Featured Faculty

Group A Faculty

Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC
Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC
Families, Trauma, & Addiction: Insights from Medical Family Therapy and Treatment of Chronic Disease
Sponsored by: Foundry Treatment Center - Steamboat

Throughout the past 35 years, Michael Barnes, PhD, MAC, LPC has served as an addiction professional, program administrator, family therapist, and counselor educator. For the past 3 years, he has served as the Chief Clinical Officer at Foundry Treatment Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Prior to working at Foundry, Dr. Barnes served as the Manager of Residential Services and Clinical Educator at the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) at the University of Colorado Hospital. Prior to that he was on the faculty of the MA Program in Counseling at the University of Colorado in Denver. Dr. Barnes earned his PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy at Florida State University, his M.Ed in Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Pittsburgh, and his BA in Psychology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a Master Addiction Professional (NAADAC), Licensed Professional Counselor (Colorado) and Diplomate in the American Association of Experts in Traumatic Stress. Dr. Barnes speaks nationally on Families Trauma and Addiction, Trauma Integrated Addiction Treatment, and Compassion Fatigue. His publications in books and scholarly journals have focused on secondary trauma and clinical work with traumatized family systems.

Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CAADC, CCDP-D, CCTP
Unspoken Loyalty: Exploring the impact of trauma and substance Use in young adult families
Sponsored by: Recovery Center of America

Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CAADC, CCDP-D, CCTP, is the National Director of Family Services for Recovery Centers of America which has 10 sites across Midwest and the Northeast. She is contracted with Lakeside Global Institute as a trauma trainer and is an adjunct professor at Jefferson University.  Trish is a licensed clinician, marriage and family therapist and is certified in trauma, co-occurring disorders and substance use with over 27 years of experience. She is a frequent speaker at national conferences on the topics of substance use disorders and trauma. Additionally, Trish created the first Young Offenders Treatment program in Delaware County, serving first time offenders with Drug charges. Trish holds her MFT from Drexel University and holds a private practice specializing in substance use, family, ADHD and Trauma.

Todd Connaughty, MA, LPCC, LADC
Demographics, Trends, and Assessment of the LGBTQ+ Population

Todd Connaughty, MA, LPCC, LADC has been employed with PRIDE Institute in various roles since 2006 and in his current role as Director of Clinical Services since 2012. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Addiction Counseling from Metropolitan State University and his Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Mary's University. He is certified to provide supervision to Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors through the Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy of Minnesota.  

Todd is also trained in EMDR therapy.  Todd is passionate about his work with the LGBTQ+ community and strives to help clients create a life in recovery that brings them meaning and purpose. Additionally, Todd enjoys working with alcohol and drug counseling interns and mental health practicum students, assisting new clinicians to become adept in working with the LGBTQ+ community.

Rafael Cortina, LMFT
Failure to Launch and The Unfortunate Connections of Trauma and Addiction

Rafael Cortina, LMFT is a bilingual (English-Spanish) therapist who has worked in Mexico and the United States. He has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families and groups. He has a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Marketing and he is a Certified Gestalt Therapist and a Certified Gestalt Couples Therapist. He is a former Clinical Director at ACI Specialty Benefits, faculty member at the University of Phoenix, San Diego Campus, Lead Faculty member at the Humanistic Institute of Gestalt Psychotherapy in Tijuana, Mexico
 He has experience working with Mood Disorders (Depression and Bipolar), Anxiety Disorders, Addiction, Grief and Loss issues, Dual Diagnosis(Substance abuse and a mental health disorder), Trauma work, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender issues, HIV/AIDS Counseling, Dream work, Couples therapy and Gestalt oriented psychotherapy.

Stephanie Covington, PhD, LCSW
Why Gender Matters: Creating Trauma Services for Women and Men

Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW, is an internationally recognized clinician, organizational consultant, and lecturer. For over thirty-five years her work has focused on the creation of gender-responsive and trauma-informed services. Her extensive experience includes designing women's services at the Betty Ford Center, developing programs for women in criminal justice settings, and being the featured therapist on the Oprah Winfrey Network TV show entitled "Breaking Down the Bars." She has also served as a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna and was selected for the federal Advisory Council on Women's Services. Educated at Columbia University and the Union Institute, Dr. Covington has served on the faculties of the University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and the California School of Professional Psychology. She has published extensively, including ten gender-responsive, trauma-informed treatment curricula. Dr. Covington is based in La Jolla, California, where she is co-director of both the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender and Justice.

John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP
If You Want Your Patients to Get Better…: Nutritional Psychology in Behavioral Healthcare

John Dyben, DHSc, MCAP, CMHP serves as the Chief Clinical Officer for Origins Behavioral Healthcare.  In this capacity he provides both academic and clinical supervisory support to all of Origins' programs.  John's academic background includes a Doctor of Health Science and a Certificate in Nutritional Psychology.  John is an ordained pastor, clinically trained chaplain, and board certified as both a Master Addictions Professional and a Mental Health Professional in the State of Florida.  In addition to his clinical work, John lectures in multiple professional and academic venues on topics related to science, health, spirituality and ethics, and he was an adjunct professor at Palm Beach State College for 12 years.  He brings over 20 years of experience as a therapist, educator and clinical supervisor to this topic.

