2018 Speakers

Learn about the latest in addiction treatment and recovery tools and techniques from leading experts across the addiction health spectrum.

Sam Quinones

Featured Speaker

Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction. His most recent book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Bloomsbury Press.

His career as a journalist has spanned almost 30 years. He lived for 10 years as a freelance writer in Mexico, where he wrote his first two books. In 2004, he returned to the United States to work for the L.A. Times, covering immigration, drug trafficking, neighborhood stories, and gangs.

In 2014, he resigned from the paper to return to freelancing, working for National Geographic, Pacific Standard Magazine, the New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and other publications.

Columbia Journalism School selected him as a 2008 recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot prize, for a career of excellence in covering Latin America. He is also a 1998 recipient of an Alicia Patterson Fellowship, one of the most prestigious fellowships given to print journalists.

He teaches Tell Your True Tale writing workshops, and edits a storytelling webpage of the same name.

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Dreamland: America’s Opiate Epidemic and How We Got Here
Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 3PM

Robert Weiss, LCSW, CSAT-S

Keynote Speaker

Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S is a digital-age intimacy and relationships expert specializing in infidelity and addictions—most notably sex, porn, and love addiction. An internationally acknowledged clinician, he frequently serves as a subject expert on human sexuality for multiple media outlets including CNN, HLN, MSNBC, The Oprah Winfrey Network, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and NPR, among others. He is the author of several highly regarded books, including “Out of the Doghouse: A Step-by-Step Relationship-Saving Guide for Men Caught Cheating,” “Sex Addiction 101: A Basic Guide to Healing from Sex, Porn, and Love Addiction,” “Sex Addiction 101: The Workbook,” and “Cruise Control: Understanding Sex Addiction in Gay Men.” He blogs regularly for Psychology Today, Huffington Post, and Psych Central. A skilled clinical educator, he routinely provides training to therapists, the US military, hospitals, and psychiatric centers in the US and abroad. Over the years, he has created and overseen more than a dozen high-end addiction and mental health treatment facilities. Currently, he is CEO of Seeking Integrity, LLC, being developed as an online resource for recovery from infidelity and sexual addiction. For more information or to reach Mr. Weiss, please visit his website, robertweissmsw.com, or follow him on Twitter, @RobWeissMSW.

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Best Practices: Understanding Why and How to Access and Treat Co-occurring Disorders: Sex and Drugs
Friday, June 8, 2018 at 8:30 AM

Sex Addiction 101: Understanding Long Term Recovery
Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 8:30 AM

Michael J. Baron, MD, MPH, FASAM

Speaker

Dr. Michael Baron attained his Medical Degree, Masters in Public Health and completed an internal medicine internship at Tulane University, School of Medicine. He completed his first residency in Anesthesiology at Washington University, School of Medicine and his Psychiatry training at Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine. He has maintained Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has practiced in the Nashville area since 1998 in a variety of settings including private practice, teaching hospitals and residential treatment centers. Dr. Baron was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners (BME) in 2010. He served as Chair of Tennessee’s PMP committee for 3 years as well has served on numerous rules committees for Chronic Pain and MAT for the Department of Health and Department of Mental Health. He resigned from the BME and PMP Boards in January 2017 to become the Medical Director of the Tennessee Medical Foundation – Physician Health Program.

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Non Opioid Treatment for Pain and Addiction
Friday, June 8, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Judge Judith D. Campbell

Speaker/Panel Member

Judge Judith (Judy) Campbell was appointed as a Volusia County Judge in 2012 and currently serves in the Criminal Misdemeanor Division. She is the presiding judge over DUI Court, a specialty treatment court.

Prior to becoming a judge, Judy was the Division Chief of the Flagler County Public Defender’s office where she was a member of the Flagler County Drug Court Team and President of the Flagler County Drug Court Foundation.

Judge Judy is active in her community. She serves on the Board of Avenues 12, Women’s Recovery Houses. She also is the Community Service Chair for her Rotary Club. She also mentors underprivileged students and she volunteers as a Teen Court Judge.

In 2016 Judge Judy was the recipient of the Woman of the Year in Public Service and Government by Daytona State College’s Center for Women and Men. In 2015 Judge Judy was given the Outstanding Community Service award for her Rotary District.

As an attorney, Judy was awarded the Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the Seventh Judicial Circuit for founding and establishing a pro bono clinic, volunteering over 200 hours a year. She also received several awards for professional excellence and effective trial advocacy. Judge Judy is married to a marvelous man, the mother to two wonderful children, a mother-in-law to a great son-in-law and a great daughter-in-law and a grandmother to two adorable grandchildren. Just ask her, she’ll be happy to show you pictures!

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Drug Court Panel
Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Wendy Coughlin, PH.D.

Speaker

Dr. Wendy Coughlin is a licensed mental health professional in longterm recovery. She has been in private practice in Pinellas County, Florida for over 30 years. She is qualified as an Addiction professional (MCAP & MCAC), Family mediator, Parenting Coordinator and Guardian ad Litem. Professionally, Wendy is committed to reducing the adverse consequences of addiction for individuals and families through mental health interventions, forensic evaluations, training mental health and court professionals. Personally, she is passionate to encourage everyone to maximize their enjoyment of sobriety. Author of 12 Steps: “The Sequel,” Wendy firmly believes the steps which heal can also be used as steps to grow in recovery.

