C4 is offering a series of ongoing webinars where you will learn best practices and hone your skills in the behavioral health field. You may watch our webinars free of charge. If you need to obtain continuing education credits you may do so using C4 Learning, C4’s new online learning platform. Please visit this page for CE information.


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


Original Broadcast Date:      November 6, 2019 @ 1:00 PM EST


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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.


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.


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


Original Broadcast Date:      October 16, 2019 @ 12:00 PM EST


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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.


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.



Why Your Client With Substance Use Disorder Won’t Stay Sober Until the Eating Disorder is Treated


Original Broadcast Date:      September 20, 2019 @ 9:30 AM EST


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The high co-morbidity rate between substance use disorders and eating disorders is well known; yet clients in substance abuse treatment centers who have eating disorders are largely unable to benefit from programming due to malnourished brains, and/or obsessions and compulsions surrounding food, weight, exercise or health. Listen to an eating disorder expert and exposure therapist discuss how treating the eating disorder during SUD treatment, with the support of a physician and registered dietitian, will be the best relapse-prevention tool any facility can provide to its clients.


Andrea Kulberg, PhD, CEDS

Dr. Kulberg is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders and anxiety disorders. She has been employed in various hospital, residential and outpatient settings, including Eating Recovery Center of Denver’s Child & Adolescent Eating Disorders Program. She is currently the Clinical Director of Adolescent Programs at Mission Harbor Behavioral Health in Santa Barbara, a partial hospital and intensive outpatient center for the treatment of substance use disorders and other mental health problems. Due to her background in clinical neuropsychology, Dr. Kulberg brings an understanding of brain-behavior relationships to her work, and is able to treat complex cases wherein patients may have developmental challenges or acquired neurological problems. After her initial training in San Diego at Alliant International University, Dr. Kulberg taught psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.



Medical Cannabis and Addiction Medicine Practice Consequences


Original Broadcast Date:      August 21, 2019 @ 3 PM EST


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The prevalence of cannabis use for purported medical indications increases in states that adopt medical marijuana laws. A firm understanding of the association between cannabis use and substance use disorder treatment management is critical to the modern practice of addiction medicine. This didactic presentation will review literature related to cannabis use and other substance use disorders. A discussion addressing modern addiction medicine practices and implications for patients who use cannabis will be provided. The bulk of the presentation will introduce several practical clinical approaches that clinicians can use when providing medical care to patients who use cannabis, including those who have been issued cards authorizing the possession and use of cannabis for purported medical indications. We will conclude by introducing a motivational interviewing technique that can be used to evoke a patients’ own motivation and commitment to change their cannabis use.


Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM

Brian Hurley, MD, MBA, DFASAM is an addition psychiatrist and the Director of Addiction Medicine at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Brian is currently the Treasurer of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).



Emerging Digital Health Technologies and Continuing Care


Original Broadcast Date:      July 24, 2019 @ 1 PM EST


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Many patients, perhaps the majority, do not engage in standard continuing care although it may be available for them. This creates a strong case for the importance of new continuing care models that can supplement, and in some cases replace, the traditional clinical-based approach. Emerging digital health technologies (DHT’s) show promise for helping both to refine therapies for the client’s individual needs while providing support in settings beyond the clinic. This webinar is designed for treatment personnel who want to consider offering continuing care and support services via the Internet for individual, group, family or alumni completing initial recovery programs. Participants will be introduced to basic ethical practices that will enable them to introduce and implement secure Internet technology into the clinical setting and ongoing care plan.


Arthur Trotzky, PhD, DCC

Arthur Trotzky, PhD, DCC, a pioneer in online therapy and an internationally known treatment specialist, was a senior therapist at the Kibbutz Child and Family Clinic for 27 years and Clinical Director of Israel’s first 12-step rehabilitation centers.

Dr. Trotzky developed clinical programs in Israel for compulsive gambling and two private clinics treating eating disorders as addiction. Dr. Trotzky treated combat reactions (PTSD) serving in the Israel Defense Forces’ reserves in a forward mobile trauma unit. In addition, he contracted with the Defense Ministry to treat victims of terrorist attacks.

