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March 2015

Pain Management and Addiction

Monday, March 2, 2015,  7:30 pm -  9:00 pm (ET)

Webinar sponsored by International Nurses Society of Addictions (IntNSA)

 

Speaker: William Lorman, JD, PhD, RN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CARN-AP, FIAAN

Webinar Description: Patients who suffer from a pain syndrome have a right to be pain-free, even those suffering from an addictive disorder. The issue is not whether or not to use opiate analgesics, the issue is how to best manpm8age their administration. This program will provide an understanding of the neurobiology of addiction and pain and how to properly manage the patient. A case study will be presented demonstrating the problems and issues surrounding such management.

Educational Objectives:

• Describe the final common pathway for reward and pleasure.
• List the types of pain and pain signals.
• Differentiate between pseudoaddiction, addiction, and physical dependence

 

The International Nurses Society on Addictions CNE is accredited by the California Board of Nursing for nursing contact hours. The California Board of Nursing has accredited this program for 1.5 contact hours of continuing nursing education.

 

Click Here to Register

Webinar
Got Coverage? Next Steps in Using Your Health Insurance

 

March 5, 2015 | 2 p.m. Eastern Time

 

Many people now have health insurance but may not know how to use it. This webinar will discuss how to read your insurance card, how to find a doctor, what you need to know to make an appointment, and what to do in case you have a health emergency. Key terms will be discussed as well as recommended health screenings. We will highlight the From Coverage to Care materials on health insurance literacy during the webinar.

 

Join by Phone Only: 1-415-655-0051 
Access Code: 910-370-456 — The PIN is the # key.

 

Register for the Webinar

Nine-Part Lecture Series at Transfiguration Lutheran Church
Based on the new book by Rev. Dr. John MacDougall
Being Sober and Becoming Happy

 

March 12, 2015 6:30 p.m. Free

Surrender and Trust

 

Transfiguration Lutheran Church
11000 France Avenue South (110th Street and France)
Bloomington, MN 55431
952.884.2364

WWW.TLCMN.COM

 

Rev. Dr. John MacDougall, one of the most respected voices in the field of addiction and recovery, presents a series of lectures beginning on January 8, 2015.

 

This series is appropriate for all people interested in learning how to apply the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to daily life. No familiarity with addiction or recovery is required to attend.

 

All are welcome

Refreshments and optional discussion groups follow.

 

12 Step Spirituality

March 14, 2015

Steps 8 and 9: "Forgiveness Takes Work"

 

Each Session:

  • Centering Prayer Instruction
  • Two 20-Minute Sessions of Silence
  • Readings from the Big Book
  • Presenters Share Personal
  • Experiences
  • Teaching on 12 Step Spirituality and Impediments to It
  • Group Discussions

Cost:
A free-will offering of $10 per workshop to cover rent, snacks, printing and coffee is greatly appreciated

 

Location:
Colonial Church of Edina
Hearth Room
6200 Colonial Way
Edina, MN 55436

 

Directions:
Located north of Hwy 62 in Edina; From Hwy 62 take the Tracy Ave exit, turning north onto Tracy Ave. Take the 1st left (west) onto Colonial Way. Colonial Church is located on the left.

 

Motivational Interviewing Basics for Tobacco Dependence Treatment.

 

The training is being held from 8:00 to 4:00 on March 16 in Mankato and March 17 in St. Paul. This training is for professionals who serve people with mental illnesses and chemical dependency to help to build their skills in helping their clients being to consider tobacco dependence treatment.

 

6.5 CEUs for Social Work are available.

 

Free to attend. Registration is limited.

Register online

 

RECOVERY ADVOCACY SEMINAR

Fight Stigma! Speak Out! Promote Recovery!

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Metro State University Founders Hall Auditorium

700 7th Street East

St. Paul, MN 55106

 

Join us for a seminar on Recovery Advocacy and find out what YOU can do to support the Recovery Community.

This seminar is for all supporters of the recovery community including students, faculty, community members and professionals and will provide you with the tools and training to:

  • Become civically engaged to advocate for recovery issues important to you
  • Speak out about recovery in a clear and credible way that will help move the recovery community’s advocacy agenda forward
  • Promote recovery by advancing public awareness of the reality of recovery
  • Connect with, talk to, and educate your elected officials about issues surrounding recovery
  • How to turn your ideas into laws: the process of making legislation in Minnesota

 

Keynote Speaker Betsy Hodges is the 47th mayor of Minneapolis and a woman in long-term recovery. Mayor Hodges will talk to the importance of the recovery community being civically engaged, running for office as a person in recovery and the importance of having more persons in recovery elected to public office.

