Addiction & Recovery Symposium


Symposium Day #1, Friday, January 28th 2022

09:00 AM – 11:00 AM Central Time (US & Canada)
04:00 PM – 06:00 PM Central European Time (CET)
Friday Session #1: Plenary To see more details, click below:
Topic: Symposium Welcome (D. Simmons, J. Edmonson); Plenary: "The Son of Crime, The Ambassador of Peace" (William Rodriguez Abadia, J. Edmonson); Book Review: “Sociometrics: Embodied, Experiential Processes for Healing Trauma and Addiction "(Tian Dayton, Author)
Presenter: Description: SYMPOSIUM WELCOME
Daniela Simmons, PhD; John Edmonson & Andrea Wilches, Symposium Founders

"The Son of Crime, The Ambassador of Peace"
Presenters: William Rodriguez Abadia (Colombia)
John Edmonson (United States)
Description: William Rodríguez Abadia, whose controversial story is portrayed in two Netflix series Narcos and El Cartel de Los Sapos El Origen, will share his incredible story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds to live a life of family and peace. He will share the real story of his uncle and father's lives, as well as the rise and fall of his family. 

In collaboration with recovery expert and Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor John Edmonson, MS, LPC-S, William will explain how addiction and mental health were the key factors affecting the trajectory of his family's life and in the formation of the notorious Cali Cartel.

This presentation will integrate the concepts of trauma, family systems, and mental health. 

Mr. Rodríguez will expand the scope of addiction and recovery beyond drugs and alcohol into the less known but equally deadly process addictions. You will learn what his addiction was and how he overcame it. You will also hear about his near-death experience and his moment of truth where he decided to embark on the Hero's Journey into the unknown.

Learning Objectives:
1. Demonstrate key early childhood factors such as trauma and family system issues that can lead to addiction, challenges with mental health, or derail one from a successful and prosperous life.
2. Identify important factors in achieving and sustaining recovery.

Book Review: “Sociometrics: Embodied, Experiential Processes for Healing Trauma and Addiction” (Tian Dayton, Author)
11:30 AM – 01:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada)
06:30 PM – 08:30 PM Central European Time (CET)
Friday Session #2: Parallel Workshops To see more details, click on each title:
Topic: "I am just trying to protect you!" Trauma-Responsive Addiction intervention combining Internal Family Systems, 12-Step, and Psychodrama; Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, LISAC, BCETS, CP (*CEs, ITI)
Presenter: Description: Clients often fight with or attempt to “kill”/ “get rid of” the addict part of themselves because of the pain and negative consequences this part creates. Active curiosity and validation of the addict’s protective purpose is a new paradigm for healing and sobriety. Being a “firefighter” of intense/overwhelming emotions, sensations, and memories is the addict’s main goal and it is determined to succeed. Fostering a relationship with these parts is essential in reigniting spontaneity, opening the realm of possibilities for healthier coping strategies.

