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Recommended for both professionals and individuals, this presentation will explore how our digitally-based devices and behaviors have-and will perpetually continue to-affect, effect, and alter our lives, lifestyles, and careers. It will expose our “for better” and also (potentially) “for worse” increasingly reliant relationships with screens, as well as the applications and services they deliver. Attendees will be taught how to identify potential risk factors of online engagement for themselves, their patients, students, and families, then be provided with pragmatic strategies to promote healthier device management and professional digital citizenship.

In this presentation, participants will be educated regarding current technologically mediated devices and the platforms/online opportunities/applications they deliver, how to recognize potential risks/negative outcomes of their use and utilization, and be provided with skills, strategies, and recommendations regarding how to:

  1. Identify possible biological, psychological, sociological, and/or academic/occupational negative consequences which may be directly linked to the online use, utilization, and/or behaviors of their clients, patients, and/or students.
  2.  Identify potential online behavioral risk factors.
  3. Recognize possible threats, risks, or dangerous behaviors which could be directly correlated to online engagement, use, and or/utilization.
  4. Identify examples/symptomatic manifestations of unhealthy or inappropriate device management.
  5. Be introduced to and instructed on expert recommendations of how to implement healthier behaviors for themselves, their clients, patients, and/or students.
  6.  Identify and implement skills, and incorporate wise mindfulness, in terms of practicing “Good Digital Citizenship.”
  7.  List examples of tools, interventions, and recommendations regarding practicing safer online engagement, to avoid risking or compromising career, professional reputation, their organization, clients, students, family, or self.
  8. Learn how to, and be able to list and implement, therapeutic interventions, skills, and evidence-based strategies to help their clients/patients/students/children avoid being overexposed, compromised, dysregulated, leveraged, wounded, or victimized by their own online engagement.

Dr. Don Grant is an internationally award-winning media psychologist, researcher, and addiction specialist. He is Co-Founder/Executive Director of Resolutions Teen Center, (an intensive adolescent/teen outpatient treatment program in Santa Monica; www.resolutionsteen.com), and Founder/CEO of “(un)BOOT CAMP,” which assists teens, young adults, and families struggling with device, social media, online gaming, cyber pornography, and/or other digitally-mediated platform/device use/utilization, dependence, addiction, and management. Don is Co-Chairman of the American Psychological Association (Division 46) “Device Management” Committee, and has been commissioned by APA to write the only book on “Healthy Device Management & The Practice of Good Digital Citizenship” they plan to publish. He is also a certified chemical dependency counselor, nationally certified group facilitator, and clinician/educator trainer. He received his B.A. with honors from the University of Michigan, MFA from the University of Southern California, and both an MA and Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in Psychology (with an emphasis in media psychology) from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara.

Dr. Grant was recipient of the 2015 American Psychological Association “Early Career Achievement Award.” In 2012 he was awarded an international “Best of Show” prize in London for his addiction recovery research work. His recent keynote speaker and conference presentations include: The 2019 American Psychological Association Convention (Chicago), The International Conferences on Addiction and Associated Disorders (London), The C4 CORE “Issues and Innovations: Digital Technology and The Future of Behavioral Health” Conference (Amelia Island), The Adolescent & Young Adult Collective (Malibu), Mindhealth360 Town Hall (London), audience-requested repeat presentations (2018 & 2019) at the DFW Behavioral Health Symposium (Dallas), the American Psychological Association Conventions in Chicago (2019), San Francisco (2018), Washington D.C. (2017), and Toronto (2015), The Meadows’ “Connections & Collaborations” Speaker Series (Scottsdale), the 1st and 2nd UCLA/CiR Addiction & Mental Health Symposiums (UCLA), the Thelma McMillen Center “Frontiers In Addiction” Lecture Series (Torrance Memorial Hospital), “A Joyous Day To Unplug and Unwind” (Malibu), the Advance L.A./Help Group Conference (Los Angeles), “13 Reasons Why… ONE Reason Why Not” Panel Discussion (Newport Beach), the Young Adult Transitions Association Conference (Boulder), the Admissions & Marketing Symposium (Los Angeles), One Recovery “Technology & Device Management” Town Hall (Newport Beach), the Pop Culture Association Conference (New Orleans), the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE) Conference (L.A.), One Recovery Launch and Town Hall Symposium (Newport Beach), and the California Unified Collegiate Recovery Conference (UCSB). Don also designs, presents, and facilitates CEU training workshops for treatment centers, clinicians and educators.

