2022 Caduceus Retreat Examines “Personality and Recovery”

2022 Caduceus Retreat
June 10-12
Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
Franklin, TN



Registration is now open for the 2022 Caduceus Retreat  — open only to current and former participants of the TMF Physician’s Health Program. This year’s sessions are titled, “Personality and Recovery: How Did ‘I’ Get Here?” led by Sky Kershner, MSW, DMin (see course description below). The retreat will close Sunday with a recovery message from retired U.S. Airline Captain Lyle Prouse.

TMF’s 35th retreat is scheduled for Friday, June 10-Sunday, June 12, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, TN. Details and sign-up information are on the TMF Caduceus Retreat web page at e-tmf.org/2022-caduceus-retreat.


Our Program

Sky Kershner

Sky Kershner, MSW, DMin, is an emotionally focused pastoral counselor and has a deep interest in the mysteries of personality, relationships, addiction, and recovery. As an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine, Charleston Division, he teaches Affect Phobia Therapy and Psychodynamics. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and is a MINT Certified Trainer (one of 80 worldwide).

As a person in recovery, Dr. Kershner states that he comes from a long line of men with drinking problems, having wrestled with his own drinking when he was in his psychotherapy residency in New York City, where, he says, if you are anxious enough, you can do 90 meetings in seven days!

Dr. Kershner has received several awards for his professional work, including the West Virginia Civil Rights Award and West Virginia Counselor of the Year. His biggest “15 minutes of fame” moment was appearing as a guest therapist on the Discovery Studios television show “Hoarders.”

Learn more about Dr. Kershner.


Photo of Lyle Prouse, Caduceus Retreat speaker
Lyle Prouse

Retired Airline Captain Lyle Prouse is the first person arrested and convicted under a federal law for flying under the influence. A decorated U.S. Marine Corps pilot in Vietnam, Prouse made headlines for his 1990 arrest; he was fired from his airline, stripped of all flying certifications, and served 16 months in federal prison. Despite seemingly impossible obstacles, Prouse got sober, returned to Northwest Airlines, and retired as a 747 captain. In January 2001 he received a full pardon from then President Bill Clinton.

Mr. Prouse will share his story during the Spiritual session of the Caduceus Retreat on Sunday morning.

Learn more about Mr. Prouse.


Register & Book Your Room by May 20

Registration for the meeting is $110.00 per person, due by May 20. Attendees can register and pay online or download a PDF form and mail registration in with payment. To register, visit the Caduceus Retreat web page.

Rooms at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs are available at a special TMF rate of $159.00 per person, per night, plus tax; the deadline to access the TMF rate is May 20 and the room block is limited, so early reservations are encouraged.

Reservations can be made via the Caduceus Retreat web page or by calling the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs directly at 615-261-6100; to receive the special rate please mention you are with the TMF Caduceus Retreat.

Attendance Required for PHP Participants

The Caduceus Retreat is required attendance for current participants in the TMF Physician’s Health Program; graduates are encouraged to attend to continue learning and growing in recovery, and to connect with and support colleagues who are just beginning their recovery journey.


For more information, contact Jennifer Rainwater at 615-467-6411 or jenniferr@e-tmf.org.



Personality and Recovery: How Did ‘I’ Get Here?

Why are we attracted to some things and to some people, and not others? How do we get addicted to some substances or behaviors and have no trouble at all with others? Why do we have trouble with some feelings and not others?

And what does all of this say about how we do our recovery?

This interactive and experiential retreat will look at how we do our personalities, what we like and don’t like, through three lenses: the lens of our personalities (the Enneagram), the lens of our brain structures, and the lens of our feelings, anxieties, and defenses.