Carlo DiClemente, Ph.D.
Are Relapse and Recycling Necessary for Addictive Behavior Change?
Sunday, 9:00 a.m.
Dr. DiClemente is an emeritus professor of psychology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and director of several training centers at UMBC. He is co-developer of the Transtheoretical Model of behavior change, and author of numerous scientific publications on motivation and behavior change with a variety of health and addictive behaviors. He published the second edition Addiction and Change: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover in 2018 and he has co-authored several professional books, The Transtheoretical Model, Substance Abuse Treatment and the Stages of Change (second edition), and Group Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Stages of Change Therapy Manual (Second Edition) and a self-help book, Changing for Good.
Fun Fact: Dr. DiClemente studied theology in Rome.
Friday, 5:00 p.m.
Ernie G weaves anecdotes of his road to recovery, along with side-splitting observations on the ridiculousness of life. Raised “in the hood” by a single mother and influenced by gangs, drugs, the mean streets of LAs, and his Mama's "chancla(!?)," Ernie’s story has inspired millions. Keeping clear of the rude & crude, Ernie G promises to not only tickle your funny bone, but to inspire you. "Educators have sought out Ernie G. He's like a candy-coated vitamin: He makes you laugh while you hear an important message!" - The Washington Post.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.
Ernie G is an empowerment comedian, corporate speaker & mental health coach, who has appeared on TV shows such as Comedy Central’s “Make Me Laugh,” BET’s “Comic View,” Ed McMahon’s “Next Big Star,” and the hit Comedy show “QuéLocos!” hosted by George Lopez.
A graduate of Loyola Marymount University with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Chicano Studies, Ernie was honored with the first-ever Mario Moreno Cantínflas Award for his inspiring work in the Latino community. He developed his unique form of comedy, “Latino Edutainment – Educating and Entertaining with a Latino Flavor!” and has spoken for corporations, including Pepsi-Co, Disney, General Mills, Warner Bros., U.S. Armed Forces, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Learn more:www.ErnieG.com.
John F. Kelly, Ph.D.
50 Years of Addiction Research and Policy: The Shifting Paradigm Towards Long-Term Recovery Management
Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
Dr. Kelly is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School, the founder and Director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), the Program Director of the Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS), and the Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine at MGH.
Dr. Kelly is a former President of the American Psychological Association (APA) Society of Addiction Psychology, a distinguished Fellow of the APA, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has served as a consultant to U.S. federal agencies and non-Federal institutions, and foreign governments. His clinical and research work has focused on enhancing the effectiveness of addiction treatment and recovery support services, stigma reduction, and addiction and criminal justice.
Richard Saitz, M.D.
Words Matter: Addiction Terminology, Accuracy, and Stigma
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Medical Marijuana: What is the Evidence?
Saturday, 2:15 p.m.
Dr.Saitz is chair and professor of Community Health Sciences at Boston University (BU) School of Public Health, and professor of medicine at BU School of Medicine. He chaired the Treatment and Services review committee for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, is associate editor of JAMA; editor-in-chief of Journal of Addiction Medicine; section editor and sole author of key chapters in UpToDate on unhealthy substance use; editor of ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine; editor emeritus of Addiction Science & Clinical Practice; former editor of the BMJ’s Evidence-Based Medicine; and author of over two hundred peer-reviewed publications.
He was president of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA), and is president of the International Society of Addiction Journal Editors (ISAJE). Major awards include AMERSA’s W. Anderson Spickard, Jr. Excellence in Mentorship Award, the R. Brinkley Smithers Distinguished Scientist Award (ASAM), and the Research Society on Alcoholism Distinguished Researcher Award.
Presenters & Speakers
Les Waite, Psy.D.
Motivation and Self-Efficacy in AA and SMART Recovery Participants in Recovery From Alcohol Use Disorder.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.
Dr. Waite is a military psychologist working in the Substance Abuse Recovery and Rehabilitation Treatment Program at the Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. He has worked within the VA healthcare system for the past five years, treating veterans with addictive disorders in inpatient, residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient environments. He is a graduate of Adler University in Chicago where he studied military psychology and the treatment of addictive disorders in a clinical psychology program.
A veteran himself, Dr. Waite served for 11 years as an Active Guard Reserve member in the Ohio Air National Guard, graduated with honors from the US Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Academy (NCOA), and was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service.
In recovery himself, Les has been a SMART Recovery volunteer facilitator for the past six years and hopes to be instrumental in increasing the presence of SMART Recovery meetings in VA hospitals wherever possible.
And Recovery Training (SMART) is a global community of mutual-support groups.
At meetings, participants help one another resolve problems with any addiction
(to drugs or alcohol or to activities such as gambling or over-eating).
Participants find and develop the power within themselves to change and lead
fulfilling and balanced lives guided by our science-based and sensible 4-Point
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