Thursday April 21, 2022
The Biltmore Hotel, Miami

Held in conjunction with SHE RECOVERS in MIAMI EVENT (April 22-April 24)

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Storm

With Opening Remarks from Dr. Stephanie Covington

Jennifer Storm


Survivor. Author. Advocate. Victims’ rights expert. Jennifer Storm’s best-selling memoir, Blackout Girl, serves as a survivor’s guide to healing from trauma and substance use disorder. Combined with her powerful personal story of survival, Storm shares healing insights from her 20-plus years in government relations and nonprofit management as well as her 23-plus years in grateful and active recovery.

Dr. Stephanie Covington


Dr. Stephanie S. Covington is an internationally recognized clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer. She is a pioneer in the fields of addiction, trauma, and recovery. She has developed an innovative, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed approach that results in effective services in public, private, and institutional settings. Her presentations, staff-development seminars, and technical assistance focus on systems change and the development of caring, compassionate, and empowering therapeutic environments. They provide professionals an opportunity to learn new skills for dealing with personal, institutional, and societal changes and are always in demand, both nationally and internationally.

Learn from leading women’s health experts

Welcome to the first-ever SHE RECOVERS Professional Symposium. Together, we will explore promising new paths and culturally responsive approaches to help more women experience recovery from addiction, trauma, anxiety and stress, emotional challenges and other mental health conditions.

As healing professionals, we are entrusted to guide and support our clients and patients in becoming more fully the women they want to be—and are meant to be. This is sacred work, and we have so much to learn from and with one another if we are to break down barriers and biases and open more doors to health, connection and happiness for more women.

The SHE RECOVERS Symposium for Healing Professionals is designed for primary care physicians, nurses, midwives, obstetricians, gynecologists, counselors, therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, nutritionists, social workers, coaches, correctional officers, staff, and chaplains, and all others who provide care and support for women. Non-professionals interested in women’s healthcare are also welcome to register. Women in or seeking recovery are very welcome to register and attend, as are non-binary individuals and men working in the women’s health space. This Symposium has been approved by Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies for 6 CEs.

6 CEs available

Boards Available

The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, provider #1487, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period:11/22/2020-11/22/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 6 continuing education credits per training.

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0529.  The Graduate School is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Graduate School maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. The Graduate School is an NBCC approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP # 6547, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  This course has been approved by Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits, NAADAC Provider #77968. Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies is responsible for all aspects of its programming. The Graduate School is approved to provide continuing education by CA BRN CEP 16722. 

Participants are required to keep their certificate for a minimum of six years. For information about this continuing education program, please contact the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, P.O. Box 11 CO9, Center City, Minnesota 55012, 1-651-213-4538.

Who can receive CE credit?

Psychologists, Counselors, Therapists, Mental Health professionals, Nurses, Social Workers (all levels), treatment professionals and all others that provide care and support for women. Participants must attend the entire event and complete evaluations that are emailed after the event to receive credit. Certificates will be provided following completion of evaluations.

Symposium Schedule

All times are in EST – Eastern Standard Time & subject to change


8:00 AM | Registration and Welcome Continental Breakfast

8:25 AM | Special Video Message
From Dr. Stephanie Covington

8:30 AM | Welcome & Opening Remarks
Emcees: Quyen Ngo, PhD and Randi Tolliver, PhD

8:40 AM | Healing Her Way: Mobilizing Our Collective Wisdom, Experience and Strength
Dawn Nickel, PhD

9:10 AM | Sexual Violence, Trauma and Addiction: How Compassionate Care Empowers Recovery
Author, Advocate, Victims Rights Expert, Jennifer Storm

9:55 AM | Roundtable Discussion
With Jennifer Storm
Moderator: Randi Tolliver, PhD
Participants: Alta DeRoo, MD, Morgan Birch, DO, Quyen Ngo, PhD, and Princess Drake, PsyD

10:30 AM | Break & Beverage Refreshments

10:45  AM | Trauma-Informed Care: Approaches that Alleviate Suffering
Quyen Ngo, PhD
As medical professionals, mental health clinicians, social workers, and educators, we are becoming increasingly aware of the need to provide trauma-informed care and services. But our efforts can fall short without system-wide approaches and structures in place. In fact, organizational gaps or inconsistencies can mean the difference between alleviating a person’s suffering or adding to that suffering. Dr. Ngo identifies strategies and steps for your organization to become more fully trauma-responsive.

