7th Annual ADACBGA Conference

Embracing & Enhancing Clinical Competence

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Pre Conference: June 19, 2019
Conference: June 20 & 21, 2019
Post Conference: June 22, 2019

Cobb Galleria Centre
2 Galleria Pkwy SE, Atlanta, GA 30339

Applied for:
28.5 Core Hours, 9 Ethics Hours, 9 Telemental Health Hours, 6 Supervision Hours with ADACBGA, LPCA, Georgia Society of Clinical Social Workers (GSCSW), GACA, and POST


  Pre-Con Conference Post-Con Combined(Con w/ Pre or Post)
Early Bird $75 $199 $75 $249
Regular $85 $259 $85 $315
Late $100 $325 $100 n/a
Student $40 $99 $40 $125

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Early bird registration will begin January 7, 2019 and will end on March 16, 2019
Late registration will begin June 1, 2019

Sheraton Suites Galleria Atlanta

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Property Location

With a stay at Sheraton Suites Galleria-Atlanta in Atlanta (Cumberland), you'll be minutes from Cumberland Mall and close to Coca-Cola Roxy Theater. This hotel is within close proximity of SunTrust Park and Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.


Make yourself at home in one of the 278 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available to keep you connected. Partially open bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.


Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shopssstands. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle that operates within 3 mi.


Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.

Business, Other Amenities

Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center and limo/town car service.

Parking in Sheraton's will be $5.00 a day


Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, hosting Broadway, concerts, opera, ballet, comedy, family programs and more SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves is connected to Cobb Galleria Centre by pedestrian bridge Anchored by SunTrust Park, The Battery Atlanta is a sports and entertainment experience unlike any other. Check out upcoming events, culinary, retail and entertainment options, and much more! Downtown attractions, including The Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca Cola, the College Football Hall of Fame, and the Center for Civil and Human Rights


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Wednesday, June 19

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Ethics of Self Care

Addiction counselors are at high risk for compassion fatigue or burnout because of the intensity of the work. Since most counselors enter the field because they care about people, it follows that we are at higher risk. The NAADC/NCCAP Code of Ethics (2016) says that providers should be mindful of self-care and engage in activities that promote their well-being. (Section III-18). Most addiction counselors learn very quickly, however, that impairment and burnout can sneak up before it's even realized. This workshop will focus on the professional's current self-care status, building a commitment to wellness and the motivation to fundamentally transform his or her work life style.

  1. Ethics Related to Professional Impairment
  2. Understanding Practitioner Trauma and Burnout
  3. Assessing Compassion Fatigue
  4. Factors in Wellness Preparation
  5. Application: Developing a Personal Stress Management Program

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the NAADAC/NCCAP 2016 and ACA 2014 Codes of Ethics guidelines related to counselor professional impairment with practical examples of how unrecognized impairment can impede clinical effectiveness.
  2. Discuss the developmental history of compassion fatigue including countertransference, caregiver stress, burnout, vicarious traumatization, and secondary traumatic stress.
  3. Begin the creation of a personalized self-care plan, and demonstrate how to facilitate one for others.

Dr. Sonja Sutherland, LPC, BC-TMH, ACS

Dr. Sutherland is an Assistant Professor of Counseling at Richmont Graduate University’s School of Counseling. She also serves as the Dean of Assessment, Planning and Compliance, overseeing program and institutional accreditation. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia, an NBCC Board Certified Telemental Health Counselor (BC-TMH), and an NBCC Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS). Dr. Sutherland is also a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), the Association for Multicultural Counseling & Development (AMCD), the Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors (ACES), and the Licensed Professional Counselor Association of Georgia (LPCA-GA). Dr. Sutherland earned her PhD (Counselor Education and Supervision) from Regent University, Masters of Science (Professional Counseling) from Georgia State University, and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from New York University.

Keynote Speaker

Thursday, June 20, 8:30 am - 11:00 am


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In this extended keynote I intend to, 1) explore a component of compassion fatigue that is rarely discussed, soul loss, 2) explore acedia, a cancer of the soul that appears when there is damage to one’s soul, 3) explore the roots of the epidemic of the sick and wounded clients we are witnessing, and 4) explore what we must do to heal ourselves and help heal our clients. Drawing on indigenous wisdom I have gleaned from 30 years of experience working with elders of many nations and 30 years of clinical experience and research I feel I can offer a different and important insight into the toxic world many of us in the profession are feeling or have felt. More than that, I know I can offer specific guidelines on what we must do as professional to mitigate this epidemic that is harming both the healers and the patient.

Learning Objectives

  1. Compassion Fatigue
    Attendees are most likely versed in the definition of compassion fatigue and most likely are aware of their own personal signature of compassion fatigue. This presentation will focus on one specific aspect of compassion fatigue, soul loss.
    • Attendees will learn how to identify the signature of soul loss in within themselves and others.
    • Will acquire basic knowledge in how to mitigate soul loss
    • Will understand the importance of re-vitalizing the soul before the compassion fatigue mutates into acedia or worse.
    The knowledge that will be shared emanates from a classic psychology perspective as well as a traditional indigenous people’s spiritual healing perspective.
  2. Acedia
    Attendees may not be as versed in the history, definition and signature of acedia.
    • Attendees will learn the definition and history of acedia.
    • Attendees will learn how to recognize the signature of acedia within themselves and others.
    • Attendees will learn how to mitigate this malady within themselves and others.
  3. Disconnection, Violence to Self and Others and The Lore
    With the ‘hint of the signature of compassion fatigue in their voice’ many therapists are asking the following questions. How did we get to this place, this epidemic, of disconnection and holistic violence to self and others? What can we do, it is becoming more difficult to assist my deeply wounded clients? There are so many wounded people out there, what is happening? Attendees will come to understand that there IS something we can do, MUST do. There is no ‘thee plan or system’ but the indigenous peoples of the world have left us a road map, a set of principles called The Lore (The Ceremony of Life) that tell us how to live in deep connection with ourselves, others and all things. The outcome of such deep connection is the disappearance of holistic violence to self, others and nature. When The Lore is employed people are healthier, live in holistic balance and are less apt to be violent to self and others. Acedia will recede into the background. Therapists will not be as drained and/or as apt to suffer from compassion fatigue.
    • Attendees will be introduced to the concept of indigenous Lore
    • Attendees will learn how to employ The Lore in mitigating their compassion fatigue
    • Attendees will learn how to employ The Lore with their clients and others in an effort to mitigate disconnection and violence to self and others.

