Tuesday – October 27, 2020

Morning Sessions – 3 hours

Addiction as An Attachment Disorder

Addiction is a disorder in emotional regulation. Individuals who become addicted to substances or behaviors cannot regulate their emotions, self-care, self-esteem, or relationships. Addiction and affection regulation difficulties are not just related to substances but also include sex, food, money, gambling, shopping, working, cutting, exercise, and relationships with other people.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the specific connections between developmental trauma and addiction
  2. List the different styles of attachment (Avoidant, Ambivalent, Disorganized & Secure) and their relationship to addiction
  3. Describe how the Polyvagal Theory explains several features related to attachment disorders, affect regulation, and addiction treatment

Philip Flores, PhD, ABPP

Philip J. Flores, PhD, ABPP, CGP, is a clinical psychologist who has worked extensively for the past thirty years in the area of addictive disorders. He is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and is a Diplomate in Group Psychology, a certification issued by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Flores is also Adjunct Faculty at Georgia State University and supervisor of group psychotherapy at Emory University. In addition to his two books, Group Psychotherapy With Addiction Populations by Haworth Press (3rd ED), and Addiction as an Attachment Disorder. Dr. Flores’ latest book, Addiction as an Attachment Disorder was the 2005 Gradiva Award Winner.


Clinical Approaches to Shared Risk Factors in Suicide and Substance Abuse

This workshop is ideal for new and mid-level clinicians, educators, and prevention program leaders who support substance abuse prevention and suicide intervention programs. The shared risk factors for suicide and substance abuse create a critical treatment opportunity.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify at least seven (7) common shared risk factors of suicide and substance use
  2. Identify at least seven (7) common shared protective factors for suicide and substance use
  3. Describe how suicide and suicide attempts are influenced by substance use among various populations

Walker Tisdale III, MPH, MA, LMSW

Walker Tisdale III serves as Director of Suicide Prevention for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities. He is a certified instructor in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), and Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk (AMSR). Before his current role, he served as a Public Health Analyst for several years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), leading training and prevention projects nationally and in Uganda. Mr. Tisdale was one of the first public health leaders to launch the Rapid HIV Testing training course on behalf of CDC as well served as a course development expert. He resides in metro Atlanta.


HIPAA, Technology, and Best Practices in Telemental Health

Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes and Mr. Charles Snipes will present on Legal and Ethical Considerations in E-therapy including identifying what is PHI, determining when you need a business associate agreement and HIPAA and ethical considerations when using email, text, online therapeutic activities (blogging, art therapy, forums, chat rooms), calendaring, and payment processing.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify what qualifies as PHI
  2. Identify HIPAA concerns when using digital interventions
  3. Explore ethical considerations of beneficence and non-malfeasance with regard to using e-therapy as a modality

Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes received her PhD in counseling and education in 2002 and is a Licensed Clinical Psychotherapist in Tennessee and Florida.  She currently maintains a small private practice, hosts Counselor Toolbox Podcast twice each week and is the Executive Director for AllCEUs.com which she and Mr. Snipes started in 2006 to provide affordable, accessible continuing education and addiction counselor precertification training to clinicians internationally. 

Charles Snipes

Mr. Charles Snipes is a recognized expert witness in federal and state courts, a Certified Computer Examiner and the Chief Technology Officer for AllCEUs.com. He has worked for attorneys, business clients, healthcare organizations, and private citizens in cases where technology issues are integral.  Mr. Snipes specializes in explaining complicated technology issues in an understandable way whether it is in an attorney’s office, a courtroom, or a board room.


How Does EMDR, Explicit Memory, and Polyvagal Theory Influence Addiction?

