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Family Dynamics in Addiction Treatment - St. Louis, MO - March 25, 2015

St. Louis, MO  ♦  Wednesday, March 25, 2015  ♦  11am - 1pm

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Addiction professionals in the St. Louis, MO community and beyond came together on March 25th to discuss Family Dynamics in Addiction Treatment. The event, produced by Addiction Professional, featured several panelists to provide their perspective.

The event was moderated by Doug Edwards with Addiction Professional.



Ned Presnall states that ‘good treatment means engaging both the individual and family system.




Jean Harris-Sokora
speaks on ‘rolling with resistance’ to achieve success in the addiction treatment process.


Janet Worthy
discusses how to properly engage the evolving family structure in both the treatment and recovery processes.




The event was made possible through the support of Dominion Diagnostics, Heroes in Recovery, American Addiction Centers and Valley Hope Association.

This Addiction Professional panel event is made possible by our sponsors


About the Panelists

Ned Presnall, MSW, LCSW

Executive Directory, CB Programs, LLC

Ned Presnall, MSW is a licensed clinical social worker who works with older adolescents and adults, couples, families, and groups. He received his Master’s degree in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis. He has worked as a therapist at the UMSL Center for Trauma Recovery, treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and as a therapist and clinical director at Assisted Recovery Centers of America, a treatment center for addiction and co-occurring disorders. Ned is a research collaborator at Washington University’s Department of Psychiatry and a clinical trainer in the provision of Medication Assisted Treatment for addiction. Ned uses the strategies of cognitive behavioral therapy and empathic, interpersonal support to help clients understand the sources of their emotional distress and unwanted patterns of behavior. Building on this knowledge, he helps clients draw on their strengths and capacities to plan and carry out programs of change. 

Jean Harris- Sokora, LMSW, CCDP-D, MSAPA

Jean is a licensed master’s level social worker with a certificate in co-occurring disorders and substance use prevention.  She received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Texas State University in San Marcos Texas, her Substance Use Disorder certifications from the Missouri Professional Credentialing Board.  Jean has worked in the field of addictions for over 35 years.  Jeans experience in the field of addictions covers adolescent, adult and family treatment as well as community education and prevention programming.    Jean is currently the Community and School Liaison for Preferred Family Healthcare, providing training and education programming for school administration, teachers, staff, students and the communities they serve. 

Janet Worthy, CRADC
Outpatient Program Director, St. Louis Valley Hope

Janet Worthy has 25 years of experience in the addiction field, in the early days as a Senior Prevention Specialist for the State of Kansas, where she developed and facilitated a youth-led community coalition of adults and teenagers, offered weekly radio and television spots and newspaper columns on alcohol and other drug-related topics, and served as Drug-Free Schools Coordinator for eighteen districts in rural Kansas. After years working prevention full-time and counseling part-time, in 2003, Janet returned to her home state of Missouri and devoted herself to treatment and counseling at St. Louis Valley Hope, most recently as the Outpatient Program Director.


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