 

 

Registration Deadline: March 13 To register, click here

 

For more information contact Julia Parnell at 612-584-4158 or julia@minnesotarecovery.org

 

Community Forum

 

As the overdose epidemic continues to rage across the country and our state – one person dies from a drug overdose every 19 minutes – Minnesota communities are organizing to address dangerous and deadly recreational drug use. In the east metro, three forums will be held in an effort to educate local parents, teachers, and youth leaders on discussing the problem with children and teens, recognizing warning signs, and understanding the disease of addiction. 

According to today’s article in the Star Tribune, participants will include Tom Fitzgerald, the father of a Woodbury teen who died of an overdose last year, Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton, County Attorney Pete Orput, local police, and prevention professionals from Know the Truth, a substance abuse prevention program. We encourage any and all who have a story to share or who are looking for more information about recreational drug use to attend one of the upcoming forums:

Thursday, March 26
7 p.m.
Woodbury High School
2665 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury
The Inner Critic 

 

March 26, 2015

6:00 - 7:30 pm at The Healing House of Saint Paul

338 Snelling Ave. S.

 

Presenter: Laure Schwartz, Spiritual Director, Mental Health Professional, Somatic Awareness Therapist

 

Chronic self-attack and the affect it has on you.

 

Too many people suffer from anxiety and depression. Wondering why this combination is frequently diagnosed? Come find out what happens in your system, the body, mind, and spirit, when under chronic self-attack. Begin to understand what you can do to change it.

 

FREE GIFT: attendees receive a coupon for health services

 

Please register at the website below as space is limited.
http://healinghousesaintpaul.org/monthly-health-talks/
Announcing The Retreat
Kids' Camp
At Camp Tanadoona in Excelsior, MN

 

Date: Saturday, March 28—Sunday, March 29, 2015
Time: Check in Saturday, from 8—9 AM
Check out Sunday at 4 PM
Ages: 7—12 Years Old
Location: Camp Tanadoona

 

This program offers supportive education for kids in chemically dependent families. It is not for kids dealing with their own chemical dependency. It is not treatment or therapy.

 

Kids can expect to:

  • Learn about addiction and its effects on them.
  • Experience that they are not alone.
  • Learn that it’s not their fault, and that there is help.
  • Have some time to just be a kid while playing and enjoying the activities that camp has to offer!


Fee: $25 per child to register (scholarships are available)

Space is limited. Click here to register on-line

 

 

Art in Recovery Workshop

 

Saturday, March 28, 2015
1:00pm

 

GLBT in Recovery invites you to join Claire Rosen, LADC, an expert in art therapy, as we take a journey into the wonderful world of expressive therapy. 

Art therapy has been shown to be an effective way of healing, processing, and expressing truths about ourselves- regardless of our level of artistic abilities. Expressing ourselves through art can tap into parts of our story that we have repressed or ignored. 

Here at GLBT in Recovery, we believe it is important to take PRIDE in who we are, where we have come from, and where we are heading. Saturday, March 28th you will have an opportunity to express these truths in a fun and creative way. 

The day will start with a brief discussion on the benefits of creative expression in recovery, followed by an art therapy workshop, and end with an opportunity to discuss and share the amazing works of art everyone created!

 

Art supplies will be provided as well as snacks and beverages.

  

All God's Children MCC
3100 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN55407

Suggested Donaton:$5

 

April 2015

Community Forum

 

As the overdose epidemic continues to rage across the country and our state – one person dies from a drug overdose every 19 minutes – Minnesota communities are organizing to address dangerous and deadly recreational drug use. In the east metro, three forums will be held in an effort to educate local parents, teachers, and youth leaders on discussing the problem with children and teens, recognizing warning signs, and understanding the disease of addiction. 

According to today’s article in the Star Tribune, participants will include Tom Fitzgerald, the father of a Woodbury teen who died of an overdose last year, Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton, County Attorney Pete Orput, local police, and prevention professionals from Know the Truth, a substance abuse prevention program. We encourage any and all who have a story to share or who are looking for more information about recreational drug use to attend one of the upcoming forums:

Thursday, April 2
7 p.m.
Park High School
8040 80th St. S, Cottage Grove
Minnesota Recovery Connection, Hazelden,
and The Recovery Church present
2015 Spring Recovery Speaker Series

 

How to Survive:
The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

 

Survival stories tend to lean toward the over-the-top man vs. mountain tales, but some of the most heroic survivors are actually ordinary people who bravely faced down everyday trauma. While writing and researching her latest book, How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People, author Andy Steiner talked to people who explained how they survived life’s greatest challenges. What she learned is that we all have the capacity for great strength and resilience.

 

Time
7:00 P.M.
Location
The Recovery Church
253 State Street
St. Paul, MN 55107

 

This event is free.

 

The Recovery Church is located just across the river from downtown St. Paul off Plato Blvd.
Questions? Please contact Julia Parnell at julia@minnesotarecovery.org or 612-584-5158.

 

Community Forum

 

As the overdose epidemic continues to rage across the country and our state – one person dies from a drug overdose every 19 minutes – Minnesota communities are organizing to address dangerous and deadly recreational drug use. In the east metro, three forums will be held in an effort to educate local parents, teachers, and youth leaders on discussing the problem with children and teens, recognizing warning signs, and understanding the disease of addiction. 

According to today’s article in the Star Tribune, participants will include Tom Fitzgerald, the father of a Woodbury teen who died of an overdose last year, Washington County Sheriff Bill Hutton, County Attorney Pete Orput, local police, and prevention professionals from Know the Truth, a substance abuse prevention program. We encourage any and all who have a story to share or who are looking for more information about recreational drug use to attend one of the upcoming forums:

Thursday, April 9
7 p.m.
Tartan High School
828 Greenway Ave. N, Oakdale
Nine-Part Lecture Series at Transfiguration Lutheran Church
Based on the new book by Rev. Dr. John MacDougall
Being Sober and Becoming Happy

 

April 9, 2015 6:30 p.m. Free

Practice What Principles?

 

Transfiguration Lutheran Church
11000 France Avenue South (110th Street and France)
Bloomington, MN 55431
952.884.2364

WWW.TLCMN.COM

 

Rev. Dr. John MacDougall, one of the most respected voices in the field of addiction and recovery, presents a series of lectures beginning on January 8, 2015.

 

This series is appropriate for all people interested in learning how to apply the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to daily life. No familiarity with addiction or recovery is required to attend.

 

All are welcome

Refreshments and optional discussion groups follow.

 

What is MNYPAA?

MNYPAA is an annual Alcoholics Anonymous conference held in the state of Minnesota. It is an event for any and all members of AA, and is organized primarily by young, recovering alcoholics. We define young as “young at heart”.

 

Our mission statement-

Minnesota Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (MNYPAA) has but one primary purpose- to carry its message to the alcoholic that still suffers. When  anyone, anywhere reaches out for help, we want the hand of Alcoholics Anonymous always to be there; and for that: we are responsible.

 

MNYPAA provides visible evidence that large numbers of young people are achieving a lasting and comfortable sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. The  three legacies of AA– Recovery, Unity, and Service– are the backbone of MNYPAA, just as they are throughout AA. We unify young or young at heart, people in Minnesota by practicing the principles of AA through meetings, events, and outreach.

 

Newcomers are shown by people their own age, that using AA principles in their daily lives and getting involved in AA service can have a significant impact on a lasting and comfortable sobriety. As the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous states, “We are people who normally would not mix. But there exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful”, MNYPAA shows all people that this is the case.

 

Click Here to Register

Improvisation Classes for LADCs, Recovery Coaches & Peer-To-Peer Volunteers

 

Off Script

 

Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 1:00 PM - Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 3:00 PM (CDT)

Minneapolis, MN

Off Script Improv Class

 

Off Script is offering an improvisation class designed specifically for LADCs, CDCs, Recovery Coaches and MRC Peer-to-Peer Support volunteers.  This class has been approved for 11 LADC continuing education units.

 

In this 6 week class you will learn how improv can develop your listening skills, ability to connect and respond to your patients. You will also learn to use improv to help patients focus on the now and generate "I statements".  No previous improv experience is required. Class will run for 2 hours over 6 weeks starting on Saturday, April 11th ending May 16th.  Classes are $125.00 and can be paid on the first day of class.  Please reserve your spot in the class today.

Register Here
12 Step Spirituality

April 11, 2015

Guest Speaker Bob N. Step 10: "Emotional Sobriety"

 

Each Session:

  • Centering Prayer Instruction
  • Two 20-Minute Sessions of Silence
  • Readings from the Big Book
  • Presenters Share Personal
  • Experiences
  • Teaching on 12 Step Spirituality and Impediments to It
  • Group Discussions

Cost:
A free-will offering of $10 per workshop to cover rent, snacks, printing and coffee is greatly appreciated

 

Location:
Colonial Church of Edina
Hearth Room
6200 Colonial Way
Edina, MN 55436

 

Directions:
Located north of Hwy 62 in Edina; From Hwy 62 take the Tracy Ave exit, turning north onto Tracy Ave. Take the 1st left (west) onto Colonial Way. Colonial Church is located on the left.

