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Event: Nashville Psychotherapy Institute 2018 Spring Workshop As psychotherapists, we routinely work with our patient’s availability for emotional engagement. Our success depends, in part, on our own emotional availability. During this workshop, we will examine both the openness and resistance to emotional involvement in groups. We will discuss common sources of resistance for both members and leaders. As we deepen our understanding of resistance, we can more readily welcome both positive and negative transferences. Additionally, we will explore Modern Psychoanalytic approaches to working with resistance, such as joining, emotional communication, and contact functioning. Event: Nashville Psychotherapy Institute 2018 Spring Workshop Date: April 28, 2018 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Belle Meade United Methodist Church 121 Davidson Drive Nashville, TN 37205 Learning Objectives: Discuss the influence of personal history on the therapist’s … Continue reading Nashville Psychotherapy Institute 2018 Spring Workshop

Join us for Ice Skating for Alumni on Saturday 2/10/18 from 3:00PM – 5:00PM at the Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville! Not only will we enjoy Skating, Cupcakes & Fellowship, but the admission and skate rental is FREE!! Details below. Reservations are required. Please RSVP below by 2/7/18. WHO: All Alumni, Families & Staff WHAT: FREE Ice Skating, Cupcakes & Fellowship WHEN: Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 3:00PM – 5:00PM WHERE: Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville 222 25th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37203

Brandon Antoskow, LPC-MHSP

On July 28, 2012, I was at a complete loss. Despite years of trying to control my drinking, I had yet again approached a social situation with intentions to “just have one,” only to wake up that morning with no recollection from the night before. All I knew was things had not gone well. My girlfriend (now wife) made a simple ultimatum – alcohol or her, but I couldn’t have both. It was an ultimatum I’d heard many times before, in various forms, but something about this time was different. I was done trying to keep up the illusion I had any semblance of control with my drinking. Despite my very best efforts and sincere intentions, I simply could not predict how much I would drink once I had the first sip … Continue reading Powerless

Cumberland Heights

Nonprofit treatment center Cumberland Heights has been designated an Aetna Institute of Quality® for Behavioral Health – Substance Abuse. Aetna makes information about the quality and cost of health care services available to its members to help them make informed decisions about their health care needs. In line with this goal, Aetna recognizes facilities in its network that offer specialized clinical services and exemplify: Excellence in care Commitment to continuous improvement Meeting certain standards of quality Cost efficiency Aetna recognizes facilities that have earned this designation by identifying them in the directory as an Institute of Quality provider. This designation helps members choose consistent high quality care. The Institute of Quality validates the great work Cumberland Heights does every day to help patients and families suffering from alcohol and drug addiction. Designations … Continue reading Cumberland Heights Designated an Aetna Institute of Quality®

The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it. – Sydney J. Harris Stress and anxiety can ruin your holidays and your recovery. Setting realistic goals, seeking support and planning ahead can help to lessen the stress this holiday season. Check out the following 7 ways to practice recovery and avoid stress during your holiday festivities! Know your limits. Don’t overextend yourself. Don’t be afraid to set healthy boundaries and know when to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Go to a meeting, do step work, call your sponsor. Engage your support system and beef up your recovery efforts during seasons of high stress. Don’t be afraid to reach out or ask for help when you feel overwhelmed. Take … Continue reading 7 Ways to Avoid Stress During the Holidays

Ethical Decision Making: Understanding and Coping with Dilemmas WHO: April Mallory, LCSW, MAC and Sheri Lozier-Bentley, LCSW WHAT: Ethical Decision Making: Understanding and Coping with Dilemmas WHERE: Cumberland Heights (River Road Campus) in the FLC Auditorium WHEN: 1:00PM – 4:00PM Objectives: Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to: Understand ethical codes across disciplines – history, evolution, relevance, and importance to practice Recognize ethical challenges in practice Identify, critically analyze, and utilize resources to assist in ethical decision making

Back to Basics – FREE Intensive 12 Step Workshop open to ALL in Recovery! Due to concerns regarding inclement weather of snow/ice on the weekend of January 12th & 13th, the Back to Basics has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 24th (same time from 9:30AM – 3:30PM). Please make sure to save this date on your calendar. WHO: Open to all persons in recovery! WHAT: An intensive 12 step workshop WHEN: RESCHEDULE: Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 9:30AM – 3:30PM WHERE: Cumberland Heights Main Campus in the Dr. John Ishee Auditorium Also due to the AMAZING participation response we are at capacity for the Back to Basics course. The RSVP for this event is CLOSED. Sorry! We will start a waiting list in the event of any cancellations. If you are not able to attend, please let Jaime Gibbons know you won’t make it and … Continue reading ** RESCHEDULED ** Back to Basics – An Intensive 12 Step Workshop

The 2018 Reaching New Heights Luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 11th at 11:30am at Hillwood Country Club This year’s guest speaker is Laura Baugh, former LPGA pro and author of “Out of the Rough”. WHO: Laura Baugh WHAT: Reaching New Heights Women’s Luncheon WHEN: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:30AM WHERE: Hillwood Country Club – 6201 Hickory Valley Rd, Nashville, TN 37205 Purchase Sponsorship Package Purchase Luncheon Tickets

The Alumni Association of Cumberland Heights invites you to share the gifts of the season with our current patients. Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7PM, we will be gathering in the Dining Hall to spread hope and cheer! The party will include: A special performance by “The Jolly Jinglers” Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus BINGO Presentation of gifts to the patients and a Gratitude meeting The holiday season can be a tough time of year for those in recovery. Please join us in supporting our current patients and your fellow alumni. Your presence brings a sense of hope and happiness to those we serve. Bring a dessert or an appetizer if you wish!

