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Keynote Presenters

Allen Berger, Ph.D.
Allen Berger, Ph.D.

Dr. Allen Berger is a talented psychotherapist who has written extensively about the experience of recovery, emotional sobriety, and the psychological forces operating in the Twelve Steps. He is the author of 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery, 12 Smart Things to do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone, and 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends. You can learn more about Dr. Berger and his work at www.abphd.com. Dr. Berger received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the Univeristy of California, Davis in 1987 and is currently licensed to practice psychology in California.

Richard Fields, Ph.D.
Richard Fields, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Fields is the author of two books, the college textbook Drugs In Perspective, 8th edition, McGraw Hill, 2012, and Awakening to Mindfulness, HCI Books, 2008, and editor, co-author of A Year of Living Mindfully: 52 Quotes & Mindfulness Practices, FACES Publishing, 2012, and A Year of Living with More Compassion: 52 Compassion Quotes  & Practices. He is the founder/director of FACES Conferences (www.facesconferences.com) and has over thirty-five years experience in the alcohol/drug field as a trainer, counselor, and course developer.

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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.

Dan Griffin, MA
Dan Griffin, M.A.

Dan Griffin, MA, has worked in the mental health and addictions field for almost two decades. Griffin is the author of two groundbreaking trauma-informed resources for professionals working with men - A Man’s Way through the 12 Steps and co-author of Helping Men Recover. Griffintravels across the country educating and training clinicians and other professionals about how to more effectively identify, intervene on and treat men with trauma. 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. He has worked in a variety of areas in the addictions field: research, case management, public advocacy, drug courts, teaching, and counseling. He is a highly sought after speaker and trainer who has presented to thousands of people from around the world.  Griffin is a proud husband and father and has been in long-term recovery since graduating college in 1994.

Herb Kaighan, BA
Herbert Kaighan, B.A.

As the result of working the Twelve Steps, Herb experienced a profound spiritual awakening in 1988. Since then he has been very involved in sponsorship, facilitating workshops and leading retreats. He has authored “Twelve Step Guide to Using the Alcoholics Anonymsou Big Book” and “Twelve Step to Spritual Awakening”. Many have found them helpful.
Herb’s personal journey invludes seven years in seminary, a graduate education in psychology, and a 40 year career in human resources consulting (from which he retired in November 2006).
Herb is an adjunct professor at Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) conducting workshops on a variety of topics for thwir Center for Spirituality.

Ingrid Mathieu, Ph.D.
presentation back to top Ingrid Mathieu, Ph.D.

Ingrid Mathieu has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and a Master’s Degree in transpersonal psychology. She is currently in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist (PSY24799) in Los Angeles, CA where she specializes in treating adults and adolescents, utilizing a wide range of holistic orientations and techniques that can provide every client with an individualized experience.
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.
Ingrid’s expertise in addiction and recovery led her to conduct research and write a book on spiritual bypass in 12-Step recovery titled, Recovering Spirituality: Achieving Emotional Sobriety in your Spiritual Practice (Hazelden, 2011).

She additionally facilitates workshops related to Emotional Sobriety, writes a blog on this topic for Psychology Today and is a regular contributor to Positively Positive.

Ingrid Mathieu, Ph.D.
presentation back to top Robert Mooney, M.D.

