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❱❱ Keynote Speakers


Wednesday, August 15

Keni Thomas - Leadership Speaker & Singer/Songwriter

A powerful speaker, Keni captivates audiences from beginning to end as he tells the incredible story of extraordinary individuals and how they fought to bring each other home. Drawing from his experiences on the battlefield, Keni inspires people to achieve greatness by stressing the importance of outstanding leadership at every level, even if the only person you are leading is yourself. His message of "Train as you fight - Fight as you train and Lead By Example" epitomizes the Ranger motto "Rangers Lead the Way!"

Keni sums it up like this, "Leadership has never been about the rank or the position you hold. It's about the example you set. There are people to your left and to your right who are counting on you and its up to you to deliver. But you will only be as good as you prepared yourself to be." 



Thursday, August 16

Austin Eubanks - Addiction & Trauma Recovery Expert

An injured survivor of the Columbine shooting, Austin’s traumatic experience as a teen was the catalyst to his painful journey through addiction. Now in long-term recovery, he has devoted his career to helping those who have turned to substances as a result of trauma.  His story of trauma, over-prescribed medications and the active addiction is sure to leave a lasting impression.








Friday, August 17

Kevin Hines - Brain Health Advocate & Storyteller


Kevin Hines is a brain/mental health advocate, award-winning global speaker, bestselling author and documentary filmmaker who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and his strong will to live.

Kevin Hines will present encouraging messages about living mentally healthy and the importance of seeking help and support during times of crisis, while underscoring the power of the human spirit to guide us in finding meaning, gratitude, and purpose in life. Candid, upbeat and full of hope and healing, he touches the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere as he delivers practical yet powerful skills for building a life-long mental wellness toolkit for oneself and for your loved ones.




❱❱ Mini Plenary Speakers 

Friday, August 17

Mark Sanders, President, On the Mark Consulting

Slipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies For Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders:

As a result of the absence of integrated services clients with addictions and co-occurring disorders are vulnerable to slipping through the cracks. This involves going back and forth between the addictions, mental health, criminal justice and child welfare systems without recovering. This can also include periods of homelessness and medical hospitalizations. In this workshop you will learn, primary reasons clients slip through the cracks including: a lack of integrated services; triple challenges;  inadequate service dose; misdiagnosis; hidden diagnosis; addiction to a drug subculture; lack of community; unresolved grief and trauma; low recovery capital. Emphasis will be placed upon 10 strategies to help clients with co-occurring disorders avoid slipping through the cracks and initiate recovery.



Heidi O'Toole, MS, LPC, EMDR-T, Co-Founder, WV Therapy and Wellness Center

Thief & Liar: Blending Trauma Informed Practices Across the Addictions Continuum of Care:

The blending of specific trauma informed interventions with existing addiction protocols will enhance the current standards of practice for both individuals and families that have been adversely affected by this staggering epidemic. The format of this workshop is dynamic and interactive, overviewing the high correlation between trauma and addiction, how this disrupts the capacity for emotional regulation, followed by several demonstrations of specific trauma-informed interventions that can be utilized across the continuum of care for addiction, mental health and social service delivery systems.




Mark Parrino, President, American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence (AATOD)

Policy and Treatment Dynamics of the Opioid Use Crisis in the United States:

The presentation will focus of the current policy and treatment challenges facing federal and state governments and treatment provider in response to the opioid use/abuse epidemic in the United States.







Richard McKeon, Suicide Prevention Branch, Division of Prevention, Traumatic Stress, and Special Programs, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Suicide Prevention: Challenge, Opportunity and Innovation

The CDC has recently reported that suicide is rising in 49 of the 50 states Yet there are now prevention and intervention strategies with an evidence base that if brought to scale nationally hold promise for halting and ultimately reversing these tragic trends. This presentation will review recent advances in clinical care, crisis intervention and comprehensive public health approaches including the Zero Suicide Initiative and the evidence supporting their efficacy in saving lives and preventing suicide attempts.




❱❱ Workshops & Speaker Descriptions


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