TEDx speaker Dr. BJ Davis, expert in treatment of substance abuse returns to speak at MJC

On Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Forum 110, on MJC’s East Campus, located at 435 College Avenue, The Human Services Program is sponsoring a presentation by BJ Davis, Psy.D, entitled "Why We Do What We Do: Choice Theory, A New Psychology of Personal Freedom."

A renowned author, professor, and TEDx Sacramento speaker, Dr. Davis is the first presenter in a two-part series titled “An Evening of Brilliance and Insight.” The public is invited to participate in this free event.

Dr. Davis is an advocate for challenging some of the long held myths about what works in substance abuse and offender re-entry programs and is active in conducting research that focuses on treatment effectiveness and outcomes. He often shares his story of hope and triumph that was made famous with his Sacramento TEDx talk that went viral.

He is the Executive Director of Strategies for Change Substance Abuse and Co-occurring Mental Health Treatment Agency, and an adjunct professor in the Forensic and Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Alliant International University. He is also the author of the 2009 DVD “What is Recovery? A Quality of Life Perspective.”

Dr. Davis serves as a consultant to the Sacramento Aids Housing Alliance, and is the past Vice Chair of the Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) Certification Board. In addition to a doctorate in psychology and drug and alcohol certification, he has a dual B.A. in philosophy and religion, a Master of Arts in psychology, and a Master of Science in community counseling.

In 2016, Dr. Davis received a governor’s appointment to the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (SALJJDP), and in December 2017, he received the Harold E. Cole Award for Outstanding Contribution in the field of alcohol and other drug abuse outreach, prevention and treatment by the Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board.

Currently, Dr. Davis is in the process of publishing a workbook called The Davis-Choice Model for AOD Treatment. This book will be a contemporary approach to substance abuse treatment that Dr. Davis developed.

For more information about this event, please contact Tasha Wilson, MJC Human Services Program Mentor at wilsonta@yosemite.edu or (209) 548-5742.