Trauma and Addictions
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Breakthrough Trauma-Based Addictions Treatment 
August 8-10, 2024 | Live in Orlando, FL 
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"Show me a person with an addiction and I’ll show you a person with trauma."
- Dr. Gabor Maté

As a therapist, working with clients who struggle with addiction, shame, guilt, and profound suffering can evoke feelings of helplessness, self-doubt, and even guilt.
Traditional addiction treatment therapies often fall short because they use a one-size-fits-all approach that fails to address the underlying trauma, leading to increased risk of activation, re-traumatization, and relapse.
To break client’s free from addiction's hold and alleviate emotional anguish, we need innovative trauma-based treatments backed by scientific evidence!  
That’s why we’re inviting you to the Trauma and Addictions Conference 2024 where you’ll connect with the world’s premier experts and discover how to apply trauma-based interventions to revolutionize your addiction treatment!
Live in Orlando, FL, and broadcast virtually, this is your chance to learn today’s most cutting-edge approaches to treat trauma, substance use disorders, self-injury modalities and addictive behaviors of all kinds, including:
Internal Family Systems Therapy, Harm Reduction, Medication Assisted Treatment, Group Therapy, Psychedelics, Nature Immersion, Polyvagal Theory, Diversity & Inclusion, & So Much More!
Together, let's ignite change and fight trauma and addiction head on! 
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August 8-10, 2024

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"Addictive behaviors often begin as survival strategies which may include numbing, self-soothing, or increasing hypervigilance. For individuals with complex PTSD, addiction can be viewed as just another attempt at self-regulation."

- Janina Fisher, PhD 

You’ll master skills from leading therapy innovators including:
Ramani Durvasula, New York Times bestselling author of It’s Not You: Identifying and Healing from Narcissistic People, on the impact of narcissism on addiction treatment and recovery 
David Kessler, author of Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief, on where addiction recovery meets grief work
Frank Anderson, author of To Be Loved, on IFS and the treatment of addictions
LaTisha Bader, Chief Clinical Officer at Women’s Recovery, on the impact of marijuana use on addiction treatment and recovery
Plus 10 more of today’s leading trauma and addictions experts! 
Ramani Durvasula
The World’s Most Highly Recognized Narcissism Expert
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Ramani Durvasula

The World’s Most Highly Recognized Narcissism Expert

Ramani Durvasula, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in California, the founder and CEO of LUNA Education, Training and Consulting, LLC, and professor emerita of psychology at California State University Los Angeles. She is the New York Times bestselling author of It’s Not You: Identifying and Healing from Narcissistic People. Dr. Durvasula is also the author of multiple others including Don’t You Know Who I Am: How to Stay Sane in the Era of Narcissism, Entitlement and Incivility and Should I Stay or Should I Go: Surviving a Relationship with a Narcissist. She has developed a 36-hour certification program on working with clients experiencing narcissistic abuse for PESI. Dr. Durvasula hosts a popular YouTube channel and is a featured expert on the digital media platform MedCircle. She has also been widely involved in APA Governance including the APA Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology and the APA Minority Fellowship Program. Dr. Durvasula has spoken and taught internationally to clinicians on assessment and treatment of narcissistic abuse as well as narcissism in clinical settings and narcissism and addiction.  

LaTisha Bader
Chief Clinical Officer at Women’s Recovery
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LaTisha Bader

Chief Clinical Officer at Women’s Recovery

LaTisha Bader, PhD, LP, LAC, CMPC, has worked in the field of mental health and addiction for over 17 years. She is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Addiction Counselor and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant working with elite athletes and teams. Dr. Bader has worked in a variety of treatment settings including residential, outpatient, private practice, and Native American health care. She spent time in the sport environment in collegiate athletic departments and working with professional teams. Dr. Bader currently compliments the multi-disciplinary team at Women’s Recovery by serving as the Chief Clinical Officer, advancing treatment for women.