 

The Heart of Compassion and Forgiveness

A residential retreat presented by The George Mann Project for Spiritually Centered Living - Programming to Enrich Well-Being

 

2015 Retreat Dates

All Retreats are held Sunday-Tuesday.

 

April 12—14

May 17—19

September 13—15

October 4—6

November 15—17

December 4—6 (held in Springdale, UT)*

 

Join us on a journey to self love, kindness and ul-timately, forgiveness of self and others where you'll experience powerful transformational tools that will help you find a deeper sense of peace.

 

We will practice mindfulness, compassion and forgiveness through meditation, and unique practices that address healing of every kind mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.

 

Everyone is welcome! Our presenters are fluent in the AA Steps and Traditions, but our programming serves everyone, whether struggling with chemical dependency or other life limiting

The cost for each retreat is $200, including lodging, meals & materials. Scholarship funds are available.

 

*Room and board is not included in this re-treat fee.

For additional information, or to register, call 952.476.0566 or 952.767.0334
or visit our website: www.theretreat.org

 

Chemical Health Webinar

 

Vinland is pleased to announce the next webinar in our chemical health webinar series. The series offers valuable information on chemical health services for individuals living with cognitive disabilities. The free webinars are held quarterly, with recordings available for viewing on our website here.

 

Registration is currently open for the next webinar in the series. Registered attendees will receive 1 CEU credit.

 

Substance Abuse Treatment for Women with Cognitive Disabilities
Presented by Farrel Braunstein, MS, LADC, BCCR, CBIS, Chemical Health Case Manager at Vinland Center
When: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Register: Click Here
Overview: Vinland specializes in serving individuals with substance abuse issues, mental health issues, and cognitive impairments. During this presentation, you will learn about specific challenges inherent in our client population, as well as practical interventions that may be used when treating clients with multiple issues and clinical needs. You will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for their unique situation.
Objectives:
  • Increase awareness, knowledge, and ability to work with cognitively impaired clients that goes beyond the traditional treatment interventions and methodology.
  • Learn practical tools to use with cognitively impaired clients.
  • Understand synergistic effect of addiction, mental health issues, physical disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.
Speaker: Farrel Braunstein has been involved in the field of addiction treatment for more than 35 years and is currently a case manager at Vinland National Center. She works directly with female clients who suffer from addiction issues, mental health challenges, physical disabilities, and cognitive issues, in combination or alone. She holds Master’s Degree in Education, is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist with the Brain Injury Association of America. Farrel has presented workshops and lectures on various topics throughout her career including addiction, group therapy, co- occurring disorders, trauma informed services, cognitive disabilities, continuing care needs and relapse prevention.

more information

Park Nicollet Melrose Center and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation present:

SET Your Clients Up for Success
Learn to Spot, Engage and Treat Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

An experiential workshop for mental health providers and CD counselors

 

Wednesday, April 22 or June 17 or September 23
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Park Nicollet Melrose Center
3525 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park, MN
1st Floor Conference Rooms


7.25 CEs provided by the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies
Through experiential meals, exercises and didactic training, clinicians working with individuals suffering from both eating disorders and substance abuse will explore the similarities, differences and treatment options for this co-occurring disorder.


Participants will learn how to:

  • Spot the warning signs of an eating disorder and how to screen clients effectively.
  • Engage your clients to reduce harmful behaviors and increase willingness to make changes.
  • Treat co-occurring symptoms at your practice or facility and learn when to refer out.

Due to the experiential nature of this workshop there are limited spaces available. Preregistration is required. Register online here


Cost is $150 per person and includes snacks and meals.


About the Presenters:


Eating Disorder Assessment for Chemical Dependency Providers
Becoming ED Sensitive: Treatment Site Recommendations
Dr. Jason Reed, PsyD, LP, is the clinical lead of the Melrose Center ED/CD Program. Dr. Reed completed his pre- and post-doctoral training at Hazelden Foundation and has worked in the area of addiction and co-occurring disorders for the past 10 years in a variety of positions.


