Speaker Bio & Presentations

Christopher Yadron, PhD

Special Speaker

Christopher Yadron

Christopher Yadron, PhD is a proven behavioral healthcare executive leader with over 25 years of experience committed to delivering strong patient outcomes, creating effective teams, and building organizational excellence. Dr. Yadron leads by supporting and empowering his team to achieve the mission and vision of the organization. He firmly strives to create a culture of influence to gain results and believes in the fundamental necessity of being open to new ideas, showing gratitude often, holding himself and others accountable, and operating consistently according to values.

Most recently Dr. Yadron served as the CEO of Wellbridge Addiction Treatment and Research, where he worked with the executive team and board to establish a strategic plan and focus the organization on key commitments to growth, partnership, quality, workforce, and research initiatives to drive success. Prior to Wellbridge, he served as vice president for the west region of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, and administrator of the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. This role included operational responsibility for six treatment sites and significant opportunities for advocacy, fundraising, and collaboration with external partners. In this capacity Dr. Yadron also provided executive leadership for the national children’s program, which has been a forerunner of advocacy, treatment, and education for children for over two decades. He currently serves as chairperson of the board for the National Association for Children of Addiction (NACoA).

Dr. Yadron received his PhD in counselor education and supervision from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He holds a master’s degree in counseling from Loyola University Chicago and has completed executive education courses in leadership and finance at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of Business. Dr. Yadron is a licensed clinical professional counselor and a certified alcohol and drug counselor who often speaks at conferences and workshops on relevant behavioral health issues, professional training and development, and organizational leadership. He is a resolute leader who drives for the success of the organizational mission and champions the dignity and worth of all persons who deserve compassion and the opportunity to thrive and meet their full potential.

Presentations & Workshops

First Hurt But Last Helped: An Inclusive Model for Helping Children in Families with Addiction

When substance use disorder (SUD) emerges in families, children are most often the ones to initially experience the adverse implications of the disease. Because the condition is either prodromal or undiagnosed, these children and families typically receive minimal support and intervention. Even if the family eventually seeks and receives treatment, young children (<12 Years) are often excluded. Professionals and other caregivers experience limitations for addressing the needs of children and families harmed by the effects of SUD. This presentation will examine the prevalence of children impacted by SUD in the U.S. and delineate the unique developmental and therapeutic needs of this population. Specific considerations in the areas of prevention, education, assessment, support, intervention, and resources to support children, families, and communities will be offered. Addiction professionals have long recognized the centrality of the family in terms of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning to address SUD. Young children however have been historically absent in the application and delivery of effective substance use treatment. This presentation will provide an inclusive model for helping children living in families with addiction and give participants an increased appreciation and competency for intervention and advocacy.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will ascertain the the prevalence of children impacted by SUD in the U.S.
  • Participants will learn and evaluate the unique developmental and therapeutic needs of children experiencing adverse effects of SUD.
  • Participants will receive specific applications for prevention, education, assessment, intervention, and resources to support children, families, and communities.
  • Participants will formulate an inclusive model for helping children living in families with addiction and develop an increased competency for both intervention and advocacy.

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