ASAM Presenters

Train for Change®  Presenters for the Live Webinar Training Sessions


Scott Boyles, Senior National Training Director 

Scott Boyles is a licensed addiction counselor, MINT trainer and the Senior National Training Director for Train for Change Inc.® Mr. Boyles has spent more than three decades in the behavioral health field and has many years of experience working with the ASAM Criteria. Mr. Boyles is one of the original early adopters of the ASAM criteria, starting in 1991.Before becoming a full-time trainer, Mr. Boyles used the criteria professionally as a counselor and director. From 2007-2011, Mr. Boyles also served as a member of the ASAM Steering Committee for the ASAM Patient Placement Criteria. He also spent many years as a site reviewer, monitoring programs’ application of the criteria. Mr. Boyles’ experience at all levels of service and observation has enabled him to understand trainees’ needs in both education and application at different levels of the service system. Since 1993, he has trained more than 8,000 people in proper use of the criteria. Mr. Boyles has passion and expertise in system-change approaches to support effective implementation and use of the ASAM criteria. He is well-known for his information, engaging, and entertaining trainings, which include practical, real-world applications.

Kenneth L. Osborne

Kenneth L. Osborne is the CEO of the Therapeutic Justice Institute. Mr. Osborne has over 30 years of correction administration, drug courts and addiction treatment experience that include the roles of drug court training faculty, Warden, jail administrator and substance use disorder treatment administrator. He holds a MS in Chemical Dependency Counseling and is a Certified Public Manager. Additionally, Mr. Osborne provides national and international consultation and technical assistance to corrections, problem solving/alternative sentencing courts, treatment facilities and serves as a subject matter expert on fatherhood and family reunification issues. He is the author of the 2013 Amazon bestselling book “When Mama is Daddy: Addressing the male crisis and challenge of Father Absence and the follow up book The Father Factor: What happens when Daddy’s home?

Glenn Duncan, MA

Glenn Duncan has been working in the behavioral healthcare field for 25 years. He has lectured nationally on many topics including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, clinical supervision, emerging drugs of abuse and the ASAM Criteria. Glenn is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol/Drug Counselor, a Certified Clinical Supervisor, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. Glenn has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University. Since 2003, Glenn has served as the Executive Director at Hunterdon Drug Awareness Program, Inc. in Flemington, NJ. Since 1999, Glenn has also specialized in, and has developed a lecture series on clinical supervision. He is a leading lecturer for both addictions and mental health professionals and trains nationally on issues regarding clinical supervision. Glenn authored a chapter on the use of live supervision in a community treatment organization for the book entitled “The Use of Technology in Clinical Supervision and Training: Mental Health Applications,” published in 2016.

James Von Busch

James Von Busch has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Idaho since 1993. He has worked in both the agency setting as well as private practice providing Mental Health Counseling and Substance Abuse Treatment. James served as Administrative Faculty for the University of Nevada, Reno as a Senior Certification Specialist and Trainer, providing analysis and technical assistance for clinicians and supervisors. He is an approved trainer for numerous NIDA/SAMHSA Blending Initiatives, utilizing his expertise to equip professionals in the areas of Medication Assisted Treatment, Motivational Enhancement Strategies, theory and strategies of systems change, individualized treatment planning as well as The ASAM Criteria.

Wilmina Rosario, Ph.D.

Dr. Rosario has extensive experience as a clinician, in clinical supervision and as a trainer of behavioral health clinicians on a wide range of topics. Dr. Rosario is a Professional Counselor Supervisor, (LPCS), Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS), and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS). She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). She has knowledge and extensive experience counseling individuals, families and communities affected by substance misuse and substance use disorders, as well as in counseling individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders. Dr. Rosario has worked as a clinician, clinical supervisor, program supervisor and as Division Director in the substance use and mental health fields since 1987. Her training experience encompasses a wide range of counseling and clinical supervision related topics; including providing ongoing clinical supervision and training in the utilization for the use of the ASAM Criteria (2013) in patient screenings, assessments and treatment planning as an integral aspect of person centered care.

