Dr. Christian Conte Joins Addiction Policy Forum Advisory Board

March 15, 2018 | Addiction Policy Forum



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Dr. Christian Conte Joins Addiction Policy Forum Advisory Board
Washington, DC—Today Dr. Christian Conte, one of the country’s top mental health specialists in the field of anger and emotional management, joins the Addiction Policy Forum Advisory Board. In joining the Advisory Board, Dr. Conte also brings his extensive knowledge on working with incarcerated populations, many of whom struggle with substance use.
"I am beyond honored to join the Addiction Policy Forum Advisory Board,” says Dr. Christian Conte. “The ripple effect of addiction goes so much farther than any of us can fully realize, and now, more than ever, we need understanding and compassion to be the guiding forces moving us forward."
Additionally, Dr. Conte and the Addiction Policy Forum are collaborating on a new web series, Leading with Compassion with Dr. Christian Conte. This web series, launching today, will look at the disease of addiction from new angles, aiming to eliminate stigma surrounding the disease. The first episode, ‘Hunger and Addiction,’ examines similarities between the feeling of hunger and addiction.
“To better help individuals, families and communities affected by addiction, we must be compassionate. Dr. Conte’s expertise is a welcome addition to the Addiction Policy Forum,” says Jessica Hulsey Nickel, President and CEO of the Addiction Policy Forum. “This web series will shine a positive light on how we can improve our response to the disease.”


About the Addiction Policy Forum
The Addiction Policy Forum is a 501(c)3 established in 2015 as a diverse partnership of organizations, policymakers, and stakeholders committed to working together to elevate awareness around addiction, and to improve programs and policy through a comprehensive response that includes prevention, treatment, recovery, and criminal justice reform. www.addictionpolicyforum.org

About Dr. Christian Conte

Dr. Christian Conte is one of the country’s most accomplished mental health specialists in the field of anger and emotional management. A familiar figure on TV and radio, he is also a prolific writer, powerful communicator, and sought-after media expert. This season he co-hosts The Secret Life of Kids on USA Network. He was the co-host of the reality show Coaching Bad on Spike TV, and the resident therapist for Family Therapy on VH1. He’s also a frequent expert guest on radio programs across the country. He co-hosts the Tackling Life podcast with football Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, and produces a daily short form Emotional Management radio feature heard on hundreds of stations. In July 2015 he conducted the TEDx talk, “Why I Chose to Go to Prison.”

Whether it is in his groups for violent offenders, the classroom, or in front of companies and organizations, Dr. Conte always brings his unique energy, unquenchable passion, and a tremendous sense of compassion to his focus on teaching people about why they do what they do, and how they can use knowledge about themselves and compassion for others to transform their lives.
Dr. Conte is one of only a handful of people who have a level V anger management certification, the highest level possible, and he is the creator of “Yield Theory” – a powerful approach to change, combining radical compassion with conscious education – for the effective treatment of conflict and anger. Dr. Conte currently trains correctional institutions, sports teams, and organizations in the practical application of his Yield Theory, which is often applied to anger management and conflict resolution. Yield Theory centers on compassion and conscious education to help maximize peace.
Currently Dr. Conte works with the University of Pittsburgh athletics, as well as with Texas A&M, LSU, Oregon, Florida State, and Tennessee football teams. His greatest passion, however, is applying his Yield Theory in maximum security prisons throughout the state of Pennsylvania to help rehabilitate people from the darkest moments of their lives. From working with people struggling with addiction to those struggling with being entrenched in a certain way of life, Dr. Conte is passionate about erasing all stigmas and helping to guide people en route to living out their potential.
In addition to Certified Anger Management Specialist – V, his other degrees, licenses and certifications include Ph.D. – Counselor Education and Supervision, Duquesne University; M.S. – Community Agency Counseling, California University of Pennsylvania; Licensed Professional Counselor; Certified Domestic Violence Counselor; and Nationally Certified Counselor.
Dr. Conte has several books and videos that are used in institutions around the world to train counselors, as well as educate people in anger management. He co-founded A Balanced Life, a center in South Lake Tahoe, CA to help rehabilitate people who were convicted of violent crimes. And he was an award-winning, tenured professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, before he left the West Coast to return to his home state of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Conte has evaluated, analyzed, and interacted closely with thousands of people. What separates him from others is undoubtedly the passion he has for life, the nonjudgmental and compassionate energy he brings to situations, and the expertise that he has in anger management and communication. The programs Dr. Conte heads are transformative; his programs always focus on helping those in front of him change and improve their lives. Personal transformation undeniably leads people to impacting others around them for the better.
Dr. Conte currently lives in Southwestern Pennsylvania with his beautiful wife Kristen and their amazing daughter, Kaia.

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