DBSA Tennessee, 2018 State Retreat September 8th & 9th, 2018

Location: Deer Run Camp, Thompson’s Station, TN

Keynote Speaker, award winning author

Marya Hornbaucher

Marya Hornbacher Keynote “The Recovery Journey”   Session – Choose your own adventure, writing for mental wellness-

an award-winning essayist, journalist, and the New York Times bestselling author of five books. Hornbacher’s work has been published in eighteen languages, and her writing across genres appears regularly in literary and journalistic publications around the world. Her sixth book, a work of long-form journalism on mental health recovery, will be published by Houghton Mifflin in 2019, and her seventh, a collection of essays about solitude in women’s lives, will appear the following year. She has taught writing, literature, and journalism at the college and graduate level for 25 years. Hornbacher was recently honored with the Annie Dillard Award in Creative Nonfiction and is the 2018 recipient of the Fountain House Humanitarian Award for her activism.

David Pearl LCSW- Session – Switching from Automatic Pilot to Thoughtful Responses

Being trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), I utilize mindfulness interventions and teach stress-management techniques to promote healthy living and positive life choices. The foundation of ACT is to identify and accept aspects of your life that are out of your control, while taking committed action for aspects that are within your control.

I specialize in young professionals, couples working on their relationship, and individuals who suffer from anxiety, depression, and chronic pain. Prior experience includes counseling patients with chronic illness, and psychotherapy with individuals & couples in an outpatient mental health center and in private practice.


Erika Coppen, LPC-MHSP, Cert.Psych.Assist, TN SOTB Approved Treatment Provider: Session – Change is Necessary

Master’s level training (Tennessee State University; The Tavistock Clinic in London, England; The University of Southampton, Southampton, England) Doctoral level training (Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, etc.) Licensed Professional Counselor*Certified Psychological Assistant**TN – SOTB Approved Treatment Provider ( Juvenile Training: I have 25+ years of clinical experience)

Rev. John McClain  Session – Faith to Heal

Dr Robert Jamison  Session- New Medicine for depression and bipolar.

Ashley Smith LCSW Session- specific for LGBQ population

Sharon Paul LPCMHSP Session- Personality Pattern

Eileen Koesy PTA, LPTA, Ai Chi Master, Session- Ai Chi Exercise


Sessions to be determined

Barbara Tampkin LCSW

Jeff Crawford

Chris Hancock LCSW


Saturday night music entertainment by

“The Broken Fits”

Registration Fee: $40.00 members, $50.00 nonmembers

Includes: all sessions, speakers, meals, overnight cabin lodging or camping.