2017 Annual Caduceus Retreat

“The Dance Between Emotional Sobriety and Secure Attachment”

June 23-25, 2017
Four Points by Sheraton Hotel
Brentwood, TN



Ms. Leinert

Deb Leinart, LPC-MHSP, LCPC (MT), has worked in the counseling field for over 30 years. Deb’s passion is bringing healing to people who have been through traumatic/stressful experiences. She helps her clients, who include adults, couples, and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, whole, and safe. Deb has extensive training in family therapy, experiential therapy, psychodrama, somatic experiencing, eating disorders, sexual addiction, chemical dependency, codependency, trauma, emotionally focused couples therapy, and equine assisted therapy. She currently is in private practice and leads 1-5 day intensives for couples.



Ms. Fultz

Christie Fultz LPC-MHSP, LCPC (IL), EMDR, has received extensive post masters training in both Experiential and Psychodrama Therapies. In addition, she has had specific training in addiction disorders, eating recovery, dual diagnosis, and somatic transformation. Most recently, she completed Association of Partners of Sex Addicts Trauma Specialists (APSATS) Multidimensional Partner Trauma Model (MPT-M) training which utilizes a trauma model perspective in treating the traumatic impact of sex addiction upon the partner or spouse. Christie consistently intertwines spirituality, along with other mindful practices, as a significant support for people. She believes that therapy is a highly intimate and deeply personal process into the innate truth and essence of another and must be approached with safety, caring, empathy, compassion and deep respect. Christie currently has a private practice in Nashville. She offers individual therapy and individual intensives in both Tennessee and Illinois.


Course Description

Early pioneers in the field of alcohol addiction noted the struggles people in recovery experienced long after physical abstinence from drugs and alcohol was firmly in place.  It was confusing that intense and sometimes debilitating feelings of disconnection, loneliness, sad, fear, anxiety and anger with their loved ones would still exist.

One of those pioneers was Bill W. He suggested in “The Next Frontier” article the cause for this dilemma: “I think that many oldsters who have put our AA ‘booze cure’ to severe but successful tests still find they often lack emotional sobriety. Those adolescent urges that so many of us have for top approval, perfect security and perfect romance – urges quite appropriate to age 17 – prove to be an impossible way of life when we are at 47 or 57.”

Around the same time a British psychiatrist, John Bowlby began to research the concept of secure attachment, defined as a deep, loving, safe connection between loved ones. The then-current theory taught “that coddling mothers and others toward children created clingy, overdependent youngsters who grew up into incompetent adults.” However, Bowlby and others went onto prove just the opposite, “that keeping precious others close was a brilliant survival technique wired in by evolution to create healthy attachment between human beings.”

It is now accepted that to have secure attachment and emotional sobriety people need ongoing safe physical and emotional closeness in their relationships. To deny or ignore leads to chronic feelings of anger, loneliness, sadness, fear, anxiety and disconnection in relationships.

In the first part of this workshop, through lecture and experiential exercises, you will be given an opportunity to learn how insecure attachment is formed in unhealthy family of origin patterns and traumatic life experiences, and how what follows is prolonged and unregulated intense feelings of discontent, fear, sadness, anger, anxiety, loneliness and self-sabotaging behaviors in adulthood. The second portion of the workshop will focus on developing skills to intervene on these patterns to build safe secure attachment and emotional sobriety with yourself and loved ones in recovery.


Meeting Agenda

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Meeting RegistrationDeadline: June 1, 2017

This retreat is required for current PHP participants, as part of your agreement with the TMF. The cost for attending the TMF’s 31st Annual Caduceus Retreat remains at $90 per attendee.


Hotel ReservationsDeadline: May 26, 2017

Room reservations at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Brentwood, TN, are available at the special TMF rate of $109 per room/per night ($128.12 after taxes).

  • Reserve Online
  • Reserve by Phone: 866-961-8096; mention you are with the TMF Retreat, June 23-25, 2017



Contact Jeanne Breard at 615-467-6411 or jeanneb@e-tmf.org.