The Recovery Collective

Networking. Education. Collaboration.

Brought to you by Active Recovery Network


To be a go-to monthly educational and networking event for treatment and wellness providers in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and beyond.

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We strive to give the industry a much needed educational and networking reboot that will be a value add to the industry. TRC also hopes to showcase the many great providers and programs by providing a platform and opportunity to share their knowledge, wisdom and expertise. 



Anyone who is looking to expand their treatment and recovery industry network and learn more about best practices, treatment modalities and providers.



Providing in person and virtual monthly networking and education meetings to connect, inspire, and foster great working relationships in the treatment and recovery community.



Every third Thursday of the month. If virtual, the meetings will be on Thursday from 4PM-5PM. If in person, they will be from 5:30PM-7PM and the host’s location. You’ll receive updates via our MailChimp newsletter or can check The Recovery Collective website for an updated speaker list and schedule.


As mentioned above, the meetings will be the third Thursday of every month and will either be virtual or in person. Please stay tuned!! We look forward to seeing you soon.

Upcoming Speakers & Events

Please Join Us on 4/20 for a Panel Discussion on Marijuana & Mental Health

Please join the next Recovery Collective meeting on Thursday April 20th from 5-7pm. With Field Trip Health closing, we have secured the SMART Recovery Community Center (8322 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 114, San Diego, CA 92111) space for our panel discussion, highlighting the impact of marijuana use on mental health.

The Recovery Collective will be switching from monthly events to quarterly events. We are wanting to spend a little more time on each topic, host even more engaging panels and discussions, and add as much value to the industry as we can. We hope you will join us in April and help spread the word.


William Coombs, DSW, LCSW
Executive Clinical Director
BrightQuest Treatment Centers

Kayla Kareshm, LMFT, MAT, ATR
Private Practice

Kristy Lamb, MD.
President & Founder
BOLD Health


Panel Discussion on Marijuana & Mental Health


April 20, 2023


SMART Recovery Community Center
8322 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 114, San Diego, CA 92111