Since the publication of Bessel van der Kolk’s book, “The Body Keeps The Score,” there has been increasing research into the mind/body connections for mental health and addiction. EMDR is becoming more widely used to treat trauma while there is a growing understanding of how the polyvagal nervous system also impacts mental health and addiction. An emerging body of research about the impact of trauma that occurs to a person before they have understanding or words to express what has happened is also available. This workshop will explore these concepts and how they could be productive for treating addiction.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the differences between implicit and explicit memory and different treatment approaches for working with them
  2. Learn about early trauma to the polyvagal nervous system and the implications of this for addiction
  3. Learn how EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) can be used to alleviate trauma and open the road to recovery

Diana Harris

Bio upcoming


Incorporating Grief and Trauma Therapy into Substance Abuse Groups

In this session, attendees will learn techniques on integrating grief and trauma narrative therapy into substance abuse groups.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn new evidence-based techniques
  2. Exposure to narrative therapy
  3. Learn group process techniques for grief and trauma

Aimee Hicks, MAC, CADC-II, CCS

Aimee Hicks is a doctoral student and cognitive-behavioral therapist. Aimee has worked in the substance abuse field for ten years and specializes in treatment groups/therapy. She holds a master addiction counselor license and is currently the director of First Georgia Counseling center located in Griffin, Georgia. She is an adjunct professor at Mercer University and a current PhD student at Mercer University. She is currently researching/working with Dr. David Lane on creating an evidence-based substance abuse program incorporating grief and trauma therapy.

Caroline Fernandez, MS, PhD Student Mercer University

Caroline Fernandes is a doctoral candidate and an integrative psychotherapist. She is a nationally board-certified clinical hypnotherapist, holistic wellness facilitator, and a comprehensive energy psychology practitioner. Her expertise is in mindfulness, stress & anxiety reduction, meditation, eastern healing modalities, spirituality, and mind-body integration. As a clinician, she specializes in childhood trauma, PTSD, sexual abuse, grief, relationship conflicts, attachment disorder, and sexuality. She is currently collaborating on research focused on recovery and mindfulness including an international research on personality assessment scale.


Integrating Wellness in Client Recovery and Care

This workshop focuses on implementing a wellness model as a strengths-based approach to addiction treatment and recovery. Participants will learn how to incorporate the Indivisible Self Wellness Model into client care, how to summatively and formatively assess client wellness, and how to develop a strengths-based wellness plan to integrate into the client’s recovery plan.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to apply the use of popular wellness models as an integrated component of a client recovery plan and treatment program
  2. Participants will be able to assess client total wellness using specific wellness assessment tools to give quantitative and qualitative results to incorporate into client treatment
  3. Participants will be able to design a personalized wellness plan for clients as a part of their recovery program and overall treatment

Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, LPC, NCC

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia, as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) with nearly 20 years of professional experience as a counselor, clinical supervisor, and educator. I provide individual, group, and marriage and family counseling to clients presenting with treatment concerns such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders, as well as substance use disorder and behavioral addictions. My post-doctorate research efforts focus on wellness in counseling graduate students and counseling professionals.


Medication Assisted Treatment and Pregnancy

To locate what is best practice for treating pregnant women dependent to opiates​, to locate what’s an effective practice for treating newborns dependent to opiates, ​and educate clinicians on appropriate and effective treatment strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The effectiveness of methadone with opiate-dependent women who are pregnant ​
  2. Identify and understand neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)
  3. The application of the Finnegan Scoring system and its effectiveness in the treatment of NAS ​

Lisa Anderson Akine, BS, CADC-ll, NCAC-ll

Lisa has served in the field of addiction for the past 25 years. She currently holds two certifications as an addiction counselor and a conference speaker. Lisa has been employed in Medication Assisted Treatment for the past 13 years, with a specialty in medication assisted treatment and pregnancy.