In 2015 Don was invited to present his research at the 2015 APA Convention in Toronto. His global study on technologically mediated vs Face-to-Face sobriety support and communities was hand-selected by the convention committee for individual external promotion through a dedicated APA-sponsored press release distributed to the media, which immediately went internationally “viral.”

Don’s media credits as an expert device management and addiction recovery professional include: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the TNB Network series; “Youth Suicide,” Good Morning San Diego, Fox News Networks, KABC Radio, The Associated Press, The Michael Jackson Radio ShowExtra!, National College Radio, Internet Talk Radio, APA Division 46 Media Psychology Podcast Series, Addicted To Addicts; Webtalk Radio, The Australian Radio Network, the TV Guide Network, HER Radio, KTLA, TBN, John Wells Productions, and many other local, national, international news, radio, and television programs, as well as podcasts-including his current series “The Unfiltered ONE” (Brigade-Radio-One).

Print, interview, and author credits include: The Los Angeles TimesThe New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalAPA Monitor On PsychologyThe Hollywood ReporterForbes, Us, and People magazine.

Academic publications include: “Internet Gaming Disorder In Children and Adolescents;” (Pediatrics; November 2017), “Using Social Media for Sobriety Recovery: Beliefs, Behaviors, and Surprises from Users of Face-to-Face and Social Media Sobriety Support” (Psychology of Popular Media Culture; January 2017), “The Sage Encyclopedia of Media Violence (Sage), “Has Social Media Begun To “Sponsor” Addiction Recovery?: A Study of Face-To-Face Versus Online Sobriety Support” (ProQuest), “The Digital Drug (APA Amplifier Magazine), and “Contemporary Issues in Video Game Addiction” (Frontiers in Psychiatry, section Addictive Disorderscurrently in submission).

Don’s current research includes investigations of the potential effects of cyberbullying and cyberpornography on adolescents, teens, young adults, and our culture/relationships-at-large.

Cost: FREE (Please RSVP, not required but recommended)



DATE: April 2-3, 2020
LOCATION: Cumberland Heights River Road Campus

There is no greater purpose in our field than to be a resource to the clients and families we serve.

Southeast Admissions & Marketing SymposiumWhat started as a dinner conversation in 2012 about the need for quality training and collaboration for our admissions and marketing teams has developed into an event many treatment center owners and executives count on to provide ethics, leadership, mentorship and collaboration for their employees. This unique professional development opportunity is attended by seasoned professionals and newbies alike, and is packed with outstanding informational keynotes and breakout sessions applicable to all.

As a program executive, admissions or marketing representative, you have the potential to change lives and heal generations of families. Every call or contact with a family is an opportunity to help. That initial voice on the phone, be it a receptionist, intake person or community representative, may be the only person the caller ever reaches out to. Our responses and communication with that person are vital. Raising the professionalism in our field with education, ethics, shared experience and communication of knowledge is essential to achieve success.

Our hope is that no matter how long you have been in the field – be it 10 years or 10 days – there is something new for you to learn and share at the Admissions & Marketing Symposium. It is our vision and goal to transform our field into a shared mindset of abundance rather than be divided by scarcity or competition. To collaborate and connect professionals and families with the best treatment resource and opportunity for healing is the take-away message for the event. These opportunities may or may not always be within the centers we are representing, so by sharing information, we will be better able to make the best referral for each and every family and we will continue to grow and save lives. The character traits you nourish, skills you develop, and new information you learn will benefit both your own personal and professional development as well as the success of your center.

The Admissions & Marketing Symposium is the ideal place to find collaborators and mentors, colleagues with years of experience and attitudes of abundance. Join us in this sharing of knowledge and support the change we wish to see in this field.

