CADTP Fall Conference Recap and Presentation Materials

October 20 & 21, 2021

Powerful presenters, educational breakout sessions, and networking opportunities made the CADTP Fall Conference a highlight of the year!

130 SUD professionals attended the CADTP Fall Conference which featured four keynote speakers, six facilitated workshops, and 11 topics that filled the 2-day event with education and networking opportunities.

Highlights Include

Craig French, CADTP Board chair, presented Barbara Aday-Garcia, CADTP executive director, with a statue in recognition and appreciation for her leadership and resourcefulness for CADTP.

Tracy Langlands, DHCS, opened the conference with a powerful overview of California’s overdose and addiction crisis, the MAT Expansion project, and the States approach to improving treatment in the State.

Keynote speakers: Dr. Joe Sepulveda provided in-depth information about stimulant and opioid use disorder and their effects on the brain; Tonier Cain delivered a powerful testimony and story of overcoming and achieving; Dr. BJ Davis shared his personal story and focused on new choices post-pandemic.

Workshop facilitators: Dr. Frederick Dombrowski presented topics on telehealth for substance use and working with transgender clients; Dr. Nola Veazie provided key training on using motivational interviewing skills as a SUD supervisor; Mark Stadola addressed the important topic of cars and cannabis; Bill and Linda Woodbury taught how to create a Family Health Investment Plan.

Sponsors: Breathe Easy Insurance, Low-Cost Interlock

Exhibitors: Aegis, Vivitrol, Onsight Strategies, Jerry Curry PhD, AG Management Consulting

Slide decks for the presenters are available at the buttons below, as available, and with the permission of the presenter.

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Conference Speakers and Presentation Materials

(as Available with the Permission of the Presenter)

Tracy Langlands

Tracy Langlands

DHCS, Supervisor of the Driving Under the Influence and Criminal Justice Section

Tracy Langlands currently serves as a Supervisor of the Driving Under the Influence and Criminal Justice Section within the Substance Use Disorder Compliance Division at the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). Ms. Langlands oversees the monitoring for Driving Under the Influence Programs and is the Legislative Coordinator for the Division.

Innovative Approaches to Reducing Unmet Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Need

Ms. Langlands opened the conference as the first keynote speaker with an in-depth look at the opioid and polysubstance crisis in California. 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. Ms. Langland’s information about The MAT Expansion Project, with 30 projects dedicated to reducing deaths and improving access to treatment. The presentation included an in-depth look at the DUI MAT project and how it is helping to meet the overall goals of The MAT Expansion Project.

Dr. Joe Sepulveda

Dr. Joe Sepulveda

Chief of Psychiatry, Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD), Medical Director, Substance Use Disorder Services

Director, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program
Director, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program, Voluntary Assistant Clinical Professor, UCSD Health Sciences – Dept. of Psychiatry Clinical Faculty, UCSD Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program Clinical Faculty, UCSD Community Psychiatry Program, Double boarded: Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology & Diplomate of the American Board of Preventive Medicine—Addiction Medicine, Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association
Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine

Stimulant Use Disorder – Methamphetamine and Cocaine

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

Dr. Sepulveda provided over two hours of in-depth information on methamphetamines and opioid use disorders. In the first presentation, he compared meth to cocaine and the difference in treatment and shared statistics from the San Diego Methamphetamine Strike Force.

In the second section, Dr. Sepulveda focused on the science supporting addiction as a chronic brain disease with emphasis on opioid use disorder and the treatments that support harm reduction.

Tonier Cain

Tonier Cain

Trauma survivor and internationally recognized trauma informed care expert.

Tonier Cain International focuses on heightening awareness of the characteristics and effects of trauma and improving the performance of service providers, businesses, government agencies and others who interact with trauma survivors.

The Healing Neen Presentation

The keynote speaker on Day One, Ms. Tonier Cain, delivered a powerful presentation about her life, overcoming incredible adversity, and finding peace, love, and prosperity in the process. The entire audience was moved by her story, which resonated for many. Ms. Cain is a shining star of hope for people of all ages and phases of life.

