Events

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”

Upcoming Events

2017

Dates: March 25, 2017
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Group: TBD
Overview: This will focus on the addicts and the latest neuroscientific findings that help psychotherapists better define addiction and understand how trauma and addictive behaviors co-opt the structure and function of the brain. There will also be a discussion about the psychotherapeutic and whole-health activities that help psychotherapists improve treatment outcomes for addicts.
Presentation: Coming Soon

Dates: March 28, 2017
Location: Ramat Gahn, Israel
Group: TBD
Overview: Dr. Constance Scharff will speak at Bar-Ilan University to graduate students in social work and psychotherapy on the latest science and best practices in the treatment of addiction.
Presentation: Coming Soon

Dates: June 2-4, 2017
Location: New Haven, CT (Yale University campus)
Group: Society for Consciousness Studies
Overview: If experiencing trauma fundamentally changes who we are, does trauma treatment do the same? This presentation will explore the relationship between trauma treatment and radical changes in consciousness.
Presentation: Coming Soon

Dates: June 30 – July 3, 2017
Location: London, United Kingdom
Group: International Congress of Naturopathic Medicine
Overview: Dr. Scharff will give a presentation titled, Sugar, Diet, and the Addictive Response: Is Sugar Addictive and How Can Healthcare Professionals Help Sugar “Addicts?” There has been a great deal of discussion about increasing rates of obesity across the globe and the role that sugar, in its various forms, has in promoting negative eating habits and unhealthy lifestyles. This session will look at the latest research into sugar abuse and addiction, paying particular attention to what is known about sugar as an addictive substance and the ways in which sugar acts on the brain. A portion of the presentation will focus on how naturopaths can intervene and assist patients who may be sugar addicts.
Presentation: Coming Soon

Past Events

2017

Dates: March 20-24, 2017
Location: Limassol, Cyprus
Group: UNESCO
Overview: UNESCO is set to hold its 12th world conference on bioethics, medical ethics, and health law in March 2017. The meeting will take place on the beautiful island of Cyprus. Dr. Scharff will present with others on destigmatizing addiction so that treatment may be made more readily available both to addicts who suffer and support for their families. Her presentation is titled, “The Truth About Addiction: Using Science to Destigmatize Addiction.” It will focus heavily on the science showing the ways in which the brain is co-opted by drug seeking behaviors and how we can use the science to help change social attitudes toward addicts.
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2016

Date: October 16-19, 2016
Location:
 Cairns, Australia
Group: The World Federation for Mental Health
Overview: The World Federation for Mental Health meets this year in October in Cairns, Australia. Dr. Scharff, Director of Addiction Research for Cliffside Malibu, will give a presentation on the current findings in addiction research, “The Latest Breakthroughs in Addiction Treatment: Applying New Research to Create Improved Outcomes,” followed by a 90 minute workshop, “The Convergence of Neuroscience, Psychotherapy, and Complementary Medicine in Improving Addiction Treatment Outcomes.”
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Date: July 1-4, 2016
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Group: International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine
Overview: Substance abuse is chronic by its nature. In this presentation, we will discuss whole health interventions to lessen the impact of addiction on the patient and encourage him/her into treatment if needed. Special attention will be given to evidence-based practices that enhance neurological function.
Presentation: “Addiction Prevention? New Thoughts on Therapeutic Interventions”
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Past Events

2015

Date: October 16-20, 2015
Location: Cario, Egypt
Group: World Federation for Mental Health
Overview: Dr. Scharff will serve as the chair of the addiction division for this global mental health conference, bringing together more than 1,500 mental health professionals from around the world. The conference is convening in Egypt to bring attention to the mental health crises that instability brings not only to individuals, but ultimately to nations. Dr. Scharff will discuss the latest evidence-based addiction therapies and also the ways in which political upheaval and threat of violence can create fertile ground for addiction and other mental health disorders to develop.
Presentation: “Evidence-based addiction treatment: New therapies provide solid treatment results”
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Date: July 20, 2015
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Group: Veterans of Foreign Wars
Overview: The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) has invited Dr. Scharff to give a presentation on PTSD, suicidal thought, and addiction. The title is, “Veterans with addiction, PTSD, or suicidal thoughts: The latest science and how you can help.” If you’re in Pennsylvania, come hear Dr. Scharff give a rousing presentation on veterans’ mental health and the call that we can and should do a better job of offering our vets quality mental health treatment.
Presentation: “The latest science and how you can help.”
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Date: July 12-16, 2015
Location: Lima, Peru
Group: Interamerican Society of Psychology
Overview: Dr. Scharff is thrilled to give two presentations for the Interamerican Society of Psychology this summer in Peru. At the Interamerican Congress of Psychology, Dr. Scharff will discuss, “Addiction in the LGBTQ Community: Higher Rates of Chemical Dependence, Every Opportunity to Recover” and “Giving Addicts Hope: Clinically Proven Positive Psychological Treatment for Addiction Recovery”. Psychologists, researchers, and clinical professionals from throughout North and South America will gather at this bi-annual event. The goal of this conference is to present leading psychological research and interventions to those who can apply them throughout the Americas. Dr. Scharff’s participation in this event is part of Cliffside Malibu’s ongoing commitment to offer the latest research into addiction treatment to all addiction treatment professionals, to help those in need wherever they may be, and to improve addiction treatment worldwide.
Presentation: “Addiction in the LGBTQ Community: Higher Rates of Chemical Dependence, Every Opportunity to Recover” and “Giving Addicts Hope: Clinically Proven Positive Psychological Treatment for Addiction Recovery”
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Date: June 9-13, 2015
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Group: Toward a Science of Consciousness
Overview: Dr. Scharff presented at the prestigious “Toward a Science of Consciousness” conference in Helsinki, Finland on the topic, “Addiction Recovery: The Result of a Radical Change in Consciousness.” She discussed lasting addiction recovery as a radical shift in consciousness, in the very essence of the way a person lives in, interacts with, and sees the world. This topic was the subject of her doctoral dissertation. Dr. Scharff placeed particular emphasis on emerging research into interventions that may cause positive shifts in consciousness, including research into mindfulness meditation and the use of entheogenic substances.

