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Sessions

Day 1 - New Paradigms

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Dr Bruce Alexander
Culture: The Hidden Societal Origins of the Addiction Crisis

Bruce is an internationally recognised author and psychologist perhaps most well known for his “rat-park” experiment and dislocation theory of addiction. Few people on the planet have contributed more to our understanding of the social and contextual factors driving addiction, so it was a real privilege to have this conversation. 

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Prof Marc Lewis
Neuroscience: Addiction as Learning - The Missing Link?

Professor Marc Lewis is a former Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Toronto and a world leading expert in the neuroscience of addiction. It was particularly interesting to speak with Marc because not only does he have a deep understanding of the neural mechanisms underneath addictive processes, he also has battled with quite severe opioid addictions himself. He is the author of two bestselling books on the subject: Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, and The Biology of Desire. Now, he works as a clinical psychologist in Toronto, specialising in addiction treatment.

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Dr Oliver Morgan
Addiction, Attachment, Trauma and Recovery: The Power of Connection

Dr Oliver Morgan is a Professor of Counseling & Human Services at the University of Scranton, who has spent thirty years researching, teaching, and writing about mental health and addiction. He is the author of Addiction, Attachment, Trauma and Recovery, which provides a holistic, multidisciplinary framework for understanding and treating addictive processes. 

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Dr Nzinga Harrison
Breaking the Stigma: Risk Factors & Recovery

Nzinga Harrison, MD, is a board-certified physician with specialties in psychiatry and addiction medicine. She is also the chief medical officer and cofounder of Eleanor Health, an innovative mental health and addiction treatment company. Dr. Harrison holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the Morehouse School of Medicine and sits on the Practice Management and Regulatory Affairs Committee for the American Society of Addiction Medicine. 

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Dr Anna Lembke
Dopamine & Addiction: Understanding Neurobiology to Aid Recovery

Dr Anna Lembke is a Psychiatrist and Chief of the Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic at Stanford University. She is also the New York Times Bestselling Author of “Dopamine Nation”, and one of the world’s leading experts on the role that dopamine plays in addiction. 

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Jan Winhall, MSW, FOT and Dr Stephen Porges
Polyvagal Theory & Addiction

Jan Winhall, MSW, FOT is an author, teacher, and psychotherapist in Toronto, Canada. She is author of “Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model”, by Jan Winhall, Routledge, 2021. Jan is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Social Work, University of Toronto and Co-Director of Borden Street Clinic, a psychotherapy and teaching centre. Jan is a Coordinator with The International Focusing Institute and Director of Focusing on Borden, a psychotherapy and training centre. Jan presents internationally on trauma and addiction.

Dr Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, a theory that links the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behaviour and emphasises the importance of physiological state in the expression of behavioural problems and psychiatric disorders.

To learn more, consider reading their latest USABP journal titled: Revolutionizing Addiction Treatment
with The Felt Sense Polyvagal Model.

Day 2 - Working With..

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Dr Andrew Tatarsky
Harm Reduction Psychotherapy for Drug and Alcohol Problems

Andrew Tatarsky is an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of problematic substance use and other potentially risky behaviors. He has specialized in the field of substance use treatment for 35 years working as a counselor, psychologist, program director, trainer, advocate and author. He has devoted his career to developing a comprehensive psychobiosocial understanding of the broad spectrum of substance use problems and an integrative harm reduction psychotherapy approach to treating this spectrum. This treatment is described in his book, Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: A New Treatment for Drug and Alcohol Problems, and several professional papers that extend the approach. 

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Dr Helen McCarthy
Overcoming Emotional Eating with the New Science of Behaviour Change

Dr McCarthy is a Clinical Psychologist and the author of “How to Retrain Your Appetite”. She is passionate about applying evidence-based protocols from clinical psychology and the new science of behaviour change to help individuals transform their relationship with food, so they can flourish more in day to day life.  

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Dr Matthew Johnson
Psychedelics:The Future of Addiction Treatment?

Dr. Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins. He is one of the world’s most published scientists on the human effects of psychedelics, and has conducted seminal research in the behavioral economics of drug use, addiction, and risk behavior. Dr. Johnson earned his Ph.D. in experimental psychology at the University of Vermont in 2004.

Working with psychedelics since 2004, Dr. Johnson published psychedelic safety guidelines in 2008, helping to resurrect psychedelic research.