Dotti Farr

Ms. Farr provides training and consultation to private organizations, county governments, and state governments. Previously she was the manager of Clinical and Quality Management services for the Bucks County Department of Behavioral Health. She concurrently served as the Clinical Director for the Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission. Ms. Farr was a reviewer on the revised SAMHSA/CSAT TIP 42 on Co-Occurring Disorders, and continues to work with them as a consultant/reviewer. She has extensive experience as a trainer locally, regionally, and nationally. She works with providers to improve access to care, quality of services and treatment outcomes. Ms. Farr is an ASSIST 11 trainer, and has completed the NIATx Coaches Academy. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing by MINT Trainers and has presented numerous trainings on MI. She has also been trained as a trainer with the National Institute of Corrections in Effective Communication, a model designed to reduce recidivism in antisocial populations utilizing Motivational Interviewing principles, coupled with other best practice protocols. Certified as a trainer in Motivational Interviewing, Co-Occurring Disorders, Treatment Planning, and Forensics and Addiction, Ms. Farr conducts trainings for the State of Pennsylvania/Department of Health/Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. She has contracted with ZIA Partners to consult with organizations interested in becoming Behavioral Health Centers of Excellence. Ms. Farr was awarded the Outstanding Practitioner Award at the 2006 Pennsylvania Co-Occurring Disorders Conference held in Hershey, PA, in recognition of her efforts at the national, state, and local level.

Ted Izydor

Ted Izydor, MS, MBA, LPC, CSAC, ICS has been a licensed mental health, addiction counselor and independent clinical supervisor in Wisconsin over the past 25 years. Ted has worked in a variety of mental health and addiction settings and currently specializes in training health care professionals in AODA competency areas and ASAM criteria. His knowledge, work experience, humor and ability to engage the audience provides for a fun, informative and relaxing training which maximizes learning for participants. Ted is a guest lecturer at UW-Whitewater and has expertise in using learning and cognitive science to enhance teaching and training. Ted also has a special interest in implementation science and its application to effective training for an organization. Ted is an addiction podcast host, National Board Certified Counselor, a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and trains on various MI topic areas across the country.

Kenneth L. Osborne

Kenneth L. Osborne is the CEO of the Therapeutic Justice Institute. Mr. Osborne has over 30 years of correction administration, drug courts and addiction treatment experience that include the roles of drug court training faculty, Warden, jail administrator and substance use disorder treatment administrator. He holds a MS in Chemical Dependency Counseling and is a Certified Public Manager. Additionally, Mr. Osborne provides national and international consultation and technical assistance to corrections, problem solving/alternative sentencing courts, treatment facilities and serves as a subject matter expert on fatherhood and family reunification issues. He is the author of the 2013 Amazon bestselling book “When Mama is Daddy: Addressing the male crisis and challenge of Father Absence and the follow up book The Father Factor: What happens when Daddy’s home?

Catherine Chichester

Catherine S. Chichester is an advanced practice nurse with certification as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing and holds a Master's degree in Nursing Administration from Georgetown University. Recognized as a change agent she has written, directed, and consulted on multiple grant-funded projects spanning the areas of integration of co-occurring disorders, behavioral health and health care, criminal justice and behavioral health, and evidence-based behavioral health services. She serves as the Executive Director of the Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving Maine which she had led for the past 25 years, during which the Collaborative has been recognized both statewide and nationally for creating system change with respect to the services for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. She also is an adjunct faculty at a local university and maintains her clinical practice skills, performing admission assessments at a local psychiatric hospital.

Christy Ellis-Trolian

Christy Ellis-Trolian, JD, MA, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS has over 25 years of experience in mental health and addictions counseling, supervision, and administration in a variety of settings in Ohio. Christy is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with training supervisor designation (LPCC-S), a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor – Clinical Supervisor (LICDC-CS), and an inactive licensed attorney at law. She holds a Juris Doctor, MA in Education in Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology all from the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. In addition to her experience in the behavioral health field, Christy also has worked in higher education for the last several years. As an adjunct professor at Tiffin University, she teaches graduate level courses including Mental Health Law and Drugs and Society. As the founding Director of the Center for Addictions at Ashland University, she developed five addictions counseling courses, a Minor in Addictions, and an Associate of Arts with a Concentration in Addictions. Christy has conducted trainings and presentations for treatment professionals for many years at the local and state level. Christy also volunteers her time for the Richland County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board in conducting professional trainings, community education and awareness, and assisting with levy campaigns.