“Toward a Science of Consciousness (TSC) is the largest and longest-running interdisciplinary conference emphasizing broad and rigorous approaches to the study of conscious awareness. Topical areas include neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, biology, quantum physics, meditation and altered states, machine consciousness, culture and experiential phenomenology. Cutting edge, controversial issues are emphasized.”
Presentation: ‘Addiction Recovery: The Result of a Radical Change in Consciousness.”
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Date: June 3-5, 2015
Location: New Haven, CT
Group: Society for Consciousness Studies
Overview: The Society for Consciousness Studies is having its annual conference at Yale University. Dr. Scharff will present on the subject, “Does a Radical Shift in Consciousness Facilitate Addiction Recovery?”  This conference is sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies and The Graduate Institute of CT and Yale University.
Presentation: “Does a Radical Shift in Consciousness Facilitate Addiction Recovery?”
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Date: May 8, 2015
Location: Austin, TX
Group: The Southwest Symposium of Integrative Medicine
Overview: The Southwest Symposium of Integrative Medicine is the foremost conference in the nation for complementary medical continuing education. Professional naturopaths, acupuncturists, massage therapists and nurses join together for a long-weekend of learning from industry leading researchers and teachers. Dr. Scharff has once again been invited to provide a keynote speech for this event. This year, she will speak on “the spirit of the medicine,” covering the topics of practitioner self-care, maintaining spiritual health and mental balance, and setting appropriate boundaries.
Presentation: “The Spirit of the Medicine” 
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Date: May 2-4, 2015
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Group: International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends
Overview: Dr. Scharff has been confirmed as a speaker at the prestigious International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends (InPACT)event. This international gathering seeks to provide a wide connection between researchers, lecturers, students, professionals from psychology and human sciences and their peers. The conference will showcase presentations, from the most diverse countries possible, to promote the development and growth of research, teaching, applications and new ways of thinking in psychology. Dr. Scharff will present on the topic, “Addiction Recovery that Works: Clinically Proven Whole Health Treatment for Substance Abusers and Other Addicts.”
Presentation: “Addiction Recovery that Works: Clinically Proven Whole Health Treatment for Substance Abusers and Other Addicts.”
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Date: February 5-8, 2015
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Group: The Evolution of Addiction Treatment
Overview: The Evolution of Addiction Treatment conference is the pre-eminent addiction treatment conference in the nation. It takes place bi-annually in Los Angeles, California. Cliffside Malibu is pleased to be a gold level sponsor of this event. Dr. Scharff will give a keynote presentation titled. “Embracing Hope: Using the Latest Treatment Breakthroughs to Improve Addiction Recovery Rates.”
Presentation: “Embracing Hope: Using the Latest Treatment Breakthroughs to Improve Addiction Recovery Rates.”
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Date: January 6-8, 2015
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Group: 10th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Health Law 
Overview: UNESCO’s 10th World Conference on Bioethics, Medical Ethics, and Health Law will draw leading international scholars to discuss current issues in medical ethics. The conference is hosted by: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; The World Medical Association; The World Psychiatric Association; The World Association of Medical Law and other prominent medical and academic groups. Dr. Scharff’s presentation will be on the topic, “When Only the Wealthy recover: The Medical Ethics of Addiction Treatment and Recovery.”
Presentation: “When Only the Wealthy recover: The Medical Ethics of Addiction Treatment and Recovery.”
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Past Events

2014

 

Date: November 10-12, 2014
Location: Rio do Janeiro, Brazil
Group: The Global Addiction Conference
Overview: The Global Addiction Conference will take place this year in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It brings together researchers from around the world to discuss addiction as one of the areas of medicine least understood and generating a tremendous burden on medical professionals, caregivers, families, and of course the addicts themselves. This conference is a knowledge-sharing event for all those working in addiction treatment and drug policy. Dr. Scharff will speak on the subject of access to quality treatment, with a presentation titled, “Overcoming Obstacles to Providing Quality Addiction Treatment to Those in Need.”
Presentation: “Overcoming Obstacles to Providing Quality Addiction Treatment to Those in Need.”
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Date: August 25-29, 2014
Location: Durban, South Africa
Group: The 7th World Congress For Psychotherapy
Overview: The 7th World Congress for Psychotherapy took place August 25-29 in Durban, South Africa. Dr. Scharff spoke on the topic of The Neuroscience of Addiction Recovery: Creating A “Recovery Feedback Loop”.
Presentation: Creating A “Recovery Feedback Loop”
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Date: August 21, 2014
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Group: Lentegeur Hospital
Overview: On August 21, 2014, Dr. Scharff was asked to present on the latest findings in addiction research for grand rounds at the Lentegeur Hospital near Cape Town, South Africa. This hospital serves the needs of township residents in the areas of Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha.
Presentation: Latest Findings in Addiction Research
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Date: July 17-18, 2014
Location: Ottawa, Canda
Group:  Canadian Conference on Positive Psychology
Overview: “The conference will bring to Ottawa, Canada, internationally-renowned researchers in positive psychology, positive psychology practitioners, clinicians, educators and teachers, business consultants, and coaches from around the world. Dr. Scharff will speak on the topic, “From despondency to hope: Ending addiction for good using a positive psychological approach.”
Presentation: “From despondency to hope: Ending addiction for good using a positive psychological approach.”
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Date: July 9-11, 2014
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Group:  International Neuropsychological Society
Overview: The International Neuropsychological Society will hold its mid-year meeting in Jerusalem, Israel. The conference will bring neuropsychologists from around the world together to discuss brain-behavior relationships. The theme of the meeting is “Neuropsychology from Lab to Rehab” and will reflect a broad range of scientific work from neuropsychology and other related disciplines. Dr. Scharff will speak on the subject “Addiction, Neuroscience, and Psychology: Transdisciplinary Approaches Creating Breakthroughs in Addiction Recovery.”
Presentation: “Addiction, Neuroscience, and Psychology: Transdisciplinary Approaches Creating Breakthroughs in Addiction Recovery.”
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Date: June 3, 2014
Location: New York, NY
Group: Jewish Theological Seminary
Overview: Dr. Scharff shares her insights about addiction and recovery with rabbinical students and faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. The Jewish Theological Seminary of America is a preeminent institution of Jewish higher education that integrates rigorous academic scholarship and teaching with a commitment to strengthening Jewish tradition, Jewish lives, and Jewish communities. Dr. Scharff helps spiritual leaders learn to identify addiction and counsel those in need of help toward available resources.
Presentation: “Insights About Addiction and Recovery with Rabbinical Students”
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Date: May 13-16, 2014
Location: Athens, Greece
Group: International Conference of the Association of Psychology & Psychiatry for Adults and Children
Overview: The International Conference of the Association of Psychology & Psychiatry for Adults and Children was held in Athens, Greece. Dr. Scharff spoke on the topic: Overcoming Addiction: Practical Applications of Recent Advances in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Complementary Medicine.
Presentation: “Overcoming Addiction: Practical Applications of Recent Advances in Neuroscience, Psychology, and Complementary Medicine.
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Date: February 14-16, 2014
Location: Austin, TX
Group: The Southwest Symposium: Integrative Medicine Conference
Overview: Speaks about psychological healing needed for addicts to prevent relapse.
Presentation: “The Heart of the Medicine”
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2013