David Fawcett, PhD, LCSW
David Fawcett, PhD, LCSW
Chasing Intensity: Understanding and Treating the Superstimulating Effects of Co-occurring Drug Use and Sexual Behavior

David Fawcett PhD, LCSW is a social worker and clinical sexologist who has worked in addictions and mental health for over three decades. Since 2000 he has specialized in treating fused drug use and sexual behavior ("chemsex") and has become a leading authority on achieving both chemsex sobriety and integrating healthy sex and intimacy in recovery.  He is the author of Lust, Men, and Meth: A Gay Man's Guide to Sex and Recovery (Healing Path Press 2015) which explores the intersection of gay men, drug use, and high-risk sexual behavior. He is also Vice President for Clinical Programming at Seeking Integrity LLC where he, in collaboration with Dr. Rob Weiss, develops and operates treatment programs for sex and porn addiction and chemsex. Seeking Integrity currently operates a program in Los Angeles. David is highly-regarded trainer and is the producer of the podcast "Sex, Love, and Addiction: Healing Conversations for Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Men" In 2018, David co-produced the award-winning documentary Crystal City which follows the journeys of several men in recovery from chemsex in New York.

Heather Fotion, LMFT, CDWF
Embracing Vulnerability, Cultivating Authenticity: Relapse Prevention through Shame Resilience

Heather Fotion, LMFT, CDWF, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. Heather is a California native, and currently lives in South Orange County with her husband, daughter, and two fur-sons. She has worked in the behavioral health field since 2011 and specializes in working with people struggling with substance use disorders, shame, and perfectionism. Heather has worked in nearly every aspect of substance abuse treatment including: leadership and program management, psychotherapy, case management, and family therapy. She received her Bachelors Degree from the University of California at Berkeley and Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California. Heather wholeheartedly believes in empowering clients to lean into vulnerably showing up as their authentic selves and owning their entire story in order to build resilience.

Brett Furst
Brett Furst, MA, PsyD, LMFT
Adoption and Addiction: The Impact of Biological Parent Relationships on the Severity of Substance Use

Dr. Brett Furst, PsyD, LMFT specializes in treating adoptees that struggle with substance use, and has created some of the first specialized treatment protocols, therapeutic tracks, and unique interventions to better help this under-served population and has used this background in his role as the founder and creator of the PACE Recovery Adoption Treatment Center. Dr. Furst's research in this field has focused on the role that a relationship with one's biological parent(s) has on the severity of substance use, and has brought to light the need for increased treatment expertise in the substance use treatment field. Therapeutically, Dr. Furst comes from a Gestalt and attachment perspective, placing emphasis on the exploration of the authentic self and how inauthenticity and their negative personas contribute to a lack of attachment to others.

Eric Garland, PhD
Healing the Opioid Crisis with Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement: Clinical Efficacy and Biobehavioral Mechanisms

Dr. Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW is Distinguished Endowed Chair in Research, Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the University of Utah College of Social Work, and Director of the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND). Dr. Garland is the developer of an innovative mindfulness-based therapy founded on insights derived from cognitive, affective, and neurobiological science, called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE). As Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator, Dr. Garland has over 175 scientific publications and has received more than $50 million in research grants from the NIH, DOD, and PCORI to conduct translational research on biopsychosocial mechanisms implicated in addiction, emotion dysregulation, and chronic pain, including randomized controlled trials of MORE and other mindfulness-based interventions as treatments for opioid misuse and addiction. To complement his expertise in clinical research, Dr. Garland is a licensed psychotherapist with more than 15 years of clinical experience providing mind-body therapies for persons suffering from addictive behaviors, psychological disorders, and chronic pain. In 2019, he was appointed by NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins to the NIH HEAL Multi-disciplinary Working Group comprised of national experts on pain and addiction research to guide the $1.1 billion HEAL initiative to halt the opioid crisis.

Steven Garnham, MEd, CADC, MAC, CEAP
SAP Qualification and Requalification - Day 1

Steve Garnham, MEd, CADC, MAC, CEAP is the owner of Comprehensive Workplace Training, holds a certification in Pennsylvania as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Master Addiction Counselor, Licensed Employee Assistance Professional, Labor Assistance Professional - Certified, and is a qualified SAP. As a SAP trainer, he has provided trainings for qualification and re-qualification for SAPs since 2005.  He is a former EAP counselor for Amtrak and the USPS as well as previous EAP for the Phila Police Dept. He has presented at the EAPA World conference, LAP National Conference, WCSAD as well as many other locations.

Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD
Brain development and psychiatric disorders and addiction

Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD is President and Medical Director of Silver Hill Hospital, a private non-proft psychiatric hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut. Dr. Gerber is a child and adolescent psychiatrist whose career combines his work as a clinician, scholar, research scientist and executive. He completed his medical and psychiatric training at Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Hospital and Weill Cornell and Columbia medical schools; he completed his PhD in psychology at University College London and the Anna Freud Centre. 
Prior to joining Silver Hill, Dr. Gerber was Director of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, Columbia Medical Center and Medical Director and CEO of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Among his many affiliations, he serves as associate clinical professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and as associate clinical professor at the Child Study Center and Department of Psychiatry, Yale University.

Antoinette Giedzinska
Antoinette Giedzinska, PhD
Improving Successful Outcomes through Implementing Measurement-Based Care

Antoinette Giedzinska, PhD, also known as Dr. Antoinette, received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern California, where her training emphasized behavioral medicine, clinical research, and neuropsychology. She has authored several scientific publications addressing psychological correlates of cancer quality of life, program development, and patient treatment decision-making. Her 13-year career at Sierra Tucson comprises several accomplishments, such as developing psycho-educational curricula for Sierra Tucson's Pain Recovery program, developing and successfully implementing the Applied Neuroscience program into the Sierra Tucson treatment process, restructuring Sierra Tucson's Psychology department so that comprehensive psychological profiling became part of standard care for all admitting patients, pioneering the Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship program, and developing a Measurement-Based Care and Outcomes initiative to evaluate patient progress throughout the treatment trajectory as well as various time-points after discharge. The latter initiative afforded Dr. Antoinette the opportunity to serve as an advisor to the Acadia Corporation as they moved forward with system-wide measurement-based care as well as her partnering with the American Psychiatric Association to author the first publication on measurement-based care.

Don Grant
Don Grant, MA, MFA, DAC, SUDCC IV, PhD
Unplug To Reconnect: How the Digital World Potentially Reinforces Insecure Attachment in Relationships

Dr. Don Grant, MA, MFA, DAC, SUDCC IV, PhD is an internationally award-winning media psychologist, published researcher, and addiction specialist and Director of Outpatient Services for Newport Healthcare.  He is Chairman of both the American Psychological Association (Div. 46) "Device Management & Intelligence" and "Strategic Planning" committees, and President-Elect of APA Division 46 (The Society For Media Psychology & Technology).  Don also designs, presents, and facilitates CEU treatment strategy and educational training workshops on "Healthy Device Management" and "The Practice of Good Digital Citizenship" for treatment centers, clinicians, practitioners, educators, parents, and school communities.

Terra Holbrook
Terra Holbrook, LCSW, CADC, CSAT
Recovery of Self: Discovering identity and Establishing Belief Systems in Recovery

Terra Holbrook, LCSW, CADC, CSAT is an experienced speaker who focuses on trauma, codependency, addictions and the effects of early childhood toxic stress. She founded SeaGlass Intensives and Consulting, where she works with individuals and couples in three-day intensives and offers workshops. She also facilitates first responder workshops. Terra facilitated the Professionals Program at The Bridge to Recovery for many years and has worked as Clinical Director in various treatment centers throughout the country. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been working in the mental health field since 1993. She has spoken at numerous conferences, been featured on NPR and Intervention, written for Counselor Magazine and has been on local T.V. and radio.

Michelle McCorkle, MPH, CJCP
Emergency Preparedness for Behavioral Healthcare Professionals: Lessons Learned from the COVID Pandemic

Michelle McCorkle, MPH, CJCP has over eight years of experience in performance improvement and compliance roles in the healthcare industry, most recently serving as the Chief Compliance Officer for Aloria Health of Milwaukee, LLC. Michelle started working for Aloria Health prior to completion of construction, and she built its policies and procedures, quality assurance program, risk management program, and performance improvement program from the
ground up. Prior to joining the Aloria Health team, Michelle directed compliance activities for ten long term care facilities across three states. As a Certified Joint Commission Professional and Certified Six Sigma Green Belt, she takes a common-sense approach to compliance, utilizing Joint Commission Standards to drive continuing systematic improvement using tools that promote concrete process simplification.

Lee Neagle, LPC
Emergency Preparedness for Behavioral Healthcare Professionals: Lessons Learned from the COVID Pandemic

Lee Neagle, MA, LPC has nearly two decades of experience with mental health treatment on a national scale, developing programs at treatment facilities across the country.   Lee has been responsible for leading several organizations through healthcare  licensing and accreditation. Lee understands the importance of
compliance as a foundation for clinical excellence and has served on the Board of Directors for the Residential Eating Disorder Consortium. Lee also served on the advisory committee for the adoption of eating disorders standards with The Joint Commission. Lee has lectured nationally for the last several years on a wide range of topics including eating disorder awareness/identification, behavioral healthcare compliance, shame, perfectionism, and experiential therapies. He is also a licensed professional counselor in the state of Wisconsin.

Pete Nielsen, MA, LAADC
Pete Nielsen, MA, LAADC
Being "SMART" About Treatment Approaches to Harm Reduction

Pete Nielsen, MA. LAADC is the President & Chief Executive Officer for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), CCAPP Credentialing, CCAPP Education Institute and the Behavioral Health Association of Providers (BHAP). CCAPP is the largest statewide consortium of addiction programs and professionals, and the only one representing all modalities of substance use disorder treatment programs. BHAP is the leading and unifying voice of addiction-focused treatment programs nationally. Mr. Nielsen has worked in the substance use disorders field for 20 years. In addition to association management, he brings to the table experience as an interventionist, family recovery specialist, counselor, administrator, and educator, with positions including campus director, academic dean, and instructor.
Mr. Nielsen is the secretary of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium, and the publisher for Counselor magazine.  He is a nationally known speaker and writer published in numerous industry-specific magazines.  Mr. Nielsen holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.

Barb Nosal, PhD, LMFT, LADC
Unplug To Reconnect: How the Digital World Potentially Reinforces Insecure Attachment in Relationships

Barbara Nosal, PhD, LMFT, LADC, is the Founding Clinical Director of Newport Academy and oversees the clinical and family programs for Newport Healthcare's residential and outpatient treatment programs. Dr. Nosal has worked with adolescents and families in the field of mental health, teenage depression, and addiction treatment for more than 25 years. Her work focuses on deepening family relationships with improved communication by healing early childhood attachment ruptures and relational trauma. As a result, family members feel safe to be vulnerable and authentic with one another with increased respect, trust and accountability.