Dr. Bader maintains a private practice offering counseling, consultation, educational presentations, and sport psychology services. She serves on the Speakers Bureau for the National Marijuana Initiative as a subject matter expert on emerging research, addiction, and treatment. Dr. Bader graduated from the University of North Texas in 2007 with a PhD in counseling psychology and specialization in sport psychology and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Chemical Dependency at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Sonia Roschelli
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Sonia Roschelli


Sonia Roschelli , LCSW-S, LCDC, 200 RYT, is the Director of Addiction and Recovery Services at the Menninger Clinic. She has expertise in evidence-based practices for co-occurring disorders and is skilled in working with adolescents, adults, and families in outpatient and inpatient settings. She has training in acceptance and commitment therapy, self-compassion, trauma-informed yoga, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, and integrated dual disorder treatment. Sonia is passionate about meeting clients where they are and moving them forward in their change process using a compassionate, values-based approach. She has presented locally and nationally on treating co-occurring disorders. Sonia has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Mary Washington, a master’s degree in social work from George Mason University, and completed a postgraduate social work fellowship at the Menninger Clinic.

David Kessler
One of the World’s Foremost Experts on Grief and Loss
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David Kessler

One of the World’s Foremost Experts on Grief and Loss

David Kessler, MA, RN, FACHE, is one of the world’s foremost experts on grief and loss. His experience with thousands of people on the edge of life and death has taught him the secrets to living a happy and fulfilled life, even after life’s tragedies.

He is the author of six books, including his latest bestselling book, Finding Meaning: The Sixth Stage of Grief. He co-authored two books with Elisabeth Kubler Ross, Life Lessons and On Grief and Grieving, updating her 5 stages for grief. He also co-wrote, You Can Heal Your Heart with Louise Hay. He authored Visions Trips and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die. His first book, The Needs of The Dying received praise from Saint (Mother) Teresa.

David’s personal experience as a child witnessing a mass shooting while his mother was dying in a hospital helped him begin his journey. For most of his life, David has taught physicians, nurses, counselors, police, and first responders about the end of life, trauma, and grief. However, despite his vast knowledge of grief, his life was turned upside down by the sudden death of his twenty-one-year-old son.

David’s volunteer work includes being a founding member of Project Angel Food, a well-known and loved non-profit organization. He currently serves on the board of The Farrah Fawcett Foundation which provides cancer research, patient assistance, and prevention efforts. He also serves as Specialist Reserve for the Los Angeles Police as well as having served on the Red Cross’s disaster services team.

He has a new online model of grief support called Tender Hearts with over 25 groups each as well as one of the most respected Grief Certification programs. He is the founder of, which receives millions of visits yearly providing helpful resources to over 167 countries.

Chantelle Thomas
Researcher and Expert on the Potential of Psychedelics in Addiction Treatment
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Chantelle Thomas

Researcher and Expert on the Potential of Psychedelics in Addiction Treatment

Chantelle Thomas, PhD, is an accomplished clinical psychologist and the executive clinical director of Windrose Recovery, a leading multi-level residential addiction treatment program. With a rich background in clinical research and a focus on innovative therapies, Dr. Thomas brings a wealth of expertise to the field. Her extensive involvement in clinical trials at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health spans over nine years, where she has explored the therapeutic potential of psychedelics in treating various mental health conditions. She is actively engaged in groundbreaking trials investigating psilocybin for addiction and depression, as well as MDMA for PTSD.

As a supervisor and trainer for MAPS-sponsored clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy, Dr. Thomas plays a pivotal role in advancing the understanding and application of these groundbreaking treatments. Her dedication extends to serving on US and European clinical trials and Expanded Access Programs, further amplifying her impact on the field.

Dr. Thomas’s postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology and certification as a biofeedback practitioner underscore her commitment to holistic, evidence-based care. Her areas of specialization encompass chronic pain, trauma-related disorders, substance use disorders, and the crucial integration of psychedelic therapies into clinical practice.

Stefanie Carnes
President of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)
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Stefanie Carnes

President of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP)

Stephanie Carnes, PhD, CSAT-S, CST, CPTT, is the president of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), a training institute and professional organization for addiction professionals. The clinical architect for Willow House at The Meadows, she works with sexually addicted clients and their families, helping those struggling with sex, love, and intimacy disorders.

A licensed marriage and family therapist and an AAMFT-approved supervisor, Dr. Carnes’ areas of expertise include working with patients and families dealing with multiple co-occurring addictions including eating disorders, chemical dependency, and intimacy issues. She is also a certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor, specializing in therapy for couples and families dealing with sexual addiction. A popular conference speaker at both the state and national levels, Dr. Carnes is also the author of numerous publications including the books Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts, Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts, and Facing Addiction: Starting Recovery From Alcohol and Drugs.