The 2020 Reaching New Heights Luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 1st at 11:30am at Hillwood Country Club featuring guest speakers Claire and Mia Fontaine!

Claire and Mia Fontaine - Speakers for Cumberland Heights Reaching New Heights 2020 Event in Nashville TN
Claire and Mia Fontaine – This years speakers for the Cumberland Heights 2020 Women’s Luncheon Reaching New Heights Event in Nashville Tennessee
This annual women’s event is an important fundraiser for the alcohol and drug-addiction recovery center. The mission of “Reaching New Heights” is to highlight the women’s programs at Cumberland Heights, raise funds to help women in treatment and celebrate women in our families and community who are experiencing their own recovery one day at a time.

Event Details:

WHO: Claire and Mia Fontaine, Best-selling Authors
WHAT: 2020 Reaching New Heights Women’s Luncheon
WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 11:30AM
WHERE: Hillwood Country Club – 6201 Hickory Valley Rd, Nashville, TN 37205

SAVE the DATE: The 2020 Reaching New Heights Luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 1st at 11:30AM at Hillwood Country Club featuring guest speakers Claire and Mia Fontaine[/caption]When bright high school student Mia Fontaine trade school uniforms and afternoons at the beach for drugs and danger in rural Indiana, her mother Claire Fontaine set out on a gripping journey to save her daughter. Together, they co-authored ComeBack: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey Through Hell and Back, a best-selling memoir that chronicles Mia’s drug-fueled descent into society’s underbelly and her remarkable healing process that led her from being a high school dropout and runaway to a graduate of Georgetown University.

SAVE the DATE: The 2020 Reaching New Heights Luncheon will be held Wednesday, April 1st at 11:30am at Hillwood Country Club featuring guest speakers Claire and Mia FontaineMia Fontaine is the co-author of the bestselling memoir ComeBack, as well as Have Mother, Will Travel. She also is a motivational speaker on the personal, social and economic costs of drug addiction and child sexual abuse. Mia has been featured on Good Morning America, The O’Reilly Factor, and NPR, and published articles in The New York Times and The Atlantic. She works at Microsoft, exploring how technology can be used to better people’s lives.

Claire Fontaine is a writer who has worked with numerous award-winning producers and directors. She is also a certified life coach and certified relationship coach who focuses on personal transformation, relationships and parenting.

Claire and Mia Fontaine are a compelling and dynamic team whose joy, passion, and gratitude are infectious, leaving audiences inspired and awakened to the possibilities in their own lives.

Legal and Ethical Game Show Event

Legal & Ethical Game Show EventSay good-bye to dull legal and ethical trainings! This style of presentation grew out of recognition that most mental health professionals do not need another lecture on typical legal and ethical topics. What has been needed is a fun, stimulating way to review and learn from what they already know. Participants are broken into teams and each team has an electronic remote that sends the team’s answer to questions to a computer that keeps scores. Answers from teams are scored, graphed, posted, and discussed. Sponsors can provide prizes to the winning team. In one format, questions are presented on a Jeopardy-style screen where categories are chosen and questions get harder as point values increase. The full-day training includes a Family Feud component. This presentation can accommodate any size audience. For large audiences, a gallery is created in the back of the room and play along as desired. The questions posed have been years in development and often focus on lesser-known aspects of legal and ethical quandaries.

Evaluations for this training have been exceptionally positive. Audience members have had a wonderful time discussing and working through perplexing questions. I have never seen a training format that stimulated so much discussion and where time flew by so fast. All legal and ethical questions are designed for all mental health settings and guilds including counseling, social work, psychology, marriage and family, psychiatry, drug and alcohol, case management, etc. For substance abuse counselors a special section can be included covering 42 CFR. This program is available in a 3 or 6-hour format. For large audiences morning and afternoon sessions could be advertised and attendees could choose the most convenient session to attend. For more information please visit:

Credit: 3 Hours


Training Dates: October 27-29, 2019
Advanced Training Day: The Music Industry: October 30, 2019 with Harold Owens (MusiCares)
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This educational program was created and written as the most comprehensive training for individuals interested in becoming a professional in the supportive role of a mentor, coach or companion to someone that is in the early stages of recovery from a substance use and/or mental health disorder.