Cardwell Nuckols, MA, PhD
Missed Opportunities: Prevention and Treatment of Suicide and Self-injurious Behavior

Cardwell C Nuckols, PhD is described as "one of the most influential clinical and spiritual trainers in North America." He has served the behavioral medicine field for over 40 years and for the last 25 years is considered one of the leading experts in the world on addiction and recovery.
Dr. Nuckols is widely published, having authored more than 65 journal articles, 30 books and workbooks, 50 DVDs, CDs and videos, and 25 audiotape series. His latest book is entitled Finding Freedom Through Illumination: Realizing Christ Consciousness. His previous publication is a best seller entitled The Ego-Less SELF: Achieving Peace and Tranquility Beyond All Understanding. Dr. Nuckols' first book Cocaine: Dependency to Recovery is also a trade best seller, as are, his booklets Quitting Heroin, Quitting Alcohol and Quitting Marijuana (Hazelden). He is the author of the book Healing an Angry Heart (HCI) and video Chalk Talk on Drugs with Father Martin (Kelly Productions). Dr. Nuckols' background includes advanced work in such areas as medical research, pharmacology, neurobiology and psychology.

Kelly Olson, PhD
Kelly Olson, PhD
Shifts in Illicit Drug Use Heighten the COVID-19 Health Crisis

Kelly Olson, PhD,  is a neuroscientist, author, and keynote speaker who believes that assessing and addressing disease requires an integrative approach.  Kelly's ability to illuminate the molecular misadventures that lead to disease is what makes her special - proving that a splash of nerdy, with a big dash of passion, goes a long way.  Currently she is the Associate Director of Clinical Affairs.  Here, she focuses much of her attention on mental health with an emphasis on addictions.  She thrives at taking complex information and delivering it to audiences of all sizes and backgrounds in a way that promotes understanding and application of key concepts.  She has lectured all over the world and most recently accepted the positions of keynote speaker for the Chemical Dependency Training Consortium of the Northwest (2019); the annual Evergreen Adolescent Addictions conference (2019); and the American Heart Association Women's Luncheon (2018).  In addition, she has authored/co-authored a number of peer reviewed articles, textbook and book chapters, books, and posters, all aimed at providing understandable and clinically applicable compendium of knowledge to help healthcare practitioners get their clients/patients well faster.
Dr. Olson received her Master of Science in exercise physiology and her PhD in Pharmacology & Therapeutics

James Peck, PsyD
Best Practices in Substance Use Disorder Treatment

James Peck, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist and senior clinical trainer at the UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP). For nearly a decade, Dr. Peck conducted Phase II clinical trials of behavioral and pharmacological interventions for stimulant dependence. Dr. Peck has extensive experience conducting curriculum development, clinical trainings, and clinical supervision on the etiology, assessment, and treatment of substance-related disorders, and on the treatment of individuals with co-occurring substance-related and psychiatric disorders. He currently works at UCLA in a primarily clinical training role, and maintains a busy practice treating individuals with co-occurring disorders.

Jack Perkins, D.Min., LADC, CSAC, CCLC
The Integration of Spirituality and Psychotherapy

Jack Perkins, D.Min., LADC, CSAC, CCLC is the founder of Psuche Education, Counseling & Coaching Services. He has 16 years in the field of substance disorders and mental health, primarily with the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, where he served as the Admissions Director at Rose Rock Recovery Center, a female residential facility for women with co-occurring issues, utilizing the Sanctuary Model. He served as the Executive Director at Clay Crossing, a faith-based co-occurring residential facility for men. In addition, he has done contract work and served as a consultant for MONARCH, a residential facility for women. In his doctoral dissertation/project he integrated spirituality, human development theories and psychotherapy. He is currently compiling a book about his philosophy of counseling, including types of groups and presentations he utilizes in a residential setting for those struggling with co-occurring issues. He developed the Together We Thrive, a K-12 program designed to identify at risk children and develop initiatives to assist them.  He has 30 plus years of professional experience from a broad range of experiences (i.e., workshop presenter, adjunct teaching, substance disorders and trauma specific counseling and training, administration, research, program development, institutional assessment and development, community service, leadership development, reentry/criminal justice, chaplaincy, etc.).

Marc Pimsler, LPC, NCC, MAC, CCS, CET3, CYT
Marc Pimsler, LPC, NCC, MAC, CCS, CET3, CYT
Facilitated Growth: Experiential Activities for Recovery and Wellness

Marc Pimsler, LPC, NCC, MAC, CCS, CET3, CYT is an entrepreneur, published author, sought after experiential trainer, therapist, and coach.  Since 2004 Marc has worked in a variety of counseling and consulting capacities. He is as passionate about being a part of clients' healing, as he is about helping others unlock the power of experiential work to support the change process in individuals and teams.  Marc owns and operates MVP Consulting, a therapeutic consulting firm, where he serves individuals and families in need, specializing in addressing addiction, shame and trauma. Marc is the Clinical Experiential Specialist at Onsite Workshops, a world-renowned emotional health retreat center located in the rolling hills of Tennessee, an hour outside of Nashville. Marc also serves as the executive director of the International Society for Experiential Professionals (ISEP). In 2019, Marc was awarded the Georgia Counselor of the Year by the Georgia Addiction Counselor Association. Marc is licensed as a professional counselor. Marc is passionate about the work of recovery, both his own as well as his clients' and believes that sometimes all we need is a helping hand and a fresh perspective. Marc brings humor, spirituality, and creativity to everything he is involved in.

