The Principles of Addiction Recovery Conference

May 14-16, 2020
Metro State University 
St. Paul MN

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Join us in exploring a new paradigm for transformation!


MAY 14-16, 2020
Metro State University
St. Paul MN

Join us in exploring a new paradigm for transformation!

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About This Event

What’s the missing link in awakening transformation?

What is happening when we see the “light bulb go off” in ourselves or in our clients? 

How do we sustain and grow this transformational experience?

This conference will answer these questions and more by introducing a new paradigm of addiction recovery based on principles. 

The 3 Principles Psychology shifts our understanding of how our mind works and erases the illusionary boundary between our psychological and spiritual nature. 

Join over 30 international experts, authors, and practitioners who will illuminate your understanding of the common denominator of all addictions and the common antidote to relapse, transfer of additions, and achievement of a whole recovery—body, mind, and spirit.

In these two days, we will illuminate the misunderstandings of our current paradigm of psychology that has innocently held us back in our effort to guide clients to a transformational experience that is whole, sustainable, and changes all dimensions of their lives—not just sobriety.

The benefits of attending this conference:

  • Prevent Stress and Burnout
  • Prevent Relapse and Transfer of Addictions
  • Facilitate Insight and Transformation in our clients
  • See the Common Denominator in all Addictions and Mental Illness
  • Focus on Health Recovery vs. Disease Treatment
  • Simplify the treatment process

CEU’s available–12 Hours. (LADC, LPC and LPCC, Marriage and family therapists, Social Work, Nursing, Psychologists) For more info on CEU’s contact us here.

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Is this conference for me?

The following groups of people will benefit from attending this conference:


  • Addiction Counselors and other professionals working with addiction – psychologists, nurses, social workers
  • Licensed Mental Health counselors 
  • 3Ps practitioners wanting a deeper understanding of how their work applies to the addiction recovery process

General Public

  • Individuals in recovery looking for a deeper understanding of transformation
  • Individuals in a relationship with someone with an addiction

Exploring the new paradigm

Featured Speakers

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Joe’s first book, The Serenity Principle (Harper Collins, 1990) has had a significant impact on the treatment of thousands of clients and addiction professionals throughout the world.

Joseph Bailey, M.A., L.P.

His best selling book, Slowing Down to the Speed of Life and later The Speed Trap (Harper San Francisco, 1999) were other expressions of his approach in and out of the work place. In these books he communicates the principles of living and realizing inner peace and health and how to transcend a major problem facing our society—the frenetic pace of life and stress. Joe’s fourth book, Slowing Down to the Speed of Love, was an accumulation of his life’s realizations that take the reader to practically live their life from their true self and shows them how this awareness impacts all of their relationships. Joe’s fifth book, Fearproof Your Life, was released in 2007 (Conari Press), and was written in response to the wave of fear that has swept our culture in this new century. Joe is currently working on a book exploring the common thread of the three principles in transformational experiences people have had through understanding the 3 Principles called The Transformation Principle

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Amy Johnson, PhD is a psychologist, coach, author, and speaker who shares a groundbreaking new approach that helps people find true, lasting freedom from unwanted habits via insight rather than willpower.

Amy Johnson, PhD

She is author of Being Human (2013), and The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit (2016). In 2017 she opened The Little School of Big Change, an online school that has helped hundreds of people find freedom from anxiety and habits and live a more peaceful life.

Johnson has been a regularly featured expert on The Steve Harvey Show and, as well as in The Wall Street Journal and Self magazine. 

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Christian McNeill is a 3 Principles consultant, coach and trainer based in Glasgow, Scotland. She has been sober for many years and experienced a profound shift...

Christian McNeill

…in the quality of her recovery after encountering the 3 Principles paradigm in 2011. This prompted her to leave a 30 year legal career and her role as a judge, in order to help others benefit from this work. She practices both locally and internationally.

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Barbara Sarah Smith, MSW is a licensed clinical social worker. After over 40 years of practice she had become disillusioned and burned out. In 2015 she was introduced to the 3 Principles paradigm...

Barbara Smith, MSW

…which has transformed her life and her practice in extraordinary ways. She now teaches her clients about their innate mental health and spiritual wellbeing and is seeing remarkable transformations occurring on a daily basis. One of Barbara’s particular interest areas is teaching this new paradigm to those struggling with addictions. When people see the truth about the source of their moment to moment experience, they find that they are able to stand resiliently present to their lives- no matter what the circumstances.
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HARRY DERBITSKY, President of ACT (Advanced Coaches Training) Inc. is an international trainer...

Harry Derbitsky

…sharing his insights into 3P, as uncovered by his teacher Sydney Banks. His recent book in English & Spanish, EVOLUTION OF ADDICTION RECOVERY, is shared in a variety of Recovery Centres around the world.  Harry is co-host of the bi-monthly highly successful webinar, podcast and YouTube series called ADDICTION, ALCOHOLISM & THE 3 PRINCIPLES. 

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Sandy’s vision is to make the workplace a setting for creative performance as well as the elevation of the human spirit.

Sandra Krot

She is a pioneer in translating a principled understanding of human thought to leadership and organizational effectiveness. The early years of her career were dedicated to counseling and human development. She was a licensed mental health counselor and certified addiction professional for twenty years. The focus of her work today is with Fortune 100 executives, leadership teams, and working groups helping them achieve extraordinary results by unleashing the power of the human mind. She works with the consulting group Insight Principles, Inc. and coauthored with Ken Manning and Robin Charbit the book entitled, Invisible Power: Insight Principles at Work. Sandy shares her life with her partner Peter Remick and together they built their net-zero-energy home in northwest Washington. They get out into the awesome Pacific Northwest wilderness as often as they can sea kayaking as well as hiking and backpacking with their dog.

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William F. Pettit Jr., M.D., is co-owner with his wife, Dr. Linda Pettit of 3 Principles Intervention LLC. Dr. Pettit has presented the Three Universal Principles of Mind...

William F. Pettit, Jr, M.D.

… Consciousness and Thought as the essence of his psychiatric practice since 1983. As of June,2017 Drs. Pettit have relocated to Phoenix Arizona.

Through December of 2018, Dr. Pettit practiced tele-psychiatry two mornings a week. In addition, he does 3 Principles consultations and teaching nationally and internationally. Moved by what he has witnessed in the past 35 years, Dr. Pettit is dedicating scheduled time to writing a book “Stories of Hope, One Cause, One Cure”
A graduate of Creighton University, Omaha, NE and the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, IL, Dr. Pettit completed his psychiatric residency at the Philadelphia Naval Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA and Portsmouth Naval Regional Medical Center in Portsmouth VA. He is board-certified in Psychiatry, and has been previously certified in Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine and Addiction Medicine.
Dr. Pettit served as a physician in the United States Navy for over 9 years, including 3 years as a Navy Flight Surgeon and 3 years as Chief of Psychiatry of the Navy Nuclear Submarine base at Groton, Connecticut.
Presently, Dr. Pettit holds appointments as Adjunct Clinical Professor at Creighton University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and as Adjunct Clinical Professor at Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Formerly he served as, Adjunct Professor at Sienna Heights University and Associate Professor of Behavioral Medicine and Psychiatry at West Virginia University (WVU), where he was the Medical Director of the Sydney Banks Institute at WVU. In addition, Dr. Pettit had previously held an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Des Moines, Iowa Osteopathic School of Medicine
Dr. Pettit is a recognized educator in the Three Principles Understanding, and has presented at many national and international conferences and consulted to numerous clients and organizations both nationally and internationally.  

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Jason Shiers is a Certified Psychotherapist, 3p Transformative Coach and trainer based in the North West of the UK.

Jason Shiers Dip.Psyh MBACP

Jason has been working with addictions & eating disorders for almost 25 years and has been in recovery from addiction himself for the same amount of time. Jason worked from a variety of understandings, starting off with 12 steps, Transactional Analysis, NLP and the person centred approach until he had an awakening through the understanding of the 3 Principles at an intensive with Michael Neill 2 years ago. Jason is a graduate of Supercoach Academy and works with groups or individuals helping uncover their innate well-being. Jason is the author of many articles about addiction, and the creator of Misunderstandings of the Mind podcast.

