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Fishing is an iconic American pastime. There is nothing like spending the day by the water with your friends and family, casting a line and enjoying the great outdoors. But did you know you can get more than a killer catch from a day of fishing? Fishing has benefits for your physical and mental health as well.

Join us for an informative and interactive session about the physical and mental health benefits of fishing and how you can apply this to you and your patients’ treatment process.

 

Facilitated by:

Kenny Davis, CPRS & Paul Citro, MBA, LADAC, NCACI, QCS, SAP

 

1.5 CEs available.

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to take this skill of mindful fishing into their lives and apply it to their recovery and spiritual journey as well as the journeys of their patients.
  • Participants will gain understanding that mindfulness, spirituality and gratitude are something practiced, not just a feeling.
  • Participants will gain knowledge of how/when/where to implement this activity during the treatment process and how to process with patients.

 

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Grounding is a practice that can help you pull away from flashbacks, unwanted memories, using thoughts and negative or challenging emotions.

This session will help both clients and clinicians develop techniques that can help distract from unwanted emotions or past memories and refocus on the present moment. This session will be experiential in nature and will explain and demonstrate several different types of grounding skills in the following categories- mental, physical and soothing. If you or your clients need help dealing with anxiety, PTSD, dissociation, self harm urges, traumatic memories or substance use disorders then this is the session for you.

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Objectives:
1. Participants will learn the rationale behind using grounding skills
2. Participants will be able to identify which grounding skills are most useful in which situations.
3. Participants will be able to immediately  use the grounding skills they learn in the session.

About the Presenter:

Rebecca K. Griffith, MA LPC-MHSP, CTT (Certified Trauma Therapist), Certified EMDR Therapist

Rebecca is the Addictions & Trauma Specialist at Cumberland Heights. She has been at Cumberland Heights for almost 5 years, and also has a private counseling practice in Franklin, TN. Rebecca was the Counseling Center Director for Restore Ministries at the YMCA of Middle TN for 9 years before coming to Cumberland Heights. She has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since graduating with her Masters in Clinical psychology in 1988.
At Cumberland Heights, Rebecca does individual trauma and EMDR sessions with patients, leads educational groups about trauma and addiction and teaches a weekly Grounding skills group.

Building a Treatment Organization Through Ethical Business Development Standards and Practices

As the addiction treatment field wrestles with the uncertain impact of COVID-19, ethical business development and outreach practices are more important than ever to ensure that patients find appropriate placement, resources and treatment services to meet their needs. Join us for this presentation focusing on ethics in business development practices in a changing treatment landscape.

When: Friday, May 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m EST/ 12:00 p.m. CST

THIS IS A ZOOM MEETING- You will receive Zoom ID Information closer to the event date. 

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Who Should Attend: Business Development and Marketing professionals in the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Industry

Course Overview: Through the use of case studies, this presentation will identify key areas of learning for business development professionals that support ethical growth of personal business brand and represented company, including how to choose like-minded professional partners, how to grow referral channels, the different between ethical versus legal and how both impact brand trust, how to identify an ethical compensation structure for business development staff, and how to appropriately market online through digital media.

Course Objectives:

– Identify how to organically grow professional referral relationships that support long-term growth and sustainability.

– Define ethical versus legal.

– Understand when to admit and when to refer out: How clinically appropriate and inappropriate admits impact the bottom line and brand.

Course Outcomes:

1- How does choosing like-minded professional partners impact the organizational and business development professional’s personal brand, trust and bottom line?

2- What is the importance of mentoring, support, oversight and supervision in the role of new business development and marketing professionals in the field, and how does that lead to positive or negative outcomes for patients and families?

3- How important is it for a marketing professional to understand and access a potential patient’s clinical needs?

About the Presenters:

Alex Denstman started working at Ashley in 2009 as a Patient Care Coordinator and has since held several roles including Director of Alumni Services, Director of Clinical Outreach, and Vice President of Business Development. In his current role as Senior Vice President, Chief Growth Officer, he now oversees Intake, Clinical Outreach, Utilization Review, Patient Care Coordination, Communications, Alumni, and Development. Alex received his undergraduate degree from University of Baltimore in Health Systems Management with honors and is now pursuing his Master in Business Administration from University of Maryland Global College. His association with Ashley started in 2003 when, at age 20, he was a patient in our program. Alex has remained in recovery and is an active member of the local recovery community. He is passionate about using his personal experiences and 15+ year’s background in the industry to help ensure that patients, families, and referring professionals feel cared for and appropriately served at the intake and discharge stages of treatment and beyond.