Carolyn Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS
Stories of our Ancestors: Understanding the impact of culture, race and trauma on Addictions

Carolyn Coker Ross, MD, MPH, CEDS is an author, speaker, expert in the treatment of eating disorders and addictions.  She is the CEO of The Anchor Program™, a non-diet online (telemedicine) program for individuals with binge eating disorder, emotional eating and food addiction.   She is board certified in Preventive Medicine and also in Addiction Medicine and is a graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil's fellowship in Integrative Medicine.  Dr. Ross is an international speaker and consultant on issues of cultural competence, antiracism and diversity in mental health.  Dr. Ross also gave a TEDxPleasantGrove talk on "Historical and Intergenerational Trauma in January, 2020. She is the author of 3 books on eating disorders, the most recent is "The Food Addiction Recovery Workbook."  She is a contributing author to the recently released book: "Treating Black Women with Eating Disorders: A Clinician's Guide."  She is co-founder of the Institute for Antiracism and Equity - a consulting group that works with University counseling centers, treatment centers and other facilities offering mental health care -  training staff and health care professionals - to make culturally competent mental health care more available and accessible to black, indigent and other people of color.

Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, LPC, NCC
Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, LPC, NCC
Addressing Racial Trauma as an Element of Addiction Treatment

Devona Stalnaker-Shofner,EdD, LPC, NCC received her Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University-Atlanta. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia, as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Dr. Stalnaker-Shofner has been in professional practice as a counselor for twenty years, and her experience includes providing individual, group, and marriage and family counseling to clients presenting with treatment concerns such as depression, anxiety, and trauma, as well as substance use, addiction, and recovery. 

Dr. Stalnaker-Shofner has presented at a number of local, state, regional, and national conferences speaking on the topic of counselor wellness, addiction and recovery issues, as well as facilitating workshops in these areas. She has published research in the afore-mentioned areas, including topics such as wellness programs, SBIRT, and ethical considerations.

Dr. Stalnaker-Shofner is an Associate Professor at Antioch University New England, where she also serves as Associate Chair of the department and as the Addictions Concentration/Certificate Coordinator.

Group B Faculty

Les Aria
Feeling Safe Enough to Heal

Les Aria, PhD, a pain psychologist who has been practicing for the past 16 years with Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Northern California, served as the Lead Pain Psychologist for Kaiser Northern California to help redesign the chronic pain workshop curriculum to incorporate modern pain science, mindfulness and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT). Les specializes in treating psychophysiological disorders/persistent pain and medically unexplained problems. He also provides evidence-based treatments to help patients compassionately taper-off their opioids. His passion for mind-body interventions promotes a unique style to help patients relate differently to their suffering, and thereby shift them into pain recovery and wellness.

Michelle Beaudoin, MA, MFA, NCC, LMHC, CASAC, ICAC
Utilizing Clinical Supervision to Combat Compassion Fatigue

Michelle Beaudoin, MA, MFA, NCC, LMHC, CASAC, ICAC began her 20-year career in behavioral health as a substance use disorder counselor in an inpatient treatment facility in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. Progressing through various supervisory levels, she has been able to provide education, tools, and support to multiple direct care professionals working with individuals suffering from substance use disorders to assist them in improving their compassion satisfaction and decreasing their compassion fatigue. 

Michelle is a SAMHSA Women's Addiction Services Leadership Institute graduate, NIATx Change Leader Academy graduate, and was a DSM-V Clinical Field Trial Investigator. She was selected to participate in the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services Special Task Force for the Development of Gender Responsive Treatment Guidelines.

As part of her dedication to combating compassion fatigue in the substance use disorder treatment field, she created a statewide mentorship program for developing women professionals in New York State. 

Maureen Cavanagh, MEd, MPA
Family- Focused Addiction Support Training: Working with Families Impacted by Substance Use Disorder

Maureen Cavanagh, MPA, M.Ed, President of Magnolia New Beginnings; a national nonprofit and peer support group with over 25,000 members, and Magnolia Recovery and Consulting Services, both founded in 2012. She holds a Master's degree in Education and a Master's degree in Public Administration. She is a certified trainer for CCAR's Recovery Coach Academy and Parent Recovery Basics, an interventionist trained in the CFI Method and Arise Method of Intervention as well as trained in CRA/CRAFT Family Therapy, Invitation to Change,  and other behavioral approaches. Maureen is a national public speaker on the parent perspective of addiction and the author of "If You Love Me: A Mother's Journey Through Her Daughter's Addiction and Recovery" published by Henry Holt/Macmillan in 2018. Maureen is the creator the NAADAC approved Family Focused Addiction Support Training (FAST) Program and consults to various healthcare organizations, substance use disorder treatment programs, and corporations on the creation and improvement of family wellness programs for those supporting a person with a substance use disorder. Maureen holds the core belief that addiction is a family disease, and therefore the key to improved care and sustained recovery is supporting and educating the entire family system.

Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT
Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT
You are Not Your Anger: Mindfulness and EMDR Therapy for Anger Management

Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, MFT is a rocker who got sober in the late 80's and then became a sought after clinician, writer and meditation teacher. He became a master EMDR therapist and provider of EMDR Basic Training and Advanced Topics Courses as Senior Faculty with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. He has developed and successfully launched the MET(T)A Protocol, a new design for addictions and mental health agency treatment using Buddhist Mindfulness and EMDR Therapy as the theoretical orientation and primary clinical practice. It is now in use in multiple agencies throughout the country. He has been practicing Buddhist mindfulness for over 30 years (including a one year residency at a Zen monastery), and teaches dharma classes regularly in Los Angeles and other centers internationally. He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers and avidly blogs and podcasts on topics related to mental health, recovery, and mindfulness. He is also the co-author (with Jamie Marich)  of EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care (Springer Publishing). His latest book is Mindfulness for Anger Management: Transformative Skills for Overcoming Anger and Managing Powerful Emotions which is available through Althea Press.

Tiffany Dzioba, PsyD
Tiffany Dzioba, PsyD
Reconceptualizing Relapse Prevention by Addressing Patients’ unique Triggers and Cravings

Tiffany Dzioba, PsyD has spent the last a decade in clinical leadership roles for behavioral healthcare settings, creating, developing, and improving clinical treatment programs in inpatient, residential, and outpatient levels of care. Dr. Dzioba has created an evidence-based clinical curriculum for mental health and addiction treatment programs and developed a spiritually integrated clinical supervision model (SIS Model). She has a specialty in trauma treatment and has assisted many organizations in trauma-informed transformations.

Ross Ellenhorn, PhD, LICSW
Disappointment and the Fear of Hope: From Theory to Research

Ross Ellenhorn, PhD, LICSW is trained as a sociologist, psychotherapist and social worker. He has spent the last two decades helping individuals suffering psychiatric symptoms find the psychological and social means for remaining outside institutional settings. He created the first fully-operating intensive hospital
diversion and wrap-around program in Massachusetts, later creating and leading, one of the first Programs for Assertive Community Treatment teams in the
Commonwealth.

Carmen Finn, MA, LADC, ADCR-MN
Ethical Considerations Using Family-Centered System of Care Approach in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Settings

Carmen Finn MA, LADC, ADCR-MN, "Finn", is the current Clinical Director at Recovering Hope Treatment Center in Mora, Minnesota. She has over nineteen years of experience providing services to families and individuals in the field of behavioral health with a focus in gender-responsive and family-based settings. Finn is licensed as an alcohol and drug counselor in the State of Minnesota and obtained her Master degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Additionally, Finn is a Community Faculty member at Metropolitan State University where she teaches in the Alcohol and Drug Counseling program. She is the co-owner of Minerva Group Consultants which focuses on team-building, training and quality consultation for behavioral health organizations. Finn is also a member of the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH) Ethics Committee, as well as an elected member of the MARRCH Board of Governors.

Evian Gordon, MD, PhD
Tracking Evidence-Based Outcomes and Supporting Addiction Recovery with Digital Technology

Evian Gordon, MD, PhD, is the Executive Chairman and Chief Medical Officer of Total Brain. He established an "Integrative Neuroscience" approach, grounded in the use of standardized methods across multiple types of brain data in a single platform, with over a million databsets. He founded the Brain Resource Company that created the first standardized international database on the human brain (over 300 publications). The database is the asset which shaped Total Brain for mental health, used in over 30 Fortune 500 Companies, by over 750,000 employees.  The first genetics test using this methodology (in 1700 patients) for treatment prediction in Depression, is currently being completed for potential use in clinical practice. He has published over 300 scientific papers and three books.

Michael Groat, MS, PhD
Advancing Treatment of the Suicidal Patient: Integrative Approaches

Michael Groat, PhD, is the Chief Clinical Officer of Silver Hill Hospital, a Yale-affiliated, private, non-profit hospital found in New Canaan, Connecticut. Dr. Groat trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and family systems at the Austen Riggs Center, studied psychoanalysis and mentalizing based treatment at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies, Houston, and was associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine, where he also served as the Director of Adult Services at the Menninger Clinic. He was previously the director of Menninger's Professionals program, and prior to Silver Hill, was the president and CEO of CooperRiis, a residential treatment center in North Carolina.

Jay Gupta, RPH, Yoga Master
Acupuncture, Yoga, and Integrative Therapies for Acute Withdrawal and Sustained Recovery

Jay Gupta, RPH, Yoga Master,  is the Director of Pharmacy and Integrative Health at Harbor Homes in Nashua, NH. He is a medication therapy management consultant and is passionate about drug education, reconciliation and strategies for reducing polypharmacy. His knowledge of the medication space encompasses multiple perspectives, including market research and international marketing of pharmaceuticals.

As the co-founder of YogaCaps, Inc. and RxRelax, he focuses on chronic disease prevention and sustainable lifestyle change in his work with hospitals, clinics and community centers. His transformational CDs and DVDs offer practical guidance and support for those with multiple chronic health conditions. These include: RxRelax for Insomnia, Relaxation Capsules, RxRelax Seated Therapeutic Yoga and Subtle Yoga for Rejuvenation.

Jay Gupta is an invited speaker and workshop presenter at numerous health-related conferences, CME/CE programs and community events across the USA. He serves as the Chief Faculty for a 100-hour therapeutic yoga training for healthcare providers. His work has included projects in Greece, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Russia, Scotland, Switzerland, Thailand and Vietnam.

Mary Harty, MS, LPC
Internet Gaming Disorder: A Guide to Video Game Addiction

Mary-Kate Harty, MS, LPC is a licensed  counselor specializing in adolescent clients. Mary-Kate works as a mental health clinician for Rutgers UBHC School Based Program as well as provides outpatient services through private practice . Mary-Kate is a Licensed Professional Counselor, receiving her master's degree from Monmouth University. She has worked with adolescent clients diagnosed with a range of diagnoses, including mental illness, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. She has been extensively trained in providing DBT and working with individuals in crisis. Mary-Kate has a passion for providing treatment for video game addiction in adolescents and young adults. Mary-Kate has provided treatment for this topic in both school based and outpatient settings. In addition, Mary-Kate has presented trainings for professionals on the topic of video game addiction at several different venues and settings

Sadie Hosley, MA, LPCC, LADC
Ethical Considerations Using Family-Centered System of Care Approach in Substance Use Disorder Treatment Settings

Sadie Hosley, MA, LPCC, LADC is the current Executive Director at Recovering Hope Treatment Center, a family-centered substance use disorder treatment center in Minnesota, with over eleven years of experience providing direct services to those seeking services for substance use and mental health.  A Board Certified Counselor and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Minnesota.

