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Saturday, March 3, 2018 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Caron New York Regional Recovery Center
244 E 58th Street New York, NY 10022

Registration is required.
For More Information:
Maria Hendrickson

Addiction is a devastating, frightening and confusing disease for anyone to experience. This is especially true when emotionally traumatic experiences have a complex impact on individuals with behavioral health and substance use diagnoses. Many times, the substance abuser is not the only one who suffers. The family members often feel like they are drowning scared, lost, angry, overwhelmed, and alone. This active learning seminar will provide participants with information about the complex relationship between addiction and trauma, as well as the healing dynamics of family recovery. It will provide information on how to stay afloat by introducing coping skills and focusing on family recovery.

About The Presenters
Michele Pole
Michele Pole

Michele Pole, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist licensed in Pennsylvania and is the Director of Psychology at Caron. Dr. Pole, along with her team, has developed a Phase-based, integrative approach to treating trauma and addiction for patients at Caron. Dr. Pole’s team has developed evidence-based treatment groups for co-occurring psychiatric disorders as well. Dr. Pole has training in numerous evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based approaches. Additionally, she is trained in several treatments addressing PTSD and trauma including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Eye-Movement Desensitization Therapy (EMDR).

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 Older Adults, 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 Older Adult 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

11:00 AM - Registration
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM - Program

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