Evening Sessions – 3 hours

Ethics and Boundaries

This course is designed to give counselors an understanding of the elements of ethical reasoning and decision-making, and how professional boundaries affect ethical decision-making. The workshop will also include a discussion of the new NAADAC NCC AP Code of Ethics as it relates to the applied practice of SUD counseling.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify the major approaches to ethics and primary methodological factors for ethical decision-making
  2. Participants will be able to identify the dimensions of ethical reasoning in relation to the NAADAC NCC AP Code of Ethics
  3. Participants will be able to identify how professional boundaries are critical to an ethical counseling practice

Jim Seckman, M.Div, MAC, CAC-II, CCS

Jim Seckman, MAC, CACII, CCS has over 30 years of experience working in the field of addiction treatment in a variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential. He is currently the Spiritual Life Director of MARR, Inc. He has served as CEO and Clinical Director of MARR, the Executive Director of Breakthru House, Coordinator for Addiction Services at Emory University Hospital, Clinical Coordinator for SAFE Recovery Systems, the President of GARR, and on the GACA Ethics Committee. Jim’s goal for training is to equip counselors with the insight, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide the best possible services to their clients.


Guidelines to Clinically Evaluate and Report SUD

Evidence-Based Practices: American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association, and others. Guidelines to prepare clinical substance abuse evaluation report to be submitted to treatment providers (therapists, rehabs, hospitals, and behavior health centers).

Learning Objectives:

  1. Creating clinically significant SUD (included co-occurring disorders) evaluation report, using the American Psychological Association, American Psychiatric Association (& DSM-5), and ASAM Levels of Care
  2. ASAM & APA’s guidelines and expectations to prepare universal and clinically uniform evaluation report
  3. Step-by-Step format to evaluate clients/patients for substance use & co-occurring disorders

Mohammad Momtahan, PhD, DAC, LPC, ACS, CAACD, MAC, CODP-D

Dr. Momtahan was the former Grady Hospital Social Services Field Supervisor for University System of Georgia and Clark Atlanta University Schools of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University Adjunct Professor School of Social Work in Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Tanner Hospital Behavior of Health Therapist Level IV in Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and CEU Provider for UGA and CAU. Dr. Momtahan is the current Founder and Director of West Metro Counseling Group, providing mental health and substance abuse treatment services. He is the Georgia DBH/DD, DUI Intervention Program Clinical Evaluator & Treatment Provider. Dr. Momtahan is an Active member of ADACBGA, NAADC, NAFC, NBCC, CCE, and Fellow and Diplomate American College of Forensic Counselors.


HIV & Addiction: What SUD Counselors Need to Know and Why

HIV & AIDS are no longer the threat they were 25 years ago, but there still is no cure. Patients with Substance Use Disorders (SUD) are still at greater risk for HIV infection, less likely to be on PrEP, and more likely to be nonadherent with their HIV treatment. This training will review current treatment and prophylactic protocols. Issues of encouraging patients to know their HIV status and working with special at-risk populations will be explored, as well as current HIV prevention strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  1. List three things that place individuals with SUD at higher risk for HIV infection
  2. Explain the concept of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis and how it relates to HIV prevention
  3. List two reasons why a patient should know their HIV status

Ed Johnson, LAC, CCS, LPC, MAC

Ed Johnson obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from Auburn University and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel. Since March 2010, Ed has worked at the Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Southeast ATTC) located at the National Center for Primary Care, Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. He is currently the Associate Director for Training and Technical Assistance. For the previous twenty years, he held various clinical positions at Charleston Center (Charleston County Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services). In the last ten years at Charleston Center, Ed served as Program Administrator for the Opioid Treatment Program and Infectious Disease Service. Ed currently holds the Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) through the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, and Psycho-Educational Specialists in addition to the Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) through NAADAC. Ed has lived in long-term, sustained recovery from substance use disorders for the last 35 years.


Innovative Interventions: 42 Ways to Do an Alcohol or Drug Intervention

This workshop will be an interactive class involving didactic instruction and role-playing, so that each participant will further develop their skills in doing interventions. The presentation introduces dozens of examples of tailor-made interventions beyond the standard Johnson Institute Model that is seen on TV. A new model will be introduced based on Motivational Interviewing concepts.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand what interventions are and why they are important
  2. Discuss the 3 deadly myths about addiction and the resultant barriers to treatment
  3. Learn and practice 42 different tools for interventions

Scott Dunbar, CAC-II, MAC, ICCDPD

The presenter, Dr. Scott Dunbar, is a Master Addiction Counselor and is state and nationally certified as an addiction counselor. He has worked in the addiction treatment field for over 48 years. He has a private practice in Dunwoody, GA and is the Director of the DUI Intervention Program for the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health.


