37th Caduceus Retreat Focusing On “Your Future Self” – REGISTER NOW

Franklin Marriott Cool Springs Conference Center

TMF Physician’s Health Program participants and graduates can register now for the 2024 Caduceus Retreat. The 37th retreat is scheduled for Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, TN. Details and links are on the TMF Caduceus Retreat web page at e-tmf.org/2024-caduceus-retreat.

This year’s Saturday program, entitled “Your Future Self, Pitfalls to Avoid, and the Precious Present,” will be led by Stephanne Thornton, MSW, LICSW, MAC, who serves as clinical director for the West Virginia Judicial & Lawyer Assistance Program.

The Sunday session will feature former TMF Case Manager Nancy Hooper, DPh, sharing her own recovery journey in a talk titled “A Personal Story of Substance Use Disorder and Recovery.”


The registration deadline is May 17; the cost is $125.00 per attendee, which includes Saturday lunch this year. Attendees can register and pay online or download a PDF form and mail the completed form with payment to the TMF. For details and registration options, visit the 2024 Caduceus Retreat web page.

Hotel rooms at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs must be booked separately by May 17; the TMF rate is $175.00 per night, plus tax. Make reservations from a link on the TMF Retreat web page or by calling the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs directly at 615-261-6100; please mention you are with the TMF Caduceus Retreat to receive the special rate.


Your Future Self, Pitfalls to Avoid, and the Precious Present

Course Description:

Improving the relationship with your future self (who you think you will be in five, 10, 20 years) has shown to improve planning in the present related to finances, healthier decision making for current well-being, and support for sustained behavior change. For persons in recovery, that means aligning current behaviors to a clearer perception of the future self, reducing feelings of sacrifice that can lead to resentment and overcoming immediate obstacles – not reacting to the dopaminergic reward system’s drive for return to use or engaging in other maladaptive behaviors. For loved ones living with someone in recovery, this means aligning themselves with their future self to learn to trust, begin to hope, and envision sustainability in their loved one’s future recovery: forgiving in the present will strengthen patience for the future. Taking stock of oneself and exploring one’s vision for future self while being mindful of workaholism, relapse red flags, and risk for moral injury along the way, will be part of this interactive day of presentation, discussion, group work, and more.

Ms. Thornton

Stephanne Thornton, MSW, LICSW, MAC, CCTP, CSOTP, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and Master Addiction Counselor focusing on access to trauma and substance use disorder treatment to ensure the health and well-being of affected individuals. Recognizing the prevalent intersection of stress, substance use, and mental health conditions often experienced by professionals, she believes in health, sustainability, and mindful practices to ensure those in the helping professions care for themselves to better care for those they are serving.

Ms. Thornton earned a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University Candler School of Theology in the Honors Program, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia. She has been clinically licensed as a social worker and addictions counselor since 2004 and additionally holds certificates as Certified Addiction Counselor Level III, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider. Her clinical training background is in trauma (EMDR and somatic methods), and she is on the Trauma-Informed Care Network Speakers Bureau and presents on trauma, substance use, and self-care across the state and at national conferences.


A Personal Story of Substance Use Disorder and Recovery

Dr. Hooper

Nancy Hooper, DPh, is director of the Tennessee Pharmacy Recovery Network (TPRN) and manager of Wellbeing Services for the Tennessee Pharmacist’s Association. As a pharmacist in long-term recovery and previous participant in the TPRN, she is driven both personally and professionally to serve and advocate for people suffering with or in recovery from substance use disorder. Her current position with the TPA allows her to play an integral role in supporting Tennessee’s pharmacists and technicians in their efforts to further their careers as healthy pharmacy professionals.

Dr. Hooper is a healthcare professional with over 25 years of pharmacy experience, including long-term care, corporate, and community pharmacy. She received her training at the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy where she was a member of the Rho Chi Pharmacy Honor Society. She also works part time as a District Support Pharmacist for CVS Pharmacy.



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

The weekend is devoted to recovery, allowing for networking with other healthcare professionals. Those newly under contract can learn from veterans with years of recovery. New ideas and old standards are shared in group and lecture venues. The schedule includes time for 12-Step meetings as well as time with family.


For more information, visit the Retreat web page or contact Jennifer Rainwater at 615-467-6411 or jenniferr@e-tmf.org.