Providing the theoretical basis, ethical standards, and practical skills required for services offered by Recovery Specialists and Peer Recovery Specialists is the primary goal of this program.

The coursework is delivered as a combination of independent study, classroom instruction and consultation. Educational components of this program include:

  1. The Ethical Role & Responsibility of Recovery Specialists
  2. Developing the Skills and Tools of Recovery Specialists
  3. Providing Safe Passage (transports)
  4. History and Evolution of the Recovery Specialist
  5. Composition of Recovery Plans Practical Application and Role Play


This unmatched training opportunity is designed for every recovery professional including:

  • Direct Care Staff Discharge
  • Planner Admissions Personnel
  • Sober Companion / Coach Transports

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 travel and has completed the accredited training offered by IRI.

Since 1966, it has been Cumberland Heights’ mission to transform lives, giving hope to those affected by alcohol and drugs. Cumberland Heights recognizes addiction is a family disease and wants to provide support whenever possible. Our Family & Community Education Program is designed to provide education and support for those seeking recovery and those already taking the steps to transform their lives.

Event Details:

WHAT: Community Education Program
WHERE: Belle Meade United Methodist Church – 121 Davidson Road, Nashville, TN 37212 (*meet in room 125)
WHEN: Every 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:00PM -8:30PM


For more information, please contact Stacy Bridges, Events Coordinator at stacy_bridges@cumberlandheights.org or call (615) 390-8224.

Staying sober in college is about as foreign of an idea to some as going to a restaurant and not eating. You can watch just about any movie or tv show that takes place on a college campus and you’ll see keg stands, Jell-O shots and beer bongs galore. They even have a way of glamorizing the hangovers and next morning walks of shame. So, it really is no wonder some young adults in recovery wonder how they can possibly stay clean while still having a meaningful college experience.

College students: a culture of drinking and drug useGreg Snodgrass remembers that feeling. He is a Regional Outreach Coordinator at Cumberland Heights and spearheaded the design for Collegiate Recovery at the University of Alabama. But before all his success, he was lost.

“I lived my life in addiction for many years. I never thought that addiction would happen to me. I thought I could control it and that apparently was not the case. In my opinion drugs and alcohol were fun and that’s why I enjoyed them. However, at some point the drugs and alcohol stopped working and my life became miserable. I destroyed my college transcript and never thought I would return to college,” said Greg.

Greg Snodgrass, Regional Outreach Coordinator
Greg Snodgrass, Regional Outreach Coordinator

While in treatment in 2004, Greg was encouraged to apply to two Collegiate Recovery Schools. A Collegiate Recovery School is one with a supportive environment within the campus culture that reinforces engagement in activities free from drugs and alcohol. It is designed to provide an educational opportunity alongside recovery support to ensure students do not have to sacrifice one for the other. Despite Greg’s fears that he wasn’t smart enough to get into a program like this, he was accepted, went back to school and thrived in a way he never thought possible.

“I sat in the front row when I used to sit in the back of the class. I raised my hand, turned in my homework, went to office hours with the professor, asked for help, and never missed class unless it was a legitimate excuse,” said Greg.

Greg graduated magna cum laude. He has since make it his mission to help other college students who are struggling.

“I pictured college through the eyes of John Belushi in ‘Animal House.’ In many aspects, the party scene has not changed since the movie was first released 40 years ago. Collegiate Recovery is like a sober fraternity/sorority. It is a fellowship that enables recovering students to create an environment on campus safe and fun. Collegiate Recovery is designed to empower those in recovery to strive for success. Collegiate Recovery helps to squash the fear of ‘I am less than’ or ‘I am not smart enough.’ The program turns our fear into confidence by building a fellowship of students that help one another achieve the unimaginable in academics and life,” said Greg.