From 2005 through 2011, Dr. Trotzky worked in the Recovering Professionals’ Program at Ridgeview Institute in Smyrna, Georgia and facilitated the Survivors’ Group for patients. While at Ridgeview, he developed an online website for individual and group therapy and began to provide continuing care for persons transitioning out of addictions and dual-diagnosis programs. Dr. Trotzky provided online continuing care for the Anti-Drug Authority in Israel and for Hope Homes Recovery Services in the Southern United States. Currently, he supervises an online crisis chat for the Division of At-Risk Youth of the Jerusalem Municipality.

Dr. Trotzky has presented at major national and international professional conferences and has conducted and published varied research. (See Publications: www.onlinegrouptherapy.com)


Gender Responsive Treatment Approaches for Adult Women Throughout the Continuum of Care


Original Broadcast Date:      June 19, 2019 @ 1 PM EST


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This webinar presents a framework for a gender responsive treatment approach for adult women with substance use disorders. A significant percentage of women presenting for substance use treatment often report a history of trauma as well as difficulty in developing and maintaining meaningful, healthy and sustaining relationships. Shame and fear of severe consequences may result in the denial or minimization of the existence of a problem. This in addition to society’s stereotypes of women, often result in women remaining stuck in their substance use longer. These experiences further reinforce the importance of providing gender responsive and trauma informed treatment approaches. We will discuss specific treatment needs of women across the various levels of care while also describing specific clinical interventions to facilitate women’s substance use treatment.


Mary Anne Roy, PsyD, CCS

Dr. Roy is a licensed psychologist and certified clinical supervisor and received her doctorate in psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Her 15-year career in the mental health and addiction field has provided her with the experience and expertise to oversee Crossroads’ outpatient and residential clinical practices at the agency’s four sites. Dr. Roy often presents on the topic of gender responsive addiction treatment for women either as a panelist or at various state and national conferences.



The Importance of Family in Treating Young Adults in Recovery


Original Broadcast Date:      May 15, 2019 @ 1 PM EST


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Working with young adults makes it particularly important for families and loved ones to provide constant support and encouragement. Conversations with the young adults and family’s needs to be a significant part of treatment to discuss boundaries, setting realistic goals and setting up parameters to help the young adult achieve these goals.

Because so many of the young adults are still living in their homes, it is imperative to include the family system throughout treatment, despite the reluctance of the young adult. A positive and supportive environment may be tantamount to recovery. Caregivers who are involved in treatment, understand its importance, work with treatment providers, and are engaged in recovery are more likely to see successful recovery in their loved one than those who aren’t involved, National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). This webinar will explore strategies to both engage the young adult who is most likely to refuse family involvement, and strategies to engage the families in this meaningful treatment.


Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP

Trish Caldwell has over 25 years of experience working with adolescents and young adults along with their families. She has both treated families and created programs to help families deal with the struggles of addiction and ways they can support their loved one’s recovery, as well as begin a journey of recovery for themselves. She has also run multifamily DBT groups for adolescents and young adults and their families to help them work collaboratively through their addiction, strengthen their communication skills, and set appropriate boundaries to help create a safe place to begin their recovery. Her areas of expertise are addiction, co-occurring disorders, ADHD, trauma, and program development. Her work experiences include working in: long term residential treatment facilities for adolescents; secured facility for adjudicated youth; Partial hospitalization for children and adolescents, outpatient treatment for co-occurring disorders and my current role as the director of Family services at RCA. She has years of experience as both a local and regional trainer.



The Power of Personality: Enneagram and Client Breakthroughs


Original Broadcast Date:      April 17, 2019 @ 1 PM EST


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Learn a new way to understand your clients (and yourself) through the Power of Personality. In this upbeat and stimulating workshop, Crystal will introduce you to the basics of the Enneagram, take you through each of the 9 Types, and show you how to use David Daniel’s Stanford Inventory.

