Conference Keynote Presenters and Faculty



Music, Empathy and Emotional Expression

The Acoustikat’s: Craig A. Bruesewitz & Thomas Randazzo
Omro, Wisconsin

The Acoustikat’s mission through Musical Lectures Plus (c) 2016 is to provide educational programs about addiction and recovery through words (evidenced based lecture material) and original recovery songs that coincide with lecture material. The Acoustikats enjoy entertaining with music and lighthearted, appropriate comedy. We believe that engaging the audience by encouraging musical participation (singing, clapping, snapping fingers and/ or playing instruments) is essential in this learning experience. We also strongly encourage questions and discussions about any of the lecture material.



Gambling, The Brain And Addictions

Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

Description forthcoming.



Trauma, Relationships and Substance Abuse Treatment

Kathleen Murphy, MA, LPC, Executive Clinical Director, Breathe Life Healing Centers
West Hollywood, California

Description forthcoming.



You Can't Stop What You Don't Know: Underage Drinking, Drugs and Concealment Trends and Identifiers

Jermaine Galloway, Officer, Tall Cop Says Stop
J. Chad Professional Training, LLC.
Boise, Idaho

Description forthcoming.



Leadership: The Journey to Authenticity

Mike Neatherton, President, CEO, Northbound Treatment Services
Newport Beach, California

How do we assist in developing the next generation of leaders? How does our ability as leaders to engage in an authentic, accountable, empowered, courageous, and compassionate manner affect our organizations, strategic partners, and our industry as a whole? How does our own personal growth work translate into a more balanced approach to work, family, and health and positively impact the lives of those we serve and make us more effective leaders? How does the emotional health of you and your staff impact your outcomes and your bottom line?

In this interactive and engaging presentation we will discuss and demonstrate the connection between vulnerability based trust, honesty, transparency, and organizational health. We will discuss the necessity of developing self to develop the leader. To get there, we will explore the common challenges that hold us back, and how our formative experiences as people play out in the workforce, and ways in which our own self-doubt and fears can restrict our ability as leaders to make brave choices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Articulate how our own personal growth relates to organizational success
  • Articulate how story-telling can make leaders more effective
  • Define vulnerability-based trust and understand how it impacts the development of organizational culture and transformational leadership
  • Define Emotional Intelligence and present tools on how to raise ‘Emotional Quotient’ both personally and organizationally

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