ADACBGA 6th Annual Conference - Embracing & Enhancing Clinical Competencies

Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center
June 17, 2018 9:00 AM - June 23, 2018 5:00 PM


Dawn Allred

Speaker: Dawn Allred


Dawn Allred is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor with over 25 years experience working in the Behavioral Health field. She currently manages 2 outpatient Community Mental Health Centers in West Georgia for Pathways Community Service Board. Dawn serves on the board of 2 nonprofit organizations in her community as well as the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia. She is passionate about recovery and wellness for all people living with mental illness and addiction. Dawn is also living in long term recovery from addiction.


Presenting Sessions

Room at the Table: Embracing a Recovery Oriented System of Care

Lisa Anderson-Akine

Speaker: Lisa Anderson-Akine


Lisa began in the substance abuse field 20 years ago. She attended college at the Oral Roberts University and the Pennsylvania State University where she received her degree in Christian Care and Counseling and Criminal Justice. Lisa has served in many modalities of treatment, but has found her place in medication assisted treatment. She has served in this modality for the past 10 years. Over the past 5 years Lisa has specialized in medication assisted treatment and pregnancy. Treating women who are dependent to opiates while in Opioid Treatment.


Presenting Sessions

Medication Assisted Treatment and Pregnancy

Tracy Batten

Speaker: Tracy Batten



Presenting Sessions

Telemental Health: A Comprehensive Overview

Jaketra Bryant

Speaker: Jaketra Bryant


Jaketra Bryant is a licensed professional counselor and relationship expert in Georgia and surrounding areas. She graduated with her MA from Argosy University and completed her clinical internship at the Willow Brooke at Tanner Behavioral Health partial hospitalization. Jaketra later continued her clinical practice in state prisons and local jails providing mental health services to maximal security med and women and community work within the justice system looking at the breakage of family due to mental health. Her work continued in local communities serving those families and individuals with little to no income and individuals who plead not guilty until opening her own business. Jaketra has since become an accomplished researcher, motivational speaker, advocate and skilled clinician and has cultivated an expertise in clinical program design and implementation. She has served as the Sports Counselor/Coordinator at Georgia State University and continued her programming with other local club and AAU athletic teams across Georgia. Jaketra also dedicates her clinical experience in the focus areas of relationship building and breaking of unhealthy cycles within our communities and families.


Presenting Sessions

Tough It Out, Not Talk It Out: Cultural Issues with Men Seeking Mental Health Services

Gary K. Byrd

Speaker: Gary K. Byrd


Gary K. Byrd is President and CEO of the Anger Management Institute and High Impact Training and Counseling. Mr. Byrd received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and his Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from West Georgia State University. Mr. Byrd is a Certified Master Addiction Counselor, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, a Certified Grief Specialist, a Certified Anger Management Specialist, and is a Certified Happiness Coach.

Mr. Byrd is the author of four participant manuals: Choice-based anger control manual for adults. Mr. Byrd authored Treating and counseling pathological gamblers participant workbook and facilitator manual for the State of Georgia.


Presenting Sessions

E-Counseling Alcohol and Drug Counselor Training
E-Counseling Alcohol and Drug Counselor Training Day 2
E-Counseling Alcohol and Drug Counselor Training Day 3

James Campbell

Speaker: James Campbell


James Campbell has been working professionally in the human services field for 22 years. His passion is helping people, families and relationships to heal and assisting them in building on the strengths they possess. He is certified as a Licensed Professional Counselor, is a MAC, an Addictions Counselor II through SCAADAC and is a member of NAADAC and ACA. James is currently the president-elect of SCAADAC.


Presenting Sessions

Worlds Apart: What Works in Adolescent Treatment and Why
From Grief to Gratitude: Finding Hope in Recovery

Lucy Cannon

Speaker: Lucy Cannon


Dr. Lucy Cannon, LCSW, CCDP-D is the CEO/Owner of LEJ Behavioral Health Services, LLC (Consulting and Training Business) in Atlanta, GA. She is a Visiting Professor at DeVry University in Decatur, GA and an Adjunct Professor at Clark-Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. She serves as a consultant for the Department of the Navy Reserve. She currently serves as the VP of the Georgia School of Addiction Studies Board of Directors. She is a member of the Southeastern Institute for Chemical Dependency Board of Directors. She has managed and directed various mental health programs in various states in the United States.


Presenting Sessions

What Clinicians Need to Know About Telemental Health from a Treatment and Ethical Perspective

Sandra Charles

Speaker: Sandra Charles


Sandra P. Charles is co-founder and owner of Community Oasis Counseling and Training, LLC located in Warner Robins, GA. She earned her Master of Science degree in Psychology from St. Augustine's University. She is certified by ADACBGA and IC&RC as an addiction counselor and clinical supervisor. She is a Master Addiction Counselor, certified by the NCC AP and is also a certified Anger Management Specialist and DOT Substance Abuse Professional. She has worked in her field for numerous years in various capacities to include Residential Substance Abuse Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Quality Improvement Specialist as well as Intensive Outpatient addiction therapist for some of the best and highly recognizable agencies in Georgia. Additionally, Ms. Charles is credited with contributing to the professional development of many other addiction counselors working with the prison population throughout the state of Georgia. Ms. Charles is a native of Beaufort, SC. As veteran of the US Air Force, Ms. Charles has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the Continental US. She considers herself culturally competent and has experience working with various populations. Her philosophy is best summed up in a quote by Albert Einstein, "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity". And she welcomes the opportunity to help others work through their difficult situations.


Presenting Sessions

Telemental Health: A Comprehensive Overview

Denice Colson

Speaker: Denice Colson


Denice colson is the co-founder and director of Eagle's Landing Christian Counseling Centers in McDonough and Conyers, GA. As the Executive Director since 2007, she has facilitated their growth to 22 providers, with a core vision of breaking the generational cycle of trauma. She is the author of two books and a workbook, the most recent being "Break EVERY Stinking Chain! Healing for Hidden Wounds". She has been specializing in trauma recovery since 1993 and was the keynote speaker for the LPCA of Georgia Master Therapist Series in 2005. She is a wife, mother of three and a trauma survivor.


Presenting Sessions

Treating the Trauma of Addiction: An Overview of Strategic Trauma and Abuse Recovery

Nicole Fuentes

Speaker: Nicole Fuentes


Nicole "Nickie" Fuentes, MS, LPC, CPCS, LMHC, NCC has been working in the behavioral health community for close to 25 years with experience in both direct care and administrative oversight capacities. Nickie has supported the needs of individuals and families with Severe and Persistent Mental Illness, addictions, and co-occurring disorders. More recently, Nickie has been in private practice and is the owner of Modern Tribe Counseling. The mission of Modern Tribe Counseling is to promote access to quality behavioral healthcare for individuals who identify as part of a gender, sexuality or relationship structure minority.


Presenting Sessions

Ethical Counseling of LGBTEQ+ Individuals

Phoenix R. Kawmoto

Speaker: Phoenix R. Kawmoto

Phoenix R. Kawamoto, M.S.W., is a captivating, experienced, passionate speaker and a highly skilled educator. Phoenix is knowledgeable about issues pertaining to substance use prevention and recovery from addiction, as well as gender identity, LGBTQ+ diversity, and resiliency. Their unique presentations share a message of hope through inspiration and education; weaving together many years of professional experience and development with personal transformation.


Presenting Sessions

Dancing with Two: Break Free from Shame and the Gender Binary
Recovery: The Heroic Journey of Promise & Possibility

Alex Kohl

Speaker: Alex Kohl

Ph.D., LPC

Alex Kohl has a PhD in clinical Psychology and is a Licensed professional Counselor. Dr. Kohl has provided individual and family therapy for those with substance use disorders over the past 10 years and currently works at North Metro Psychological Services in Marietta, GA. In addition to working with substance use disorders, Dr. Kohl provides individual and family therapy for a wide range of mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and general issues with life transitions and self-esteem. Dr. kohl also has extensive training in neuropsychology and neuroscience, which he frequently incorporates into his clinical practice.


Presenting Sessions

The Neuroscience of Addiction and the Use of Neurotherapy and Biofeedback for Relapse Prevention

Karin Malkowski Stende

Speaker: Karin Malkowski Stende

MS, Conflict Resolution

Karin has been a trainer, facilitator, mediator, teacher and coach for over twenty years. With a Master of Science in Conflict Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Education, Karin has worked with clients in Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, non-profits, and higher education. Se has been a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and served as a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Karin is currently employed as a Training and Development Specialist at the Minnesota Dept of Veterans Affairs.