Zach Snitzer is the co-owner and Director of Business Development at Maryland Addiction Recovery Center and is responsible for the business development, marketing, branding, public relations, communications, and social media strategies of the organization. Zach is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Marketing. Prior to his career working in addiction treatment, Zach worked in marketing, communications and public relations in both the sports and media industries. Due to his own personal journey of recovery, Zach had a vision of bringing world class long-term treatment to his home area that viewed addiction as a chronic illness and offered a continuum of care that truly aided in healing patients and families with a path of sustainable recovery. In addition to his duties at MARC, Zach serves on the Board of Directors of Valley/Bridge House, the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia Professional Liaison’s Association (DMV-PLA) leadership committee, and the National Advisory Board for the National Conference on Addiction Disorders (NCAD.)

Tom Walker holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor and Qualified Mental Health Professional in the state of Virginia. He has been working in the substance use disorders and behavioral health field since 1999. Tom spent 10+ years providing direct care to clients and families as a counselor prior to beginning business development work with regional and national healthcare organizations and co-founding Encore in 2016. In addition, Tom has been in long-term recovery and actively engaged in the local recovery community since 1997. His work and personal recovery have been primarily focused in the Washington DC region, and as a native to the area, Tom is passionate about ensuring that the individuals and families living here have access to the highest quality of care possible.

This workshop aims to help attendees better understand substance abuse diagnosis, co-occurring issues and addiction in our society, shifts in treatment options and guide in the pain recovery processes. Attendees will be encouraged and will learn ways to provide useful methods for facilitating improved understanding and multiple approaches to address these problems from a clinical standpoint.

This presentation aims to help attendees better understand substance abuse diagnosis, co-occurring issues and addiction in our society, shift in treatment options and guide in the pain recovery processes. Attendees will be encouraged and learn ways to provide useful methods for facilitating improved understanding and multiple approaches to address these problems from a clinical standpoint.

 

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Agenda:

8:00-8:45 Registration Opens (Coffee served & Continental Breakfast)

8:45-9:00 Welcome to Attendees and CE announcements

9:00-10:30 The Blessings : Judith Crane, MA, LMHC, CAP, ICADC, CSAT

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 The Neurobiology of Trauma : Mandy Baker, MS, LCDC

12:15-1:15 Buffet Lunch

1:15-2:45 Collaboration Model for Substance Use Disorder: Dr. Gregory Boris

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 The Science of Measurement in Substance Use Disorder Treatment : Nicholas Hayes, PhD

4:30-4:45 Closing, Evaluations

Total Hours: 6.00 CE’s

 

 

Continuing Education

This program is co-sponsored by BRC Recovery and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program offers 6.00 contact hours, with full attendance required.

There is no additional fee for making application for continuing education credit. Application forms and other CE materials will be available on site. CE verifications are mailed to attendees within 30-days following the event. If you have questions regarding the program, continuing education learning objectives, presenters, agenda, contact The Institute at: 800-557-1950 / email: instconted@aol.com

NOTE: To receive continuing education credit, applicants must complete all CE materials, sign in/out at designated locations, and submit an evaluation form for the sessions attended.

NOTE: It is the responsibility of the attendee to determine if CE credit offered by The Institute for Continuing Education meets the regulations of their state licensing/certification board, including the Ethics Workshops scheduled.

Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counseling/ MFT: Counselors will be provided with a Certificate of Attendance.

Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as an approved provider of continuing education by the Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners, Provider 1416, expiration 4/30/20.

Non-Credit Events: Registration, breaks, and lunch

Skills Level: This program is open to mental health professionals of all skill levels.

Instructional Methodology: May include lecture, demonstration,  and audio/visual.

ADA: If you have special needs, please contact Ruth Ann Rigby at: Rrigby@brcrecovery.com

MCCME: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the MS State Medical Association and BRC Recovery. The MS State Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The MS State Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Adolescent and Young Adult Continuum of Care: Increasing Engagement and Decreasing Trauma

The young adult population can be difficult, challenging, and rewarding to intervene on. Developmental issues, drug impact upon an undeveloped brain, and lack of impulse control potentially escalating to violence must be considered and evaluated. As Interventionists and behavioral health experts, we have learned just as much from our missteps than we have from our successes; the entire evolutionary process has shaped a new set of guidelines for safely and effectively engaging adolescents, their families/support systems, the treatment they seek and the long-term strategy for keeping everyone anchored to the most beneficial path. Without effective communication, awareness of emerging trends, and healthy engagement by everyone involved, the long-term continuum of care suffers. Our workshop will address the best ways we’ve learned to secure optimal, long-term outcomes.

