175
Late $300 $100 $299 $200
Student $250 $30 $99 $150

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Early bird registration will begin January 8, 2018 and will end on March 16, 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.


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Pre-Conference A

E-Counseling Alcohol and Drug Counselor Training

Gary K. Byrd, M.Ed., MAC, CCS, CAMS, CHS, CGS

Sunday, June 17 – Tuesday, June 19

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

*Exam Waived from January 1 - July 1, 2018*

This credential requires that the candidate already be a certified substance abuse counselor in the State of Georgia.

The widespread use of electronic forms of communication has permeated many aspects of American daily life. Use of e-mail, instant messaging, telephones, videoconferencing, and other forms of communication have, in many instances, replaced face-to-face conversations, meetings, and conferences.

Substance abuse treatment through electronic means (also known as E-therapy) is not used widely, but experts predict that its use will increase rapidly during the next several years (Mallen and Vogel, 2005; Mallen, Vogel, and Rochlen, 2005; Mallen, Vogel, Rochlen, and Day, 2005).

E-Counseling is the use of electronic media and information technologies to provide services for participants in different locations. It is used by skilled and knowledgeable professionals (e.g., counselors, therapists) to address a variety of individual, familial, and social issues.

E-Counseling can:

  1. include a range of services, including screening, assessment, primary treatment, and after care;
  2. provide more accessible modes of treatment than the traditional ones to those who actively use technology (i.e., Millennials and Baby Boomers);
  3. help people access treatment services who traditionally would not seek services because of barriers related to geography, shame and guilt, stigma, or other issues; and be provided as a sole treatment modality, or in combination with other treatment modalities, like traditional or existing treatments.

Specific Training Requirements:

  • Professional Ethics in E Counseling: 6 hours
  • Clinical Principles/Treatment Modalities in E-Counseling: 6 hours
  • Legal and Jurisdictional Implications of E-Counseling: 6 hours

Pre-Conference B

Ethics and Competency in Multicultural Counseling

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Wednesday, June 20

8:00 am - 4:45 pm

To be practice ethically, one must be culturally competent. Changing demographics require counselors and therapists to become more multiculturally competent. The continued growth in the number of individuals and families from diverse backgrounds challenges counselors' ability to meet the needs of a growing and diverse society. This growth puts more pressure on counselors to be culturally competent in their service delivery.

Ethics in multicultural counseling is ever-changing. Joined within the considerations for diverse cultural elements may be issues of power, privilege, and oppression to which counselors must attend. Responsible ethical practice, then, demands responsible multicultural and advocacy sensibilities. These process and procedural efforts require a deliberate and focused use of the counselor’s time, effort, and skills. Counselors who are versed in the fundamental multicultural competencies prepare themselves to take on ethical issues in a multicultural context.

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.


Thursday, June 21, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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.

Friday, June 22, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The Future of Addiction Counseling

Mary Jo Mathers

Mary Jo Mather is the Executive Director of IC&RC, the largest addiction and prevention credentialing organization in the world. Today, IC&RC represents 78 member boards and 45,000 professionals from 26 countries and 47 U.S. states and territories. IC&RC’s seven credentials include counselors, clinical supervisors, prevention specialists, and criminal justice professionals

2018 Post-Conference

June 23, 2018

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist Training Program

6 hour Live Training

This Cohort begins on Saturday, June 23, 2018. This program is a comprehensive training program that provides 40 hours of training on using medications during the recovery process. At the conclusion of the program, participants are awarded 40 CE hours and a Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist Certificate. The program details are as follows:
Participants then work through 8 self-study modules that start Monday, June 25, 2018. These modules are completed online within assigned time periods.
Information covered in the program includes:

  1. Science of Addiction
  2. Eliminating Barriers to Medication Assisted Treatment
  3. Medication Assisted Treatment and Mutual Support Groups
  4. Know Your Rights
  5. ASAM Guidelines for MAT
  6. And More!

The treatment profession is changing as advances in Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) are made. Certified counselors who are on the cutting edge of new technologies to treat addiction are in high demand. ADACBGA's Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist designation documents your competency, understanding, and value to the varying treatment modalities. Obtaining this specialty can set you apart in the rapidly changing AOD counseling profession. For those who may work in drug courts, community supervision, educators and more, this training and certification will give you a better understanding of what MAT does. Whether you are interested in enhancing your counseling knowledge as MAT Specialist, or would like to further your knowledge of new treatment therapies, participate in the ADACBGA training and certification program.

As part of a comprehensive treatment program, MAT has been shown to: improve survival, increase retention in treatment, decrease illicit opiate use, decrease hepatitis and HIV sero-conversion, decrease criminal activities, increase employment, and improve birth outcomes with women struggling with perinatal addiction. The MATS credential requires professionals to demonstrate competency through experience, education, supervision, and successful completion of the module examinations.

A Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist is a practitioner who has demonstrated their knowledge and skills in the 4 MATS performance domains identified in the MATS Job Task Analysis (JTA) & CCB MATS Candidate Guide (2008). In order to become MATS certified, a practitioner must possess a basic familiarity with the entire range of the 4 Performance Domains of a Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist.

Although the MATS credential is intended as a board specialty for certified and licensed behavioral health professionals, the credential is available to those that are not currently certified and licensed. However, it is important to note that this credential provides no permission to practice and does not afford the practitioner a scope of practice they are not already entitled to under their existing credentials. If an individual chooses to pursue the MATS credential without any other professional credentials, certifications or licenses, the MATS credential simply indicates the practitioner has met basic eligibility requirements and demonstrated their competency and basic knowledge of the subject by completing MAT-specific education and testing.

This is an ADACBGA credential, valid only in the state of Georgia with no reciprocal rights.

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