In this presentation, Probation Fellow and Court Administrator Mark Stodola discusses the unique challenges associated with polysubstance-impaired driving and the current policy and healthcare implications involved with this new risky behavior.

Learn why marginalized populations are at high risk of OUD, what makes opioids so dangerous and widely accessible, and what we as a society can do to destigmatize certain treatment approaches that are effective and life-saving for those caught in the grips of opioid addiction.

Many people find themselves wanting to make certain adjustments or improvements to themselves, but lack the knowledge, discipline, or skills to do so. When utilized effectively, motivational interviewing can help people finally bring about the changes they’ve wanted to see in their lives for years.

Barbara Aday-Garcia provides an overview of CADTP’s latest effort to combat opioid abuse by explaining the goals, assessment methods, and best practices of the DUI MAT Integration/Outreach Project.

To receive free CEUs and a certificate, please click the button to go to the Wholehearted website and register for the training.

The California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) is a non-profit SUD Counselor Certification Agency that provides certification and accreditation services for substance use disorder counselors and related professionals in California. CADTP’s mission is to promote public safety, health, and welfare by ensuring that substance use disorder counselors meet the highest standards of education, training, and ethical conduct. Visit the CADTP Counselor’s Website at:

Wholehearted is serving as the producer and publisher of the CADTP DUI MAT Outreach Programs. Wholehearted independently produces and distributes mental health and addiction recovery content that features some of the most influential thought leaders in the medical and counseling professions. Collaboratively alongside organizations like CADTP, Wholehearted aims to give platform to some of the most influential ideas in mental health so that for anyone seeking self-improvement, healing and education are within arm’s reach.

Working Together
CADTP has partnered with to help produce this very special series of presentations to showcase just a few of the impactful initiatives CADTP is spearheading to help our state. Wholehearted and CADTP strive to offer access to quality education and tools to provide the field with effective and rich opportunities to improve health and safety. The presenters in this booklet were selected by CADTP and appreciatively filmed and produced by

Continuing Education
The programs contained in this summit are also available online to be viewed and shared for free for your convenience. In addition, if you are a registered CADTP counselor, you can earn free continuing education credits. Wholehearted provides a free CE certificate for each one of these presentations. Course materials, exams, and certificates are available free of charge through

Barbara Aday-Garcia CADTP Executive Director

Barbara Aday-Garcia has managed some of California’s most impactful programs that combat drug addiction and substance- impaired driving, with the goal of putting a stop to preventable drug-related deaths. She is the founder of AG Management Consulting, which provides a variety of services to meet the business needs of California’s SUD and DUI Treatment Programs. Her efforts have helped fund, regulate, and supervise numerous projects and programs that have made California a safer place for drivers, people struggling with drug addictions, and their loved ones.

Mark Stodola APPA Probation Fellow

As a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Probation Fellow, Mr. 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, overseeing drug and alcohol treatment programs, problem-solving courts, and services for the mentally ill. He later became the Court Administrator of the Tempe Municipal Court where he served for eight years. Most recently, Mark served as Program Services Manager in the Adult Probation Services Division of the Arizona Supreme Court, where he had oversight of treatment programs for Arizona’s Adult Probation Departments.

Dr. Joe Sepulveda MD, ABPN, FAPA, FASAM

Dr. Sepulveda is a psychiatry specialist in San Diego, CA with over 14 years of experience in the medical field. He uses his extensive knowledge of psychotic disorders, addiction, and substance abuse to teach and oversee the Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program. He also founded a Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT) program in San Diego and is extremely active in various educational and psychiatric organizations.

James “Diego” Rogers PsyD

Dr. Rogers is the Chief Operating Officer of CRF Behavioral Healthcare. He is also a professor at UCSD health sciences and a part-time lecturer at San Diego State University. Dr. Rogers has over 25 years of experience creating, developing, and implementing community-based, trauma-informed specialty behavioral health programs that utilize Bio-Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery philosophies. His programs are culturally competent and welcoming of individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.

The DUI MAT Integration/Outreach Project is funded by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), MAT Expansion Project, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Approximately 118,000 people enroll in DUI programs each year. Currently, there are no mechanisms in place to identify, assess, refer, and manage OUD/PolySUD in DUI treatment programs. This project has been developed to optimize DUI Programs to become new and effective access points for MAT and other treatment modalities. The data collected determines the population of OUD persons who can be reached through interaction with the DUI treatment system. Once completed, the program can be updated with best practices and launched to all California DUI programs.

This program has the potential to reduce DUI recidivism, increase public safety on the roadways, and help more people suffering from OUD and PolySUD.

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.”