C4 is offering a series of ongoing webinars where you will learn best practices and hone your skills in the behavioral health field. We are hosting our webinars free of charge. Currently, there are no continuing education credits available.


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Brainspotting and Sexual Addiction: Restoring the Wisdom of the Nervous System


Time:          October 16, 2019 @ 12 PM EST


In this webinar, attendees will learn effective strategies for helping clients build somatic awareness and in turn strengthen their sexual sobriety. Sex addiction thrives on isolation, shame and secrecy, and to diminish the stigma, this presentation explores some of the latest approaches the mental health field has to offer such as Brainspotting and Somatic Experiencing. This presentation focuses on both the lingering challenges and infinite opportunities available to clients in recovery from problematic sexual behaviors.


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Andrew Susskind, LCSW, SEP, CGP

Andrew Susskind is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Brainspotting Practitioner and Certified Group Psychotherapist based in Los Angeles since 1992. In addition to maintaining a general practice, he specializes in trauma and addictions. Andrew completed his graduate work at UCLA in 1991 and has enjoyed mentoring associates since 1997. His recent book, It’s Not About the Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy after Sexual Addiction was released by Central Recovery Press in June 2019.



Beyond Trauma-Informed Care: The MET(T)A Protocol


Time:          November 6, 2019 @ 1 PM EST


The mental health treatment field has made great strides in recognizing the role that trauma plays in presenting problems and disorders by providing trauma-informed care. However, considering the widespread impact that trauma has on survivors, simply realizing this impact, recognizing the symptoms of trauma, and responding to them is not enough to heal the damage done. The disorders that can manifest from surviving a trauma, such as PTSD, major depressive disorder, substance use disorders, and eating disorders, the risky behaviors that trauma triggers such as self-injurious behaviors, promiscuity, isolation, etc., and the life-changing decisions that result from it such as suicide, speaks for the need for the vital move from trauma-informed care to trauma-focused care that the mental health field must make in order to ethically and effectively treat trauma.

Trauma-focused care assumes that unhealed trauma plays a major role in presenting issues, denotes greater action in the delivery of treatment services, and promotes proactive treatment planning to heal the legacy of trauma. The MET(T)A (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Agencies) Protocol provides the trauma-focused solution that survivors of trauma need to find long-lasting recovery. The MET(T)A Protocol is a new and innovative way to envision and implement agency mental health treatment that is grounded in the over 30 years of research, theory, and practice of EMDR therapy, as well as the 2600 years of research theory and practice of the Buddhist psychology of Mindfulness. It honors the current belief that there is a deep need for trauma resolution to be a key focus of treatment to strengthen relapse prevention and create sustainable long-term recovery.

This webinar will make the case for the move from trauma-informed care to trauma-focused care by applying EMDR therapy as a complete psychotherapy instead of as a technique or approach, with mindfulness as a stabilizing anchor for treatment effects and Buddhist psychology as a philosophical system to treat mental health disorders.


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Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, LMFT

Dr. Dansiger is a rocker who got sober in the late 80’s and then became a sought after clinician, writer and meditation teacher. He became a master EMDR therapist and provider of EMDR Basic Training and Advanced Topics Courses as Senior Faculty with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. He has developed and successfully launched the MET(T)A Protocol, a new design for addictions and mental health agency treatment using Buddhist Mindfulness and EMDR Therapy as the theoretical orientation and primary clinical practice. It is now in use in multiple agencies throughout the country. He has been practicing Buddhist mindfulness for over 30 years (including a one year residency at a Zen monastery), and teaches dharma classes regularly in Los Angeles and other centers internationally. He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers and avidly blogs and podcasts on topics related to mental health, recovery, and mindfulness. He is also the co-author (with Dr. Jamie Marich) of EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care (Springer Publishing). His latest book is Mindfulness for Anger Management: Transformative Skills for Overcoming Anger and Managing Powerful Emotions which is available through Althea Press.


Trauma, Shame and addiction – How did we get here…and how do we change?


Time:          December 4, 2019 @ 1 PM EST


As the opioid epidemic continues to unfold on the American landscape, our society is experiencing the loss of the flower of a generation. Studies reveals that alcohol use remains an even larger and growing public health problem than opioids. Marijuana use has become so casual as to usher itself into mainstream America, an innocuous choice for some perhaps, but for many others including the youngest amongst us its effects are devastating. Addiction is now a public health concern of epic proportions.