This workshop is designed to help identify the differences in intervening on the young adult while effectively implementing a long-term continuum of care that engages the entire support system, while teaching participants to recognize and embrace the emerging trends they must acknowledge in order to maintain success. In addition, the participants will learn skills to handle and de-escalate conflict and liability within the intervention and throughout the continuum of care.

Learning Objectives:

• Attendees will be able to identify differences in working with the young adult/adolescent struggling with substance use and co-occurring disorders.
• Attendees will be able to describe specific techniques to assist in crisis situations that may occur during an intervention with young adults/adolescents.
• Attendees will discuss co-occurring disorders that must be considered during the intervention and in treatment placement for young adults and adolescents.

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About the Presenter:

Adolescent and Young Adult Continuum of Care

Heather Hayes is the Founder and CEO of Heather R. Hayes & Associates, Inc. She is a Master’s Level, Licensed Counselor, Board Registered Interventionist (CIP) and Certified ARISE Interventionist. Mrs. Hayes received her B.A. from Emory University and her M.Ed. from Antioch University in Counseling Psychology. A veteran of the behavioral health field, she has over 30 years of experience working with addictions and other disorders and specializes in the treatment of adolescents/ young adults, trauma, brain disorders, complex mental health issues and the full spectrum of addictive disorders.

Known as one of the country’s most prominent authorities on these topics, Ms. Hayes is a coveted speaker on the national and international stage and has been published in numerous journals, books, and other industry publications. Recognized for her comprehensive and trauma-informed approach to addiction and intervention, Ms. Hayes serves as an on-air expert and consultant for CNN and Dr. Oz and has been featured on A&E, ABC, CBS, BBC, FOX, and NBC. In addition, Ms. Hayes is a featured interventionist on the 2018 & 2019 seasons of A&E’s high profile show Intervention.

Throughout her career in addiction treatment, Mrs. Hayes has worked to connect with her clients at their greatest points of suffering. She strives to offer clients and their families a place of safety as they navigate the recovery journey and works with the entire family system to support long-term healing. As an independent interventionist, Mrs. Hayes does not have financial relationships with any treatment centers or clinicians. Over 90% of the individuals who go through the intervention process with her seek treatment.

Outside of work, Heather uses her expertise to give back to her community as a volunteer psychological profiler with the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department Hostage Negotiation and SWAT Team.

The Challenges of the Holidays

For some, the holidays are a carefree time spent celebrating and relaxing with loved ones. For those in early recovery, the pressures of seemingly endless parties and dinners present an obstacle to sustained sobriety. Catalysts for cravings can appear anywhere – reunions with old drinking buddies, difficult family members, busy travel schedules, financial stress, holiday gatherings fueled by alcohol or even the stress brought on by being back in your hometown. To aid you in preparing for these challenges, Cumberland Heights has compiled a list of tips that will help you to protect your sobriety this holiday season.

  1. Make a Plan for the Holidays

    Before leaving home or participating in any potentially triggering events, be sure that you have developed a plan. This may include asking a sponsor or sober friend to come with you or attending extra 12-Step meetings in preparation of the holidays. Remember that you can always limit your time in difficult situations; you can either set an expectation of leaving at a specific time, or text a friend to call you and request that you leave the party.

  2. Practice Moderation

    Over the holidays, it can be tempting to indulge in heavy meals and abandon your exercise regimen. As with all things, moderation is key. There is nothing wrong with setting aside some time for relaxation and rejuvenation during your time off, but be mindful of how changing these habits can affect your physical health and routine.

  3. Make Self-Care a Priority

    Be sure to take some time for yourself this holiday season. Get a good night’s rest, eat well and find some quiet time each day to meditate or reflect on your emotions. You may be surprised by small, free activities with restorative properties:

    • taking a bath
    • making a phone call to a sober friend
    • curling up with a good book
    • watching silly videos online
    • ice skating
    • asking for help with chores
    • cooking a new recipe
    • decluttering your closets or drawers
  4. Find the “Wise Mind”

    The holidays can be an emotional time of year. For some, unpleasant childhood experiences or past memories from active addiction can be particularly salient during this time. This flood of feelings can be difficult to handle in early recovery. Practice a technique straight from the DBT (dialectical behavioral therapy) manual: finding your wise mind.

