As we mark the halfway point of the Christmas/advent season, we light a special pink candle to emphasis the spiritual principle of joy. In this message, we share about how difficult it is for us to feel joy as humans, because it means accepting our vulnerability in the possibility of loss. We also learn about joy that comes not from the moment, but from the anticipation of the moment. This talk closes with a reading of the promises of recovery from the AA Big Book, pages 83-84 as the anticipation of “what is to come” in our recovery.
Grand Rounds Presentation: Couples and Addiction – Where do we go from here?
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
Participants will understand the issues that couples face when addiction is present
Participants will be informed on research regarding couples
Participants will be able to take away tools from several theoretical models to use when working with couples in residential treatment
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 Experiential Healing Center offers a training program in SomExSM: A Somatic Experiential intervention to treat trauma and addiction. Certification is offered to counseling professionals, but the training is open to anyone wanting to enhance their practice with a deeper understanding of the neurophysiology of trauma, emotion, and self-regulation. Some of the professions we have worked with are massage therapists, speech therapists, alcohol and drug counselors, physicians and, of course, psychotherapists. A professional can participate in one module, or attend all four modules and participate in supervision for certification.
Created by Kent Fisher and Michelle Rappaport, this modality uses an inter-relational model of somatic awareness and experiential techniques. It is highly effective in working with chemical and process addictions, trauma, and attachment disorders, with an emphasis on emotional regulation. This four-module training is designed to give therapists the tools to transform the nervous system around issues of trauma.
Develop a working knowledge of the neurobiological aspects of trauma on the body.
Practice Emotional Regulation techniques.
Practice Experiential techniques to help uncouple the freeze in traumatized individuals.
Learn interventions for harmony and repair around core attachment wounds.
Friday, October 4th thru Sunday, October 6th 2019
When Kent Fisher and Michelle Rappaport founded the Experiential Healing Center, they were extensively trained and highly skilled experiential therapists, using psychodrama and other action-oriented techniques to help clients access feelings and develop choice making about how they react and repair.
They certified in Somatic Transformation and began to incorporate the somatic techniques to help clients oscillate within their Optimal Arousal Zone in order to touch the edges of their activation and collapse. They began to see that the two schools of thought were not only mutually supportive, but also nearly seamless in their execution, and SomExSM was born.
We don’t wound alone and we certainly don’t heal alone. SomExSM–a Somatic Experiential intervention to treat trauma and addiction–honors this process, connecting the left-brain hemisphere of rationalization , reasoning and meaning-making to the right hemisphere’s capacity for social engagement and emotional processing. It facilitates the repair of disorganized and insecure attachments of our childhood through somatic engagement and builds resiliency so clients are able to rediscover the Self that lives within all of us–playful, passionate, unashamed, unafraid, eager to learn and grow. At EHC we believe this is the difference between therapy and counseling. Therapy is a co-regulated process where therapist and client embark on a journey to recover and repair the Authentic Self.
SomExSM training will give you a deepened understanding of the neurobiological aspects of trauma, disordered attachment and addiction. It will equip you with a valuable set of skills to facilitate repair and regulation in your clients–allowing them to explore life in the Optimal Arousal Zone known to us here at the Experiential Healing Center as Emotional Harmony.
Generations of well-intentioned professionals have driven home the message to parents of those affected by addiction, “there’s nothing you can do until your child is ready to get help.” The person with addiction is powerless over drugs, alcohol and their disease, but that doesn’t mean that they are powerless over everything. Similarly, parents are powerless over their child and addiction, but they aren’t powerless over everything either.
Objectives for Participants are to:
Review The Stages of Change Model
Explore the Implications of Action-Ready Parents with Non-action-ready Children with Addiction
Identify at least 5 Opportunities for Action-Ready Parents
Identify at least 5 Opportunities for Professionals Serving Families Affected by Addiction
About Ginny Mills:
Ginny Mills joined the addiction recovery field over 25 years ago and now leads both Parenting Through Addiction (a web-based education & consultation service) and Full Life Counseling and Recovery (an outpatient private practice) in Winston-Salem, NC. She holds a master’s degree from Wake Forest University and credentials in both general mental health and addiction counseling.
Ginny has experience leading in primary residential, sober living and outpatient addiction treatment settings, including service as the Chief Clinical Officer for Partnership for a Drug-Free NC, She has a strong understanding of both the clinical and parental aspects of supporting those affected by the disease of addiction. Ginny loves to scuba dive, travel and ski with her husband and adult daughters (one of whom is in sustained recovery).
This fall, Ginny will release her new book Parenting Through Your Adult Child’s Addiction: Making Sense of Treatment, Aftercare and Recovery Recommendations.
PLEASE NOTE: There are 2 Sessions are available for convenience, you do not need to attend both.
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:
The Ethical Role & Responsibility of Recovery Specialists
Developing the Skills and Tools of Recovery Specialists
Providing Safe Passage (transports)
History and Evolution of the Recovery Specialist
Composition of Recovery Plans Practical Application and Role Play
WHO CAN BECOME A RECOVERY SPECIALIST?
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.
Recent 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.
