Dawn Farm Addiction and Recovery Education Series (general)

“Recovery From Addiction and Christian Spirituality” was presented on Tuesday January 21, 2014; by  Brother Edward Conlin, BSEd, CADC; Addiction Counselor, Detroit Capuchin Service System. Spirituality often plays an important role in recovery initiation, recovery maintenance, and quality of life in recovery from chemical dependency. This program describes a Christian perspective of how spirituality relates to recovery from chemical dependency, explores personal spiritual needs and life choices, and discusses the Twelve Steps as a spiritual program.   This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

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“Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery” was presented on Tuesday December 17, 2013; by Libby Robinson Ph.D., MSW. Mindfulness practices can help support an individual’s recovery from substance use disorders. This presentation will describe mindfulness, provide opportunities to experience and cultivate mindfulness, and review the evidence of its positive effect on recovery. Dr. Robinson has taught Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction since 2003. She has practiced mindfulness meditation since 1979 and was trained to teach Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction by Jon Kabat-Zinn and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness, where he developed this program for cultivating mindfulness. She recently retired from the University of Michigan, where she was a U of M  Research Assistant Professor, carrying out NIH-funded research on the role of spiritual and religious change in recovery. She also did an NIAAA post-doctoral fellowship at the U of M Addiction Research Center and was on the social work faculty at Case Western Reserve University and the University at Buffalo. Dr. Robinson has an MSW and MPH from the University of Michigan, as well as her Ph.D. in Psychology and Social Work. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

 

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“The Doctor's Opinion on Alcoholism” was presented on Tuesday November 26, 2013, by Herbert Malinoff, MD, FACP, FASAM; Addictionologist, President and founder of Pain Recovery Solutions, PC. Research continues to shed light on the neurobiology of alcohol/other drug addiction. Modern research supports much of what was intuitively and experientially believed by the medical specialists who supported the Alcoholics Anonymous program in its earliest days.  This program describes a physician's view of alcoholism, as presented in the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous and updated with the modern neurobiology of addictive illness. It will include a discussion of Dr. Silkworth’s explanation of alcoholism as a twofold disease affecting mind and body, how Dr. Silkworth's opinion relates to the modern neurobiology of addictive illness, identification of therapy for alcoholism as promoted by Alcoholics Anonymous, and the relationship of this therapy to Dr. Silkworth’s opinion. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

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“Intervention” was presented on Tuesday, November 19, 2013; by Debra Jay; Intervention specialist, chemical dependency therapist and trainer, and best-selling co-author of “Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” and other books. Intervention can be a highly effective technique for initiating the recovery process in individuals suffering from chemical dependency. Through the intervention process, people who care can learn how to use love and honesty to break through the denial that keeps a person with addiction locked in the downward spiral of his/her disease and create a moment of clarity that allows a person with addiction to accept help.  This program describes how the “Love First” process of Intervention can help chemically dependent people find recovery. Key elements of the “Love First” intervention model developed by Jeff and Debra Jay are discussed. This program by a dynamic, highly experienced speaker will bring PRACTICAL INFORMATION, HELP and HOPE to anyone who cares about a chemically dependent person, and to anyone who wants to learn more about the intervention process. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

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“Chemical Dependency and the Family” was presented on Tuesday October 22, 2013; by Lynn Kleiman Malinoff, Ed.D.; Director, Eastern Michigan University 21st Century Community Learning Centers. This program provides participants with an understanding of how addiction impacts each member of a family. The presenter describes the roles and behaviors that family members often acquire when living with addiction, ways in which each family member is affected by addiction in the family, and options for family members to obtain help to cope with addiction in the family. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

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"The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse” was presented on Tuesday October 15, 2013; by Christine Watson; Legal Advocate, SafeHouse Center; and David J.H. Garvin, LMSW; Founder, Alternatives to Domestic Aggression, and Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. Domestic violence offender and survivor alcohol and other drug use/abuse will be central to this discussion.  The audience will be provided with a primmer regarding batterer tactics, strategies, and core beliefs which hold the batterer accountable for his abusive behaviors while maintaining and promoting survivor safety. The program will help participants to recognize the critical importance of understanding domestic violence and alcohol/other drug use/abuse in order to safely and effectively intervene and/or interrupt the batterer's abusive behaviors and support the survivor.