Dr. Robert Mooney, commonly referred to as Dr. Bobby, was born in Statesboro, Georgia and is the third son of Dr. and Mrs. John Mooney.  Although he was only 6 years old when his parents began their personal recovery, he remembers the early days of their venture into a new dimension of sacrificing in order to help others. As his parents began converting their home into a makeshift hospital, Bobby, now in his early teens, discovered that growing up surrounded by addiction recovery did not make him immune to the same problems. With trouble nipping at his heels, he was able to graduate high school in Statesboro, but had little direction for what lay ahead. Because he had always had an interest in photography, he entered the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Professional Photography in Rochester, New York. While there he married his present wife, Cynthia.  Although struggling with his own addiction, Bobby graduated RIT with a degree in professional photography and returned to Statesboro. By this time his parents had opened Willingway Hospital, which was one of the earliest modern facilities solely for the purpose of providing addiction treatment. When Bobby began work at Willingway he later would say that he went to work there because no one else would hire him. However, his education enabled him to design and direct Willingway’s brand new audio/visual and media facilities. While at the hospital Bobby was drawn to those around him that were already in recovery and began to question his own life direction, which eventually led him to seek out the path in his own recovery. He credits the staff and patients at Willingway for introducing him to a new found life. With a new direction and a new passion he worked his way into counseling with his certification by the Georgia Addiction Counselors Association, eventually obtaining a Masters Addiction Counselor certification through the National Addiction Counselors Association.  When his father became ill in the earlier 80s, he took over as the Associate Director for the hospital while his brother Dr. Al Mooney took their father’s position as Medical Director. When Dr. John died in 1983, Bobby realized that the physician’s role at Willingway was critical to the continuity of the program and after considerable introspection, he made the difficult decision to return to school at the age of 32. After completing his pre-medical requirements, he was accepted at Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Georgia. Although originally planning to approach the addiction medicine arena through Family Practice training like his father and brother, he began to get advice that changes were occurring in the addiction field and he should consider a Psychiatry residency.  As medical school progressed it became increasingly evident that this would benefit his opportunities within the addiction medicine field.  Upon the completion of his medical degree, he and Cindy, with their 3 children, moved to Johnson City, Tennessee in order to complete a residency in Psychiatry at East Tennessee State University.  This experience reinforced his already strong belief in the philosophy of Willingway that abstinence continues to be the gold standard for addiction recovery, but it can be elusive under most circumstances. He became more convinced that Willingway was uniquely positioned to bear that standard. It would be difficult to find another facility, which could combine the history, the environment and family connection committed to preserving such a philosophy. “All I wanted to do was to return to Willingway and treat drunks, to continue what my parents had started in our home those many years ago.” With a passion for his chosen profession, he began his career at Willingway as a staff physician. While his addiction training progressed he remained active in the local mental health community by working with Pineland Mental Health to institute and head up an Assertive Community Treatment Team for the chronically mentally ill. This was the first such team in southern Georgia and ultimately became one of the most successful in the state. In 1995, Dr. Mooney was named as the Medical Director of Willingway, a role he continued to embrace until he decided to pass the torch in 2014 after 20 years service to the patients and families of Willingway. Dr. Bobby put it like this ” There will never be another place like Willingway, from the staff, the facility, the community and especially the philosophy, it all came together in a miraculous combination to create something extraordinarily special that I do not believe could ever be replicated.” 
In addition to his work at Willingway, Dr. Mooney provided the initiative for the creation of the Dot and John Mooney Center for Addiction Recovery at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Housed in the School of Public Health, this recovering collegiate community provides students recovering from addictions with the opportunity to start or restart their education at the college level in an environment which supports and embraces their continued recovery. Sharing the legacy of Willingway has been a priority for Dr. Mooney and he has gladly lectured throughout the United States as well as New Zealand  and Canada. He has been able to contribute to the documentation of the Willingway experience in a number of articles found in a variety of publications specific to the addiction treatment community. In summarizing his thoughts for what lies ahead, he elegantly states, “To me the preservation of the evolution of our combined family experience is necessary to comprehend the magnitude of the shared recovery phenomenon, if no one had reached out to my father none of this would have occurred. I want us to never forget that what we experienced was never planned, it resulted from the love of one alcoholic touching the pain of another alcoholic. It doesn’t get any better than that!”

Dr. Mooney continues to be a staunch advocate for Willingway and the philosophy for total abstinence in the recovering population.

Thom Rutledge, LCSW
presentation back to top Thom Rutledge, LCSW

Thom Rutledge is a psychotherapist in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including Embracing Fear, The Power of Self-Forgiveness, Earning Your Own Respect and Nutshell Essays. He has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, The Fox Network, Australia’s Channel 10 and has consulted with The Dr. Phil Show. Thom has been presenting collaboratively with Allen Berger since they accidentally presented a workshop together at the first Evolution of Addiction Treatment Conference.

Thom Rutledge, LCSW
presentation back to top Constance Scharff, Ph.D.

Constance Scharff has a PhD in Transformative Studies, specializing in addiction recovery.  She is the Senior Addiction Research Fellow and Director of Addiction Research at Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center and coauthor with Richard Taite of the Amazon.com #1 bestselling book, Ending Addiction for Good. Dr. Scharff writes for a variety of publications and speaks worldwide to healing professionals on the science and spirituality of addiction recovery – from the neuroscience of addiction recovery and depression and trauma as related to addiction, to the concepts of vulnerability and hope.  She has also traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, and North America, learning how to help individuals evoke life-transforming experiences and use those experiences to heal addictions and trauma.

