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Saturday, April 6, 2019 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Caron Atlanta
1200 Ashwood Parkway, Suite 125
Atlanta, GA 30338

Registration is required.
For More Information:
Ann-Marie Loose 610-743-6287 ALoose@Caron.org

This presentation will focus on identifying the dynamics within the family that may contribute to the progression of the disease. Through considerate education and supportive discussion, participants will receive a new outlook regarding how to best cope with the challenges of active addiction and early recovery in their homes, lives and relationships with others.

When an individual struggles with a substance use disorder, family and friends often wonder how addiction became the focus of the relationship. Those close to the individual may feel that the relationship has been compromised by anxiety and frustrations. Family members may experience complex emotions, relationship damage, and negative consequences connected to their loved one’s substance use. Others may experience fear, a sense of obligation, or guilt over the mounting impact of addiction on the family. At any level, addiction robs the family of health, trust, and connection. And soon, family members find themselves wondering: “How did I get here, and what happens next?”

This seminar will assist family members in addressing these questions and focus on identifying dynamics within the family that may contribute to the progression of their loved one’s disease. Through education and supportive discussion, participants will gain a new outlook about how to best cope with the challenges of active addiction and early recovery in their homes, lives, and relationships.

About The Presenter
Dean Monteleone
Dean Monteleone

Dean Monteleone is the Clinical Director for Caron Atlanta outpatient program – the Atlanta regions’ longest freestanding Intensive Outpatient program for Teens and Young Adults. Before joining the Caron team in April of 2012, Dean served as the Clinical Director for the DDT team, a program designed to support dually diagnosed patients & families and prior to that as the Clinical Director for the Admissions, Evaluation, Intervention and UR departments that served the Greater Pittsburgh and Eastern Ohio areas. Over the course of his career, Dean has worked directly with adults, teens and families affected by addiction, cancer, mental health issues and intellectual developmental disabilities as well as the unique challenges faced by healthcare professionals struggling with their own self-care. He has had multiple roles within the addictions field for the last 18 years serving as Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor, Primary Therapist, Interventionist as well as Adjunct Faculty at local universities.

Dean was an instrumental part of the original Caron team that launched the My First Year of Recovery Aftercare Program. He provided assessment, consultation and monitoring services to patients and their families for up to four years following their discharge from primary treatment.

Dean earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in PA since 2005.

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.


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Agenda:
Registration/Continental Breakfast - 8:30 AM
Presentation - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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