Date: December 22, 2013
Location: Online
Group: Being Deliberately with Beth Dolan
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Date: October 23, 2013
Location: Austin, TX
Group: Austin Executives Association
Presentation: “Addiction Recovery: A Message of Help and Hope for Your Loved Ones and Your Business”

Date: July 22-24, 2013
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Group: Second International Conference and Exhibition on Addiction and Therapy
Overview: Constance Scharff, PhD, presented a keynote address at the 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Addiction Research & Therapy (July 22-24, 2013) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her address, presented to many of the world’s leading addiction researchers from research hospitals and universities in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, was titled, “Creating Hope: The Key to Effective Addiction Treatment.” Her talk focused on the ways we can encourage and support those we treat to embolden them to have the resolve and fortitude to recover.
Presentation: “Creating Hope: The Key to Effective Addiction Treatment”
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Date: July 7-9, 2013
Location: Paris, France
Group: The International Conference on Naturopathic Medicine
Overview: The International Congress on Naturopathic Medicine (July 7-9, 2013), in Paris, France, is the premier international conference for the most influential and inspiring complementary medicine practitioners and healthcare professionals who are dedicated to improving patient care. Constance Scharff, PhD, will present, “Developing Holistic, Integrated Approaches to Addiction Treatment That Create Lasting Recovery,” a presentation in which she will discuss how complimentary medical therapies help to create lasting addiction recovery.
Presentation: “Developing Holistic, Integrated Approaches to Addiction Treatment That Create Lasting Recovery
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Date: June 2-6, 2013
Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Group: Jerusalem International Conference on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Modifiability
Overview: Addiction is increasingly being understood as a behavioral disorder that affects brain function. To speak to the powerful impact of various interventions on addiction and the roles neuroplasticity and cognitive modifiability play in addiction recovery, Constance Scharff, PhD gives a presentation at the The Jerusalem International Conference on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Modifiability (June 2-5, 2013), in Jerusalem, Israel.
Presentation: “The Brain and Addiction Recovery: Applying Neuroscience to Addiction Treatment Produces Successful Recovery.”
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Date: March 28-31, 2013
Location: Osaka, Japan
Group: International Academic Forum (IAFOR)
Overview: IAFOR (International Academic Forum) is a major Asian Think Tank founded in 2009 by a group of Asian, European and North American academics and business professionals. IAFOR is a mission driven organization dedicated to providing and promoting meaningful dialogue irrespective of international borders. It sponsors conferences where leading thinkers from around the world can engage in important conversations to improve life in each of our respective areas of expertise. Dr. Scharff participated with over 300 academics from around the world in the March 2013 conference on psychology and behavioral science in Osaka, Japan.
Presentation: “From Alienation to Hope: New Approaches to Addiction Treatment Produce Successful Recovery”
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Date: March 12, 2013
Location: Online
Group: BlogTalkRadio
Presentation: “Money for Lunch”
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Date: March 12, 2013
Location: Online
Group: BrooWaha.com
Presentation: “Interview with Constance Scharff”
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Date: March 6, 2013
Location: San Francisco, CA
Group: California Institute of Integral Studies