Do you ever feel stuck in your work with clients? The Enneagram is an excellent tool for taking communication to the next level and fostering deep compassion for differences between people. Crystal has used the Enneagram to find a common language between herself, clients and their family which facilitates breakthroughs and healing.


Crystal Stokes, MACP, MFTA

Crystal Stokes is the founder of Authentic Freedom, a psychology-health coaching hybrid practice focused on igniting women to live radically real, untamed lives.

Over the last 15+ years, she developed her unique approach in leading women along a coaching journey to ultimately love their body, create profoundly loving relationships, and to engage in purpose and passion based work that creates prosperity and joy.

Crystal uses the ideal blend of science-based best practices in cognitive behavioral, transpersonal, and psychodynamic psychology along with compassion, playfulness and nature-sourced presence in her work with clients.

Crystal is a Ph.D. student at Pacifica Graduate Institute, holds a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Sofia University, and a Bachelor’s in Wildlife Biology and Conservation from North Carolina State University. She also works as an associate MFT for Mission Harbor Behavioral Health and Anxiety Experts in Santa Barbara, CA.


Using Measurement Based Care & Outcomes Research to Improve Treatment Effectiveness & Your Bottom Line


Original Broadcast Date:      March 13, 2019 @ 1 PM EST


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Research shows that patients get better faster when their clinicians use patient-reported data to inform clinical care. We’ll explain why measurement based care works so well, share real-world stories of how it has helped clinicians provide better treatment to their patients, and discuss multiple implementation options.

We’ll also discuss how treatment pioneers can use post-treatment outcomes data to attract more private-pay clients, earn in-network coverage, negotiate pay-for-performance bonuses, and develop a strategic action plan to further improve their program’s results. Preliminary outcomes research results for 1,500 addiction treatment patients will be shared.


Joanna Conti, BS, MS

As her daughter cycled in and out of multiple alcoholism treatment programs, Conti became very frustrated by the lack of success rate data available to help families identify the best facilities. A serial entrepreneur who had previously started software and consulting companies as well as an international nonprofit, Conti launched Vista Research Group in September 2015 to help treatment programs cost-effectively measure and improve their treatment success rates.



Adult ADHD, Amphetamne, Addiction, and the Amygdala


Original Broadcast Date:      February 20, 2019 @ 1 PM EST


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ADHD and addiction commonly co-occur and each condition affects the course of the other. There is strong evidence for benefit of stimulant medication in treatment of adult ADHD, but frustratingly, these benefits don’t translate well to their use in early recovery. In this presentation, we will consider the evidence for approaches to ADHD in the addiction treatment setting, look at the latest evidence on the nature of adult ADHD, and examine the overlap between childhood trauma and ADHD, including how both conditions are mediated through the amygdala, and the implications of this connection in developing treatment strategies.


James W. Berry, MD, FASAM

James W. Berry, MD, FASAM, is Board Certified in Family Medicine and in Addiction Medicine He practiced family medicine in rural Maine for 30 years before taking up addiction medicine full-time. He currently works at SMART Child and Family Services and at Mercy hospital in Portland.



Intergenerational Stress Patterns of Healthcare Professionals in the Workplace: Strategies to Improve Performance and Collaboration


Original Broadcast Date:      December 12, 2018 @ 1 PM EST


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The purpose of this workshop is to review patterns of various age groups in the healthcare workplace and the potential stress patterns that often results. Examination will demonstrate the impact of age groups and how this may affect the collaborative approach in patient oriented healthcare. The presentation will review traits, socialization, specific determinants and styles of learning as well as philosophical roots of professional healthcare roles. The program will identify common age-related stressors that impact performance of when caring for others and the methodologies to improve collaboration and peer respect. The ultimate goal is for the attendee to recognize that professional self-awareness in all age groups, ultimately improves self-satisfaction and helps to promote improved patient care.


Donna White, RN, PhD, CS, CADAC

Donna White, RN, PhD, CS, CADAC is a consultant Addiction Specialist for the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a Public Health Hospital for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Past positions were the former Chief Operating Officer and Nurse Executive at Worcester State Hospital, and the Director of Nurses and the Director of Chemical Dependency Services as well as the Dual Diagnosis Program at Pembroke Psychiatric Hospital. She is now a Master Trainer for the Department of Mental Health.

