C4 Recovery Foundation has a lineup you won’t find anywhere else: five national educational events, twenty days of renowned keynotes combined with 200+ sessions featuring inspiring thinkers, new voices, visionary clinicians, and leaders in the behavioral health industry.

Here’s where you come in. We’re actively recruiting subject matter experts to peer review keynote and workshop education session proposals. As a peer reviewer, you’ll help us evaluate and select the very best educational content and shape our future programs. We are seeking qualified individuals to serve as reviewers of applications C4 Foundation Events. Click the link below to begin the process!


Planning Committee Application Form


Current Planning Commitee Members

Allen Berger, PhD

Allen Berger, PhD is an internationally recognized expert in family and couples’ therapy, and in the science of addiction and recovery. He is best known for his work on integrating modern psychotherapy with the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and for his insights into emotional sobriety. He is also recognized for his outstanding work as a psychotherapist and trainer. He brings a highly unique background to his profession. His own personal journey in recovery started in 1971, on the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii. There he fell in love with recovery and with helping people find their way out of the abyss of addiction into the light of recovery. He overcame dropping out of high school and received a doctorate in clinical psychology from UC Davis in 1987.He was trained and mentored by two brilliant clinicians: William C. Rader, M.D. and Walter Kempler, M.D.

Dr. Berger has a reputation as being a very dynamic and engaging presenter, as well as a very practical, “no-nonsense” therapist. He has presented at IDAA Annual Meetings, the Betty Ford Awareness Hours, Cedars at Cobble Hill in Canada, Cumberland Heights in Nashville – Tennessee, The Orchard – Canada, The Refuge – Florida, the Alcohol Recovery Services at San Pedro Peninsula Hospital and South Bay Hospital. He has also presented at several national events including the U.S. Journal Conferences, Foundation Conferences, FACES Conferences, the Western Regional Conference on Addictions, and at several of the California Conferences on Alcohol Problems. His media appearances include local and national radio programs as well as The Insider, CNN Showbiz Tonight, TV Guide Channel 411 Hollywood, and The Standard on Omni Television in Canada.


Norman Hoffmann, PhD

Norman Hoffmann, PhD as a clinical psychologist, has 40 years of experience in the area of assessment research involving behavioral health conditions. He has led the team that validated the first brief screen for substance use disorders among arrestees and that screen has been applied in various other settings. His work with colleagues has documented that not all diagnostic criteria are equal in their implications and have developed a variety of assessment tools based on the DSM-5 and ASAM Criteria.


Melissa Preshaw

Melissa Preshaw has worked for over 30 years in Behavioral Health Addiction treatment. Her career has included working with the largest treatment providers in the nation. She was on the ground floor of the inception of CRC Health Group helping to grow the company from 1 to 150 facilities where in addition to developing a national call center she created and organized a national Recovery awareness campaign for their 150 facilities. She has held numerous roles in the field most notably in marketing, branding and acquisitions. Her passion is to help individual facilities find their unique audience through practical and economical means. She currently works as an independent consultant.


Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA

Gerald Shulman, MA, MAC, FACATA is a clinical psychologist, Master Addiction Counselor, Fellow of the American College of Addiction Treatment Administrators and board certified by the American Academy of Psychologists Treating Addiction. He has been providing treatment or supervising and/or managing the delivery of care to alcoholics and drug addicts in single and multi-site systems full time since 1962. Among his accomplishments, he was an author of the NAATP, the ASAM and the ASAM PPC-2 and ASAM PPC-2R Patient Placement Criteria and is a member of the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria Steering Committee. He was a panel member and workgroup chair for CSAT’s TIP #26, Substance Abuse Among Older Adults and is co-editor of the Journal of Chemical Dependency Treatment. His current interests are in delivering high quality treatment services in a managed care environment, providing assistance to programs to move from a fixed length of stay, program driven models to variable length of stay, clinically driven models, and training in the areas of implementation and use of the ASAM Criteria, assessment instruments and systems for addiction counselors, older adults with substance use disorders, treatment planning, relapse prevention and outcomes-driven treatment. He is a trainer and consultant who has provides services in the public and private sectors, both civilian and military, to treatment providers, managed care staff, drug court staff, counselor associations, conferences on alcohol and drug issues, state and federal governments and EAPs. He is particularly interested in treatment for dually diagnosed patients and in developing “seamless” continuums of care. His approach to clinical care is one that blends biopsychosocial, disease model, and Twelve-Step philosophy with the best of psychiatric and mental health delivery systems.

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