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Kimberley L Berlin, LCSW    

Integrated Psychotherapist & Addiction Specialist and Presenter Association for Spiritual, Ethical & Religious Values (ASERVIC) Feature Presenter for NADAC the Association for Addiction

Kimberley L. Berlin, LCSW, CSAC, MAC, SAP, CCTP, is an Integrative psychotherapist, and Level 3 IFS practitioner specializing in addiction and trauma. She has been providing expert clinical, consulting, and training services worldwide for the past 20+ years.

Her approach is grounded in spiritual traditions, merging ancient wisdom with modern neuroscience. As a person in long-term recovery, Berlin knows the struggles of anyone seeking to recover from alcohol and or other substance use disorders. Berlin's own journey inspired her decades of research, writing, and presentations at regional, national, and international conferences. Berlin is a former professional dancer, an avid photographer, a chef, and a passionate gardener. She lives in Leesburg, Virginia, with her husband and four loveable, mischievous rescue dogs.

Speech Topics

Spiritual Recovery: The Healing Path for Addiction

Alcohol and substance abuse disorders have baffled medical practitioners for centuries. Addiction is more than a neurological or physical disorder. It is a malady that eats at the soul. "Spiritual Recovery: A Healing Path for Addiction" merges ancient wisdom with modern-day neuroscience and introduces the powerful effects of spiritual practices to heal the overall damages of alcohol and substance use disorders to the brain, body, and soul. Much has been written about spirituality and healing the brain. Little has been written about how spirituality can heal the brain from addiction. Understanding the connection between science and the human spirit casts new light on what the experience of “recovery” can mean.

The effect is to bring a new dimension to the field of alcohol and substance use disorder treatment because, unlike most presentations in the market that discuss "meditation" as a tool for recovery, this presentation discusses "spirituality" (of which meditation is a part) as a path to recovery. Neuroscientists have proven that spiritual practices positively affect and heal brain areas. Still, to date, no training has taken the wisdom of ancient spiritual guidance and applied it to treating alcohol and substance use disorders.

Why Our Society Needs Spirituality: Call it a Revolution

If COVID taught us anything it is that the effects of isolation on the human population are directly correlated to increases in depression, anxiety, substance use, and suicide. The antidote isn’t pacifying our beings with more medication. The answer lies in engaging in spiritual practices to heal our brains.

Decades of modern neuroscience research point us toward ancient wisdom practices as a pathway to mending our disconnected selves. Further, we could heal the divide in our society by focusing on what is right about each other than what is wrong. Healing our brains from negativity bias is as easy as taking a focused breath.

This presentation translates scientific concepts into easy-to-understand ideas that audiences can use in their daily lives. Experiential, philosophical, and always grounded in science, this engaging talk will leave audiences with much to contemplate.

Digital Use Disorder: How Bad Is It?

Worldwide, there are 5.8 billion users of the internet, representing 64.6% of the population. “Digital Use Disorder” (DUD) affects an estimated 44% of our youth, and 33.5% of the adult population and falls squarely into the category of impulse control disorder. Different names are used, but whether spending hours gaming or posting on Facebook and TikTok, losing control of our technology use has become a very real problem. This is particularly true of our youth.

This presentation covers 20 years of research and concludes that Digital Use Disorder is very real. From the effects on our neurobiology to our deteriorating connection with others, it’s time to have an honest conversation about what is happening to our society, and our futures. Most importantly, how to unplug ourselves and reduce our dependency is featured.

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