What about the undercurrents to addiction, the things that frequently start addiction, that fuel addiction? What about the undertreated public health menace that directly impacts and precedes addiction, and negatively affects the health and longevity of individuals and families? This silent menace is trauma, especially trauma from childhood. Learn to recognize that untreated trauma leads to the failure of so many individuals who find themselves chronically relapsing into the spiral of opioid addiction, alcoholism, gambling and sex addiction.


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Donald Sansom, DO

Donald Sansom, DO received his Bachelor of Science from Northern Arizona University in 1987, and his Doctor of Osteopathy degree from A.T. Still University (Kirksville Campus) in 1991. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati and, subsequently, completed his residency in anesthesiology at the University of Cincinnati in 1995, spending his last year serving as elected Chief Resident. From 1995 through 2012, he practiced in a diverse and robust private practice setting with an emphasis in obstetrical and pediatric anesthesia at Tucson Medical Center. In addition to his busy clinical practice, Dr. Sansom served in a variety of administrative and clinical leadership positions at Tucson Medical Center, including serving as Anesthesia Department Chairman, and as a member of the medical executive committee. During that time, he volunteered for five years co-leading medical mission trips to Honduras to serve the medically indigent.

Upon retiring from anesthesia in 2012, Dr. Sansom became the medical director in a corrections facility and launched what would become the next chapter in his career as he began working with individuals with various forms of substance abuse and co-morbidities. In 2015, Dr. Sansom left the medical director position to pursue an opportunity to start a drug and alcohol treatment center in both a clinical and administrative role, further cementing his commitment to treating patients with addiction.

Dr. Sansom has a passion for working with individuals with all forms of substance use disorder and shepherding them along a path of lifelong sobriety and health. To that end, he is firmly committed to Sierra Tucson’s holistic multidisciplinary approach. He has interests in neuroscience as it relates to addiction, mindfulness, neuroplasticity, and spirituality. Dr. Sansom is intrigued by how science and spirituality intersect in medicine and in people’s lives and strongly believes in educating patients about addiction as a disease and about recovery.

Dr. Sansom is a Diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology, a member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine (AOAAM), and he holds certificates in AOAAM Essentials of Addiction Medicine and has completed the AOAAM advanced Addiction Medicine Course.


The Wounded Healer: Helping the Helper


Time:          January 15, 2020 @ 1 PM EST


Burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma are landmines in the field of addiction. Many of us struggle with work demands, familial expectations, not to mention the desire for a fulfilling personal life. Our supervisors repeat the mantra, “don’t forget your self care!” But who has the energy to schedule a massage or even run a bubble bath after a stressful day? In order to thrive in this field, it’s crucial we shine a light on what really matters when it comes to caring for ourselves and the barriers that get in the way of being our best selves. This experiential workshop will differentially define burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma; provide a deep understanding of self-compassion (and what gets in the way); and support participants in evaluating crucial components of their individual self-care plan to support the healthiest version of themselves.


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Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF

Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF is the founder of Head/Heart Therapy, Inc. She is a licensed clinical social worker, certified addictions counselor and a Certified Daring Way facilitator. She holds a masters degree from Loyola University in Chicago and specializes in shame and substance use disorders. Sarah is also a member of adjunct faculty at Loyola University Chicago and Fordham University, Founding board member for the Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment (WAAT) Chicago Chapter, and the host of a podcast called Conversations with a Wounded Healer. Sarah integrates her knowledge of complementary healing modalities such as music, yoga, reiki, and the chakra system into her clinical practice to help clients enhance their authenticity. From an early age, Sarah began to share the stage with her mother who was a professional singer. She sings in a local Chicago band and has utilized her musical skills in therapy interventions at various drug and alcohol treatment centers in the city.


8 Ways to Wellbeing for Recovering People


Time:          February 12, 2020 @ 1 PM EST


Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLCs) identified in “8 Ways to Wellbeing for Recovering People,” are an underutilized, but profoundly effective treatment for optimizing mental health and supporting recovery from most psychiatric issues, such as addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and trauma. In addition, they are an effective intervention for relapse prevention. Based on the exhaustive research of Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. at the University of CA at Irvine, these TLCs described and amplified in this workshop, can serve as core curriculum for inpatient or outpatient programs, as well as individual use. Why “lifestyle changes?” Because research shows that TLCs, such as changing ones diet, getting regular exercise, relaxation, healthy recreation, time outdoors in nature, fostering supportive relationships, spiritual practice and service to others can be enormously beneficial for optimizing mental and physical health and wellbeing.TLCs are not the whole answer. Nothing is. They are a proven modality in addiction treatment.