Psychiatric Update for ED/CD
Dr. Gavin Meany, MD, joined Park Nicollet Melrose Center as a staff psychiatrist in August of 2014. Prior to Melrose, Dr. Meany was with Sanford Health System North and Centracare Health System. His training at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, ND, emphasized various facets of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and other eating disorders, including Night Eating Syndrome and the impact of bariatric surgery on weight, substance use disorders, and general health and wellness, especially the interaction with pharmacotherapies.

 

Coping with Trauma through Eating Disorders and Addiction
Dr. Ryan C. Van Wyk, PsyD, LP, joined the Park Nicollet Melrose Center team in 2012 as a licensed psychologist to continue the development of the ED/CD Program. He completed his post-academic training at Hazelden Foundation. His experience working with eating disorders and addiction has led to a specialty in understanding how trauma contributes to the development of co-occurring disorders and complicates recovery.


Eating Spectrum: "Normal" - Eating Disordered Behaviors seen in Treatment

Including Food Insecurity and Compulsive Eating Behaviors
Elizabeth Jackson, MS, RD, LD, has worked as a dietitian at the Park Nicollet Melrose Center outpatient services since 2010. She worked in Michigan for 19 years in private practice, specializing in eating disorders and child and family feeding issues. She also taught at Central Michigan University.

 

Connection to Self, Others and One's Higher Power thru Meditation
Janet Kirkland Stark is a Board Certified Chaplain and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She graduated with a Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary (2004) and completed her Clinical Pastoral Educations at Methodist Hospital Eating Disorder Institute (2004-2005). Janet is passionate about how people connect to their "true self, others and to lives that have meaning and purpose. Her work with individuals and families as they struggle with eating disorders allows her to explore this passion while integrating the best of spiritual care practices, progressive spirituality, integrative healing modalities and mind/body awareness.


Schedule
· 7:30-8:00 a.m. - Registration/Continental Breakfast - Networking
· 8:00 a.m. - Welcome, Introductions, Housekeeping details, Melrose overview and EDCD program
· 8:30 a.m. - Interactive Assessment of ED Knowledge
· 9:00 a.m. - Mindfulness exercise


SPOT
· 9:15 a.m. - Eating Disorder Overview and DSM 5 update
· 9:45 a.m. - Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorder, Food Addiction
· 10:30 a.m. - Break with snack
· 10:40 a.m. - Psychiatric Update for Eating Disorders/Chemical Dependency
· 11:00 a.m. - Eating Disorder Assessment for Chemical Dependency Providers (Typical Signs and symptoms seen in treatment/sober home settings)


ENGAGE
· 12:00 p.m. - Presentation of three case studies and brief introduction to experiential meal experience
· 12:15-12:45 p.m. - Supervised experiential lunch -Meal provided will be consistent with case study cohort
· 12:45 p.m. - Process supervised meal experience in case study cohort
· 12:45-12:55p.m. - Mindfulness exercise
· 1:00 p.m. - Eating Spectrum: "Normal" - Eating Disordered Behaviors Seen in Treatment, Including Food Insecurity and Compulsive Eating Behaviors
· 2:00 p.m. - Coping with Trauma through Eating Disorders and Addiction
· 3:00 p.m. - Break with snack
TREAT
· 3:10 p.m. - Connection to Self, Others and One's Higher Power thru Mindfulness
· 3:20 p.m. - Becoming Eating Disorder Sensitive: Treatment Site Recommendations
· 4:20 p.m. - Final Q & A
· 4:30 p.m. - Adjourn - CEs Provided

Healing House of Saint Paul Monthly Health Talk

 

Topic: Inner Critic: Concussions & Head Injuries: Effective Treatment Through Use of FSM Therapy, Dr. Ali's Personal Story.

 

When: April  23, 6 - 7:30 pm

 

Where: Healing House of Saint Paul, 338 Snelling Ave. S.

 

Free to attend but must register here

Progress Valley's Road to Recovery Breakfast
Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sustaining Life-Long Recovery & Building Health Communities

Date:
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Check-In Begins at 7:30AM
Program 8:00 to 8:55AM

Event Details:
Join us for Progress Valley's first Annual Road to Recovery Breakfast.  Learn about our mission to help people help themselves.  Hear inspiring stores from men, women and family members as they share their personal journeys.

There is no cost to attend.  We hope you will consider making a gift or pledge to support Progress Valley and those we serve.

Location:
Pinstripes Restaurant
3489 Gallagher Drive
Edina, MN  55435

Online Registration:
You can register on our event page, click here:

For questions, to register and sponsorship information:
Email Lisa at lbuck@progressvalley.org or call at (952)-374-5540

Additional Information:
Free parking is available in the parking lot or ramp.