Tom Balistrieri, Ed.D.

Tom Balistrieri, Ed.D. is a licensed mental health counselor in Massachusetts, currently working as an adjunct professor in psychology and global studies at WPI. In his long career he has served as a management development consultant in big business, an NCAA I track and cross country coach, a therapist in private practice, a director of counseling at three universities, a dean of students and an assistant vice-president for student affairs at two universities and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the graduate and undergraduate level at six universities. Tom is a scholar in male initiation practices. He has lived with and worked with elders from indigenous cultures around the world and the United States. He has researched, designed and implemented an initiation process called Passage that has been a key component in three doctoral studies (University of GA, Princeton and Minnesota University of Psychology) and has been referenced in textbooks and peer reviewed articles. Tom has presented over a dozen keynote addresses at universities and counseling conferences including American College Counseling Association (ACCA) and the Southeastern College Counseling Conference Professionals (SCCCP). He has also presented programs numerous times at The Creativity and Madness Conference in New Mexico.

Tom also has a second life that has been a vital part of his work as a therapist, director of counseling, professor and presenter. Tom has not only participated in many indigenous healing ceremonies with elders and medicine people from many indigenous nations and countries but 15 years ago he was initiated by two indigenous nations as healer. Healers from over a dozen different indigenous nations here and around the world recognize Tom as a healer. What that simply means is that Tom, although a licensed mental health counselor (in three States), is also recognized as someone who can assist wounded people spiritually. Not religiously, per se, but in finding a spiritual piece of themselves that has gone missing. Just like when a piece of the mind shuts down when we disassociate due to trauma or violence, a piece of our spirit can shut down as well. As therapists work holistically with clients this is a missing piece, a vital missing piece. Even the United States Army is realizing that soldiers suffering from PTSD can benefit from this kind of spiritual work.

That is what Tom will talk about today in the keynote. Topics will include how spirituality impacts Compassion Fatigue. How to bring spirituality into our counseling. How to discern the difference between depression and acedia. And how all of this work, if only undertaken preventatively (PASSAGE), could save us from the depth and breadth of emotional and mental illness, the violence, we are experiencing in our clients and culture…especially among the youth. This will be a VERY different keynote. You aren’t asked to believe a thing. But at least be willing to be open to possibility.


Thursday, June 20, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Medication Assisted Treatment & the Opioid Crisis in Georgia

Erica Acebo-Johnston, LCSW, CAADC & Nick Etherington, LPC, NCC, CAADC

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

I Expect Recovery! messaging: Where’s the beef?

How YOU talk about recovery matters! This session promotes shifting from a focus on addiction or mental illness deficiencies to the reality of people in many pathways of recovery, resilience or wellness. Language and personal messaging practices from the Faces and Voices of Recovery and the National Council on Behavioral Health are augmented by applying positive psychology research results to building recovery communities. You are invited to address ambivalence, maximize effectiveness and spread the message of hope as an ally of the over 25 million Americans who are in long-term recovery.

Goals and objectives. Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify terms that research shows should and should not be used in recovery-oriented messages that convey hope.
  2. Recognize and celebrate the people who you work with in a way that validates their progress and values their roles in the community.
  3. Implement social model of recovery principles and evidence-based resilience practices.

George S. Braucht; LPC, CPCS & CARES

Mr. Braucht is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor with over 14,000 hours of supervised psychotherapy and applied community psychology experience. His specialty is professional and peer workforce development and program continuous quality and outcome improvement consulting in behavioral health and social justice settings. He co-founded the Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) Academy, a peer recovery coach curriculum that is operational in several states. Before retiring from the State of Georgia, George created the Transitional Housing for Offender Reentry Directory and the Reentry Partnership Housing initiative. He also implemented a statewide recovery counseling program for people on parole using the Partners for Change Outcome Management System and an intensive Enhanced Supervision Program training for correctional officers and reentry staff that incorporated Effective Practices in Community Supervision. More recently he assisted in developing and delivering certification curricula for Recovery Residence Managers and on the Recovery Capital Scale. George is a Level II Certified Trainer with Better Outcomes Now and he is a Charter Board Member of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences where he currently serves as Secretary and the Affiliates Committee Co-chair.


Saturday, June 22

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Art & Expressive Group Therapy …a hands-on workshop using art in therapy (External) and Mindfulness (Internal) approaches that anyone can use!

This fun, wet, messy ‘get-your-hands-dirty’, workshop teaches three group art therapy approaches mixed with three Mindfulness exercises that you can use with your clients immediately! You don’t need to be an artist to use art in your therapy. Experiential applications for both faith-based and secular consumers will be addressed.NO POWER POINT!
Participants will actually do some of the following projects:
1. Mindfulness Exercises to achieve a mental “Resource State” to enhance creativity and to access memories, feelings, and therapeutic issues. Utilizes Mind-Based Mood Management, relaxation, and visualization.
2. Pour Art capitalized on the hottest trend in art “Acrylic Paint Pouring” where frustration is resolved into acceptance as your client’s 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 collages from recycle print materials with significant messages to self and to exchange with another.

Learning Goals and Objectives:

  1. Gain a basic understanding of expressive art and Mindfulness meditation therapies and the benefit for their clients.
  2. Learn to facilitate breakthrough moments with emotionally detached, pre-contemplative, or clients with limited insight.
  3. Have fun expanding therapeutic approaches by gaining practical -immediately applicable- techniques by participating in the process during the workshop to make their next therapy group one that the clients will not forget.
  4. Additionally, clinicians will practice self-care by maintaining the benefits from the exercises to prevent burn out!

