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Keynote Presenters

John Amodeo, Ph.D., MFT
John Amodeo, Ph.D., MFT

John Amodeo. PhD, MFT, has been a licensed marriage and family therapist for thirty-five years in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the author of Dancing with Fire: A Mindful Way to Loving Relationships. His other books include The Authentic Heart and Love & Betrayal. He is a former writer and contributing editor for Yoga Journal, an adjunct faculty member of Meridian University, and has conducted workshops and lectured at universities internationally on relationships and couples therapy. He has appeared as a featured guest on programs that included CNN, Donahue, and New Dimensions Radio. He is a popular blogger for Psychology Today, with over 1 million total views of his articles.

Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Chris Budnick, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS is Executive Director of Healing Transitions, Adjunct Faculty member of North Carolina State University Department of Social Work since 2002, founding Board Member of Recovery Communities of North Carolina, Inc. (RCNC), a recovery community’s organization. He also serves on North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program Board and Recovery Africa Board and the city of Raleigh Substance Abuse Commission. Chris became a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in 1998. He graduated from East Carolina University in 2000 with a Master of Social Work. Chris has been fully licensed as a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist since 2001; a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2002; and a Clinical Certified Supervisor since 2003. Chris Budnick is a native of Rhode Island, graduating from University of Rhode Island. Chris began his personal recovery in 1990 and began working in the addiction and recovery field in 1993. Chris moved to North Carolina in 1994 and began an internship with Healing Transitions International in 1999 and had been employed with them since 2000.

Since 2004 she has been working in diverse clinical settings including inpatient and outpatient dual-diagnosis treatment centers for alcoholics, addicts, and their family members; a public school system working with children and their families; a counseling center devoted to low-cost therapy where she conducted individual, couples, and family therapy as well as group therapy for men and women mandated for domestic violence issues.

Rebecca Cooper, LMFT, LPCC, CEDS
Rebecca Cooper, LMFT, LPCC, CEDS

Rebecca Cooper is an International Speaker whose mission is to create awareness of disordered eating in all forms. She regularly appears on television, webcasts, professional conferences and radio. Ms. Cooper created the first transitional living residence for eating disorders, Rebecca's House Eating Disorder Treatment Programs in Orange County, CA. She is the Founder of Rebecca’s Eating Disorder Foundation (501c.3) that raises funds to provide eating disorder treatment scholarships to people who cannot afford treatment.

Ms. Cooper is a Licensed California Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC), and holds a World Certificate for Psychotherapy. She is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist (CEDS), and is an iaedp approved Supervisor. She authored the book, Diets Don’t Work®, CDs, DVDs, Eating Disorder Workbooks, and numerous published articles. Her eating disorder program is used internationally at treatment centers and by therapists.

Rebecca Cooper received her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 1997. She has been a public speaker since 2003. In October 2004, Rebecca was honored as the Rising Star in Business by WomanSage©, an event sponsored by the University of California at Irvine Medical Center. She was nominated for Orange County Business Journal’s Women in Business Award for 2009. In May 2013, Rebecca was awarded the 2013 Distinguished Alumni at Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA.

Gary Fisher
Gary Fisher

Gary Fisher is the Executive Director of the Cirque Lodge. The Cirque Lodge consists of two facilities, the 50-bed Studio and its flagship 16-bed Lodge located in the picturesque mountain setting of Sundance, Utah. The Lodge combines traditional cognitive therapies with a daily experiential session. They have an educated and experienced staff and the facilities reside in what is arguably one of the most magnificent and spiritual settings in treatment today. Gary has been the Director of the Lodge since 2000. His knowledge of 12-step programs combined with his management and marketing experience has been instrumental in the success of the facility.

In a relatively short time span the Lodge gained a national following as one of the finest experiences available in residential addiction treatment. Gary has been involved in the behavioral health field for the past twenty-six years. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Utah Council for Crime Prevention, the Board of Directors for the Recovery Management Alliance, and the Board of Directors for the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers. He served as the past chair of the NAATP Membership Committee and the past chair for NAATP Leadership Convention. He also serves as the President of the Cirque Lodge Foundation. The Foundation provides patient aid for clients who lack resources to secure care.

Gary has worked tirelessly in our industry to weave the threads of collegial nature between facilities, always giving of his time, energy, and experience to help those organizations and individuals in need. He is a recipient of the Promises Foundation award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Recovery. He has been in recovery from his addiction to drugs and alcohol for the past 30 years.

Dan Griffin, MA
Dan Griffin, M.A.