Dr. Coughlin is a provider for the Professional Resource Network (PRN), the Intervention Project for Nurses, and the Suncoast Safety Council. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine and the Florida Medical Professionals Group.

Website: drwendycoughlin.com

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Recovery Capital: What Is It and Why Do You Need It?
Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 10:15 AM

Jason Fields, M.D.

Speaker

Dr. Fields is a Fellow with American Board of Addiction Medicine and has been board certified in Addiction Medicine since 2012. Dr. Fields did a fellowship with the University of Florida Addiction Medicine Program and did his training at DACCO from 2011 to 2013. He has served as the Associate Medical Director and Medical Director at DACCO. Dr. Fields enjoys being involved in the community where he works and enjoys outreach into the medical community. Dr. Fields is invested in expanding addiction treatment services locally and on a state-wide level and enjoys educating on medication assisted treatment options for opioid use disorders and has an interest in working with pregnant women with addictive disorders. Dr. Fields currently serves as President of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine.

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Promoting Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders
Friday, June 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Michael Jewell

Speaker/Panel Member

Michael Jewell has served in Florida’s justice systems for over thirty five years. Since 1996, he coordinated and managed the planning, development and operations of the drug court programs and the dui court in the Seventh Judicial Circuit, FL. The Seventh Circuit is made up of the following four counties: Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia. Currently Mr. Jewell is headquartered in the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand, FL. Before his current assignment, he supervised a Pretrial Services Supervision Unit in Volusia County. Prior to that, he worked with delinquent youth on house arrest.

In addition to earning a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida, Mr. Jewell has been recognized for his service to the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies, the Association of Pretrial Professionals of Florida and the Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals. He has been the primary grant writer for many successful grant applications that benefited the problem solving courts in the Seventh Circuit. Michael has also participated in developing drug court training conferences as well as serving on multiple task forces and steering committees associated with problem solving courts. He has presented at various workshops for local, state and national level organizations on topics related to problem solving courts and pretrial services.

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Drug Court Panel
Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Ilene Robeck, MD

Speaker

Dr. Robeck is currently the director of virtual pain care for the Richmond VAMC and in that capacity does econsulting, case based education, and clinical video teleconsults throughout the country seeing patients with chronic pain as well as comoribid medical, sud and/or mental health comorbidities.

She is also the Chair of the Primary Care Pain Champions Initiative for National VA. In that role she provides mentoring, education and resources for all in primary care to use when working with patients with pain.

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America’s Opioid Crisis. Where Do We Go From Here?
Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 4:00 PM

Treating Pain in Patients with OUD. Addiction Treatment and Pain Care Go Hand in Hand
Friday, June 8, 2018 at 10:15 AM

Dan Schafer

Speaker/Panel Member

Dan Schafer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in Ormond Beach, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in 1978 and Florida State University Law School in 1982. In 1983 he joined the Office of the Public Defender in Daytona Beach where he remained for over 34 years.

Problem Solving Courts have been a large part of Dan’s assignment with his office since Volusia County’s Drug Court was in its planning stages in 1996. His current duties include representing clients in DUI Court, Veteran’s Court and felony Drug Court. He has served on the board of the Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals since 2010.

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Drug Court Panel
Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 12:00 PM

John Symeonides, M.D.

Panel Moderator

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Drug Court Panel
Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 12:00 PM

Scott Teitelbaum, MD, FAAP, DFASAM

Speaker

Scott Teitelbaum, M.D., is a professor of psychiatry at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, where he serves as vice chair of the department of psychiatry, chief of the division of addiction medicine, medical director of the UF Health Florida Recovery Center, Pottash Professor in Psychiatry and Neuroscience, fellowship director of UF’s American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM) fellowship and a member of the McKnight Brain Institute of the University of Florida.

Originally trained and board-certified as a pediatrician, Dr. Teitelbaum later completed fellowships in addiction medicine and child psychiatry at the University of Florida. Dr. Teitelbaum became medical director of the Florida Recovery Center in 2002, and since then has evaluated and treated more than 3,000 healthcare providers and other professionals from across the country. Through his efforts, the Florida Recovery Center has led the way nationally with its evidence-based treatment of the disease of addiction. A national expert who has been consulted by the White House Office of National Drug Control and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Dr. Teitelbaum is passionate about reducing stigma and advancing treatment for those suffering from the disease of addiction.

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Medical THC: Risks and Benefits
Friday, June 8, 2018 at 3:30 PM

Brett Watson

Speaker

As a person in long-term recovery from alcohol and drugs, Brett Watson is passionate about helping others find recovery resources. He is a founding member of the University of Central Florida’s Collegiate Recovery Community, a peer advocate for students in recovery, an active member in community-based recovery support groups and an Intake Manager at Advanced Recovery Systems in Winter Park. Brett’s goals include reducing the stigma of addiction and treatment, and advocating for access to care for people with addictions.

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Reducing Stigma with Collegiate Recovery Communities
Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 11:15 AM