3rd Annual Prevention Conference: The Invisible Links in the Chain of Addiction – Virtual – 10/7/2020

Join us for this free conference co hosted by Recovery Centers of America, The Community Health Network of North Central Massachusetts (CHNA 9), LUK, and the SHINE initiative .

9:00 – 9:30 AM
Keynote by Trish Caldwell MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP, Director of Family Services at Recovery Centers of America

9:30 – 10:30 AM Film showing: Resilience: The Biology of Stress & Science of Hope

10:30 – 11:00 AM Panel Discussion

11:00 – 12:00 PM Lunch / Networking

12:00 – 2:00 PM CEU event (RSVP is separate)

Meet the Speakers:
Trish Caldwell MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP
Family Services Director for Recovery Centers of America

Trish is an adjunct professor at Jefferson University and a trauma trainer for Lakeside Global Institute. Trish is a licensed clinician, marriage and family therapist and is certified in both co-occurring disorders and substance use. Trish has been a therapist for over 25 years and has worked extensively with families, young adults and adolescents with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders in various settings including outpatient, residential, schools and community agencies. She is trained in DBT and is a certified Trauma professional. Additionally, Trish created the first Young Offenders Treatment Program in Delaware County, serving first time offenders with Drug charges. Trish specializes in ADHD, Opioid Use in young adults, Trauma informed care, Developmental trauma, Trauma and Substance Use disorders, Trauma and the Family System, Family Engagement, and Substance use for today’s teens. Trish holds her MFT from Drexel University and is licensed and certified in the state of PA.

During her career, Trish has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles. She is currently the Corporate Director of Family Services of Recovery Centers of America, which has sites in NJ, PA, MA and MD, and provides services to adults seeking treatment for substance use disorders. Additionally, she is a member of the NOPE task force, Partners for Success Coalition and she holds a private practice specializing in adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD or Trauma.

Brian T. (Panelist)

Brian T. is a person in long term recovery with 3 amazing years as of September. His journey in recovery has blessed him with the love of his life Mandy and a beautiful family to call their own. Mandy is a person in long term recovery and her story of 9 years inspires him daily to continue to strive and be the best person he can be. Through Brian’s work in AA, MAT Buprenorphine and IOP in early recovery he has been given the opportunity to be employed as a Recovery Coach at UMass Hospitals in Worcester, planting seeds of hope with people of all walks of life in all stages of recovery and active substance use. As a person who battled chronic homelessness and mental health, he advocates for those who often are exploited by this system meant to help.

Judge Christopher LoConto (Panelist)

Born and raised in Worcester, Massachusetts. Graduated cum laude from Bentley College in 1989 with a degree in Economics. Graduated cum laude in 1992 from Suffolk University Law School. In 1992 began working for Office of the District Attorney – Middle District. Judge LoConto served as an Assistant District Attorney until January of 1998. He prosecuted a wide range of matters from simple misdemeanors to motor vehicle homicide and sexual assault. He was supervisor of the Domestic Violence Unit for over one year.

In January of 1998, Judge LoConto began in private practice and was in Private practice until 2013. He tried many cases in the district, superior and federal district court. He tried cases ranging from simple assault and battery to drug trafficking to murder. Judge LoConto has argued before the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court. He was a member of the CJA Panel as well as on the Board of Directors for the Bar Advocates of Worcester County. Judge LoConto is the winner of the 2010 Courageous Advocacy Award given by the Bar Advocates of Worcester County. He is licensed to practice in Massachusetts state court as well as Federal District Court, Federal Appeals Court – First Circuit and the Supreme Court of United States.

In November of 2013, Judge LoConto was nominated by Governor Patrick to the district court and confirmed unanimously by the Governor’s Council. He was appointed as Presiding Justice of the Fitchburg District Court. He has done presentations to the Worcester County Bar Association and North Worcester County Bar Association on matters ranging from the Criminal Justice Reform Act, trial practice and procedure and various other topics concerning the administration of justice and the opioid epidemic. Judge LoConto serves on the District Court Technology Committee as well as the District Court Education Committee.

In October of 2015 he was appointed as the First Justice of the Fitchburg District Court. In February 2020 he started the Fitchburg Drug Court.

Bruce E. Wells II (Panelist)

Bruce Wells has worked as a Primary Therapist for Recovery Centers of America at Westminster CSS Unit for 8 months and has been affiliated with the Centra lMassachusetts behavioral health community for more than 15 years. He is married tohis beautiful wife Tiffany who is also a Mental Health Counselor and has worked in many different capacities in the Central Massachusetts behavioral health community as well. Bruce and Tiffany are the proud parents of one set of ten year old twins, Brighton and Bradford Wells and a 3 year old little emperor named Brock. Bruce holds a Master of Health Adminstraion with an emphasis in Behavioral Health Entrepreneurship and is currently working on a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville Online concentrating on Addictions and completing a CADAC from ADCARE Educational Institute.

Jill Antonishak, PhD (Panelist)

Jill Antonishak, PhD helps people and organizations strengthen their wellbeing and resilience. As the SVP of Behavioral Health at TechWerks, Dr. Antonishak directs our resilience work with the Air Force and Navy Special Warfare and our work with the US Dept of Veterans Affairs in supporting Veterans’ caregivers. Dr. Antonishak is a community and developmental psychologist with extensive experience in evaluation and the development of strengths-based prevention programs, including family support and resilience promotion programs. Jill was an American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Congressional Fellow for the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee and continued working at the Committee after her fellowship. She received her PhD from the University of Virginia and her B.A. from Goucher College.


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