You can learn more about Dr Johnson’s work at www.hopkinsmedicine.org/profiles/details/matthew-johnson.

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Dr Ned Hallowell
Exploring ADHD and Addiction

Edward (Ned) Hallowell, M.D. is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist and world authority on ADHD. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, and was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for 21 years. He is the Founder of The Hallowell ADHD Centers in Boston MetroWest, New York City, San Francisco, Palo Alto and Seattle.

He has spent the past four decades helping thousands of adults and children live happy and productive lives through his strength-based approach to neurodiversity, and has ADHD and dyslexia himself.

Dr Janina Fisher
Dr Janina Fisher
Trauma, TIST, and Addiction

Dr Janina Fisher is a clinical psychologist, author, and former trainer at Harvard Medical School. She is the developer of Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment and widely regarded as a leading pioneer in the field of trauma-informed care. 

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Sohan Sahota
Working with Ethnic Minorities in Addiction

Sohan Sahota is the Managing Director/Co-founder of BAC-IN CIC, a Nottingham based, peer-led drug & alcohol support service for individuals, families and young adults from Black, South Asian and Minoritised Communities. An award winning, grass roots service inspired and founded in 2003 by Black & South Asian individuals in recovery.

Sohan is also a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, experienced in the fields of drug/alcohol addictions, abstinence based recovery, 12 step model, mental health, cultural competence training, clinical supervision and research. For the past 20 years Sohan has been proactive promoting recovery, lived experience and lived experience leadership within BSA communities across the UK. He has recently authored – ‘Shades of Recovery’ a book that focuses on culturally tailored approaches to treatment and recovery. He has also co produced ‘Race for Recovery’ a BAC-IN film series with Donovan Pennant addressing issues related to addiction recovery, mental health, including culture, ethnicity, faith, identity and spirituality.

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Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW & Dr Richard Schwartz
IFS: Healing Parts and Accessing Self in Recovery

Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW; IFS Senior Trainer, US and international. Contributed to Levels 1 and 2 IFS training manuals and teaches L1 as well as L2 Trauma and Addiction. Cece has over thirty years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples and families, specializing in work with the effects of trauma and addiction. Her chapter on compassionate approaches to addictive process appears in IFS: Innovations and Elaborations, 2016, Routledge. Cece also has special interests in spiritual practices intersecting with therapy and in the impact of psychotherapy upon the life of the therapist and she lectures, consults and leads workshops on all of these topics. Cece lives and works in the city of Chicago.

Richard Schwartz, PhD., began his career as a systemic family therapist and an academic. Grounded in systems thinking, Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems (IFS) in response to clients’ descriptions of various parts within themselves. He focused on the relationships among these parts and noticed that there were systemic patterns to the way they were organized across clients. He also found that when the clients’ parts felt safe and were allowed to relax, the clients would experience spontaneously the qualities of confidence, openness, and compassion that Dr. Schwartz came to call the Self. He found that when in that state of Self, clients would know how to heal their parts.

A featured speaker for national professional organizations, Dr. Schwartz has published many books and over fifty articles about IFS. Learn more at: www.ifs-institute.com.

Day 3 - Mind

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Elizabeth Lacy, LCSW, PLLC
Schema Therapy for Deep Recovery

Liz Lacy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychotherapist and Trainer, who is widely recognised as a leading authority on applying Schema Therapy in the treatment of addiction, aside from treating addictive disorders, she also assesses anxiety disorders, couples, and personality disorders in adults and adolescents. Emotional pain can be caused by various reasons, including recent life events, unresolved past events, and biological reasons. Liz’s assessment approach considers all possibilities to develop an effective plan for clients to achieve their life goals.

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Dr David Spiegel
Clinical Hypnosis: The Future of Addiction Treatment?

Dr. Spiegel is an author, psychiatrist and professor at Stanford University, and one of the world’s leading experts into the clinical applications of hypnosis. He has published thirteen books, over 400 scientific articles, and 170 chapters on hypnosis, stress physiology, trauma, and psychotherapy. He is also the creator of REVERI, an innovative guided self hypnosis app which has been clinically proven to reduce stress, improve sleep, and enhance focus.

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Dr Bill Matulich
Motivational Interviewing: How to Achieve a Lasting Recovery

Dr. Bill Matulich is a licensed clinical psychologist who has lived and worked in the San Diego area and Southern California for over 25 years. He has worked with people from all walks of life including military personnel, homeless people, hospitalized patients, and private practice clients helping them overcome psychological problems ranging from addictions to severe mental illness. Dr. Matulich is a consultant and trainer and he continues to work clinically with veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW
Internal Family Systems Therapy for Addictive Processes

Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW; IFS Senior Trainer, US and international. Contributed to Levels 1 and 2 IFS training manuals and teaches L1 as well as L2 Trauma and Addiction. Cece has over thirty years of clinical experience working with individuals, couples and families, specializing in work with the effects of trauma and addiction. Her chapter on compassionate approaches to addictive process appears in IFS: Innovations and Elaborations, 2016, Routledge. Cece also has special interests in spiritual practices intersecting with therapy and in the impact of psychotherapy upon the life of the therapist and she lectures, consults and leads workshops on all of these topics. Cece lives and works in the city of Chicago.

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Dr Laurel Parnell
EMDR, Attachment & Addiction: A Revolutionary Approach

Dr. Parnell is a leading expert on the therapeutic tool, eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing which is more widely known as EMDR. While Dr. Parnell has trained thousands of clinicians in EMDR both nationally and internationally, Dr. Parnell has also taught transpersonal psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and was core faculty at John F. Kennedy University in the Graduate School for the Study of Human Consciousness. Currently, Dr. Parnell teaches EMDR through Alliant International University, Omega Institute, Esalen Institute, ID Institut in Kassel Germany, and the The New York Open Center.

You can learn about Dr Parnell’s work and forthcoming trainings by visiting: www.drlaurelparnell.com.

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Prof. Steve Hayes & Dr Kelly Wilson
ACT, Psychological Flexibility & Addiction

Steven C. Hayes, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. The author of forty-three books and more than six hundred scientific articles, he has served as president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, and is one of the most cited psychologists in the world.

Dr. Hayes initiated the development of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and of Relational Frame Theory (RFT), the approach to cognition on which ACT is based. Most recently, he has been focused on developing Process Based Therapy along with Prof Stefan Hofmann.

Kelly G. Wilson, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Mississippi, co-author of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): An Experiential Approach to Behavior Change and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Chronic Pain, which he has been developing for the past twenty five years. Former Chair of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology. Recipient of the prestigious Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teacher Award, granted by the University of Mississippi. Author of eleven books and over ninety articles and chapters in group publications. Founder of OneLife Education and Training. His work includes the investigation of acceptance, mindfulness, and values-oriented strategies in the treatment of a variety of problems in living as well as in the basic behavioral science underlying therapeutic change. He conducts training sessions, workshops, and consultations around the world, so far in thirty two countries.

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Day 4 - Body

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Jan Winhall, MSW, FOT
Using Polyvagal Theory to Transform Addiction Treatment

Jan Winhall, MSW, FOT is an author, teacher, and psychotherapist in Toronto, Canada. She is author of “Treating Trauma and Addiction with the Felt Sense Polyvagal Model”, by Jan Winhall, Routledge, 2021. Jan is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Social Work, University of Toronto and Co-Director of Borden Street Clinic, a psychotherapy and teaching centre. Jan is a Coordinator with The International Focusing Institute and Director of Focusing on Borden, a psychotherapy and training centre. Jan presents internationally on trauma and addiction.

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Dr Evelyn Higgins
Epigenetics & The Biology of Addiction

Dr. Evelyn Higgins is a recognized international expert in the epidemiology of substance use disorders, process addictions, and mental health conditions.  She is a graduate of the State University of New York with postgraduate studies at Harvard Medical School in Body, Mind, and Spirit medicine with an emphasis on resiliency.  A Diplomate of the American College of Addictionology and Compulsive Disorders, she is also a member of the Pharmacogene Variation Consortium, is a Certified Addictionologist, Certified Addiction Professional, Doctor of Chiropractic, and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Disability Analysts specializing in pain management. Dr. Higgins’ work with addictions and primary mental health conditions led her to invent the patent-pending custom panel utilized exclusively by her companies Wired For Addiction®  and the Neurotransmitter Reset Program®.  

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Dr Stanley Block
Integrating Mind and Body for Lasting Recovery

Stanley H. Block, M.D., is Adjunct Professor of Law and Psychiatry at Seattle University of Law, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine, and a board-certified psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He has worked in private practice and has had academic and clinical appointments at a number of other medical schools, including his alma mater, UCLA. He lectures and consults with treatment centers nationwide and is the author of the academic book Bridging the I-System: Unifying Spirituality and Behavior. Stan and his wife, Carolyn Bryant Block, live in Copalis Beach, Washington. They have been an inseparable duo in the discovery and creation of the Identity System theory and technique.

Steve Hoskinson
Steve Hoskinson
Organic Intelligence: A New Paradigm for Healing

Steven Hoskinson is an author and teacher in Post-Trauma Growth. He founded Organic Intelligence® (OI™) and has trained thousands of therapists, coaches and helping professionals worldwide. Steve is Adjunct Faculty for JFK School of Psychology at National University, International Transformational Resilience Coalition, Advisory Board Member for The Trauma Foundation, former Senior International Instructor for the SE® Trauma Institute, and has presented at professional conferences worldwide. Dedicated to empowering healers and teachers, he has created a host of programs for Post-Trauma Growth, including the OI Coach Certification program, the End of Trauma™ Course for personal resilience, and The End of Trauma Podcast.

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Dr Joshua Sylvae
Somatic Experiencing & Addiction

Joshua Sylvae has been involved in Somatic Experiencing® since 2004. His study of nervous system regulation has incorporated inquiry into many disparate fields including ecology, philosophy, and neurobiology. He holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology (with an emphasis in somatic psychology) and is a marriage and family therapist. Joshua’s clinical practice is grounded in SE™, and he also integrates psychodynamic perspectives, mindfulness approaches, a systemic orientation, and a good deal of humor in his work. Joshua’s background includes participation in social change efforts, movements for social equality and ecological sustainability, and he maintains a passion for encouraging and assisting communities working toward the creation of a just and healthful society. He envisions Somatic Experiencing becoming an integral part of healing and transforming our world, and feels greatly inspired when helping professionals integrate these simple principles for treating and transforming trauma and distress. Joshua resides in Portland, Oregon, where he maintains a private therapy and consulting practice and shares life with his partner and young daughter. Together, they enjoy music, unstructured play, and spending time outdoors.

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Dr Pat Ogden
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Healing the Nervous System to Overcome Addiction

Pat Ogden, PhD, is a pioneer in somatic psychology, the creator of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy method, and founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute.  Dr. Ogden is trained in a wide variety of somatic and psychotherapeutic approaches, and has over 45 years of experience working with individuals and groups.  She is co-founder of the Hakomi Institute, past faculty of Naropa University (1985-2005), a clinician, consultant, and sought after international lecturer. Dr. Ogden is the first author of two groundbreaking books in somatic psychology: Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy  and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment (2015). Her third book in this series, The Pocket Guide to Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, published in 2021, and she is working on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families with Dr. Bonnie Goldstein.

Day 5 - Social

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Dr Iain McGilchrist
A Divided Brain and an Addicted World: The Missing Link?

Dr Iain McGilchrist is a Psychiatrist and Writer, who lives on the Isle of Skye, off the coast of North West Scotland. He is committed to the idea that the mind and brain can be understood only by seeing them in the broadest possible context, that of the whole of our physical and spiritual existence, and of the wider human culture in which they arise – the culture which helps to mould, and in turn is moulded by, our minds and brains. He was formerly a Consultant Psychiatrist of the Bethlem Royal and Maudsley NHS Trust in London, where he was Clinical Director of their southern sector Acute Mental Health Services.

You can keep up to date with his work at https://channelmcgilchrist.com.

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Dr Stephanie Brown
Speed Addiction: Our Invisible Mental Health Threat

Stephanie Brown, PhD, is a clinician, teacher, author, researcher and consultant in the field of addiction. She founded the Alcohol Clinic at Stanford University Medical Center in 1977 and served as its director for eight years, developing the dynamic model of alcoholism recovery and its application to the long-term treatment of all members of an alcoholic family. Dr. Brown served on the California State Alcoholism Advisory Board and was founding member of National Association for Children of Alcoholics, now National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA).

Recently, she received the Norman Zinberg Memorial Award from Harvard University (2000), the Clark Vincent Award from the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (2001), the Janet Geringer Woititz award from Health Communications, Inc. (2005) and the Miracles Breakfast Constellation Behavioral Health Hope Tribute Award (2013). You can learn more about her work at https://www.stephaniebrownphd.com/about.

