iCAAD & The Gruben Charitable Foundation are proud to announce that on Sunday 16th September 2018 at 8:30am, we will be presenting International expert speaker Dr Philippe Wuyts at the prestigious Cape Cod Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Hyannis, MA

Dr Wuyts presentation "The Human Fire Extinguished – The Rise of Burnout" will look into the reasons for the current increase in Burnout Syndrome prevalence on a global level.

Starting off presenting some research data, it will continue with a discussion of its complex psychopathology and development over time, how chronic stress leads to the emergence of symptoms and eventually burnout, and into the important differences with compassion fatigue syndrome and major depressive disorder. The presentation will also engage the audience in a broader discussion on how important changes (globalisation, automation and technology) in modern society are contributing to the rise of burnout pathology.

iCAAD and C4 recognise the need for large international conferences to collaborate and cross-fertilise to enhance the qualities of their individual programmeming, and to further the development of global best practice.


This presentation is supported and made possible by: The Gruben Charitable Foundation.

Dr Philippe Wuyts obtained his MD from the KU Leuven, Belgium in 2006. He trained in general adult psychiatry at the UPC KU Leuven and at King's College London.

He also holds an MBA from EDHEC Business School.

Dr Philippe Wuyts is currently active in his private practice in Paris where he works predominantly with the international population of expats, students and diplomats. He is a preferred practitioner with several international organisations, academic institutions and Embassies from countries around the world. He was the lead investigator for the International Burnout (Boss) Study for Belgium and has been involved in developing best clinical practice guidelines for Burnout pathology, prevention and treatment for many years.

Moreover, Philippe is a true Pan-European citizen, born in Belgium, trained in Belgium, London and France and practicing in Paris in 3 different languages and, last but not least married to a Greek wife. His double qualification MBA & MD Psychiatrist together with a broad multi-societal vision gives him a genuine unique understanding of social aspects of burnout syndrome.

Dr Wuyts will be presented by iCAAD’s Academic Director Christophe Sauerwein MBA, MSc, PgD:

“I met Philippe two years ago in Paris where we asked him to talk about Burnout at our iCAAD Paris Conference. Ric Ohrstrom, C4’s Chairman and myself were immediately conquered by the modern human vision of Philippe on Burnout and we saw many links and overlaps with functioning addiction, through compensation, potentialisation and much more. We discussed bringing his unique point of view to CCSAD delegates and are delighted that this has become a reality,” says Sauerwein.

Presenting Sponsor: The Gruben Charitable Foundation

The presentation is sponsored by The Gruben Charitable Foundation, a family philanthropy based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, whose mission is to preserve, improve, and rehabilitate the health of people and the places in which they live. The vision Gruben aspires to achieve is to support non-profit organizations and their programmes that are holistic (body, mind, emotional and spiritual) in their approach to the preservation and maintenance of healthy ecosystems and communities through education and compassionate care for people and places.

The Gruben Charitable Charitable Foundation has recently supported and funded a new family addiction recovery programmeme at Rhode Island Hospital.

Extract from “Rhode Island Hospital Newsletter “Breakthrough” 2018:

« Further bolstering its services, Rhode Island Hospital recently received a generous $184,000 gift from the Gruben Charitable Foundation to fund the Lifespan Addiction Recovery Center's Family Education and Support Prog.

The Foundation’s trustee and Executive director, Diana Oehrli, is the daughter of Elizabeth “Lisette” Prince of Newport, who together with her children, including sons Guillaume and Regis de Ramel, established The Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute with a transformational gift from The Frederick Henry Prince 1932 Trust.

“My family’s historical philanthropy has always centered on health, so focusing on addiction keeps with that tradition,” says Diana. “Addiction is a painful, chronic disease and I truly believe educating the family is key to helping people get better and halting addiction’s spread to future generations.”

Developed specifically for family and friends of individuals struggling with opioid use disorder, the Family Education and Support Programme employs a dual-pronged approach. Patients and their loved ones together attend a weekly group session, learning about addiction, recovery, treatment, and interpersonal dynamics. Separately, family and friends are also provided a group forum to share their experiences and the challenges of supporting someone in recovery.