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Sonnee Weedn, PhD, CSAT

Sonnee D. Weedn, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and has been in practice since 1980. She holds a certificate from the American Psychological Association as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of alcoholism and other chemical dependencies, and is a certified sex addiction therapist. Dr. Weedn is in private practice and is the clinical consultant to Casa Capri Recovery for Women.In addition to her clinical practice, her core curriculum, “8 Ways to Wellbeing for Recovering People,” serves as the underlying theoretical underpinning of their treatment protocol. Dr. Weedn is the chairman of the DSR-30 (Deep Space Research 2030) Consortium, in conjunction with Fordham University, designing behavioral health protocols for the astronauts going to Mars in or about 2030. “8 Ways to Wellbeing for Recovering People,” was created from the exhaustive research of Roger Walsh, M.D., Ph.D. at UC Irvine, and has his full support.


Contemporary Principles of Addiction Treatment


Time:          March 17, 2020 @ 1 PM EST


This presentation/workshop details in part the research by Ann Fletcher, the author if “Inside Rehab,” on the addictions treatment field. It describes the 12 core principles of excellent contemporary addictions treatment. Skills reviewed will include: conducting outcomes assessments, implementing feedback-informed treatment, Streamlining a comprehensive assessment process, creating a safe milieu, crafting a patient-centered approach, managing the paradox of surrender and empowerment, integrating recovery-based and discovery-based approaches, nurturing total recovery, implementing a system for comprehensive assessment and treatment, facilitating recovery supports, Interlacing services within a larger human service matrix, implementing evidence-based treatments, and creating long-term services and supports.


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Michael McGee, MD

Dr. McGee is currently the Chief Medical Officer of The Haven, a psychiatric treatment facility located in the Central Coast of California that specializes in the treatment of addictions.

Dr. McGee graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Biology with distinction. Dr. McGee received his M.D. from Stanford University School of medicine and completed his residency in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, including a Chief Residency in Inpatient psychiatry.

Dr. McGee has directed several treatment programs, participated in government-funded outcomes research, and has published in the areas of spirituality, addictions, and clinical treatment.

Dr. McGee served for many years on the faculty of of McLean Hospital at Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Dr. McGee is Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Psychosomatic Medicine. He has extensive experience in addictions treatment and general adult psychiatry.

Dr. McGee is the author of the multi-award-winning “The Joy of Recovery.” He is also author of “101 Things You Need to Know if You’re Addicted to Painkillers.” (in press)

Dr. McGee has a private practice near San Luis Obispo, CA, where he practices a combination of psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. His approach is ecelctic. He includes psychospiritual interventions to compliment biological, psychodynamic, interpersonal, and cognitive-behavioral interventions.


Sexual Addiction and Emotional Sobriety: The Intersection of Positive Psychology, Somatic Experiencing and Attachment


Time:          April 24, 2020 @ 12 PM EST


Ending the compulsive sex is just the beginning. In order for those in recovery from sex addiction to move from sexual sobriety to emotional sobriety, they need to acquire and practice regulation skills and to live recovery in moderation. This workshop focuses on the skills and tools available from Positive Psychology, Somatic Experiencing as well as Attachment Theory. Learning to self-regulate, establishing mutual regulation, building somatic awareness to identify dysregulation vs. regulation are all essential ingredients toward emotional sobriety. As a result, meaningful and secure attachments become more possible acting as a catalyst for sustainable sexual sobriety.


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Andrew Susskind, LCSW, SEP, CGP

Andrew Susskind is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Brainspotting Practitioner and Certified Group Psychotherapist based in Los Angeles since 1992. In addition to maintaining a general practice, he specializes in trauma and addictions. Andrew completed his graduate work at UCLA in 1991 and has enjoyed mentoring associates since 1997. His recent book, It’s Not About the Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy after Sexual Addiction was released by Central Recovery Press in June 2019.



Food for Recovery: Exploring “Diet Culture” Messaging and How It Interferes with Physical Healing and Sobriety


Time:          May 13, 2020 @ 1 PM EST


It is almost impossible to make it through a day without seeing messages such as: “eat this for better health”, “avoid these unclean foods”, “remove toxins with this cleanse”; these messages are tempting when a person feels physical/emotional pain, discomfort and/or a focus on “health” may not have been a priority in the past. All of which are often true for those who have, or are currently struggling, with substance use disorder. This presentation will review key malnutrition and gut concerns that require immediate attention along with reviewing why it is so important to avoid FAD diets or extreme food/fueling behaviors. Nutrition education and monitoring are critical to ensure that clients can regain recognition of the body’s natural cues, and the ability to understand balanced food choices to best support short- and long-term recovery.