The Recovery Collective Speaker and Resource List

  1. March 24 – Britton H. Turkett leads us in “Exploring Our New Normal”
  2. March 31 – Britton H. Turkett leads us in “Exploring Our New Normal”
  3. April 7 – Mick Meagher, Esq. – Tele-health in the Age of Coronavirus
  1. April 14 – Jean Campbell – Self-Care and Our Parallel Process of Working with Anxiety
  2. April 21 – Ashton Abernathy –Founder & President of AVA Billing and Consulting, to address any insurance and billing questions.
  3. April 28 – Michelle Gilman – What’s Possible Even Now!!
  4. May 5 – Scott Silverman – How to Work with Tough Clients and Families
  5. May 12 – Jeff Merrick, Esq. – Care Advocacy
  6. May 19 – Brooks Witter, MS – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  1. May 26 – Dr. James Flowers –Take the Guesswork Out of Comprehensive Healthcare:  Importance of Diagnostic Evaluations in Pain Recovery, Complex Medical Cases, and Treatment Resistant Clients
  2. June 2 – Lauren Cabaldon, M.A., LMFT. Creating a Strong Therapeutic Alliance.
  3. June 9 – Dr. Louise Stanger – What Are You Hatching During Covid?
  4. June 16 – Melissa Stevenson, M.A., LMFT, Executive Director  –Slow and Steady Wins The Race – How Long Term Treatment Can Be The Road To A Quicker Recovery
  5. June 23 – Nancy Staycer, LCSW, CEDS and Clinical Director of Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Center –“The Transformative Power of Connection: Our Lives Depend on It”
  6. June 30 – John Donovan – West Coast Recovery Centers Men’s Program
  7. July 7 – Carla DiCandia, Senior Outreach Manager at Ocean View Psychiatric Hospital and former Executive Director at NAMI Orange County – Psychiatric Admissions – Who needs it? And how to get them in.
  8. July 14 – Britton H. Turkett – The Importance of Transition Planning
  1. July 21 – Sharifa Chaimberlain and Crystal Castro from NAMI Peer Links San Diego
  2. July 28 – Dr. Tom Paulson – ISTDP
  3. August 4 – The Recovery Collective and a BIG REVEAL!!
  4. August 11Dr Alisa Duclos, CEO and Co-Founder of Wings Recovery
  5. How to Overcome Obstacles in EMDR
  6. August 18 – Dr. Sarah Zucker, Clinical and Program Director – Pemarro Recovery “The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing”
  7. August 25th– Candace Dale Mckenzie, LMFT and Clinical Outreach with Discovery Behavioral Health
    Reframing Myths Surrounding Treatment of OCD
  8. Sept 1Soleil Hepner, C-IAYT, Program Director for The Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy
    “When the Mind shuts down, the Body becomes the Tool for Change.”
  9. Sept 8 – Kirstin Leigh –Author, sought after speaker, and the Founder of The Change Your Story Workshop.
  10. Sept 15 – Jacque Hoagland, LCSW and Clinical Director @ A Better Life Recovery
    “Clinical Assessment for Mental Health Placement”
  11. Sept 22 – Ryan Brown, LMFT, and Lead Clinician at Sunshine Behavioral Health @ Monarch Shores. “Mindful Self-Compassion”
  12. Sept 29 – Movie day!! Britton Turkett lead the group through a series of thought provoking, fun, funny and inspiring videos and clips from the worlds of therapy, psychology, mental health awareness and elsewhere.
  13. Oct 6 – PERT Team – Wes Albers, Community Liaison for the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT), joined us to cover the scope of their team’s services and how to engage them when needed.
  14. Oct 13 – Newport Institute – Matt Nonoshita and Kristen Riha joined us to talk about Development and Attachement Based Family Therapy in Young Adults.
  15. Oct 20 – Wendy Adamson, with Polaris Teen Center and author of Mother Load, joined us to talk about healing through the process of writing.
  16. Oct 27 – Nicholaus Bond, LMFT, and Benchmark Transitions Clinical Director, joined us to talk about Engaging Families in Young Adult’s Treatment.
  17. December –Melissa Corona and the Alvarado Parkway Institute team. Jessica Arnenson presented on complex mood disorders and chronic mental illness. They also spotlighted the 501c3 Survivors of Suicide Loss (SOLS) and Michelle Madden.
  18. January – Jay Wylie, Veteran Outreach Coordinator and Operations Manager at Confidential Recovery, will be talking to us about How to Help Veterans. He did a wonderful presentation entitled “How to Help a Vet… from a Vet”. Please reach out to him for all of your veteran support needs.
  19. February – Brittney Hogan and Kristie Restivo of Virago Fitness joined us to talk about their non-profit Virago Fitness.
  20. March – Alyson Orcena, LMFT and Executive Clinical Director at Evolve Treatment Centers, join us on March 2nd @4pm PST for a presentation entitled, The DBT Substance Use States of Mind
  21.  April – Jenny Li, Therapist and Clinical Supervisor at Crownview Coocurring Institute, and Jeff Klein, Executive Director, will join us for an informative conversation and discussion on April 6th.
  22. July 21, 2022 – Lauren Cabaldon, M.A., LMFT and Clinical Manager at Field Trip Health in La Jolla, CA will be speaking about Field Trip Health’s philosophy, methodology, and services. You can find out more information by visiting.
49. Thursday 9/22 from 5:30-7pm
Dr. Louise Stanger, interventionist, lecturer, professor, clinician, trainer and founder of All About Interventions joins us on Thursday 8/25 from 530-7pm at Field Trip Health. Dr. Stanger will talk about Riding a Bicycle Backwards. We hope to see you there!! To find out more about Dr. Stanger you can visit her website:
50. Dr. JM Evosevich PhD, LMFT, CADC, BCBA, RN

Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder
Sober Life Recovery Solutions, Health U Behavioral Health, & Healthy Youth Adolescent Program

51. Rafael Cortina, MFT, MBA, MAC, CCTP
Rafael Cortina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups.

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