Conference Center at Mercer

1200 Old Trenton Rd, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550, USA


Enjoy $10 off conference registration through September 30th!

Join us at the 5th Annual Recovery Ecosystems Conference, a landmark event hosted by NJ-CARS. As we celebrate our 5th anniversary, this conference is designed as a vibrant platform for networking, learning, and collaboration.

This year, we bring together dedicated professionals, advocates, and stakeholders from across New Jersey, all committed to the cause of addiction recovery. Dive into impactful discussions on Capacity Building, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Recovery Advocacy, Harm Reduction, and Recovery Leadership. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of this transformative experience!

Insightful Keynotes.

Thought-Provoking Panels.

Interactive Workshops.






Offering CEU’s for CPRS and all other APCB, Inc. credentials (CPS, CCS, CJC, CTSP, etc) and all Division of Consumer Affairs, Marriage and Family Board Licenses (LCADC, CADC, LPC, LMFT, etc).


Radical Inclusion: A Liberatory Wellness Perspective for Designing the Future We Want to Live In

Dr. Juan Rios, LCSW (He/Him)

Seton Hall University, Assistant Professor


Juan Rios, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist, Certified Hypnotherapist, EMDR Therapist, and TEAM CBT Therapist, is an accomplished scholar and researcher in the field of social work. He has attained a Bachelor of Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University, a Master of Social Work from Rutgers University, and a Doctorate Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. Additionally, he holds a certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Fordham University and certified UX/UI Designer.

Currently, Dr. Rios serves as a full-time faculty professor at Seton Hall University and has served as the Director of the Master of Social Work program. He has also worked as a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University and a ranked adjunct lecturer at New York University. Dr. Rios has conducted extensive research on a range of topics, including trauma narratives of Latinx migrant women, effectiveness of mindfulness in the classroom for undocumented children in the United States, traumatic effects of migration, and issues surrounding masculinity and depression. His research on mental health and policing has garnered national attention and sparked important conversations about wellness and safety.

Dr. Rios has published several articles on mindfulness, trauma, and social justice in various academic journals. His research has been instrumental in shedding light on the experiences of marginalized communities and has contributed significantly to the field of social work. He is also a Social Work Health Futures Scholar at Portland State University, where he has developed curricula on teaching social justice using virtual reality and a model for mindful usage of virtual reality. Dr. Rios’s commitment to social justice is evident in his involvement in various diversity and inclusion initiatives at Seton Hall University and his role in the Truth Racial Healing and Transformation Center initiative.

As a distinguished field instructor for various Social Work University Masters programs, including Fordham University, New York University, and Rutgers University, Dr. Rios has provided clinical and organizational consultation to community mental health programs. He is the founder and Clinical Director of Rios and Associates Therapeutic Solutions, LLC, and a fellow member of the New Jersey Society for Clinical Social Workers. Dr. Rios’s dedication to empowering his clients to live their lives to the fullest is reflected in his person-centered approach to therapy, which encompasses various clinical modalities ranging from Existential, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to EMDR and TEAM CBT.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our conference presents a unique opportunity to demonstrate your commitment to addiction recovery, support the advancement of recovery services, and showcase your organization to a diverse, statewide audience of stakeholders, professionals, and individuals in the recovery community.

As a sponsor, you will gain prominent visibility and recognition throughout the conference, allowing you to connect with key decision-makers, industry leaders, and passionate advocates. This is an ideal platform to promote your brand and services while demonstrating your dedication to the well-being of those affected by substance use disorders.


For sponsorship inquiries, please
contact Mariel Hufnagel (she/her)

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Made Possible By

Prevention Links is a leading New Jersey nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting wellness, fostering resilience, preventing addiction, and supporting recovery. With a mission to empower individuals, families, and communities to thrive, PL delivers comprehensive programs and services that decrease risk factors and enhance protective factors for addiction. Through community prevention initiatives, recovery support, education, and advocacy, PL strives to create positive and lasting change in the lives of individuals and communities. Their innovative approach and collaborative partnerships make them a trusted resource for those seeking support, guidance, and opportunities for growth.

 In 2017, PL was awarded funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which supported the formation of NJ-CARS. PL serves as the fiscal agent for NJ-CARS, providing staffing, resources, expertise and support to ensure the Coalition’s success.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.