Visit our website at www.progressvalley.org

May 2015

Days of Remembrance

Join the Training Support Unit of the Minnesota Army National Guard in Sharing the
Story of Larry Tillemans

 

Saturday, 02 May 2015 at 1430

Camp Ripley Training and Community Center
1500 Highway 115, Camp Ripley
Little Falls, MN 56345-4173

 

An opportunity to hear first hand from a fellow comrade and his experience during the Nuremberg Trails and learn from the Holocaust.

 

The Emmy Award winning documentary, "The Typist", follows the life and work of Larry Tillemans, the last living clerk-typist from the Nuremberg Trials. As a sergeant in the U.S. 3rd Army, it was Larry's duty to document the testimony of victims and perpetrators of the Holocaust – information that deeply affected the young Minnesotan. After years of carrying this emotional burden, Larry decided to share his experiences with as many people as possible, a tireless effort that brought one man's voice to a world that sometimes struggles to remember the lessons of the past.

 

POC: MAJ John Donovan
Joint Visitors Bureau
320-616-2726
John.g.donovan12.mil@mail.mil

 

The Heart of Forgiveness— The Truth About Forgiveness and the Peace it Offers
A residential retreat presented by The George Mann Project for Spiritually Centered Living - Programming to Enrich Well-Being

May 3—5, 2015

 

Forgiveness is an essential practice for well-being and healing of every kind – mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.


We will explore topics including How to Forgive ; Compassion and Self Forgiveness ; Judgment and Projection; Love or Fear ; and Seeing and Perceiving with the Eyes of Love.


Through guided meditation, storytelling, and experiential exercises, participants will gain useful tools to forgive in their own lives, while experiencing a connection with their own heart.

 

Check in at 4 pm Sunday
Check out at 3 pm Tuesday
The cost for this retreat is $295 including
lodging, meals & materials.


Scholarship funds are available.

 

For additional information, or to register, call 952.476.0566 or 952.767.0334
or visit our website: www.theretreat.org

 

Minnesota Recovery Connection, Hazelden,
and The Recovery Church present
2015 Spring Recovery Speaker Series

 

Wellness and Recovery: A Mini Talk with a Mini Expo
Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Why is Wellness so important to Recovery? The short answer: For individuals with lived experience of addiction and recovery, embracing wellness can extraordinarily improve quality and years of life. Join us to hear about the importance of Wellness in Recovery and to visit a number of wellness “stations” to learn about different ways to fortify your recovery. Some wellness stations will include a wellness check, nutrition, running, massage, health care, yoga, meditation, art, financial wellness, acupuncture, and more!

 

Time
7:00 P.M.
Location
The Recovery Church
253 State Street
St. Paul, MN 55107

 

This event is free.

 

The Recovery Church is located just across the river from downtown St. Paul off Plato Blvd.
Questions? Please contact Julia Parnell at julia@minnesotarecovery.org or 612-584-5158.

 

12 Step Spirituality

May 9, 2015

Step 11: "Pray All Ways"

 

Each Session:

  • Centering Prayer Instruction
  • Two 20-Minute Sessions of Silence
  • Readings from the Big Book
  • Presenters Share Personal
  • Experiences
  • Teaching on 12 Step Spirituality and Impediments to It
  • Group Discussions

Cost:
A free-will offering of $10 per workshop to cover rent, snacks, printing and coffee is greatly appreciated

 

Location:
Colonial Church of Edina
Hearth Room
6200 Colonial Way
Edina, MN 55436

 

Directions:
Located north of Hwy 62 in Edina; From Hwy 62 take the Tracy Ave exit, turning north onto Tracy Ave. Take the 1st left (west) onto Colonial Way. Colonial Church is located on the left.

 

Twin Cities Training - May 2015
Native American Curriculum for Substance Abuse and Prevention Programs in Minnesota

 

Description:   

 

The primary intent of this substance abuse-related curriculum is to provide an educational experience primarily for prevention specialists and substance abuse staff of state licensed programs in Minnesota. The curriculum is alsoexcellent for health, mental health and social work staff members, and other service providers working with Native Americans.

 

Curriculum topics include:

  • Cultural and spiritual values (Pre-European contact)
  • Government policies, treaties and federal laws
  • Prejudicial and discrimination issues
  • Cultural orientations
  • Traditional family relationships
  • Introduction to spiritual ceremonies
  • History of alcohol and drug abuse
  • Multiple addictions and diseases
  • Counseling strategies & culturally and spiritually related assessment instruments

 

This curriculum contains 22 modules that require approximately 22 hours of instructional time.

