The leading experts in the field of substance use disorder treatment deliver the latest care modalities and evidence-based therapeutic methods.

  • Creating a Framework for Recovery

  • Interventions Approaches and Introduction

  • The Art of Intervening: Under a Motivational / Spiritual Umbrella

  • Working with Co-occurring Clients: The Influence of Mental Health Disorders

  • Case Management Framework: Coordinating and Monitoring On-Going Treatment

  • The Value of Intervening, Working with the Identified Patient and Family, Nationally and Internationally

  • The Neuroscience of Recovery

  • Medications During Treatment
  • Mock Case Studies and Breakout Rooms

Leaders in the Substance Use Disorder Field of Treatment

Karlyn Pleasants, PsyD
Karlyn Pleasants, PsyDExecutive Clinical Consultant
Dr. Pleasants is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY193783) and the Executive Clinical Consultant for BrightQuest Treatment Programs. Since 1997, Dr. Pleasants has helped create a thriving therapeutic milieu that has supported hundreds of individuals with severe psychiatric diagnoses and their families successfully build a life of self-management, independence, and belonging. She believes strongly in the healing power of attachment and that health can be restored through reparative relational experiences. At first a therapist, then director, owner and now executive consultant at BrightQuest, Dr. Pleasants has dedicated her career to cultivating a culture of healing and growth. She sees progress and recovery as a collective endeavor that
relies on reciprocal support: we thrive by receiving as well as giving back. Dr. Pleasants speaks often on topics related to the family experience of mental illness such as restoring safety in times of crisis, shifting expectations to create opportunities for change, and the unique experience of siblings.
Dr. Brett Furst, LMFT
Dr. Brett Furst, LMFT
Dr. Brett Furst, LMFT, holds a B.S. in Child and Adolescent Development from The University of California, Davis, an M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University, and a Doctorate in Couples and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. Dr. Furst specializes in treating adoptees that struggle with substance use and has created some of the first specialized treatment protocols, therapeutic tracks, and unique interventions to better help this under-served population and has used this background in his role as the founder and creator of the PACE Recovery Adoption Treatment Center. Dr. Furst’s research in this field has focused on the role that a relationship with one’s biological parent(s) has on the severity of substance use and has brought to light the need for increased treatment expertise in the substance use treatment field. Therapeutically, Dr. Furst comes from a Gestalt and attachment perspective, placing emphasis on the exploration of the authentic self and how inauthenticity and their negative personas contribute to a lack of attachment to others.
Amanda K. (Mandy) Baker
Amanda K. (Mandy) Baker
Amanda K. (Mandy) Baker, MS, LCDC is the Chief Clinical Officer for the BRC Recovery Family of Programs. She formerly served as the CEO of The Ranch at Dove Tree, the Vice President of Clinical Services at Origins Recovery Centers, and the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of Windhaven Counseling Center.
Prior to her career in the treatment industry, Ms. Baker was the Associate Director for Grants and Special Projects at the nationally recognized Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery (CSAR), where she worked as the lead project manager for the CSAR’s efforts to implement recovery support systems at institutions of higher education across the nation.
With her colleagues at Texas Tech, Mandy managed the development of multiple recovery support systems at colleges and universities across the nation. Their work sparked the Recovery Campus movement which has significantly impacted the ways in which college and universities address addiction and support recovery on their campuses. Her deep understanding and study of the 18-27 year old demographic has resulted in numerous publications in academic journals, books, curricula, and popular press outlets.
Keith Fierman
Keith FiermanDirector of Family Support
Keith Fierman is the Director of Family Support and Public Relations at Cirque lodge. Keith came to Cirque after years in the field as one of our country’s leading interventionists. Keith currently sits on the Board of Directors for The Association of Intervention Specialists and the Board of Directors for the ADAC. Keith is a Certified Drug and Alcohol Therapist and Board Registered Interventionist. Keith after referring many clients to Cirque Lodge through the years retired from being an active interventionist and has taken a position with the staff that has allowed him to use his vast experience in working with families gleaned from his years in the field. “I wanted to work for a center where every employee believes they can make a difference.” Keith speaks nationally and internationally about the importance of a healthy treatment experience and the role of family support in that treatment experience and recovery.
Jennifer Moriarty, APCC
Jennifer Moriarty, APCCAssociate Counselor
Born and raised in Orange County CA, Jennifer Moriarty discovered her passion for helping others early on. Her involvement in child-centered charitable organizations prompted her to focus her undergraduate work in Early Childhood Education. Her post-graduate work allowed her to continue her passion by obtaining a Master’s in Counseling with a focus on Mental Health from Loyola Marymount University. Her dedication to the service of others recently prompted her to earn an Addictive Disorders Certificate, to better serve those struggling with addiction. Jennifer and her family recently moved to Camarillo. She is happily married to her husband Brian, and they adore raising their spirited 6-year-old daughter Sarah. Jennifer is committed to treating the whole person and is passionate about supporting others on their journey toward living their best life.
Dr. Mark Jaffe
Dr. Mark JaffeMD
Dr. Mark Jaffe is board certified in general and forensic psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He graduated from UCLA cum laude before attending the University of Southern California School of Medicine. Dr. Jaffe completed his internship and residency in psychiatry at the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center
and completed two years of fellowship training at the USC Institute of Psychiatry and Law, where he is currently a clinical associate professor of psychiatry. Additionally, Dr. Jaffe consults for the Los Angeles County Superior and Municipal Courts and is a member of the expert witness panel. He has performed numerous evaluations for various agencies, courts and attorneys on cases that involve the use of drugs and
alcohol during the commission of crimes or during employment. Dr. Jaffe has a passion for integrating his practice of psychiatry medicine into the residential treatment space and has held the position of both Medical Director and Staff Psychiatrist at a few, select treatment facilities. Specifically, the ability to collaborate with recognized, multi-disciplinary clinical teams is an area of interest
for Dr. Jaffe.
Catherine Ulrich Milliken, LCSW, LADC, CCS
Catherine Ulrich Milliken, LCSW, LADC, CCS Program Director
Catherine Ulrich Milliken, MSW, LCSW, LADC, CCS, ICAPII is the program director at McLean Borden Cottage, a Signature Recovery Program. Prior to working at McLean, she served as the Addiction Treatment program director at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and an instructor in psychiatry at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College for close to 10 years. Previous academic appointments included University of Southern Maine, University of New England, and University of New Hampshire. Ms. Milliken returned to Maine to work at Borden Cottage. Previously she worked passionately to improve the care and treatment of women’s mental health and substance issues as the director of Outpatient Services at Crossroads for Women in Portland, Maine, which provides gender‐specific and trauma‐informed outpatient programs and services. During that time, she also saw clients in private practice, specializing in adult psychotherapy, substance use, and women’s issues and worked with clients struggling with HIV and AIDS diagnoses.
Melissa Smith, LCSW
Melissa Smith, LCSWExecutive Director
Melissa has been working in the field of behavioral healthcare since 2004. She began her career as a mental health technician within a locked psychiatric hospital in Connecticut, supporting all three units of child and adolescent, adult psychiatric, and detoxification and addiction treatment patients. It was this experience that solidified Melissa’s passion for providing compassionate, client-centered care in the mental health, addiction, and co-occurring treatment field. After relocating to California from New York in 2005, the first few years led Melissa to serve various treatment programs in Los Angeles, Malibu, and San Francisco. Over the years, Melissa’s roles have included Residential Counselor, Case Manager, Primary Therapist, Program Director, and Clinical Director. Melissa has also supported the creation and development of various local treatment programs in the Los Angeles area that continue to serve clients and families today. In addition to having a passion for building strong clinical programs utilizing evidence-based practices for clients and families, Melissa has done extensive work providing direct client care as a facilitator of individual, group and family therapy. These experiences of providing direct client care as well as program development, program leadership, and clinical supervision have culminated in her current role as Executive Director at Bridges to Recovery. Melissa obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fairfield University in Connecticut
and Master of Social Work (MSW) with a primary focus in mental health and substance use disorders from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Clinical Training

