Speakers

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.

Presenting at:

August 25, 2021, 9:00 am

The Many Faces of Addiction

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.

Presenting at:

August 26, 2021, 1:00 pm

Peer-Led Seeking Safety

Breakout Session Speakers


Presenting at:
August 27, 2021, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Ethics for Addiction Professionals

Debra Buffalo-Bigelow, CADC II, CRM, PWS, PSS

Certified Alcohol/Drug Counselor II, Certified Recovery Mentor, Peer Wellness Specialist, Peer Support Specialist

  • Enrolled Tribal Member- Standing Rock Lakota Sioux Nation
  • 42+ years SUD and MH recovery
  • Administrator/owner of MultiCultural Consultants, Ltd
  • Elder/Director of White Buffalo Lodge
  • 40+ years professional experience in addiction counseling, treatment, training, clinical supervision, program design, implementation, administration, and consulting • International, National, State, and local presenter
  • Specialties’ in Culturally- specific treatment, training, and Peer Mentorship for Native Americans, women, incarcerated populations, and youth
  • Addiction Certification Board of Oregon – Educator of the Year
  • State of Oregon trainer
  • Entry Level Counselor Training Program Mentor
  • NWPAIHB- Peer Consultant, Expert Faculty
  • MetroPlus Assoc. of Addiction Peer Professionals: Grant Coordinator
  • Mental Health & Addiction Certification Board of Oregon: Executive Board of Directors- Vice President Professional Ethics Review Committee Member
  • Painted Horse Recovery Center: Spiritual Advisor, Executive Board


Presenting at:
August 25, 2021, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Racism, Mental Health and Strategies for Healing

Leslie Gregory, PA-C

A certified Physician Assistant (PA-C), navy veteran, and mother of two, Leslie is a longtime Portlander and social justice activist focused on healing those affected by everyday racism. She believes in the importance of taking a dynamic approach to teaching racial justice through health practices.
Leslie is an experienced antiracist facilitator and conflict facilitation mediator. She writes and conducts research on the health impacts of racism for ALL Americans with a clinical and public health lens, accessing the humanistic and preventive approach. She encourages people to use empathy, introspection and intention around interpersonal and sociopolitical engagement.


Presenting at:
August 27, 2021, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Behavioral Ethics through Social Norming

Eric Martin, MAC, CADC III, PRC, CPS

Eric is the Executive Director Emeritus of MHACBO and a person in long-term recovery from mental health & addiction. Eric currently serves as the MHACBO Director of Policy, Compliance & Legislation. Eric was an adjunct faculty member with the University of Oregon for 20 years and is a faculty mentor with Portland State University. Eric is Director of the MetroPlus Association of Addiction Peer Professionals and is a board member/consultant with the NW Instituto Latino de Adicciones, the Miracles Club, Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery, OR-Recovers, and the 4th Dimension Youth Recovery Center.


Presenting at:
August 27, 2021, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Behavioral Ethics through Social Norming

Tony Vezina

Tony Vezina is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of 4D Recovery, the co-founder of Oregon Recovers, a trainer for the MetroPlus Association of Addiction Peer Professionals, and a person in long-term recovery. Tony has dedicated his life to helping others recover from substance use disorder. His volunteerism and servant leadership has resulted in him receiving the following accolades: Portland Business Journal’s Forty Under 40, Willamette Week’s Skidmore Prize, The Portland Trail Blazers Hometown Hero, and several others during his tenure as Portland Community College’s Student Body President.