Lisa Najavits
Trauma and Addiction Expert and Author of Popular Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse
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Lisa Najavits

Trauma and Addiction Expert and Author of Popular Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse

Lisa Najavits, PhD, is Adjunct Professor, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School (Worcester, MA) and Director, Treatment Innovations. She was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School (McLean Hospital) for 25 years and Boston University School of Medicine (VA Boston) for 12 years. She specializes in the development of new counseling models for trauma and addiction, clinical trials research, and community-based care.

Dr. Najavits is author of over 200 professional publications, as well as the books Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance AbuseFinding Your Best Self: Recovery from Addiction, Trauma, or Both; A Woman’s Addiction Workbook; and the upcoming Creating Change: A Past-Focused Treatment for Trauma and Addiction. She served as president of the Society of Addiction Psychology of the American Psychological Association; and has consulted widely on public health efforts in trauma and addiction both nationally and internationally, including to the National Institutes of Health, the Surgeon General, the United Nations, and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. 

Dr. Najavits is on various advisory boards and has received awards including the Betty Ford Award of the Addiction Medical Education and Research Association, the Young Professional Award of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; the Early Career Contribution Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research; the Emerging Leadership Award of the American Psychological Association Committee on Women; and the Barnard College (Columbia University) Distinguished Alumna award. She is a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts and conducts a psychotherapy practice.

Paul Brasler
Trauma and Addiction Expert and Author of Popular The Clinician’s Guide to Substance Use Disorders
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Paul Brasler

Trauma and Addiction Expert and Author of Popular The Clinician’s Guide to Substance Use Disorders

Paul, LCSW, CAIP, became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2002. He is the owner of Providence Consulting & Education, LLC, through which he provides clinical supervision and professional education services. Additionally, Paul provides Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy and other clinical services as part of a small practice. Paul has extensive experience in working with people in crisis and people living with substance use disorders, including adolescent residential treatment, community mental health settings, hospital emergency departments, Juvenile Drug Court, and private practice.

Paul has been a PESI national presenter since 2016, and he has presented classes across the country on Mental Health Emergencies, High-Risk Clients, Resiliency, and a certification course for clinicians working with people with substance use disorders. He has written two books: The Clinician’s Guide to Substance Use Disorders: Practical Tools for Assessment, Treatment & Recovery, PESI publishing, October 2022, and High-Risk Clients: Evidence-Based Assessment & Clinical Tools to Recognize and Effectively Respond to Mental Health Crises, PESI publishing, 2019.

Madison Hamm
Clinical Director at Omega Recovery
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Madison Hamm

Clinical Director at Omega Recovery

As the clinical director at Omega Recovery in Austin, TX, Madison has actively integrated trauma-informed care, somatic interventions, nature immersion, and experiential therapy into her practice. She has observed a significant decrease in relapse rates and increased client satisfaction and engagement through these approaches, which aim to expand clients’ emotional regulation skills and distress tolerance post-treatment.

Madison is committed to maintaining cultural competency through ongoing education, self-study, and consultation with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) leaders in the field. She has implemented changes to agency curriculum and trained staff in culturally competent practices, recognizing the importance of addressing racial and cultural factors in substance use and mental health treatment.

Tonier Cain
World-Renowned Speaker, Author, Trauma Survivor, and Trauma-Informed Care Expert
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Tonier Cain

World-Renowned Speaker, Author, Trauma Survivor, and Trauma-Informed Care Expert

Tonier was the former team leader for the National Center for Trauma Informed Care, with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Director. Currently, she works to create international leaders in the field of Trauma Informed Care. Tonier hosts an annual national conference to update and enlighten providers on current best practices. Her methods have proven to be effective, resulting in numerous awards for her work. Tonier has been honored by two governors, a mayor and a state attorney with proclamations naming days after her, because of her help to transform their city and state.

Tonier is the C.E.O. and Founder of Tonier Cain International, Founder and President of Neen Cares, Inc. A 501 C 3, Founder and Co-C.E.O. of M.E.T.-R Integrated Health Global, as well as the Founder and C.E.O. of Purposeful Entertainment, a media production company.

Tonier works tirelessly to raise awareness about trauma informed care around the world. She has trained providers in all 50 states. Tonier is an advocate and educator, speaking all over the world on trauma, addiction, incarceration, homelessness, substance abuse and mental health. Her work has been used as a model in other countries for the establishment of their trauma informed care protocols.

She is an award-winning Film Producer that is the Creator and Producer of the upcoming tv show Restoration, Executive Producer of the film Walking Thru Bullets, subject and Co-Producer of the Award-Winning Film Healing Neen, along with being featured in the Documentary Behind Closed Doors: Trauma Survivors in the Psychiatrist System and advising on the film Like Any Other Kid.

Tonier is an author and serves as a Citygate Network Board Member. Her commitment to advocating for those who are often forgotten hasn’t gone without recognition. She has been featured in many articles including December’s 2014 Ebony magazine and appeared on over 17 talks shows. Tonier Cain uses her life experiences to make a difference for trauma survivors.

Frank Anderson
World-Renowned Trauma Treatment Expert, Author and Presenter and Lead Trainer at the IFS Institute
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Frank Anderson

World-Renowned Trauma Treatment Expert, Author and Presenter and Lead Trainer at the IFS Institute

Frank Anderson, MD, is a world-renowned trauma treatment expert, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, and psychotherapist. As a global speaker on the treatment of trauma and dissociation, he is passionate about teaching brain-based psychotherapy and integrating current neuroscience knowledge with the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model of therapy. Dr. Anderson believes that traumatic events can have a lasting effect on the well-being and life of an individual and that addressing these events will help lead people down a pathway of healing and forgiveness.

Dr. Anderson is the co-founder of The Trauma Institute and Trauma Informed Media, organizations that promote trauma awareness, education, integration, and healing. He is a lead trainer at the IFS Institute under Richard Schwartz and has a long affiliation with the New York Times bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score, Bessel van der Kolk, MD, and the Trauma Research Institute.

He is the acclaimed author of Transcending Trauma and coauthor of Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual and his memoir, To Be Loved, is set to be released on May 7, 2024.

Attending in Orlando promises to be a unique and immersive experience that goes beyond virtual participation  
  • Foster meaningful relationships, exchange ideas, and expand your professional network
  • Engage in one-on-one conversations, seek personalized advice, and build rapport with renowned experts in the field’s experts
  • Directly engage in discussions and gain practical skills through role-play, demonstrations, and group activities
  • Hear success stories and learn about innovative approaches to reignite your passion for your work and inspire new ideas

Schedule at a Glance

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  • August 8th, 2024

    Pre-Conference Session 001

    1:00-5:00 PM EASTERN 
    Unlock the Power of Group Therapy in Addiction Treatment 
    Maximizing Engagement, Inclusion & Recovery Skill Building 
    Andrew Bordt, M.Ed.
    Discover strategies for maximizing the impact of group therapy in addiction treatment, including:  
    • Real-world practice scenarios to enhance clients’ recovery skills  
    • Small group activities for focused problem-solving, engagement, and positive change talk  
    • Diverse delivery methods to accommodate different learning preferences  
    • And more! 
    By honing your facilitation skills, you can better prepare clients for success beyond therapy, leading to improved treatment outcomes. 

    Pre-Conference Session 002

    1:00-5:00 PM EASTERN 
    21st Century Cannabis Use Disorders 
    Navigating Potency, Policies & Clinical Realities for Treatment 
    LaTisha Bader, PhD, LP, LAC, CMPC 
    With the landscape of cannabis rapidly evolving due to the legalization and emergence of state-by-state diverse THC products, staying ahead of the curve is essential for providing effective and informed treatment to your clients. Dr. Bader will guide you through:  
    • Cannabis potency, products, routes, and marketing trends 
    • Impact on mental health, trauma, and co-occurring issues
    • Diagnostic criteria, screening tools, and deterrence strategies
    Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and strategies for navigating the complexities of cannabis use disorders in the 21st century. 
  • Friday, August 9th

    Keynote Session 100 - Ramani Durvasula, PhD

    8:30 - 9:30 PM EASTERN 
    Narcissism & Addiction 
    Decoding Personality Dynamics for Lasting Recovery 
    Ramani Durvasula, PhD 
    Dr. Durvasula guides you through how narcissism impacts addiction treatment, including: 
    • How narcissistic traits complicate assessment and treatment  
    • The parallels between narcissism and addiction and effective engagement strategies  
    • The intersection of narcissism, trauma, and SUD, and explore practical tips for maximizing clinician efficacy as well as for loved ones
    Don't let narcissism derail your addiction treatment efforts. 

