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Foundations Recovery Network Educational Webinar Series

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Foundations Recovery Network’s mission is to be the leader in evidence-based, integrated treatment for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders through clinical services, education and research. As part of this mission, Foundations Recovery Network is proud to present our Educational Webinar Series, which aims to further apprise behavioral health professionals of a vast spectrum of treatment modalities, best practices concerning various subpopulations, and the advantages of utilizing both currently available and newly relevant clinical techniques.


(Please note that archived programs do not offer CEUs)

Featured Webinar

Common Sense Strategies for Leadership that Improve Client Outcomes

Staff plays an important role in client recovery, and training them with the right leadership skills can only improve outcomes. Johnny Patout, CEO of New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center will share strategies that will help the staff's availability to heal patients. In this webinar, Patout will discuss specific assessments, strategies, systems and measuring tools for effective change in teamwork. He'll also define good leaders versus bad leaders, good decisions versus mistakes, and the ways to overcome the challenges of both.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify specific ways to assess what needs to change to improve your facility leadership
  • Describe how to locate and calculate the dangers of redundant processes and how to select what to eliminate
  • Breakdown how to evaluate and define the most dangerous types of leadership styles

About the Speaker:

Johnny Patout
New Beginnings Adolescent Recovery Center

Johnny Patout is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked in the field of addiction treatment for nearly 30 years. As a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, Johnny has been able to draw upon his formal education, his training and perhaps more importantly, his past experiences with addiction to help other alcoholics and addicts find the joys and the rewards of recovery.

For three decades, Johnny has been a sought-after public speaker throughout the South, and has had the opportunity to address audiences on the national and international level. Johnny entered the field of addiction treatment in the early 1980s as a counselor in training and became a licensed substance abuse counselor. He currently serves as the chief executive officer for New Beginnings Recovery Center in Opelousas, LA. New Beginnings provides treatment for teenagers who are experiencing substance abuse problems.


 Upcoming Webinar(s)

LGBT Addiction Treatment: Viewing Recovery Through the Spiritual Lens

Statistics show that addiction rates within the LGBT community are substantially higher than that in the mainstream population. There are many factors that contribute to this unfortunate reality.

Issues of shame, isolation, and disenfranchisement from family and community are potential driving forces of higher addictive tendencies. Whether it is unresolved trauma, attachment issues or deep spiritual disconnection, the specific cultural and psychological challenges facing the LGBT community often present barriers to recovery.

In this webinar, speaker TJ Woodward will explore techniques and practices that will not only address the particular needs of LGBT patients, but will assist them in breaking free of life-long destructive patterns. He will explore effective approaches in creating a safe space for clients to go deeper into the core material trapped in their subconscious and empower them to reconnect with their deepest truth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss methods to identify a recovery path and support system for long-term health and recovery
  • Examine the role of authenticity and vulnerability in the treatment process and therapeutic relationship
  • Describe reparative interventions which empower the individual to release shame and address multiple levels of trauma
  • Identify techniques to help patients dismantle core false beliefs that keep them stuck in a pattern of relapse and hopelessness

About the Speaker:

TJ Woodward
Spiritual Care Counselor
Foundations San Francisco

TJ Woodward is a spiritual author, inspirational speaker, awakening coach and addiction counselor who has helped countless people through his simple, yet powerful teachings. He serves as the spiritual care counselor at Foundations San Francisco Intensive Outpatient treatment program and is the founding spiritual director of Awakened Living in San Francisco. Additionally, he is in private practice as a spiritual counselor and awakening coach, and the host of Awakened Living TV and Awakened Living Radio.

TJ is the author of the book, Conscious BEING: Awakening to Your True Nature. Conscious BEING is an insightful guide for rediscovering your essential nature and living an intentional and awakened life. He is currently authoring his second book which is due to be released in 2017.


Women, Truama and Addiction

This presentation will explore the links between trauma and substance use disorders among women, including treatment implications and gender responsive interventions. Post-traumatic stress disorder is common in this population and must be identified appropriately, especially when individuals turn to substance use as a coping mechanism. The resulting co-occurring disorders must be treated with responsive interventions tailored to women’s needs. As the demand for such specialized treatment grows so does the need for clinical training in this area.

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUD) among adult female populations
  • Describe the mental health implications for women suffering from PTSD and SUD
  • List a variety of effective gender-responsive trauma-informed treatment interventions for women with SUD

About the Speaker:

Marie Tueller, MEd, LAC
Clinical Director
Canyon Crossing Recovery

Marie Tueller received her Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah in 2007. She is a licensed practitioner in the state of Arizona and is currently working on her doctorate degree in counseling psychology.

Marie began work in substance abuse and behavioral health treatment in 2001 and has had the privilege of providing a variety of behavioral health services over the years, including child and family therapy, adult and adolescent substance abuse counseling, inpatient clinical services and program development, community outreach and development of mentorship programs for at-risk youth and young adults, domestic violence counseling, coordinator for adolescent drug court intensive outpatient program, and grief support services. Additionally, Marie has extensive clinical experience and training in the treatment of chemical dependency, behavioral addiction, trauma, and co-occurring disorders.

She is currently the clinical director at Canyon Crossing Recovery, a women’s outpatient treatment center for substance use and co-occurring disorders.

Past Webinars

Trauma Triage in Addiction Counseling

Addiction treatment, like other forms of counseling, can benefit from recent research and literature which informs better approaches to all clients in recovery from a substance use disorder who also have a history of trauma. There are varied ideas about when to refer out, when to probe for trauma, and when a client's trauma work may take precedence over the tasks of early recovery.

This webinar explores some approaches addiction counselors have previously used with discussions about what the field may need to hold onto and what it may need to discard. Emphasis will center on what professionals can do -- and in what circumstances -- as opposed to a fear-based or hands-off approach about trauma.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the “i-phasic response” of externalizing and internalizing behaviors in trauma-affected clients
  • Describe a client's capacity to benefit from a program and evaluate the helpfulness of one's own approach to trauma-affected clients
  • List four action steps to move toward being a trauma-informed practitioner or trauma champion

About the Speaker:

Randal Lea, MA, LADAC, QCS
Executive Director of Community Based Services and IOP
Cumberland Heights

A licensed addictions counselor and qualified clinical supervisor with 25 years of clinical and management experience, Randal Lea received master’s degrees in counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University and in psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. His work has included adolescent, family, adult, residential and outpatient treatment settings, and he has been a frequent presenter on such topics as assessment, sexual behavior in children, ethics, dreamwork and evidence-based practices.

Previous to his current role as Executive Director of Community Based Services and IOP at Cumberland Heights, Randal served eight years as assistant commissioner with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. In 2008, he was recognized by the Praed Foundation for his work implementing the Child and Adolescents Strengths and Needs (CANS) assessment statewide. He also received the “Friend of Children Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2010 from Tennessee Voices for Children.

Treating Addiction During Pregnancy

Expectant moms need tools and resources for comprehensive prenatal care to ensure a healthy baby. However, moms with substance use disorders present complex cases that require additional clinical expertise and ongoing patient engagement. It’s important to design treatment options that are clinically efficacious as well as accessible for the patient. An overview of addiction during pregnancy will be provided as well as considerations for medication assisted treatment and the special challenges of patients with alcohol addiction.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the treatment of opiate addiction in pregnancy
  • Describe the treatment of benzodiazepine addiction in pregnancy
  • Understand the treatment of alcohol addiction in pregnancy

About the Speaker:

Kristi Dively, DO, FACOOG
Retreat of Lancaster County

Kristi Dively completed her undergraduate work at West Chester University of Pennsylvania and attended medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Memorial Hospital in York, PA, and worked in private practice in Phoenix, AZ, and Lancaster, PA, for five years.

Kristi then worked in a non-clinical position for four years conducting Medicare compliance reviews before getting back into patient care and working in Addiction Medicine. She is a board certified OB/GYN and a fellow in the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 

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CEU Information

The Association for the Addiction Professionals - NAADAC

This course has been approved by Vendome Group, LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider # 993121, Vendome Group LLC is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 85,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.

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