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Dr. Wilkie is the Chief Operating Officer at Farnum. She has led the premier substance abuse treatment programs at...

Cheryl Wilkie, PSY.D., MLADC

…Farnum and Farnum North since 2008. She has been recognized by multiple community organizations, state offices and legislative committees for excellence in business management and healthcare advocacy. Her ability to understand the human experience is evident in her leadership and talent for empowering everyone to recognize their innate potential. She strives to ensure that the staff, stakeholders, families, and clients have what they need to thrive.

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Kathleen Murphy, M.Ed., LADC, is the Sr. VP of Substance Abuse Services for Easterseals Farnum Center, overseeing Farnum’s Outpatient,,,

Kathleen Murphy, M.ED., LADC

…Programs, Suboxone Clinic, and Transitional Living Program. Kathleen has been providing treatment to those affected by substance use disorder since 2003. She earned her master’s degree in counseling in 2010 from the University of New Hampshire and is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

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21 years ago, I was lucky enough to walk into a treatment center that utilized Three Principles to promote recovery and...

Lisa D. Portinga MSW, LGSW

healing to their clients. I remember thinking It was something to be studied, memorized, and taught in my clinical role. What soon became apparent, was the depth and breadth of this understanding touched every aspect of my life, inside and out. I have never looked away from it! I currently bring this philosophy to my work in Treatment Courts, correctional facilities, and my private practice. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to continue learning, teaching, and uncovering the innate wellness in myself and others.

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Mark Howard, Ph.D.  Dr. Howard is founder of the Three Principles Institute in Belmont, California, USA.

Mark Howard, Ph.D.

He is recognized as one of the pioneers who first brought the three principles into the field of psychology. Since 1982, Dr Howard has been educating private clients, families, business professionals and practitioners about the principles. He is now devoting his time to mentoring and supporting anyone who wishes to share the principles with love, clarity, and impact.

Dr. Howard has published a paper demonstrating the efficacy of the Three Principles in treatment. In 2008 he was awarded the “Outstanding Career Service” award by the Santa Clara Psychological Association for bringing this Principles education to Santa Clara County in the United States.

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Amanda is a dedicated coach with over 25 years’ experience in the provision of Holistic Healthcare.Originally from West London, UK,...

Amanda O'Shea

…she has lived in Spain for the last 13 years. She loves helping others and currently shares the ‘Inside Out’ understanding in the world of recovery and with the youth. She speaks regularly at conferences and seminars. She had her own “life changing” experience in 2013 after being introduced to some simple truths behind the creation of human experience that ticked all the boxes for her. Amanda’s infectious passion for life and ability to see the innate wellbeing and resilience in people is reflected in her unique ability to deep listen and connect on an individual level. Her smiley disposition and loving manner brings much positivity to this event.

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Ned Lewis is a Transformative Wellness Coach, Trainer, and Consultant, and provides services to individuals, groups, and...

Ned Lewis

,,,organizations. He has over 30 years experience in the financial services industry and earned degrees in Human Services as well as Bank Management. Ned has created programs for correctional and treatment facilities and founded a weekly Three Principles support group. He has done trainings with juvenile offenders and works with children and adults with special needs. For the last 9 years, Ned has integrated the three principles into his work with others. He wants all organizations and individuals to find their potential by recognizing their own strength, health and wisdom

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Amir Karkouti is a transformative coach, owner of a San Diego based chain of restaurants, author of numerous titles, including Do NOTHING To Get EVERYTHING,...

Amir Karkouti

…Lessons From My Coach, Happiness Formula, What The F**K Are The Three Principles? and Three Principles Strategy & Technique Book. He has spent over ten years as an adviser, mentor, and coach to Fortune 500 CEO’s, military men/women, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. From his personal and professional experiences working with a range of clients, he has discovered that we all have the capacity for innate well-being. Amir teaches and shares the Three Principles as uncovered by Sydney Banks at West Coast Recovery Center in San Diego. He has taught at West Coast Recovery Center for over four years. He lives in Carlsbad and can be found spending time with his beautiful wife, French Bulldog, and the world’s smallest and cutest coach; his daughter, Aria. You can find out more about him at

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Debbie Milam is a 3 Principles Resiliency coach, occupational therapist, author and past syndicated columnist for United Press International.

