CADTP Fall Conference

October 20 & 21, 2021

Who Should Attend

  • Registered and Certified Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counselors
  • SUD Students
  • State and County SUD Administrators
  • Public Stakeholders


Benefits of Attending

  • Network with other SUD treatment professionals
  • Expand your skills and knowledge
  • Earn up to 12.5 continuing education hours
  • Food, fun and raffle prizes

Countdown to Conference








Register Online

Register and pay online! Take advantage of the Early Bird Discount through April 30, 2021.

Download Registration

Click here to download the registration papers to complete offline. Mail the completed registration with payment to CADTP (address on the registration paperwork).


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Conference Presenters

Tracy Langlands

Tracy Langlands

Dr. Joe Sepulveda

Dr. Joe Sepulveda

Dr. Fredrick Dombrowski

Dr. Fredrick Dombrowski

Dr. Nola Veazie

Dr. Nola Veazie

Bill and Linda Woodbury

Bill and Linda Woodbury

The CADTP Leadership Team is excited to host this in-person event after such a long time apart due to the pandemic. Our presenters and topics align with the conference theme: Into the Light! You will find valuable information and resources at the CADTP Fall Conference. We look forward to seeing you there!

Barbara Aday-Garcia

Executive Director, CADTP

The CADTP Certification Team look forward to meeting our counselors and other stakeholders at the conference! If you have any questions regarding registration, please feel free to call us or send an email. We’re here to help!

Cassandra Garcia

CADTP Executive Assistant

Conference Agenda

Pre-Conference Activity – October 19

Welcome Reception and CADTP Association Meeting

Join us for a networking event, refreshments, and reports from CADTP Board Members. Learn about CADTP activities in membership, certification, and legislation.

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Day 1 – October 20

Registration & Hosted Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:00 am


Michelle Wong, Branch Chief in the Licensing and Certification Division (LCD)

9:00 am to 9:30 am

Keynote Address

Rich Desmond, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, District 3

9:30 am to 10:00 am

Innovative Approaches to Reducing Unmet Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Need

Tracy Langlands

The Department of Health Care Services is implementing the California Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion Project, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) State Opioid Response (SOR) grant.

10:00 am – 11:00 am


Stimulant Use Disorder—Methamphetamine and Cocaine

Dr. Joe Sepulveda

Emphasis will be on Methamphetamine Use Disorder with discussion and comparison to Cocaine. Clinical presentation and treatment will be discussed. The view from San Diego will focus on some interesting statistics from the San Diego Methamphetamine Strike Force highlighting the effects of this epidemic in a city with proximity to the Mexican border.

11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Hosted Lunch

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Opioid Use Disorder: The science, stigma, and treatment of a chronic brain disease

Dr. Joe Sepulveda

Presentation will focus on presenting the science supporting addiction as a chronic brain disease with emphasis in opioid use disorder (OUD). Discussion on the stigma preventing this condition from being treated as other traditional chronic medical conditions are and the devastating effects this can have.  Treatment of opioid use disorder and harm reduction.

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm

Refreshment Break and Raffle – Hosted by LowCost Interlock

The Healing Neen Presentation

Tonier Cain

Tonier Cain shares her life story, depicting an unbelievable personal journey through trauma and healing. The goal is to increase understanding about the importance of designing individualized treatment plans for consumers. During the presentation, the components of trauma informed care are shared. It explains how the components can be used to understand the impact of trauma on individuals. This understanding is needed to prevent doing more harm.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Call for Exhibitors!

CADTP Conference exhibitors gain exposure to stakeholders in the SUD industry. Download and complete the application for an exhibitor table and join the fun this Fall!

Day 2 – October 21

Hosted Breakfast

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Dr. BJ Davis

Finding your compelling why: a Choice Theory approach to recreating a post-pandemic Quality World

In this engaging keynote, Dr. Davis helps us learn new strategies to cultivate a more effective and healthy life, both for ourselves and for our clients, in a post-pandemic world.  Through the lens of Choice Theory’s Four Questions and Quality World, attendees will be introduced to a powerful and effective approach to identifying what we really want, and how to take practical, immediate steps to begin meeting those needs. Join us as Dr. Davis weaves practical knowledge and personal growth into a lively and uplifting presentation.

9:00 am – 10:30 am


Day 2 – Breakout Sessions

Choose one of two sessions available for each time slot below.