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Dr Rachel Wurzman
Loneliness & Addiction

Rachel Wurzman, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist and neuroethicist by training. In addition to her work with the SeekHealing project, Dr. Wurzman has given her advice and insights into neurocognition while serving as a neuroscience and neuroethics advisor to the Pentagon, an intern in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under the Obama administration, and through her involvement with the International Neuroethics Society. Wurzman completed her doctoral and postdoctoral training at Georgetown University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively.

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Dr Sherif Darwish
A Revolutionary Recovery Story from Egypt

Dr Sherif Darwish Abdalla is a consultant psychiatrist and addiction therapist from Egypt. His main interest in work and research is addiction rehabilitation. He is a cofounder of Recovery Centers for Addiction and Recovery, a leading treatment and rehabilitation chain in Egypt. He has publications in many international Journals including European Journal of Psychiatry.He will be talking about the motivational challenges that any therapist confront with his patients, how to early discover them and deal with them effectively.

Dr Carl Hart
Dr Carl Hart
Drugs, Addiction, and Social Justice: The Uncomfortable Truth

Carl L. Hart, PhD, is a neuroscientist and psychologist studying the behavioral and neuropharmacological effects of psychoactive drugs in humans. Specifically, he aims to understand the factors that mediate drug use behaviors to develop more effective treatments for substance-dependent individuals. Hart is the chair of the department of psychology at Columbia University and a Dirk Ziff professor of psychology and psychiatry. Hart is one of the first tenured African-American professors of science at an Ivy League institution of higher learning. 

Hart received his PhD in neuroscience from the University of Wyoming. He serves on multiple national and international committees and boards, lecturing nationally and worldwide. In 2016, the City of Miami officially proclaimed February 1 as Dr. Carl Hart Day, in recognition of his achievements in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, and substance abuse. Hart was made a Div. 28 fellow for his outstanding contributions to psychopharmacology and substance abuse.

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Dr Bonnie Badenoch, PhD & Liam O’Mahony
Relational Neuroscience, Parts Work, & Recovery

Dr Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, is the co-founder of the Nurturing the Heart with the Brain in Mind, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering awareness of the brain, mind, and relationships in the service of creating a more awake and compassionate world. She is the author of Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology (W. W. Norton, 2008), and is an active member of the Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (GAINS). You can learn more about her work at www.nurturingtheheart.com.

Liam O Mahony is an accredited Psychotherapist and Addiction Counsellor with over nine years of experience working with adults and adolescents. He is associated with the Centre for Self-Leadership Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), a member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI). He is a graduate of University College Cork and the Cork Institute of Technology with particular expertise in areas such as Trauma and Addiction.

His main interest is the related fields of Attachment, Neuroscience and Trauma and he is particularly passionate about how research from these areas can be integrated into the work of psychotherapists and addiction counsellors.

Day 6 - Spiritual

David Schoen
David Schoen, LCSW, MSSW
Jung, Archetypes & AA: A Psychodynamic View of Addiction

David Schoen, LCSW, MSSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Jungian Analyst practicing in Covington, Louisiana, near New Orleans. He has a background as an alcoholism chemical dependency counselor. He is senior analyst in the Inter Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, cofounder and coordinator of the New Orleans Jungian Training Seminar and advisor to the C. C. Jung Society of Baton Rouge. David lectures and teaches nationally, has published internationally, and is a Louisiana poet. His books include Divine Tempest: The Hurricane as a Psychic Phenomenon (1998), and The War of the Gods in Addiction: C. G. Jung, Alcoholics Anonymous and Archetypal Evil (2009), and Always a Fighting Tiger: Memoirs of one Ordinary LSU Football Fan(2014).

Fleet Maull
Dr Fleet Maull
Mindfulness, Radical Responsibility & Recovery

Fleet Maull, PhD, CMT-P, is the founder and CEO of Heart Mind Institute, Windhorse Seminars & Consulting and also a senior partner and principal in New Line Consulting. He is an IMTA certified professional mindfulness teacher and an Acharya (senior meditation teacher) in the Tibetan tradition and Roshi (Zen master) in the international Zen Peacemaker Community.