Dan Griffin has worked in the mental health and addictions field for over two decades. In early 2010, he started a consulting, training, and speaking business, Griffin Recovery Enterprises. He served as the state drug court coordinator for the Minnesota Drug Court Initiative, from 2002 to 2010, and was also the judicial branch’s expert on addiction and recovery. Griffin was awarded Hazelden’s first training fellowship for addiction counseling in 1998. He has worked in a variety of areas in the addictions field: research, case management, public advocacy, drug courts, teaching, and counseling. He has been a faculty and consultant for numerous state and federal organizations. He is recognized internationally as an expert on males and trauma. In the fall of 2015, Griffin was honored to be named as a senior fellow at The Meadows.

Griffin’s newest book, A Man's Way through Relationships, is the first trauma-informed book written to help men create healthy relationships while navigating the challenges of internalizing the "Man Rules." Griffin’s is also the author, A Man’s Way through the Twelve Steps, is the first trauma-informed book to take a holistic look at men’s sobriety. He also co-authored Helping Men Recover, the first comprehensive gender-responsive and trauma-informed curriculum for men. Griffin’s graduate work was centered on the social construction of masculinity in the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous. In 2012, Griffin was one of a few national experts invited by SAMHSA to help build a consensus definition of the terms “trauma” and “trauma-informed.”

Griffin was a founding member of Faces and Voices of Recovery and served as a Minnesota delegate at the first National Recovery Summit in St. Paul in 2001. He served on SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month Committee for over ten years. In 2004, Griffin was one of 100 experts invited from around the country to create a consensus definition of recovery from addiction for SAMHSA. Griffin helped to start the first recovery advocacy organization in Minnesota, RecoveryWorks, in 2001.

Harry Haroutunian, M.D.
Harry Haroutunian, M.D.

Harry L. Haroutunian MD, known by all his patients as “Dr. Harry,” is an internationally known speaker on the topics of Addictive Disease and its treatment. Dr. Harry has developed the “Recovery 101” lecture series on topics of Addiction Medicine, Recovery Issues, Communication Skills and Relapse Prevention. Dr. Haroutunian is a physician, educator and internationally known lecturer and entrepreneur. He is the author of “BEING SOBER” and co-author of “HIJACKING THE BRAIN".

Dr. Haroutunian serves as Physician Director at the Betty Ford Foundation where he has contributed to the development of programs that include: Extended Care Program; Family Program; Licensed Professional Program and Clinical Diagnostic Evaluation Program; Residential Day Treatment and Business Development. He participated with the merger of Betty Ford Center and Hazelden: “Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation” with the transition team and continues to be a valued member of the team.

He practiced medicine in Vermont for more than thirty years and is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and Board Certified in Family Medicine. He is a regular contributor to WebMD, answering many questions from families and individuals with inquires about addiction.

He serves on many committees devoted to Physician Health and Recovery, including the Pharmacy and Therapeutic and Medical Education Committees. Dr. Haroutunian is also on several advisory boards: (ABA) Substance Use Advisory Board for Attorney’s; (SAB) North Venture Partner Scientific Advisory Board; California Nurses Educational Institute Advisory Board; (CPPH) California Public Protection & Physician Health, Inc. and (SAAC) Substance Abuse Advisory Committee.

Tom Horvath, Ph.D.
Tom Horvath, Ph.D.

Tom Horvath, Ph.D., is California licensed psychologist (PSY7732) and a board certified clinical psychologist by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is the founder and owner of Practical Recovery, a self-empowering addiction treatment system in San Diego. Practical Recovery consists of four facilities (two six bed rehabs in University City, a seven bed sober living home in Carmel Valley, and outpatient services in La Jolla).

He has been the long-standing volunteer president of SMART Recovery, an international non-profit providing free, science-based, self-empowering mutual help groups for abstaining from any addiction.

He is a past president of the American Psychological Association’s Society on Addiction Psychology (Division 50), the world’s largest organization of addiction psychologists, and past president and fellow of the San Diego Psychological Association. He is adjunct faculty at Alliant International University, and previously adjunct faculty at the University of San Diego.

He is the author of Sex, Drugs, Gambling & Chocolate: A Workbook for Overcoming Addictions (listed by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies as a “Self-Help Book of Merit”). Dr. Horvath’s publications, media interviews, and presentations are helping to change how individuals, professionals, and societies understand addictive behavior.

Tom McCall
Tom M.

Tom M (no photo) long time member 48 years, past member of the board of trustees and world board of Narcotics Anonymous, active member of NA worldwide fellowship development. Tom has been an actual participant in the early days (1968 to present) of the evolution of addiction treatment, having seen its development from the first drug treatment center such as Synanon, Daytop and Phoenix house to today's world wide treatment approaches. Tom travels extensively around the world visiting countries such as Iran, Russia, Europe the Middle East, Africa, India, Nepal and numerous Asian countries in support of the growing Narcotics Anonymous fellowship.

