Date: October 26-27, 2017
Location: Island House Hotel, Orange Beach, Alabama, 36561

"Navigating Recovery through the Life Span"
 Societal Trends  |  Scientific Research  |  Clinical Treatment  |  Pertinent Resources  |  Enhanced Connections
Keynote:  Judy T. Crane LMHC, CAP, ICADC
Author of The Trauma Heart - Stories of Survival, Hope, and Healing
Our communities face many social issues and challenges. Many of these issues and challenges are precursors to, aggravated by or the result of the abuse of alcohol and drugs. Consequently, the goal of this conference is to enhance the capacity of professionals and organizations to meet the prevention, treatment and recovery needs of our communities. The sessions are intended to promote current, practical, pertinent, evidence-based, creative, ethical, culturally sensitive, simple and complex prevention and treatment services.


The Gulf Coast Conference is designed to provide professionals from diverse fields such as education, mental health, nursing, law enforcement, business and industry opportunities for:
  • Professional Development
    The conference will offer germane learning opportunities on the prevention and treatment of alcohol and drug abuse for professionals working in the field of addition services.
  • Networking/Collaboration/Alignment
    The conference will provide an opportunity for professionals in the field of addiction services and prevention to connect with other professionals and organizations offering services.  It  will also provide occasion for various agencies and organizations to collaborate and or gain a higher level of shared understanding.
  • Motivation/Award Ceremonies
    Recognizing the high level of stress and burnout in this field, the conference strives to reenergize, reinvigorate and renew participant’s commitment to the field and to recognize outstanding service.     

Registration Fees

Early Bird Fee - $250.00     (Ends October 6, 2017)
Regular Registration - $275.00

Registration Options

Register online

Register by mail 

Complete form and return to:

University of South Alabama
Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services

555 North University Blvd. AHE 335
Mobile, AL 36688

Register by phone at (251) 460-7200


Tentative Agenda 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

8:00 AM - 8:45 AM Registration, Breakfast with Exhibitors
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Opening Remarks
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

Medication Assisted Therapy/Treatments
Dr. Karen Marlowe, Auburn University School of Pharmacy

9:45AM - 10:00 AM Break
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Recovery Journey Panel:  What can therapist do to help people toward recovery?
Moderator:  Allison Covington, Bradford Health Services

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Online Connections
John Conrad, AltaPointe Health Systems

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Problematic Sexual Behavior in Emerging Adults: Implications for Assessment & Treatment
Deborah Schiller, PineGrove

2:00 PM - 2:10 PM Break
2:10 PM – 3:30 PM

Action Centered Therapy / Group Techniques
Craig Caines, Birmingham Action Centered Therapy 

3:30 PM – 3:40 PM  Break
3:40 PM - 5:00 PM Action Centered Therapy / Group Techniques Cont.
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM 12 - Step Meeting


Friday, October 27, 2017 

7:45  AM - 8:45 AM Networking Breakfast
8:45 AM - 8:50 AM Welcome
8:50 AM - 10:20 AM

The Trauma Heart
Judy Crane

10:20 AM– 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Nuts & Bolts
Judy Crane

12:00 AM - 1:15 PM Awards Luncheon
1: 15PM - 2:15 PM

Drumming Circles
David Sappington, Cumberland Heights 

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Therapeutic Recreation: Sustaining Recovery Across the Life Span
Cathy O'Keefe, University of South Alabama (Retired)

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Break
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Grace and Recovery
Terry Ellis, Chrysalis Interventions

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Exhibitor Door prizes/Closing Remarks



Basic Level Exhibitor ($800.00)
Exhibit space:  Includes a skirted table and chairs
Registrations:  1 complimentary registration
Recognition: Corresponding to the level of sponsorship

  • in conference materials.

 Bronze Level Sponsor ($1000.00)
Exhibit space: Includes a skirted table and chairs
Registrations: 2 complimentary registrations
Recognition:  Corresponding to the level of sponsorship

  • in conference materials
  • organization logo on conference website with link.

 Silver Level Sponsor ($2000.00)
Exhibit space: Includes a skirted table and chairs
Registrations: 3 complimentary registrations
Recognition: Corresponding to the level of sponsorship

  • in conference materials
  • organization logo on conference website with link
  • monitor ad (provided by organization) on an individual slide as part of the conference PowerPoint presentation. 

Conference Attendee List: Exclusive access to the attendees list

 Gold Sponsor ($3000.00)

Exhibit space: Includes a skirted table and chairs
Registrations: 4 complimentary registrations

  • in conference materials
  • on website (corresponding to the level of sponsorship)
  • monitor ad (provided by organization) on an individual slide as part of the conference PowerPoint presentation
  • opportunity to give a short presentation about your organization's services.

Island House Hotel

26650 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, Alabama, 36561, USA
TEL: +1-251-981-6100
FAX: +1-251-9816543


Conference Room Rates:

Rate guaranteed through September 25, 2017
  • Standard Two Queens - $129
  • Corner Two Queens - $179


12 contact hours: NBCC, ALSW
14.4 contact hours: ABN