and Provider Connection

My name is Marvin Cavanagh, I am the Executive Director of Changing Addictive Attitudes Recovery Society, also am an International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor, with 20 years substance misuse counseling experience. I attended CanAm Intervention Training course in 2017. Patti Pike from the start to the end and after exhibited professionalism, also much support. What I personally left with was many new insights, approaches and techniques towards becoming a proficient interventionist

Executive Director: Marvin Cavanagh, ICADC, CCAC, North Vancouver, BC, Canada 2017

CanAm Interventions facilitated an three day intervention training at Together We Can Treatment Program in Vancouver, BC, Canada November 2017. I had the honor of taking the CANAM Interventions Training and Skills 101 Certificate course with Patti in Vancouver last year. I say honor because Patti’s knowledge, experience and professionalism made it one of the most useful courses I have ever attended. Patti’s intensive program prepared me to confidently and successfully run an intervention. I am grateful that I have been able to expand my skills and can offer families more help to start their healing process. Thanks Patti!!!

Vancouver, BC, Canada 2017

Patti’s intervention training was professional and informative. Many other Interventionist Trainers really do not tend to the needs of their students without some kind of fee but I witnessed first hand how Patti truly cares for the work being done in the field and her willingness to mentor individuals for the good of the entire industry.I highly recommend her intervention training to those who really want to hone their skills and gain not only a wonderful mentor, but friend and colleague for life. Evan & Eric

Burbank California June 2018

I had the honor of taking the CanAm Intervention Training and Skills 101 course with Patti in Vancouver, BC, 2017.I say honor because Patti’s knowledge, experience and professionalism made it one of the most useful courses I have ever attended. Patti’s intensive course prepared me to confident and successfully facilitating interventions services. I have now launch private intervention practice in Vancouver, BC, Canada . I am very grateful to Patti and her professional mentorship so I could expand my skills to offer families professional support and start their healing process.

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