Rabbi Shais Taub
presentation back to top Rabbi Shais Taub

Rabbi Shais Taub is an internationally known speaker, writer and teacher on topics of Jewish spirituality who is also known for his work in the field of addiction rcovery. NPR dubbed him “an expert in Jewish mysticism and the 12 Steps” and The New York Times called him “a phenomenon.” His bestselling book, G-d of Our Understanding: Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction was a #1 Jewish bestseller on Amazon.com and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a singular resource for those in need.”
He is a leading exponent of the fundamental chasidic text, Tanya, and created two groundbreaking works on the book: The Map of Tanya and the JLI course, Soul Maps.
He is a frequent and popular contributor to The Huffington Post. He also writes a weekly advice column for Ami Magazine.
He resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and children.

Gary Yontef, Ph.D.
presentation back to top Gary Yontef, Ph.D.

Gary Yontef, Ph.D., ABPP, Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology and Fellow of the Academy of Clinical Psychology has been a gestalt therapist since training with Frederick Perls and James Simkin in 1965 and a supervisor and trainer since 1971. Formerly on the UCLA Psychology Department Faculty and Chairman of the Professional Conduct Committee of the L.A. County Psychological Association, Gary has a private practice in Los Angeles, California. He is a past president of the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (GTILA) and for 18 years was Chairman of the Faculty. He is has been on the editorial board of the International Gestalt Journal (formerly The Gestalt Journal), an Associate Editor of the Gestalt Review, and is editorial advisor of the British Gestalt Journal. He was the first Chairman of the International Gestalt Therapy Association and a faculty member of the Gestalt Therapy International Network (GTIN). He is a co-founder of the Pacific Gestalt Institute (PGI) and teaches and consults internationally. . Gary has written one book Awareness, Dialogue and Process: Essays on Gestalt Therapy (published in 6 languages) and numerous articles and chapters on gestalt therapy theory, practice, and supervision.

 

Workshop Presenters

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

Dr. John Amodeo is a Certified Focusing Trainer. He has published articles, “A Focusing-Oriented Approach to Couples Therapy,” Journal of Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, Vol, 6, No 3. He is the author of Dancing with Fire and co-author of Being Intimate, which describe Focusing.
Dr. Amodeo has conducted workshops nationally and internationally on Focusing, including in China, Thailand, and Argentina. He is a frequent presenter and International Focusing conferences.
He is a member of the Editorial Board, The Focusing Connection and Moderator of Focusing Institute discussion list re: Focusing and spirituality.

Allen Berger, Ph.D.
Allen Berger, Ph.D.

Dr. Allen Berger is a talented psychotherapist who has written extensively about the experience of recovery, emotional sobriety, and the psychological forces operating in the Twelve Steps. He is the author of 12 Stupid Things that Mess Up Recovery, 12 Smart Things to do When the Booze and Drugs are Gone, and 12 Hidden Rewards of Making Amends. You can learn more about Dr. Berger and his work at www.abphd.com.

Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., MFT
presentation back to top Laury Rappaport, Ph.D., MFT
Dr. Laury Rappaport is a Certifying Focusing Coordinator and Trainer with The Focusing Institute in NY and Founder/Director of the Focusing and Expressive Arts Institute. She has been training others in Focusing for over 30 years including in the United States and internationally. Laury is the author of Focusing-oriented art therapy: Accessing the body’s wisdom and creative intelligence; and the editor of Mindfulness and the arts therapies: Theory and practice. She is an Integrative Psychotherapist at Sutter Health, Institute and Health and Healing; faculty at Sonoma State University, and has taught graduate education for over 30 years.

Thom Rutledge, LCSW
presentation back to top Thom Rutledge, LCSW

Thom Rutledge is a psychotherapist in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of several books, including Embracing Fear, The Power of Self-Forgiveness, Earning Your Own Respect and Nutshell Essays. He has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN, The Fox Network, Australia’s Channel 10 and has consulted with The Dr. Phil Show. Thom has been presenting collaboratively with Allen Berger since they accidentally presented a workshop together at the first Evolution of Addiction Treatment Conference.


 

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