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
Workshop: 9:00AM – 11:00AM
COST: $30.00 CEUs, $15.00 General Admission (Breakfast is included for all registrations)
“Every Brilliant Thing” – Alumni Relations March Event
“Every Brilliant Thing” by Duncan Macmillian, with Jonny Donahoe
This one-woman play depicts a daughter who learns as a child that her mother has been hospitalized for doing, as her father puts it, “something stupid.” She resolves to show her mother that life is worth living, by writing a list of 1,000 brilliant things and leaving them on scraps of paper for her mother to find.
Cost: Tickets are $8.00 and include show and post-show discussion panel
“Every Brilliant Thing” offers an unflinching view of chronic depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. Far from being sad or tragic, the play approaches the topic with love and sincerity, with hope and even humor. This unique theater experience involves the audience in the story, evoking empathy, tears, laughter, insight and deep compassion.
After the show, a panel featuring Cumberland Heights staff & alumni will discuss the impact of mental illness on the family.
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 Heights Board Member Rob Crichton had this to say about James:
“I first met James Luna 31 years ago. James was quite a force at Friendship House. I suppose you could put him in the category of the ‘tough love’ type. Staying sober and participating in the program was top priority. He introduced me to a rather rough looking fellow in the coffee bar at 202 one afternoon and informed me I was going to be his sponsor. What an experience. James was emphatic to put it mildly. He also called it like he saw it in the meetings, not cross talking, but he always let you know where he stood. I admired his AA orthodoxy especially in a meeting.”
Many years later I became reacquainted with James after he became employed at Cumberland Heights, but something had changed. James was much more mellow. The rough edges seemed to have smoothed out. I cannot tell you how this happened. Perhaps it was his marriage to Dawn or being in the Cumberland environment, but he had transformed into a much gentler person. We worked on two projects together at Cumberland Heights and I felt totally comfortable around him. It felt like we were beginning to be friends.
“One thing is for certain in my experience – James Luna was always a good man regardless what chapter of life he was in.”
Vivian Jo Bell, who works in Medical Records said, “I found him to be direct, honest, grateful and compassionate. My favorite memory of James is 22 years ago. I was diagnosed with cancer. James Luna was the first person to come to me just to talk and offer prayers.”
Our Chief Clinical Officer Cinde Stewart Freeman had this to say about James:
“I met James during my first 60 days in recovery. I didn’t know how to talk to people and I was afraid this recovery thing wouldn’t work for me. James caught my attention in meetings because he spoke rarely, concisely, and always something that rang as true to me. During a day that I was really struggling, I got my nerve up and asked the $1,000,000 question. ‘James, how do you get faith?’ I think my voice was shaking; I know my hands still were. I thought he was going to give me a mystical and deeply theological answer that would change my world. He looked at me closely and then simply said, ‘Well, Cinde, you lived through things that you thought you couldn’t live through, and when you look back, you realize that God helped you. That’s how you get faith.’ At the time, it seemed too easy to be true and much too simple. As the years have gone by, James and I have had many conversations about God and the nature of spirituality. I learned so much wisdom from him. But I am not sure that anything he taught me was as powerful as that first simple truth – a truth that turned out to be mystical, deeply theological, and that did indeed change my world. Godspeed, my friend. I love you.”
James had a way with words, both spoken and on paper. You may be one of the millions who read his articles on Grapevine, AA’s monthly publication. And few could forget his goodbye letter to Cumberland Heights when he retired in 2012.
It read in part:
“To have been allowed a minor part in this unfolding passion play of God after his wounded and devastated children for the past 25 years has been, for me, nothing short of…words are often insufficient in this realm. Fortunately, God has languages that need no words.”
A Life Celebration will be held for James Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2:30 p.m. at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home and Cremation Center. A reception will follow at The Pavilion.
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.
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 the highest quality care for adults, adolescents, and families who suffer from, or are affected by, this devastating disease.
Healing from Addictions, Cravings, and Choiceless Behaviors
A Workshop for Those Who Suffer and for Those Who Love Them
In an ideal world, our emotional needs are met with warmth and understanding from the earliest age. For many of us, this is not the case. Instead we experience loneliness, internal conflicts and overwhelming emotional pain. Addictions and choiceless behaviors often become the brain’s creative strategies for survival.
Sarah Peyton, a certified trainer with the Center for Nonviolent Communication, will teach us how to disentangle nervous system wiring which keeps us locked in these unhealthy patterns. Join us to experience the way Sarah’s innovative work can support the healing process.
Workshop pricing: Early-bird $225; after August 1st $275
Sunday, September 23, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sarah Peyton speaks and writes internationally on the confluence of NVC, Family Constellation work and the world of neuroscience research. Author of the recently published book, Your Resonant Self: Guided Meditations and Exercises to Engage Your Brain’s Capacity for Healing, Sarah has a passion for weaving together neuroscience knowledge and experiences of healing to support brain and body connection. Funny, touching, and filled with personal stories and up-to-date research on our nervous systems, her presentations change lives and invite the healing and self-compassion that comes from hearing ourselves and others deeply. For more information about Sarah see www.empathybrain.com.
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Why is it so meaningful to give to Cumberland Heights?
Your gift to Cumberland Heights through our annual and capital initiates gives immediate support to patients and their families. To make a longer term impact a gift to the endowment fund will provide patient assistance funding for years to come.