11:30 AM | Lunch & Connections

12:30 PM | Self-Care for Healing Professionals: Sharing What Works
Moderator: Princess Drake, PsyD
How do you refuel? Where do you find inspiration? What gives you strength? Let’s take an opportunity to share tips and techniques for practicing the self-compassion we want our clients and patients to experience and embrace. As healing professionals, we may emphasize the need for self-care with our clients while negating its importance in our own lives. This is a recipe for burnout. Through the practice of self-compassion, we can become more attentive to our own well-being—mind, body, and spirit.


1:00 PM | Panel Discussion: Recovery Equity – Reaching and Helping More Women
Moderator: Quyen Ngo, PhD
Panelists: Randi Tolliver, PhD, Princess Drake, PsyD, Alta DeRoo, MD, Morgan Birch, DO and Shari Hampton, CPRC, SRCD
What can be done so women everywhere and anywhere who are faced with substance use disorders or other mental health conditions have access to the help they need and deserve – in the ways that best meet their specific needs? Our panelists take a closer look at the challenges and opportunities involved in dismantling barriers to care and creating greater recovery equity.

1:45 PM | Holistic and Specific: Advancing Culturally Competent Care
Princess Drake, PsyD
Getting help for addiction and other mental health issues can be hard for lots of different reasons. Cultural influences and factors can impact a woman’s ability to reach out for care and support. Cultural dynamics also figure into the appropriateness and effectiveness of those services. Explore the fundamentals of culturally competent care, which begin with a commitment to seeing each individual for all of who they are.

2:30 PM | Break & Connections

2:45 PM | Pregnancy and Addiction: What Is the Standard of Care?
Alta DeRoo, MD
Treatment for substance use disorders is complex and multifaceted—all the more so for patients who are pregnant. Alta DeRoo, MD, an OB-GYN and addiction medicine physician, reviews treatment considerations, options, and medications during pregnancy. In particular, Dr. DeRoo will focus on maternal and fetal health implications related to the use of opioids, alcohol, methamphetamine, and marijuana.

3:30 PM | Empowering Recovery: Integrated Care and Community Partnerships
Morgan Birch, DO
Learn how a small-town community at the epicenter of the nation’s opioid crisis has become a beacon of holistic recovery care and healing. Family practice physician Morgan Birch, DO, discusses how she and colleagues integrated behavioral health services into the mainstream of health care and leveraged other local resources to support addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery. You will leave with valuable strategies (and tremendous inspiration!) for implementing holistic recovery care in your community.

4:15 PM | Empowering Women to Thrive: Creating Ecosystems of Care
Randi Tolliver, PhD
Many paths to recovery, meeting women where they are at, breaking down barriers, creating an ecosystem of care, resources, and support.

4:50 PM | Closing Remarks
Quyen Ngo, PhD and Randi Tolliver, PhD

Speakers & Presenters

Dawn Nickel, PhD


Dawn Nickel, PhD, SRCD

Dr. Dawn Nickel is a respected thought leader in the women’s recovery sphere and (along with her daughter Taryn Strong) the Founder of the SHE RECOVERS Foundation, a not-for-profit grassroots organization that inspires hope, reduces stigma, and empowers women in or seeking recovery for substance use and/or mental health challenges. Dawn is a Certified Professional Recovery Coach, with a PhD and professional experience related to women and health care policy. In her work as a researcher and consultant, Dawn has focused largely on exploring how best to support women who experience substance use disorders, mental health issues and intimate partner violence, the three issues that prompted Dawn to start her own personal recovery journey in 1987.

Since 2011, Dawn and Taryn have dedicated their lives to developing SHE RECOVERS and its offerings so that more women (and more women from diverse backgrounds) have the access, resources, support and freedoms necessary to cultivate individualized and holistic pathways in order to find health, sustain long-term recovery, achieve their potential, and help other women to do the same.

Alta De Roo, MD


Alta De Roo, MD, DFASAM, FACOG Chief Medical Officer
A board certified addiction medicine physician and obstetrician-gynecologist, Alta DeRoo, MD, DFASAM, FACOG, serves as chief medical officer of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Dr. DeRoo joined the Foundation in 2020 as medical director of the Betty Ford Center’s three facilities in California. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and a member of the American Association of Addiction Psychiatry and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Dr. DeRoo’s extraordinary record of accomplishment includes a 24-year career in the U.S. Navy.

Quyen Ngo, PhD


Quyen Ngo, PhD Executive Director, Butler Center for Research
Quyen Ngo, PhD leads research activities at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation as the executive director of the Butler Center for Research. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology and women’s studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship. Over the past eight years, Dr. Ngo has conducted grant-funded research on the role of substance use in intimate partner violence and technology-enhanced brief interventions for substance use disorders.