Using Motivational Interviewing in Clinical Supervision – Part 1

Dr. Nola Veazie

A critical aspect of supervision is the role of the supervisor, as a motivator, who encourages subordinates to carry out the organization’s plans and policies at the operational level. Clinical supervision, however, centers on how well a senior counselor cultivates knowledge and experience in a junior member of the profession. What is the best way to translate evidence-based information to subordinates? How do we motivate new SUD professionals in the field? We use MI to motivate clients; can supervisors use MI techniques to elicit mentee’s understanding of clinical intervention? Join me as we explore how we can use Motivational Interviewing in the provision of clinical supervision.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Telehealth for Substance Use: Enhancing Motivation and Navigating Speedbumps

Dr. Fredrick Dombrowski

While the world attempts to adjust to a post-pandemic world, many behavioral health providers will still be engaged in telehealth going forward. Many people seeking services may have ongoing reservations about engaging in face-to-face treatment even with reduced restrictions. Many clinicians will need assistance navigating appropriate levels of care and recommending telehealth based on client need. This presentation will identify ways to clinically meet the needs of those who continue with telehealth services, discuss ways in which clinicians can use Motivational Interviewing via telehealth to enhance a client’s commitment to recovery, and review potential concerns and responses when using telehealth as a modality.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Hosted Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Using Motivational Interviewing in Clinical Supervision– Part 2

Dr. Nola Veazie

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Working with Transgender Clients: Foundational Skills and Recommendations for Treatment Centers

Dr. Fredrick Dombrowski

Transgender individuals are at higher risk for co-occurring substance use and mental health diagnoses than their cisgender peers. Many transgender people may avoid substance use treatment as providers lack knowledge of working with this population. It is recommended that treatment centers and clinicians become aware of the unique needs of transgender clients to enhance treatment programming and create an environment which is inclusive and affirming. This presentation will review the foundational factors to provide effective clinical treatment to trans and gender non-conforming populations and review various aspects to transgender clinical treatment while providing recommendations as to how to make treatment centers safe and affirming environments.

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Refreshment Break and Raffle – Hosted by Breathe Easy Insurance

Cars and Cannabis-Addressing the Challenges of the Marijuana Impaired Driver

Mark Stodola

As of spring of 2021, 16 states and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana while an additional 16 states allow for the use of medical marijuana. The prevalence of “legal weed” in our communities has created challenges on our roadways as incidents of marijuana impaired driving continue to increase across the country and new users are exposed to the drug. This interactive presentation will provide the audience up to date information on the scope of our marijuana impaired driving problem, issues surrounding polysubstance use, and the use of assessment tools to determine risk and practical evidence-based sentencing, supervision and monitoring strategies to address these behaviors.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Creating a Family Health Investment Plan: Supporting a Relational Approach to Family Resilience

Bill and Linda Woodbury

For families affected by SUD, it is vital that practitioners practice not only a trauma-informed approach but a strengths-based one. Utilizing Walsh’s Family Resilience Framework as well as key concepts from Enable-ism™, the Woodbury’s will be sharing research-informed tools that can aid in the development of a Family Health Investment Plan. Taking such an approach affords professionals with opportunities to educate, encourage and empower families and can result in mutual accountability, the rebuilding of trust, and a healthy interdependence for those we serve.

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

1026 W. El Norte Pkwy. PMB 143
Escondido CA 92026

Main Phone: (800) 464-3597
Fax: (866) 621-2286


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Dr. Jessica Rodriguez

Dr. Rodriguez was named the Executive Director of Gateway Corp in 2012.  Gateway Corp was developed as a non-profit, public charity and founded October 27, 2011. November 2014, she developed a clinical hub for Gateway Corp called OnSite Strategies. OnSite is also a United States Trademark.

She has held the position of CEO, Clinical Director, Lead Educator and Clinical Trainer as well as the Clinical Business Developer. She has fulfilled the roles of a clinical consultant, professional development consultant and has clinically supervised many SUD/addiction counselors, mental health professionals and addiction and family interventionists for over 12 years.

She has been active in the mental health field since 1995. She has also clinically trained throughout the US and provides clinical oversight for several organizations in California.

Dr. Rodriguez released her first book, “When the Rainbow Ends a Shadow from Heaven Appears” in 2017.” Her newest book, “The Cart, From Adversity to Collateral Beauty” is scheduled to be released in the Fall of 2022.