Debbie Milam

Her award-winning work has been featured in publications like First for Women, the Miami Herald, Elle, and Ladies Home Journal, and on TV for the Hallmark ChannelPBS, and WebMD. To learn more about her work visit her online

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Following a lifetime of crime, drugs and many mental health issues, including PTSD, personality disorder and depression,...

Dave Saunders

…Dave discovered that he had been ‘living in his negative thinking’ whilst on a group in prison called Beyond Recovery.  After this initial insight Dave went on a journey of rediscovery.  Not only did he experience peace of mind for the first time in his life, he discovered answers to questions he didn’t even know he had and he started experimenting  compassion, empathy and love.  Dave hasn’t turned his life around he has a TOTALLY different life.  He has trained as a Beyond Recovery practitioner and mentor and he is dedicated to helping people and showing those who are suffering how to have an easier life through using The Three Principles understanding.

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Beverley was introduced to the Three Principles Psychology by her mentor Dr. Roger Mills twenty-nine years ago,  As a Certified Advanced Trainer...

Beverley Wilson Hayes M.S.

…of Trainers, and keynote speaker since 1991, her range of experience is vast. She’s worked with diverse populations from high crime rate communities, correctional and educational systems, to corporate board rooms. 

Beverley’s life goal is to help others discover their own source of wisdom and insight.  She demonstrates this commitment working with individual clients, groups, as a seminar leader, on webinars, and mentoring. Beverley lives with her beloved husband/soulmate Bill Hayes, in Merced, CA

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While working in other treatment facilities, I found inconsistencies (staff and counselors not “walking the walk,” preferential treatment, etc.)...

Barnett Gilmer

…that adversely affected those who were seeking help. I found that handling the “details” such as atmosphere, food, cleanliness of facility, treating people with dignity and respect and a staff having a caring attitude was almost as important as the program. If the “guest” is not treated with dignity and importance; how do they build it in themselves??

I made a decision to build a treatment facility I could be proud to own and worked hard to move the idea from a concept to a reality. First, I acquired my master’s degree in healthcare administration emphasizing residential substance abuse treatment. I then worked with a team of doctors, psychologists, licensed mental health counselors and former clients to create it. Our top priority when developing our program and treatment center was the “guest.” We focused on giving each guest the best possible chance of recovery.

That is why we can proudly say if you or someone you know is in need…. Gulf Breeze Recovery …”Because it Works!” 

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Danielle Guinaugh is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and currently the Clinical Director at Gulf Breeze Recovery, where she has worked since its inception in 2013.

Danielle Guinaugh, MS, LMHC, NCC, MCAP

Danielle has a passion for seeing the guests at Gulf Breeze Recovery rediscover their health and well-being. She helped create and maintain the family support group at Gulf Breeze Recovery, an ongoing resource available for life to family members and loved ones who have graduated the Gulf Breeze Recovery program.  In her role as Clinical Director, she guides the clinical team, providing supervision and ensuring a culture of self-care is maintained in order to ensure guests of the program receive the best possible care. Prior to working with Gulf Breeze Recovery, she provided counseling services in the Escambia county jail, working with individuals struggling with addiction and many other life concerns. She received her Master’s Degree in Psychology and Counseling from Troy University in October of 2013.  She is also a Master’s Level Certified Addiction Professional.


Kylie is the Clinical Director of Broad Beach Recovery Center an intimate treatment center nestled in Malibu, California that addresses substance abuse and mental health issues from the understanding of the Principles.

Kylie Kolb, MA, LMFT

After moving to California from the East Coast, Kylie found recovery in treatment in Los Angeles. Filled with gratitude for the role her therapists played in her recovery, Kylie wanted to do the same for others. She went back to school and became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. At Broad Beach, Kylie is grateful to lead and serve in a facility that understands insight and new realizations are the key to living a sustainable addiction-free​
life and that sees clients as having innate mental health within.”