Alumni Relations will be hosting a Holiday Movie Night on Saturday, December 16th at 6PM in the Dr. John Ishee Chapel (located in the Frist Family Life Center Auditorium). We will be showing “Elf” (2003) starring Will Ferrell and James Caan. This movie is rated PG. All alumni, families and staff are welcome! Just signup below to let us know you’re coming.

The Season of Giving is Here! Alumni Relations & Alumni Association of Cumberland Heights are hosting a volunteer opportunity on main campus, Saturday November 11th from 10AM – 3PM. There are several projects around campus that need attention including; cleaning light fixtures, touch up paint on doors, reorganizing storage areas and even stuffing brochures for Marketing. WHAT: Volunteer Service Day LOCATION: Cumberland Heights Main Campus (River Road) DATE: Saturday, November 11, 2017 TIME: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Volunteer Service Days at Cumberland Heights are a long standing tradition and are not only a great way to give back but also a fun way to get to know fellow alumni and get involved. Come on out and support Alumni Relations and AACH! Lunch will be provided. If you plan to attend and … Continue reading Volunteer Service Day

Katrina Cornwell, Case Manager

When I was a patient at Cumberland Heights the idea of leaving the bubble to begin life in recovery was overwhelming. Luckily, I did not have to figure out how to live life on life’s terms alone. I had a counselor and case manager who collaborated on a Continuing Care Plan that would guide me toward resources which would help me develop skills to remain clean and sober one day at a time. A Continuing Care Plan is developed and managed by a patient’s Case Manager. It’s comprised of several clinical recommendations by a patient’s treatment team and designed to support his/her recovery once s/he leaves campus. Providing an alumnus with a firm foundation for his/her recovery is not only a recommendation; it’s essential. Look at it as a road map to … Continue reading Components of a Continuing Care Plan

2017 SerenityFest at Cumberland Heightsbrought to you by Alumni Relations of Cumberland Heights SerenityFest has been a tradition at Cumberland Heights for many years and we invite you to join us for a fun-filled day of fall activities! There will be s’mores, pumpkin painting, hayrides, games, prizes, musical guest Lindsey Valeda M. (pictured at right) and fellowship! This event is open to all alumni, staff and families. Please RSVP below so we may get an accurate alumni/guest count! In case you missed it, check out the photos from this years AWESOME 2016 SerenityFest!

Google recently sent a shock wave through the addiction industry when it eliminated advertising for many addiction-related search terms it determined were ripe for fraud. I join many in our industry in applauding this decision. Here is the statement by the National Association of Addiction Treatment Professionals (NAATP). I’ve been involved in a number of quality initiatives with NAATP and other industry associations the last few years. One of our priorities has been the rise of disreputable and even fraudulent marketing that is preying on vulnerable people and their families. The most egregious violators are third-party companies who collect leads online and sell them to treatment centers. They do not have treatment facilities and have no vested interest in the treatment outcome. They are not members of the national organizations like NAATP, … Continue reading Google Curtails Addiction-Related Advertising – And It’s A Good Thing

WHAT: Non-Pharmacologic Approaches to Managing Emotion Dysregulation in Withdrawal and Early Recovery WHEN: September 29, 2017 – Choose one of 2 sessions 8:00AM – 10:00AM or 4:30PM – 6:30PM WHERE: Cumberland Heights main Nashville Campus (Address: 8283 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN 37209) WHO: Bari K Platter, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist Learning Objectives: Review Evidence-Based trends related to the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy Compare the Stages and Targets of DBT with Twelve Step philosophy and literature Review components of the Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Twelve Steps curriculum, focusing on the modules of Mindfulness and Distress Tolerance Practice skills from worksheets in the Integrating Dialectical Behavior Therapy with the Twelve Steps curriculum and discuss how to support patients in using the worksheets and the skills Discuss the CeDAR … Continue reading Non-Pharmacologic Approaches to Managing Emotion Dysregulation in Withdrawal and Early Recovery

WHAT: 2017 Education Series – Resistance into Strength WHEN: September 6, 2017, Two sessions 9AM – 12PM and 1PM – 4PM WHERE: ARCH of Cumberland Heights WHO: Thom Rutledge, LCSW This workshop will focus on how to use a patient’s resistance to treatment as a window into the patient’s world and motivation for positive change. Using his characteristic and humorous style, Thom Rutledge, LCSW, well-known author and addiction counseling expert, will assist counselors to create clinical scenarios and opportunities to help patients see the various “actors” within them. While these “actors” attempt to help and protect our patients, some of these characters may need a “makeover” so that they can work to help patients achieve long lasting recovery. Counselors may even meet a few of their own “inner actors” and learn how … Continue reading 2017 Education Series – Resistance into Strength

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