The Embassy Suites in La Quinta, CA shone brightly as the host of the highly anticipated CADTP Spring Conference held on May 17-18, 2023. Boasting an exceptional lineup of presenters, a packed venue, and enthusiastic sponsors, the event achieved resounding success.

Participants unanimously praised the conference, attributing its top-notch rating to the captivating presenters, the splendid hotel, and the valuable connections established with fellow SUD Professionals.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to register for two brand-new CADTP training events taking place this year! Detailed information and registration can be found below:

Title 9 Regulations for Program for Alcohol and Drug-Impaired Drivers

Clinical Supervision of Substance Use Disorder Counselors

CADTP Spring Conference Meeting Room

Conference Presenters

Dr. Jorina Elbers


Our keynote speaker, Dr. Jorina Elbers, kicked off the conference with HeartMath.

Dr. Nola Veazie

Dr. Nola Veazie

Spring Forward with Purpose by Mitigating Treatment Bias

Roland Williams

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

Tom White, Presenter

Tom White

Using Media to Enhance Program Content

Tom White, Presenter

Adriana Popescu, Ph.D

Issues of Women in Addiction Treatment

Mark Stodola

Mark Stodola

The Changing Landscape of Impaired Driving

Tom White, Presenter

Dr. BJ Davis

Ethics and Choice Theory

Conference Attendees

Valued Sponsors

LowCost Interlock

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Our Mission

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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.

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.

AG Management Consulting
Health Staff Training Institute

National Labs

National Labs is a nationally-recognized team of top level professionals all focused on a common goal: Providing the most exceptional laboratory services for drug testing and medication monitoring in the industry. Our mission is to protect + empower health care providers and the patients they treat by providing necessary clinical data to guide treatment decisions. 

As a specialty lab leader, we offer evolving test capabilities and a complete range of quantitative drug testing with fully customized support. Our additional drug analytes and value-added services make National Labs a first choice for specialties such as: Pain Management, Addiction/Substance Treatment, Mental Health, Work Comp, Community Health, Internal Medicine and Primary Care.

From specimen collection to report return to specimen billing, we’re committed to our core CRED values every step of the way. 


Adreana Popescu

Dr. Adriana Popescu is a licensed clinical psychologist, addiction specialist, and empowerment coach with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field. She is also a certified hypnotherapist, Brainspotting Practitioner, Access Consciousness® Facilitator, and NeuroEmotional Technique (NET) Practitioner, having discovered that Energy Psychology provides incredibly powerful tools to identify and eliminate the deep-rooted causes of suffering and distress. She loves to assist high-achieving people to overcome their barriers, release their self-judgments, and create a life of infinite possibilities.

Bob Tyler


The CENAPS Corporation is a training and consultation firm, with over 40 years specializing in the treatment and recovery of Substance Use Disorders, Mental Health Disorders, and Relapse Prevention.

Our mission is simple — All people will have access to affordable resources for developing effective recovery and relapse prevention plans.

Our Vision includes helping people and their families to recover from substance abuse and other behavioral health problems by providing programs that focus upon:

  • Clinical skills training for treatment providers and professionals.
  • Consultation for treatment providers to improve program effectiveness through clearly defined attainable, strategic plans of action.
  • Offering education and training products for treatment providers, counselors, and recovering persons.
Onsite Strategies

DUI MAT Integration/Outreach Project

The DUI MAT Project is one of 30 projects in the California MAT Expansion Project, and one of and nine MAT access points to receive State Opioid Response (SOR) funding in support of State initiatives to reduce overdose deaths and increase access to treatment for those with opioid use disorder (OUD) and polysubstance use disorder (PolySUD).

The DUI MAT Project seeks to fulfill the MAT Expansion’s objective to, “Transform entry points for individuals with opioid use disorders and create effective referrals into treatment” and the supporting goal of “adding 200+ new MAT access points throughout California.”



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.”