Save The Date
March 18, 2022
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
General Registration: $75
Current UVU Student: FREE

The UVU College of Humanities and Social Sciences, in partnership with its sponsors and supporters, is proud to present the 2021 UVU Conference on Addiction. This single-day, virtual conference designed to meet the needs and interests of professionals, service providers, families, community members, and students will provide information on a wide range of topics dealing with addiction, prevention, and recovery. This event is scheduled for Thursday, March 11, 2021, and will be held 100% online. This year, we are thrilled to be able to offer more NASW-approved CEUs than ever before. Attendees can earn up to 13 CEUs, including one ethics credit and one suicide prevention credit!

We were devastated last year, when, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were forced to cancel our 10th Annual Conference on Addiction. We had an amazing day planned and we were gutted that we had to shut down that event at the last minute.

Thankfully, many of the incredible presenters we booked last year were generous enough to return to the UVU Conference on Addiction for two years in a row including our keynote presenter actress and author Mackenzie Phillips. Mackenzie is a survivor of substance abuse and a visible, outspoken advocate for addiction awareness and education. She currently works as a director at the Breathe Life Healing Center in Los Angeles where she specializes in trauma, drug, and alcohol treatment and recovery.

  • Virtual Conference
    Enjoy our conferences from the comfort of your own home.

  • Professional CEUs
    Earn multiple NASW CEUs for DOPL professional licensure requirements.

  • Exhibitor Fair
    Visit with local addiction treatment professionals.

  • Session Recordings
    View recordings for ALL available sessions for up to two weeks after the conference date.

  • Student Poster Presentations
    Hear the latest research on addiction from UVU's MSW and MFT students.
Wandzilak and Curry

Opening Keynote: Kristina Wandzilak, CAS, CIP and Constance Curry

Kristina and Constance are the authors of The Lost Years; Surviving and Mothers and Daughters Worst Nightmare. The Lost Years is a brutally honest and gritty story of Kristina’s dramatic descent into addiction and her mother’s desperate attempt to save her. Told from the parallel perspectives of mother and daughter, it is a moving account of one family’s journey into addiction and ultimately recovery.

Kristina Wandzilak CAS, CIP, is founder and president of Full Circle Intervention and Full Circle sober living communities and outpatient services. In recovery herself since 1993, Kristina brings a very personal understanding of addiction to her profession. Kristina is featured on the ground-breaking series Codependent on LMN following her intervention work with addicted couples. She is also the expert on the documentary reality show, Addicted, which premiered on TLC. Addicted went on to win the prestigious Prism award for the most accurate depiction of substance dependence. She is often seen on Good Morning America, as their regular addiction specialist.

Constance Curry, is the co-author of The Lost Years, an avid golfer and a loving grandmother of seven. She travels with her daughter Kristina across the country for events and speaking engagements sharing her experience and recovery. Constance has been called the hero of The Lost Years, inspiring parents all over the world to love their children enough to let go.

Koren Zailckas

Closing Keynote: Koren Zailckas

Koren Zailckas is an internationally bestselling writer and has contributed to The Guardian, U.S. News & World Report, Glamour, Jane, and Seventeen magazine. She currently lives with her family in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Koren is the author of the iconic memoir SMASHED, followed by other offerings, The Drama Teacher, and Mother, Mother.

Bill Stauffer

Plenary: William Stauffer

William Stauffer is the Executive Director of Pennsylvania Recovery Organization Alliance (PRO-A), the statewide recovery organization of Pennsylvania. In long-term recovery for over 3 decades, Mr. Stauffer has developed and facilitated training as part of the Faces & Voices of Recovery National Training Institute, including training for Virtual Recovery Support Services (VRSS). He is an adjunct professor of Social Work at Misericordia University in Dallas Pennsylvania.

Mr. Stauffer has initiated numerous workforce expansion initiatives and a major focus of his work has been aimed at moving our SUD care system towards a five-year care paradigm to dramatically expand the numbers of Americans in recovery.

Mackenzie Phillips headshot
Jeffrey Quamme headshot
Aaron Williams headshot

Keynote: Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie Phillips is an American actress and author of the courageous New York Times bestselling memoir High on Arrival, and her equally successful book, Hopeful Healing: Essays on Managing Recovery and Surviving Addiction. She is also currently enjoying her role as "Barb" in Season 6 / Netflix, Orange is the New Black, as well as reuniting with series creator Norman Lear for the Netflix revival of One Day at a Time.

Phillips rose to fame with breakout parts in 1973's American Graffiti and '70s sitcom One Day at a Time and is now making a different impact as a director at the Breathe Life Healing Center in Los Angeles, where she specializes in trauma, drug, and alcohol treatment and recovery.

The daughter of The Mamas and the Papas' lead singer John Phillips, Mackenzie is a survivor of substance abuse and a visible and outspoken advocate for addiction awareness and education. Mackenzie brings her knowledge and voice on the subject of recovery and shares her experiences for those who are trying to overcome addiction.

Mackenzie grew up in a dysfunctional environment and subsequently battled near-fatal drug addiction. She presents the wisdom she gained from her own journey through addictions and her understanding of practical treatment from her work as a rehabilitation counselor. Using her own life experiences as examples of proven recovery methods, she shares the tools and holistic approaches that are available to help those on their way to recovery.

Plenary: Jeffrey Quamme

Jeffrey Quamme is the executive director at the Connecticut Certification Board. An alumnus of Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Connecticut, Jeff has 25 years of diverse experience in non-profit agencies with expertise in medication-assisted recovery, co-occurring recovery, and group treatment. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, he served as Associate Director, focusing on workforce development including the certification of professionals here in Connecticut, the Medication Assisted Recovery Initiative, and the Science 2 Service Distance Learning Program.

He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Co-Occurring Disorders Committee for the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), sits on the planning committee for the New England Institute of Addiction Studies, on the DMHAS Statewide Methadone Providers committee, on the Advisory Board for the DARC program at Gateway Community College, and was recently appointed to the faculty of the NEIAS for 2014. He is a sought after trainer both in Connecticut and nationally and has participated in a roundtable discussion on prescription drug abuse at the U.S. House of Representatives. In the past, Jeff has served on municipal and community governing boards.

Plenary: Aaron Williams

As an advisor on all substance use initiatives at the National Council, Aaron Williams collaborates with other addictions specialists on publications, presentations, and technical assistance. He brings more than 16 years of experience in substance abuse treatment services, program evaluation, and substance use, and mental health services integration.

Aaron has managed several projects related to the adoption of medications in addiction treatment in health centers. These projects include starting community health centers from across the county to participate in virtual learning community sessions focused on increasing health centers' use of buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence and developing pain management protocols.

PLENARY: Kathie Supiano

Kathie Supiano

PLENARY: John Jordan

John (Jack) Jordan



Presenter Materials

Past Conferences




Toni Harris
Assistant Dean
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Utah Valley University


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