Keynote Speakers

Candy Finnigan

Candy Finnigan has worked as an addiction specialist, interventionist, and recovery expert for over 25 years. A nationally acclaimed expert in all aspects of recovery, she co-founded MAP (Musicians Assistance Program or Musicares), facilitated Beverly Hills High School’s “Sober Lunch” program for 11 years, and was a regular on the A&E show Intervention since it began in 2004. Candy earned her Certificate in Alcohol-Drug Counseling skills and Certificate in Alcohol-Drug Abuse Studies from UCLA in 1993, and went on to receive numerous other certifications and trainings in Gorski method, Sex Addiction treatment, and Systemic Family Intervention. She is a Certified Master Addiction Counselor III and a Board Registered Interventionist II. She belongs to the Association of Intervention Specialists. Candy’s book, When Enough is Enough, was published by Penguin Randomhouse in 2008, focusing on how families can help loved ones through the process of intervention.

Lisa M. Najavits, PhD

Lisa M. Najavits, PhD is an adjunct professor and the director of Treatment Innovations at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, as well as a licensed psychologist with a psychotherapy practice. After receiving her PhD in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University, Lisa was a Harvard Medical School faculty member for 25 years and worked as a research psychologist for 12 years at Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. She is the author of 190 professional publications, and numerous books and manuals, including Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse; A Woman’s Addiction Workbook; and the self-help book, Recovery from Trauma. Lisa has served as president of the Society of Addiction Psychology of the American Psychological Association, is on several advisory boards, and has received multiple awards such as the 2009 Betty Ford Award of the Addiction Medical Education and Research Association.