JD Kalmenson
JD Kalmenson
Reconceptualizing Relapse Prevention by Addressing Patients’ unique Triggers and Cravings

JD Kalmenson is the CEO/Founder of Renewal Health Group, a family of addiction treatment centers, and Montare Behavioral Health, a luxury brand of mental health treatment facilities in Southern California. Rabbi Kalmenson is a skilled facilitator, teacher, counselor, and speaker, and his diverse work experience as a chaplain and CEO has informed his multifaceted understanding of effective mental health treatment and long-term sobriety. Kalmenson is a Yale Chabad Scholar, and has provided chaplain services to prisons, local groups, and remote villages throughout the world. Through his outreach and service, Kalmenson witnessed the lethal effects of mental health disorders and chemical dependency, often providing a combination of counseling, guidance, and therapy to the individuals he served. His work inspired his mission to create and develop a world-class behavioral healthcare company, one with the vision of not only providing treatment, but of transforming the landscape of mental health and chemical dependency. Kalmenson is currently working on developing a system of care called the Discovery Model, which will further tailor both treatment and aftercare to each client's unique background and needs.

Andrew Kurtz, LMFT
Trauma Informed Care Approaches for Working with Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

Andrew Kurtz, LMFT, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been a Clinical Specialist with UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs since 2014. Mr. Kurtz has previously served as a program director in community mental health, specializing in optimizing access to integrated services through a same-day assessment center. He has served as the lead contact of a nationally-recognized Trauma-Informed Care implementation that provided staff trainings and program design assistance to improve trauma services, including developing a one-of-a-kind wellness center focused on reducing barriers to accessing care for individuals exposed to traumatic events. Mr. Kurtz has a background in research on cognitive and behavioral interventions for the treatment of first-episode schizophrenia diagnoses.

Adena Lees, MSW, ICADC, BCETS, CP
Ethically Grounded Experiential Interventions for Trauma

Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, LISAC, BCETS, CP, is an internationally recognized speaker, author, trainer and consultant, providing a fresh and important look at addiction treatment, traumatic stress and recovery.She has been providing premier services around the globe for the past 30 years. Her specialty is childhood sexual abuse, in particular, Covert Emotional Incest.

Adena is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor, Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama. She is the author of Covert Emotional Incest: The Hidden Sexual Abuse, A Story of Hope and Healing. Her passion is to utilize action methods in both clinical settings and professional training to optimize laughter while learning.

Chris McDuffie, MSW, MA,CADC-II
Buddhist Psychology: Enhancing DBT, ACT, and MBRP for Relapse Prevention

Chris McDuffie, MSW, MA, CADCII has been practicing recovery counseling for 8 years, a retired HS principal. Teaching Buddhist psychology and how DBT, ACT, and MBRP are each founded upon Buddhist principles, including Mindfulness, Meditation, and how to end suffering and cultivate joy and happiness for those suffering from co-occurring disorders.

Kristina Padilla, MA, IMF, LAADC, ICAADC, CGS
Why do I feel so broken and lost?, Navigating Grief and loss with our clients

Kristina Padilla, MA, IMF, LAADC, ICAADC, CGS is a leader with the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), where she serves as the Vice President of Education and Strategic Development overseeing CCAPP's Education Department. Additionally, she travels throughout California and the nation bringing addiction focused businesses together to promote the profession, increase access to services and improve the quality of AOD service provision through education, business development, and investment in quality programming.  Ms. Padilla has a Bachelor's of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology. Ms. Padilla is a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (LAADC), and an International Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor (ICAADC).

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM
Feeling Safe Enough to Heal

Mel Pohl, MD, DFASAM is a Family Practitioner. He is the Senior Medical Consultant at Landmark Recovery.  Dr. Pohl was a major force in developing LVRC's Chronic Pain Recovery Program. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine,  (ABAM), and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).  Dr. Pohl is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He was elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America® from 2009 to present.
 
Dr. Pohl is the author of multiple books, including bestsellers: The Pain Antidote: The Proven Program to Help You Stop Suffering from Chronic Pain, Avoid Addiction to Painkillers and Reclaim Your Life; A Day Without Pain; Pain Recovery; Pain Recovery for Families, and  among others.

Dianna Sandoval, LPC, LAC, MA
Brainspotting for Trauma Treatment and Resolution

Dianna Sandoval, LPC, LAC, MA is the Executive Clinical Director of AspenRidge Recovery and has more than 30 years of experience in the behavioral health field, focusing on addiction treatment. She has designed, implemented and managed multiple recovery programs in the state of Colorado and Maryland. In addition to developing clinical programs and providing direct clinical services, Dianna is also a leader in providing clinical supervision, team building, and establishing healthy organizational cultures in the behavioral health industry.

Donald Sansom, DO
Donald Sansom, DO
Red, White and Cannabis: Our Emerging National Cannabis Crisis

Donald Sansom, DO serves as Associate Medical Director and the Director of the Addiction Program at Sierra Tucson.  He brings a passion for working with individuals with all forms of substance use disorder and shepherding them along a path of lifelong sobriety and health.  To that end, he is firmly committed to Sierra Tucson's integrated, holistic multidisciplinary approach to helping patients and remains in demand as speaker on multiple topics related to Substance Use Disorders and Co-Occurring Conditions.  His interests lie in neuroscience as it relates to addiction, mindfulness, neuroplasticity, and spirituality. He is most intrigued by how science and spirituality intersect each other in both medicine and in recovery and how policy affects public health.