Presenting Sessions

Peacemaking Circles: Enhancing the Recovery Community Experience

Mary Jo Mather

Speaker: Mary Jo Mather

Executive Director of IC&RC

Mary Jo Mather is the Executive Director of  IC&RC, the largest addiction and prevention credentialing organization in the world. Today, IC&RC represents 78 member boards and 45,000 professionals from 26 countries and 47 U.S. states and territories. IC&RC’s seven credentials include counselors, clinical supervisors, prevention specialists, and criminal justice professionals


Presenting Sessions

The Future of Addiction Counseling

Stephen M. Mathis

Speaker: Stephen M. Mathis


Dr. Mathis is a licensed psychologist and addictionologist who has been treating persons struggling with a variety of addictive and abuse issues that include alcohol, other drugs (including tobacco), gambling, religion, food, sex, relationships, money, power, and shipping since 1983. Therapeutically, he usually employs nontraditional treatment approaches that include a mixture of Cognitive-Behavioral paradigms, Reality Therapy approaches, and Adlerian techniques that address both the addictive disorders aspect and the contaminating co-existing psychological disorders from which they originate. In addition to psychological assessments, individual psychotherapy, and group therapy, Dr. Mathis is an adjunct/part-time faculty at several colleges (both live and on-line), conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on a variety of topics related to substance use disorders, supervises and is writing a book about adult survivors of adolescent substance abuse and dependency disorders from a trauma-based perspective.


Presenting Sessions

Substances as Trauma: A New Skills-Based Model and Its Implications for Assessment and Treatment

Pamela Jean Morgan

Speaker: Pamela Jean Morgan


Pamela Morgan, MBA/BSHS/CADC is a nationally known trainer and substance abuse professional providing services since 1993. She is owner of Key Insights, LLC, an approved professional development training provider with Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals. Best known for her presentation - Toxic Relationships: Another Addiction, she develops and facilitates various topics including Addiction to Crime, Ethics and Boundaries for working with Chemically Dependent Clients, and Recovery, Relapse & The 12 Steps. With more than 25 years of personal recovery, 21 years working with treatment, prevention, correctional and adolescent populations, and 16 years professional training experience - Morgan offers a wealth of personal and professional experience


Presenting Sessions

Sensitivity Training - Eliminating Desensitization & Burnout Effecting Substance Abuse Treatment
Venus and Mars: Gender Specific Treatment Issues and Treatment

Doug Paul

Speaker: Doug Paul


Doug Paul, LPC, CPCS has been working as a clinician with substance use disorders since 2007. He went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2002. He went on to complete a Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University in 2007. During his graduate training, he presented University-sponsored research findings at the American Counseling Associations' Annual Convention in Montreal, Quebec in 2006. While at Talbott Recovery from 2007-2014, he assisted with development of the Young Adult Program. Taking a Primary Therapist and then Clinical Director position with Foundations Recovery Network's Atlanta outpatient program in 2014. He expanded his repertoire of interventions in working with clients through therapy and education. Doug continues to practice his own recovery program over the last 18 years.


Presenting Sessions

A Multi-Faceted Approach to Cravings Management

Christy Plaice

Speaker: Christy Plaice


Ms. Plaice specializes in substance abuse/addiction and complex trauma resolution. Her counseling style incorporates sensory integration, resiliency and supportive connectivity to compassionate neuroscience model. Other areas of clinical work: anxiety, depression, self-harm behaviors, panic attacks, dissociative disorders, disordered eating, LGBTQI population and gender identity (including Trans & Gender-variant) adolescents adults and family systems work.


Presenting Sessions

Shining Through the Wounds: Trauma Informed Care

Sarah B. Plyer

Speaker: Sarah B. Plyer


Sarah in a Marriage and Family Therapist, Family Life Educator and integrative Breathwork Practitioner. She specializes in helping couples and families recover from addiction and trauma. Sarah has acquitted diversified clinical experience and skills working in Alabama, Texas and Georgia. She has formerly held roles as Adolescent counselor of Bradford Health Services, Instructor of Adolescent Development at The University of Alabama, Clinical Director of Austin Recovery, and Women's Program Director of The Arbor. Today, Sarah is the owner of Inner Journey Counseling in Marietta, GA where she helps clients embody recovery and authentic connection in their relationships.


Presenting Sessions

Restoring Connection: An Integrative Approach to Treating Couples in Recovery from Addiction

Jenna Riemersma

Speaker: Jenna Riemersma


Jenna Riemersma is an LPC specializing in the treatment of sexual addiction and codependency.