She is a graduate of Boston City Hospital School of Nursing and earned a BSN from Curry College in 1985. In addition, she completed graduate studies at the University of Massachusetts/Boston, is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor with an additional certification in advanced Drug and Alcohol Counseling, is certified in Chemical Dependency and Addictions Nursing, and is certified by the ANCC as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Public Health Nursing.

Dr. White is the 2006 recipient of the Peer Assistance Award from IntNSA and was recently inducted as a Board-Certified Fellow at the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. In 2007, she was the first recipient of the Fong-Bressler Award for Outstanding Preceptorship in the Graduate Program for the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. MNA awarded her the Addictions Nursing Award in 2009. In October, 2010, she was recognized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with the award of Champion of Public Health. In May, 2011, she was awarded the Nancy Valentine Leadership Award from the New England Chapter of the American Psychiatric Association and in 2013, she was voted Mentor of the Year by the International Nurses Society on Addiction Nurses. Most recently, in 2014, she was given the Heart of Nursing Award from the University of Massachusetts/Boston Sigma Theta Tau Chapter. Donna is the author of an Addictions Competency Based Program in the Dept. of Public Health Hospital where she now consults. She has many publications to her credit and recently co-authored a chapter on Addictions Nursing in a Psychiatric textbook. In addition, she was part of a video production addressing suicide in adolescents in Massachusetts. In 2015, she was inducted as a Fellow in the International Nurses Society on Addictions. She is the recipient of many Community Awards and nominations.

Dr. White is the statewide Chairperson of the Massachusetts Nurses Association Addictions Council, and oversees the Peer Assistant Program for HCPs seeking help in recovery. She is certified by the Green Cross Foundation as an educator and therapist in Compassion Fatigue concerns and is a specialist in Addictive Disorders, Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization in Healthcare Professionals. In addition, she is a member of the International Trauma Specialists Dr. White is a Clinical Instructor for Boston Area Colleges …graduate NP programs as well as baccalaureate level for Community Health Clinical work and is a Visiting Scholar for local colleges. In addition, she provided oversight for the clinical practicums of counseling students and consults to department chairs for all medical/professional clinical experience rotations at the Shattuck Hospital. She has lectured at many facilities and agencies and is a recognized leader in the field of Addictions, Impaired Practice and Peer Assistance, as well as Healthcare Professional Stress.



Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery: 2018 Year End Policy Review


Original Broadcast Date:      December 5, 2018 @ 1 PM EST


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2018 has seen many great advances on the policy front for SUD treatment and recovery advocates with Congress spending a record amount of time on the issue. This webinar will sort out rhetoric from reality and evaluate our success versus what still needs to be done. We will examine legislation, attitudes, spending, and other subjects from a policy perspective while also examining how our message needs to evolve in the future.


Andrew D. Kessler, JD

Andrew D. Kessler, JD, is founder and principal of Slingshot Solutions LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in behavioral health policy. With 15 years of policy experience- and over a decade in behavioral health- Kessler is a fixture in circles that advocate for substance abuse treatment, prevention, and research. He collaborates frequently with congressional offices, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and other federal actors.

Kessler has written legislation and report language published by both the House and Senate, and has presented orally before such bodies as the Scientific Management Review Board, the College on Problems of Drug Dependence, and the National Conference on Addictive Disorders. He sits on the board of directors of the Coalition for Health Funding, as well as the inaugural board of directors of the Institute for the Advancement of Behavioral Health Care.

Kessler received his Bachelor of Arts in 1993 from Washington University in St. Louis. In 1999, he graduated from American University’s Washington College of Law, where he received multiple awards and recognition for his legal analysis and moot court performance, including his appearance as a finalist in the upper-class moot court competition in 1998. He lives in Fairfax, Virginia, with his wife and two children.