    This exercise creates a Venn diagram of possible views: your emotion mind (knee-jerk feelings or perceptions) and your reasonable mind (rational, logical thoughts). The ideal intersection of these two schools of thought is wise mind – a state in which you recognize your emotions, but are not ruled by them. If you are triggered at a holiday gathering, first try to name your feelings before acting impulsively. You may be tempted to lash out or react passive-aggressively. Instead, ask yourself, “Is this wise mind?”

    Wise Mind Holiday Coping

  5. Perform Acts of Service

    Giving your time to others can be a spiritually fulfilling practice. It provides purpose and reinforces your 12-step education, especially during the holidays. If you would like to volunteer from home, you can participate in activities like can drives, knitting hats for infants in the NICU and putting together hygiene kits for the local homeless shelters. If you would like to get out of the house, there are a few great places to volunteer:

    • Homeless shelters
    • Food pantries
    • Local libraries
    • Retirement homes
    • Animal shelters
    • Treatment centers
  6. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help Over the Holidays

    Remember, there are countless others who are staying sober this holiday season. Whether this is your first December in recovery or your tenth, it can be a challenging time of year for anyone. If you find yourself struggling, be sure to reach out for help. This can take the form of calling your sponsor or checking yourself into a treatment center when things become overwhelming.

At Cumberland Heights, we provide residential and outpatient support to those struggling with addiction. Call our staff at 800-646-9998, 24/7. We are standing by to support you.

Sunday Sermon: Advent: A Season for Anticipating Change

December 1, 2019

Sunday Sermon Advent A Season for Anticipating Change
Advent Candles – Three Purple And One Pink as a Symbol of Faith with Bokeh Lights
On this first Sunday of the Christian season of Advent, we discuss the spiritual concept of hope, and talk about the hope that comes from inviting God/Higher Power into our lives. As God turned the world upside down with the birth of a baby on Christmas, our Higher Power has the ability to turn us inside out in our recovery, turning our despair into hope, our grief into joy, and our suffering into service.


Cumberland Heights Gratitude Meeting on Thanksgiving DayPlease join us on Thanksgiving Day and share your attitude of gratitude with patients and Alumni! Immediately following the gratitude meeting, we invite everyone to join us for Thanksgiving Dinner in the Craig Dining Hall! Cost for the meal will be $12/person however you MUST register below!

Event Details:

WHAT: Gratitude Meeting on Thanksgiving Day
WHEN: Thursday, November 28, 2019 from 10:00AM – 11:00AM
WHERE: Frist Family Life Center – Auditorium (on the campus of Cumberland Heights)
Open to the public, alumni and Cumberland Heights Employees

  • Personal Information

    This event is come one, come all but RSVP is requested so we have a head count. Please provide your full name, email, cell phone number and number of participants below.

Grand Rounds Presentation: Couples and Addiction – Where do we go from here?

Grand Rounds Presentation: Couples and Addiction – Where do we go from here?

Event Details:

WHO: Kristy Roll, LCSW
WHAT: Grand Rounds Presentation: Couples and Addiction – Where do we go from here?
WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 2019 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM
WHERE: Frist Family Life Center – Room 114/115 (on the campus of Cumberland Heights)
COST: $15 – Open to the public, FREE for CH Employees!
CONTACT HOURS: 3

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will understand the issues that couples face when addiction is present
  2. Participants will be informed on research regarding couples
  3. Participants will be able to take away tools from several theoretical models to use when working with couples in residential treatment
  4. Participants will begin to understand ways to shift old shame based language to more positive/recovery supporting language

About the Presenter:

Kristy Roll is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 16 years experience in the addiction and mental health field. Kristy utilizes a multi-dimensional approach with families focusing on improving communication, decreasing conflict and increasing education about addiction. She is experienced in working with co-occurring adolescents and adults and skilled in supporting family members and those suffering from addiction.

The G.R.A.T.E EventCome out and celebrate the reason for the season! We’ll have a Fireside Meeting & Gratitude Lantern Lighting, Jam Session (bring your guitar), Marshmallow Roast with Hot Cocoa and lots of fun for our alumni, their families & kids!

G.RATITUDE
R.ECOVERY
A.PPRECIATION
T.HANKFULNESS
E.NGAGEMENT

WHO: All Alumni & Friends
WHAT: The G.R.A.T.E Event
WHEN: Saturday November 9, 2019 4:00-8:00PM
WHERE: Alumni Pavilion River Road Campus

  • Personal Information

    This event is come one, come all but RSVP is requested so we have a head count. Please provide your full name, email, cell phone number and number of participants below.


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