About this Event

The Spirituality and Wellness Summit will unite the broader Atlanta community, as well as academics, behavioral health clinicians, addiction counselors, community leaders, and clergy of all faiths around spiritual practices that are evidenced to facilitate wellness and recovery.

At the Summit, attendees will learn about the latest research on the impact of spirituality on wellness and recovery, hear from practitioners who have successfully incorporated evidence-based spiritual practices into treatment plans, and listen to the inspiring stories of individuals who discovered spirituality on their journeys to wellness.

The goal of the Summit is to decrease the stigma surrounding mental health, addiction, and recovery and educate the wider community on spiritual practices that can promote their well-being. Additionally, the Summit aims to encourage faith leaders to play a more active role in the wellness and recovery of their community members and mental health providers to incorporate more evidence-based spiritual interventions into their treatment and recovery plans.

Some of the topics addressed at the Summit will include:

– Spirituality and the 12 Steps
– The role of faith leaders and communities in mental health and addiction recovery
– The neurology of spirituality
– Effective spiritual techniques used in recovery treatment
– Personal journeys from lived experiences
– Emotional sobriety
– How spirituality improves resilience
– Jewish mindfulness

The Summit will run concurrently with the National Jewish Retreat

The Georgia Addiction Counselors Association (GACA) and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Certification Board of Georgia (ADACBGA) have approved this activity for up to 7.0 C.E. credits for addiction counselors.



Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort
Stone Mountain, Georgia
4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083, USA


7:30 a.m.—Registration Opens (Optional Morning Meditation)
8:15 a.m.—Breakfast
9:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m.—Morning Sessions
12:30 p.m.—Lunch and Guest Speaker
2:00 pm—5:45 p.m.— Afternoon Sessions
5:45 p.m.—Dinner and Keynote Speaker
8:00 p.m.—Film Screening


$350 Per Person

(A limited amount of scholarships are available for Jewish clergy, Jewish professionals, and behavioral health clinicians working in the Jewish community to attend the Summit. We thank the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta for the sponsorhip.

Click here to apply: https://forms.gle/t7u5pAaUL2jGpwYo8.)

Program Speakers

Allen Berger, PhD
Clinical director at The Institute for Effective Psychotherapy and nationally recognized expert on the science of recovery
Author of 12 Essential Insights for Emotional Sobriety


Scott Frank
CEO and President of AT&T Intellectual Property LLC
Co-author of Less Stress, More Joy


Smitty Grider, MSW, CADC II
Clinical therapist at Eternal Strength Experiential Therapeutic Youth Center


The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy
Former member of the U.S. House of Representatives
The nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases


Doreen Marshall, PhD
Vice President of mission engagement for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention


Andrew Newberg, PhD
Professor and Director of research, Marcus Institute of Integrative Health
Pioneer in the neurological study of religious and spiritual experiences
Author of best-selling book, How G-d Changes Your Brain


Rona Novick, PhD
Dean of the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education
Expert in behavior management and child behavioral therapy


Rabbi Shais Taub
International lecturer on the intersection of Jewish mysticism and psychology and behavior
Author of Our Understanding: Jewish Spirituality and Recovery from Addiction


Andrew Shatte, PhD
Founder and President of Phoenix Life Academy, a training company that specializes in measuring and training for resilience
Co-author of The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength    



Rabbi Eliyahu Schusterman
Rabbi at Chabad Intown, Atlanta


Deborah Teplow, PhD
Co-founder of The Institute for Wellness Education
Expert in the science of behavior change and language of caring conversation to help people make positive, lasting changes in their lives


Chris Thrasher
Clinton Foundation Senior Director of substance use disorders and recovery


Rus Devorah Wallen, LCSW, ACSW
Founder of Toratherapeutics™


Mendi Baron, LCSW
Founder of Hope Street Treatment Center and three other addiction recovery treatment centers across the country.


Alisa Sanford, LCSW, CSAT, C-DBT
Addiction counselor and case manager at Caron Atlanta Treatment Center


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