M. David "Mick" Meagher, J.D.
M. David "Mick" Meagher, J.D.

I am a lawyer with over 20 years experience, and an addiction treatment professional with over 40 years of experience working in the addiction field. I started in addiction treatment in 1975 as a counselor at the Alcohol Rehabilitation Unit at the Navy Hospital at Camp Pendleton. While there, I trained several times at the Johnson Institute in Minneapolis. After 12 years of experience, and over 2000 interventions, I wrote Beginning of a Miracle: How to Intervene with the Addicted or Alcoholic Person (Health Communications, Inc. 1987).

I have owned and operated an outpatient center. I worked as a counselor and Intervention specialist in several treatment centers. Using my undergraduate degree in business, I have restructured 8 for profit and non-profit programs that ranged from a 20 bed hospital unit to a78 bed free standing center. In addition, I have consulted with numerous start-up programs.

In my practice I provide an average of 10 Mandatory Continuing Legal Education programs (MCLE) for lawyers annually. I provide legal services to multiple mental health providers, addiction treatment centers and providers, addressing legal and regulatory compliance, development of Policies and Procedures, as well as numerous other matters.

Boyd Pickard
Pete Nielsen, LAADC

Pete Nielsen is the Chief Executive Officer for the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP), CCAPP Credentialing, and CCAPP Educational Institute. Mr. Nielsen previously held the position of Deputy Director for CCAPP and Interim Executive Director for the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (CAADAC). In addition to his solid background in association management, he also has a diverse background in education and treatment. He is a nationally known speaker and writer who has been published in numerous industry specific magazines. He is on the editorial board for Counselor magazine. He has worked in education as a campus director, academic dean, and an instructor. He has worked in the substance use disorders field for nineteen years as an interventionist, family recovery specialist, counselor, and administrator.

Boyd Pickard
Boyd Pickard

Boyd Pickard is a Research Assistant at the Illinois Addictions Studies Archives, Normal, Illinois.

Thom Rutledge, LCSW
Thom Rutledge, LCSW

Thom Rutledge, LCSW, psychotherapist, author and speaker has experienced both sides of the therapeutic relationship -- as clinician and as client. He blends his personal recovery from depression, addiction and excessive self-criticism with 30 years of professional experience to guide his clients, readers, and audiences from self-judgment and perfectionism toward genuine self-compassion. Thom's trademark sense of humor, a down-to-earth practicality, and his own compassion are the common threads that run throughout his unique brand of self-help psychology. (INTRApersonal Therapy)

The author of several books, Thom also writes regularly for self-help/recovery publications around the country, including Steps for Recovery (Los Angeles), The Phoenix (Minneapolis) and Recovery Today (national). Currently his monthy column, Nutshell Wisdom, is included with each edition of Serene Scene Magazine. His articles have also appeared in The Nashville Tennessean, The Indianapolis Star, The Chicago Tribune and The Philapdelphia Inquirer.

Thom is a frequent guest on talk radio shows from coast to coast and he has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, The Fox Network, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Australia's Channel 10 and he has consulted with The Dr. Phil Show. For more information about Thom and his work, visit

Tom McCall
Carol Teitelbaum, MFT

Carol Teitelbaum, MFT a licensed Therapist since 1985. Carol is also Co-Chair of Prevent Child Abuse, Riverside County, It Happens to Boys Project, President of CAMFT, Desert Chapter As well as Trauma Response Coordinator for California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Desert Chapter. Carol has been a Conference Speaker for many years and now has combined her talents for bringing people together to organize great conferences in California.


Workshop Presenters

Kerri Abernathy, LMFT
Kerri Abernathy, LMFT

Kerri Abernathy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked in addiction treatment and mental health for many years. She is a strong believer in family systems theory, and has significant experience working with individuals who are struggling with addiction and co-occurring disorders. In addition, Kerri’s direct and lively approach has helped her to engage couples and families endeavoring to find conflict resolution.

Sulabha (Su) Abhyankar, LCSW
Sulabha (Su) Abhyankar, LCSW
Sulabha (Su) Abhyankar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 27 years of experience working with trauma, addictions and relationship issues. She is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitizing and Reprocessing), Psychodrama, and Sand Tray Therapy.

Su utilizes Breath Work, Guided Imagery and Visualization techniques in her work to build inner strength to face life’s challenges. She was born and raised in Mumbai, India and received her Master’s degree from the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Bombay University in 1987. She has worked at a domestic violence shelter, in a psychiatric hospital with chronic mental illness, at several substance abuse treatment facilities and in private practice. She believes her exposure to eastern philosophy and western clinical training provides her a unique perspective.

Allen Berger, Ph.D.
Allen Berger, Ph.D.
Dr. Berger is the clinical director of The Institute for Optimal Recovery and Emotional Sobriety.

A popular recovery author and public speaker, he is an internationally recognized expert in the science of recovery. He is author of 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery, 12 Smart Things to do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone, 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends, and 12 More Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery, all published by Hazelden.