This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series

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Addiction 101” was presented on Tuesday, September 17, 2013; by James Balmer; President, Dawn Farm. This program examines the dynamics of alcohol and other drug use, reviews addiction as a brain disease and provides an overview of the process of recovery from addiction. The presenter discusses how individuals experience initial and continuing alcohol and other drug use, the basic process and diagnosis of addiction, how the brain functions in a person with alcohol/other drug addiction, and tools utilized to treat addiction. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

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“From Fear to Faith” was presented on Tuesday May 28, 2013; by James Balmer, Dawn Farm President; and Jason Schwartz, LMSW, CAADC; Clinical Director, Dawn Farm. Dawn Farm was founded in 1973 by two men with little more than a vision, using the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous, some ideas borrowed from a residential program in Quebec, and a rented farm house in Ypsilanti. From the modest farm house to the continuum of programs that we operate today, Dawn Farm has continued to address the essential needs of the community with creative, community-based solutions and to be a place of help and hope for hundreds of addicts every day. Dawn Farm’s success has been made possible by staying true to our core values and the unwaveringly generous support provided by the community . This program describes the evolution of the treatment field over the past forty years, discusses what can be learned from Dawn Farm's successes and failures, illustrates how mission-driven choices have allowed Dawn Farm to survive and thrive, and explains the power of rejecting fear-based program management. 

 

Jim Balmer was involved with Dawn Farm as a community member when it began in 1973 and has worked for Dawn Farm since 1983. Jim led the organization through its growth from a single residential program to the continuum of services Dawn Farm provides today. Jim has trained addiction professionals around the United States and in the Philippines, Japan and Kazakhstan. He co-authored an article that was featured in Addiction Professional magazine. At the time of this program presentation Jim is currently on sabbatical researching a book that will describe Dawn Farm’s history, mission and values.

 

Jason Schwartz is the Clinical Director of Dawn Farm and an adjunct faculty at EMU’s School of Social Work. He serves on the advisory boards of Eastern Michigan University’s School of Social Work and School of Leadership and Counseling. Jason has been published in Addiction Professional magazine and contributed to a monograph on Recovery-oriented Supervision published by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center. Jason also serves as a board member for the Livonia Save Our Youth Task Force.

 

This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.”



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“The Physiology of Addiction” was presented on Tuesday May 21, 2013; by Dr. Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, FACOG, CRMO, ABAM. This program explores the differences in neurochemistry between the addicted brain and the normal brain, the progression of physiological changes that occur in chemically dependent individuals, the mechanisms of physiologic tolerance and withdrawal, and the effects of treatment on the addicted brain. Dr. Carl Christensen is the Medical Director of the Addiction Medicine Services at the Detroit Medical Center; Medical Director of the James Wardell Women’s Recovery Center; and an associate with  Pain Recovery Solutions in Ann Arbor, where he treats people experiencing pain and chemical dependency and specializes in treating pelvic pain and chemical dependency in pregnant women. Dr. Christensen retired in 2013 from the Wayne State University School of Medicine after serving for 32 years as an Associate Professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also the Past President of the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Program and the Michigan Society of Addiction Medicine, and a past Medical Director for Dawn Farm. Dr. Christiansen has been named among the “Top Docs” in Addiction Medicine in Hour Magazine for several years. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

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The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse” was presented on Tuesday April 30, 2013; by Barbara Niess May, MPA, MSW; Executive Director, SafeHouse Center; and David J.H. Garvin, LMSW; Founder, Alternatives to Domestic Aggression, and Chief Operating Officer, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. Domestic violence offender and survivor alcohol and other drug use/abuse is central to this discussion. The audience is provided with a primmer regarding batterer tactics, strategies, and core beliefs which hold the batterer accountable for his abusive behaviors while maintaining and promoting survivor safety. The program will help participants to recognize the critical importance of understanding domestic violence and alcohol/other drug use/abuse in order to safely and effectively intervene and/or interrupt the batterer's abusive behaviors and support the survivor. This program is part of the Dawn Farm Education Series, a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Education Series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit community of programs providing a continuum of chemical dependency services. For information, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.

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