​Casey Cole Corbin, BA, CADCII

​Casey Cole Corbin, BA, CADCII, is the author of, “CREATE! Expressive Art Therapy for Problem Solving and Getting Past Your Past!” and creator of, “Meditation for Everyone” and, “A Clinician’s Guide to Therapeutic Meditation Course & Curriculum -audio & resources.” He has worked in all areas of the continuum of substance abuse treatment. Certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor. Owner/founder Solutions Counseling Services, private practice counseling and coaching, training and workshops to clinicians and consumers, and sells his art. Supervises interns, has been the program director for PHP IOP at a psych hospital in Valdosta GA. And a sought after workshop instructor on expressive therapies.

Thursday, June 20

2:45pm - 6:15pm - 3 Hours

LGBT Cultural Competency

This presentation will address service delivery competency as it relates to Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in need of SA services.

Objectives: Whether it be providing services to the LGBT community or their families,

  1. Participants will be able to identify how homophobia, transphobia, sexism and other gender/sexual identity oppressions are used by systems and individuals.
  2. Participants will be able to determine where their organizational structure, their engagement abilities and their services/activities/interventions are in the Cultural and Linguistic competency continuum, as it relates to Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people.
  3. Participants will learn strategies that can help them to move forward in that continuum.

Elizabeth (Lizz) Toledo, LCSW, CADC II, CCS, ECADC

Ms. Toledo has been in the social service arena for over 38 years. Born in Costa Rica, she grew up in a poor inner-city neighborhood in Hartford, Connecticut. From a working-class immigrant background, Lizz has a deep commitment to serving oppressed communities. Lizz has experience in developing & coordinating programs serving communities of color, the LGBT community and women. She also has extensive experience coordinating National, regional and local conferences and events. She has worked as an HIV/AIDS counselor and activist, coordinated substance abuse programs for pregnant substance abusing women, developed and coordinated domestic violence programs for survivors & batterers, developed and directed gang violence prevention programs and trained volunteers for sexual assault hotlines.

Currently Ms. Toledo serves on several boards and committees to end Sexual & Domestic Violence in Georgia, Nationally and at the world level. She continues to work closely with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Wholeheartedly believing that hope for recovery from addictions, violence or other destructive behaviors is possible for all persons; Ms. Toledo serves on several board & committees to enhance treatment & prevention outcomes.

She is the Executive Director of Angels Recovery, Inc. and she serves on the NASW-GA chapter. Ms. Toledo presents on a variety of topics nationally and locally in an effort to fulfill the mission that her mentors passed on to her. “Each One Teach One! Pass it on”

Peer to Professional: Navigating the Transition from Peer Support Participant to Professional Counselor

Counselors may be drawn to their field because of personal experience. While one’s own recovery can serve as motivation, shifting from relating as a peer to working as a professional can involve obstacles. This course will explore the ethical considerations, hurdles, and best practices in transitioning from peer to professional.

Allisa “Allie” Sanford, LMSW

Allie graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in psychology in 2011 and a Master of Social Work in 2017. Allie worked as a case manager at Peachford Hospital immediately after graduation, and has worked as a Continuing Care Coordinator at Talbott Recovery Campus since January, 2018. She is experienced in group facilitation, motivational interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and conflict resolution. Additionally, Allie has actively participated in a 12-step peer recovery program since 2006. The combination of clinical training and 12-step recovery experience allows her to assist clients to make concrete behavioral changes through the application of spiritual principles.

Bennett “Ben” Wilson

Ben Wilson was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. He worked as a chef for much of his adult life, but after getting sober in 2007, he found that he wanted to help others like he was helped. Being able to be of service to Talbott’s patients and see them get their lives, families, careers and passion for living back makes Wilson excited to come to work every day. He enjoys learning and being challenged, so he’s currently working on a bachelor of science degree from Kennesaw State University and taking classes for his CADC. In his downtime, Wilson enjoys listening to music, going to the movies, seeing art, reading, working on his recovery and being of service to others. Married in 2012, he lives in Atlanta with his wife, Misty, an art teacher at a school for children with special needs.

Telemental Health Organizational Procedures and Updates: What Healthcare Professionals Need to Know and Do

This workshop will primarily focus on a road map of procedures professionals need to know and do to prepare for the practice of Telemental health in their organizations. They will also understand the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders, to include board of directors, agency leaders, staff, and clients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. This workshop will focus on key procedures and processes healthcare professionals need to know and do to prepare for the practice of Telemental health in their organizations.
  2. They will understand the beginning roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders to include agencies board of directors, directors, managers, supervisors, direct service staff, and clients.
  3. Participants will have an understanding of the Workflow process in developing Telemental health programs. Updated Telemental health HIPAA Laws will also be incorporated in this training.

Dr. Lucy R. Cannon, LCSW, CCDP-D

Dr. Lucy Cannon, LCSW, CCDP-D is the CEO/Owner of LEJ Behavioral Health Services, LLC (Consulting and Training business) in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a Visiting Professor at DeVry University, Decatur, Ga. and an Adjunct Professor at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Ga. She serves as a Consultant for the Department of the Navy Reserve. She currently serves has the Vice President of the Georgia School of Addiction Studies Board of Directors. She is a member of the Southeastern Institute for Chemical Dependency Board of Directors. She has managed and directed various mental health programs in various states in the United States. I am also an advisory board member with The Southeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center.

Embracing Change, Enhancing Policy & Empowering Communities

HIV Criminalization is the most extreme manifestation of HIV stigma. Participants will learn how successful efforts to reform HIV criminalization statutes have been led by People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and allies. This work must be intersectional with other social, racial, harm reduction, and economic justice movements in their states.

Tami Haught

Tami Haught is the Training and Organizing Coordinator for the SERO Project, a network of people with HIV and allies fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice. She assists state advocates to educate community members, allies, and legislators on the impact of HIV-specific legislation. Haught was the Community Organizer who led Iowa’s efforts to modernize their HIV-specific statutes in 2014. She is a Co-Secretary for the United States People Living with HIV (PLHIV) Caucus - a group of organizations, coalitions, networks, client groups and individuals with HIV who advocate for people with HIV), and Vice-President of Positive Iowans Taking Charge.

