Texas Tech University

2017 Conference of Addiction, Recovery & Families

February 16-17, 2017

Held at the:

McKenzie Merket Alumni Center
Texas Tech University
17th & University Avenue
Lubbock, TX. 79409

Hosted by:

Institute for the Study of Addiction, Recovery & Families

Sponsored by:

the McKenzie Lectureship Series
the Family Therapy Symposium

Collaborative Partner:

Aspire Recovery Centers of Texas

Aspire Recovery Centers of Texas

Registration is OPEN

Registration Deadline - January 31, 2017

To register click on the link below:


Conference Information & Schedule


McKenzie Merket Alumni Center
Texas Tech University
17th & University Avenue
Lubbock, TX. 79409


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Conference attendees will be able to earn up to 12 hours continuing education credit.


Contact Information

For questions or further information contact:
George Comiskey, Ph.D., LCDC
(806) 834-1101


Lodging Information

Staybridge Suites
Queen @$89 and King Suites @$99
2515 19th Street, Lubbock, Texas 79410
Phone: (806) 765-8900
Fax: (806) 765-5322

Hawthorn Suites
$99 per night
4435 Marsha Sharp Freeway, Lubbock, TX 79407
Phone: (806) 792-3600
Fax: (806) 792-3601

Overton Hotel
2322 Mac Davis Lane, Lubbock, TX 79401
Phone: (806) 776-7000
Fax: (806) 776-7001
Guests can also call 806-776-7000 for reservations. Be sure to ask for Addiction, Recovery & Families Conference to receive the special rate. The deadline for reservations will be February 1.

MCM Elegante’ Hotel and Suites
King or Double Queen $92 per night
King Suite $122
Free Hot Breakfast with Eggs Cooked to Order
801 Avenue Q, Lubbock TX 79401
Phone: (806) 740-9946

Conference Schedule

Printable Agenda

Check-in: 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(3 hours)

Kelly Knight, JD
Attorney at Law

Title: Legal Matters: What every clinician should know
Description: This ethics workshop will cover key information about lethality factors for victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Texas Criminal and Civil Laws relevant to victims of IPV and responding to subpoena’s and court orders.

4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.
(.75 hours)

Poster Session
Student and faculty research will be presented on a variety of relational and family topics.

Community Networking
Local Non-profit and For-profit Organizations will be on site to answer questions about the population they serve and the services they provide at their agency.

5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
(1.25 hours)

Kevin McCauley, M.D.

Title: Memo to Self: Protecting Sobriety with the Science of Safety
Description: Early recovery can be a frightening time, but several groups of professional have excellent success getting through the first year of sobriety and into long-term remission. This is the exciting new area of “Recovery Management” - the philosophy of organizing coordinated, integrated support systems around people seeking sobriety to help them begin, maintain, and strengthen their recovery. Kevin McCauley describes his experience observing the behaviors adopted and challenges faced by pilots and doctors in professional health programs.

7 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Celebration of Recovery Meeting
(at the Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery Building)

Check-in: 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.

8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(3 hours)


Wib Newton, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT
New Hope Counseling & Resources
Co- Founder Restoration Therapy

Title:Restoration Therapy
Description: Restoration Therapy is a new approach to assessment, treatment and healing in individual, marital and family therapy. This clinical approach is rooted in the tradition of Contextual Family Therapy and combined with mindfulness strategies to produce real and long-lasting systemic change.


Kerby Stewart, M.D.
Clinical Director MAP Health Management

Title:Connectedness: The Key to Recovery from Addictions
Description: This presentation provides a brief review of the neurobiology of addiction and recovery. The individual stress response is seen as the primary determinant of disease severity. Of the many factors that influence the stress response the individual capacity for connectedness is seen as the best predictor of disease remission. Capacity for connectedness is defined and shown to be subject to significant modification during the recovery process.

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.




Jennifer Angier, M.S., NCAII
Chief Executive Officer of Black Bear Lodge

Title: Effective Approaches in Working with Young Adults in Recovery
Description: Workshop participants will examine effective approaches to working with young adults. Often, these challenging patients have experienced a broad range of difficulties in their efforts to treat their disease, even as they have reconciled to the idea of choice and have a desire to build a sustained recovery. Innovative approaches and a variety of patient interventions will be shared in an interactive, experiential setting that will help participants identify the spirituality behind a collaborative therapeutic exchange.


11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(1 hour)

Lunch Key Note - Both Tracks

Harvey H Joanning, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University

Title: The Brain in Love: The Neurology of Intimate Behavior


1:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
(3 hours)


Joe X Cantu, MA, MFT
Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and Supervisor

Title: Introduction to Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy
Description: The foundations of utilizing an EFT approach with couples will be presented. Clinicians will learn how to identify negative cycles of interaction and create emotional safety for partners to experience a more fulfilling relationship.


Panel Presentation and Discussion
Panel Members:
Sterling Shumway, Ph.D., LMFT
Director: Institute for Addiction, Recovery and Families
Spencer Bradshaw, Ph.D., LMFT
Director: Center for Addiction Recovery Research
George Comiskey, PsyD, LCDC
Associate Director: External Relations CCRC
Thomas Kimball, Ph.D., LMFT
Director: Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities

Title: Present Issues Facing Addiction Recovery
Description: Each panel member will present on current issues facing the addiction recovery world. Prevention, collegiate recovery, recovery research, and the family will be covered. Following the presentations, panel members will engage participants in a question and answer discussion.


Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities