Each Intensive is a two day series:

July 7: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

July 8: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Family Recovery: Healing the Wounds of Addiction

Pandemic isolation and access to drugs has amplified substance use difficulties and, in some cases, deaths.  Mental health has been affected and families are suffering.  While family engagement and support are critical for individual recovery, positive outcomes increase when recovery is treated as a family affair. We know that addressing losses, improving conflict resolution skills and breaking free of shame aids in overall wellness.  It is critical that we strengthen relationship connections and approach healing from a trauma informed perspective to allow whole system change and sustained recovery.

This training provides a systemic view of substance use disorders, treatment and recovery.  Using family systems theory, the SPATS framework, trends in substance use, hands-on activities and professional dialogue, we will explore the challenges and opportunities to heal family wounds and increase recovery protection.  Addressing our own biases (and those of our colleagues) we will strategize how to increase the family perspective within our work environments and how to effectively use the “self of the therapist” in our clinical work with families struggling to understand, connect and heal from addiction injuries.

Meri Shadley, Ph.D., MFT, LCADC has a 40 year career combining family therapy and addiction prevention and recovery treatment.  As a dually licensed clinician, she has mentored the next generation of therapists and recovery advocates through her roles as an approved supervisor, university professor, and national speaker.  She has published, consulted, and presented at numerous conferences on systems therapy, women’s issues, collegiate recovery, and integrating somatic approaches into recovery treatment.

Treating Couples Well: A Practical Guide to Collaborative Couple Therapy

Couples come into treatment presenting a wide array of issues: communication, conflict, sexuality, affairs, parenting, mental illness, substance abuse, multi-generational family problems etc. Couples often struggle with too many of these issues all at the same time. Dr. David Treadway’s innovative collaborative model of organizing couples therapy helps the patients design their own treatment plan. This day long workshop will demonstrate how to give couples choice whether to work on making changes in the here and now, focus on healing from the wounds of their past, or visit the dynamics of their family of origin. Dr. Treadway will demonstrate with video, role play, and discussion how this model helps couples invest in their own treatment, learn how to collaborate respectfully, and tolerate living with unresolved issues while working on changing one aspect of their relationship at a time.

In addition to demonstrating this collaborative model of organizing couples treatment, Dr. Treadway will also present a wide range of therapeutic strategies, protocols, and interventions for the many typical problems that couples present. A special emphasis will be on how to make “homework” work. This seminar will demonstrate how to engage and motivate couples to do homework and show the transformational impact on treatment when couples do follow through.

Dr. Treadway is a nationally known therapist and author who has been giving workshops and trainings around the country for the past forty years. His most recent book is Treating Couples Well: A Practical Guide to Collaborative Couple Therapy. He is the co-author with his wife and sons of Home Before Dark: A Family Portrait of Cancer and Healing, Treadway has also written three prior books over forty articles. Dr Treadway has appeared on Good Morning America, 20/20 and other television shows as well as hosting his own radio program on family communications.

Treadway can be found online at

Treating the Traumatized Child AND Family: 7 Essential Techniques

Trauma affects the entire family – shouldn’t our treatment do the same?

Children and adolescents are often referred to therapy because of their overt behavior problem – acting out, skipping school, self-harm, aggression, or running away but not the underlying trauma and unhealthy family dynamics that are the real cause of the problem.

And while you can make some progress individually, lasting change is unlikely when the child returns to the same unchanged traumatized family.

Join Dr. Scott Sells, the founder of the Family Systems Trauma (FST) Model to learn 7 must-have family trauma techniques for assessing and treating the entire traumatized family and not just the child in whole new way.

 Under Dr. Sells’ expert guidance, you’ll learn these 7 techniques:

  • 1- FST Structural-Strategic Theory: How to See Family Systems and Interactional Trauma
  • 2- FST Motivational Technique to get parents to show up and cooperate
  • 3- FST Ethnographic Interview to get feedback in real time from your clients to make calibrated adjustments
  • 4- FST Stress Chart to quickly identify with your client the top problem symptoms
  • 5- FST Seed/Tree Diagram to quickly identify undercurrents or hidden causes of the child and family’s trauma
  • 6- FST Feedback Loops to get buy in from your clients and see trauma as a parent-child systemic dance
  • 7- FST Playbooks and Dress Rehearsals to create a pre-determined and written plan with dress rehearsals

 If you’re treating traumatized children, these are important techniques to have in your clinical toolbox!

Scott P. Sells, PhD, MSW, LCSW, LMFT, is former tenured Professor of Social Work, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA and Associate Professor at UNLV in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Sells is the author of three best-selling books, Treating the Tough Adolescent: A Family-Based, Step-by-Step Guide (1998), Parenting Your Out-of-Control Teenager: 7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love (2001), and Treating the Traumatized Child: A Step-by-Step Family Systems Approach (Springer, 2017). He has over 20 publications in such periodicals as Psychotherapy Networker, Contemporary Corrections, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, Professional Issues in Criminal Justice, Family Process, and Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, plus book chapters in the Handbook of Family Therapy Research Methods (1996) and Social Worker’s Desk Reference, 2/E (2008.) Dr. Sells has extensive experience as a keynote speaker for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the National Association of Social Workers the Southeastern Psychological Association, and others. He was invited to be one of six expert presenters at the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy’s prestigious Summer Institutes as well as the world-renowned Cape Cod Institute. Dr. Sells is currently the founder and model developer of an evidence based model known as the FST | Family Systems Trauma Model that is being used by both juvenile justice and child welfare in over 14 states and in Europe.