Come join us as we use action-exploration of this paradigm, providing you with tools you can immediately apply in your practice!
Learning Objectives: 1. Apply at least one psychodramatic technique to accelerate clients' warm-up to sobriety.
2. Describe one way IFS and Psychodrama compliment each other for addiction treatment.
Topic: Addiction Treatment is Trauma Treatment: Psychodrama and Experiential Therapy (*CEs, ABE, ITI)
Presenter: Scott Giacomucci, DSW, LCSW, BCD, FAAETS, TEP (United States)
Description: This workshop presents addiction and trauma as a cyclical process often fueling each other. Most clients in treatment for addictions have significant histories of trauma which must be addressed in the recovery journey. As an experiential approach integrating mind, body, and spirit, psychodrama is uniquely situated to treat addiction and trauma. The presenter will leverage his experience providing psychodrama groups and creating treatment programs across the addiction treatment continuum. This workshop will include experiential and didactic components.
Learning Objectives: 1. Explain one connection between addiction and trauma.
2. Describe one reason why psychodrama is effective as trauma treatment.
Topic: Celebrating Victories in Recovery Through Use of Harm Reduction and Action Methods (*CEs, ITI)
Presenter: Jordan Miller, MPH, LSW, MSS, CET I (United States)
Description: Presenter will discuss substance misuse as a general public health issue, as it relates to individual and social wellness. Workshop will conclude with identifying experiential/action methods used in clinical practice to address internalized stigma, in concert with celebrating individual and community recovery goals.
Learning Objectives: 1. Identify public health implications of substance misuse
2. Recall action method practice(s) used in therapeutic settings to establish and celebrate recovery goals
Topic: Return to Innocence; Wisdom and Hope from the Inner Child (*CEs, ABE, ITI)
Presenter: Pamela Goffman Snyder, LCSW, TEP, CIRT (United States)
Description: Using guided meditation, art and Psychodramatic enactment, this workshop will focus on a return to a moment when life was peaceful and happy. It will give participants concrete tools to encounter the innocent inner child to recall and perhaps recapture the simplicity that life can hold. Messages from the inner child can provide wisdom and hope and help reduce shame in the recovery process.
Learning Objectives: 1. Apply an experiential technique to access inner child
2. Demonstrate shame reduction by helping the client to accessing inherent innocence.
Topic: Tele’Drama Sobriety Shop: A Variation on Magic shop for Addiction Treatment (*ITI)
Presenter: Betty G Garrison, MA, MS, CTP-2 (United States)
Description: We will explore Sobriety Shop, a variation on Magic Shop, created by Drs. Terry A. Rustin and Peter A. Olsson in 1985, and modified to be offered in the virtual space. Drs. Terry A. Rustin and Peter A. Olsson utilized the traditional Magic Shop enactment as a Sobriety Shop for use in addiction treatment programs. This is both a didactic and experiential experience. We will explore historical perspectives of the Magic Shop. Explore your own unique character for Sobriety Shop and experience being an owner (facilitator) of such a shop. We will identify modifications to Magic Shop with a typical Sobriety Shop including vignettes, variations on enactments, and discuss therapeutic advantages of the action technique.
Learning Objectives: 1. Distinguish and identify the difference between Magic Shop and Sobriety Shop.
2. Practice character development and demonstrate being the 'owner' (facilitator) of a Tele'Drama Sobriety Shop in little vignettes.
Topic: The Power of E-Motions (*ITI)
Presenter: Andrea Wilches (Colombia / Argentina )
Description: The word emotion comes from energy in motion, and no doubt that the spectrum of our emotions plays a fundamental role in our decision-making, in the way we process experiences, and in the life of recovery.
The workshop intends to explore in a dynamic and creative way some of the basic emotions In order to learn from a self-discovered experience some tools to work with clients in different settings.
As part of a successful process of recovery in any type of addiction getting to know, recognized, and manage emotions, it's fundamental, not only because by doing so we are able to know ourselves better but also because if we are able to have an active acknowledgment of them, we could benefit from them and not be taken over by them. 
Learning Objectives: 1. Explore some of the basic emotions.
2. Learn some interactive and Psychodramatic tools to work this topic in different therapeutic settings.
Topic: What's Your Story? Recovery Through Action Exploration (*CEs, ITI)
Presenter: Jodi Greanead, MA, LPC (United States)
Description: Participants will learn about basic aspects of psychodrama therapy as well as application and efficacy in residential treatment. They will experience a typical psychodrama warmup and action exploration. Through playful engagement with story, guided by locograms and sociometry, participants will explore possibilities for enchancing treatment and recovery.
Learning Objectives: 1. Identify benefits of psychodrama for recovery.
2. Recognize and apply creative group techniques.

02:00 PM – 04:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada)
09:00 PM – 11:00 PM Central European Time (CET)
Friday Session #3: Plenary To see more details, click below:
Topic: Providing Real Talk on Solutions to Addiction, Alcoholism and Unmanageable Habits (Michael Molthan) / DRAWING DESPAIR: A Pathway to Healing Integration. (*CEs, ITI)
Presenter: Ericha Scott, PhD (United States)
Description: Providing Real Talk on Solutions to Addiction, Alcoholism and Unmanageable Habits
Presenter: Michael Molthan

DRAWING DESPAIR: A Pathway to Healing & Integration.
Presenter: Ericha Scott, PhD

DESCRIPTION: This presentation includes a historical review of the life and art of Elizabeth Layton
(1909-1993), with special attention to how she healed herself with art. After the death of her son
from alcoholism, at age 68, Elizabeth - with no art background - took a Blind Contour Self-
Portrait Drawing class. Initially, her drawings were focused on grief and loss. Elizabeth, with a
long-term diagnosis of Bi-Polar Disorder, had not experienced relief from pharmaceutical
interventions or electroshock (13 episodes). After drawing daily for six months, Elizabeth's
depression was relieved, and she exhibited her art in a one woman exhibition at the
Smithsonian institute. BCS-PDs appear to safely engage a neurological process, not unlike
EMDR. The lecture will describe Elizabeth's techniques, and offer a handout, as well as, a link
to a published article on the topic.

1. Explain how Mrs. Layton used the Blind Contour Self-Portrait Drawing Technique to heal
her mental illness and grief.
2. Analyze how and why the Blind Contour Self-Portrait Drawing Technique enhances healing potential by engaging neurological processes.

04:30 PM – 06:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada)
11:30 PM – 01:30 AM Central European Time (CET)
Friday Session #4: Plenary To see more details, click below:
Topic: The Silent Fall: Tragedy & Triumph After 9/11 (Samantha Horwitz); The Recovery of the Sacred Parts of the Self (Emilse del Socorro Zabaleta, MD; Mariella Cereceda; Andrea Wilches) (*CEs, ITI)
Presenter: Description: "The Silent Fall: Tragedy & Triumph After 9/11" (Samantha Horwitz)
This power point presentation and conversation about trauma, post-traumatic stress, anxiety and overwhelm will highlight several ways to recover and engage in daily practices that can help you solve the stress that is preventing you from leading a productive life.

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify when stress / anxiety is triggered.
2. Apply strategic responses to alleviate stress / anxiety.


The recovery of the Sacred Parts of the Self (Emilse del Socorro Zabaleta; Mariella Cereceda)
We viewed addictions as a multifactorial phenomenon that affect people in all the different dimensions of their lives, we focus on a process of recovery that includes all these aspects and that allows the person to recognize the patterns of thought and behavior that are behind consumption and, also to understand that although some of this thought processes are going to remain part of the way they view life they do not define who they are or take away the full potential of their being. We would like to share with you this approach and our take on treatment. 


Symposium Day #2, Saturday, January 29th 2022

09:00 AM – 11:00 AM Central Time (US & Canada)
04:00 PM – 06:00 PM Central European Time (CET)
Saturday Session #5: Plenary To see more details, click below:
Topic: Tele’SocioDrama for Addictions & Recovery: Daniela Simmons; Andrea Wilches & the International Tele'Drama team / Utilizing Meditation Program for Mental Health Promotion (Boas Yu, EdD; Bonnie Nortz) (*CEs, ABE, ITI)
Presenter: Description: "Utilizing Meditation Program for Mental Health Promotion" (Boas Yu, EdD; Bonnie Nortz)
Research evidence on the effectiveness of meditation on mental health will be presented and how communities could utilize meditation program for health promotion will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the positive effects of meditation on mental health.
2. Discuss utilization of the meditation in communities for disease prevention and health promotion.

11:30 AM – 01:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada)
06:30 PM – 08:30 PM Central European Time (CET)
Saturday Session #6: Parallel Workshops To see more details, click on each title:
Topic: A Revolutionary Treatment for Addictions (*CEs, ITI)
Presenter: Steven Vazquez, LPC-S, LMFT (United States)
Description: Dr. Vazquez will present the innovation of Emotional Transformation Therapy (ETT). He will share how he developed and used ETT over the years and how ETT can be applied to work with trauma, addiction and improve overall mental health.

Dr. Vazquez developed the revolutionary ADDICTIVE TEMPLATE MODEL which disengages the brain's addictive neural network.

He will support his presentation with the latest research and innovations in working with the brain, colors integrated into recovery, and mental health.

He will also offer experiences for the audience on how colors can be used and implemented in real-time to achieve optimal therapeutic results
Learning Objectives: 1. Identify three components of Emotional Transformation Therapy.
2. Identify six components of the brains addictive neural network.
Topic: Anonymous Partnerships: Ways Clinicians Can Enhance Integration Into 12-step Programs (*CEs, ITI)
Presenter: Pam Dudley, MSW, LCSW-S, LCSW-C, CBT, CTP-1 (United States)
Description: The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports a significant increase in drug overdose deaths since 2019, and in alcohol and drug use since March 2020. Social isolation, PTSD and pandemic-related stress are probable factors in the rising utilization of treatment. Clinicians and physicians are on the front line. When making referrals to 12-step programs, how can clinicians enhance the integration process?