Bernie Showers

Bernard Showers, LCSW earned his MSW at Shippensburg University in 2010 where he is now an Adjunct Professor. Mr. Showers also works as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, MD and with Simmons University School of Social Work in Boston, MA. In September 2016, he became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Mr. Showers has trained aspiring and active independent practitioners at many colleges, universities, governmental agencies, and companies around the United States. In addition to Motivational Interviewing, Mr. Showers has developed several continuing education workshops in topics such as Family Involvement in Substance Use Treatment, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy in the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders, and Group Therapy.

Dianna Feeney LCPC, LMHC, CRADC, SAP, CEAP

Dianna has been in the Behavioral Health field for 20 year, as a Counselor, Clinical Supervisor, and Executive Director of Substance Use/Mental Health agencies. Dianna holds master’s degrees in Addiction Studies and Clinical Psychology. She is licensed as an LCPC, LMHC and a LCAC. She is also certified as a CRADC, SAP and CEAP. She is currently the owner of D.Feeney Counseling & Consulting, a private practice since 2018 in the Western Suburbs of Chicago Dianna has been an adjunct professor in the Addictions Studies and Psychology Programs at Governors State University since 2005 and a subject matter expert and adjunct at Northwestern College in Illinois since 2018. In her consulting role, she conducts clinical training to agencies and groups, as well as Clinical Supervision. As a CEAP (Certified Employee Assistance Professional) she offers EAP services to local businesses in her community and is an on-site EAP for a global company.

Ashleigh Simon, MS

Ashleigh is the Clinical Director at The Bridge Addiction Treatment Centers, a non-profit organization serving adolescents throughout Alabama. Since 2004, Ashleigh has developed vital new programming, reinvented the clinical culture and increased the budget by over one million dollars at The Bridge. For more than two decades, she has provided therapy for teens and adults in Mobile County. Ashleigh has provided services as a trainer and auditor, including audit reviews of state programs. She has provided training on counseling, treatment and related topics, including the transtheoretical model, motivational interviewing, psychopharmacology, adolescent risk factors and screening instruments, Interactive Journaling®, compassion fatigue, countertransference and self-care, and outcome-informed treatment and tools. Ashleigh is a member of the Children’s Policy Council, the Community Collaboration Group, the Community Advocacy Group and the Juvenile Justice Stakeholder Group. She serves as a mentor for the American Counseling Association and is a member in good standing with the American Counseling Association, Alabama Counseling Association, and the Mobile Area Licensed Professional Counselors Association. Additionally, she has received the Spirit of Recovery Award. She holds licenses as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Counseling Supervisor (LPC-S), National Certified Counselor (NCC), Clinical Supervisor (ACS) and Certified Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Abuse Professional (CAADP).

Ellen Pallme

Ellen Pallme, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS is a practicing licensed clinical social worker and additions specialist. For the past five years she has devoted her time to clinical supervision and training new clinicians entering the field. She became a member of MINT in 2015 and has focused on developing skills with co-occurring disorders. Ellen has pursued her interest in helping trauma survivors by becoming a certified yoga teacher to include movement in therapy.

Tracey Nicolosi

Tracey Nicolosi was most recently the Vice President of Addictions, Youth Residential, and Education at Beth Israel Lahey Health Behavioral Services (BILH BS). Prior to that position, she served as the Director of Quality Assurance and Licensing/State Opioid Treatment Authority for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health/Bureau of Substance Addiction Services. She holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with 20 years of experience treating individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. Tracey was also one of the 2019 recipients of the Nyswander/Dole Award, a national award in recognition of outstanding achievement in the treatment of individuals with opioid use disorder.

Todd Mandell MD

Dr. Mandell attended the Boston University School of Medicine and completed his training in Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in 1989. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Added Qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry and is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Mandell has more has more than 30 years experience in the field of co-occuring psychiatric and substance abuse disorders both in direct clinical service and administration. His areas of expertise include: Medication assisted treatments for substance use disorders, Co-occuring mental health and substance use disorders, Outreach to communities and the provision of technical assistance to providers, and Risk management and quality improvement.

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