Fleet has written many articles and has given numerous interviews on a variety of mindfulness and leadership related topics in Inc Magazine, Lion’s Roar, Tricycle, Tikkun, and Turning Wheel. He is a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and Forbes Magazine and made guest appearances on NPR’s Fresh Air program and the national syndicated E-Town.

He is the author of Radical Responsibility: How to Move Beyond Blame, Fearlessly Live Your Highest Purpose and Become an Unstoppable Force for Good and Dharma In Hell, the Prison Writings of Fleet Maull. Fleet leads prison programs, meditation retreats, chaplaincy and hospice trainings, leadership trainings, bearing witness retreats and transformational seminars throughout the world.

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Eric Zimmer
Integrating Behavioural Science & Spirituality to Achieve Lasting Recovery

Eric Zimmer is a behavior coach, Certified Interfaith Spiritual Director, podcast host, and writer, and endlessly inspired by the quest for a greater understanding of how our minds work and how to intentionally create the lives we want to live. At the age of 24, Eric was homeless, addicted to heroin and facing long jail sentences. In the years since he has found a way to recover from addiction and build a life worth living for himself.

In addition to his work as a behavior coach, he currently hosts the award-winning podcast, The One You Feed, based on an old parable about two wolves at battle within us. With over 600 episodes and over 30 million downloads, the show features conversations with experts across many fields of study about how to create a life that has less suffering and more fulfillment and meaning. His story and his work have been featured in the media including TedX, Mind Body Green, Elephant Journal, the BBC and Brain Pickings.

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Dr Eric Garland
Mindfulness Oriented Recovery Enhancement: A Revolutionary Approach

Dr. Eric Garland, PhD, LCSW is Distinguished Endowed Chair in Research, Distinguished Professor, and Associate Dean for Research in the University of Utah College of Social Work and Director of the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND). Dr. Garland is the developer of an innovative mindfulness-based therapy founded on insights derived from neuroscience, called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE). He has published more than 230 scientific articles and received more than $80 million in research grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DOD) develop and test novel mindfulness-based treatments for addiction, stress, and chronic pain.

In 2019 was appointed by NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins to the NIH HEAL Multi-Disciplinary Working Group comprised of national experts on pain and addiction research to help guide the nation’s $2 billion HEAL initiative to use science to halt the opioid crisis.  In addition to being a clinical researcher, Dr. Garland is a licensed psychotherapist and Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice, with more than 20 years of clinical experience treating addiction. In a recent bibliometric analysis of mindfulness research published over the past 55 years, Dr. Garland was found to be the most prolific author of mindfulness research in the world.

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Guy du Plessis
An Integral Guide to Recovery

Guy du Plessis is a renowned South African addictions specialist, philosophical practitioner, academic, and author. His educational background includes psychology and philosophy degrees obtained from the University of Cape Town, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the University of South Africa.

With over 25 years of experience in the mental health field, Guy has held various roles as a counselor, clinical and program director, and has been instrumental in developing and managing multiple inpatient addiction treatment programs.

Currently, Guy is working on a two-book contract for Cambridge University Press, furthering his dedication to advancing knowledge in his areas of expertise.

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Rupert Spira
Dr Bernardo Kastrup & Rupert Spira
Materialism & Nonduality: The Role of Worldview in Addiction & Recovery

Bernardo Kastrup is the executive director of Essentia Foundation. His work has been leading the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind) and another Ph.D. in computer engineering (reconfigurable computing, artificial intelligence). As a scientist, Bernardo has worked for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the ‘Casimir Effect’ of Quantum Field Theory was discovered). Formulated in detail in many academic papers and books, his ideas have been featured on Scientific American, the Institute of Art and Ideas, the Blog of the American Philosophical Association and Big Think, among others. Bernardo’s most recent book is Science Ideated: The fall of matter and the contours of the next mainstream scientific worldview. For more information, freely downloadable papers, videos, etc., please visit www.bernardokastrup.com.

From an early age, Rupert Spira was deeply interested in the nature of reality and the source of lasting peace and happiness. After spending twenty years immersed in the teachings of classical Advaita Vedanta, he met his teacher, Francis Lucille, who introduced him to the Direct Path approach whereby one may recognise the source of peace and happiness in oneself. Rupert has written several books and holds regular meetings and retreats online, as well as in Europe and the United States. He is also a noted potter, trained in the British Studio Pottery school, with work in public and private collections. You can learn more about Rupert’s work at www.rupertspira.com

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