Kamaria Laffrey

Kamaria Laffrey, a woman living with HIV, serves as an international HIV advocate, speaker, and consultant through work as FL Community Organizer with The Sero Project, Vice Chair of the West Central FL Ryan White Care Council and as a policy fellow of the Positive Women’s Network - USA. Since 2007, she has used various platforms to examine and speak on intersectional issues. Her personal goal is to work through her developing community-based organization, emPOWERed Legacies and provide tools that will help her community towards embracing healing, giving inspiration and living victoriously with HIV and beyond stigma.

Working with Military & their Families: Culture, Combat, Trauma, & Care

Providing trauma-informed therapy to service members is critical for long-term, sustainable care. Military culture will be discussed as well as an overview of common issues including combat trauma, military sexual trauma, risk taking behaviors, substance abuse and suicidal ideation. Challenges involving the whole military family will also be explored.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Based on the content of the session, participants will be able to describe the specific challenges that veterans and their families face when combat trauma has occurred
  2. Based on the content of the session, participants can list several theoretical frameworks and evidence-based practices that are utilized with military families and how to incorporate them into their own practice
  3. Based on the content of the session, participants are able to comprehend the similarities and differences in the needs of veterans and their families from different eras

Holli M. Kelly, Ph.D., LMFT

Dr. Kelly is a nationally approved supervisor in Marriage and Family Therapy and has been working with families for two decades with a specialization in trauma. She has presented at national and international conferences and she currently works with veterans and their families at the Marietta Vet Center. She is an adjunct faculty member at Northcentral University in their MFT Program and the Executive Director of the Georgia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout with her masters in MFT and from the University of Minnesota with her doctorate in Family Social Science.

James McAuley, LMFT

Mr. McAuley served in the United States Air Force as a Mental Health Technician from 2001-2005 and in the Air Force Reserve from 2006-2007. He received his Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2009 from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. James serves veterans with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Counseling Services and co-created a camp for military families called Camp Gratitude. James was an adjunct faculty member at Saint Mary’s MFT Program and has presented at state and national conferences on military families. James is a doctorate student with Northcentral University specializing in Military Families.

Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, & Ethics of Self-Care

Providing treatment can come with a high rate of exhaustion & traits of burnout. Ethically, how do we provide treatment if we are struggling with our own self-care & vicarious trauma? Join us as we come together collectively to care for ourselves as we care for others.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define and recognize distinctions between vicarious trauma, secondary trauma & compassion fatigue when working with complex client pathologies & addiction
  2. Identify ethical codes for various licensures & state certification board on self-care
  3. Determine impact to mental health professionals: mentally, physically, emotionally, & spiritually – when self-care is in place vs. being neglected.

Christy Plaice, LPC, MAC, CCT, DCC

Christy has been working with teens, adults, families, & groups in the field of psychotherapy with addiction & mental health for 15 years. She specializes in substance use/addiction, complex trauma resolution, spiritual wounding & interpersonal ruptures connected with attachment styles. Her psychotherapy & counseling style incorporates healing work with sensory integration, resiliency, secure attachment, somatic experiencing & polyvagal theory.
Christy utilizes a variety of therapeutic modalities: talk therapy, guided imagery, therapeutic art exploration, resiliency model exploration, experiential activities in nature/outdoors, integrative wellness, preventative & restorative education with trauma, cognitive behavioral restructuring, transpersonal, and life skills integration.

Erin Nieto, LPC, CPCS, MAC, NCC

Erin E. Nieto, LPC, CPCS, MAC, NCC. Originally from Texas, Erin currently has a private practice in Roswell. Her passion is working with clients with substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, attachment issues, and those healing from trauma wounds. Erin earned her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from The University of Georgia. Over the course of her career, she has worked in various settings from a local juvenile court before moving to a local PHP and IOP facility specializing in addiction. Erin believes in meeting each person where they are at, sitting with them during their most tender moments, and providing safe and trusting environment for healing and growth.

Reconceptualizing Resistance as Ambivalence: How to Be on Your Client’s Side Without Taking a Side

Pathological Ambivalence and its common forms will be described and strategies for resolving ambivalence to improve therapeutic outcome will be taught. Also presented will be strategies for assessing scripts and avoiding common pitfalls such as prematurely discounting client beliefs, and unknowingly participating in, or becoming the target of the projections

Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify common expressions of Pathological Ambivalence (PA) in the recovery process.
  2. Describe the theory related to developing PA.
  3. Utilize multiple strategies for sidestepping power struggles to empower clients to resolve ambivalence

Linda Buchanan, Ph.D.

Dr. Linda Buchanan 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 which offers the full continuum of care with facilities in Georgia, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Dr. Buchanan has authored a book soon to be published by TPI Press titled A Clinician’s Guide to Dealing with Pathological Ambivalence: How to be on Your Client’s Side Without Taking a Side, and two chapters and four research articles on the treatment of eating disorders including two outcome studies of the treatment provided at ACE.


This training will enhance the professional’s efforts to educate the adolescent client regarding marijuana use, misuse, abuse and dependence, ultimately answering the question commonly asked by adolescents: “WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT MARIJUANA”. Participants will be provided with tools to assist clients in recognizing the addictive nature of marijuana, the impact of marijuana on the brain, beliefs, friendships, communication and academic performance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be equipped to assist adolescents in recognizing the addictive nature of marijuana.
  2. Participants will be provided interactive tools to educate adolescent marijuana users and to engage them in related conversation
  3. Participants will gain insight on the impact of marijuana use on the adolescent brain, beliefs, friendships, communication and academic performance

Pamela Jean Morgan MBA/BSHS/CADC/CPRM

Pamela Morgan, MBA/BSHS/CADC/CPRM is a nationally known trainer and substance abuse professional - providing services since 1993. She is the owner of KEY INSIGHTS, LLC., an approved provider with the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). Best known for her training Ethics & Boundaries as well as Toxic Relationships: Another Addiction, she develops and facilitates various topics including Addiction to Crime. With more than 27 years of personal recovery, over 23 years of experience working with treatment, prevention, correctional and adolescent populations, and more than 18 years providing professional development training, Morgan offers a wealth of personal and professional experience.