Dr. Berger is widely recognized for his work in server areas of recovery that include: • integrating modern psychotherapy with the Twelve Steps • developing emotional sobriety • helping families adjust to recovery • helping new patients understand the benefits of group therapy and how to get the most out of it. Dr. Berger is in private practice in Southern California. You can learn more about Dr. Berger and his work at

Eyglo Bjarnadottir, M.Div.
Eyglo Bjarnadottir, M.Div.

In a career that now spans two decades and multiple countries, Rev. Eyglo has a long and dedicated history of helping individuals recover from the disease of addiction. Born and raised in a small fishing village in Iceland, Eyglo studied theology and earned her degree from the University of Iceland in Reykjavik before going on to counsel heroin addicts in Denmark. After immigrating to the US in 2002, Eyglo joined the staff of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, where she has worked tirelessly as a spiritual care counselor for the past thirteen years.

In all of her work, Eyglo demonstrates a level of commitment to patient care that makes her a role model to peers, and a level of enthusiasm for recovery that makes her an inspiration to patients. With deep compassion, empathy, and understanding, Eyglo is able to draw upon her vast life experience and unique global perspective to deliver patient care that is simultaneously individualized in scope and universal in applicability. 

In her daily work at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Eyglo provides individualized and group spiritual counseling for Health Care Professionals, a challenging population with an often complex clinical presentation that Eyglo is able to navigate with visible skill and expertise.

She is an ECLA ordained minister and a member of the steering committee for SCATP. Eyglo is married and has five children and nine grandchildren.

Greg Bohall, Psy.D.
back to top Greg Bohall, Psy.D.

Dr. Bohall is currently a psychological assistant for CHE Services; in this capacity he provides psychotherapy and psychological assessment services to acute patients in psychiatric skilled nursing facilities. He also serves as a clinical forensic psychological consultant for numerous organizations throughout the greater Los Angeles area where he writes grants for funding opportunities, develops programs for a variety of clinical and forensic populations, provides staff clinical training, and develops research. Dr. Bohall is nationally recognized as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (C.R.C.) through the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), and as a Master Addiction Counselor (MAC) through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC). He also holds a state certification as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor-II (CADC-II) through the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP).

Dr. Bohall has primarily been involved in the field of forensic psychology as he has provided psychotherapy and assessment to a variety of criminal justice clients in the outpatient, inpatient, and correctional settings. He has also completed drug treatment court assessments and made recommendations on client eligibility and appropriateness to participate in the drug treatment court process.

Dr. Bohall received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Seton Hill University. He earned his Masters of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Bohall earned a PsyD in clinical forensic psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He has published work on treatment considerations on intimate partner violence among military personnel in the journal Aggression and Violent Behavior. His current research interests include psychological assessments utilized in forensic assessments, efficacy and processes of drug treatment courts, malingering, intimate partner violence, and the underreporting of drug facilitated sexual assaults

Jean Campbell, LCSW, TEP
Jean Campbell, LCSW, TEP

Jean Campbell, LCSW, TEP is a Board Certified Trainer and Practitioner of Psychodrama and Sociometry, a Trainer and Practitioner of Psychodramatic Bodywork® and a nationally known expert in psychodrama, trauma resolution, addiction/codependency recovery and somatic psychotherapy. As Director of the Action Institute of California, Director of Moonlight Workshops and a partner in Action Intervention Training™, she provides personal growth workshops for individuals, couples and families, and facilitates training and personal growth workshops for professionals. Jean is committed to creating safe spaces to heal and to using action to effect change on a mind, body and spiritual level.

Mary Crocker Cook, D.Min., LMFT, LPCC, LAADC, CADCII
back to top Mary Crocker Cook, D.Min., LMFT, LPCC, LAADC, CADCII
Mary Crocker Cook, D.Min., LMFT, LPCC, LAADC, CADCII developed and is the Program Coordinator for the San Jose City College Alcohol and Drug Studies Program and offers the masters level LAADC program online. She is Co-owner of Connections Counseling Associates, and offers on-line continuing education to professionals through

She has been working in alcohol and drug treatment for over 25 years, and is the author of "Awakening Hope. A Developmental, Behavioral, Biological Approach to Codependency Treatment," "Afraid to Let Go. For Parents of Adult Addicts," and “Codependency and Men,” which can be found at She provides training both nationally and internationally on addiction and codependency.

Stephen Dansiger, Psy.D., LMFT
presentation back to top Stephen Dansiger, Psy.D., LMFT
Steve holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. Steve is the Clinical Director of Refuge Recovery Centers, which he helped to establish along with Noah Levine. Steve is responsible for direction of the program that includes Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention infused with Attachment Theory, Somatic Experiencing, Psychodrama, Yoga, education in core Buddhist teachings and several other group and individual modalities.

