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Panelists of Addiction Professional Panel Series - Oak Brook, IL

Phil Scherer CAADC, NCGC - II, MISA-II, CIP
Administrative Director
Unity Point Health Proctor
Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery
 
Attended Illinois Central College
Completed Proctor Hospitals Chemical Dependency Centers Counselor Internship Program - 1996
 
Phil has worked in the Addiction field for over 23 years. He is currently the Administrative Director for the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery with four (4) Recovery Centers located in Peoria, Bloomington, Springfield, and Chicago Illinois.
 
Phil has worked in all areas of treatment as Director, Site Manager, Clinical Supervisor, Adult and Adolescent Inpatient Counselor, Adult Intensive Outpatient Counselor, Adult and Adolescent Continuing Care Counselor, and Adult and Adolescent Family Educator. Phil has been involved in the treatment of Disordered Gamblers and the training of other professionals to identify and treat disordered gamblers since 1996.
 
Phil has been working in the Intervention Field since 1996 and is trained in the Johnson, ARISE, and Family Systemic models of intervention. He developed the Family Meeting Approach to Intervention. He is a Certified Intervention Professional and is currently serving as Board Chair on the Board of Directors of the Association of Intervention Specialists and is the current President of the International Interventionists Credentialing Board. 
 
Phil is a sought after trainer and has trained nationally and internationally since 1999, teaching others how to identify, intervene on, and treat those who suffer from Addictive Disorders. 
 

 

Terry Shapiro, MS, CADC
Executive Director of Lucida, Elements Behavioral Health 

Terry has over 25 years of experience working in addiction and behavioral health, including 12 years of experience in executive leadership roles and two and a half years conducting interventions before the practice became popular.

Prior to joining Lucida, Terry was founding partner and executive director of Kiva Recovery in Illinois, and the Executive Director of Hazelden in Chicago. Terry began his career as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor and served as an employee assistance counselor for Amtrak Railroad. He then served as executive director for the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services in Tennessee. He was called upon to develop and implement prevention programs in schools and provide counseling to youth and families in Bogota, Colombia. While living there, he enjoyed a career as a scout for the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs and operated a baseball academy.

Terry has presented at national and regional conferences and has also provided several print and broadcast interviews on addiction treatment. He received a bachelor’s degree in social work from Winona State University in Minnesota and a master’s degree in counseling with an emphasis on addictions. He is a certified alcohol and drug counselor and is fluent in Spanish.


Christopher Yadron, MDiv, MA, LCPC, CADC
Director of Chicago Recovery Services
Rosecrance

Christopher Yadron is the Director of Chicago Recovery Services.  He oversees the clinical operations for Rosecrance in the Chicago area, including two adolescent outpatient treatment programs and student assistance contracts for several area high schools.

Yadron joined Rosecrance in 2011 as Director of Outreach and has been in the behavioral health field for 18 years. As a counselor, he has worked in a variety of clinical settings helping individuals and families with addiction and mental health concerns.

He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Theological Seminary, and a Master of Arts from Loyola University in Chicago.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at Trinity Christian College. He is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Illinois. He belongs to the American Counseling Association (ACA). Yadron often speaks at conferences and workshops on adolescent addiction, multicultural competency & addiction counseling, and co-occurring disorders.


Kathleen Bigsby, PhD
CEO
The Canyon at Peace Park

Kathleen Bigsby has specialized in the treatment of addiction and mental health issues since 1990. As CEO of The Canyon since 2005, Kathleen values what she regards as an extraordinary opportunity to lead a team of highly qualified and dedicated professionals providing comprehensive and quality treatment. In addition to her doctorate in human development and master’s degrees in clinical social work and family systems, she is also a credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor and a certified grief recovery specialist.

In her roles as an administrator, academic and clinician, Kathleen’s career has focused on advancing best practices. She spent seven years teaching at Syracuse University and has also taught within the Department of Social Work at California State University. As an experienced administrator, Kathleen has overseen comprehensive treatment programs in both New York and California. As co-chair of the Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers of NYS Committee for Women and Family Issues, she brought her innovative and progressive strategies for treating families to a statewide level. Her mission has been to provide effective treatment services to optimize wellness and to support the achievement of extraordinary life goals.

As a clinician, Kathleen utilizes the best clinical practices in working withthose who wish to actualize a life of healing and wellness. She is dedicated to helping others find their personal sense of well-being through a journey that reawakens the dormant spirit with hope and a renewed commitment to the authentic self. She believes it is in living with intention and mindfulness that our lives can be transformed.

As with most people who pursue this field of work, Kathleen has been touched by loved ones who have struggled, and that has inspired her to be of service and be a part of making sure that we continually seek to strive toward excellence in our system of care. In her free time, Kathleen loves to take advantage of all the natural wonders in her adopted home state of California.  She enjoys hiking and climbing and appreciates the West Coast climate that allows her to pursue those activities year round.