About Us


Over the last thirty-five years, FACES Conferences, Inc. has trained tens of thousands of health care professionals and given a voice and platform for a variety of mental health issues – co-occurring disorders, PTSD and Trauma, domestic violence, narcissism, borderline personality and other personality disorders, just to mention a few.

Our Mission

Over the last several years, FACES has focused on the integration of “mindfulness” and “compassion” in the counseling field. Mindfulness has been viewed by some as the third wave in the counseling field (after Freudian psychoanalysis, and cognitive-behavioral therapy).

Our mission is to bring mindfulness and compassion skills to the mental health field, alcohol/drug recovery field, their clients, and the general public. We are passionate about developing and delivering the best mindfulness and compassion conferences, with the best teachers/educators, clinicians/therapists, and researchers, on the most current mindfulness and compassion topics.

Our Teachers

Our teachers are masters in their fields of psychology, mindfulness, and compassion. They are dynamic presenters, remarkably gifted and talented people, many of whom are devoted to special projects for people in need.

Continuing Education Conference Accreditation

FACES Conferences, Inc. is a provider of continuing education credit for psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists.

FACES Conferences, Inc. provides the following credit: APA, CA Board of Registered Nursing, CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, NAADAC, NASW, NBCC.

Learn more about CE Conference Accreditation.

Meet The Team

Dr. Richard Fields

Richard Fields, Ph.D., Founder/Director
Richard is the founder and director of FACES Conferences, Inc. He has over thirty-five years of experience in developing educational conferences and workshops.

Before starting FACES, Richard served as Assistant Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) Western Regional Training Center, providing training to the Western United States, Hawaii, and Guam.

Dr. Fields has over thirty years of experience in outpatient counseling, specializing in alcohol/drug recovery and relapse prevention. He is the author of the college textbook Drugs in Perspective, 8th edition, McGraw Hill, 2012, and Awakening to Mindfulness, Health Communications, 2008.

He is also the editor of two books – A Year of Living Mindfully: 52 Quotes and Weekly Mindfulness Practices, FACES Publishing, 2012, and A Year of Living with More Compassion: 52 Quotes and Weekly Compassion Practices, FACES Publishing, 2013.

Deborah Jerome

Deborah Jerome
Co-Founder & Operations
Deborah is a co-founder of FACES Conferences and has been a member of the team since the very beginning. She oversees operations and wears many different hats depending on the day.

Prior to FACES Conferences Deborah worked in the medical field; she worked at some of the top hospitals on the west coast and has participated in almost every type of surgery imaginable.

When not making sure everything is running smoothly at FACES Conferences Deborah enjoys biking, hiking and is always on the lookout for the next good book!

Pouria Montazeri

Pouria Montazeri
Assistant Director & AV Director

Pouria Montazeri draws from his 28 years of experience with Sufism, Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, and other mystical and contemplative practices and his experiences as a teacher, spiritual director/coach, speaker, poet, mindfulness instructor, sangha guide, mentor, and filmmaker to support himself and others to live more creative, peaceful, and meaningful lives.

He wrote, directed, and shot Shams & Rumi: The Fragrance of Axis Mundi, which won many international film awards. Pouria is passionate about sharing his love of Rumi and mystical poetry. He teaches a seasonal 8-week experiential exploration course on the teaching on Rumi entitled, In The Footprints of Rumi, both in person and online (http://www.footprintsofrumi.com/).

Pouria loves nature and can always be found on one of his sunrise contemplative hikes with scraps of poetry in his pocket in his home state of Colorado.

Beverly Edwards

Beverly “Bev” Edwards

Bev has been part of the FACES Conference team managing the onsite bookstore for more than ten years. She makes sure that the bookstore runs smoothly and ensures that a good selection of books by conference speakers are available for participants.

When not managing the bookstore Bev spends her time with her greatest passion, her two grandchildren and racking up frequent flier miles visiting them in Atlanta.