John McAndrew, 

Recording Artist WBA Records

Recovery Music Specialist / Therapist LADAC licensed therapist and

Music Services Co-Ordinator Cumberland Heights, Nashville, TN

"Music and the Brain in Recovery"


Singer/songwriter and piano player John McAndrew takes us on a musical and spiritual journey from self-centeredness to humility, using stories and songs. This journey is a long and difficult one in recovery. Recent studies show us that music can reach the parts of the brain that are linked to addiction and can function as an integral part of recovery. This experiential session demonstrates how music and music therapy can be applied in a variety of treatment settings to bring about therapeutic change.



Objective 1

We will discuss the brain in simple terms and how it is affected by music. New research and new evidence about the power of music. The scientific evidence.

Objective 2

Be part of an event that creates thoughtfulness, joy, and celebration of Recovery from Substance Abuse, Alcohol, and Mental Illness. John will perform several of his own compositions to describe the events in Recovery that make a difference to recovering addicts, alcoholics, and people with dual diagnosis disorders. Attendees will also participate in a sing-along.


Objective 3 --

Experience the difference music makes in a recovering person's Journey. John will demonstrate how various Therapy Models worked in his, and others Recovery, utilizing Music and Stories to describe six essential experiences in Recovery. Attendees will be able to take this demonstrations/example to their clients.



Applying DBT Behavioral Strategies in the Treatment of SUD – Finding New Responses


Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, DBT, is a highly requested topic.  Practitioners must possess multiple skills and styles to effectively apply DBT. Now, you have a chance to learn a cornerstone application of DBT, Behavioral Strategies in Relapse Prevention, from Eric Schmidt, a 20 plus-year DBT practitioner. 

DBT, a cognitive behavioral treatment originally developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder and suicidality, now is evidentially proven to treat Substance Use Disorder (SUD). DBT SUD Treatment Protocols, particularly the use macro behavioral chains, can be successful in reducing relapses, treatment dropout, etc. 

See the strategies in action and practice them yourself.  Attendants will learn through listening to interactive presentations, observing real-plays, and participating in practice sessions/vignettes.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn to:

  1. Apply behavioral strategies in DBT SUD Treatment

  2. Conduct a macro behavioral chain

  3. Create new behavioral responses to cravings


Moderator:  Allison Covington, M.S., LPC

Panel Discussion:  Current and Future Treatment Approaches for Addiction


This session will highlight current addiction treatment approaches and their effectiveness.  Panelists will present information about new approaches and promising potential options to assist in treating addiction and co-occurring disorders, including s-ketamine, psychedelic drugs, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Potential challenges that clinicians face in the implementation of new approaches will be reviewed and discussed.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast traditional treatment, current approaches of MAT, ASAM guidelines for care, and outline the research to measure success in the treatment of substance use disorders.

  2. Analyze the data of current research and predict potential efficacy of incorporating s-ketamine, psychedelics, and TMS into substance abuse treatment.

  3. Discuss challenges, barriers, and ways to develop successful integration of medical and behavioral approaches for individualized treatment.




From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to Post-Traumatic Growth: A Roadmap to Recover our Nation’s Warriors.


Veterans are a divergent and evolving population within the United States. Fewer members of our society serve in the U.S. Armed Forces than ever before (less than 1% of our adult population), while less than 17% of lawmakers in both houses have prior military experience. Representation, voice, and power decline, while politicians leverage broken Veteran narratives to gain political capital. Although 72% of American adults see veteran’s services as an important priority, only 65% have a favorable view of the organization responsible for service delivery. Additionally, Veterans continue to experience inequities in health outcomes. Specifically, Veterans die by suicide at a rate of 17 Veterans per day. The intersection of these political and social factors converges to create a Warrior class. Although a separate species, a deep longing exists to reconnect and reintegrate with the Nation who asked them to serve.

With this backdrop in mind, the purpose of this presentation will be to observe and describe Veterans as a specific societal subgroup while detailing issues of social injustice and societal changes and trends. Furthermore, as Veterans with lived experiences, we will detail the necessary steps to recover and reintegrate our Nation’s Warrior class to a place of honor, dignity, and service. Topics including cultural humility, therapeutic relationships, and value-based approaches to recovery (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) will be discussed and practiced.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Appraise the socio-cultural context of today’s Veteran clients.

  2. Practice cultural humility with their Veteran clients.

  3. Develop a value-based plan of care for Veteran clients in recovery.



Combining Art Therapy and CBT for Real Change


This session will examine how combining traditional cognitive behavioral therapy with Art Therapy techniques can help clients stay focused, gain new perspectives and enhance their daily coping skills. The art interventions taught in this seminar will help clients transform their emotional response to past trauma, problem solve, change their perspective, and move towards a place of acceptance and gratitude.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to apply 8 specific art techniques that will enhance the treatment of people suffering from anxiety, depression, chronic pain and addictions.

  2. Participants will be able to describe the Neuroscience and the changes that occur in our brains when engaged in creative activities.

  3. Participants will be able to compare, contrast and combine art interventions with classic CBT exercises in order to challenge the narrative and change clients’ thought process.

  4. Participants will be able to utilize 10 CBT and art techniques that can help clients learn to tolerate frustration, sit with uncomfortable feelings, and stop those catastrophizing thoughts.



Pine Grove Director of Addiction Services and Intensive Workshops

Honoring Our Sacred Gifts: The Professional Necessity of Personal Self-Care


Our personal sense of well-being has a profound impact on those we desire to help.  Understanding the role attachment patterns, implicit memory and nervous system adaptations facilitates the ability to have resonance and attunement with our clients. The brain science of neuro integration shows us that self-care in all areas of life is a prerequisite for sustainable career success.  Integrating the daily practice of radical self-care honors our sacred mission, renews our passion and invites lasting success.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how childhood attachment experiences influence self-care patterns in adulthood.

  2. Describe the role of chronic stress on affect regulation, addictive disorders and the nervous system.

  3. Recognize how mental health and addiction services provided via virtual Telehealth impacts both client and clinician