Additional panelists to be announced.
Emily Stevens, PhD., LMHC, LPC, NCC, BCN
Chief Clinical Officer, Unity Recovery Group
Emily Stevens has over 21 years of clinical experience with diverse populations. She began working with addiction clients in 1994 with the Peniston Protocol. Emily began developing specialized protocols for individuals with multiple treatment experiences to better address their dual diagnosis needs in treatment. In 1995, she provided the first of several regional brain-based dual-diagnosis trainings for the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse and has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences including the Summit Addictions Conference providing specialized dual diagnosis training to addictions professionals from around the country.
Emily’s unique background and approach with emerging brain-based research and interventions such as EEG/QEEG, neurofeedback, alpha-stim/CES, BAUD and AVS has provided her with a unique method to working with clients with a variety of disorders and dual diagnosis. Her research and publications have focused on innovative brain-based approaches to improve treatment outcomes with depression, anxiety, ADHD and addiction with a comprehensive mind, body and spirit approach to treat the whole person.
As a professional and consultant with Neurobehavioral Consulting, Emily has worked with an array of programs over the years from Psychological Sciences Institute, Florence McDonnell Center, Everwell, Camelot, Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes, Inner Harbour – Youth Villages, MEDS-PDN, PESI, Baytree Behavioral Health and more, providing training and brain-based program development. Emily is a frequent speaker and has presented to hundreds of audiences, which include television news appearances, conferences, educational and radio programs.
As Unity Recovery Group’s Chief Clinical Officer, Emily plays an instrumental role in every facet of the team. Her contributions both within the organization and outside of the organization have been recognized on a national level.
Christopher Cook, B.A., CADC
Mr. Cook is the project manager for the HOPE Program of Cove Forge Behavioral Health System serving the Mid-Atlantic Region. Mr. Cook is headquartered in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area and has expanded Cove Forge’s vision of an evidence-based, recovery oriented, treatment experience called the HOPE Program of Cove Forge. The HOPE Program utilizes traditional and complementary medicine, and a motivational interviewing styled CBT/12-Step/Reality Therapy approach to the treatment of addiction. Mr. Cook’s job is to train clinicians and corporations on the substance use issues and the HOPE Program, as well as the continued development through clinical interventions. Chris is constantly pouring over research to determine if a specific therapy may help our patients. Christopher graduated cum laude from La Roche College, received a Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology with a Minor in Business Administration. In January Mr. Cook will begin PhD studies in Counselor Education and Supervision at Waynesburg University where his is currently finishing his MBA in Healthcare Administration, or begin a Nursing program leading to a BSN and ultimately a CRNP. He is a board-certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) credentialed through the Pennsylvania Certification Board (#7100) and an HIV testing and counseling licensee from the State of Pennsylvania (#5262). Also in 2014, Mr. Cook has obtained his DOT SAP credential and a become a board-certified intervention professional (CIP).
Mr. Cook began his career in the addictions field in 2003 as a therapist working with adolescents with addiction and behavioral issues. Chris now specializes in clinical and corporate trainings such as, Recovery-Enhancing Medications in Addition Treatment, Current Drug Trends, Addiction: Occupational Hazard for Healthcare Professionals, and various other topics related substance abuse and its treatment.
Senior Vice President of Operations, Advanced Recovery Systems
Maxine Michael joined Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS) as the Senior Vice President of Operations in 2013. Ms. Michael came to ARS with extensive experience in behavioral healthcare operations, business development and clinical operations. She has provided her services in freestanding behavioral health hospitals and facilities as well as in medical hospitals. Most recently she served as the Director of Psychiatric Services for a large medical hospital including inpatient services and Psychiatric Emergency Services in the Emergency Departments.
Ms. Michael’s previous experiences include directing all operational requirements for the startup of several freestanding, privately owned behavioral health facilities, including handling issues related to licensing, admissions, billing systems, electronic medical records systems and clinical program development. Ms. Michael has served as a consultant to various home-health agencies, skilled-nursing facilities, nursing schools, community health centers and startup businesses since 1986. In other capacities, Ms. Michael has served as the Director of Business Development for large hospital corporations, where she profitably increased census and managed operations. Prior to that engagement, she served for two years as the Director of Private Sector Advocacy for the Florida Division of the American Cancer Society. She has also co-owned and operated a community based company focused on stabilizing and maintaining patients by providing on site medical, mental health and psychiatric services. Her company also provided medical, mental health and psychiatric services on a statewide basis to Florida operated juvenile justice facilities.
Ms. Michael is a graduate of the University of South Florida, from which she holds the degrees of a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in the field of Gerontology. Ms. Michael holds copyrights for an Activities Assessment for Nursing Home Residents and for the Sign Language Interpretation of the Serenity Prayer. She has also developed and implemented clinical programs in a number of areas, including Geriatric Psychiatry, Women’s Trauma Programming, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing programming.
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.