Presenters

Thank you for your interest in our valued presenters for this year's conference. In addition to the gallery located below, our course catalogue is available here for your convenience.

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Muhammad A. AbduRahim

M.S. (Addiction Counseling); CACII

Muhammad will be teaching "Working with Gang Members with SUD Issues Mandated by the Courts" on Saturday morning. The course will present cutting edge therapeutic evidence based in experience and practical techniques structure to enhance counselors, law enforcement, and family members working with and concerned about this population.

Jennifer Angier

MS; CMAC

Jennifer will be teaching "Innovative Treatment Plans for the Difficult Patient" on Sunday afternoon. This workshop examines effective approaches to working with dual diagnosed patients who have experience a broad range of difficulties in their efforts to build a sustained recovery. Often, these challenging patients have experience multiple attempts to treat their disease, even as they have reconciled to the idea of choice and have a desire to build a sustained recovery.

A veteran in the behavioral healthcare field, Jennifer Angier has more than three decades of clinical and operations experience. She is currently the Vice president of Addiction Services, Meadows Behavioral Healthcare. A nationally recognized expert on addiction treatment techniques, she regularly speaks at national conferences to paraprofessional groups and in employee assistance programs, healthcare, and collegiate programs. Angier earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia State University, graduating Summa Cum Laude, as well as earning a Master's in organizational leadership from Mercer University, graduating with highest honors.

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Deidre Badu

CACII, CCS

Deidre will be teaching "Clinical Evaluations/AOD Assessments" on Monday, all day.

NOTE: Clinical Evaluations/AOD Assessments is NO LONGER available. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Nancy W. Brooks

LPC; M.A. (Expressive Therapy); ATR-BC; LPC

Nancy will be teaching "Adolescent Art Therapy" on Saturday evening. This course is an introduction to the use of creative media in establishing therapeutic alliances in adolescent treatment settings. The goal of this course is to equip the therapist with communication tools through the application of art directives that address peer pressure, trauma, and addiction stressors.

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Dr. Patricia Brown

PH.D; MAC; CCS; CACII

Dr. Brown will be teaching "Guide of Ethical Clinical Supervisors" on Sunday afternoon. These courses will ensure that participants understand professional ethics and how following a set of standards guides a counselor's successful practice.

David A. Burris, Sr.

NCACII; CACII, CCS

David will be teaching "Ethical & Legal Requirements Pertaining to the Revised 42 C.F.R., Part 2" on Saturday, all day. This course will enable participants to demonstrate a working knowledge of the Code by oral presentation of assigned sections of the Code. The addiction professional will also possess a basic understanding of the entire 42 C.F.R. Part 2 and the HIPAA requirements. Even though this is ethical and legal, it will not be boring. Come prepared to enjoy and learn.

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Diane Diver

MBA; LCSW; CACII

Diane will be teaching Telemental Health on Sunday, all day. 

Tori Dudley

PH.D; M.S.

Dr. Dudley will be teaching "COVID-19 and Teen Substance Abuse: Where Do We Go From Here?" on Sunday evening.

The onset of COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges in supporting the mental health and substance use disorders faced by adolescent populations. Current data suggests that teen substance use in group and peer settings has decreased, while the frequency and quantity of overall use appears to have increased. As we await the return to normalcy in our profession, this course will engage and review the role of substance abuse professionals in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on adolescent substance abuse.

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Dr. Mary Gay

PH.D; LPC; CPCS

Dr. Gay will be teaching "Freud is Not Dead - Countertransference in Addiction Treatment" on Saturday afternoon. Countertransference is an unconscious phenomenon, along with transference, first identified by Sigmund Freud. While many of Freud's ideas have been discarded in favor of more contemporary theories, countertransference processes may be observed regardless of theoretical approach. In the field of addiction treatment, several specific factors influence the CT process between clinician and client, which can both positively and negatively impact the therapeutic relationship. This workshop explores both the process of countertransference and identifies methods for the clinician to identify and manage one's own countertransference triggers.

Original Michael

M.A.; CACI; CADC II; CCS; MAC

Original Michael will be teaching "Culture and Addiction" on Sunday evening. Mr. Michael is a Certified Substance Abuse Supervisor, and instructor of the Basic Substance Abuse Counselor Certification Program. Mr. Michael provides residential inpatient treatment and substance abuse treatment, as well as facilitates court-ordered anger management classes and drug assessments.

Mr. Michael has worked in the addiction and recovery field for over 15 years, and is passionate about helping people stay clean and sober. He has been instrumental in his clients' lives by teaching recovery and relapse prevention techniques while working with multiple organizations such as Tangu Inc., Comprehensive Counseling Solutions, and Michael & Michael Counseling & Consulting.

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Patrick Moore

LPC; MA

Patrick will be teaching "How to Promote Autonomy" on Saturday evening. Demoralizing dependence is the outstanding characteristic of addiction. This course examines the necessary and sufficient patterns for either autonomy or dependence. Evidence of an empowerment model to encourage autonomy will be measured.

Dr. Merrill Norton

PHARM.D; DPH; ICCDP-D

Dr. Norton will be teaching "The Pain of Pleasure: The Pharmacology of Opioid and Other Drug Use Disorders, Parts 1 & 2" on Saturday, all day, and Sunday, all day. These courses are for behavioral health care practitioners who work with individuals challenged with mental illness or substance use disorders diagnoses. The workshop's primary purpose is to bring to the participants' basic pharmacology of opioid use disorders and the latest pharmaceutical applications to the diagnostics of the DSM-5.

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Christy Plaice

LPC; MAC; CCT

Christy will be teaching "Understanding your LGBTQI Client" on Monday morning.

Jim Seckman

M.DIV; MAC; CACII; CCS

Jim will be teaching "Working with Personality Disorders" on Sunday morning. This course is intended to train addiction counselors in how to recognize Personality Disorders, successful strategies for working with these clients, and how to take care of themselves with these often confusing and stressful cases.

Mr. Seckman will also teach "Working Grief and Loss in Treatment" on Monday morning.

Dr. Tom Watkins

PH.D; CACII

Dr. Watkins will be teaching "Telehealth for DUI Offenders" on Sunday morning.

Destiny Winters

MS; CRC; APC; NCC

Destiny will be teaching "Work-From-Home Burnout and Changes to Make" on Sunday evening. Goals of the workshop include identifying and addressing personal values and needs as it pertains to the current overlap in our "safe spaces" and "workspaces" when working from home. 

Destiny is a Clinician Rehabilitation Counselor in Atlanta, GA. She specializes in helping people with chronic illnesses find joy and meaning in their lives despite daily, persistent physical and emotional pain. 

She works in private practice in Atlanta as an Atlanta-based Intensive Outpatient Program as the Family Care Coordinator and a clinician. Her favorite clients to work with typically have invisible illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Somatic Symptom Disorder, Borderline Personality, Histrionic Disorders, and more.

Destiny practices through the lens of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Feminist Theory, and social justice to help clients learn to advocate for themselves in a system that has largely left them out. Self-care and compassion is at the heart of her work, because without it, we cannot do the hard work that's required of us to make big changes in this world.

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John O. Whitaker

CATCII

Mr. Whitaker is the 34th Spring Virtual Conference Plenary Speaker.