Christopher Bennett, CADC-II, CIP has extensive experience in the behavioral health space which began as a front-line, entry-level staff member at a treatment center for complex mental illness and co-occurring disorders in San Diego in 2010. This role shaped not only a passion for helping others but his path into an industry that has changed his life. Since 2012, Chris has founded a behavioral health consulting firm based in San Diego and most recently a treatment center for young adults in Northern Virginia. Chris has spent most of his career building behavioral healthcare organizations and serving in executive leadership roles within them. Chris' most eye-opening and enlightening experiences have come from a variety of mistakes that have shaped his character, outlook and experience. Truly embodying the concept of accepting failure as a gifted opportunity to learn, Chris is able to offer a realistic and vulnerable understanding of vital behavioral health practices, how they integrate into respective businesses, and how to identify and avoid the pitfalls associated with building and growing behavioral healthcare organizations. Chris' passion truly lies within taking concepts to market and working with other entrepreneurs and leaders to ensure their ability to avoid certain situations that could destroy even the best of intentions and execution strategies. Chris strives to continue working with other industry leaders to promote personal growth and professional development through vulnerability, resilience, and our ability to come together in gifted opportunities and successes alike, big and small, to ensure the long-term health and well-being for our industry.
  • A very hopeful, healing and transformative experience!

  • We find the leaders in our field at WCSAD.

  • The best conference in my 30+ years in the field.

  • WCSAD is the only national addiction conference we exhibit at annually because it meets all of our objectives – more awareness, lead generation and networking.

  • A Disneyland of information, empowering us to improve our common goal in the field of addiction disorders.

  • As a first-time exhibitor and sponsor, our team enjoyed maintaining and securing new connections while having fun.

  • Intimate clinically-driven, great conference.

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WCSAD is excited to announce it will host a hybrid event for 2021 - a socially distanced live conference & full virtual option. Expect the same amazing program & speakers we have become known for over the years! Visit for details. #wcsad #behavioralhealth