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Panelists of Addiction Professional Panel Series - Richmond Heights, MO

Dick Dillon
Founder and CEO
Innovaision LLC

Mr. Dillon has worked in the behavioral health field for over 30 years, holding most clinical and management positions including COO of a large midwest non-profit counseling agency. In November, 2011, he formed his own consulting organization, Innovaision, LLC, focusing on helping behavioral health and other human services organizations become more innovative and effective.  He is experienced in strategic planning, program development, grant writing and management, and mergers/acquisitions.

Mr. Dillon is the immediate past president of the State Associations of Addictive Services (SAAS) organization, and the current board President of the NIATX Foundation. Mr. Dillon has been on the faculty of the Advanced International Symposium on Addictive Disorders, Behavioral and Mental Health, for over 25 years. 

George Smith, M.A., LCPC, CSADC
Clinical Training Specialist
Chestnut Health Systems

George Smith is the Clinical Training Specialist at Chestnut Health Systems. For the past 14 years he has provided training for over two hundred clinical and support staff annually in a community mental health agency that serves persons with substance abuse and mental health problems. 

Mr. Smith has practiced counseling and therapy for 30 years.  He has worked with persons with mental illness and substance dependence, in both outpatient and residential treatment environments.  He is licensed in Illinois as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and certified as a Certified Supervisor of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselors.

Mr. Smith received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 1980.  He has had specialized training in Clinical Supervision, Training of Trainers, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Red Cross Emergency Response Training, and Cultural Competency Issues.  Mr. Smith is certified at the Master level with Crisis Prevention Institute.

For several years Mr. Smith was program director for case management and housing at Chestnut Health Systems.  He supervised and trained 12 staff in case management in obtaining state and federal benefits, and skill-building for consumers.

Along with his clinical expertise, Mr. Smith has trained hundreds of professional and para-professional mental health staff, teachers, law enforcement, and other human service workers in critical areas such as Crisis Intervention Techniques, Debriefings following Trauma, Administration of Bio-Psycho-Social Evaluations, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Weapons in the Workplace, Intervening Alone, Trauma-Informed Services, Cultural Competency, Community Reinforcement Approach, and Co-Occurring Disorders.  

Dana Gardner
Community Services Clinician
Valley Hope Association

Dana is the Community Services Clinician for Valley Hope’s Missouri continuum for alcohol, drug and related treatment services. A credentialed counselor, Dana has been involved in the chemical dependency treatment field since 2007. An alumna of the counselor training program Dana has had the opportunity to work in residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and with the AC/ESS program.

An alumna of the counselor training program Dana has had the opportunity to work in residential treatment, outpatient treatment, and with the AC/ESS program. She is enthusiastic about connecting with the community and assisting those in need of information on addiction treatment. Dana believes that addiction not only affects those suffering but their family members and the community at large. She is excited about being a part of helping people access the resources they need in order to get well.

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.