ADACBGA 6th Annual Conference - Embracing & Enhancing Clinical Competence

Hilton Atlanta/Marietta Hotel & Conference Center
June 18, 2018 8:00 AM - June 23, 2018 5:00 PM


Lisa Akine

Speaker: Lisa Akine



Presenting Sessions

Medication Assisted Treatment and Pregnancy

Dawn Allred

Speaker: Dawn Allred


Dawn Allred is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor with over 25 years experience working in the Behavioral Health field. She currently manages 2 outpatient Community Mental Health Centers in West Georgia for Pathways Community Service Board. Dawn serves on the board of 2 nonprofit organizations in her community as well as the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia. She is passionate about recovery and wellness for all people living with mental illness and addiction. Dawn is also living in long term recovery from addiction.


Presenting Sessions

Room at the Table

Jaketra Bryant

Gary K. Byrd

Speaker: Gary K. Byrd


Gary K. Byrd is President and CEO of the Anger Management Institute and High Impact Training and Counseling. Mr. Byrd received his undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina and his Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from West Georgia State University. Mr. Byrd is a Certified Master Addiction Counselor, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, a Certified Grief Specialist, a Certified Anger Management Specialist, and is a Certified Happiness Coach.

Mr. Byrd is the author of four participant manuals: Choice-based anger control manual for adults. Mr. Byrd authored Treating and counseling pathological gamblers participant workbook and facilitator manual for the State of Georgia.


James Campbell

Lucy Cannon

Sandra Charles

Speaker: Sandra Charles



Presenting Sessions

Telemental Health: A Comprehensive Overview

Denice Colson

Sheryl Crawford

Speaker: Sheryl Crawford



Presenting Sessions

Opiod Abuse and Infectious Disease

Nicole Fuentes

Speaker: Nicole Fuentes



Presenting Sessions

Ethical Counseling of LGBTEQ+ Individuals

Phoenix R. Kawmoto

Speaker: Phoenix R. Kawmoto

Phoenix R. Kawamoto, M.S.W., is a captivating, experienced, passionate speaker and a highly skilled educator. Phoenix is knowledgeable about issues pertaining to substance use prevention and recovery from addiction, as well as gender identity, LGBTQ+ diversity, and resiliency. Their unique presentations share a message of hope through inspiration and education; weaving together many years of professional experience and development with personal transformation.


Presenting Sessions

Dancing with Two: Break Free from Shame and the Gender Binary
Recovery: The Heroic Journey of Promise & Possibility

Alex Kohl

Karin Malkowski Stende

Speaker: Karin Malkowski Stende

MS, Conflict Resolution


Presenting Sessions

Peacemaking Circles: Enhancing the Recovery Community Experience

Mary Jo Mather

Speaker: Mary Jo Mather

Executive Director of IC&RC

Mary Jo Mather is the Executive Director of  IC&RC, the largest addiction and prevention credentialing organization in the world. Today, IC&RC represents 78 member boards and 45,000 professionals from 26 countries and 47 U.S. states and territories. IC&RC’s seven credentials include counselors, clinical supervisors, prevention specialists, and criminal justice professionals


Presenting Sessions

The Future of Addiction Counseling

Stephen M. Mathis

Pamela Jean Morgan

Speaker: Pamela Jean Morgan


Pamela Morgan, MBA/BSHS/CADC is a nationally known trainer and substance abuse professional providing services since 1993. She is owner of Key Insights, LLC, an approved professional development training provider with Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals. Best known for her presentation - Toxic Relationships: Another Addiction, she develops and facilitates various topics including Addiction to Crime, Ethics and Boundaries for working with Chemically Dependent Clients, and Recovery, Relapse & The 12 Steps. With more than 25 years of personal recovery, 21 years working with treatment, prevention, correctional and adolescent populations, and 16 years professional training experience - Morgan offers a wealth of personal and professional experience


Presenting Sessions

Sensitivity Training - Eliminating Desensitization and Burnout Effecting Substance Abuse Treatment and the Therapeutic Work Environment
Venus and Mars: Gender Specific Treatment Issues and Treatment

Doug Paul

Speaker: Doug Paul



Presenting Sessions

A Multi-Faceted Approach to Cravings Management

Christy Plaice

Speaker: Christy Plaice



Presenting Sessions

Shining Through the Wounds: Trauma Informed Care

Sarah B. Plyer

Cathy Robinson Pickett

Speaker: Cathy Robinson Pickett


Cathy Robinson Pickett is an internationally recognized motivational and inspirational educator. She has been named a National Point of Light, by President George Bush and recognized by countless organizations and media outlets including PEOPLE Magazine for her work in HIV, Domestic Violence, victims’ rights, sexual responsibility and patient advocacy. Cathy’s legislative activism on a local, state and Federal level began in 1992 and has continued to evolve across the intersections of victims and patients’ rights for sexual assault, domestic violence and HIV.  Her work initially focused on victims’ rights in assault cases and evolved into work around HIV testing for pregnant women and the availability of comprehensive reproductive health education for school aged young adults. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Friends-Together, a NGO that works with families infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.


Presenting Sessions

Only Men, Women and Children Get AIDS. What You Need to Know if Your Client is Positive

Mark Sanders

Speaker: Mark Sanders


Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC serves as a lecturer at the University of Chicago. Mr. Sanders is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean Islands. He has been Director of Trilogy, Inc. since April 2013. He is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health. Recent writings include Slipping through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients Multiple Addictions and Disorders, and Recovery Management: He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling books series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Addictions Professional of the Year in the State of Illinois, and the Healthcare Alternatives Systems leadership Award for his Commitment to Promoting Behavioral Health Recovery. Mr. Sanders received his MSW in 1986 from Loyola University of Chicago.


Presenting Sessions

Historical and Generational Trauma
The Ethics of Multiculural Competency

Jim Seckman

Speaker: Jim Seckman



Presenting Sessions

Working with Personality Disorders in Treatment

Matthew L. Swofford