 

Curriculum Goals:   

  • To improve ATOD prevention and Treatment experiences for Native Americans.
  • To provide a Native American cultural awareness educational program for staff members of prevention programs and other service providers.
  • To explore causal reasons for alcohol and drug abuse among Native American populations.
  • To identify Native American cultural and spiritual ways, and other ways, that contribute to the prevention, treatment and aftercare of alcohol and drug abuse among individuals and families.
  • To increase alcohol, tobacco and other drug related clinical skills & cultural competency

 

Attendance at full training is 22 CEU’s

 

When:  

 

Wednesday - Friday, May 13th, 14th &15th, 2015

8:30 am - 5:00 pm (will end early if possible)

 

Location:

 

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center 

2300 15th Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55404

 

Registration is required as there is a capacity limit for this training & Manuals will be ordered

Cost:  $120.00   (includes materials and copy of curriculum)

Register by: Friday, May 1st, 2015

 

Contact: Call Beth Sanftner at 612.728.2009 or email:  beth@miwrc.org   

 

Nine-Part Lecture Series at Transfiguration Lutheran Church
Based on the new book by Rev. Dr. John MacDougall
Being Sober and Becoming Happy

 

May 14, 2015 6:30 p.m. Free

Spiritual Recovery
from Trauma and Abuse

 

Transfiguration Lutheran Church
11000 France Avenue South (110th Street and France)
Bloomington, MN 55431
952.884.2364

WWW.TLCMN.COM

 

Rev. Dr. John MacDougall, one of the most respected voices in the field of addiction and recovery, presents a series of lectures beginning on January 8, 2015.

 

This series is appropriate for all people interested in learning how to apply the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to daily life. No familiarity with addiction or recovery is required to attend.

 

All are welcome

Refreshments and optional discussion groups follow.

 

CoDA Unity Day
Jeff VanVonderen
"Codependency is Dependency"

 

Saturday, May 16, 2015
1:00 – 3:30pm
Oak Grove Middle School
1300 West 106th Street
Bloomington, MN 55431

 

Jeff VanVonderen is a highly sought after speaker and consultant both nationally and internationally. For over 35 years, individuals, families, and organizations have benefited from his skills and understanding in the areas of addiction, family systems and recovery. Jeff was one of the
featured interventionists on the A&E Network's Emmy-winning documentary series about intervention.

 

This is an open meeting and all are welcome. However, seating is limited; please register here


A free will offering of $5 will be taken at the door. Donations made will be used to help cover speaker fees.

 

Sponsored by Edina Womens' CoDa Group & endorsed by Twin Cities CoDa Intergroup.

 

The Heart of Compassion and Forgiveness

A residential retreat presented by The George Mann Project for Spiritually Centered Living - Programming to Enrich Well-Being

 

2015 Retreat Dates

All Retreats are held Sunday-Tuesday.

 

May 17—19

September 13—15

October 4—6

November 15—17

December 4—6 (held in Springdale, UT)*

 

Join us on a journey to self love, kindness and ultimately, forgiveness of self and others where you'll experience powerful transformational tools that will help you find a deeper sense of peace.

 

We will practice mindfulness, compassion and forgiveness through meditation, and unique practices that address healing of every kind mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.

 

Everyone is welcome! Our presenters are fluent in the AA Steps and Traditions, but our programming serves everyone, whether struggling with chemical dependency or other life limiting

The cost for each retreat is $200, including lodging, meals & materials. Scholarship funds are available.

 

*Room and board is not included in this re-treat fee.

For additional information, or to register, call 952.476.0566 or 952.767.0334
or visit our website: www.theretreat.org

 

June 2015

Minnesota Recovery Connection, Hazelden,
and The Recovery Church present
2015 Spring Recovery Speaker Series

 

Seven Grandfathers and Principles of Recovery
Tuesday, June 2, 2015

 

In the tradition of Native American storytelling Cecelia draws a parallel between the legend of the Seven Grandfathers and the principals of Recovery. Through this journey we are able to view the principals with fresh eyes as living guidelines that exist across cultural, spiritual and generational boundaries.

 

Time
7:00 P.M.
Location
The Recovery Church
253 State Street
St. Paul, MN 55107

 

This event is free.

 

The Recovery Church is located just across the river from downtown St. Paul off Plato Blvd.
Questions? Please contact Julia Parnell at julia@minnesotarecovery.org or 612-584-5158.