Date: March 6, 2013
Location: Online
Group: Examiner.com
Presentation: “Interview with Constance Scharff, Author of Ending Addiction for Good”
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Date: March 5, 2013
Location: San Francisco, CA
Group: Book Passage
Presentation: Book Signing and Book Passage

Date: March 5, 2013
Location: Online
Group: AllVoices.com
Presentation: “Anxiety in Recovery by Constance Scharff”
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Date: March 4, 2013
Location: Mountain View, CA
Group: East West Bookstore
Presentation: Book Signing at East West Bookstore

Date: March 2, 2013
Location: Online
Group: Republic Broadcasting Network
Presentation:  Healing Our World Radio Saturdays

Date: February/March, 2013
Location: Creations Magazine
Group: Creations Magazine
Presentation: “Ending Addiction for Good by Constance Scharff”
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Date: February 22, 2013
Location: Online
Group: Empower Radio
Presentation: “Creating Change with Doug Foresta”
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Date: February 5, 2013
Location: Online
Group: Truth Radio
Presentation: “Share your Mission”
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Date: February 3, 2013
Location: Online
Group: BlogTalkRadio
Presentation: “Survivor”
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Date: January 31, 2013
Location: Online
Group: The Michael Dresser Show
Presentation: “The Michael Dresser Show”
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Date: January 29, 2013
Location: Online
Group: Dr. Jonathan Brower
Presentation: “Human Behavior, What a Trip with Dr. Jonathan Brower”
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Date: January 29, 2013
Location: Online
Group: Dr. Jonathan Brower
Presentation: “Human Behavior, What a Trip with Dr. Jonathan Brower”
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Date: January 9, 2013
Location: Online
Group: Big Blend Radio
Presentation: “Big Blend Radio”
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Date: January 7, 2013
Location: Radio
Group: RadioMD
Presentation: “Staying Well with Melanie Cole, MS”
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2012

Date: December 13, 2012
Location: Radio
Group: Mom Talk Radio
Presentation: “Mom Talk Radio”
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Date: December 11, 2012
Location: Radio
Group: BlogTalkRadio
Presentation: “Dr. Marty’s Wellness Experience”
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Date: December 4, 2012
Location: Austin, TX
Group: AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine

Date: November 19, 2012
Location: Online
Group: Empower Radio
Presentation: “Creating Change with Doug Foresta”
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Date: November 19, 2012
Location: Online
Group: Big Blend Radio
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Date: November 11, 2012
Location: Austin, TX
Group: BookWoman
Presentation: Book Signing at BookWoman

Date: November 5, 2012
Location: Online
Group: KOOP-FM
Presentation: “Tales From the Golden Cabinet”
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Date: October 15, 2012
Location: Online
Group: Empower Radio
Presentation: “Creating Change with Doug Foresta”
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