How Most Therapists Make Anxiety Disorders Worse and What To Do Instead


Original Broadcast Date:      November 14, 2018 @ 12 PM EST


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Learn about how anxiety lives on safety behaviors, and how many therapists grow their clients’ anxiety by colluding with avoidance, reassurance-seeking and compulsions. Turn your therapy practice upside down, by using evidence-based techniques from exposure therapy (ERP) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help your clients reduce anxiety for a lifetime.


Andrea Kulberg, PhD

Dr. Kulberg is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders and anxiety disorders. She has been employed in various hospital, residential and outpatient settings, including Eating Recovery Center of Denver’s Child & Adolescent Eating Disorders Program. She is currently the Clinical Director of Adolescent Programs at Mission Harbor Behavioral Health in Santa Barbara, a partial hospital and intensive outpatient center for the treatment of substance use disorders and other mental health problems. Due to her background in clinical neuropsychology, Dr. Kulberg brings an understanding of brain-behavior relationships to her work, and is able to treat complex cases wherein patients may have developmental challenges or acquired neurological problems. After her initial training in San Diego at Alliant International University, Dr. Kulberg taught psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


The Straight and Narrow Bottom Line: Law and Ethics Related to Third-Party Payment


Original Broadcast Date:      October 17, 2018 @ 1 PM EST


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This was a pre-recorded presentation that originally took place at the Addiction eXecutive’s Industry Summit on March 6th, 2018.

This presentation – led by an experienced health care attorney who advises addiction treatment programs and urine drug testing laboratories – will include an overview of laws, regulations, policies, and ethics related to payment from private and public third-parties. The discussion will touch on the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, state anti-kickback and fee-splitting statutes, the criminal health care fraud statute, False Claims Act, and the Affordable Care Act. This presentation will provide a timely discussion of the legal issues regarding the utilization of, and billing for, urine drug testing, including billing fraud and pass-through billing arrangements with clinical laboratories; collecting insurance payments made directly to patients; assignment of benefits; insurance enrollment; and copayment collection. Applying his practical experience and recent case law, enforcement trends, and legislation, the presenter will provide attendees with an understanding of how treatment programs and laboratories can comply with relevant laws and regulations, obtain reasonable payment, and ensure that safeguards are in place to protect the safety of patients and prevent civil and criminal liability.


Michael C. Barnes, Esq

Michael C. Barnes is the managing partner at DCBA Law & Policy in Washington, DC. He has served as a strategic advisor to executives at multinational corporations, primary legal counsel to national health care service providers, and compliance officer for multi-state providers of behavioral health care. Mr. Barnes has authored more than 10 scholarly articles, presents frequently at conferences nationwide, and performs legal analysis for radio and TV networks, including CNN, HLN, and FOX News. Mr. Barnes is also the executive director of the Center for Lawful Access and Abuse Deterrence (CLAAD), a national non-profit working to reduce prescription drug abuse. He previously served as confidential counsel in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.


Positioning Your Center for Long-term Growth and Success


Original Broadcast Date:      September 20, 2018 @ 1 PM EST


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Let’s face it, too many centers are dependent on single marketing channels, like Adwords or Facebook, but this is expensive and unsustainable in the long-term. It’s also why we’ve seen so many organizations close down centers or shut their doors completely in the past year. There needs to be a healthy balance of admissions coming from professional referrals and alumni in addition to standard marketing campaigns.

This webinar will discuss current trends in the field and what is and isn’t working post-Adwords. In addition, it will provide strategic advice on what you can do today to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of your center for tomorrow.


Nick Jaworski

Nick Jaworski is the owner of Circle Social Inc, a digital marketing agency that helps recovery centers and other healthcare organizations connect with patients and their communities to grow their census. He is also an advocate for a more human-centered, individualized and evidence-based approach to addiction treatment due to having gone through his own addiction issues as a youth.