Recovering from the Justice System Experience: Aftereffects, Assessment, and Assistance

Many people with mental and substance use disorders involved with the criminal justice system face many challenges threatening their recovery and increasing their probability of relapse and/or re-arrest. This workshop will address the positive impact of behavioral health professionals in their clients' recovery process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to identify contributing risk / need factors to mental illness and substance use affecting persons involved in the criminal justice systems.
  2. Participants will be able to list psychosocial barriers to treatment and recovery.
  3. Participants will identify specific interventions that promote client responsibility, support, and recovery.

Marcus Carter, LPC, MAC, CPCS

Marcus Carter is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor in Georgia. He has been working as a behavioral health counselor in Georgia corrections and community supervision with women and men for over 30 years. he is an adjunct instructor at Carver College and a POST certified instructor for criminal justice professionals. He is a certified facilitator for Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), Crisis Intervention Team for Youth (CIT-Y), and Trauma Informed Care Trainer for Criminal Justice Professionals.

A Foray into Family Law – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

Many patients have experience with family law - for example, divorce, infidelity or an out-of-wedlock child. Unfortunately, information comes from unrealistic sources like the internet, television or peers. Becoming knowledgeable about family law will help you guide patients as they explore a potential family change or heal from one.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Educate attendees about Georgia family law
  2. Foster discussion among attendees about common questions/problems faced and how to respond to those
  3. Provide a forum for discussion as to how attendees can assist patients who are navigating a family change (like divorce) while addressing addiction and recovery issues

Brooke M. French, Esq.; Family Law Lawyer

Brooke M. French, Esq. has been a domestic relations lawyer (divorce, custody, paternity/legitimation, etc.) for over 15 years. Brooke is often selected by peers to serve as a mediator or arbitrator on family law cases. She is also appointed by Judges and selected by her peers as a guardian ad litem. Brooke loves her field of law and feels incredibly fortunate to help families navigate change in an educated and cost-effective manner. Brooke takes special care to protect children and maintain stability in their lives as the family structure transforms.

7:30pm - 9:30pm - 2 Hours

Follow the (yellow brick) - Recovery Road

Welcome to the world of recovery where the unique partnership between addicts and recovery professionals is explored in technicolor. Anyone who has experienced the despair of being lost in addiction can tell you that the road home isn’t paved in yellow brick.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Addiction is a storm and you don’t get through it alone
  2. It's a complex partenership between the addict and the therapist
  3. There is no wizard and that’s ok as long as there is a man behind that curtain who is willing to help

Facilitated by Anne Kohutco and Jo Abney

Friday, June 21

8:30am - 6:15pm - 6 Hours


This presentation begins where other gang related presentations end. We will not focus on gang colors, logo's and handshakes. Topics covered includes: 22 reasons youth join gangs; 15 prevention and intervention strategies; the drug/gang connection and what to do about it; addressing father hunger and father wounds among gang members; positive rites of passages for clients at risk for gang affiliation; Socratic questions as an intervention strategy; the use of motivational interviewing principles to help clients leave gangs; school, employment, criminal justice, familial, and community intervention strategies; how to help clients shift from gang/drug culture to treatment and recovery culture.

By the end of this workshop you will:

  1. Understand 22 reasons clients join gangs
  2. Be able to utilize 15 prevention strategies
  3. Be able to utilize 15 intervention strategies
  4. Be able to use principle of motivational interviewing to help clients leave gangs
  5. Be able to utilize positive rites of passages for youth at risk for gang affiliation
  6. Be able to help clients shift from gang/drug culture to treatment and recovery culture

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC is an international speaker in the Behavioral Health Field whose presentations have reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, Caribbean and British Islands. Mark is the author of 5 books. He has had 2 stories published in the New York Times Best Selling Book Series, Chicken Soup For The Soul.

Mark has lectured at universities for 30 years having taught at The Illinois School of Profession Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago and the University of Chicago school's of Social Work. He has lectured for PEACE Academy, a program which prepares former gang members to negotiate truces among current gang members and to reduce gun violence.

HIV & Opiates: An Epidemic Within an Epidemic?

The surge of Opioid use has created a newly developed complication; increased possibility of HIV transmission. We will take a closer look at the connection between HIV and Opioids, review the advances that have been made with HIV and discuss how stigma continues to exacerbate the spread of the virus.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To be able to identify the behaviors of opioid use that put IV users at increased risk of acquiring HIV. To learn of the advancements that have been made in HIV treatment.
  2. To review how our biases impact how we interact with vulnerable populations and complicate an infected person’s ability to pursue supportive services.
  3. To review how one’s mental health can further complicate and HIV diagnosis and Substance Use Disorder.

Shannon D. Tillett ICADC ,NCAC II, CADC II, CPT, Narcan Trainer

Coordinator HIV Early Intervention Specialist and Internationally/Nationally/State Certified Addictions Counselor. Coordinate services that include: Confidential FREE rapid HIV/HCV testing, pre/post counseling, referral and linkage to medical care for those confirmed positive. Provide HIV,HCV, STD Educational Groups and Risk Reduction Counseling within the agency and community in efforts to improve care, and reduce disparities in health outcomes. Develop outreach activities that are designed in response to the unique needs of the community which have included Free HIV/Hep C testing and educating at health fairs, on college campuses, in churches and other community gathering places

Jennifer Glaze LCSW, MAC

As a native Chicagoan, Jennifer Glaze has always had a special interest in the challenges that encompass the human experience. Receiving her Bachelor’s Degree at Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia, she studied the field of Psychology to pursue her interests in human behavior. Her education was further advanced at Kennesaw State University achieving a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Today her professional focuses include Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Women’s Issues and HIV/AIDS. Mrs. Glaze’s ultimate goals are to use her personal and professional experiences to improve the emotional wellbeing of others.


This presentation with discuss the confluence of factors that led up to the epidemic, with a focus on the related changes in OUD patients and the treatment challenges these changes present. Data collected from a nationwide network of treatment centers will be presented and treatment implications for this changing population will be reviewed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the history and progress of the Opioid Epidemic in America and identify the myths, realities and changes in the opioid use disorder patient.
  2. Define the behaviors and signs which may indicate an opioid use disorder.
  3. Discuss recent changes in the opioid use population and their implications for identification and treatment and review recommendations for actions when an opioid use disorder patient has been identified.

