Our Director, Sam Quinlan recently wrote an article that was published in the latest edition of the Business Fit Magazine. You can read the full article below, or find it on page 52 and 53 in the full magazine here.

iCAAD are a platform dedicated to expanding knowledge, exchanging ideas, advancing wellbeing and the prevention and treatment of Behavioural, Mental, and Emotional Health issues.

Through our communications network and ongoing series of Global Conferences we facilitate open dialogue, learning and skills acquisition to influence best practice worldwide in the expert treatment of increasingly common conditions affecting individuals in every country.

It is now more important than ever that not only professionals in the field are able to network and share their findings - but that our breadth and variety of audience are able to take the sum of their experiences back into their own communities, businesses and areas of influence.

The diversity of topics and expertise that iCAAD gather across their conferences is breathtaking.

Among many interwoven themes, they explore alternatives in chronic pain management, discuss policy change with the most influential action groups in the country and highlight solutions and innovations to promote better detection, intervention and treatment of behavioural, mental and emotional health care issues.

They examine a plethora of issues from substance misuse to behavioural compulsions ranging from excessive screen watching, gaming and social media, to boundaries and labelling within sex and lifestyle choices as well as how to work affirmatively with GSRD individuals

iCAAD honours a pledge to include humanitarian issues whenever possible at their conferences; addressing modern slavery, human trafficking, and possible resolution from natural or manmade catastrophic trauma amongst others.

They often promote initiatives such as recovery film festivals and hold screenings of various films around recovery at their conferences. Each conference is distinct and has covered so many different topics and issues, some of which include: music therapy, sensory motor psychotherapy, working with addicted artists and musicians, somatic therapy, dealing with compassion fatigue, using decisional analysis in business, the principles of ethics and economics, and understanding gender issues in therapeutic settings, as well as the ever-important role of recovery coaching in bridging the gap between treatment and life.

This year iCAAD have added two new and exciting European locations to the line-up of countries they will be bringing their conferences to: Amsterdam and Dublin. They will also be revisiting many of the countries they were in last year, including holding their holistic wellbeing conference: Nourishing The Whole Self, which takes place in Iceland and, of course, their flagship conference which is held every year at the Royal Garden Hotel, London in May.

We are already able to announce three very influential keynote speakers at the 2019 conference in London:

Dr Tian Dayton, MA, Ph.D., T.E.P - the director of The New York Psychodrama Training Institute where she runs training groups in psychodrama, sociometry and experiential group therapy. Dr. Dayton has been a guest expert on NBC, CNN, MSNBC, Montel, Rikki Lake, John Walsh, and Geraldo. She is the author of fifteen books including, Neuropsychodrama in the Treatment of Relational Trauma, The ACoA Trauma Syndrome: How Childhood Trauma Impacts Adult Relationships, Emotional Sobriety: From Relationship Trauma to Resilience and Balance, Trauma and Addiction: Ending the Cycle of Pain Through Emotional Literacy, Heartwounds : The Impact of Unresolved Trauma and Grief on Relationships, Forgiving and Moving On, The Living Stage: A Step by Step Guide to Psychodrama and Experiential Therapy, The Magic of Forgiveness. She is also a Huffington Post blogger and a Thrive Global blogger. Her films and videos include The Process, A 73 Minute award-winning docudrama that uses Psychodrama to tell stories of addicts; Adult Children of Alcoholics, Trauma and The Body: A Psychodramatic Approach and Healing Childhood Abuse through Psychodrama. Tian will be presenting at iCAAD London 2019 on Psychodrama and The Trauma Timeline.

Dr Claudia Black, Ph.D. - a renowned author and trainer internationally recognised for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. In the mid 1970’s Claudia gave “voice” to both young and adult children from addictive homes, offering a framework for their healing. This cutting edge work would be critical in creating the foundation for the codependency field and a greater understanding of the impact of family trauma. Since that time, Dr. Black has continued to be a passionate leader in the field of addiction. She designs and presents training workshops and seminars to professional audiences in the field of family service, mental health, and addictive disorders. Claudia has authored over fifteen books most noted It Will Never Happen to Me. She is the recipient of numerous national awards; has been a keynote speaker on Capitol Hill in Washington DC and on Parliament Hill in Ottowa Canada. She is a Senior Fellow and Clinical Architect for the Claudia Black Young Adult Center at The Meadows Treatment Center in Arizona. She serves on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation. Claudia will be presenting at iCAAD London 2019 on the complexities of treating the young adult.

Dr Stefanie Carnes, Ph.D. the President of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals, a training institute and professional organisation for addiction professionals. At The Meadows Treatment Center in Arizona, she works with sexually addicted clients and their families, and is the clinical architect for Willow House: Relationship Healing for Women, a treatment programme for women struggling with sex, love and intimacy disorders. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an AAMFT approved supervisor. Her area of expertise includes working with patients and families struggling with multiple addictions such as sexual addiction, eating disorders and chemical dependency. Dr. Carnes is also a certified sex addiction therapist and supervisor, specialising in therapy for couples and families struggling with sexual addiction. She presents regularly at conferences at both the state and national levels. She is also the author of numerous publications including her books, Mending a Shattered Heart: A Guide for Partners of Sex Addicts, and Facing Heartbreak: Steps to Recovery for Partners of Sex Addicts, and Facing Addiction: Starting Recovery from Alcohol and Drugs. Stefanie will be presenting at iCAAD London 2019 on sex addiction amongst women.

Throughout their events, between the enlightening, educational, harrowing, touching and motivating presentations, panels and workshops, iCAAD’s aim is to connect, re-connect and form new bonds, furthering advancement in the fields of behavioural, emotional and mental health. As they continue the international dialogue over the next year and beyond, they strive to align all that they know and work together towards achieving our common goals.