CADTP Fall Conference Presenters & Agenda

November 2 & 3, 2022

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Mark Lundholm, Comedian and Author

Mark Lundholm, Comedian and Author

Keynote Speaker

Sean Bezdek, LMFT, MBA

Sean Bezdek, LMFT, MBA

Getting Out of Your Own Way: How our values effect our relationships

Adriana Popescu, Ph.D

Adriana Popescu, Ph.D

Tools to Calm the Nervous System and Better Regulate Emotions

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

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

Group Facilitation Over Zoom

Christina Veselak

Christina Veselak

Feeding the Recovering Brain: Practical Nutrition to Reduce Relapse Risk

June Price Tangney, Ph.D.

June Price Tangney, Ph.D.

Maintaining Boundaries: The Challenges of “Being There” for Clients



Fentanyl Overdose

Dr. Jessica Rogers

Dr. Jessica Rogers

Developing Innovative Strategies and Techniques Towards Effective Clinical Supervision


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Pre-Conference Member Meeting - November 1
9:00 – 12:00 pmCertification Board Meeting (Breakfast 9:00)
12:30 – 5:00 pmBoard of Directors Meeting (Lunch 12:30)
6:00 – 7:30 pmWelcome Reception and Association Meeting (Refreshments at 6:00)
Day One - November 2
  8:00 – 9:00 AMRegistration
  9:00 – 9:30 AMWelcome – Craig or Barbara
9:30 – 11:00 AMKeynote – Mark Lundholm
11:00 – 11:15 AMBreak
11:15 – 12:45 PM

Sean Bezdek, LMFT, MBA
Getting Out of Your Own Way: How our values effect our relationships

Ever wonder what drives someone’s inner Karen to come out?  Ever felt like your inner Karen is lurking just below the surface in a client session?  
In this presentation, we’ll learn  to better understand interpersonal communication in the counseling session, and what goes wrong when we or our clients don’t understand how  wants and needs are affecting our interactions. We will examine the relationship between how our values define our world view and how these can create conflict in our relationships and with our clients, through an exploration of our own values via an interactive experience into what makes us, “us.” 
We’ll learn how to better manage expectations, help clients (and ourselves!) to better communicate their wants and needs, and explore ways to avoid letting loose our own inner Karen on others. 
12:45 – 1:45 PMHosted Lunch
  1:45 – 3:15 PM

Adriana Popescu

Tools to Calm the Nervous System and Better Regulate Emotions
Most clients who struggle with addiction have issues with emotional self-regulation. This difficulty is further complicated by having a history of trauma, which alters the way the brain and body function. In this 90 minute/2-hour workshop, we will discuss the science behind our three brains, the flight-fight-freeze response, polyvagal theory, and the brain structures involved in addiction and emotional dysregulation.
We will then explore several practical and highly effective nervous system-calming techniques that change the way our brains and bodies function, including breathing, meditation, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT/tapping). We will discuss each tool and the science of how it works, and practice how to use it to create more peace and calm for ourselves and our clients.

3:15 – 3:45 PMHosted Refreshment Break
3:45 – 5:15 PM

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

Telehealth Tips: Getting the Most Out of Your Remote Group Sessions Group facilitations can be just as effective over zoom as they are in person! This workshop with social worker Aven Armstrong-Sutton will help you transition your group work practice to an online virtual platform. Aven will discuss the theory and practice of virtual group work while providing practical and engaging strategies to improve your group facilitation.


Day Two - November 3
  8:00 – 8:30 AMRegistration
  8:30 – 10:00 AMChristina Veselak
Feeding the Recovering Brain: Practical Nutrition to Reduce Relapse Risk
10:00 – 10:30 AMBreak
10:30 – 12:30 PMJune Price Tangney
Maintaining Boundaries: The Challenges of “Being There” for Clients
This workshop focuses on boundaries in helping relationships. The relationships developed between therapist and client, between counselor and counselee, and between sponsor and sponsee are often deeply personal. On the journey to recovery much is shared, often leading to a sense of closeness. But how close is too close? What kind of boundaries help ensure that what transpires in the relationship is in the best interests of the person in treatment or recovery? Unlike relationships between peers, helper/helpee relationships are asymmetric in a number of ways. For example, whether explicit or implicit, there is a power differential between the provider and recipient of help. In this workshop, we will (1) discuss the special nature of professional helping relationships, and (2) explore the boundaries and role-related constraints developed to guide providers and to protect people in recovery.
12:30 – 1:30 PMHosted Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 PMVictims of Illicit Drugs (VOID)
Fentanyl Overdose
3:00 – 3:30 PM       Hosted Refreshment Break
3:30 – 5:00 PMDr. Jessica Rogers
Developing Innovative Strategies and Techniques Towards Effective Clinical Supervision


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Mark Lundholm

Mark Lundholm is a comedian, author, mentor, sponsor, father, and ex-husband. He has been performing stand-up comedy focused on the challenges, struggles, and experiences of those struggling with addiction for more than 30 years.

As of 2019, Mark has performed in all 50 states and 10 foreign countries, and has presented his stand-up comedy for Presidents and other heads of state, world-renowned musicians,  and Fortune 500 companies, from audiences of less than a dozen to more than 20,000 people.

From the beginning, Mark performed his stand-up comedy in jails and prisons, addiction treatment centers, homeless shelters, and recovery conferences, and this work helped to cultivate his capacity for working with individuals in early recovery. This work eventually evolved into day-long workshops at leading addiction treatment centers, where Mark works with groups in early recovery.

While he continues to perform stand-up comedy, Mark has more recently focused on developing tools to assist in using humor to enhance recovery and enable counselors and therapists to more effectively help their clients attain and maintain long-term sobriety and recovery. Mark has a series of clinical videos for individuals and families, workbooks, trainings on group facilitation for professionals.

In September, Mark released his long-awaited first book, “Shortcuts: Better Ways to Better Days”

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.”