Recovery Community Organizations: How Peer Support Compliments Clinical Services

In this session, attendees will learn the role of peer support in recovery community organizations.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the role of Peer Support Workers/Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES)/Certified Peer Specialist Addictive Disease (CPS-AD) in the continuum of care
  2. Language Matters: How effective recovery messaging reduces stigma
  3. Understanding how Recovery Community Organizations/Addiction Recovery Support Centers provide linkage to the community

Hank Arnold, CADC-I, CARES, FPM, MATS

Hank Arnold is the Founder and Director of Coweta FORCE, a peer founded, led, and governed nonprofit Recovery Community Organization located in Newnan, GA. Hank is a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor (CADCI), Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES), Forensic Peer Mentor (FPM), and Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist (MATS). Hank is also a person living in long-term recovery from substance use and mental health challenges with over 10 years of freedom, choice, and voice.


Sacred Circles

Groups are a cornerstone of treatment and support services. We will explore how creating sacred space will enhance the power of group and recovery. We will explore spiritual traditions to create a vibrant discussion of the sacred, and find the missing pieces/peace in recovery for those seeking a new life.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define what is sacred
  2. Participants will learn 3 ways to create sacred space in their environment
  3. Participants will be able to list 3 ways the group process can support recovery

Dawn Allred, LPC, MAC

Dawn Allred, LPC, MAC has worked 29 years in community mental health. She has specialized in working with people living with co-occurring disorders as well as complex issues such as homelessness, severe poverty, legal problems, and poor health. Dawn provides professional trainings on co-occurring disorders, recovery oriented systems of care, understanding addiction and recovery, MH/SA assessment and treatment planning, and suicide assessment and intervention. Dawn is living in long term recovery with a passion for helping others with their recovery process. Dawn is dedicated to bringing a holistic approach to recovery.


What Clinicians Need to Know About Telemental Health from a Treatment, Digital Marketing, and Ethical Perspective

This workshop will focus on helping healthcare practitioners’ gain a comprehensive understanding of the importance of telemental health and treatment implications for clients, and HIPAA Laws that are affiliated with digital marketing healthcare services. knowledge of key ethical codes that impact telemental health ethics will be demonstrated in group activities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify key intake, assessments, and treatment planning guidelines, how to develop emergency and crisis plans, and the necessity of protecting clients EPHI information
  2. Identify 2 to 3 examples of Telemental Health Marketing “Do’s and Don’ts according to HIPAA laws
  3. Explain key ethical codes and how they impact telemental health ethics codes and how to work through common ethical dilemmas that are affiliated with these codes when providing services

Lucy Cannon, LCSW, CCDP-D, MATS

Dr. Lucy Cannon, LCSW, CCDP-D, MATS is the CEO/Owner of LEJ Behavioral Health Services, LLC. She is an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work. She is a Facilitator for the Navy Reserve. She is the Vice President of the Georgia School of Addiction Studies Board of Directors and is a member of the Southeastern Institute for Chemical Dependency Board of Directors, Suicide Prevention Community Advisory Council, ADACBGA board member, and advisory board member with The Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center. She has managed and directed various mental health programs in various states in the United States and Japan.


All Day Sessions – 6 hours

Experiential Group Facilitation

If you can say something you can show something! Experiential Activities reveal powerful results and offered in multiple modalities and environments. This intervention is a powerful way of introducing skills, rehearsing skills, and uncovering powerful insights that are otherwise unexplored. By using experiential our clients will learn and experience their wellness and recovery in a more meaningful way. In this skill-building workshop, you will observe and facilitate experiential activities, discuss and practice sequencing, and gain additional tools that may change the way you and your clients interact with counseling, and their wellness and recovery.

