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.


Dee K. McGraw, MSW

Dee K. McGraw has a BS in psychology from Vanderbilt University, an MSW from Grand Valley State University, and over 25 years of experience in the substance abuse treatment & prevention field. Currently Ms. McGraw is the Executive Vice President of Education & Event Services for C4 Recovery Foundation, a non-profit organization with world-wide projects. Her primary responsibility is the Conferencing Division, which encompasses the Addiction Executives Industry Summit (AXIS), the Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders (CCSAD) , the West Coast Symposium on Addictive Disorders (WCSAD), the CORE conference, and the Evolution of Addiction Treatment. The C4 Recovery Foundation conferences are widely regarded as among the best educational events in the industry.

Ms. McGraw began her career in substance abuse as a therapist. She then coordinated prevention efforts in a six-county area for the State of Michigan, subsequently, coordinating substance abuse training state wide. She has additional experience as a trainer/consultant for CSAP’s Managed Care Section and as a reviewer of local, state and federal grant applications. For over 10 years she has been President of her local Community Action Council whose mission is to act as a catalyst to educate parents and the community concerning the illegal use of drugs and alcohol while promoting a safe, healthy environment for students.


C4 Planning Committee Staff

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