    Breakout Session101 & 102

    10:00 - 11:30 PM EASTERN 
    101: Incorporating IFS Therapy with the Treatment of Addiction 
    Biology, Healing & Habits 
    Frank Anderson, MD
    In this session, we'll discuss, through the lens of Internal Family Systems Therapy and neurobiology, how to: 
    • Address behaviors and biological conditions commonly associated with many addictive behaviors
    • Help clients ultimately heal from the wounds beneath their addictions
    • And more! 
    102: Women, Weed & Addictions Treatment 
    Navigating Today's Cannabis Culture, Health Risks & Crucial Conversations 
    LaTisha Bader, PhD, LP, LAC, CMPC 
    Learn cutting-edge trauma-informed treatment strategies tailored for women navigating cannabis use, including how to: 
    • Address the intricate relationship between cannabis and women’s mental health 
    • Support women during the critical stages of prenatal care and pregnancy 
    • Address parenting challenges and intergenerational impact of cannabis use within families 
    • Empower women to make informed choices about their health
    • And so much more! 
    By honing your facilitation skills, you can better prepare clients for success beyond therapy, leading to improved treatment outcomes. 

    Breakout Sessions 201 & 202

    1:00- 2:30 PM EASTERN 
    201: Harm Reduction as Trauma-Informed Care for Substance Use Disorders 
    Clinical Applications & Considerations 
    Sonia Roschelli, LCSW-S, LCDC, 200 RYT 
    This training unveils the power of harm reduction strategies, offering choice and empowerment while breaking down barriers to early intervention. We'll dive into: 
    • Defining harm reduction and its role in destigmatizing trauma-informed care 
    • Practical application of harm reduction techniques in treating substance use disorders and trauma 
    • Tailoring interventions based on client readiness for change, fostering motivation, and propelling clients toward their treatment goals
    202: Where Addiction Recovery Meets Grief Work 
    A Critical Intersection for Therapy 
    David Kessler, MA, RN, FACHE 
    Explore the profound connection between grief, trauma, and addiction with David, a seasoned professional with decades of experience in grief work and personal insights as a bereaved father.  In addiction treatment, addressing both grief and trauma is essential for holistic healing and long-term recovery. Join us to uncover powerful strategies that will transform your practice and profoundly impact your clients' lives, including: 
    • Help clients with addiction cope with all types of loss    
    • Ways to use meaning to help create purpose   
    • Ways to resolve the internal struggle related to asking “why? 
    • And more!

    Breakout Sessions 301 & 302

    3:00 - 4:30 PM EASTERN 
    301: Psychedelics in Addiction Treatment 
    Navigating Evidence, Safety, and Therapeutic Contexts   
    Chantelle Thomas, PhD 
    The conversation around psychedelics is evolving rapidly, and as a clinician, you must stay ahead of the curve. In this session, you will:  
    • Explore various psychoactive substances currently in clinical use and those nearing FDA approval  
    • Gain clarity on the latest research, differentiating validated findings from media speculation
    • Learn to guide your clients through the potential benefits and risks of psychedelic treatments  
    • Discover how to incorporate therapeutic support and contextual factors to maximize treatment outcomes for mental health and substance use disorders 
    302: Treating Addictions with IFS Therapy 
    How to Embrace Addictive Parts 
    Frank Anderson, MD 
    Explore the transformative potential of IFS Therapy in addiction treatment with Dr. Frank Anderson. You’ll learn how to: 
    • Embrace addictive parts without inducing guilt or shame, fostering a path to healing
    • Understand the positive protective intentions behind addictive behaviors
    • Address associated beliefs, behaviors, and biological factors linked to addiction
    • Guide clients to heal from underlying wounds beneath their addictive behaviors
  • Saturday, August 10th


    8:30 - 9:30 PM EASTERN 
    400: Healing Neen: An Intimate Fireside Chat between Tonier Cain & Madison Hamm, LCSW
    In this conversation style session, Tonier Cain shares her life story, depicting an unbelievable personal journey through trauma and healing. We’ll cover: 
    • Importance of individualized treatment plans for consumers 
    • Components of trauma-informed care and their impact on understanding trauma 
    • Preventing further harm through understanding trauma’s effects on individuals 

