Spring Conference 2024

Inspiration Through Rejuvenation

May 8 & 9, 2024

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Inspiration Through Rejuvenation!

In today’s fast-paced world, prioritizing mental and emotional well-being is more important than ever. Join us for a transformative exploration of burnout prevention, stress management strategies, and effective client engagement techniques. Our presentations delve into the vital intersection of self-care for administrators and counselors, empowering them with the tools needed to foster a healthy environment for both staff and clients alike. Together, let’s unlock the keys to sustainable wellness and inspire positive change within our facilities and communities.

Conference Presenters and Agenda

Stay tuned for the conference presenters and agenda! We are busy coordinating a slate of dynamic presenter’s for the Spring Conference 2024 and will release the lineup soon. If you want to get a jump on registration, please register below. We look forward to seeing you there!

The Conference will be Held at the Beautiful Embassy Suites by Hilton La Quinta Hotel & Spa

CADTP reserves a limited number of hotel rooms at a discounted rate. Make your reservations early to secure a room for your conference experience. Accepting reservations until April 15, at the conference rate or until all rooms are reservered.

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
Registration Form

Download and complete this form if you are registereing multiple people or if you are mailing a check. 

Important Registration Information

  • Please use one registration form per registrant. You may photocopy for additional registration forms.
  • Register by mail: A completed form for each registrant and include a check/money order for the appropriate fee(s), payable to “CADTP” or a completed credit card form and mail to:
    • CADTP Spring Conference, 1026 W. El Norte Pkwy. PMB 143 Escondido CA 92026
  • Register online with a credit card on this page.
  • There is a 10% discount for companies that register three (3) or more employees at the same time (registrations must be received by CADTP on the same day). Please complete a registration form for EACH attendee
  • Registrants’ guests may arrange to attend breakfasts and/or luncheons. Please email in**@ca***.org no later than May 1, 2023, to arrange for guest meals.
  • Timely registrations must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2024. A $10 late charge must accompany all registrations postmarked after the due date, and those not registering in a timely fashion cannot be guaranteed space and/or materials. Written confirmation of registration and hotel directions will be sent to those who register in a timely manner.
  • There will be no refund of registration fees for cancellations received on/after April 21, 2024. Refunds will be made for cancellations received through April 24, 2024, less a $25 cancellation fee.
  • Registrants are responsible for making their own room reservations. Reserve your room no later than April 15, 2024, to obtain the conference rate. Important Note: conference rate is available until the conference room block is sold out.
  • Unless prior written approval has been given by the CADTP Board, no attendee at the conference is permitted to advertise its/his/her products and services, or to otherwise solicit other attendees to purchase those products and services.

 Timely Registrations Must Be Postmarked No Later Than May 1, 2024

Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work. —Ralph Marston


We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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.”