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Hope Academy clinician honored by recovery schools group

January 5, 2016
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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Fairbanks and Hope Academy clinical specialist Sigurd Zielke is among the inaugural recipients of a series of national awards launched by the Association of Recovery Schools. Zielke was honored with the association's Visionary Award for his work in establishing and testing clinical tools to facilitate student recovery.

Zielke in 2012 co-authored an Addiction Professional article that outlined the Indianapolis treatment organization's founding of the Hope Academy recovery high school to give youths a better alternative to returning to a traditional school environment post-treatment. Hope Academy remains Indiana's only recovery high school. The article explained that recovery school environments offer students a safe and supportive setting for working through ambivalence and other challenges of early recovery.

The association also cited Zielke's recent efforts in co-founding the Adolescent Addiction, Learning and Recovery Project, a web-based information exchange portal for educators and other practitioners. Indiana Wesleyan University is a partner with Fairbanks and Hope Academy in that initiative.

Other honorees in the Association of Recovery Schools' first awards presentation include National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) director Nora Volkow, MD, Chestnut Health Systems emeritus senior research consultant William White and Harvard Medical School behavioral health researcher John F. Kelly, PhD.