    Breakout Sessions 401-402 

    10:00 - 11:30 PM EASTERN 
    401: Compulsive Sexual Behavior & Infidelity 
    New Techniques to Restore Trust, Intimacy & Emotional Connection in Couples 
    Stefanie Carnes, PhD 
    Drawing on her book, Courageous Love: A Couples Guide to Conquering Betrayal, Dr. Carnes guides you through the traumatic nature of betrayal and practical strategies for healing, including how to help: 
    • Couples manage disclosure of secrets and the crisis of betrayal 
    • The unfaithful party to respond in an empathic and sensitive manner
    • Facilitate forgiveness and healing
    402: Creating Change 
    A New Model for Exploring the Past in Trauma & Addiction Recovery 
    Lisa Najavits, PhD 
    The transformation of the "Creating Change" model involves a comprehensive approach to trauma and addiction recovery. The model emphasizes 23 session topics covering:  
    • Origins of trauma and addiction 
    • Processing grief and regrets 
    • Reshaping life narratives 
    • Fostering resilience 
    • Exploration of trauma’s impact on relationships 
    • Breaking the silence surrounding trauma experiences 
    • And more! 

    Breakout Sessions 501 & 502 

    1:00- 2:30 PM EASTERN 
    501: Medication Treatment of Substance Use Disorders  
    Strategies for Combatting the Opioid Crisis & Overcoming MOUD Stigma 
    Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW 
    Join us as we delve into the critical intersection of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD), SUD, and mental health care. During this training, you will learn: 
    • Pervasive myths surrounding SUD 
    • Current substances driving unprecedented rise in overdose deaths 
    • Efficacy of various medications used to treat opioid use disorder 
    • Emerging treatments for stimulant use disorder 
    • Strategies to engage clients considering or receiving MOUD 
    502: The Vagus Nerve & Nature Immersion as a Substance Use Disorders Intervention 
    Madison Hamm, LCSW 
    Discover how somatic work and nature immersion significantly reduces relapse and overdose rates while enhancing the quality of life for individuals struggling with SUDs. During this training, you will learn how to: 
    • Assess client needs using observations and symptoms reports linked to an unstimulated vagus nerve 
    • Develop targeted interventions addressing signals and hormones that heighten relapse risk, aligned with clients’ long-term discharge plan 
    • Identify dopamine deficiencies via client feedback and symptoms, integrating nature immersion to restore brain chemistry balance

    Breakout Sessions 601 & 602 

    3:00 - 4:30 PM EASTERN 
    601: Combatting Youth Substance Use 
    Clinical Solutions for Saving Lives & Building Futures 
    Paul Brasler, MA, MSW, LCSW 
    Join Paul to learn interventions, prevention strategies, and education initiatives tailored to combat youth substance use, including how to:  
    • Recognize the signs of substance use 
    • Perform age-appropriate screening and assessment 
    • Operationalize cognitive behavioral and motivational interviewing techniques 
    • Use clinical strategies to engage the client’s family in treatment 
    By implementing the right solutions, we can guide children through the challenging journey to adulthood and independence. 
    602: Trauma-Informed Substance Use Disorders Treatment for BIPOC & LGBTQ+ Clients 
    Madison Hamm, LCSW 
    Recognizing and addressing the profound impact of race issues, systemic deficits, and discriminatory policies on our BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and other minoritized clients is pivotal in shaping how we serve, represent, and foster a safe space for them. Join us to learn how to:  
    • Evaluate your program, agency and staff for processes related to cultural competency   
    • Assess the cultural needs of clients and assist them in becoming their own advocate in the future 
    • Utilize appropriate interventions for staff and agency to be culturally competent
  • An additional 6.0 CE hours included FREE – $349.95 value! 