Cumberland Heights and Still Waters was recognized for their support of Collegiate Recovery

The three longest standing Collegiate Recovery Programs are Rutgers University, Texas Tech and Augsburg University. One of the first replication model Collegiate Recoveries is here in Nashville, Tennessee at Vanderbilt University. Once accepted in the program, students have access to academic advisors, tutors, study rooms, printers, computer labs, meditation rooms, seminar courses, peer mentors, housing, scholarships, waived out of state tuition opportunities, recovering students and all other resources your higher education tuition has to offer. Essentially, it’s a fellowship. This is important because Academic Institutions can be a hostile environment for those in early recovery according to Greg.

“Collegiate Recovery helps you to change that lens and experience college as a recovering student. Students soon realize they can have more fun in their recovery than they did in their addiction. You can be successful in academics, friendships, relationships, life decisions, future careers and living life on life’s terms by being a part of a recovery fellowship on campus. I am living proof that it is possible to stay sober and enjoy life in college,” said Greg.

If you are your child is interested in learning more about Collegiate Recovery, contact Greg at greg_snodgrass@cumberlandheights.org or 615-879-7125.

We’re all guilty of it. Whether it’s jumping to conclusions, making generalizations or responding with emotion rather that sound evidence, unhealthy ways of thinking can creep up on us especially during stressful times. We’re not perfect so it’s okay as long as we can be mindful of when we’re doing this and take steps to change our thought process next time.

Below are the ten most common unhelpful thinking styles according to Adam Sicinski. Sicinski is an Australian life coach that uses mind maps and visual thinking principles. What are mind maps you ask? It’s an easy way to brainstorm thoughts organically without worrying about order and structure. It allows you to visually structure your ideas to help with analysis and recall. To the right you’ll see an example of a mind map.

Sicinski calls his unique mind maps IQMatrix. You can learn more by clicking here, but for the purpose of this article, we are just going to dive right into those 10 unhelpful thinking styles that when used too often can harm relationships and keep you from success.

Mental Filter

Here you tend to filter things in and out of your conscious awareness. This is a form of “tunnel vision” where you only tend to focus on a part of something and you ignore the rest. You might for instance only filter out all the negatives of a particular situation. You therefore only see the negatives and fail to recognize and acknowledge the positives. Your vision of reality is therefore based on your flawed perspective of the negativity you see in each particular situation.

Jumping to Conclusions

Here you tend to jump to unjustified conclusions. You make quick assumptions about how things are and what they’re going to be like in the future (predictive thinking), or you will assume that you know what someone else is thinking (mind reading). These conclusions and assumptions are not based on fact or evidence but rather based on your feelings and personal opinions. As such, they can often lead you astray down the wrong path.


Here you tend to blame yourself for your problems and for everything that goes wrong in your life. You might for instance continuously blame yourself for your misfortunes and bad luck. This will be true whether or not you are responsible or partly responsible for the problem or misfortune. Taking responsibility for things is admirable, however, it can end up being a very burdensome habit-of-mind that leads to very strong feelings of guilt and regret.

                                                                             Black and White Thinking

Woman working through trauma in addiction recovery

Here you tend to only see the extremes of a situation. You either see one extreme or another and this is why it’s called black and white thinking. You will for instance either see the good or bad, the right or wrong, the sad or happy, the left or right, etc. And because of your extreme way of viewing things, there is never a middle-ground. As such you are unlikely to view things in an unbiased and neutral way.


Here you tend to completely blow things out of proportion and make them out to be a lot worse than they should be. The reality of the situation might be quite insignificant and small. However, because you’re in the habit of catastrophizing, you always tend to make your problems larger than life — thereby making your problems even more difficult to overcome.


Here you tend to reference your past in order to make assumptions about the present. You might, for example, take one instance from the past and use that as a “predictor” or barometer for a current or future situation. Whenever you use the words “He always… She always… Everyone… You never… People never… I never…” you are at that moment overgeneralizing.

