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Saturday, December 9, 2017 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Caron New York
244 E. 58th Street
New York, NY 10022

Registration is required.
For More Information:
Ann-Marie Loose 610-743-6287

The holidays can be a magical time filled with family, great food, fellowship, gifts and lots of laughter. The media most often portrays this time as hustle and bustle to get to your set destination for the anticipated love, holiday cheer, and warm and fuzzy family gatherings.

However, the holidays can also be filled with sadness and stress due to a myriad of factors and quite often we are not equipped to manage the impact of these issues. Many people will increase their alcohol and drug use to cope with the social demands of holiday parties, the complexity of family dynamics, the burden of finding the perfect gift, the desire to prepare a scrumptious holiday feast and the aspiration of creating magical moments for your children. By nature, we compare our lives to the outward appearance of others and that creates pressure all by itself. When families are dealing with addiction and early recovery, holiday stress is often compounded with feelings of anxiety, fear, resentment and anger. This presentation focuses on ways to prepare for the breadth of emotion often associated with the holidays. It will provide effective means of coping with stress and practical self-care options in lieu of maladaptive modes of coping, such as increases in alcohol and drug use.

About The Presenters
Paula V. Boulware-Brown

Paula V. Boulware-Brown, Psy.D. is the Clinical Supervisor of Psychological Testing and Psychology Specialty Groups at Caron. She also works on the Young Adult Male Unit and is a licensed, clinical psychologist in the states of Virginia and Pennsylvania. She earned a Doctorate in Psychology from Regent University in Virginia. Her theoretical orientation is Cognitive Behavioral and she holds specialized training in evidence based psychotherapy approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, and an evidence based model for the treatment of addictions known as Living in Balance. Dr. Brown has had the pleasure of working with a diverse population throughout her career including the military, spending almost a decade as a staff psychologist for the US Navy in the substance abuse and rehabilitation program. She has held numerous supervisory positions with programs seeking to develop and enhance mental health services in the states of Maryland and Virginia. Additionally, she had developed and facilitated training programs for addiction treatment certification, and provided clinical supervision to Master’s and Doctoral level students as part of her work. Dr. Brown is the author of “Eagles Don’t Eat Chicken Food,” an inspirational book offering a strategy for overcoming life’s obstacles with the goal of self-actualization to its fullness.

Vanessa Sommer

Vanessa Sommer MA, CADC, ICADC, is a Family Counselor at Caron. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Alvernia University, where she studied Clinical Psychology and Addiction Counseling. She continued her education at Rosemont College, receiving a Master’s Degree in Community and Applied Clinical Psychology.

Vanessa began her career working as an in-home family counselor, assisting families in rebuilding their relationships after extended separation events, developing parent education programs and implementing family workshops. Since joining the team at Caron in 2004, she has worked extensively with families impacted by addiction. She has particular expertise working with the families of Seniors, Healthcare Professionals, and parents of Young Adults. She is an experienced public speaker and presents on Addiction as a Disease, Recovery and Relapse, Family Dynamics and Addiction, as well as Communication and Boundaries. Vanessa was a principal member of the Young Adult Program Family Education Program at its inception. Vanessa currently leads the Primary Women, Health Care Professionals, and Seniors Family Education Program at Caron. She is passionate about addiction education and family recovery.

Maria Hendrickson

Maria Hendrickson, MA, MBA, ICAADC is the Family Clinical Specialist for Caron Treatment Centers in the NY city area. She brings to the job a strong clinical background, both in addiction and co-occurring disorders, with an emphasis on relapse prevention. Maria incorporates spirituality as the core healing tool for long term recovery. Utilizing a combination of motivational interviewing and education, Maria helps families engage in an open “conversation” with their loved one about their concerns specifically as they relate to substance use disorders or behavioral health. Through the Family Engagement process families can explore best treatment options, level of care, as well as connect with support resources pre and post treatment.

Additional Information

11:30 AM - Registration
11:30 AM - Eat lunch during the presentation

Please do not let finances prohibit your attendance. Contact Maria Hendrickson at (610) 743-6179 for information regarding workshop scholarships. Underwritten by the Catherine Caron Fund and the generosity of Lauren & Jay Springer.