I offer consulting services to residential and outpatient treatment programs. My areas of expertise include diagnoses of chemical dependency, eating disorders, mental health and/or co-occurring disorders. I also offer educational presentations to family programs and treatment program staff for inservices.
As the result of being the director of a highly successful residential treatment center, I have many ideas to share with other clinicians looking to provide wrap-around services, intensify the treatment experience, and/or increase family involvement and education. These changes have all been shown to contribute to lower relapse rates and possibly eliminate relapses within your program altogether.
When addiction is present in a family, many people think that when the alcohol or drug use stops, all the family problems will be fixed. Unfortunately that is not the case. All members of a family are affected when a loved one is addicted. Learn what to expect, and what not to expect, when your loved one gets sober.
How do you know if your loved one needs substance abuse treatment? What are the different "levels" of treatment? What do someone "do" in treatment? How does treatment help people? What happens after treatment? Come and find out everything you want to know about the treatment process, and about different local options when you have a loved one struggling with an addiction.
Many times, families with addiction report having difficulties with communication. Unhealthy communication can result in miscommunication, unresolved conflicts, and disconnected relationships. Learn about the four main styles of communication, and learn news skills to make your communication style even more effective.
When someone gets sober, is relapse inevitable? What are some signs and symptoms of relapse? Learn some common thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that can identify a relapse long before the actual use.
What is a boundary? What is a boundary violation? Despite the importance of personal boundaries, many people are unaware of how or when these very important lines are crossed. Come and learn about how to set physical and emotional boundaries and why this is essential if we are to have healthy family relationships.
How does someone start in the process of recovery? And more importantly, what does it take to maintain long term recovery? Learn about the steps that recovering people and their families take in order to maintain recovery.
Crisis situations can be terrifying for family members. Despite the danger, they can also open up opportunities for people to make changes. Learn about basic community resources and how to best help someone in a crisis.
How can we motivate a person to change? Can we force them somehow? Or is it just impossible? People can and do change all the time. Learn about the “Stages of Change Model” and how to understand what you can and can’t do to help a loved one make positive changes.
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