What you will learn:

  1. The importance of sequencing and timing
  2. Icebreaker, Check-in and connection activities
  3. Facilitator Skills

Diane Sherman, PhD

Diane Sherman, Ph.D., a substance abuse profession since 1975, began her career while serving in the U.S. Army for 15 years the capacity of Behavioral Science Specialist. She holds the national advanced credential of Master Addiction Counselor, Certified Clinical Supervisor, and Certified Addiction Counselor-II. Dr. Sherman earned her Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Capella University in 2007. Since 2008 she has taught and supervised students who are in pursuit of the certified addiction counselor credential. She is a national, regional and state presenter offering topics relevant to experiential learning and supervision, believing that all things are meaningful when offering services that incorporate experiential interventions.


Legal and Ethical Dilemmas and Challenges in Clinical Supervision

This interactive workshop will provide information on purpose, similarities, and differences of Professional Codes of Ethics during the supervisory process for MH and SA counseling. Participants will be afforded the opportunity to gain insight on utilizing the Professional Codes of Ethics as guidelines when faced with dilemmas and challenges with case scenarios in MH and SA supervision.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn the importance and purpose of the Professional Codes of Ethics, Georgia Composite Board, CPCS, NAADAC and ACA in the supervisory process
  2. Participants will gain insight on common dilemmas and challenges of the supervision process
  3. Participants will learn/review and implement the steps of problem-solving with workshop case studies using the professional codes of ethics for discussion

Sandra V. Phillips, CADC-II, ICADC, SAP, LPC, NCC, CPCS

Sandra V. Phillips is the CEO of Transformation Behavioral Health, LLC in Martinez, Georgia, where counseling services are provided to a diverse population. Ms. Phillips received her BA in psychology from the University of West Georgia, where she fell in love with Humanistic Psychology. She later earned both a M.Ed. and MS in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University. Ms. Phillips is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II, Department of Transportation Substance Abuse Professional, National Certified Counselor, and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. She enjoys providing CE, church, corporate, and community workshops.


Life Patterns Therapy: Effective Interventions to Help Clients Recognize and Modify Unhealthy Patterns

Learn how Patterns develop and can be modified. Learn interventions such as Pattern Boards / Whiteboarding, EFDRE (Event, Feeling, Decision, Response, Elimination), SAFARIM (Spirituality, Attitude, Fulfillment, Autonomy, Reality, Integration, and Mastery), CSSB (Care Support, Safety, Boundaries) Analysis, Story Re-Writing and more to show clients their patterns so they can modify them.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define the concepts behind Life Pattern Therapy
  2. Participants will be able to apply Life Pattern Interventions, including Whiteboarding, EFDRE, CSSB, SAFARIM, Story Re-Writing, and Stress Reduction techniques
  3. Participants will be able to analyze client Patterns and help the client recognize, understand and modify their patterns

Penny Haynes, CADC-II, E-CADC, CAMS-I, Licensed Pastoral Counselor

Penny Haynes of RPM Ministries Inc is a CADC II, Certified Anger Management Specialist and Licensed Pastoral Counselor. She is an ordained minister, co-pastoring with her husband Ronnie at Ministry House in Canton, GA, serving people in recovery. They have co-led Celebrate Recovery Meetings for 9 years. They own Good Shepherd Recovery House for men in Jasper, GA, a THOR approved program. Along with Dr. John Mauldin, they provide therapy for addicted men, focusing on their Life Patterns and healing their trauma.

John Mauldin, PhD, Retired Licensed Psychologist

Dr. John Mauldin, a retired Licensed Psychologist, is the author of Life Patterns Therapy and the Mauldin Pattern Assessments. Over his 40+ year career, he has trained individuals, groups and businesses in this evidence-based practice. He utilizes many unique interventions including Whiteboarding, Story Analysis/Pattern Analysis, Holdover Feeling Recognition, Story Rewriting/Pattern Reframing, Parental CSSB (Care, Support, Safety, Boundaries) Analysis, and creating Healthy Patterns (SAFARIM). Since retirement, he has taken up fly fishing and in 2019, became a Certified Casting Instructor with Fly Fishers International. He continues to donate time to Ruth House and Good Shepherd Recovery House.