As an EMDRIA Approved Consultant, Steve is infusing the clinical atmosphere at Refuge Recovery Centers with the spirit and the practice of EMDR therapy. Local universities have designated Refuge Recovery a training site for their graduate students, and a culture of training therapists at the trainee level and the licensed level in mindfulness, dharma and EMDR therapy has made Refuge Recovery a leader in trauma-informed mindfulness based addictions recovery. Besides training all Refuge Recovery clinicians in EMDR, he has formulated a 12 class and retreat program called Clinical Dharma, designed to improve clinician self-care and care of others through training in the 4 Noble Truths and the 8 Fold Path of the Buddha.

He maintains a private practice focusing on addiction, PTSD, anxiety, depression and Complex PTSD. He also sees individuals, runs groups and supervises clinicians at Camden Center and Pax House. Steve has continued his creative activities that began as a punk rock drummer at the age of 16, now working as a consultant for television and film on psychology issues. He has been a regular guest on Marc Maron’s 100 million download WTF podcast, and is currently beginning production of his own show. For more, go to

Rob DeClark, MSW
presentation back to top Rob DeClark, MSW
Rob has completed his Masters degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Rob’s undergrad and work experience took place in Kamloops, BC. Previous work experience includes work in the areas of addiction treatment, outreach worker and as a youth addiction outpatient counsellor, as well as working with Cedars since 2006. At Cedars Rob’s duties include overseeing the Inpatient Treatment, Discovery and Continuing Care Program as well as lecturing and ensuring Cedars remains committed to developing individualized treatment plans. Rob also specializes in counselling with athletes and is an assistant coach with the Cowichan Valley Capitals (BCHL). Rob works with the players in the area of Mental Performance and supports all members of the organization. In 2015, Rob co-created the BCHL’s Talk Today Program.

Carrie DeJong, Registered Clinical Counselor
presentation back to top Carrie DeJong, MC, RCC
Carrie DeJong is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 18 years experience in the fields of addiction and trauma. She developed her clinical skills in trauma treatment programs, a residential addiction treatment program, and private practice. Carrie has extensively studied and trained in therapeutic approaches that utilize the fields of neurobiology and psychophysiology in the treatment of trauma-related symptoms. She has a passion for identifying and exploring the life issues that created the dysregulation which contributes to addiction. Her expertise is in helping clients and clinicians understand the impacts of past trauma as well as learning tools for emotional, physical, and behavioural regulation.

Jennifer Golick, LMFT
presentation back to top Jennifer Golick, Ph.D., LMFT
Jennifer Golick, Psychologist and Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, is the Clinical Director at Muir Wood Adolescent and Family Services. Jennifer has over 16 years of clinical experience in a variety of outpatient and residential treatment facilities treating severe mental illness, chronic pain and addiction. Jennifer's clinical specialties include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment Theory, Motivational Interviewing and family systems models focusing on helping individuals and families identify problematic patterns of thinking in order to affect systemic change. Jennifer has co-authored several published articles and has been a clinical consultant for an episode of This Week with George Stephanopoulos as well as with the BBC Health Documentary Department. She has been a featured keynote speaker on adolescent addiction and treatment in professional and academic settings, both locally and internationally.

Jeff Jones, LPC, CACIII
presentation back to top Paul Hokemeyer, J.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Hokemeyer is an internationally recognized expert on treating the clinical issues that arise at the intersection of wealth, power, celebrity and behavioral health. His research has been peer reviewed and published by Lambert Academic Press and The Journal of Wealth Management. He is frequently quoted in a host of media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, WebMD, The Johns Hopkins News Letter, The Robb Report, Private Wealth, Market Watch Self, Women's and Men's Health, London's Daily Mail and others. Dr. Hokemeyer serves on the panel of experts for the Dr. Oz Show and is a Fox News analyst. He appears regularly as an expert on a number of national news outlets including The Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, Fox News, CNN, and Al Jazeera America. In addition to holding a doctorate in psychology (PhD), he holds a doctorate in law (J.D.) and worked as a corporate attorney prior to becoming a psychotherapist. Dr. Hokemeyer served on the board of directors for the New York Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, is a clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and received his certification as a clinical trauma professional.

Jeff Jones, LPC, CACIII
presentation back to top Jeff Jones, LPC, CACIII
Industry Innovator in the addiction world, Jeff has expanded the context of addiction and created a 3 phase program that empowers families to safeguard their loved one in an addictive cycle or recovery, while they engage in a process to stop the addiction cycle in this generation. It is learning the 3 linear phases and integrating them into interactions, which takes repetition but over time increases resiliency and allows for addiction in the family to be an opportunity for transformation for the whole family. Being a therapist, addiction counselor, and interventionist conscious of the challenges and gaps in longterm healing, inspired forward thinking and curiosity about collaborative approaches to expand the context of recovery and the potential for relationships that healthy family members heal into the future. Jeff is the creator of The Family Recovery Solution™ (TFRS).

Herb Kaighan, BA
back to top Herb Kaighan, BA
BA from Immaculate Heart College – 1969 Completed the three year training program for Spiritual Directors at Mt. St. Mary’s College (Los Angeles) in 1990 and has an active practice. Principal in Employee Benefits Consulting for William Mercer - 1968 to 1989 Senior Vice President in Employee Benefits Consulting for AON Corporation - 1989 to 2006 Adjunct professor at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California teaching a two unit full semester course on Twelve-Step Spirituality to their theologians.

Herb has authored: “Twelve-Step Guide to Using the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book.”(2004), “Twelve Steps To Spiritual Awakening; Enlightenment for Everyone ”(2010), and conducts workshops on a variety of topics in LMU’s Los Angeles Center for Spirituality.

Herb Kaighan, BA
back to top Sara Kurtz, LMFT
Sara Kurtz, LMFT has served in roles as a Counselor and Clinical Coordinator in residential programs at Social Model Recovery Systems since 2011 where she has provided direct care, clinical oversite, coordination of client-led diversity events, and program development for individuals with co-occurring disorders. Currently, she is working in conjunction with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health to create a program at SMRS's Omni Center that will provide court-supervised, adult residential treatment services to criminal defendants experiencing both mental illness and substance disorders. Sara received a MA in Cross Cultural Studies from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies and a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller School of Psychology in 2008 and 2010 respectively. Along with her education and employment at Social Model Recovery Systems, Sara's 15 years of experience in human service and social advocacy settings have been foundational to her commitment to treatment modalities which foster holistic wellness and inclusive communities of mutual support and collaboration.

Kathleen Murphy, MA, LPC
back to top Kathleen Murphy, MA, LPC
Kathleen Murphy, M.A., LPC Breathe Life Healing Center’s founding Clinical Director, possesses a world of knowledge and a depth of experience. She is known for being a conversationalist who generates interpersonal dialogues that contribute to the meaningful treatment of relational and developmental trauma. Her path was paved by earning her BA in Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Texas, Austin followed by her MA in Counseling at Saint Edward’s University.

Kathleen’s career is founded on almost 30 years of experience working with people with substance abuse issues complicated by relational trauma. Kathleen has made use of didactics, psycho-education, lectures and experiential group processes that are heavily influenced by attachment theory and psychodramatic techniques to assist clients in reframing and reclaiming the self as a being in relationship.

She is a Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, trained by Janina Fischer, PhD, in addition to extensive training in Interpersonal Neurobiology. She is an Experiential Group Therapist whose training includes treatment of trauma and addiction, Sensorimotor and Hakomi Body Centered Psychotherapy, Psychodrama with Dr. Tian Dayton, as well as EMDR Level 2. She has received supervision in relational trauma and therapeutic strategy from Pia Mellody, Claudia Black, and Maureen Canning while working in the treatment of substance abuse, codependency, and sex and love addictions at The Meadows.

Kathleen helped design and develop the Breakthrough Program at Caron (PA) where, to date, over 40,000 adults have overcome old thoughts and behaviors that present roadblocks to developing healthy relationships and emotional regulation and stability. Kathleen has also taken her experience and training to create and conduct workshops and lecture series with internationally renowned organizations. Her workshops often focus on using mindfulness, unity, and action methods to facilitate the felt experience of compassionate presence. She has a love for Zen Buddhism and all the wisdom traditions, while she enjoys mental gymnastics such as poetry and philosophical discourse she has also been known to use puppetry to create short rock operas to illustrate the dynamics of love addiction.

Margaret Nagib, Ph.D.
back to top Margaret Nagib, Ph.D.
Dr. Nagib is a clinical psychologist specializing in co-occurring addictions and eating disorders, Christian counseling, inner healing and treating trauma, addiction, self-injury and mood disorders. For 18 years, she has provided individual, family and group therapy. Today, as a key faculty member of Timberline Knolls’ Clinical Development Institute, she travels throughout the country providing clinical training and presentations to professionals. Every year, Dr Nagib offers more than 50 presentations at national and regional conferences, and contributes to awareness and early intervention through media interviews and blog contributions.

Robert Navarra, Psy.D., MFT, MAC
back to top Robert Navarra, Psy.D., MFT, MAC
Robert Navarra, PsyD., MFT, MAC, R.T.P Certificate, is a clinician and researcher specializing in treating couples recovering from addiction. He is a Certified Gottman Therapist and Research Scientist at Dr. John Gottman’s Relationship Research Institute in Seattle where he is collaborating with Drs. John & Julie Gottman in research on a relational approach to recovery. Additionally he is a Research Associate at Mental Research Institute, Palo Alto, California where he developed a theory of couple recovery. His work has been published in Addiction Treatment Quarterly and has presented at national conferences and has trained therapists and counselors in treating couples in recovery. Dr. Navarra teaches addiction classes at Santa Clara University.