John Sovec, LMFT
Trauma Based Challenges in LGBTQ Treatment

John Sovec, MA, LMFT is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of creating affirmative support for the LGBTQ community. He is the clinical consultant for The Life Group LA , adjunct faculty at Phillips Graduate Institute and guest lecturer at Alliant University and USC School of Social Work. John is currently a member of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.


John Sovec is the author of multiple publications on providing LGBTQ support, speaks at conferences nationwide, maintains a private practice and provides training for community agencies, treatment centers, schools, non-profits, and professional consultation on LGBTQ competencies.


John is a nationally recognized expert on creating affirmative LGBTQ support with his work featured on The Riki Lake Show, OWN, FOX, The Advocate, Bravo, LA Talk Radio, The Washington Post,  and regular columns for Huffington Post and Good Therapy.

Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, LPC, NCC
Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, LPC, NCC
Addressing Racial Trauma as an Element of Addiction Treatment

Devona Stalnaker-Shofner, EdD, LPC, NCC received her Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University-Atlanta. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the State of Georgia, as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) through the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Dr. Stalnaker-Shofner has been in professional practice as a counselor for twenty years, and her experience includes providing individual, group, and marriage and family counseling to clients presenting with treatment concerns such as depression, anxiety, and trauma, as well as substance use, addiction, and recovery. 

Dr. Stalnaker-Shofner has presented at a number of local, state, regional, and national conferences speaking on the topic of counselor wellness, addiction and recovery issues, as well as facilitating workshops in these areas. She has published research in the afore-mentioned areas, including topics such as wellness programs, SBIRT, and ethical considerations.

Dr. Stalnaker-Shofner is an Associate Professor at Antioch University New England, where she also serves as Associate Chair of the department and as the Addictions Concentration/Certificate Coordinator.

Marsha Stone, JD, LCDC
The Novel Coronavirus: The Impact of COVID in the Substance Abuse Treatment World

Marsha Stone, JD, LCDC, a world-renowned speaker, visionary, and respected leader in the field of addiction recovery serves as the Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of BRC Healthcare. Having previously served as Chief Executive Officer of BRC Recovery, Marsha has been responsible for the growth, development, and founding of each of the BRC Family of Programs which cover the entire continuum and all levels of care. With her leadership, BRC Recovery has expanded its pioneer reputation and lives fully into its purpose of Bringing Real Change to the face of addiction for over 13 years.
Marsha regularly speaks at top industry conferences around the world and frequently appears on various media outlets including A&E Intervention, Dr. Phil, and The Doctors. Marsha integrates her own battle and triumph over addiction into providing the most effective and quality rehabilitative programming possible to those struggling with addictive disorders.
Marsha holds a Juris Doctorate with the distinction of Academic Excellence from North Carolina Central University, a Bachelor of Arts in English from Elizabeth City State University, and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in Texas.

Marcia Tanur, MD
Marcia Tanur, MD
Acupuncture, Yoga, and Integrative Therapies for Acute Withdrawal and Sustained Recovery

Marcia Tanur, MD, has been an inner city, family, health care for the homeless doctor for the last three decades in New England. She has been practicing, street wise - addiction medicine for much of the last 14 years since receiving her X waiver in 2006. Medical acupuncture entered her practice life after a Harvard Med. School training greater than 12 years ago. She has directed a methadone maintenance clinic in Central Mass. Currently, she is the inaugural medical director for the Contingency Management based, Methamphetamine Program called MERIT in Southern NH operated by Harbor Care.

Lesley Tate-Gould, PsyD, SEP PSY25203
Lesley Tate-Gould, PsyD, SEP PSY25203
Somatic Experiencing in a Treatment Setting

Lesley A. Tate-Gould, PsyD, SEP has been practicing clinical psychology for 10 years with practice areas of expertise including chemical and process addiction, eating disorders, trauma and stressor-related disorders and mood disturbances. Dr. Tate-Gould has extensive history working in multiple levels of care including adolescent and adult residential treatment centers specializing in primary substance use disorders and eating disorders and is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Lido Wellness Center, an outpatient Partial Hospitalization Program and Intensive Outpatient Program specializing in mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders and trauma and stressor-related disorders. Dr. Tate-Gould became certified in Somatic Experiencing in 2017 and is currently pursuing advanced certification in Integral Somatic Psychotherapy finding that these modalities are highly complimentary and essential in healing from trauma. Dr. Tate-Gould is currently an active member of the American Psychological Association with research interests in Somatic approaches to Eating Disorders and process addictions. Dr. Tate-Gould established Lido Wellness Center as a Continuing Education provider and has led lectures on Somatic Experiencing (SE), Integrating SE with Eating Disorder treatment and Incorporating SE practices into a treatment environment.

Jennifer Weaver-Breitenbecher, MA, CAGS, LMHC
Treating Cognitive Distortions to Stop the Cycle of Criminality and Substance Use

Jennifer Weaver-Breitenbecher MA, CAGS, LMHC has been practicing psychotherapy for more than 15 years.  As owner of Polaris Counseling & Consulting, LLC, she spends her days split between counseling individuals both pre/post incarceration as well as consulting on general wellness.  With more than 10 years experience providing psychotherapy in local correctional facilities, Ms. Weaver-Breitenbecher now travels as a keynote speaker in the arena of forensic psychotherapy and its applicable therapeutic methods.