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"I enjoyed the variety of topics and extensive literature selection in the exhibit hall."

— Andrew Elfman, LPC, Veritas Collaborative

"This was a very positive experience.  The virtual correspondence was very thorough and expectations were outlined and communicated very professionally. The personal attention from the staff was great, the setup times were good, and issues and requests were dealt with promptly and courteously.  It was refreshing to work with such a professional team."

— Paticia Hammonds, Treatment Consultant/Business Development, American Addiction Centers

"I have had a positive experience as an exhibitor with this organization and there were various opportunities for success during the conference.  Specifically, raffles, sign in sheets, brief speaking opportunities for individuals to promote our center,  a networking luncheon, and the locations for our breaks all contributed to options for meeting professionals.  Additionally, the staff was organized, courteous, and responsive to their sponsors and guests."

— Nadine Lewandowski, MSED, NCC, LPC, The Renfrew Center

"This was my first time attending Summit and as a single mother I truly appreciate the ability to attend such a first-rate conference via work exchange. The demands for volunteers are very reasonable, the staff is friendly, organized and competent, and of course, the speakers are renowned and top-rate. "

— Liadainn Gilmore, LCSW, Duke University

"This was the BEST conference.  The organization was great, the participants seemed to be well-marketed, everyone seemed well targeted, and the presenters were organized, funny, and interesting.  I especially love the sign-in sheets that required the participants to come to each booth. We loved the hotel and our room was beautiful.  We were located in proximity to a plethora of shops and dining restaurants.  Excellent conference!!!"

— Joilyn Lewis, Psy.D, LMFT, Adolescent Growth Inc.

"It’s always a pleasure to participate in the summits. The quality of the speakers and attendees is most impressive as the conferences attract top-notch presenters and exhibitors from across the country. There is a real opportunity for attendees, exhibitors, and speakers to interface. The educational experiences and lasting personal and professional connections made at the summits keep the best coming back."

— Kate Lovein, M.S., Elements Behavioral Health

"The speakers were credible, up-to-date, and leaders in their specialty. It was nice to hear different opinions, case studies, and service to support what we are learning. For me personally, it was nice to be validated as a private practitioner, and that what I am seeing in my practice is being addressed in academia."

— Carolyn Spencer, LCSW

"The speakers were excellent! The breadth and depth of the material presented will be fully integrated into my practice."

— Mazella Fuller, PhD, MSW, LCSW, CEDS

"I have been a clinician for 20 years and enjoy the conferences not only to stay on the cutting edge of information in my field, but also recharge with colleagues."

— Molly Gallacher, LCSW

"I have had the privilege and the pleasure of speaking at four of the Summit for Clinical Excellence Conferences. The Summit has become a leader in the development and delivery of the most-up-to-date training opportunities in addiction, behavioral health and mental health. Their conferences are well-organized, with faculty and topics on the cutting edge of their fields, attracting a diverse and highly engaged audience. I speak at major national and international conferences frequently and have truly enjoyed working with Paul Ortman and his staff due to their commitment to excellence, their consistent contribution to clinical training, and the collaborative and positive atmosphere they create. The Summit conferences are an enlightening and energizing experience for speakers and audience alike. I always leave with my batteries recharged, my faith in the field renewed, and a strong desire to be invited to participate in future Summits."

— Margo Maine, Maine & Weinstein Specialty Group, PhD, FAED, CEDS, LLC

"I have spoken many times at Ben Franklin Conferences for over a decade. The conferences are always very well run and organized, the speakers are always excellent and there are many opportunities to network with exhibitors and colleagues. There is a good mix of mental health, trauma, and addiction topics and there are always fun things added in the evenings or lunches. I highly recommend these conferences to all counselors, therapists, and mental health professionals."

— Colin Ross, M.D; The Colin Ross Institute for Psychological Trauma

"BFI Summits are one of the best conferences that I attend, and I attend a lot. They attract some of the most recognizable authorities in the field as well as the most dynamic speakers. Their staff is very congenial and easy to work with. They cater to the audience, speakers, and exhibitors and make customer service a top priority. Their organizational skills and attention to detail make for a pleasant experience and the feedback I receive from attendees echoes the satisfaction and value derived from the conference. "

— Ralph E. Carson, RD, PhD; FitRx