Leveraging Learning Best Practices to Increase Engagement and Improve Outcomes


Original Broadcast Date:      August 29, 2018 @ 2 PM EST


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Addiction and recovery are subject matters that include knowledge areas, a unique language and vocabulary, and require learning, often with a steep learning curve. All of this occurs at a time when patients’s minds are compromised due to recent use of drugs and alcohol. Our patients and clients are actually “learners” in this new environment and our clinical staff members are the “educators.” Do you leverage proven learning principles and best practices when developing or implementing your curriculum? In this session you will:

  • Identify opportunities within your program where learning best practices can be applied
  • Assess your approach to curriculum development and identify current gaps
  • Learn the basics and importance of addressing different Learning Styles and the benefits of their use
  • Assess your current curriculum and identify opportunities for improvement
  • Set one goal to take back to your organization


Tom Karl, BA

Tom Karl founded R1 as the result of his own personal experiences in addiction and recovery. The idea for the Discovery Cards came to Tom following a relapse when he noted a lack of practical tools in addiction treatment settings. He has used the creation of the tools to help him better understand himself and address his own personal challenges. Through R1, Tom’s goal is to put impactful self-discovery tools into the hands of individuals in recovery and empower them to change their lives. Tom has 25+ years of experience in learning and development, and employee engagement, working with global companies, government agencies, and education institutions. Tom is active in the recovery community and volunteers with patient engagement programs.

Prior to R1, Tom was the Senior Vice President at Lee Hecht Harrison and a Partner with MasteryWorks. At Lee Hecht Harrison, Tom was the Global Practice Lead for Employee Engagement and Career Development Solutions where he led the go-to-market strategy for all products and services. In his role, Tom consulted with clients to design, develop, and implement learning solutions to address their pressing human capital needs. At MasteryWorks, Tom led the product strategy to create the first multi-language career portal learning solution in the industry (including assessment tools, e-learning modules, career discussion planners, articles, and links to existing organization HR technologies and career resources). MasteryWorks’ seminars, assessment tools, and career portals were licensed and deployed globally. Tom, with his partner and team, built an international reputation for career planning and was acquired by Lee Hecht Harrison in 2014 after a two-decade strategic partnership.

Tom has a B.A. in Economics from Duke University and currently volunteers on the Patient & Family Engagement Advisory Council at Inova Healthcare System in Virginia.


How to Engage Your Team like a World-Class Leader


Original Broadcast Date:      August 23, 2018 @ 1 PM EST


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The best leaders in the world know how to get people on board and taking action on a shared vision and strategy. How do they do it? What mistakes do many of us make when aiming to coalesce our teams? How can already successful, top level leaders, hone their skills to truly bring out the best in their people? This webinar will cover the three core competencies practiced by the most effective leaders in the world when it comes to engaging and mobilizing a team or an entire organization. Each core competency will be flushed out with specific action steps that participants can take to immediately enhance their efficacy as leaders, or to mentor others in their organization when it comes to engaging their people.

Attendees are encouraged to come to this webinar ready to take notes – this content-driven learning experience is rich in practical application and something many will want to implement immediately!


Ilana Zivkovich, MSSW, LCSW, LCDC, CDWF

An experienced executive, certified executive coach, and masters prepared licensed mental health professional, Ilana is respected for her ability to assist top-level executives in building world-class professional teams. An adept facilitator, effective leadership coach, and dynamic public speaker, Ilana is passionate about creating engaging and highly interactive development experiences for professionals that merge personal growth with professional empowerment, ultimately driving desired business outcomes.

Prior to founding Werq, Ilana held a variety of executive level positions in the behavioral health care sector. These experiences allowed Ilana to hone her skills in identifying and developing the next generation of leaders, enhancing workforce engagement, designing and executing strategy, and developing workplace culture that aligns with measurable behaviors and drives desired corporate results.

Ilana holds a Masters of Science in Social Work (MSSW) from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Certified Executive Coach, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and a Certified Daring Way Facilitator (CDWF).


The Elephant in the Middle of the Examining Room – Doctor Depression, Anxiety and Suicide


Original Broadcast Date:      July 26, 2018 @ 1 PM EST


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When you think about going to visit your doctor or health practitioner you most often think about a man or woman who has dedicated their lives to healing others. You may feel relief as you believe the doctor is here to help navigate you through whatever ails you. Rarely do you think beyond that and wonder, “How is my doctor doing today?”

Abraham Varghese teaches us in the “The Tennis Partner” that doctors are more than their persona. David, the talented resident, is much more than his depression, his addiction, his insecurities or his self-effacement.

Likewise, there are well documented accountings of interns, residents and doctors who, for many reasons, turn to drugs and take their own lives. This interactive presentation examines how to take care of the caretaker.

In fact, “more than 920,000 Americans lose their doctors to suicide each year.”


Louise Stanger, EdD, LCSW, CWDF, CIP

Louise Stanger has published on this issue in the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, DB Resources, Journal of Alcohol Studies, The Sober World, Recovery Campus, Counselor Magazine, Campus Recovery, Addiction Blog and other media. Her articles on Doctors etc. have received national and international recognition. The San Diego Business Journal listed her as one of the “Top 10 Women Who Mean Business” and is considered by Quit Alcohol as one of the Top 10 Interventionists in the country. She speaks all over the country and trains staff at Paradigm Malibu, Paradigm, San Rafael, New Found Life, Lakeview Health etc. and develops original Family programs such as the one at Driftwood Recovery in Austin Texas. She was awarded 2014 Foundations Fan Favorite Speaker Award and the 2016 Joseph L. Galletta Spirit of Recovery Award. Falling Up: A Memoir of Renewal is available on Amazon and Learn to Thrive: An Intervention Handbook on her website at http:/.www.allaboutinterventions.com . She is the 2017 recipient of the International DB Resources Journalist of the Year Award and 2018 Forgiveness for Living Plus Awards Honoree.


Brave-Hearted Leadership


Original Broadcast Date:      June 20, 2018 @ 2 PM EST


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Happier companies are more creative, productive, and as a result, more successful. Since research has determined that when it comes to job satisfaction and happiness at work, one’s relationship with their boss matters even more than the size of their paycheck, it is vital for leaders to create a culture where employees feel appreciated and part of a larger vision, and for leaders to feel a sense of purpose, satisfaction and happiness themselves as they move their business to the next level.

This webinar will draw on principles of Positive Psychology, Coaching, Psychodrama and Sociometry to provide evidence-based, easily-implementable tools, at both the micro and macro level, to help leaders effect change on an individual and organizational level, and take their organization to the next level.

Jean Campbell, LCSW, CIPP, CPC, TEP

Jean Campbell, LCSW, CIPP, CPC, TEP spent 11 years in the corporate sector, resulting in her role as Director of Operations for a multi-million dollar organization. In her over 22 years in the behavioral health field, she has served as Family Program Director, Clinical Director, provided team building and organizational development in clinical, business and medical settings and has led ongoing training groups for professionals. Jean blends her clinical and business backgrounds, as well as her training in Sociometry, Psychodrama, Coaching and Positive Psychology to support leaders in their personal and organizational growth, and believes that what we can’t do alone, we can do together.


When the 12-Steps Aren’t Enough: The Use of Exposure With Response Prevention (ERP) Therapy in the Treatment of Substance Use


Original Broadcast Date:      May 17, 2018 @ 1 PM EST


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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem in America, and are often the driving force behind substance use. However, few therapists are trained in the top, evidence-based treatment for the anxiety spectrum- Exposure With Response Prevention (ERP). Learn from an ERP expert about the basic principles behind the most powerful treatment in the mental health field.


Andrea Kulberg, PhD

Dr. Kulberg is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience in the treatment of eating disorders and anxiety disorders. She has been employed in various hospital, residential and outpatient settings, including Eating Recovery Center of Denver’s Child & Adolescent Eating Disorders Program. She is currently the Clinical Director at La Ventana of Santa Barbara, a partial hospital and intensive outpatient center for the treatment of eating disorders and other mental health problems. Due to her background in clinical neuropsychology, Dr. Kulberg brings an understanding of brain-behavior relationships to her work, and is able to treat complex cases wherein patients may have developmental challenges or acquired neurological problems. After her initial training in San Diego at Alliant International University, Dr. Kulberg taught psychology at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.