Dr. Rodriguez is currently a writer for Rapporteur Magazine. Her focus is about Mental Wellness also covered topics to include ACE’s, trauma, anxiety, and Systemic Racism.

Adriana Popescu, Ph.D.

Dr. Adriana Popescu is a licensed clinical psychologist and empowerment coach with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She specializes in treating addictions and trauma, and has directed a number of treatment programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the Founder and CEO of Firebird Healing, a trauma healing program, and the Clinical Director at Avery Lane, an innovative and holistic treatment program for women with co-occurring addiction and mental health disorders and trauma.

Adriana has contributed to a number of books, including TJ Woodward’s Conscious Being Workbook, the Conscious Recovery for Addiction and Conscious Recovery for Mental Health Workbooks, and the Conscious Creation Workbook, all of which she co-authored with him.

She has a private practice in San Francisco and travels around the world speaking, coaching, and facilitating transformational and empowering workshops. She also hosts a fascinating podcast called Kaleidoscope of Possibilities – Alternative Perspectives on Mental Health.

Adriana loves to bring the most innovative and effective tools to her work, empowering people to overcome their imagined limitations, release their self-judgments, and discover the brilliance within – creating a life of infinite possibilities.

Her first book, “What If You’re Not as F*cked Up As You Think”, was released in October.

Aven Armstrong-Sutton, Ph.D(c), RSW

Clinical Services Manager at Kinark Child and Family Services

Aven L. Armstrong-Sutton has been a practicing licensed social worker for over a decade. With diverse experience in settings such as health promotion, foster care, youth homelessness, outpatient mental health & addictions, and student support services, Aven currently serves as a Clinical Services Manager at Kinark Child and Family Services, managing a Live-In-Treatment Program and three outpatient treatment programs. Maintaining a part-time private practice, Aven’s multidisciplinary and integrative approach focuses on trauma and resilience among under-served communities.

June Price Tangney, Ph.D

Dr. Tangney received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA. She is currently University Professor and Professor of Psychology at George Mason. She is a Recipient of International Society for Self and Identity’s Distinguished Lifetime Career Award and Fellow of the Association of Psychological Science and of APA’s Division of Personality and Social Psychology.

Dr. Tangney is coauthor (with Ronda Dearing) of Shame and Guilt, coeditor (with Ronda Dearing) of Shame in the Therapy Hour, coeditor (with Jess Tracy and Richard Robins) of The self-conscious emotions: Theory and research, and coeditor (with Mark Leary) of the Handbook of Self and Identity. She has served as Associate Editor for Self and Identity, Consulting Editor for Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychological Assessment, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and Journal of Personality, and is currently Associate Editor of American Psychologist.

Her research on the development and implications of moral emotions has been funded by NIDA, NICHD, NSF, and the John Templeton Foundation. Currently, her work focuses on moral emotions among incarcerated offenders. She draws on theory and research in psychology and criminology to develop novel interventions that leverage inmates’ moral emotions and prosocial values. A recipient of GMU’s Teaching Excellence Award, Dr. Tangney strives to integrate service, teaching and clinically-relevant research in both the classroom and her lab.

Christina Veselak, MS, LMFT, CN

Founder and Director of the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition

Christina T. Veselak, MS, LMFT, CN, is the founder and director of the Academy for Addiction and Mental Health Nutrition, which teaches practitioners around the world how to use diet, along with amino acid and nutrient therapy, to help prevent cravings and recurrent drug use. She has been a licensed psychotherapist working in the SUD treatment field since 1985 and a certified nutritionist specializing in mental health and addiction recovery since 1993.

Sean Bezdek, LMFT, MBA

Sean is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 25 years of experience working in mental health and substance abuse settings, in inpatient, PHP, and private practice. He holds b a master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Philips Institute and an MBA from Baker College.

Sean’s clinical practice has specialized in working with Personality Disorders, Couples, Adolescents, and individual suffering from chronic mental illness. As a clinician Sean enjoys working with clients who can be resistant to traditional treatment and believes in the philosophy of “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink. BUT you can feed them saltines to make them thirsty!”

Sean is the Program Director for Akua Mind Body’s Sacramento inpatient mental health program. His prior leadership experience includes oversight of acute inpatient, utilization management, hospice/palliative care, home health and skilled nursing. Sean’s approach to management is to ensure the work that needs to get done gets done. “Our job is patient care. This include everything from making coffee to running groups. There is not one person who is more important that the other when it comes to providing exceptional care to the clients we serve.”