Family Education Seminar

Community wide, FAMILY EDUCATION SEMINAR continuing on May 16th, 2020. Register Below!

The next Family Education Seminar will be held on Saturday, May 16th as a webinar presented by the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine. The schedule and speakers will be updated below in the next week. If you are concerned that someone you love has a substance use issue, would like continued education on the disease of addiction and how it affects the family, or just need support as you navigate through the recovery process, please join us for a day of lectures and activities presented by some of the top doctors, clinicians and experts in the Richmond area.

Let’s Reduce the Stigma

To those who study it, the truth is plain to see - addiction is not a moral failing but a devastating disease of the mind that can be treated and healed. Nevertheless, there is still so much isolation, shame, and stigma attached to substance abuse for addicted patients and their families that it is difficult for many to seek the help they so desperately need. One of the ways we fight against stigma is by educating families throughout our community on the reality and nature of the disease and giving them the means to counteract it. Families are often surprised to learn that things they did out of love and concern for a family member struggling with addiction were sometimes not helpful. The keys to turning things around are knowledge and informed compassion. Our goal in this effort is to equip families with the knowledge and resources they need to grow and heal and by doing so, help us reduce the deadly effects of stigma in our community. Addiction is “a family disease” and family members are profoundly affected when a loved one suffers. We hope that our program will help family members to recognize the many ways their lives have been impacted by the illness of their loved one. More importantly, we hope they’ll be introduced to the kind of understanding, practices, and treatments that are needed to begin their own journeys of recovery.

Guest Speakers
David Rook
David serves as the president of True Recovery United. He is a man in long-term recovery, a devoted husband and father, and a giving member of his Richmond community. David is a Certified Peer Recovery Coach and a DBHDS (Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services) Peer Recovery Specialist trainer of trainer. Through his personal and professional experience, David has built an extensive knowledge of recovery and he enjoys educating others through public speaking and advocacy for legislative reform. He is passionate about using his experiences and wisdom to help others navigate recovery and he is a court advocate and family liaison. David served as Director of Operations at The McShin Foundation for four years and then grew on to develop his own diverse and thriving recovery housing resource for the community. David went on to help build VARR (Virginia Association of Recovery Residences) in the Richmond community. He believes quality recovery housing is a crucial aspect in the success of individuals seeking recovery.

Nora Milligan
Nora is a woman in long-term recovery and the loving parent of a young man in recovery. She is a Critical Care RN and a trained Family Recovery Coach. She is the President of A2R Addiction to Recovery Magazine and is a former member of Families in Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.) and Long Island Recovery Association (LIRA). Nora was a part of the NY State Advocacy movement that brought about real legislative change aimed at targeting the opioid epidemic. In 2014 she was appointed to Governor Cuomo’s SUD workgroup committee to represent the recovery community and their families. She was formerly on Suffolk County’s Recovery Home Oversight Committee and sat on the Advisory Committee of Long Island’s Recovery Community Outreach Center THRIVE. Nora shared her experiences with the NYS Office of Addiction Services and Support (OASAS) to help create online educational Kitchen Table Toolkit for families. She was also featured in Newsday’s Heroin Diaries and was the 2017 recipient of the LIRA ‘Friend of Recovery’ Award. She is a passionate public speaker and frequently shares her story of recovery with families, community members, legislators, schools, treatment centers and jails to decrease stigma and show others that recovery is possible for all.

VCAM Presenters
Dr. Andreas Bienert
Dr. Andreas Bienert currently serves at the Clinical Director at the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine and is a faculty member at Colorado Christian University’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the state of Virginia, and a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Dr. Bienert has worked in the mental health field since 2005. He is recognized for his work within inpatient and outpatient levels of care with individuals struggling to recover from addiction and trauma, and has worked with children, adolescents, adults, in addition to couples and families. This experience has also led him to pursue further training and expertise, including neurofeedback and EMDR.

As a native of Austria, Dr. Bienert grew up in a country that has deep roots in psychological theory. His bi-cultural background and focus in clinical mental health has led him to a number of volunteer opportunities and leadership roles. As an Austrian with professional experiences and associations in the United States and Europe, Dr. Bienert brings a broad and rich cultural sensitivity to the counseling and other mental health fields. He carries a strong vision that includes the development of counseling services and access to counselor education and professional supervision in countries where these services are still in early developmental stages. Dr. Bienert serves as a steering committee member of the International Registry of Counselor Education and Related Educational Programs (IRCEP), where he contributes to quality assurance efforts within International Counselor Education programs. Dr. Bienert is also part of a cross-cultural training team, which has led him to consultation and teaching efforts in Ukraine, and he continues to supervise students cross-culturally throughout their clinical training program.

Dr. Bienert holds memberships in the Association for Counselor Education & Supervision, American Counseling Association, Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Virginia Counseling Association, Virginia Association of Addiction Professionals and the European Association for Counseling.

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