    Claudia Black, PhD
    Calming the Reverberations of Trauma in the Addictive Family
    Dismantling the Unspoken Legacy in Therapy
    Dr. Black unveils the hidden trauma within addictive families. Through a genogram lens, she paints a vivid picture of emotional dysregulation rooted in adverse childhood experiences and familial dysfunction. Discover a transformative 7-step process for healing as we dismantle the unspoken legacy in therapy.
    Janina Fisher, PhD
    Unraveling Addictive Disorders and the Complex Traumatized Brain
    Delve into the intertwined worlds of addiction and trauma with Dr. Fisher, a leading voice in the field. Gain crucial insights into the traumatized brain and discover integrative treatment strategies that illuminate the path towards healing addictive disorders and trauma-related responses.
    Eboni Webb, PsyD, HSP
    Interpersonal Neurobiology Family Systems & Attachment to Build Healthy Relationships
    Embark on a journey of interpersonal neurobiology and attachment with Dr. Webb, as she guides us towards building healthy relationships. Explore Daniel Siegel's insights on fitting into our social environment and discover the inseparable connection between mind, body, and social context. Gain practical techniques to integrate authoritative and secure attachment principles into therapy, fostering safety and regulation for complex and traumatized clients
    Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
    Harnessing Mindfulness to Combat Cravings, Anxiety, and Addiction, and Habits in Mental Health Practice
    Discover the transformative power of mindfulness in combating cravings, anxiety, and addiction with Dr. Brewer. Explore the root of addiction beyond substances and delve into the neuroscience of habit formation. Learn practical strategies to break unhealthy habits, from smartphone use to stress eating, while cultivating awareness, kindness, and curiosity. Join us for a session that promises insights and actionable steps for mental health practice.
    Gabor Mate, MD
    The Myth of Normal in an Insane Culture
    Dr. Maté, MD, unveils the myth of 'normalcy' in a society at odds with human well-being. Discover how stress and materialism breed physical and mental illness, and why treating dysfunction requires a holistic approach beyond symptoms and diagnoses. Explore the bio-psycho-social roots of our struggles in this compelling address on sanity in an insane culture.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Trauma & Addictions Conference right for me? 

Absolutely! The Trauma & Addictions Conference 2024 is designed for therapists, counselors, social workers, and healthcare providers who are dedicated to improving their skills and knowledge in treating addiction and trauma. If you:

  • Work with clients struggling with addiction, shame, guilt, and profound suffering, and often feel helpless or uncertain about the best approaches
  • Find that traditional one-size-fits-all addiction treatments are not addressing the underlying trauma, leading to re-traumatization and relapse
  • Seek innovative, evidence-based treatments to break your clients free from the cycle of addiction and emotional pain
  • Want to learn from the world’s premier experts about the latest, most effective trauma-based interventions
  • Desire to expand your therapeutic toolkit with cutting-edge approaches such as Internal Family Systems Therapy, Harm Reduction, Medication-Assisted Treatment, Psychedelics, Nature Immersion, and Polyvagal Theory
  • Value diversity and inclusion in treatment approaches and wish to integrate these principles into your practice

Then this conference is perfect for you. Sign up now and transform your approach to addiction and trauma treatment! 

Does my registration include CE credits? 

Yes! While other conferences charge extra for CE, our registration passes include live and self-study CE hours as part of your ticket. After the event, an email will be sent to you that will explain how you will complete your electronic evaluation and access your certificate of completion. More CE information will be released in the summer. We will be adding CE credit details to the Continuing Education tab as they come in. 

How many CE credits can I earn and how do I know if my license is covered? 

We have your CE needs covered! PESI works directly with state and national boards to help ensure you get the most continuing education credit possible. 

Will there be live interaction with the expert presenters? 

Yes, both in-person and virtual attendees will have the opportunity to ask their questions live and get real expert responses. 

There are so many good sessions to choose from...what if I want to see two that are happening at the same time? 

Here’s the great news, you get the the best of both worlds! Experience Trauma & Addictions Conference in Orlando and access the virtual content as well, including 30 days of on-demand replay access for every session that was available to the virtual audience. The 30-day virtual replay access only applies to those who purchase the full conference pass.

Plus, you can upgrade your registration to include unlimited access to all sessions. Just add on the full conference recording package during the registration process. 

Do I get live CE credit for all sessions? 

Trauma & Addictions Conference offers up to 14 live and 6 self-study CE hours. Please refer to the CE information linked in the session description for more information. You must attend a live session as it was occurring live to earn live credit. Credit cannot be earned by watching archived recordings of live sessions. Any pre-record bonus content that offers self-study credit can be viewed during the 30 days, post-conference, and requires passing a quiz with a score of 80% or higher. Full CE information to be released in the summer. 


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Trauma and Addictions Conference 2024 is taking place at the luxurious Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld®. To make your stay as enjoyable as possible, we have exclusive discounted rooms, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Relax in beautifully appointed hotel rooms and suites with plush bedding, marble bathrooms, and balconies with views of SeaWorld®. Recharge in the Florida sun in the sparkling outdoor pool while the kids play in the hotel’s water park, with water slides and a toddler play area or work out in the fully equipped fitness center. Savor every moment with your choice of locally-sourced cuisine and artistic cocktails at the hotel’s restaurants and bars. The resort is within walking distance of SeaWorld® and all of Orlando’s most celebrated attractions including Walt Disney World® are just a quick shuttle ride away.

