Julie Brand CADC-II / ICADC
WAAT East Bay Meeting
Tuesday, June 20th: 10:30am – 12:30pm PST
20 IN-PERSON seats are available
Zoom and In-Person
WAAT East Bay Meeting June 20, 2023
Julie Brand, CADC-II / ICADC is an internationally certified addiction specialist, interventionist, and recovery expert. From 2012-2023 she was the founder and executive director of A Wise Retreat, a private residential treatment facility for those suffering from substance use and co-occurring disorders.
She has 20+ years of experience in both prevention and intervention. She has worked in our communities as a community educator, public speaker, and at the state level on the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). She is also a certified domestic violence counselor, youth counselor, train the trainer and educator/advocate of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). She has treated, counseled, and educated thousands of men, women, and youth suffering from the disease of addiction and co-occurring disorders. Her passion, empathy, and inherent need to help others drive her.
Ms. Brand is a goal-oriented visionary leader, who strives for new heights and graciously takes others with her. As a motivational speaker, she uses her own personal story to inspire others. She speaks from the heart and speaks with conviction. Fueled with compassion, empathy, and a dash of humor, she boldly goes where no one else will, shedding light on the darkest hours. An advocate for social change, she is a force to be reckoned with.
Julie Brand is the author of the series “In the Eyes of Innocence” and is currently working on her new novel “La Sangre Llama (The Blood Calls).” She is also a professional jazz vocalist, voice coach and song writer.
After registering for the WAAT East Bay Meeting attendance via Zoom, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the online meeting.
Please kindly RSVP for in-person if you will attend.
Only the first 20 individuals to RSVP for seats will be granted access to the event due to spacing limitations!
New Start Recovery Solutions, 2449 Pacheco St, Concord, CA 94520
The Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment (WAAT) is a unique membership organization of professional women working in the field of recovery. WAAT is committed to advancing and supporting women in all areas of the field. Our membership is comprised of therapists, counselors, treatment center owners, frontline staff, nutritionists, business development, yoga instructors, and more.
With chapters in several major cities in the U.S., our members come together monthly to engage in conversation, professional development, networking and support. WAAT Chapter meetings focus on topics relevant to recovery as well as issues specific to women working in the field.
To advance and support women who work in the field of recovery.
To provide educational, professional development and networking opportunities that meet the needs and challenges of women working in the field.
To encourage and promote women’s leadership and excellence in the field of recovery.
The Women’s Association of Addiction Treatment (WAAT) is a unique membership organization of professional women who work in the field of recovery. WAAT is committed to advancing and supporting women in the field. Our membership is comprised of therapists, counselors, treatment center owners, frontline staff, nutritionists, business development, yoga instructors, and more.
In 2001 founder Victoria Smart gathered six women who worked in recovery for a monthly lunch meeting to share their experience, support and knowledge with each other. As more women were invited the lunch meeting became a breakfast meeting and a few months later, in early 2002, the meeting had grown so large it was moved to conference room to accommodate everyone. The original six women formed the first Board of Directors and began to organize WAAT into a membership organization of diverse and dynamic women.
Under the leadership and vision of the founding Board, WAAT became more than a supportive networking group. Members and other leaders in the field were invited to give presentations every other month, and eventually WAAT began offering CEs. An extensive resource directory was created for members, by members, based on their direct experiences. Chapter expansion began a few years later.
At the core of every WAAT Chapter meeting is the same central purpose born from the first gathering of six women. Today with Chapters all across California and other states, WAAT members continue to uphold the mission and values established by its founders.