David Ripley, CADC II
presentation back to top David Ripley, CADC II
David Ripley is a certified Addiction Counselor, holding Master of Arts in both Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as Jungian Archetypal Studies. He has worked in mental health and addiction treatment for over ten years. David is most inspired by archetypal psychology, holding fast to the belief that most breakdowns and the negative coping strategies that often accompany them result from losing touch with one’s imagination. David is an expert at finding creative solutions.

Bill Ryan, CLC, CIP, CATC
back to top Bill Ryan, CLC, CIP, CATC
Bill Ryan has been involved in the field of chemical dependence both profession-ally and personally for over 30 years. Bill is a Registered Addiction Specialist (RAS), a Board Registered Interventionist (BRI) and a Certified Life Coach (CLC). He is a member of the American Counseling Association (ACA), and a full member of the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS).

Bill serves on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Recovery which focuses on viable solutions to treat this chronic disease by providing services to affected individuals, their families, and their friend's and is a Board of Advisor for the Merritt Center a non-profit dedicated to individual and group renewal and empowerment.

Since 1977, when Billy (as his friends and family call him) began his own personal healing he has helped carry the message of recovery to countless people around the world through public speaking, seminars, and workshops, and written publications. He facilitates interventions worldwide, coordinates' clients’ recovery treatment, and provides post treatment monitoring services.

David Sack
presentation back to top Dr. David Sack
David Sack, MD, currently serves as Chief Medical Officer of Elements Behavioral Health. After receiving his medical degree from Rush Medical College, he completed his residency in Psychiatry at the UCLA-Neuropsychiatric Institute. He served as a senior clinical scientist at NIMH where his research interests included affective disorders, seasonal and circadian rhythms and neuroendocrinology. As Senior Vice President for Clinical Research for Comprehensive Neurosciences his research included investigations in alcohol dependency, opiate detoxification, schizophrenia, depression, insomnia, and cognitive disorders.

Dr. Sack is board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. In addition to his academic interests, Dr. Sack has designed programs for ambulatory detoxification within general medical settings, substance abuse treatment of adjudicated youth and adults, and specialized treatment programs for dually-diagnosed clients.

A sought-after media expert, Dr. Sack has appeared on Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, The Early Show, E! News, The Doctors, and many other outlets. He has also been interviewed and quoted by the major print media, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and Time Magazine.

Mike Schaub
back to top Mike Schaub
Mike Schaub has worked with Social Model Recovery Systems for over 20 years. He is currently the Senior Director of Community Relations and responsible for national, regional, and local community marketing for 12 treatment programs of the Agency. Mike’s responsibilities also include Brand Management and Internal Comprehensive Training. With over 30 years of creative positive and exceptional customer experiences, Mike combines personal stories and humor to make learning feel like we are just having fun.

Tammy Shelton, MFT
back to top Tammy Shelton, MFT
Tammy M. Shelton, M.A., LMFT, LPCC, Certified Gottman Therapist, Certified EMDR Therapist and Founder of Transforming Couples, Tustin, California. Graduated from Pepperdine University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Teaches the Art & Science of Love Workshop and 7 Principles for Making a Marriage Work. She has worked in an IOP program facilitating groups and providing individual therapy. Tammy has served on the board of directors for Orange County California Association for Marriage & Family Therapist for the past seven years in various capacities, as well as president for two years.

Tammy combines her education and experience of working with clients in recovery using Gottman methods and techniques as it relates to repairing their relationships and stopping their dependencies. Tammy teaches individuals how to stop the reoccurring cycles of anxiety, depression and failed relationships by bridging the gap in providing assistance dealing with the mental health struggles, along with how to maintain sobriety during the healing process. When a person in recovery has proper support from their spouse, friends and family members the healing process becomes easier to manage making sobriety more attainable. Using the Gottman methods is the how to, instruction manual to be successful in healing not only for the person in recovery, for the entire family unit.

Bill Starr, Champlain, D.Min., MAC, CDP
back to top Bill Starr, Chaplain, D.Min., MAC, CDP
Bill Starr has been the Chaplain at the Sundown M Ranch since October of 1998 after serving as an ordained Presbyterian pastor for 21 years. As Chaplain he is involved in individual and group counseling as well as a featured lecturer on such topics as Spirituality and Recovery, Communication, Shame vs. Guilt, Grief Recovery, and Spiritual Awareness. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Religion from Whitman College, a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is an ordained pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA) since 1977. He also received his Washington State Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP) Certification in 2002 and his Master of Addiction Counseling (MAC) in 2004. He also has been certified as a “Grief Recovery Specialist” in 2003 by the Grief Recovery Institute of Sherman Oaks, Ca.

