EDUCATION SERIES

PRESENTER BIOS & DOWNLOADS

Kathryn Benson, LADAC II, NCAC II, SAP, QCS

Friday, November 15, 2019

Kathryn has worked in the counseling field since 1972 with an initial emphasis on domestic violence, intervention, and re-parenting of abusive parents.  She has specialized in addiction issues since 1978. She maintains a clinical consulting practice in Nashville, TN where she provides therapeutic services, clinical program development, professional education and clinical competency services and clinical supervision services.  

 

She currently provides clinical consultation services to Long-term Recovery House Programs, Adults in Drug Courts, Outpatient Treatment Programs – Adult

             

She currently serves as Consultant for both NAADAC and the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP), where she has also held the position of Chair of NCC AP, NCC Ethics Committee and the Intervention Committee. 

 

She is the former Secretary for the NAADAC Board of Directors, is the past President of the Tennessee Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (TAADAC), the Former President of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of (TAADAC), past Chairperson of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Ethics Committee.

 

She has served as a faculty member for the Tennessee State Training System, The Summitt, Journey Together Conference, Tennessee Together Again Conference, SECAD, NAADAC annual Conference as well as numerous national and international training events.  She is an original founder and current member of NAADAC’s International Trainer’s Academy.

 

She has received numerous professional awards including Counselor of the Year, TAADAC Professional of the Year, TAADAC Lifetime Achievement Award and NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals’ Southeastern Professional of the Year.

 

Her personal motto - that your heart can never have what it longs for as long as it is filled with what you have settled for - is clearly demonstrated with her challenging of herself and her students/colleagues to step out of the comfort zone and take risks to discover who they can be.

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Mary Hawkins, Associate Director - Training, Evaluation & Research - Nashville CARES

Friday, May 17,  2019

The mission of Nashville CARES is to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Middle Tennessee. With your help, Nashville CARES offers services annually to more than 50,000 Middle Tennesseans at-risk of or living with HIV/AIDS including: HIV prevention education to more than 29,000 youth and adults, almost 10,000 FREE confidential HIV tests, and essential support services to 3,400 men, women and children living with the disease.

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John McAndrew, Recovery Music Specialist

Friday, March 15, 2019

WBA Records Recording Artist John McAndrews serves on the clinical team at Cumberland Heights Foundation in Nashville as the Music Services Coordinator and Recovery Therapist.  John's music has been heard around the world and at many national events.  John has toured for over 30 years performing for recovering audiences and alongside other recovery professionals at conferences everywhere.   

John's last CD, "Forgiven", released in 2016, was considered for three Grammy nominations in the Roots-Gospel category.  His newest project, "Souls" is set to be released soon on the WBA Records label.  John's credits also include music in several feature films including "One Little Red Wagon", "Generational Sins", and the soon to be released "The Beast In Me".  John co-hosted with Mary Woods the "One Hour at a Time" radio show on Voice of America for several years.  He is a regular contributor to the US Journal of Science, contributing articles on the benefits of music in recovery.

John facilitates individual and group therapy at Cumberland Heights and helped develop and launch their Music Professional's Program.

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Cindy Spelta, LADAC II, NCAC

Friday, January 25th, 2019

"As someone in long-term personal recovery and a helping professional in the field of clinical addiction therapy for over 16 years, Cindy Spelta is dedicated to relapse prevention.  Cindy began her work at Cumberland Heights Foundation in 2007 as a primary counselor and a Gorski Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist.  Cindy now serves as the Clinical Director of Outpatient Services for Cumberland Heights.  A Nationally Certified Addiction Counselor and a LADAC II licensed by the State of Tennessee, she provides clients and staff an environment filled with hope and healing.  Cindy is passionate about helping those who are struggling to find peace, health, happiness and an improved quality of life.  Cindy is also the organizer of Nashville's annual RecoveryFest."

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Randal Lea, MA, LADAC, QCS

Friday, November 16, 2018

Executive Director for Community Based Services, Cumberland Heights Foundation, Randal is a licensed addictions counselor with thirty years of clinical and administrative experience. Lea received master’s degrees in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University and in Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Mr. Lea has been a frequent presenter on such topics as Assessment, Sexual Behavior in Children, Ethics, Dreamwork, and Trauma. He is a certified practitioner of DreamTending and a Qualified Clinical Supervisor.

Previous to his current role as Executive Director of Community Based Services, Mr. Lea served eight years as Assistant Commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. In 2008, he was recognized by the Praed Foundation as a national “Systems Champion” for implementing a statewide children’s assessment for DCS. He also received the “Friend of Children Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2010 from Tennessee Voices for Children after seven years on their board and was recognized in both 2000 and in 2015 as “Professional of the Year” by the local chapter of NAADAC.

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Kathryn Benson, LADAC II, NCAC II, SAP, QCS

Friday, May 18, 2018

Kathryn has worked in the counseling field since 1972 with an initial emphasis on domestic violence, intervention, and re-parenting of abusive parents.  She has specialized in addiction issues since 1978. She maintains a clinical consulting practice in Nashville, TN where she provides therapeutic services, clinical program development, professional education and clinical competency services and clinical supervision services.  

 

She currently provides clinical consultation services to Long-term Recovery House Programs, Adults in Drug Courts, Outpatient Treatment Programs – Adult

             

She currently serves as Consultant for both NAADAC and the National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP), where she has also held the position of Chair of NCC AP, NCC Ethics Committee and the Intervention Committee. 

 

She is the former Secretary for the NAADAC Board of Directors, is the past President of the Tennessee Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (TAADAC), the Former President of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of (TAADAC), past Chairperson of the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Ethics Committee.

 

She has served as a faculty member for the Tennessee State Training System, The Summitt, Journey Together Conference, Tennessee Together Again Conference, SECAD, NAADAC annual Conference as well as numerous national and international training events.  She is an original founder and current member of NAADAC’s International Trainer’s Academy.

 

She has received numerous professional awards including Counselor of the Year, TAADAC Professional of the Year, TAADAC Lifetime Achievement Award and NAADAC - The Association for Addiction Professionals’ Southeastern Professional of the Year.

 

Her personal motto - that your heart can never have what it longs for as long as it is filled with what you have settled for - is clearly demonstrated with her challenging of herself and her students/colleagues to step out of the comfort zone and take risks to discover who they can be.

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George Comeaux, LCSW, CSAT 

Friday, July 20, 2018

George Comeaux will present evidence-based therapeutic values of
EMDR Therapy and will offer clinical guidance in the referral of addiction
clients for EMDR treatment. His presentation will include discussion of the 8 phases of EMDR treatment, the impact of trauma on an individual and his or her functioning, and methods

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