The CADTP Spring Conference sparkled at the Embassy Suites in La Quinta, CA on May 18 -19, 2022. With an exceptional agenda of presenters, a full house of attendees, and friendly, engaged sponsors, the event was a success all around.

The feedback was stellar. Participants cited the presenters, the hotel, and the connections with other SUD Professionals as the main reasons they rated the conference at the top of the scale.

Read on to to see some great photos of the event, with links to the presenters and sponsors. We look forward to seeing you at the CADTP Fall Conference 2022!

CADTP Spring Conference Meeting Room

Conference Presenters

The Art of Counseling

Craig French and Veronica Kelly

Our keynote speakers kicked off the conference with The Art of Counseling. They encouraged us to view ourselves as artists as we work to help people to find their true selves, without alcohol and drugs. They talked about getting into the “flow” and allowing your work to unfold naturally, as an artist would.

Craig French and Veronica Kelly
The Art of Counseling

Moving Past ‘I Don’t know’: Effectively Engaging Youth in AOD Treatment – Part 1 & 2

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

Aven Armstrong-Sutton

Strengthening Recovery through Effective Relapse Prevention

Roland Williams, MA, MAC, LAADC, ACRPS, SAP

Roland Williams
Roland Williams

Cultivating Deeper Connection with Clients: Holding Space, Active Listening and Attunement

TJ Woodward

TJ Woodward
TJ Woodward

ACEs and PACEs: How Adverse Childhood Experiences influence addiction, and what we can do to heal from them – Part 1 & 2

Jennifer Hays-Grudo, Ph.D.

Jennifer Hays-Grudo, Ph.D.
Jennifer Hays-Grudo, Ph.D.

Ethics & Confidentiality

Bob Tyler, CADC-II

Bob Taylor

Conference Attendees

Valued Sponsors

AG Management Consulting Services

Serving DUI Program and SUD Treatment Providers in the State of California. AGMC offers:
  • On-call SUD Counselors
  • Alcohol and Drug Assessments
  • Online CEU Training
  • In Person Staff Training and Professional Development
  • DUI Program Development
  • Website and Graphic Design

With over 90 years combined experience in administration, staffing, and executive management, the AG Management Consulting staff delivers the experience, resources, and knowledge to help you meet your business goals. Visit

AG Management Consulting

LowCost Interlock

LowCost Interlock offers the easiest, cheapest, fastest & most hygienic ignition interlock device available. Our ignition interlock system allows you to effortlessly complete your ignition interlock requirement and get you back on the road!

LowCost Interlock

Breathe Easy Insurance

At Breathe Easy Insurance Solutions, we are committed to excellence. We strive to give our clients the most competitive insurance rates available. We specialize in SR22 insurance and risk management for all your insurance needs including auto, home, motorcycle, renters, RV, boat, and business & commercial.

Breathe easy offers a scholorship to CADTP SUD Counselors. Check out the scholarship and visit their website.

Wholehearted’s mission is to foster understanding, connection, and awareness.  Our organization specializes in connecting you to wellness, mental health, and lifestyle media. We offer memberships & courses for professionals and individuals seeking to learn and grow.  We are committed to bringing you quality education and entertainment through exclusive videos, courses, podcasts, and articles featuring  thought leaders, researchers, and other contributors.

Health Staff Training Institute

HealthStaff Training Institute

The Right Choice For Your Future
HealthStaff Training Institute (HSTi) is a professional, private vocational institution that trains individuals into becoming efficient, capable allied health care or business professionals. HSTi is dedicated to provide quality, entry-level vocational training in a relatively short period of time. Our industry-focused courses and curricula are designed to properly train and educate students interested in the several allied health or business programs we offer.

Bob Tyler Recovery Services

Author, speaker, trainer, and more. Bob Tyler has been working in the chemical dependence recovery profession since 1990. Along with serving as Board President of STAT Sobriety Services, Bob currently serves as Compliance Officer for Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (L.A. CADA), is owner of Bob Tyler Recovery Services (consulting, addiction private practice, public speaking/training), and Humble House Publishing. He authored the EVVY award-winning book, “Enough Already! A Guide to Recovery from Alcohol” and “Drug Addiction” (2005) to help people get sober who can’t afford formal rehab.
Bob Tyler

OnSite Strategies

We are a diverse group of psychologists, clinicans, certified addiction counselors, choice theorists, addiction interventionists and more specialists. We are committed to work with both individuals and families by providing curent mental health, SUD and spiritual abuse treatment.

We also provide a very effective treatment called “Brain Spotting” which we refer to as EMDR on warp speed! We also specialize in areas of addiction intervention training, supervivison and intervention services.  We also offer an extensive family system strategies training also.

Onsite Strategies


VIVITROL is a prescription injectable medicine used to treat alcohol dependence. You should stop drinking before starting VIVITROL Prevent relapse to opioid dependence, after opioid detoxification. This means that if you take opioids or opioid-containing medicines, you must stop taking them before you start receiving VIVITROL. VIVITROL must be used with other alcohol or drug recovery programs such as counseling.


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.”