Additional panelists to be announced.
Marvin Ventrell, JD
Director of Community & Alumni Relations
Marvin Ventrell is the director of community & alumni relations at Harmony Foundation in Estes Park, Colorado. Harmony Foundation, founded in 1969, is one of the nation’s longest running and most respected residential addiction treatment centers. As part of his position at Harmony, Mr. Ventrell also serves on Harmony’s Executive Leadership Team, helping guide and execute Harmony’s mission to provide a foundation for lifelong recovery from the diseases of alcohol and drug addiction.
During Mr. Ventrell’s 28-year professional career, he has been a practicing attorney, a public interest association director, and a teacher. His career has been dedicated to advocating for families in crisis and developing institutional systems to address community needs. He previously served as CEO of the National Association of Counsel for Children and currently serves as Board Chair of the Juvenile Law Society. He is an author, commentator, and sought-after lecturer. He has spoken in dozens of universities, medical and law schools, nationally and abroad. He has appeared before the U.S. Congress and has served as an advisor to the US Department of Health and Human Services. He is a recipient of the University of Colorado Kempe Award and the American Bar Association Child Advocacy Award, and is a Bar Fellow Emeritus of the Colorado Bar Foundation.
Ventrell has also served as an Addiction Professional panelist, previously on the topic of building a recovery-oriented system of care, and has published a two - part series on Marijuana in Colorado in Addiction Professional Magazine. He will be serving on a national panel discussing marijuana at the 2014 NCAD Conference this fall in St. Louis.
Michael Barnes, PhD, LPC
Clinical Program Manager
CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction & Rehabilitation)
Dr. Barnes has more than 30 years’ experience as a clinician, program administrator, clinical supervisor, and counselor educator. He brings significant expertise in the areas of addiction treatment, trauma therapy, and marriage and family therapy, with a specific interest in family system trauma and the development of trauma integrated addiction treatment.
He formerly served at the University of Colorado Denver as Assistant Clinical Professor and the Training Coordinator in the Masters Program in Counseling. Dr. Barnes received his BA in psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his M.Ed. in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy from Florida State University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and approved clinical supervisor for individuals seeking licensure as professional counselors and marriage and family therapists in Colorado.
Gary D. Hees, MA, LPC
Decision Point Center
Gary D. Hees MA, LPC was born, raised, and educated in Houston, Texas. After a successful 22 year career in information processing, Gary made the decision to change careers and enter the behavioral health field. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in Psychology-Marriage and Family Therapy.
Gary has been licensed in Texas, and now in Arizona, for fourteen years. During that time he has worked with adolescents in an Alternative Education Program, with adult Co-Occurring disordered clients in a Community Mental Health setting that included hospitals, a Partial Hospital Program and outpatient therapy, and in a private Therapeutic Boarding School for adolescent women.
Gary brings a foundational developmental and systemic perspective focused by training in Ericksonian Hypnosis, Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Pia Mellody’s Post-Induction Model as well as multiple family therapy modalities such as Structural, Strategic, Narrative and Brief Solution-Focused therapy. In addition, Gary has years of experience working with addictions of all kinds as well as depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder.
Brooke R. Tangen Huus, MA, LAC
Parker Valley Hope
Brooke R. Tangen Huus, MA, LAC is currently the family counselor at Parker Valley Hope in Parker, Colorado. She has a passion for educating others about the family disease of addiction and providing healing to the entire family system concurrently to the addicted family member.
Brooke has been working in the field since graduating with her Master’s Degree from Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies in 2007. She has worked at different points in the addiction treatment spectrum including residential, outpatient, and extended care. She has also been published for work she has written with regard to addiction.
Douglas J. Edwards, MBA
Publisher of Addiction Professional
Douglas J. Edwards is Publisher of Addiction Professional, having formerly served as editor in chief of Behavioral Healthcare and Addiction Professional. Edwards has been serving the addiction treatment community since 2000 in multiple editorial and marketing roles. Edwards will serve as moderator of the discussion.