Susan Li Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 Susan Li Conference hosted by Fairbanks and Hope Academy. This annual two-day conference for professionals and students is designed to provide insight and education from experts in the field of addiction treatment and recovery about the most relevant and evidence-based topics to support and educate those providing treatment and recovery services.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Young People, Addiction and Recovery.” Keynote speakers were Austin Eubanks, injured survivor of the Columbine shooting and addiction treatment industry expert, and Greg Williams, MA, filmmaker and co-founder of Facing Addiction. The event also included a screening of Williams’ documentary “Generation Found” followed by a panel discussion moderated by Williams.

Other guest speakers were:

Kate Creason, MSW, LCSW
Rachelle Gardner, MA, LCAC, chief operating officer and founder, Hope Academy
Jon Grant, JD, MD, MPH, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago
Leslie Hulvershorn, MD, associate professor of psychiatry chief, pediatric mood disorders and adolescent dual diagnosis clinics associate director, mood and emotion disorders center child and adolescent psychiatry Indiana University School of Medicine – Riley Hospital for Children
Katie Kivisto, PhD, HSPP, assistant professor of clinical psychology, University of Indianapolis
Mindy Miller, LMHC, LCAC, Fairbanks adolescent inpatient programs

Topics included:

  • Behavioral addictions
  • Risk-taking and the adolescent brain
  • Distress tolerance
  • Emotion regulation

Attendees receive 12 Continuing Education Units from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) and the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC).

View the 2018 Susan Li Conference schedule here

The conference honors Susan N. Li, a licensed clinical social worker and mental health therapist with over 35 years of clinical and administrative experience in mental health and substance abuse disorders. Li was recognized for her many contributions to these fields at the 2008 Susan Li Conference luncheon. The Susan Li Conference is made possible by a donation to Fairbanks in honor of Li’s continuing contributions to the field of addiction.

For special needs or accommodations, contact Sara Hastings at or 317-572-9350.

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