Book your stay by Tuesday, July 23, 2024, to receive our discounted rate of $209+/night. Rooms are reservable on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reserve your room now at the exclusive conference hotel!

As many others are creating complicated barriers to cancellations, we’re making it easier.

If at any time you aren’t 100% completely satisfied with your experience, in-person or as a virtual attendee, just give us a call at 1-800-844-8260 and speak with one of our friendly customer service reps. We’ll make it right, guaranteed. We’re that confident you’ll find this learning experience to be all that’s promised and more.

Special Meal Events

The Networker’s Night of Awards & Storytelling

Hear engaging therapists share their personal stories on "The Moment that Changed Me."

You’re invited to an incredible evening of dinner and fun where our hand-selected storytellers  from among therapy’s finest will be sharing three inspiring short stories from their clinical work.

Followed by the presentation of the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award to Janina Fisher  & the Rich Simon Writing Award to David Treadway.

This is one of those events that stands out every year. Join in a piece of psychotherapy history as Janina Fisher accepts the lifetime achievement award  and enjoy incredible story-telling over dessert with your friends and colleagues.

Saturday 7-9PM. Dinner Included
No CE hours available for this session.

When the Therapist Gets Triggered

Using Our Self Without Losing Our Self in Therapy

Sara Kuburic, known by her 1.6 million Instagram followers as The Millennial Therapist, is an existential therapist, researcher, author and columnist for USA Today. She’s also the author of the new book It’s on me: Accept Hard Truths, Discover Yourself, and Change Your Life. Her modern perspective on existential therapy—one of the most long-standing, evidence-based therapeutic approaches–has led to features in popular publications such as Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, The Guardian, and ABC News.

With our field’s emphasis on acquiring skills, learning techniques, and absorbing old and new theories, it’s easy to forget the critical importance of who we are. In her keynote address, Kuburic will remind us of the ways our human Self—unique, authentic, genuine, and yes, vulnerable—is the most important tool we can bring into our sessions, particularly when clients trigger us. By genuinely showing up as our Self, and appropriately disclosing our clients’ impact on us, we reaffirm our humanity and the inherently existential nature of therapy.

Saturday 12-1pm. Lunch included.
Earn up to 1 CE hour.

An Evening of Comedy with Adam Ray

A must-See Friday Night Dinner Event

Adam’s comedic resume is thicker than the DSM. In addition to doing stand-up alongside some of comedy’s biggest names, Adam currently plays the role of Vince McMahon in NBC’s Young Rock. He previously guest starred on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Arrested Development, worked opposite Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s buddy comedy The Heat. He’s a former MADtv cast member, has been featured on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and hosts the popular About Last Night podcast, which has welcomed guests including Chevy Chase, Dana Carvey, Susan Sarandon, Lisa Kudrow, Tony Danza, and Henry. His sketches and standup comedy clips have over 50 million views on YouTube.

Those in the know—therapists, wink-wink—will tell you that the talking cure is the best medicine. But let’s face it: laughter comes in at a close second.

This dinner event is sure to SELL OUT – add it to your registration today!

Friday 7-9PM. Dinner Included
No CE (They don't give CE credits for standup, but they should)

After the Boundaries with Nedra Glover Tawwab

How to Restore the Peace in Relationships

Nedra Glover Tawwab is a therapist, New York Times bestselling author of Set Boundaries, Find Peace and Drama Free , and the creator of a popular mental-health focused Instagram account with nearly 2 million followers. Her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Red Table Talk, and Good Morning America, and on podcasts like the Good Life Project and Therapy For Black Girls. 

In this keynote, she’ll remind us of why setting boundaries isn’t just another relationship issue—it’s often the issue underlying our clients’ distressing symptoms. Importantly, she’ll explore the tenuous line between keeping healthy boundaries and managing the potential fallout of keeping them, which may mean navigating family cut-offs and other ruptures.

Friday 12-1pm. Lunch included.
Earn up to 1 CE hour

Enhance your Symposium Experiance

Some of the most stand-out and memorable parts of Symposium are our exclusive lunch and dinner keynotes and events.

All Attendees are invited to add these lunch and dinner events to your registration. You can earn extra CE, spend time in an intimate environment with speakers, have your meals covered, and enjoy some of the Omni Shoreham’s finest cuisine.

Be sure to add these when you register.

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