He has been married to his wife Kathy for 41 years, and they have two married children, and two grandchildren.

Chris Stretch, LCSW
back to top Chris Stretch, LCSW
Chris Stretch is an ACSW (Associate Clinical Social Worker) working as a psychotherapist and community resource coordinator under the supervision of Dr. Benjamin Stepanoff at Advances In Mental Health and Addictions Treatment Center in Long Beach California. Chris’s experience prior to his graduate education was what set him on a path toward the field of addiction treatment. Chris graduated from UC Davis in 2000 and after a brief minor league baseball career; he entered the world of corporate sales to seek pseudo-salvation in the form of money and status. After nine years and some notable success, Chris found himself in what he thought was the optimal situation; a prestigious sales position for a bioengineering medical device company that was about to go public which would potentially make him a seven figure income. There was one big problem however… At this point he was now battling significant depression, extreme anxiety and a serious drug addiction. As the pressure to sell mounted, Chris crumbled and was eventually fired due to poor performance (foregoing his shares in the company prior to a public offering). Over the next few months Chris’s drug addiction became chronic to the point where suicide became a viable option. With nowhere to go and all out of ideas Chris went to an AA meeting and there discovered the path toward authentic salvation. His recovery then lead him on a relief mission to Haiti and then to graduate school where he received his MSW at Cal State Dominguez Hills. Along the way he met Dr. Allen Berger and enrolled in and graduated from his two year Gestalt Experiential Psychotherapy training program. Through his own life experiences, his graduate education, his Gestalt training, his 18-month clinical career at AABMH and most importantly his sobriety and recovery, Chris has learned how painful growing up can be. He was forced to uncover, discover and discard the inauthentic and damaging ideas proliferated in our western culture that led him, and many others, directly into the tornado of addiction.

Chris also works with local athletes as a mindset and performance coach. Chris utilizes recovery and Gestalt therapy principles and interventions as well as his personal experience to help athletes deal with the pressure to perform.

Dan Thompson, MA
back to top Dan Thompson, MA
Chaplain Dan Thompson is the Director of Spiritual Care at Harbor Hall Residential Treatment Center in Petoskey Michigan. Professional experience includes Chaplain at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital and Lockwood Mental Health Services. He received a MA from Trinity Theological Seminary, BA from Taylor University and completed Unit 1 of Clinical Pastoral Education. At Harbor Hall, Dan has implemented unique approaches and educational resources on spirituality and connectedness for clients in treatment, including a 13 week lecture series and a 12 Step Workbook. Dan values his individual sessions with clients whom work through Steps 1-5 of the Twelve Step program during their 90 day treatment. While Harbor Hall does not maintain a religious affiliation, it maintains a high priority on treating the whole client, mind – body – spirit.

Jim Tracy, DDS, MFTi, LAADC, CP. PAT
back to top Jim Tracy, DDS, MFTi, LAADC, CP. PAT
Dr. Jim Tracy is a Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, a Certified Psychodramatist, and a Certified Experiential Therapist. He has special interest in developing effective family programs utilizing experiential and psychodramatic methods, and conducts specialized family workshops and long term family case management and monitoring.

In addition to facilitating family programs Dr. Tracy continues to work as an interventionist, facilitating family and young adult interventions, impaired professional interventions, as well as specializing in intervention and treatment of patients with chronic pain and dependency, and their families.

Dr. Tracy graduated from Georgetown University School of Dentistry in 1979 and practiced General Dentistry for over 18 years. His experience has allowed him to serve as Chairman of the Dental Board of California’s Diversion Evaluation Committee, the Medical Board of California Diversion Evaluation Committee and the Lawyers Assistance Program for the State Bar of California.

He is founder and past Vice President of The Betty Ford Center’s Licensed Professional Recovery Program, is a nationally recognized educator on addiction, interventions, chronic pain and family treatment and has consulted and developed family programs for some of the top addiction treatment centers in the country.

Judy Voruz, MA, CADC II, MAC
presentation back to top Judy Voruz, MA, CADC II, MAC
Judy Voruz MA, CADCII, MAC has worked with families and individuals struggling with addiction for the last 34 years. For five years, she was a senior counselor in the Family Department at Hazelden/Betty Ford Foundation one of the foremost treatment centers in the country. While there she helped develop the curriculum for the residential family program and taught other professionals how to empower families meeting the challenge of addiction. She holds a Masters Degree in Family Counseling and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II and a NAADAC certified Master of Addiction. She is currently developing an online course to help family members dealing with addiction and a companion workbook.


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