Join this interactive workshop as we use actions methods, collaboration, and roleplay to explore the options.
Learning Objectives: 1. Identify possible client barriers to positive integration into 12-step programs and identify two ways to enhance integration.
2. Demonstrate self-awareness of the impact of the clinician's attitude on client motivation.
Topic: Answering the Call to Happiness (*ITI)
Presenter: Peggy O'Neal, JD, CIMC (United States)
Description: The foundation of the struggles in the world – and our personal and professional lives – may be that we don’t know clearly who we are. We seek to experience wholeness, love, peace, happiness – out in the world – through objects, relationships, substances and activities. Yet what we seek is already, always with us, as us. It is so intimate, so close to us, that we aren’t aware of it. We are what we seek – whole, complete, One with everything and everyone.
Learning Objectives: 1. Recognize your essential nature as OneBeing: love, peace, happiness, free, and fulfilled.2. Apply this recognition so that you can begin to align your activities, relationships, conversations, thinking and emotions with this recognition and live as who you truly are.
Topic: Practical Psychodrama Techniques for Addiction Interventions (*ITI)
Presenter: Márcia Karp, MA (United Kingdom)
Description: Sometimes addiction is defined as “using a substance or a behaviour to change mood. “ It has been suggested that underneath every addiction is an untreated depression. Participants will experience demonstrations of psychodrama exploring their professional and/or personal experience. Psychodrama is a way of practicing living without being punished for making mistakes.
Topic: The Vivid Descent: Addiction and Recovery as World Renewal (*CEs, ABE, ITI)
Presenter: Leticia Nieto, PsyD, LMFT, TEP (United States)
Description: In this workshop we will explore the blueprint of archetypal renewal in action. Participants will reframe addictive, compulsive, and obsessive patterns from destructive to potentially generative.
Learning Objectives: 1. Describe aspects of the mythic journey in recovery.
2. Concretize resources through vivid interview techniques.
Topic: Transcendence of Addiction (*CEs, ABE, ITI)
Presenter: David Moran, CADC, LCSW, TEP (United States)
Description: Recovering, Recover, recovered, clean what do these terms mean. We will experience characteristics of addiction, trauma and recovery psychodramatically. Utilizing warmups to identify the difference between addiction and recovery by utilizing Maslow’s Perspective of “Transcendence” or experience of “RECOVERED”. The Sociodrama of a situational response from the perspective of active addict, Dry Drunk (not using but not recovering) then from a perspective of recovery. This will expose the Pathological Spontaneity & Trauma response of Addiction vs the freedom of recovery
Learning Objectives: 1. Differentiate between not using and recovery, by recognizing the changes necessary to be recoverying.
2. Participants will be able to compare recovery from Trauma and Addiction as a mutual process.
02:00 PM – 04:00 PM Central Time (US & Canada)
09:00 PM – 11:00 PM Central European Time (CET)
Saturday Session #7: Plenary To see more details, click below:
Topic: An Integrated Treatment Approach for Mental Illness, Trauma and Addiction (Melissa Caldwell Engle, LPC & Collin Ross, MD); The Heartfulness Way from India (Pari Deshmukh, MD) (*CEs, ITI)
Presenter: Description: Dr. Ross will review the core components of the Trauma Model. He will demonstrate how underlying trauma is the root to addictions and mental health symptoms by providing clinical vignettes and case studies utilizing these core components. 
Mrs. Engle will review the Addiction Blueprint which illustrates the underlying addictive patterns inherent in ALL psychiatric and addiction diagnoses as well as identifying at-risk individuals at both the prevention and intervention levels. Identifying healthy versus unhealthy emotions will be also reviewed.

1. Explain the Addiction Blueprint and the Spectrum of Emotions.
2. Understand the Trauma Model and its core components.


The Heartfulness Way from India…

Heartfulness is, a spiritual way of living by and from the heart that is inclusive of all ideologies, beliefs, and religions.  Learn about this unique heart-centered method of meditation with the power to facilitate an immediate, tangible “spiritual experience,” irrespective of a person's faith, That can support mental and physical health.

Meditation and Addiction Recovery In this session, Dr Deshmukh will discuss how meditation can give insight into subconscious forces and help a traumatized individual who has become a victim to addictions, how meditation help with regulating emotions and impulsive actions, how meditation can help with long lasting wellness, and how meditation helps clinicians in their addiction treatment careers. In this session, Dr. Deshmukh will talk over these topics followed by a 20 minute actual meditation experience.
04:30 PM – 06:30 PM Central Time (US & Canada)
11:30 PM – 01:30 AM Central European Time (CET)
Saturday Session #8: Plenary To see more details, click below:
Topic: Godspeed" (Songs with Rachel Stacy); The Power of Integration (John Edmonson, MS, LPS-S)"; Symposium Closing (The Symposium Team)(*CEs, ABE, ITI)
Presenter: Description: "The Power of Integration" (John Edmonson)
John Edmonson gives a dynamic summary of the main, presenters’ information, and stories, as well as his own experience, to demonstrate the “Power of Integration” in treatment, coaching, and support. 

He will offer stories from his experience collaborating with12 step recovery, Trauma Model Therapy, experiential therapies such a Psychodrama, brain biased treatments like EMDR, ETT, and multiple forms of complementary, alternative treatment such as mindfulness, Reiki, and Tai Chi.
He offers specific tools you can immediately apply to your life.

1. Summarize components of integrated treatment
2. Demonstrate some of the methodology of integrated recovery

__________________________________________________________________GodspeedRachel Stacy shares a life altering moment in her recovery where she was able to transcend her pain and suffering into a song a that touches and heals your heart.