March 19, 2018

Families Helping Families Workshop

Written by Alex Thompson

We are thrilled to announce we’re hosting the kick-off meeting of Families Helping Families in Alabama, April 6-8, 2018. This three-day event is free and open to families affected by addiction as well as local mental health professionals. Hugh Benson of Parents Helping Parents in Oklahoma will join us to help sponsor the new branch.

“Supporting families and helping them recover from this disease is part of my mission at St. Christopher’s”, stated Dwayne Beason, Founder of St. Christopher’s Addiction Wellness Center. “I look forward to hosting the same event in different cities throughout the United States.”

Below is a detailed schedule of the event and a list of speakers and lectures. We encourage people to register as soon as possible, seating is limited. Contact hours and continuing education credits will be provided.

Day One: Professional and Family Development Training

9:00 am – Welcome
William Lee Lockhart
Director of Chilton Shelby Mental Health’s SUD

10:00 am – “The History of Addiction”
Steve Moore Lecture
Steve Moore, PIP, Founder of The Moore Institute

11:00 am – “Co-Occurring Disorders: Is It a Substance Use Disorder,
Mental Illness, or Both?”
Timothy E. Stone, MD, DFAPA
Integrated Behavioral Health Solutions

12:00 pm – Panel Discussion Luncheon
Moderator: Jeremy Rakes, MSW Family Program Director, Bradford Health Services.

2:00 pm – “Addiction’s Impact on Emotional Availability”
Brandy Klingman, LCSW, BACS
Chief Operating Officer of STC Addiction Wellness Center

3:00 pm – “Addiction and the Families”
Mike Martin

Day Two and Three: Family Workshop

9:00 am – 4:30 pm – Family Workshop
Facilitated by Christina Blanchard, MA, and Brandy Klingman, LMSW, BACS.

The workshop includes explaining the disease concept of addiction, family codependency, and boundaries. Also included is psycho-education and experiential group work for families.

For more information and to register, click here.

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