Turning Points: Incorporating Ritual in Addiction Recovery


Original Broadcast Date:      April 18, 2018 @ 3 PM EST


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Treating addiction is not merely clinical — there are matters of heart which challenge even the most skilled treatment providers to address. This workshop assists clinicians in shaping patient-centered rituals to effect change and enhance motivation and meaning. Ritual opportunities are identified and various examples are given to illustrate the variety of ways patients, families, groups, and communities mark stages, passages, and recovery milestones. Concerns are identified that relate to patient background and preferences – not every ritual suits every need. Finally, a general outline of ritual form and varied examples of ritual content serve as a foundational “how-to” resource for clinicians and patients who seek to enact movement in their recovery through ritual experience.


Jack Abel, MDiv, MBA

Rev. Jack Abel, MDiv, MBA is Senior Director of Spiritual Care for Caron Treatment Centers. In this role, he leads Caron’s integrated spiritual care team and speaks for Caron on spirituality in addiction and other behavioral health care. Co-founder and current president of Spiritual Care Addiction Treatment Professionals, Rev. Jack also serves as CFO of the Center for Spiritual Care and Pastoral Formation. He is an ordained minister in good standing in the United Church of Christ and a summa cum laude graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary. Jack also pursued advanced studies at Catholic University and The New Seminary, and previously served as an endorsed substance abuse chaplain and pastor in the United Methodist Church. He is the principal presider for Caron’s weekly Chapel Service. He is also a member in good standing of the North American Academy of Liturgy and A World Alliance of Interfaith Clergy.


Building and Growing a Treatment Brand Online


Original Broadcast Date:      March 15, 2018 @ 1 PM EST


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Your organization’s brand exists whether you think so or not. In a crowded market like Behavioral Healthcare, a robust brand platform and an integrated online strategy are your ultimate competitive advantages within the internet’s unique marketing opportunities. This webinar will focus on intentionally crafting your brand’s personality, values, and identity to help you to create more cohesive and impactful marketing materials and campaigns.


Alexander Diner

Alexander is a designer and brand strategist based in Denver, Colorado. He has worked with many companies across a broad spectrum of industries to use design-thinking and branding to achieve critical business goals. Today, he operates a small design studio and consultancy called Shapemaker, focused solely on helping founders and executives to use design to achieve growth and success in their organizations.


Dogukan Ozgen, MA

Dogukan has worked in the education and behavioral healthcare sectors for over 7 years, focusing primarily on business development, marketing and digital growth. In his leaderships roles, Dogukan has been responsible for building training programs from start-up to operational oversight for more than 50,000 participants per year in 6 different European and Middle Eastern countries. He has also executed digital and overseas operations for international treatment centers and education communities. Dogukan holds a BA and MA in Economics and is currently a PhD candidate in Istanbul University.



Organizational Health: Growing Sustainable Culture for Behavioral Treatment Providers


With rapidly changing conditions of the behavioral health business landscape, the greatest asset of any organization is often prioritized the least: Organizational Health. This presentation will offer perspective into the historical landscape of organizational health challenges from the providers’ perspective. We will examine common organizational behaviors, habits, and responses to systemic health challenges exhibited by treatment providers, and explore solution-oriented approaches to growing a sustainable culture of progressive organizational health.

Original Broadcast Date:      February 15, 2018 @ 1 PM EST


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Jonathan De Carlo, CAC III

Jonathan De Carlo, CAC III, is the CEO of C4 Consulting, a firm focused on the business of mental health and addiction treatment organizations. C4 Consulting helps clients improve financial performance, enhance competitive positions, and achieve the most productive organizational alignment among staff, management, and board members. He also serves as the Director of Operations at Recovery 360°, providing psychosocial rehabilitation, individual, group, marriage, and family therapy the Colorado Front Range area. Jonathan is a board member of the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals (CAAP), serves on the board of directors for the Stout Street Foundation. He is a Helping Men Recover Certified Trainer with Griffin Recovery Enterprises. Over the past 20 years in behavioral health services, Jonathan has specialized in providing increased efficacy in numerous organizations, driving business growth and service integrity.