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If you talk to anyone who has worked with James Luna during his tenure at Cumberland Heights, you’ll hear all kinds of anecdotes about his impact and personality. There is one theme you’ll hear over and over – that James was a no-nonsense kind of guy. In recovery, James often told people things they didn’t want to hear but needed to. It always came from a place of love. James was Clinical Director of the Men’s Program for 19 years. As his obituary states “His own personal recovery, that spanned decades, was paralleled only by the love and energy he put into patients and friends alike struggling with alcohol and drug addictions. His life’s work will be remembered by the thousands he touched who are now, in turn, helping others themselves.” Cumberland … Continue reading Remembering Our Friend, James Luna

Event Description: Clarksville Outpatient Recovery Center Grand Opening – Cumberland Heights, located in Clarksville Tennessee, is a 12-step based outpatient alcohol & drug rehab program. Cumberland Heights’ Intensive Outpatient Program is designed for individuals age 18 and above who may be in the early stages of dependency or are experiencing problems with alcohol or drug use. Please join us as we’re celebrating the grand opening of our 12th Outpatient Recovery Center (ORC) in the State of Tennessee! Event Details: WHAT: Clarksville Outpatient Recovery Center Grand Opening WHEN: Thursday, November 15 from 11:00AM – 1:00PM (dedication at 12:00 noon) WHERE: 219B Dunbar Cave Road, Clarksville, TN 37043 Please Note: A strolling lunch will be provided! For more information, please view our Clarksville Outpatient Recovery Center page. Virtual Tour:

Treetop Adventure Park-Nashville’s #1 Zip Line Park & Ropes Course! Treetop Adventure Park is an aerial ropes and zip lining park set in the beautiful woods of Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort. Featuring over 100 exciting and challenging obstacles including suspended bridges, 10 zip lines, cargo nets, Tarzan jumps and much more! It is the perfect place for groups to journey and explore the outdoors like never before. WHEN: Sunday, October 21st @ 2:00PM WHERE: Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort 4001 Bell Road Hermitage TN 37076 Phone number: (615) 889-7050 WHO: This event is for alumni, families & staff over the age of 12! COST: RSVP cost is $8.00 per person, Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights will cover the remaining balance. Please make sure to notify Jaime Gibbons within 48 hours prior to the … Continue reading Join Us for a Treetop Adventure at Nashville Shores

Davidson County Community Education Program EVENT TOPIC: Addiction Affects the Entire Family Addiction is a family disease that stresses the family to the breaking point, impacts the stability of the home, the family’s unity, mental health, physical health, finances, and overall family dynamics. Join us to learn about how your family might be affected and what you can do to support yourself, your family and your loved ones who may be struggling with substance use. EVENT DETAILS: LOCATION: AGAPE Center – 4555 Trousdale Drive, Nashville, TN 37204 DATE: October 25, 2018 TIME: 6:00PM – 7:30PM REGISTER NOW! ABOUT THE ORGANIZER: The mission of Cumberland Heights is to transform lives, giving hope and healing to those affected by drugs and alcohol. Addiction is a chronic, progressive, and potentially fatal disease. We carefully provide … Continue reading Davidson Community Education Program: Addiction Affects the Family

Participants will be challenged to look outside of simply relying on programmatic structure in the treatment of substance abusing adolescents.  While the program’s structure ensures safety and structure, therapists and staff must be able to facilitate the creation of community in order to truly engage their clients in sustainable recovery.  The teachings will be based on the assumption that “the core of addiction does not lie in the what is swallowed or injected, it is in the pain that is felt”.  Much of this pain is created from being chronically starved of appropriate and healthy social bonds.  Helping adolescents learn how to choose their milieu and create bonds based on something that matters might just be the antidote to the disease of addiction that plagues them. Presentation Details: WHEN: Thursday, October 4, … Continue reading Community Building and Milieu Therapy as Treatment for Substance Abusing Adolescents

International Recovery Institute training’s provide the theoretical basis and ethical standards for services offered by Recovery Specialists. Recovery Specialist is defined as an individual who provides one on one client and family services within a treatment setting and/or client’s home community or travel and has completed the training offered by IRI and received a Certificate of Completion. Recovery Specialists work with client’s and their families who suffer from substance abuse, addiction, mental health and eating disorders, process addiction and many other co-occurring issues. Training objectives include increasing ethics, professional skills and knowledge of a Recovery Specialist. Common titles for the role of the Recovery Specialist may include: Sober Coach Sober Companion Personal Recovery Assistant Transport (Safe Passage) Family Support Specialist Case Manager Direct Care Staff, etc. What: International Recovery Institute’s 3-day LIVE … Continue reading International Recovery Institute Recovery Coach Training

ARISE® TWO-DAY + Online Training COMPREHENSIVE CARE WITH INTERVENTION WORKSHOP Seattle, WA | November 28, 29 & 30 + Online Training COURSE INFORMATION: PART I: ARISE® EDUCATIONAL INTENSIVE A) ARISE® 2-Day + Online Training Comprehensive Care with Intervention Workshop (no prerequisites) This workshop can be taken: By experienced interventionists choosing to learn a new model By therapists, clinicians, counselors, and administrators as a general course with 20 PCB-approved continuing education hours As the first step toward becoming a Certified ARISE® Interventionist (CAI) Dates: November 28, 29 & 30 2018 + Online Training Training Time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm PT. REGISTER NOW **Please plan your travel arrangements around completing the course by 6:30 p.m. on Day 2. Any missed training time can be made up in a one-on-one video conference with an ARISE® … Continue reading Arise® Two-day + Online Training Comprehensive Care with Intervention Workshop

