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

Practical Applications for Telehealth Counseling in the Clinical Setting
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 as an Aid in Recovery
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


Session One: Nothing is Easy

Session Two: Recovery Journey Panel - No PowerPoint

Session Three:  TeleHealth

Session Four: Problematic Sexual Behavioral

Session Five: Psychodrama - No PowerPoint

Session Six: Psychodrama - No PowerPoint

Session Seven: The Trauma Heart

Session Eight: Nuts and Bolts

Session Nine: Drumming Out Addiction

Session Ten: Therapeutic Recreation - No Power Point

Session Eleven: Grace and Recovery


Island House Hotel

26650 Perdido Beach Boulevard, Orange Beach, Alabama, 36561, USA
TEL: +1(251)981-6100
FAX: +1(251)981-6543


Conference Room Rates:

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

Conference attendees must attend all sessions to receive the contact hours listed below.  Attendees who are unable to attend all sessions will only receive contact hours for the sessions they attended.  Please make sure you sign in for each session.  Within two weeks of the conference, attendees will receive in the mail a letter of completion verifying attendance at the conference, number of contact hours and listing all continuing education providers.  If you do not receive this verification of attendance, please contact the University of South Alabama’s conference services provider at:

University of South Alabama
Center for Continuing Education and Conference Services
555 North University Blvd, AHE #335
Mobile, Alabama 36688
(251) 460-7200

Approved Contact Hours:

National Board for Certified Counselors CE Hours: 12.75

NBCC Approved Provider logo


University of South Alabama –Department of Professional Studies has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4103. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. University of South Alabama – Department of Professional Studies is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

University of South Alabama College of Education and
Professional Studies
UCOM 3800
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688
(251) 380-2861

Alabama Board of Social Work CE Hours 12.75
Alabama Board of Nursing CE Hours 15.5