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Panelists of Addiction Professional Panel Series - Nashville, TN

Christopher Hastings, MA, LPSE
Foundations IOP Nashville

Christopher studied Clinical Psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, where he obtained both his undergraduate and graduate degrees. He obtained his professional license as a Psychological Examiner from the State of Tennessee and eventually became one of the youngest senior psychological examiners in Tennessee.

Prior to arriving at Foundations, Christopher most recently worked at Woodland Hills YDC as their psychological examiner.  He held various clinical and administrative positions for Universal Health Services for 10 years, working in their residential programs.  With over 14 years of experience in treatment, diagnostics, and assessment, Christopher strives to provide innovative and unique treatment solutions.   

Christopher is currently the Director of Foundations Nashville intensive outpatient program which focuses on the treatment of dual diagnoses.  

Joanne Peterson
Founder / Executive Director
Learn to Cope Inc.

American Addiction Centers is proud to sponsor this featured panelist.

Joanne Peterson is the Founder and Executive Director of Learn to Cope which was started in 2004.  She is also a parent of a son in long term recovery from opiate addiction which began with OxyContin. Learn to Cope (LTC), a nonprofit organization, is a unique solutions-based support, advocacy, and educational peer lead organization for family members of those addicted to opiates and other drugs.

Learn to Cope has a website which provides a support forum with over 5,000 registered families locally and nationally as well as 12 chapters in Massachusetts.  LTC provides peer support and education with a focus on coping with the danger, stress, and emotions related to this situation.  LTC provides informational resources regarding the disease of addiction, realistic strategies for treatment, and recovery based on the real-world experiences of members. LTC provides training on overdose prevention and how to save the lives of family members, should they see the symptoms. LTC is the first parent network to provide the overdose reversal antidote Narcan (Nasal Naloxone) at each chapter. Of the 64 parent facilitators, over 30 are certified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to train and provide Nasal Naloxone kits (Narcan) through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

To date there have been 18 members that have saved a life since LTC became a pilot in Massachusetts in December 2011.

LTC has been successful in getting many young people the treatment they need, getting them off the streets, and helping their families to cope and recover.

Learn to Cope has been recognized Nationally by Time Magazine, the New York Times, Renew magazine, A&E’S Intervention, NPR Radio, Cape Cod Times, Brockton Enterprises Wasted Youth” series, Geraldo at Large, Fox News, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, WCVB TVS Chronicle and participated in a follow up documentary for the Emmy winning Current TV’S OxyContin Express which aired in May 2011. Most recently, Joanne and LTC members were interviewed on the Katie Couric show.

Joanne has testified numerous times at the State House in Boston, as well as in U.S. Congress in Washington D.C., and at several FDA meetings. She is on the expert panel for Brandeis University, and a committee member for FED UP, a national coalition. LTC has received awards for its advocacy regarding the dangers of prescription drugs throughout Massachusetts.

Heather Hendrickson, MA, LPC, MHSP
Family Services Coordinator
Cumberland Heights

Heather has served in the field of counseling for approximately 7 years in the middle Tennessee area, and is currently the Family Services Coordinator for Cumberland Heights, and is in private practice.  Heather has experience working with children, adolescents, adults and their families with a primary focus on addiction.

She has presented at conferences on various issues that impact the adolescent population including developmental issues, substance abuse, and life transitions.  Heather previously served as Treasurer for the Tennessee Licensed Professional Counselors Association, and served on the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs Southeastern Conference Committee.  Heather achieved her MA in Professional Counseling from Argosy University.  She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a designated Mental Health Service Provider.

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.