Siobhan A. Morse, MHSA, CRC, CAI, MAC

As Director of Clinical Services, Siobhan Morse is charged with spearheading the research, clinical operations management and new product development for Foundations Recovery Network, the Addiction Services Division of Universal Health Services, Inc. Ms. Morse regularly presents original research worldwide and has published multiple articles in peer reviewed scientific journals. She holds a Master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Florida International University and later taught there as an Adjunct Professor. Ms. Morse is a certified ARISE Interventionist and Master Addiction Counselor and also currently serves as voluntary adjunct faculty at Baylor College of Family Medicine.

Experiential Methods for Treating Traumatized Clients with Substance Abuse Issues

Trauma treatment with our substance abusing clients is tricky business. How do we take them to their darkest places without triggering a relapse? We will discuss ways you can use expressive art and body movement interventions in order to help your clients increase their ability to regulate their emotional experiences.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to help clients get in touch with how they experience emotions physically, in order to them utilize calming methods more effectively to facilitate increased understanding of self.
  2. Learn how to help a client employ creative arts in order to gain insight into emotions that seem confusing and out of their control, and gain tolerance of negative emotions that often trigger a desire to use.
  3. Learn what an art therapy journal is and how to coach your clients on using it both in and out of session in order to help them get more comfortable with identifying and expressing their emotions.

Jennifer Yaeger, MA, LPC

Jennifer has been working with clients struggling with substance abuse, mental health, and codependency issues since 2001. She has worked on all levels of care, including inpatient, intensive outpatient, outpatient, and telemental health. She has been trained in Trauma-Informed Expressive Art Therapy and Trauma-Informed Yoga. She owns a self-care center, Sea Glass Therapy, in which therapy, yoga, wellness and nutrition guidance, and personal style coaching are all offered. She also works for The Carter Treatment Center as their trauma therapist.

Heart & Soul Healing – A Different Perspective

The strong influence of our past impacts our present sense of self. Subconscious programs can hold pieces or fragments of us, leading to negative choices by default. We can provide a different perspective with simple techniques for self-compassion to release old programs and free individuals to make healthy, conscious choices.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Comprehend the concept of subconscious programming as it affects present-day awareness and an individual’s ability to create or make positive choices for the self
  2. Determine and contrast the effect of past emotional dynamics to an individuals’ current negative choices
  3. Recommend and manage the application of simple daily techniques to develop self-compassion, self- communication and conscious creative choice

Rev. Nancy A. Nester, MScD, DD, MA, CHt, RMT, HSH-PT, NSHC

Ordained InterFaith Minister, providing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Meditation, National Health Sciences & Wellness Coach, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Spiritual and Relational Counselor, Reiki Master-Teacher, Intuitive and Empathic Holistic Therapist offering Heart & Soul HealingTM. Certified mediator and life coach for personal and business. Published Author & Co-Author of 11 self-help/self-awareness books. Presenter at U.S. Conscious Living Expos, health and healing conferences around the world. Articles appear in newspapers, magazines, health and spiritual publications. Appeared on national television throughout the world, co-host of a radio program on mental and emotional insights with Ken Page. Nancy has helped thousands of individuals worldwide to access their subconscious mind and free themselves from the patterns of their past.

Rev. Kenneth E. Page, CHt

Ordained InterFaith Minister, creator of Heart & Soul HealingTM, a holistic modality which identifies energetic patterns on the physical body. Published Author & Co-Author of 11 self-help/self-awareness books. Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, respected international teacher and lecturer. Presenter at numerous U.S. Conscious Living Expos and health and healing conferences around the world, Ken has spoken by invitation at the United Nations. His articles appear in newspapers, magazines, health and spiritual publications. Ken has appeared on national television throughout the world, and has co-hosted a radio program on mental and emotional insights with Nancy Nester. Ken has presented at Unity Churches, metaphysical centers and bookstores throughout the United States and Europe.

Effective Clinical Supervision Strategies for Mental Health Professionals

We will examine the role of the supervisor and the nature of the supervisory relationship. We will explore the key objectives, models, approaches, and major components of the supervisory process. We will learn how to generate professional authority, build trust, and exercise influence within the context of the supervisory relationship. We will also introduce the structure of supervision, from the point of first contact when you establish your goals, all the way through the completion of the supervisory process. We will learn to recognize the supervisory style and needs of the supervisee and how to modify your supervision style to meet their needs. We will learn the best practices in supervisory record keeping and examine templates of key forms for documentation. We will examine ethical concerns in the supervisory relationship including boundaries, dual roles, and integrity. We will study the best practices models of ethical decision making and learn how to integrate then in to the handling of ethical challenges in the supervisory role. Each day will include interactive scenario analysis, role playing, and the practice of key supervisory techniques and strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify components of the supervision relative to beginning, intermediate, and advanced supervisees.
  2. Differentiate between models of supervision in order to develop a personal model of supervision for practice.
  3. Examine ethical and culturally diverse issues inherent in the supervisory relationship.

Shannon M. Eller - LPC, LMFT, RPT-S, CPCS, ICAADC, ICCDP-D, ICCS, NCC, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Brighter Tomorrows Consulting, LLC & Incorruptible Seed Ministries, Inc. Shannon Eller earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA in 1986 specializing in Middle Childhood Education with Teacher Support Specialist Certification. Ms. Eller holds a T-5 State of Georgia Teaching Certificate. Ms. Eller taught for eighteen years prior to earning a Masters of Science Degree in Community Counseling from Columbus State University, summa cum laude in 2006 and currently has 25 years experience in the teaching field. Shannon also studied at Argosy and Grand Canyon Universities. She has served as an adjunct instructor at Griffin Technical College for two years while assisting felony probationers obtain their GED diplomas through a joint collaboration between the Department of Corrections and the Department of Education. Shannon is dually licensed as both a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor (CPCS). She is certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and holds a variety of state certifications including: Clinical Certified Alcohol and Drug Addictions Counselor (CCADC), Co-Occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate certification (CCDP-D) Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S) Certified Professional Clinical Supervisor (CPCS) AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Shannon Eller is currently in private practice at 1815 North Expressway, Suite B Griffin, GA. 30223 providing Individual, Couples, Marriage and Family, and Group counseling. Additionally, she is credentialed to provide Continuing Education Contact Hours for counselors seeking Addictions Certification, as well as Marriage & Family and Play Therapy add-on Certifications. She is qualified to provide Supervision for LPC and LMFT licensure, Addictions Certification, and Play Therapy Certification.

Telemental Health for Behavioral Health Professionals

Telemental Health for Behavioral Health Professionals meets the practice standards set by the Georgia Composite Board. This course will prepare clinicians for the use of telemental health practices which include teleconferencing as well as other forms of electronic communication. The course will cover legal, ethical, safety and risk concerns. Additionally, the course will discuss assessment and intervention used in a telemental health environment. Attendees will be informed about technologies for varying clinical tasks.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop knowledge of legal & ethical concerns that arise in telemental health including practicing over state lines & HIPAA & technology
  2. Develop a working knowledge of how assessment and interventions are impacted by the use of telemental health
  3. Develop a working knowledge of safety concerns and risks that may arise through the use of telemental health

Nicole Fuentes, MS, LPC, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, CPCS

Nickie Fuentes, MS, LPC, LMHC, NCC, CCMHC, CPCS is the owner of Modern Tribe counseling in Atlanta, GA. Nickie has been working in the behavioral health community for over 20 years in both direct care and administrative oversight capacities. In her current role, she provides counseling, continuing education, supervision and consultation with a focus on gender, sexual and relationship structure minorities and sex therapy.

8:30am - 12:00pm - 3 Hours

Use of Complementary Interventions in Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

With the effects of opioid crisis in Georgia, more and more people are turning to Medication-Assisted Treatment over traditional programs. Counselors in these programs focus their treatment on harm reduction and stabilization before shifting focus to relapse prevention and recovery skills. Expressive and arts-informed interventions for this population can serve to be useful for addressing differentiation between dependence and addiction, popular treatment goals, and transitioning clients through various stages of change. This program will discuss various interventions and techniques that can be used in the MAT setting, as well as case studies from actual clients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will learn popular treatment goals for MAT clients.
  2. Participants will explore complementary therapies and learn various interventions that can be used in the different stages of change.
  3. Participants will review case studies of clients who have participated in expressive interventions.

Christian Brown, LMSW, CAADC, MATS

Christian Brown is a graduate of Kennesaw State University who has worked in the field of addiction since beginning her social work career. She is a native of Auburn, Alabama but relocated to the Atlanta area after completing her undergraduate degree to attend a clinical graduate program. Christian currently works as a substance abuse counselor in Woodstock, Georgia and executes research in the field of digital art therapy. Her research and writing has been published in Digital Art Therapy: Material, Methods and Applications as well as academic journals.

Rick Garner, PhD

Rick L Garner is Professor of Art Education at Kennesaw State University. His education includes degrees in neuropsychology, art therapy, and art education. His co-authored book chapter Serious Gaming, Virtual, and Immersive Environments in Art Therapy was published recently in his edited book Digital Art Therapy: Material, Methods and Applications.

Empowering Women in Recovery – Addressing Needs Specific to Women in Substance Use Treatment

Women often enter treatment with a history of trauma, abuse, and other unique circumstances which directly influence their substance use and self-image. This seminar will explore therapeutic challenges unique to females and offer experiential interventions for clinicians. Attendees will discuss the importance of instilling hope and empowerment in female clients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Audience will engage in experiential activities aimed at promoting positive self-image, empowerment and growth in females.
  2. Audience will discuss the importance of gender-responsive and strengths-based treatment responses when working with female clients.
  3. Audience will explore SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 51 – Substance Use Treatment: Addressing the Specific Needs of Women.

Jessi Emmett, LPC, CACII, CCS

Jessi Emmett received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from North Georgia College and State University and master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. Ms. Emmett is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Addictions Counselor, Level II and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. She has worked in various roles with the accountability courts of the Northeastern Judicial Circuit since 2007 and currently serves as the Assistant Director for Treatment Services. In this role, Ms. Emmett is responsible for the training and oversight of all clinical staff, provides direction for program operations, implements clinical interventions and develops agency policies and procedures.

Heather Herrington, LPC, CACII, CCS

Heather Herrington earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from North Georgia College and State University and her master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Argosy University. Ms. Herrington is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified Addictions Counselor, Level II and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. Ms. Herrington currently serves as the coordinator for Hall County Drug Court, the largest of the nine accountability court programs in the Northeastern Judicial Circuit. Ms. Herrington is responsible for the daily program operations and oversight of clinical and administrative staff. Ms. Herrington has served in the field of substance use treatment for over a decade and has assisted with training and clinical supervision to numerous clinicians.

Creating a Culture of Safety in Recovery: Shifting the Paradigm.

Current research has made important advances in understanding trauma informed care and cultures that promote strongest recovery outcomes. Recovery happens in safe environment where challenges are understood and progress is recognized and reinforced. This presentation will focus of key elements of healing environment and practical guidelines for creating these cultures.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the current research related to principles of trauma informed care
  2. Describe core components of cultures of healing
  3. Apply best practice, practical guidelines and actions in creating healing cultures and trauma recovery.

Juliet Caceres, Psy.D. Director of Spiritual Care, Timberline Knolls Residential Center

Juliet Cáceres, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 25years of practice. She currently serves at Timberline Knolls as Clinical Director of Spiritual Care leading clinical integration of spirituality as core to the recovery program. Prior to her current role, Dr. Cáceres served the Director of Clinical Operations. She provided leadership and management of the clinical system to ensure the highest quality residential services. Dr. Cáceres earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Her clinical research interest centers on the role of shame in interpersonal dynamics and the integration of spiritualty in therapy and the healing journey.