Shoulding and Musting

Here you tend to put unreasonable demands and pressure on yourself and on other people to do certain things. You tend to say, “I must… I should… You must… You should…”. These statements provide insight into the standards you tend to uphold and the things you expect of yourself and others. These standards can of course at times be helpful, however at other times “shoulding” and “musting” can create unrealistic expectations that you or others will struggle to live up to.


Here you tend to label yourself or other people in certain ways based on behavior in very specific situations. These labels you make form your belief systems. Therefore the more times you use these labels the stronger your beliefs become. This can be a good thing, however, it’s unhelpful when you tend to label things a certain way despite the facts and evidence that are inconsistent with the labels you are making.

Magnification and MinimizationHow you should respond to alcohol cues in addiction recovery

Here you tend to magnify the positives attributes of another person, while at the same time minimizing your own positive attributes. You are essentially devaluing yourself — bringing yourself down — while raising the stature of other people. In this scenario, you tend to explain-away everything you have going for yourself including your positive traits, characteristics, and achievements as though they don’t matter.

Emotional Reasoning

Here you tend to base your view of a particular situation in accordance with how you’re feeling. Therefore your feelings dictate how you perceive a situation despite evidence to the contrary. As such you might choose to feel bad about something that is going to happen just because you are feeling miserable in the moment. You are therefore using your current emotional state as a barometer that directs how you will view your life and circumstances.

Again, if you find yourself using these unhelpful thinking styles, it’s okay. The harm comes when we repeat this way of thinking and do nothing to try and change it. If we take note of, and work to change our thinking styles, we will find our work relationships, personal relationships and oveall happiness will improve greatly.

Grand Rounds Presentation: Feedback Informed Treatment

Grand Rounds Presentation: Feedback Informed Treatment

Join us for a discuss on identifying the costs and benefits associated with applying measurement procedures in the treatment of psychological disorders and their effects on the selection and design of measurement protocols associated with evidence-based practices in treatment contexts and psychology.

Event Details:

WHO: Nick Hayes PhD, LMFTA, LCDC
WHAT: Grand Rounds Presentation: Feedback Informed Treatment
WHEN: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM
WHERE: Frist Family Life Center Auditorium (on the campus of Cumberland Heights)
COST: $15 – Open to the public, FREE for CH Employees!


Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to demonstrate an overall understanding of the historical context that supports current measurement practices in treatment contexts.
  2. Participants will be able to identify the costs and benefits associated with applying measurement procedures in the treatment of psychological disorders.
  3. Participants will be able to select and design their own measurement protocols associated with evidence-based practices in psychology.

About the Presenter:

Nick Hayes holds dual licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist-Associate (LMFTA-TX) as well as a Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC-TX). He has advanced training in quantitative methods, neuro-analysis and systems theory. Hayes received his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences at Texas Tech University, where he served as a student member in university’s Center for Collegiate Recovery Communities for the past eight years. He has also worked with the Cumberland Heights Foundation for the past year while finishing his PhD degree.

Music and the Brain Workshop with John McAndrewRecent studies show that music has healing effects as well as triggering effects for those in recovery from co-occurring mental illness and substance use disorders. When we hear music, dopamine is released in the brain that creates pleasure. However, we know that memories are associated with music, which can trigger happiness or trauma. This session will review music and music therapies that are applied in a variety of treatment settings to bring about therapeutic change. Presenter John McAndrew will perform several compositions to describe the events in recovery that make a difference for people with substance use disorders, and dual diagnosis disorders.

Event Details:

WHAT: Music and the Brain Workshop
WHERE: Scarritt Bennett Center – 1027 18th Avenue South, Nashville TN 37212 – Laskey Welcome Center (2nd Floor-Laskey B)
WHEN: Friday, August 16, 2019
Registration/Breakfast: 8:30AM
Workshop: 9:00AM – 11:00AM
COST: $30.00 CEUs, $15.00 General Admission (Breakfast is included for all registrations)


Upon completion of this session, attendees will be able to:

  1. Define how music affects brain function in three different ways
  2. Describe how tonality is linked to emotions
  3. Experience a demonstration of how the brain predicts music and its effects on emotions

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