Shari Hampton


Shari Hampton, CPRC, SRCD
Shari Hampton is a Recovery Coach, Anti-Racism Trainer and Trusted Advisor for the SHE RECOVERS Foundation. As an anti- racist consultant, Shari works with recovery and treatment organizations to help them explore their own biases and create pathways to greater diversity, equity and inclusion. As a Certified Recovery Coach, motivational speaker, and woman in long- term recovery, Shari combines her years of professional and personal experience to passionately support like-minded women who are ready to recover from “all the things.” Shari operates from a spiritually driven and empowered approach to healing, navigating her clients through a journey of self-discovery designed to connect their mind, body and spirit with their own innate healing potential. She is also the founder of Served Up Sober, a non-profit organization devoted to increasing healthy equity in marginalized communities by creating holistic spaces for women of color who are sober or sober curious.

Princess Drake, PsyD


Princess Drake, PsyD Mental Health Practitioner and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Princess Drake, PsyD, is a mental health practitioner at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and serves as an adjunct assistant professor within the Hazelden Graduate school of Addiction Studies. Dr. Drake completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the Florida School of Professional Psychology (FSPP) in 2018. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation in Center City, Minnesota, and is currently completing the process for licensure. Dr. Drake earned her master’s of arts in clinical psychology from FSPP in 2015 and master’s of science in professional counseling at Lipscomb University in 2012. She currently serves as a member for The Trust Student and Early Career Psychologist committee. Her primary interests include co-occurring disorders, trauma, psychosis, diversity/cultural considerations, gender and sexual minority concerns, and personality disorders. Dr. Drake is dedicated to working with diverse populations and obtaining additional experience through leadership, mentoring and academic training. She has previously served as the Florida Psychological Association (FPA) Board of Directors student representative and FPA Graduate Students president, American Psychological Association of Graduate Students campus representative, and FSPP Student Psychological Association mentor coordinator.

Randi Tolliver, PhD


Randi Tolliver, PhD, CADC, Clinical Trainer Supervisor
Randi Tolliver, PhD, CADC, is a national expert in integrated care for substance use disorders and the complex co-occurring issues that accompany these diagnoses. She earned her doctoral degree from Northern Illinois University where she was the recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellowship. Dr. Tolliver has led several large-scale, statewide assessment and training initiatives, and has effectively delivered on complex federal grant projects with many diverse stakeholders. Her experience strategizing and delivering integrated systems change efforts with frontline skills training allows for effective, culturally appropriate training and consultation recommendations that are informed by her perspective as an experienced clinical leader and administrator in CMHC and FQHC settings. Dr. Tolliver develops and delivers flexible, customized programming plans backed up by rigorous methodologies derived from fidelity to evidence-based practices. Her research and clinical interests include best practices for youth and adults diagnosed with co-occurring disorders, social information processing styles, community mental health practices, and organizational and systems change practices.

Dr. Morgan Birch


Dr. Morgan Birch, DO
Morgan Birch, DO, the founder of Pregnancy & Beyond, a highly-integrated recovery-oriented system of care designed for families struggling with opioid addiction. Pregnancy & Beyond includes prenatal and pediatrics care, education, pharmacy services and Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) combined with behavioral health counseling, supporting recovery for families throughout pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. A Kentucky native, Dr. Birch graduated from the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her family medicine residency training at the University of Kentucky. The Pregnancy and Beyond Program is a partnership between Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky and Mountain Comprehensive Care Centers. Dr. Birch has recently transitioned her practice to Grace Health. She has returned to her home town to expand addiction treatment to the primary care setting to further care for families struggling with opioid addiction in the community that raised her.

Symposium Venue & Room Block

The Symposium will take place at the beautiful Biltmore Hotel, a National Historic Landmark located in the exclusive neighborhood of Coral Gables with close proximity to Miami Beach and Downtown Miami.

To book a room at the Biltmore call In-House Reservations line at 305-445-1926 or toll free 1-855-311-6903 and refer to Group Booking ID 7487 “She Recovers Foundation. The reservations desk is currently available from 9am to 5pm EST every day. Calling after hours will connect to a 3rd party call center that is unable to reserve into group room blocks. 

PLEASE NOTE our room block at the Biltmore will sell out at any moment. Whe it does, we are pleased to recommend two other great / nearby hotel options. The Colonnade Hotel and the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel are each less than 2 miles from the Biltmore. Click HERE or on the BOOK ROOM button for more information and to secure a room.

NOTE:If you would like to register for the weekend conference please visit SHE RECOVERS in Miami.

Come for the Symposium and Stay for SHE RECOVERS in MIAMI!

SHE RECOVERS in MIAMI is taking place on Friday through Sunday immediately following the Symposium. Join us for our third signature conference event which will highlight and celebrate strength, diversity, inclusion, and innovation…by women for women.

(Symposium and Conference ticketed separately)

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