La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center is hosting the second annual ETA Summit (Eat Think Act) at Maggiano’s at The Grove, on Friday, Oct 11. The forward-thinking summit focuses on topics and solutions specific to the LGBTQ experience in addiction treatment. Presenters and topics discussed at this year’s ETA Summit will align with what is being seen among LGBTQ people seeking treatment. The summit will culminate with breakout groups that will focus on building treatment plans and admissions best practices that advocate more directly and responsibly for LGBTQ people. 100% of the proceeds in the registration fees are going towards The Van Ness Recovery House. The event is sold out.
“ETA came about as a response to really working with a lot of other technicians, therapists, treatment centers, interventionists, who in many ways were aware that needs of LGBTQ people that were trying to access treatment were a lot of the times, very unique in relationship to their heterosexual counterparts,” Manny Rodriguez, La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center Founder and CEO, told WEHO TIMES. “I started thinking what if we have a lunch and learn where how we educate on ideas that are very specific to the issues that come up in our population and come up with solutions to those issues and things that we’re learning and things that are changing and things that we didn’t know. And that’s how it came about.”
ETA happens around food. Attendees are invited to eat and think about what what is being discussed in between meals and the goal is to get them to act upon what has been processed.
“We’re sharing and we hope that what we’re sharing, people are able to act on it pretty quickly in relationship to their work and the people that they serve,” said Rodriguez. “What we’re really going to do this year is, we’re going to really have attendees, work on creating a treatment that would be very specific to a specific type of client after all the presenters are done. Last year we did these presentations that were very informative and educational. This year is really going to get the people that come an opportunity within a group and they will come up with a treatment plan that will address the issues that someone has when they come into treatment. One thing to remember is that the people that come to ETA aren’t LGBTQ. I would say 80 to 90%, I would say are cisgender and heterosexual men and women. We talk to each other all day and we understand what problems and the solutions are, but there are a lot of people who are out there that come across us and want to help us, but they don’t really understand what a lot of the problems are, or to address them.”
He says the speakers are the crème de la crème in their field. Speakers for this year’s ETA Summit include:
- Andrew Susskind, LCSW and author of It’s Not About the Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy after Sexual Addiction. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Somatic Experiencing and Brainspotting Practitioner and Certified Group Psychotherapist based in West Los Angeles since 1992, specializing in trauma, addictions and codependency. He serves as faculty for the Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course and taught residents in the UCLA School of Medicine Doctoring program. Andrew has mentored associates in his private practice since 1997. His recent book, It’s Not About the Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy after Sexual Addiction (Central Recovery Press, June 2019) joins his workbook, From Now On: Seven Keys to Purposeful Recovery which was released in 2014.
- John Sovec, MA, LMFT, a nationally recognized expert on the topic of creating affirmative support for the LGBTQ community. He is the clinical consultant for The Life Group LA , adjunct faculty at Phillips Graduate Institute and guest lecturer at Alliant University and USC School of Social Work. He is the author of multiple publications on providing LGBTQ support, speaks at conferences nationwide, maintains a private practice and provides training for community agencies, schools, non-profits, and professional consultation on LGBTQ competencies. Jon is a nationally recognized expert on creating affirmative LGBTQ support with his work featured on The Riki Lake Show, OWN, FOX, The Advocate, YHTV, LA Talk Radio, Broad Topics and regular columns for Huffington Post and Good Therapy. You can learn more about Jon and his work at www.JohnSovec.com and www.GayTeenTherapy.com
- Grace O’Connor, LMFT, a Registered Associate and Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with the Transgender community. Grace works under the supervision of Casey Weitzman at Gender Wellness of Los Angeles and uses her own personal experience as a foundation toward building relationship, trust and ultimately healing with her clients
- Cadyn Cathers, MA, (he/his/him), a passionate advocate, psychotherapist, and educator for queer, trans, and consensually nonmonogamous communities. He is the executive director of the Affirmative Couch, which provides online continuing education for psychotherapists on working with sexual, gender, and relationship diversity. He is the interim co-director of the LGBT specialization at Antioch University Los Angeles, where he teaches classes on clinical work with LGBT clients and a wide variety of other courses. He is a psychological assistant in private practice supervised by Kenneth Scott, PsyD, where he specializes in relational psychoanalytic therapy with transgender and gender nonbinary clients.
- Rodney Collins, MD, – Expert LGBTQ Addiction Psychiatrist
- Nina Firooz, LMFT, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in LGBTQ-Affirmative Therapy. Nina earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with an LGBT-Specialization from Antioch University Los Angeles, and has worked in the recovery field since 2012. Her goal in entering the mental health field since 2010 has been and continues to be to make a positive impact on the LGBTQ+ community. She recently opened her private practice, centered around LGBTQ+ adults, in 2017 and is delighted to bring her experience and expertise to the affirming environment of La Fuente.
- Beck Gee-Cohen, MA CADC-II, a master’s level clinician with an undergraduate degree in Sociology with an emphasis on Gender & Sexuality and a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling. Beck has worked in the mental health & substance use field for over 10 years in various capacities. The main focus of his work has been invested in the LGBTQI+ community, adolescents, and families. Over this decade, Beck has trained numerous facilities on LGBTQI+ best practices, has been a keynote and presenter at many conferences and has facilitated workshops about LGBTQI+, trauma, adolescents, gender and sexuality. Beck grew up outside of Los Angeles and has lived in many states across the US. He got sober July 11, 2005, and believes recovery is the foundation of his success and gave him the ability to live authentically. Beck is the Director of LGBTQI+ Programming at Visions Adolescent Treatment Center.
According to Rodriguez the event event is primarily paid for by the sponsors, but everyone pays a registration fee to attend ETA. Every penny made from registration will go to the Van Ness Recovery House.
Why the Van Ness Recovery House?
“I believe in the work that they do,” He said. “I believe that they meet a very specific need and they serve the same population that we serve and I feel like we’re in this together. I believe that we’re community driven and what that means is that we’re a part of the community and we participate in our community, and we help our community whenever we can and however we can.”
“We sold out. We’re excited about that. We limited to 100 people and every seat was sold.”
To learn more about La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, visit: https://lafuentehollywood.com/