Event Schedule

T​he principles of addiction recovery: exploring a new paradigm for transformation.

Thursday Evening

Welcome & How to Get the Most Out of This Conference

With Joe Bailey, Dr. Amy Johnson & Deb Mosby 

The conference will kick off with a session to welcome to everyone, introduce the speakers and review the purpose of the conference, which is explore a new paradigm for the treatment and prevention of addiction based on the principles of transformation and reawakening the power of mind – the key to natural, innate mental and physical well-being. 

(Followed by refreshments and ice breakers and entertainment)




Exploring a new paradigm for addiction, recovery and transformation


9:00am—10:15am Joe Bailey & Dr. Amy Johnson

  • The common denominator of all addictions: “An innocent misunderstanding of the nature of Mind”
  • The search for serenity: The innocent search for well-being and a positive feeling through a mis-understanding of the true nature of human psychological functioning by looking outside: The common denominator of all addictions
  • The perfect design: Our psychological Immune System is perfectly designed for insight, on-going personal evolution, transformation and healing of the past 


10:30am—12:00pm Panel

 Panel including live or video recording of testimonials of stories of recovery who had an awakening experience through insight into the three principles, Q & A.
Moderated by: Danielle Guinaugh and Lisa Portinga


12:00pm—1:30pm Lunch on your own


1:30pm-3:00pm Sandra Krot
Exploring a New Paradigm for Addictions
  • A paradigm shift in the nature of psychological reality: How the three principles of mind, thought and consciousness fully explain the nature of human experience which shifts our current models of treatment for addiction and other human problems
  • How human reality is actually created: From an outside-in model of human reality to an inside-out understanding. The unifying principles of all human experience: mind, thought and consciousness


3:00pm–3:15pm Break



3:15pm-4:30pm Panel

Panel: Including live or recorded testimonials, Q&A

4:30pm-5:30pm Gathering

Informal gathering in Great Hall for more Q&A (optional)


9:00am-9:15am Dr. Mark Howard & Joe Bailey
Transformation and Spiritual Awakening: The Key to True Recovery & the Reawakening of Our True Essence
  • How understanding the three principles enables insight and transformation
  • The spiral of addiction and transformation
  • The process of transformation—ongoing evolution
  • The myth of hitting bottom—How awakening our natural mental health through insight is what actually is the turning point in the recovery process

10:15am-10:30am Break


10:30am-12:00pm Panel

How the three principles transforms recovery and can enhance twelve step recovery programs. 
Moderators: Christian McNeil, Barbara Smith with Panel TBA
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch on your own

1:30pm-3:00pm Jacqueline Hollows, Danielle Guinaugh, Cheryl Wilke and Joe Bailey

Introducing a Health Recovery Model of Treatment
  • Awakening health as antidote to disease, relapse and transfer of addictions
  • Insight-based change as the goal of treatment process(less focus on behavior and issues, more fundamental change)
  • Health of the helper is the key to therapeutic impact and creating a milieu for transformation to occur


3:00pm-3:30pm Panel

Health of the helper—Stories of transformation of counselors from 3 principles based treatment centers
Featuring Barnett Gilmer, CEO., Gulf Breeze Recovery
3:30pm-3:45pm Break
3:45pm-4:30pm Presentation
Introduction to Syd Banks and video of Syd Banks—Dr. Bill Pettit and Harry Derbitsky
4:30-5:00 Joe Bailey & Dr. Amy Johnson
Closing remarks on the future of addictions


Metropolitan State University

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  • Metropolitan State University 700 E. 7th Street Saint Paul, MN 55106
  • Thursday evening at the Great Hall
  • Friday and Saturday at Founders Hall


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We have tried to make a variety of housing options available at special rates. (Rates are fluctuating based on hotel availability at the time of the booking.) Book online or call 1-800-559-3186 for assistance | International callers 1-619-546-5773
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We have tried to make a variety of housing options available at special rates. (Rates are fluctuating based on hotel availability at the time of the booking.) Book online or call 1-800-559-3186 for assistance | International callers 1-619-546-5773


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Scholarship information

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