Friday, March 23rd  (4 CEU’s)

Friday is the last day of our 5 day conference, as with other mornings we begin with Registration and Networking.  A buffet breakfast will be served in front of the ballrooms.   Today, exhibits will be open between 7:30 am to 1:00 pm.  At 8:15 am Dan Lustig and Jessica Hayes will kick off the day with welcoming remarks.  The morning workshop will begin at 8:30 am, until 1:00 pm.   

WORKSHOP 17:  “Integrating Addiction Recovery and Trauma Healing in Treatment”
Bob Carty, LCSW, CADC, CCJP, James E. Nicholas, MA, LCPC, CRADC, and Vanessa Lowrey, LCPC, CADC



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“Integrating Addiction Recovery and Trauma Healing in Treatment”

Recently, it has been recognized that a majority of people with substance use disorders have experienced trauma. This workshop will discuss the importance of integrated services, introduce effective clinical approaches to do this, and highlight ways in which treatment organizations can become more trauma responsive.


Bob Carty, LCSW, CADC, CCJP, for thirty-nine years, has served in the addictions treatment profession in various roles – counselor, supervisor, trainer, author, mentor, board member and administrator. This included more than a decade of coordinating an accredited training program in Chicago to prepare individuals to become addictions counselors. During this time, he co-wrote a book with William White and others entitled The Training Life. From 1998 to 2003, he worked as a Deputy Director of TASC, designing and implementing community re-entry programs in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Later, Mr. Carty developed Partnerships in Clinical Training and Consultation (PCTC), providing consulting services to peer-based, recovery programs, spanning the country from New England to Alaska. In 2011, the Illinois Certification Board named him the “Professional of the Year” for his service to this field. Following his PCTC years, he was the Program Coordinator of Harborview Recovery Center, a hospital-based, addictions treatment program. Since August of 2015, he has served as the Clinical Director of Hazelden-Chicago, coaching and mentoring a strong team of clinicians in an outpatient setting.

James E. Nicholas, MA, LCPC, CRADC has more than thirty years of experience in the mental health and addiction treatment fields. He brings a wealth of expertise to his position. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and received his Master’s Degree in Clinical-Community Psychology from DePaul University in Chicago. A current clinical interest is work with survivors of trauma, in both group and individual treatment modalities.

Vanessa Lowrey, LCPC, CADC is the Outpatient Supervisor for Hazelden Betty Ford Chicago. With over a decade of experience working with co-occurring disorders, she incorporates her immersion experience from The Global HOPE Training Initiative in Zambia and her education in trauma-responsive therapeutic interventions to provide a platform of safety and healing for clients to address trauma and addiction simultaneously. Ms. Lowrey co-facilitates a Women’s Healing Group for women in addiction recovery at Hazelden focusing on education and healing from trauma as well as Guide Team, which represents a cross-section of administrative and clinical staff at Hazelden who are committed to providing a trauma-responsive environment for recovery.