“Family and friends play critical roles in helping individuals with substance use issues enter and remain in treatment—our goal is to empower them in a way that makes a positive impact on the long-term recovery of their loved one,” said Kirsten Langdon, PhD, a clinical psychologist and Director of Behavioral Therapy at the Lifespan Recovery Center. “We could not be more grateful to Diana for her extraordinary generosity and her commitment to this community health crisis.” Adds Diana, “There is an incredible need to provide comprehensive treatment, and I believe Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan have begun to create a model for addiction recovery medical centers across our country.” »


iCAAD is 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.

We coordinate presentations from a wide range of academics, researchers and practitioners, mixed with contributions from thinkers and disrupters from many other business and community sectors - to achieve the world’s most diverse gatherings of individuals directly or indirectly involved with Behavioural, Mental and Emotional Health.

We have facilitated numerous conferences including in London, Paris, Rome, Brussels, Stockholm, Reykjavik and Istanbul; our 2018/2019 schedule sees us returning to all these locations and adding Amsterdam and Dublin to our destinations.

We have also arranged bespoke conferences and trainings for schools and charities.


In 1988, America had a tremendous amount of addiction treatment resources available, access was achievable and much of the country was receiving help, but the industry was poised on the brink of the "managed cost" correction. In less than 5 years, 35,000 treatment beds shrunk to less than 3,000. Many treatment providers were defenceless, having little or no ability to demonstrate to the funders and payers that the services being delivered, and that payers were purchasing, were indeed making a difference in communities across the country.

In response to this veritable earthquake in addiction treatment funding, the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD) created C4 Recovery Foundation's predecessor organisation, the Committee on Benefits (COB).

The COB embarked on a mission to develop strategies for increasing access to quality addictions treatment by using actual clinical and financial outcome data to both manage programmes and pay for services. COB identified three goals for this effort:

• to reduce inefficiencies in service delivery in order to better use dwindling financial resources,

• to convince funders and payers that it would provide a good return on investment to pay for addiction treatment and,

• to develop innovative funding structures for the reimbursement of treatment services.

C4 Recovery Solutions was motivated to identify solutions against the backdrop of the treatment system's glaring inability to demonstrate its clinical and cost effectiveness. Even today, over two decades later, the treatment system has not adequately addressed these issues. Not surprisingly, as we sit on the threshold of the next revolution in healthcare, i.e., the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many providers are no better prepared to demonstrate the value of treatment than when C4 Recovery Solutions began nearly three decades ago.

Today, C4 Recovery Solutions' three goals remain the same and they will continue to reach for them by influencing key stakeholders through conferencing, collaborating, convening, and consulting.

For close to twenty-five years, C4 Recovery Solutions has been the thought leader in promoting accountability-based payment for addiction treatment, both nationally and internationally. As part of this effort, C4 Recovery Solutions collaborates and consults with addiction treatment providers to equip them to incorporate outcome-management systems into their operations. C4 uses four strategies to accomplish its goals: conferencing, collaborating, convening, and consulting. C4 Recovery Solutions seeks to work with interested organisations and individuals to create projects demonstrating the principles and efficacy of using accountability-based management and payment.

In C4 Recovery Solutions' formative years, it convened prestigious thought leaders (representatives of providers, payers, managed care, researchers, policy makers, the recovery community, government, and other stakeholders) to develop strategies for improving the accessibility, effectiveness, and efficiency of addiction treatment. These meetings led to the development of basic principles for improving the quality of, and access to addiction treatment through accountability-based management and payment. Out of these early deliberations grew various projects that have demonstrate that outcome data can have a profound effect on treatment delivery, access, and payment.

As C4 Recovery Solutions has passed its first quarter century, it has embarked on a range of new initiatives to bring further value to addiction treatment and the recovery community. For example, they are adding a number of smaller hosted training events and symposia to enhance the capabilities of new audiences. Further, they are on the cusp of an international partnership to provide a mentoring programme for addiction treatment professionals in other countries in order to enhance their skills and abilities, especially related to outcome-based treatment systems. Additionally, they are offering an exciting consulting programme to assist local programmes and organisations to meet their organisational challenges, especially as the US health care system undergoes major changes. Finally, C4 Recovery Solutions will remain a strong advocate for recovery-based treatment that uses a broad ranging continuum of care, effective wrap around services, and carefully augmented by the targeted use of pharmacologic agents.

C4 Recovery Solutions looks forward to its third decade of leadership in convening, conferencing, collaborating and consulting to ensure that persons with addictions and their families receive quality and appropriate treatment services when they need them.