Driving Community Solutions for the Opioid Crisis

Washington, DC-  Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 11am – 1pm (ET)
Driving Community Solutions for the Opioid Crisis
The opioid crisis has become America’s #1 public health emergency. Treatment professionals are in a position to influence everyday citizens and policy makers alike, but finding the right avenues can be a challenge. At the same time, treatment professionals can struggle with staying up-to-date on the latest developments in America’s prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic.
To address these needs, Addiction Professional magazine has organized a lunch’n’learn in Washington, DC to discuss how treatment professionals can better work together and become effective change agents for educating the public as well as helping to bring about a comprehensive prevention and broad-based treatment strategy.
Upon attending this course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand recent developments in the opioid crisis and its impact on the local community
  • Prepare discussion points to share with the community
  • Explore ways treatment professionals of all types can better work together to ensure a recovery-oriented system of care
One hour of continuing education credit will be available. 
Thought Leadership Partner
Panel Series Sponsor


Deborah Rasso, LMHC, LPC, NCC, CAP, ICADC, CH, QS
Deborah is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Licensed Professional Counselor (NC) and a Certified Addiction Professional both in Florida and Internationally. She is also a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist and a Certified Hypnotherapist. She recently became a Qualified Supervisor for professionals entering the field. She has over 25 years of business experience in the field of early childhood education prior to beginning her work in counseling. Deborah graduated with her Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, and her Bachelor's degree in Communication Arts from James Madison University. She has worked as a Case Manager, Primary Therapist,
Director of an Intensive Outpatient, Family Program Coordinator, Clinical Director and Chief Clinical Officer. She has presented workshops at several state and national conferences about using mindfulness and emotional regulation to manage stress and using the arts as motivation in recovery. Deborah recently returned to work at The Palm Beach Institute as a consultant running a monthly, three-day Family Program and then transitioned back into the role of Primary Therapist where she is happiest helping motivate clients to change. Deborah now is the Program Director for the PHP and IOP program. Deborah believes that using the arts is a valuable tool to help client's express themselves and to process their emotions. She brings a unique blend of experiential, motivational and cognitive behavior therapies to her work to help the client and their families find the strength to make the necessary life changes for a long term recovery.
Jack Sodak
Director of Outpatient Services, Retreat
Jack is the Director of Outpatient Services for Retreat @Lancaster County in Akron, Pennsylvania. Jack is a substance abuse professional with over 25 years of experience implementing programs and providing direct care to individuals and families.
A licensed professional counselor, certified addiction counselor, and certified clinical supervisor,  Jack has established specialty programs in an inpatient and outpatient settings. He has worked with specific populations such as impaired professionals, adolescents, young adults, co-occurring disorders, couples and families.
He has had a private practice, consulted with local schools and county probation departments, served on student assistance teams, provides public speaking and trainings for other substance abuse professionals, and has trained many addictions professionals in the field over his career.
Lastly, Sodak currently has  established a growing outpatient  facility for Retreat at Lancaster County that provides partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and outpatient treatment for individuals and families affected by substance abuse.
Marc Butler
Clinical Outreach Representative, Ashley Addiction Treatment 
Marc is a Clinical Outreach Representative for Ashley where he raises awareness for Ashley’s Outpatient Programs and builds partnerships in the community in central and northern Maryland. Ashley’s Outpatient Programs were created to meet the needs of the opiate crisis and uses an integrated treatment modality with holistic therapy, relapse prevention, group and individual therapy, and medication assisted therapy. Marc first joined Ashley in 2011 as an Admissions Counselor where he helped families, patients, and referents navigate the screening and intake process. With over seven years of experience in the treatment industry and as a person in long-term recovery, Marc is passionate about making quality, evidence-based addiction treatment more accessible to the community and those in need and using every possible resource to achieve a higher level of mental, physical and emotional well-being for patients. 
Michelle Harris
Clinical Director, Mount Regis Center 

Michelle is a Licensed Professional counselor and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional and is a Qualified Supervisor for Licensure. She has 8 years of experience as an EAP professional before entering the world of inpatient substance abuse.  Michelle is currently the Clinical Director of Mt Regis Center a 60 bed inpatient facility in Salem Virginia.  Michelle graduated with her Master's degree in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech, and her Bachelor's degree in Communication Arts from Cedarville University. She has worked as a Crisis Assessment Specialist, a Private Practice Counselor, an EAP Specialist and a Clinical Director.  She has presented workshops and trainings to companies and clinicians on substance abuse, communication, team building, managing through change, managing generation Y, and stress management. Michelle’s passion is helping people find spiritual, emotional, physical and relational wellness by practicing self-care, self-compassion and mindfulness.

Maggiano's Little Italy
Chevy Chase Pavillion 
5333 Wisconsin Ave, NW 
Washington, DC - 20015

*There is a $25 registration fee, but all attendees will receive a $25 American Express gift card at the conclusion of the event.
Registration is required to attend; seating is limited.