Family Education Seminar

Community wide, FAMILY EDUCATION SEMINAR continuing on September 19th, 2020. Register Below!

The next Family Education Seminar will be held on Saturday, September 19th 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
Yvonne will be presenting an interactive lecture titled, ‘Sneaky Anger’ where she will explore the damaging effects of passive aggressive anger within the addicted family and the obstacles created with this style of communication while offering solution-focused alternatives. Her tips for respectful communication will allow families the opportunity to begin their journey to happier, healthier relationships. She brings over 30 years of experience working in the field of addiction treatment modality. She employs a motivational client-centered approach. Yvonne is an experienced group facilitator and active in her local community. She is trained in Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy. In 2016, she retired from Novant Health UVA Health Systems as the Lead Clinician of their Transitional Recovery Services Alcohol Detox. Prior to that she was the director of extended care for a medical facility treating substance use disorders outside of Nashville, TN. After a brief retirement, she has returned to the field as the Mobile Treatment Advisor for Virginia sponsored by Mt. Regis Center. Yvonne has helped literally thousands of families suffering from Substance Use Disorder.

VCAM Presenters
Andreas Bienert, PhD, LPC, NCC, CSAC
Dr. Bienert will be presenting a lecture titled, ‘The Science of Addiction & The Bio – Psycho – Social – Spiritual (BPSS) Model of Addiction’. Many things influence the development of an addiction. While we do not yet know how these various influences combine to form an addiction, we do know there are two basic types. One type of influence is biological forces, such a person's genetics. The second type is environmental influences. This includes people's life experiences. Early life experiences, interpersonal relationships, and culture can heavily influence a person. There are many different explanations, or models, of addiction. The Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual (BPSS) Model of addiction recognizes these different aspects of addiction are inter-related and forms a framework of comprehensive understanding of the disease

Dr. Bienert 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 currently serves as the Clinical Director for the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine (VCAM) and serves as an Assistant Professor at Colorado Christian University in its online Master of Arts in Counseling Program. Additionally, 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.

Register Below!

RSVP to dawn Choudhury at [email protected]

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