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Strengthening the Therapeutic Relationship - Nashville, TN – May 7, 2015

Nashville, TN  ♦  Thursday, May 7, 2015  ♦  11am - 1pm

Addiction professionals in the Nashville, TN community and beyond came together on May 7th 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 Megan Combs with Addiction Professional.


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Cynthia Westcott speaks on the importance of relational experiences in the recovery process.


Beth Sanders explains how to overcome roadblocks in the treatment and recovery process.


Kelly Moser-Wedell speaks on the importance of maintaining a empathetic relationship between the counselor and individual.


Siobhan Morse discusses the necessity of patient engagement within the therapeutic recovery process.


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About the Panelists

Siobhan Morse 
Director of Research and Fidelity, Foundations Recovery Network

Siobhan holds a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Florida International University. Siobhan earned her certification as a clinical research coordinator (CRC) from the Associates of Clinical Pharmacology and conducted over 100 clinical trials with major pharmaceutical companies investigating new and promising treatments. She holds her certifications as an ARISE interventionist and as a master addiction counselor. Siobhan has several current publications in research journals, including indexed PubMed citations.

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Beth (Fisher) Sanders, LCSW, LCAS, MAC, CCS 
CEO/Executive Director, Hope Homes

Beth (Fisher) Sanders, LCSW, LCAS, MAC, CCS is a licensed clinical social worker with over 20 years’ experience in the addictions and mental health fields. She has a passion for assisting individuals in the journey of recovery, and has additional experience treating dual diagnosis, family issues and codependency, eating disorders and process addictions with a holistic approach. Beth worked at several nationally known treatment centers as an individual and family therapist, and has been in private practice since 1994 working with individuals, couples, and families with an emphasis on addictions. In 1996 she founded and remains the CEO/Executive Director of Hope Homes, a premiere recovery residence for men and women with facilities in Atlanta, GA; Charlotte, NC; and Nashville, TN. She is a pace setter in the field of residential recovery services and continues to develop innovative, peer-to-peer focused recovery-oriented residential programming for young adults, older adults, primary addiction recovery, dual diagnosis, and eating disorder recovery aftercare. In addition, Beth is Past President of the Georgia Association of Recovery Residences and is the Charter Board Member and Past President of the National Alliance of Recovery Residences, where she currently serves as the Standards Committee Chair.

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Cynthia Westcott, BA, BS, LCSW         
Director of Clinical Services at Integrative Life Center 

Cynthia "Cindy" Westcott, LCSW is currently the Director of Clinical Services at the Integrative Life Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Cindy has 29 years of experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her experience includes more than 22 years in private practice as founder of The Psychological Trauma and Wellness Center of Memphis. She has also developed and facilitated inpatient specialty programs for suicide prevention and for the treatment of complicated grief and PTSD for 3 different hospitals. She has developed and facilitated IOP programs for adults and partial hospitalization programs for the treatment of traumatic grief and traumatic stress. Ms. Westcott created weekend intensive programs for impaired professional in treatment for addiction and underlying disorders and ran these programs monthly for 15 years. She is a level 2 EMDR trained clinician and also utilizes other innovative therapies such as Internal Family Systems, Gestalt and Ego State Experiential therapies, EFT, and others to address the acute and long term effects of childhood and other forms of trauma and abuse. Cindy has spoken locally, regionally, and nationally on a variety of topics including Cultural Diversity, Women and Empowerment, Adult Children of Alcoholics, Eating Disorders and Trauma, and other topics related to grief and trauma recovery. She has experience as a Director of Social Services and wrote and developed inpatient chemical dependency and codependency treatment programs during the 1990's. She has been a member of 12 step recovery programs since 1995 and enjoys reading, traveling, animal rescue, and writing. 

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Kelly Moser-Wedell, EdS, NCC, LPC 
Clinical Director, Four Circles Recovery Center

Kelly, who earned her master's degree in community counseling from Western Carolina University, has been practicing as a licensed professional counselor since 2001.  Kelly began her career with Our Voice, Inc., a rape crisis center in Asheville, NC.   While serving with Our Voice, Kelly felt called to pursue education and expertise in trauma resolution work. Kelly worked  as a primary therapist at an all-girls therapeutic boarding school. Here she learned how to work within a therapeutic milieu in addition to backpacking, skiing, rafting and biking in the beautiful Canadian Rockies. During her time in Montana, Kelly earned an educational specialist degree from the University of Montana and also became a certified yoga instructor.

Since returning to Asheville in 2006,  she has worked as primary therapist for a therapeutic wilderness program, creating a specialized group for young adult women struggling with addition. She has also worked in a residential treatment community for men, intensive outpatient therapy and private practice.

Kelly's experiential nature blends mindfulness practices, and body centered psychodynamic work, grounded in neuropsychology, family systems, trauma-informed theory and addiction/recovery expertise.  Kelly holds a deep faith in the power of the wilderness and the human capacity for recovery.

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