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Dawn Farm Education Series

The Dawn Farm Education Series is a FREE, annual workshop series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues; and to dispel the myths, misinformation, secrecy, shame and stigma that prevent chemically dependent individuals and their families from getting help and getting well.

On the campus of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Administration Services Building, Education Center Auditorium
5305 Elliott Drive Ypsilanti, MI


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Addiction 101
Tuesday, September 17, 2013; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Presenter: James Balmer; President, Dawn Farm
This program will examine the dynamics of alcohol and other drug use, review addiction as a brain disease and provide an overview of the process of recovery from addiction. Participants will learn how individuals experience initial and continuing alcohol and other drug use, gain an understanding of the basic process and diagnosis of addiction, gain a basic understanding of how the brain functions in a person with alcohol/other drug addiction, and become familiar with tools utilized to treat addiction.

How to Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction
Tuesday September 24, 2013; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Presenter: Charles F. Gehrke, MD, FACP, FASAM
When all else has failed - what does work when confronted with a loved one’s addiction? What does not work? What can others do to help? What does not help? What role does an individual play in supporting another person’s recovery process? These and other questions will be addressed in order to assist participants to find effective methods to successfully support another person’s recovery, avoid enabling another person’s addiction, and maintain their own health and well-being.

The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse
Tuesday October 15, 2013; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Presenters: 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 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. People with a personal or professional interest in this topic are welcome.

Chemical Dependency and the Family
Tuesday October 22, 2013; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Presenter: Lynn Kleiman Malinoff, Ed.D.; Director, Eastern Michigan University 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
This program will provide participants with an understanding of how addiction impacts each member of a family. The presenter will describe 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.

Psychiatric Disorders in Chemically Dependent Individuals: Diagnostic and Treatment Considerations
Tuesday October 29, 2013; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenter: Patrick Gibbons, LMSW, DO; Adjunct Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at the University of Michigan; Medical Director of the WCHO Community Crisis Response Team; consultant with Pain Management Solutions in Ann Arbor; and Medical Director of Dawn Farm
This program will provide an overview of co-occurring addiction and psychiatric illness, including standard diagnostic criteria; individual considerations for determining the appropriate course of treatment; available psycho-social and pharmacologic treatment interventions; and the perspectives of both the person with addiction and the treatment provider on addiction and psychiatric illness.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenters: Jeff Jay and Debra Jay; Intervention specialists, chemical dependency therapists and trainers, and best-selling authors of “Love First: A New Approach to Intervention for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” and other books.
This program will describe 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 will be discussed. This program by dynamic, highly experienced speakers 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.

The Doctor's Opinion on Alcoholism
Tuesday November 26, 2013; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenter: 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 will describe a physician's view of alcoholism, as presented in the literature of Alcoholics Anonymous and updated with the modern neurobiology of addictive illness.

Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery
Tuesday December 17, 2013; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenter: Libby Robinson Ph.D., MSW
Cultivating mindfulness can support 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.

Recovery From Addiction and Christian Spirituality
Tuesday January 21, 2014; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenter: 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 will describe a Christian perspective of how spirituality relates to recovery from chemical dependency, explore personal spiritual needs and life choices, and discuss the Twelve Steps as a spiritual program.

Addiction and Suicide Prevention
Tuesday January 28, 2014; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenter: Raymond Dalton, MA; Dawn Farm Outpatient Program Coordinator.
There is an alarmingly high prevalence of suicide among people with addiction and people in early recovery, and the period of early recovery from addiction is especially high risk. Family, friends and professionals are often strategically positioned to recognize potential suicidal thinking and intervene to help. This program will raise awareness of the signs of suicidal thinking and describe ways to offer support and obtain help for people who may be contemplating suicide. Participants will learn how to recognize suicidal thinking, reach out and offer support to others contemplating suicide, obtain help when suicidal thoughts are present, and access local and national suicide prevention and intervention resources.

Trauma and Chemical Use and Addiction
Tuesday February 18, 2014; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenter: Tana Bridge, Ph.D., LMSW; MSW Program Director, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University
Current research highlights the relationship between chemical use, addition and trauma. This presentation by an award-winning trauma expert will review events involved with trauma exposure, trauma specific symptomatology, the impact trauma has on the brain and on coping and subsequent substance use, and how to aid individuals struggling with trauma and addiction.

Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances
Tuesday February 25, 2014; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenter: Mary Jo Desprez, MA; Director, Health Promotion and Community Relations, University of Michigan Health Service; and Matthew Statman, LMSW, CAADC; University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program Manager.
The transition to a college environment can pose significant risk to a recovering student. Many colleges/universities – including University of Michigan - have developed programs to help recovering students maintain their recovery, excel academically and have a normative college experience apart from the culture of drinking/drug use. Research demonstrates exceptionally high rates of academic success and sustained recovery among students who participate in collegiate recovery programs. This presentation will provide an overview of the national and local efforts to build recovery support programs on college campuses, and provide information about what parents and students should look for as they explore their options for pursuing a degree of higher education.

Eating Disorders and Chemical Dependency
Tuesday March 18, 2014; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenters: Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, FACOG, CRMO, ABAM; and Lori Perpich, LLP, MS Clinical Behavioral Psychology; Cognitive Behavior Therapist, EDEN Program Facilitator.
This program will examine the evidence that eating disorders are biopsychosocial diseases, similar to chemical dependency. The program will define various eating disorders and their consequences, explore neurobiological and behavioral theories of addiction, describe physiological consequences of eating disorders, discuss screening tools, and provide information on treatment options and resources for people with eating disorders.

Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery
Tuesday March 25, 2014; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenters: Janice Firn, LMSW; Clinical Social Worker on the Adult Palliative Care Consult Team, University of Michigan Medical Center; and Barb Smith, author of Brent’s World.
This program will describe theories of grief and grief recovery, losses that the chemically dependent individual and his/her family experience throughout the addiction and recovery processes, and how recovery program tools can help individuals cope with grief and loss. It will include a personal account of addiction-related grief, loss and recovery from a mother who lost her son to addiction-related causes.

Alcoholics Anonymous: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday April 15, 2014; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenters: A panel presentation.
This program will present a short slide show and discussion of the history of Alcoholics Anonymous followed by a lively moderated panel discussion regarding addiction and alcoholism, personal recovery, and participation in 12 Step programs. The audience will hear personal recovery stories, gain an understanding of how A.A. helps alcoholics recover, and learn how to become involved with A.A.

In the Doctor's Office: Recovery Friend or Foe?
Tuesday April 22, 2014; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenters: Mark A. Weiner, MD; Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine; and Matthew Statman, LMSW, CAADC; Collegiate Recovery Program Manager, University of Michigan Health Services.
It's been said that the doctor’s office can a dangerous place for people in recovery from addiction. It's also been said that recovering people are terrible patients. This program will discuss whether these statements are fair and why doctors and other healthcare providers are essential allies for long term recovery. We will describe in detail how recovering people can take responsibility for their physical health and how to recruit health care providers as allies.

Al-Anon: A Panel Discussion
Tuesday April 29, 2014; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenters: A panel presentation.
This program will present a lively moderated panel discussion with a unique individual perspective regarding Al-Anon Family Groups, a recovery program for family members and friends of people with alcoholism. The panel members will provide an overview of the Al-Anon program, an opportunity to experience Al-Anon members sharing their stories, and information on how to become involved with Al-Anon.

A History of Alcoholics Anonymous
Tuesday May 20, 2014; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenters: James Balmer, Dawn Farm President.
This program will present a fascinating overview and slide show of the history and development of the Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) program, including its founding and growth. The discussion will include a brief overview of the Twelve Steps of A.A.

Tobacco Cessation and Addiction Recovery
Tuesday May 27, 2014; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenter: Anna Byberg; Program Coordinator, Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center; and Aaron Suganuma, BSW; Dawn Farm Residential Therapist.
This program will describe the prevalence of tobacco addiction among people with alcohol and other drug addictions, the relationship between tobacco use and recovery, and information on tobacco cessation techniques targeted to people with alcohol/other drug addiction.

Relapse Prevention
Tuesday June 17, 2014; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenter: Erik Anderson LLMSW; Dawn Farm Outpatient Therapist
Relapse is a process that begins before alcohol/other drug use is resumed and is usually preceded by progressive warning signs. This program will discuss the dynamics of relapse, signs that may forewarn of relapse, how to develop a relapse prevention plan and strategies to handle high-risk situations.

The Physiology of Addiction
Tuesday June 24, 2014; 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Presenter: Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, FACOG, CRMO, ABAM
This program will explore 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.

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