Family Education Seminar

Community wide, FAMILY EDUCATION SEMINAR continuing on July 25th, 2020. Register Below!

The next Family Education Seminar will be held on Saturday, July 25th as a webinar presented by the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine. 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
Adina Silvestri EdD, LPC
Adina Silvestri EdD, LPC is a licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist in Richmond, Virginia who works with children and families. She specializes in treating women with substance abuse issues and in helping children who have experienced trauma lead full and productive lives. Dr. Silvestri helps women with Binge Eating issues recover from shame and find hope and healing.

Dr. Silvestri’s clinical work includes providing supervision to counselors-in-training. Dr. Silvestri is an innovative counselor educator; she teaches aspiring counselors the skills needed to become empathetic and creative. In addition to her clinical work and teaching, Dr. Silvestri is the host of Atheists in Recovery podcast which works to address the spiritual and scientific belief systems of people in long term recovery. She writes for publications such as the Dr. Oz show, American Counseling Association, Richmond Family Magazine, and other recovery and wellness publications.

In her spare time, she mentors students through Blue Sky Fund and her hobbies include sailing, running and learning Japanese.

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.

Register Below!

RSVP to dawn Choudhury at [email protected]

Join this zoom webinar the day of the event via the following link: