This year we have a whole new group of speakers and presenters

please check back regularly for more information and updates.

Speakers for 2013:



Executive Director of the Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health 

The Umbrella Society actively promotes understanding, acceptance and support for people affected by addiction and mental health issues through advocacy, education and other assistance issues.  

“No one in our community is very far removed from the harmful consequences which often result from the use of alcohol and other drugs”.

He can be reached at: gordon@umbrellasociety.ca

For more information please visit www.umbrellasociety.ca

Dr. Fernando B

Fernando B. Perfas, D.S.W., CASAC

Doctorate of Social Welfare, 2002.Adelphi University, Long Island, NY.
Educational Specialist in Guidance and Counseling.University of Missouri, K.C.
M.A., Psychology. University of the City of Manila, Philippines.A.B., Philosophy. University of the City of Manila, Philippines.


2008 – 2012 Deputy Director, National Training, Phoenix House. Duties include assisting the National Training Director in planning, development, and implementation of training program for Phoenix House staff on a variety of subjects and evidence-based practices. Major focus is on providing training to staff to adopt best practices in treatment. Member of the Institutional Review Board that reviews research studies which involve use of Phoenix House clients. Clinical program review and development.Curriculum development and delivery of assessment and treatment planning tools via WebEx for client’s electronic health records using Welligent System.
2008 Managing Director, National Training and Program Development, Daytop Village. Responsible for developing, overseeing, and implementing national training for Daytop staff, including the Daytop Staff Internship Program.
1997- 2007 Director of Special Projects, Daytop International. Lectures, conducts overseas training, and provides consulting services to government and non-government agencies in various aspects of drug treatment and program development. Specializes in organizing therapeutic communities (TC) and developing various programs to deal with drug and drug related health problems in adults, juvenile, and prison inmates under grants from the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.Has conducted training and consulting services to thirty countries under the Daytop International training program. Current work in progress includes the development of a conceptual model for treating drug

addicts in therapeutic communities with strong focus on behavioral and attitudinal change to prevent HIV transmission or re-infection for TC programs in China and Vietnam. Conduct training for staff and implement the TC program in Fundacion Casa Aruja Juvenile Center in Brazil. Responsible for the design and implementation of the internship curriculum of Daytop’s Staff Internship Program. Supervises international trainees/interns in Daytop Village’s Rhinebeck Campus.
2007 Supervisor, Daytop Staff Internship Program. Responsible for providing staff training and for developing training curricula that are relevant for CASAC hours.
2004 – 2005 Adjunct Faculty, Department of Behavioral Science, Dutchess Community College, New York. Teaching an Introductory Course in Psychology as a college course for drug dependent clients who are in residential drug treatment.
1999-2001 Daytop Consultant, United Nations International Drug Control Program (UNDCP), National Project on Community-Based Drug Program, Vietnam.
1997 – 1999 Daytop Resource Person for the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program to develop drug treatment programs in prisons in East and South Asia.
1996-1997 Regional Director for Asia, Consultant to the Thai Office of Narcotics Control Board, Treatment and Rehabilitation, and Consultant to the Asian Federation of Therapeutic Communities, Bangkok, Thailand.
1992-2008 Trainer/Resource Person, Daytop International overseas training program.
1991- 1996 Asst. Director, Daytop Village Adolescent Diagnostic Unit, Rhinebeck, N.Y. Responsible for overseeing assessments and reviewing psychosocial, educational, vocational, psychological, and other clinical evaluation in a 28-day diagnostic program for adolescent drug dependents. This includes conducting multi-disciplinary case conferences and developing treatment plans for clients following completion of a 28-day program. This position also involves the provision of solution-focused family therapy sessions, and the supervision of psychology and social work interns from local colleges.
Adjunct Faculty, School of Social Work, Adelphi University, Long Island, NY.Taught a course on Ethnicity to social work graduate students.
Assistant Director, Daytop Village Employee Counseling Services, New York City. EAP-related counseling with individual and group work as well as supervision of a multi-disciplinary team.

Drug and Alcohol Specialist, Swope Parkway Comprehensive and Mental Health Center, Kansas City, MO. Responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of an outpatient drug program that provided screening, follow-up, and counseling services for drug and alcohol dependent clients.
Counselor, De La Salle Education Center, Kansas City, MO. Provided counseling and educational services to inner city youth in an alternative high school setting. Developed training and counseling programs for substance abuse, child abuse, and homicide/suicide prevention.
Program Administrator, Rebirth (TC) Center, Thailand. Introduced and founded the first therapeutic community-based rehabilitation program for Thai heroin addicts. Responsible for obtaining government accreditation to operate, obtain funding of the program, and provide staff training and development.
Counselor, Admissions Officer, Director, Special Assistant to the President, Drug Abuse Research Foundation, Philippines. Duties ranged from clinical responsibilities in operating therapeutic communities, telephone crisis-counseling, public lectures on drug abuse, developing and implementing attitudinal training courses, and court consultant/expert on drug cases.
Instructor, Philippine School of Business Administration.Yoga as an alternative course to Physical Education for mildly physically handicapped students.