Raleigh, NC ♦ Tuesday March 10, 2015 ♦ 11am - 1pm
Addiction professionals in the Raleigh, NC community and beyond came together on March 10th to discuss Building a Recovery-Oriented System of Care. The event, produced by Addiction Professional, featured several panelists to provide their perspective:
- Michael Washo, M.D. - Medical Director, Fellowship Hall
- Chris LaSalle - Clinical Coordinator, Ridgeview Institute
- Amy McMillan, M.Ed., LPCS - Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Board Certified Clinical Therapist, Believe
The event was moderated by Jennifer Turney with Addiction Professional. Click below to listen to podcast.
Michael Washo discusses how addiction is a chronic illness which takes collective efforts to combat.
Chris LaSalle emphasizes that focus needs to be placed on foundational education and training within the addiction recovery field.
Amy McMillan speaks on the importance of coordination and networking within the professional treatment system.
The event was made possible through the support of Dominion Diagnostics, Heroes in Recovery, Fellowship Hall and Ridgeview Institute.
Chris LaSalle is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Clinical Coordinator for the Adult Psychiatric and Adult Addiction Medical Services for the outpatient Day Program at Ridgeview Institute. In his position he is responsible for development and maintenance of the compassionate, high-quality treatment offered at RVI. He has a broad range of clinical experience having worked in a clinical capacity in inpatient and outpatient treatment at hospitals and mental health centers since 1991. Chris has expertise working with the broad spectrum of psychiatric and addiction diagnoses including Dual Diagnoses.
Licensed Professional Counselor, Nationally Board Certified Clinical Therapist, Believe
Amy has worked in the Eating Disorder and Recovery field for over 15 years. She is a counselor, educator, consultant, clinical supervisor, and practicing owner of Believe In Therapy, a therapeutic center for change. Nationally Board Certified, Amy is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Psychology, Sociology, and Counseling programs. She specializes in treating eating disorders, depression, anxiety, dual diagnoses, and trauma. Utilizing eclectic methods, Amy is trained in DBT, CBT, hypnotherapy, relaxation techniques, guided imagery, and art therapy.
Amy is an active consultant to other professionals, as well as speaking for companies including Glaxo Smith Kline, SAS, CRC Health Group, YMCA, Lifetime Fitness, Blue Cross Blue Shield's Health Awareness drive at North Carolina Farm Bureau, and LPCANC. Amy worked for Guardian ad Litem, an organization providing counseling for abused and neglected children, and was the Clinical Director for a Critical Access Behavioral Health Agency. She is a trained DBT provider, and was invited to lead DBT groups at Carolina House IOP, as well as providing individual treatment in the residential program of Carolina House. Her articles and presentations have included topics such as, DBT and CBT in treating Binge Eating Disorders, Treating Eating Disordered Clients in Private Practice, Addictions, Trauma and Mindfulness.