Webinar Series


1878d50498a544ff8bfb1b2bce61d62cWebinar series brought to you by
the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA),  with Co-Sponsorship from the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE), and the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC), and with support from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

A nine part series – Understanding Addiction and Supporting Recovery 

Sept 17: “Perfect Daughters/ Silent Sons” with Robert Ackerman, Ph.D.

Do adult daughters of alcoholics have the same perceptions of having one or two alcoholic _RES0382 RJA (457x640)parents as adult sons? More importantly does the gender of the alcoholic parent have different impacts on sons and daughters? This workshop will focus on developing an appreciation for gender differences in treatment and recovery for adult daughters and sons of alcoholics. Areas of consideration will include the different issues for adult daughters and sons, potential relationship problems and parenting concerns. Additionally it will focus on how dysfunctional families affect gender development and, in turn, how this development impacts personal change for women and men in recovery. This workshop will not treat women and men from dysfunctional families as victims, but rather as survivors and will concentrate on strengths found in those from dysfunctional families regardless of adverse conditions.

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Jerry Moe, MA

Aug 18: “Helping the Children” with Jerry Moe, MA and “Introduction to Whole Family Recovery” with Celebrating Families!™

Jerry Moe, MA, is National Director of Children’s Programs at the Betty Ford Center, a part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. An Advisory Board Member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics, he is an author, lecturer, and trainer on issues for children and families hurt by addiction. Last year Jerry received the Mona Mansell Award, and the Father Joseph C. Martin Award. His latest book is Though a Child’s Eyes: Understanding Addiction and Recovery. He was recently featured in the Emmy Award winning Nick News special “Under the Influence.”

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Aug 4: Reverberations of Addiction’s Impact in the Family, when people think of unnamed (1)trauma they often think of acute dramatic situations such as a natural disaster or car accident. Yet the majority of people who experience trauma experience a more subtle and chronic form that exists within their own family. Beginning with a genogram, Claudia offered a portrait of addiction in the family, offering an overlay of how adverse child experiences, emotional abandonment and blatant violence are the foundation of traumatic responses.

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Seventh in a nine part series – Understanding Addiction and Supporting Recovery 

Topic: Saving Lives, Saving Families: A Look at Family Intervention

JayJeff Jay is a clinical interventionist, educator and author. His work has appeared on CNN, the Jane Pauley Show, PBS, Forbes Online and professional journals. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, and a certified addictions professional. He has served as president of the Terry McGovern Foundation in Washington, DC, and on the boards of directors for the Michigan Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, Dawn Farm, and the Employee Assistance Professionals Association of Greater Detroit. He currently serves on the advisory board of Jefferson House, in Detroit, MI.
Jeff is the coauthor of the best-selling book Love First: A Family’s Guide to Intervention, (2nd Ed., Hazelden, 2008). His new book from Hazelden,Navigating Grace, a solo voyage of survival and redemption, will be available in September. Jeff heads a national private practice that provides intervention and recovery mentoring services. He is a former clinician with the Hazelden Foundation and Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center. His personal recovery from addiction dates from October 4, 1981.

Debra Jay appeared frequently on The Oprah Winfrey Show, on most recently show The Dr. Oz Show. She is a noted author, lecturer and interventionist. Her latest book is It Takes a Family, (Hazelden, 2014), the guide to Structured Family RecoveryTM. She is also the author of No More Letting Go: The Spirituality of Taking Action Against Alcoholism and Drug Addiction(Bantam). She is coauthor of the books Love Fist and Aging and Addiction (Hazelden). Debra worked for the Hazelden Foundation where she facilitated the family program, coordinate the older adult program, and worked in the extended care, aftercare and outpatient programs and designed an outpatient family program. She has worked as a clinical interventionist since 1996 and is a guest lectrurer at Wayne State University for graduate-level studies on substance abuse. She was honored at the 54th Annual Detroit Bishop’s Dinner and received the Sister Letitia Close Award, which recognized her efforts in helping women affected by the disease of addiction.

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lalalaJun 9, 2015:  The Pain Antidote: It’s not Opioids!When we think about pain we often wonder whether it’s “real” or not. We have a tendency to believe that pain based in emotions is less “valid” than physical pain. This discussion will explore the fact that all pain is real, based on neurophysiologic phenomena in specific parts of the brain. Opioids often make painful conditions worse. The Pain Antidote will be described as part of “Pain Recovery”.

Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM is a Family Practitioner and the Medical Director of Las Vegas Recovery Center. He is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), and a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Dr. Pohl is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the U of Nevada School of Medicine. He is co-author of Pain Recovery: How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain; Pain Recovery for Families: How to Find Balance When Someone Else’s Chronic Pain Becomes Your Problem Too and A Day Without Pain.


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IvetteMay 19, 2015: Faith Community Engagement with the 2015 Recovery Month Observance: An Introduction. Ivette A. Torres, MEd., MSc., is the Associate Director for Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, She oversees the CSAT team responsible for generating and disseminating substance abuse treatment information to SAMHSA’s mission-related constituents. She develops national communication strategies and campaigns, including the observance of the National Recovery Month, celebrated each September. Prior to joining CSAT, Ms. Torres was a communications and organizational development consultant serving several clients, including the Children’s Television Workshop, Consumers Union, SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and a number of health promotion publishing houses. She is a former senior director of the Communications Services Division at Consumers Union, the publishers of Consumer Reports magazine. At the start of her career, Ms. Torres was an active member of Boston’s Hispanic community She also previously served as director of minority affairs at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Ivette will guide participants through http://www.recoverymonth.gov/ with an emphasis on information, tools, and recovery month activities, as well as tools for supporting recovery all year long.

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Marleen WongMay 5, 2015: How Trauma Informed Schools Can Help Children’s Trauma and Family Recovery. This was a one-hour webinar that was on the discussion about what constitutes a trauma informed school. The definition is as varied as the number of schools and school districts in the US. In order to create and sustain trauma informed schools, we need to adopt multidisciplinary, multi-pronged and multi-level approaches. No one professional discipline or Peer Helpers, on their own, can be expected to “fix” or reconfigure an entire system. This presentation will identify some key components and processes that comprise a trauma informed school. It will also review some of the literature that has illuminated the development of trauma informed schools and how working with traumatized children, particularly those living with domestic violence and substance abuse can affect the adults who provide care. Strategies and programs presented are also applicable and useful for faith communities and educational and recreational programs for children in faith communities impacted by trauma in their families.

Dr Wong is associate dean and clinical professor and the director of field education at the USC School of Social Work overseeing the field placements of all Master of Social Work students studying at five academic centers, including the Virtual Academic Center with students based all over the United States.

In addition to her work in field education, Wong is an internationally recognized mental health expert. She has developed mental health recovery programs, crisis and disaster training for school districts and law enforcement in the United States, Canada, Israel and Asia.

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3WebinarApril 14, 2015: Halting the Youth Opioid/Heroin Epidemic.This one-hour webinar will discuss the tragedy of the current opiod and heroin use andaddiction in young people; and will address preventing youth from a first use, as well as interventions and treatment options for addicted youth and their families. Emergency options when confronted with an overdose will be introduced. Dr. Leonard recently joined the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA) as the Deputy Director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. She brings with her more than 20 years of experience in applied social and behavioral research and evaluation, and has served on advisory committees for the Centers for Disease Control. Her expertise is in substance use and disorders, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, cardiovascular disease, and mental health – particularly as these affect the disadvantaged and underserved.

Dr. Leonard has led multi-year, multidisciplinary projects for federal and private entities, including smoking cessation and women’s cardiovascular health education campaigns, and campaigns for the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, among others.


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unnamedMar 24, 2015:Sensitizing the Congregation
This Webinar, “Sensitizing the Congregation” engages participants to explore how local congregational leaders can equip their faith groups to effectively acknowledge, address and embrace families captured by the addictive process. Participants will be challenged to “look with new eyes” on congregational families, noticing signs of substance use disorders. They will be equipped to research their surrounding communities to find healing and protective resources for children at risk. Faith leaders will be given resources that help congregations become a welcoming place for affected families. The webinar will suggest strategies for building resources within the congregational membership to strengthen the resilience of children in alcoholic families.Rev. Fred L. Smoot, M.Div., PhD, a United Methodist clergy, currently directs the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Newport Beach, California. As a C.P.E. Supervisor, and pastoral counselor, he has been active in the professional formation of ministers for many years. Dr. Smoot has a special interest in the effects of alcohol and drug misuse on the children (and grandchildren) of those who misuse these substances. He served as the representative of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education and participated in the development of the Core Competencies for Clergy curriculum used in C.P.E. training and now used nationally for the education of clergy to address strategies for engaging families living with alcoholism. In 2006 he was recognized for his work in this area by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.This webinar series is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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