Dr. BJ Davis

Dr. BJ Davis


B.J. Davis, Psy.D, LAADAC, has been researching, developing, and implementing evidence-based treatment strategies since 2001. He spent more than 10 years as the executive and clinical director of one of the largest outpatient substance abuse and co-occurring treatment facilities in Northern California, overseeing treatment of over 500 clients monthly.

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

The keynote speaker for day two, Dr. BJ Davis, captivated the audience with his life story of overcoming addiction and adversity to earning college degrees, a Ph.D, and becoming a leader in the addiction recovery space. Dr. Davis shared new strategies to cultivate a more effective and healthy life, both for ourselves as counselors, and our clients in a post-pandemic world. Attendees learned a powerful and effective approach to indentifying what we really want, and how to take practical, immediate steps to begin meetings those needs.

Dr. Fredrick Dombrowski

Dr. Fredrick Dombrowski

Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, University of Bridgeport

Dr. Fredrick Dombrowski is a Professor with the University of Bridgeport’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. Dr. Dombrowski has worked in the field of co-occurring disorders since 1999. Dr. Dombrowski’s theoretical approaches include DBT, CBT, and Motivational Interviewing.

Telehealth for Substance Use: Enhancing Motivation and Navigating Speedbumps


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

Dr. Frederick Dombrowski led two breakout sessions on conference day two.

The first session focused on the delivery of telehealh and how to engage in telehealth going forward in a post-pandemic world. He identified ways to clinically meet the needs of those who continue with telehealth services, and discussed ways in which clinicians can use Motivational Interviewing via telehealth to enhance a client’s commitment to recovery. He also provided responses for potential client concerns when using teleheath as a modality.

The second session focused on the special needs of transgender people in seeking addiction treatment. He shared that many transgender people may avoid substance use treatment as providers lack knowledge of working with this population. Dr. Drombrowski reviewed the foundational factors to provide effective clinical treatment to trans and gender non-conforming populations including various aspects to transgender clinical treatment while providing recommendations as to how to make treatment centers safe and affirming environments.

Dr. Nola Veazie

Dr. Nola Veazie

Founder and Chief Operating Officer @V-Solutions Consulting, LLC

Dr. Nola Veazie holds doctorate degrees in Psychology and Leadership and Organizational Management. She is the Founder and Chief Operating Officer of V-Solutions Consulting, LLC a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

Using Motivational Interviewing in Clinical Supervision – Part 1 and Part 2

Dr. Nola Veazie led two breakout sessions on conference day two.

Dr. Veazie’s workshops focused on the unique aspects and requirements of clinical supervisors. 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. Dr. Veazie shared the best way to translate evidence-based information to subordinates and how to motivate new SUD professionals in the field. Attendees learned how to use Motivational Interviewing in the provision of clinical supervision.

Mark Stodola

Mark Stodola

As NHTSA’s Probation Fellow, Mark Stodola brings over 30 years of experience working in the field of court management and adult probation in Arizona. Mark worked at the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department for 18 years serving in several capacities including field supervisor and division director overseeing drug and alcohol treatment programs, problem solving courts and services for the mentally ill. In his spare time Mark serves on several boards, including the CADTP Certification Board and is actively involved in community activities with his wife, Susan.


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

Mark Stodola lead a breakout session workshop addressing the use of marijuana on drivers.

Mr. Stodola’s focus included the prevalence of “legal weed” in our communities and the challenges it has created on our roadways as incidents of marijuana impaired driving continue to increase across the country and new users are exposed to the drug. The interactive presentation provided 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.


Bill and Linda Woodbury

Bill and Linda Woodbury

Bill Woodbury is a SUDCC II and has worked in the field of chemical dependency since 1988. Bill’s ability to communicate with a varied audience has led him to develop numerous workshops, focusing on providing practical tools that can assist in lasting change.

Linda Woodbury has worked in a variety of settings, serving youth and families since 1995. As a Family Life Educator with an MA in Family Science, she utilizes a strengths-based approach that fosters resiliency, supports systemic healing, and contributes to post-traumatic growth.

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

Bill and Linda Woodbury led an engaging breakout session on conference day two.

Mr. and Mrs. Woodbury shared that 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 shared 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.

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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.”