CORE: Clinical Overview of the Recovery Experience

Professionals in the world of addiction recovery know that the work they do has the potential to change lives. The more we learn and improve our processes, the better our clients’ chances of finding a path to lifelong recovery; this is the mission behind everything we do at C4 Recovery Foundation and is the reason we are dedicated to bringing professionals together to share ideas and build their working relationships. Stay up to date and get involved at our Amelia Island, Florida conference: CORE — the Clinical Overview of the Recovery Experience. 

CORE is a rapidly growing meeting of bright minds from the world of behavioral health: last year, the conference hosted 496 participants from 36 states from a diverse range of fields and experiences. In 2020, CORE will be held at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort from July 12th through 15th. Registration opens in April 2020.

Discovering Approaches in Client-Centered Care 

Today’s methods of addiction recovery have a strong clinical component, from monitored detox through long-term psychotherapeutic interventions. Decades of research have shown that individuals in recovery have better outcomes when they participate in clinically driven treatment and incorporate clinical therapies into their care. As clinical providers and professionals, it is our responsibility to make sure the care we provide is cutting-edge, effective and up to modern standards of excellence.

CORE is an opportunity for addiction professionals to work together to advance these principles of client-centered treatment. The talks, panels, discussions and workshops we host are aimed at highlighting the critical importance of providing individualized treatment, and at presenting new options for productively integrating useful clinical tools into a larger recovery-oriented treatment culture. We focus on improving treatment through a robust clinical foundation while maintaining a passion for delivering advanced behavioral, addiction, and therapeutic services.

As a forum, CORE aims to increase the collective understanding of the full continuum of recovery processes, including 12 step recovery. Our goal is to improve outcomes by better integrating personalized, evidence-based treatment services that allow individuals, families, and professionals to choose the most appropriate treatment for each client.

Attending CORE

CORE welcomes all members of the professional addiction recovery community. Whether you want to learn more about the clinical aspects of addiction treatment, to share ideas and engage with professionals and peers or to keep your clinical practice up-to-date, CORE offers an environment where you can build your skills and improve your methods of care.

Expect to network with Behavioral or Allied Health professionals from backgrounds including:

  • CEOs, Presidents and Vice Presidents, Directors and other C-Suite executives
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Alcohol and Drug Counselors
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Collegiate Recovery and Professional Monitoring Organizations
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Professionals
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Peer Support and Recovery Coaches
  • Sober Living Operators
  • Recovery Center Staff

Topics at CORE 

The CORE agenda covers a variety of topics including specific therapeutic approaches, treatment techniques for co-occurring disorders, traditional versus experiential therapies and business-side best practices. Our presenters include licensed mental health counselors, master’s and doctoral level providers, social workers, therapists and other leaders in the field.

Selected Recent Topics: 

  • Mud, Water and Light: Experiential Adventures and Metaphor
  • The Importance of Collaboration When Treating Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Panel and Experience on Music Therapy for Addictions Treatment
  • Trauma and Recovery: The Biology of Trauma and Nervous System Injury
  • Attachment, Connection, and the 12 Steps
  • Adventure Therapy: More Than Games

The CORE Experience 

CORE offers a full schedule of enlightening, engaging and informative sessions along with ample opportunities to network, discuss ideas with peers, and visit with friends from the industry.


CORE is held each year in July at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort in Amelia Island, Florida. Easily accessible from nearby Jacksonville, Florida, Amelia Island is a beautiful waterfront escape with world-class accommodations and amenities. Most of our attendees choose to stay at the Omni for convenience and due to its relaxing, family-friendly location.

We recommend booking directly with the Omni — mention C4/CORE for a discount, and book before June 10th to ensure a room in our dedicated block.

Meals and Schedules

Registration begins Sunday morning, and events begin with a networking hors d’oeuvres event and exhibit hall opening on Sunday evening. Breakfast is served Monday through Wednesday mornings from 7:00 AM to 8:30 AM and is included for all conference attendees. Luncheons are included for all conference attendees Monday and Tuesday, and the schedule includes regular breaks for meals and refreshments.

Conference events run from 8:30 AM through the evening Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday programming ends at noon to allow attendees time to wrap up and travel.

Family-Friendly Destination

Thinking of traveling with your family? The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is a luxurious spa and championship golf beach resort overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Nestled at the tip of a barrier island off the Northeast Florida coast just north of Jacksonville, this AAA Four Diamond Florida beach resort features luxurious accommodations and numerous family-friendly activities. A recently completed $85 million renovation ensures guests a destination experience unparalleled in Florida. Plenty of activities will keep adults and children of all ages entertained.

How to Register

The 8th annual CORE conference is upcoming in July 2020. Registration will open in April 2020, with the 2020 agenda and brochure becoming available in April. Please check back for more updates as information becomes available.

Get Involved

We always welcome applications for volunteers, both in a planning and a hands-on capacity. Please see our Call for Volunteers page for more information.

2020 exhibit space is still available for purchase. Please see our Exhibitors and Sponsors page for more information.

To learn more about the CORE conference or any of the other conferences hosted annually by C4 Recovery Foundation, contact Dee McGraw, Executive Vice President of Education and Events, C4 Recovery Foundation, at






  • CORE is an excellent conference for networking and business development, with a great blend of programs and attendees, we always see positive returns on our investment of time and energy.

  • The vast and diverse knowledge, the presenters' expertise and skills in presenting, and the relevance of all the workshops made CORE a feast for our minds, souls, and spirits!

  • Overall this was a wonderful conference. Terrific facility, excellent educational sessions, friendly and responsive staff, and great food!

  • Enjoyed this conference a lot. Good message Good trainings. Good exercises.

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