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Megan A. Kniskern MS, RD, LD/N, CEDRD-S

Megan is the owner of MAK Nutrition Services, LLC, the consulting Nutrition Director for ViaMar Health in West Palm Beach, Florida and a Lecturer at Arizona State University; teaching graduate and undergraduate nutrition and leadership courses. Megan is a Certified Eating Disorder Dietitian and Approved Supervisor through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (iaedp). She is the current Past Chair for the Behavioral Health Nutrition DPG through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Phoenix Ambassador of the International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians. Megan’s strengths are working with complex eating disorder clients, providing RDs supervision in the areas of eating disorders, substance use disorders and mental health, along with speaking and presenting all over the country through a non-diet and Health at Every Size lens, with the ultimate goal of helping improve our relationship to our bodies and to food.


Breaking the Cycle: First Responders, Trauma, and Substance Use


Time:          June 17, 2020 @ 1 PM EST


The hazards of the first responder’s job include exposure to trauma resulting in mental health issues such as PTSD, as well as substance use disorders (SUD). First responder wellness can also have implications for patients, crews, families, and the community at large. Therefore, it is a social problem. This presenter will explore the realities of trauma exposure among first responders, the challenges of accepting treatment, and the concurrent treatment of co-occurring trauma, mental health, and SUDs. This presenter will share research that was inspired by her work with the Palm Beach County Firefighters Union, where she witnessed firsthand the impact of on the job trauma exposure on firefighters and gained a unique perspective of the first responder culture. She will describe protocols that are used to mitigate the negative outcomes of trauma and that emphasize protocols that promote growth from trauma and the development of greater resilience in first responders.


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Anna Lisa De Lima, MA, LHMC, NCC

Anna Lisa De Lima, MA, LHMC, NCC is a Primary Counselor at Hanley Center at Origins in West Palm Beach, FL where she works with clients who are struggling with substance use disorders, co-occurring with mental health issues and trauma. Anna Lisa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida as well as a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Anna Lisa is currently completing her PH.D in Counselor Education and Supervision and her dissertation work is focused on the first responder population. She was inspired to begin her research while working for the Palm Beach County Firefighters Union, where she witnessed firsthand the impact of on the job trauma exposure on firefighters. Her dissertation work emphasizes the protocols that promote growth from trauma and the development of greater resilience in first responders. In her work as a clinician, Anna Lisa utilizes a variety of evidenced based protocols in the treatment of mental health disorders, SUDs, and trauma. Anna Lisa has worked with first responders from a variety of backgrounds and specialties in her work as a clinician. Having worked closely with first responders in a variety of roles, and through her years of research on this population, Anna Lisa is well-versed in the unique concerns that this population faces. Anna Lisa has presented extensively on this topic at conferences for first responders and clinicians. Additionally, she has provided training and education for multiple first responder departments and agencies.


Insurance Client Advocacy: Utilization Review Skills & Strategies


Time:          July 15, 2020 @ 1 PM EST


Many providers are unfamiliar with the policies and procedures at insurance companies, as well as the regulations that impact Utilization Review proceedings, and this leaves clinicians at a distinct disadvantage when advocating for insurance authorization. When treatment ends abruptly due to premature authorization request denials, clients are left without appropriate mental healthcare, contributing to diminished treatment gains and symptom relapse. This engaging presentation provides critical guidance about improving utilization review outcomes in an ethically- and legally-sound manner. In this session, attendees will learn about medical necessity, important laws and standards of care that affect clinical documentation and managed care processes, and easy-to-integrate strategies to better advocate for clients with their insurance companies. As a result of implementing the methods Elizabeth presents, providers report an improvement in the length of treatment authorizations by 15% to 20%, as well as improvements in overall clinical documentation quality and auditing outcomes.


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Elizabeth Irias, MS, LMFT

Elizabeth Irias, MS, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with specializations in Utilization Review and Quality Assurance, and also the founder of Clearly Clinical, an online behavioral health Continuing Education program. As a consultant and trainer, Beth works closely with clinical teams across the country to improve their quality of care, documentation practices, and utilization review outcomes using her copyrighted methods. She is an adjunct faculty member at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, in the graduate psychology department, and she regularly presents at conferences and seminars throughout the US. She also operates a private practice in Westlake Village, CA, where she provides therapy to adolescent/young adult clients, members of the LGBT population, and those with addictive disorders.