Jenna holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, and a Masters Degree in Professional Counseling from Richmont Graduate University, with clinical specializations in addictions, sex therapy, and spiritual direction. 

Jenna maintains a vibrant private practice in Atlanta, and also serves on the clinical staff of Bethesda Workshops in Nashville, TN, facilitating intensive outpatient treatment for partners of sex addicts.  She is on the teaching faculty of IITAP, providing sex addiction treatment training to professionals around the United States.  Jenna’s recent book “Move Toward,” explores the relationship between IFS and Spirituality.


Presenting Sessions

Changing the Game: Internal Family Systems (IFS) in Addiction Treatment

Cathy Robinson Pickett

Speaker: Cathy Robinson Pickett


Cathy Robinson Pickett is an internationally recognized motivational and inspirational educator. She has been named a National Point of Light, by President George Bush and recognized by countless organizations and media outlets including PEOPLE Magazine for her work in HIV, Domestic Violence, victims’ rights, sexual responsibility and patient advocacy. Cathy’s legislative activism on a local, state and Federal level began in 1992 and has continued to evolve across the intersections of victims and patients’ rights for sexual assault, domestic violence and HIV.  Her work initially focused on victims’ rights in assault cases and evolved into work around HIV testing for pregnant women and the availability of comprehensive reproductive health education for school aged young adults. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Friends-Together, a NGO that works with families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.


Presenting Sessions

Only Men, Women and Children Get AIDS. What You Need to Know if Your Client is Positive

Mark Sanders

Speaker: Mark Sanders


Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC serves as a lecturer at the University of Chicago. Mr. Sanders is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. He has been Director of Trilogy, Inc. since April 2013. He is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health. Recent writings include Slipping through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients Multiple Addictions and Disorders, and Recovery Management: He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling books series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Addictions Professional of the Year in the State of Illinois, and the Healthcare Alternatives Systems leadership Award for his Commitment to Promoting Behavioral Health Recovery. Mr. Sanders received his MSW in 1986 from Loyola University of Chicago.


Presenting Sessions

Historical and Generational Trauma
The Ethics of Multiculural Competency

Jim Seckman

Speaker: Jim Seckman


Jim Seckman has over 25 years experience working in the field of addiction treatment in a variety of clinical settings, including inpatient, outpatient and residential. He is currently CEO of MARR, Inc. He has served as Clinical Director of MARR, the Executive Director of Breakthrough House, Coordinator for Addiction Services at Emory University Hospital, Clinical Coordinator for SAFE Recovery Systems, the President of GARR, and on the GACA Ethics Committee. Jim's goal for training is to equip counselors with the insight, knowledge, and skills necessary to provide the best possible services to their clients.


Presenting Sessions

Working with Personality Disorders in Treatment

Susanah Stone

Speaker: Susanah Stone


Susanah Stone is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with certification as a Masters Addiction Counselor, Advanced Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and Co-Occurring Disorder Professional - Diplomat. Susanah has 30+ years of experience working in the field of mental health and addictive disorders. She has worked in various roles such as a Therapist, Clinical Director and Program Director in a variety of inpatient and outpatient treatment modalities and school settings with adults and adolescents. Susanah has also volunteered at the Georgia Crisis Intervention Team Training Program providing training on mental health, substance abuse, de-escalation techniques and crisis intervention skills to Georgia Peace Officers. Susanah currently works for The Department of Veteran Affairs. She is an educator and also works as an Adjunct Professor teaching Psychology courses.


Presenting Sessions

Case Managing Consumers with Co-Occurring Disorders

Matthew L. Swofford

Speaker: Matthew L. Swofford


Matthew L. Swofford, LPC has been in the field of mental health, dual diagnosis, and addiction treatment for over 9 years. Matthew obtained his Master's degree in psychological counseling from Valdosta State University where he began working with the dually diagnosed population at what once was Southwestern State Hospital's Gateway program in 2009. Matthew then began his new career at Ridgeview Institute after graduating where he began working full time with the young adult population. In 2012, Matthew began running an IOP program for addiction working with adults who struggled with chemical dependence, anxiety, depression and trauma. After obtaining full licensure in 2015, Matthew opened his private practice where he currently treats clients struggling with a variety of stressors but primarily anxiety, addiction, trauma and depression.


Presenting Sessions

Trauma Informed Care: How Trauma Can Manifest During Treatment