2:45pm - 6:15pm - 3 Hours

Keeping Georgia Safe: Technology on the Road to Recovery

This training will educate the recipients on the various affordable tools that are available to help clients establish a road to recovery and separate drinking from driving in Georgia.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Ignition Interlock in Georgia
  2. Affordable Portable Alcohol Monitoring options in Georgia
  3. Research supporting Interlocks reduce recidivism rates and change behavior

Jessica Rocker, Judicial Services Liaison, Smart Start, LLC (Alcohol Monitoring), BA History, Minor PreLaw

As the Judicial Services Liaison, Jessica acts as a conduit to foster communication between various agencies to separate drinking from driving and educate stakeholders in new and affordable ways to aid in the path to sobriety. Rocker is a member of the local PTA, the Former Operations Manager for a nonprofit for 7 years, and a former member of Juvenile Justice Fund Coalition Against Child Sex Trafficking.

Bill Wilson, 12 Steps & 12 Traditions, Addiction, Recovery and Attachment Theory

Bill Wilson clearly describes the changes and steps that the recovering addicts and alcoholics have to make in “all personal relationships which bring continuous or recurring trouble” P.52, in 12 &12). Wilson goes on to caution us that the inability to distinguish between what belongs to us and “our own behavior, resentment or selfishness” and the “lack of the ability to accept conditions in others I cannot change” must be recognized in order to achieve true recovery. Attachment theory and the neurosciences provide us with an explanation and description of the underlying forces behind these often perplexing dynamics involved in all personal relationships. This understanding of the dynamics of attachment will help us better help ourselves and our clients navigate these sometimes treacherous and confusing social landscapes.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the different styles of attachment (insecure avoidant, insecure, ambivalent, insecure disorganized & secure attachment) and their relationship to addiction treatment and recovery.
  2. Compare the similarities between Bill Wilson’s description of the importance of relationships in recovery and attachment theory’s description of attachment styles.
  3. Recognize the impact that stress and substance abuse and addiction has on brain functioning, relationships & recovery.

Philip J Flores, PhD, ABPP Private Practice, Atlanta, GA 30328

Philip J. Flores, Ph.D, ABPP is a clinical psychologist who has worked extensively for the past forty years in the area of addictive disorders, addictive treatment and consultation. He is a Fellow of 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, the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and is 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 by Jason Aronson Press, He was also Panel Chair for Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy, A Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP #41) issued by the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services. Dr. Flores is also the lead author on the treatment manual, Group Psychotherapy of Substance Abuse and Addiction. He has also presented numerous workshops nationally and internationally. Dr. Flores and his wife, Lisa Mahon, Ph.D., continue to run several outpatient psychotherapy groups a week in their private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Link Between Teenage PTSD, Substance Abuse and Crime

Traumatic events overwhelm a child or teen’s ability to cope, leaving them feeling as though the world is a dangerous out-of-control place. The event deeply impacts the child’s thoughts of him or herself and the world, although the memory of the event is deeply encoded and different from normal memories. Rather than simply thinking about the event, the child continuously re-experiences the event, and the associated pain and fear of reliving the trauma causes the child to fear the memory as well as the event. PTSD has elements of intrusive thoughts, emotional numbing, social withdrawal and isolation, cognitive changes, and hyper-arousal.

Some of the most common traumatic events that can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder include (but are not limited to): Neglect, Domestic abuse, Physical abuse, Sexual abuse, Emotional abuse, Natural disasters, Threat with a weapon, Violent assaults, such as rape or physical attacks, Car accidents, Senseless acts of violence (such as school shootings), Witnessing another person go through traumatic events, and Diagnosis of life-threatening illnesses. The workshop will dwell into the real causes of PTSD, the aftermath, how teens cope with these events, and the consequences of negative coping mechanisms. Finally, the approaches for treating substance abuse problems in adolescents with PTSD will be explored.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify the causes of childhood and teenage PTSD
  2. Identify the link between Childhood PTSD, substance abuse, and criminal activity among Adolescents
  3. Describe the main approaches for treating substance abuse problems in adolescents with PTSD.

Brandon Dawkins, M.Ed., Ed.S., CADC-II

I am a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor since 2004 and have worked in the field of Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Corrections, and Education for over 30 years. I have worked with adults but specialize with working with adolescents and young adults. I have coached college woman’s basketball, and currently I am a high school Head Boys Basketball Coach, Head Boys Soccer Coach, and Head Girls Soccer Coach. I currently work with children with special needs, as well and those with substance abuse and mental health issues. I currently am the CEO and program director of BMA and Dawkins Behavioral Health Services, which provides services to national programs such as Job Corps and other local and state agencies.

Awards and Scholarship Applications

Organization Award Nomination Form

Jack Furtner Memorial Scholarship Application

Jane Furtner Professional Development Scholarship Application

Individual Award Nomination Form

7th Annual ADACBGA Conference
Embracing and Enhancing Clinical Competencies
June 19-21, 2019
Cobb Galleria Centre
Call for Presentation Proposals
To Submit a Program Proposal:   Complete the requirements below and submit to ADACBGA via email (conference@adacbga.org), mail (PO Box 250449, Atlanta, GA 30325) or fax (770-790-0018). For questions regarding proposals, please email the Kelly Moselle, Executive Director, at Conference@adacbga.org.
Application Requirements (Must be typed):
1.       Your Name and your credentials related to the field of Substance Abuse/Recovery/Counseling
2.      The Name (s) of any co-presenters.
3.      100 words or less biographical sketch for each presenter - if selected, this info is in the Conference Program
4.      50 words or less description of the program - if selected, this description will be the Conference Program
5.      Title of Workshop
6.      A/V Requirements - Each room will be setup with an LCD Projector and Screen.
Flipcharts are not provided by the venue. You must provide your own. ADACBGA will not provide nor pay for flipcharts.
7.       Three learning objectives of the program - for continuing education CE approval
8.      If your program is selected, we will send you a W-9 to complete in order to process payment.
9.      Each workshop should be a minimum 3 hours in length to a maximum of 6 hours.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  November 2, 2018
Please contact us at 770-825-0481 or email at conference@ADACBGA.org with any questions or comments.
Topic Suggestions:
  • Opioid Treatment/Opioid Crisis
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Telemental Health and Ethics
  • Multicultural Competencies
  • Ethics
  • Holistic Care/Holistic Modalities
  • Medically Assisted Treatment
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Evidence-Based Practices
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:  November 2, 2018