TRAINING GOALS AND OBJECTIVES The stages of group Group is not serial individual therapy If the therapist is doing most of the talking, that is a problem How substance abuse group therapy may differ from regular traditional process group TRAINING DATE & TIMES November 14, 2018 Group 1 – 1:00PM – 2:30PM in FLC 119 Group 2 – 3:00PM – 4:30PM in FLC 119 ABOUT OUR TRAINER TOM BAGWELL Tom is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School with both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He is licensed as a Clinical Pastoral Therapist in Tennessee and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In addition, Tom is certified as a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist … Continue reading Tom Bagwell Group Therapy Trainings

TRAINING GOALS AND OBJECTIVES The stages of group Group is not serial individual therapy If the therapist is doing most of the talking, that is a problem How substance abuse group therapy may differ from regular traditional process group TRAINING DATE & TIMES October 24, 2018 Group 1 – 1:00PM – 2:30PM Group 2 – 3:00PM – 4:30PM ABOUT OUR TRAINER TOM BAGWELL Tom is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School with both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He is licensed as a Clinical Pastoral Therapist in Tennessee and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In addition, Tom is certified as a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist through the International Institute for Trauma … Continue reading Tom Bagwell Group Therapy Trainings

TRAINING GOALS AND OBJECTIVES The stages of group Group is not serial individual therapy If the therapist is doing most of the talking, that is a problem How substance abuse group therapy may differ from regular traditional process group TRAINING DATE & TIMES September 26, 2018 Group 1 – 1:00PM – 4:00PM ABOUT OUR TRAINER TOM BAGWELL Tom is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School with both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He is licensed as a Clinical Pastoral Therapist in Tennessee and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In addition, Tom is certified as a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. Tom has served … Continue reading Tom Bagwell Group Therapy Trainings

TRAINING GOALS AND OBJECTIVES The stages of group Group is not serial individual therapy If the therapist is doing most of the talking, that is a problem How substance abuse group therapy may differ from regular traditional process group TRAINING DATE & TIMES September 19, 2018 Group 1 – 1:00PM – 4:00PM ABOUT OUR TRAINER TOM BAGWELL Tom is a graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School with both the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees. He is licensed as a Clinical Pastoral Therapist in Tennessee and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In addition, Tom is certified as a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is a Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist through the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals. Tom has served … Continue reading Tom Bagwell Group Therapy Trainings

Engaging and treating adolescents with substance use disorders and their families present many challenges including the increasing acuity and complexity of the problem and a limited array of service delivery options and evidence-based treatments. This presentation will provide an overview of current trends and perspectives on adolescent substance use disorders as well as a review of effective screening, assessment and engagement strategies for the adolescent and his family. An overview of evidence-based interventions, as well as a systems-based intensive outpatient model of treatment, will be presented. Case presentation and discussion will allow participants to address real-world challenges and opportunities. Facilitated by: Gary L. Sauls, LCAS & Paul Nagy, LPC, LCAS, CCS from Duke University Date & Time: Wednesday, October 10, 2018 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM CDT Registration begins at 8:00am Cost: … Continue reading It Takes a Village: Understanding and Treating Adolescent Substance Use Disorders Using a Systems Approach

Overdose Awareness Day at Cumberland Heights Friday August 31, 2018 International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose. Overdose Day spreads the message that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. Together we honor those we have lost and share hope for the future. A Service of Remembrance of those lost this year, especially to addiction, helping us to move from grief toward hope and healing. A list of first names with last initial of those we are remembering will be read at the … Continue reading Overdose Awareness Day

This 2018 Summer and Fall, Cinde Stewart Freeman and Tammy Stone will be conducting 12 Step training for Cumberland Heights staff once a month for the next 6 months. All staff in attendance will receive continuing education credit (CEUs) for attending each of the training sessions. WHAT: 12 Step Training – Experience, Strength & Hope (6-part series) WHO: Cinde Stewart Freeman RN, LADAC QCS and Tammy Stone LPC-MHSP, LADAC WHEN: Multiple Dates from 12:00-1:30PM (see below) WHERE: Multiple Locations (see below) 2018 SUMMER / FALL SCHEDULE: 1st Training: July 26th | 12:00-1:30PM in FLC Training Room – Experience, Strength, & Hope 2nd Training: August 30th | 12:00-1:30PM in Founders Room – How Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous Came to Be 3rd Training: September 27th | 12:00-1:30PM in Founders Room – The Structure … Continue reading 12 Step Training – Experience, Strength & Hope (6-part series)

Davidson County Community Education Program EVENT TOPIC: Vaping, Juuling are the new Smoking for High School Kids Flavored e-cigarette products and trendy new vaping devices like Juul are luring teenagers away from smoked cigarettes but keeping them hooked on nicotine, federal health officials said Thursday. The latest tobacco use survey shows a drop in the number of high school students who use tobacco, from 24 percent in 2011 to about 20 percent in 2017. The drop could potentially have been bigger. E-cigarettes were barely known in 2011, so virtually all teen tobacco users were smokers. Now, just under 13 percent of high school students smoke cigarettes. Almost all of the rest are vaping a CDC Survey found. Join us for an educational discussion about current trends and what to do if you … Continue reading Davidson County Community Education Program

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