 

Park Nicollet Melrose Center and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation present:

SET Your Clients Up for Success
Learn to Spot, Engage and Treat Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

An experiential workshop for mental health providers and CD counselors

 

Wednesday, April 22 or June 17 or September 23
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Park Nicollet Melrose Center
3525 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park, MN
1st Floor Conference Rooms


7.25 CEs provided by the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies
Through experiential meals, exercises and didactic training, clinicians working with individuals suffering from both eating disorders and substance abuse will explore the similarities, differences and treatment options for this co-occurring disorder.


Participants will learn how to:

  • Spot the warning signs of an eating disorder and how to screen clients effectively.
  • Engage your clients to reduce harmful behaviors and increase willingness to make changes.
  • Treat co-occurring symptoms at your practice or facility and learn when to refer out.

Due to the experiential nature of this workshop there are limited spaces available. Preregistration is required. Register online here


Cost is $150 per person and includes snacks and meals.


About the Presenters:


Eating Disorder Assessment for Chemical Dependency Providers
Becoming ED Sensitive: Treatment Site Recommendations
Dr. Jason Reed, PsyD, LP, is the clinical lead of the Melrose Center ED/CD Program. Dr. Reed completed his pre- and post-doctoral training at Hazelden Foundation and has worked in the area of addiction and co-occurring disorders for the past 10 years in a variety of positions.


Psychiatric Update for ED/CD
Dr. Gavin Meany, MD, joined Park Nicollet Melrose Center as a staff psychiatrist in August of 2014. Prior to Melrose, Dr. Meany was with Sanford Health System North and Centracare Health System. His training at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, ND, emphasized various facets of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and other eating disorders, including Night Eating Syndrome and the impact of bariatric surgery on weight, substance use disorders, and general health and wellness, especially the interaction with pharmacotherapies.

 

Coping with Trauma through Eating Disorders and Addiction
Dr. Ryan C. Van Wyk, PsyD, LP, joined the Park Nicollet Melrose Center team in 2012 as a licensed psychologist to continue the development of the ED/CD Program. He completed his post-academic training at Hazelden Foundation. His experience working with eating disorders and addiction has led to a specialty in understanding how trauma contributes to the development of co-occurring disorders and complicates recovery.


Eating Spectrum: "Normal" - Eating Disordered Behaviors seen in Treatment

Including Food Insecurity and Compulsive Eating Behaviors
Elizabeth Jackson, MS, RD, LD, has worked as a dietitian at the Park Nicollet Melrose Center outpatient services since 2010. She worked in Michigan for 19 years in private practice, specializing in eating disorders and child and family feeding issues. She also taught at Central Michigan University.

 

Connection to Self, Others and One's Higher Power thru Meditation
Janet Kirkland Stark is a Board Certified Chaplain and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She graduated with a Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary (2004) and completed her Clinical Pastoral Educations at Methodist Hospital Eating Disorder Institute (2004-2005). Janet is passionate about how people connect to their "true self, others and to lives that have meaning and purpose. Her work with individuals and families as they struggle with eating disorders allows her to explore this passion while integrating the best of spiritual care practices, progressive spirituality, integrative healing modalities and mind/body awareness.


Schedule
· 7:30-8:00 a.m. - Registration/Continental Breakfast - Networking
· 8:00 a.m. - Welcome, Introductions, Housekeeping details, Melrose overview and EDCD program
· 8:30 a.m. - Interactive Assessment of ED Knowledge
· 9:00 a.m. - Mindfulness exercise


SPOT
· 9:15 a.m. - Eating Disorder Overview and DSM 5 update
· 9:45 a.m. - Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorder, Food Addiction
· 10:30 a.m. - Break with snack
· 10:40 a.m. - Psychiatric Update for Eating Disorders/Chemical Dependency
· 11:00 a.m. - Eating Disorder Assessment for Chemical Dependency Providers (Typical Signs and symptoms seen in treatment/sober home settings)


ENGAGE
· 12:00 p.m. - Presentation of three case studies and brief introduction to experiential meal experience
· 12:15-12:45 p.m. - Supervised experiential lunch -Meal provided will be consistent with case study cohort
· 12:45 p.m. - Process supervised meal experience in case study cohort
· 12:45-12:55p.m. - Mindfulness exercise
· 1:00 p.m. - Eating Spectrum: "Normal" - Eating Disordered Behaviors Seen in Treatment, Including Food Insecurity and Compulsive Eating Behaviors
· 2:00 p.m. - Coping with Trauma through Eating Disorders and Addiction
· 3:00 p.m. - Break with snack
TREAT
· 3:10 p.m. - Connection to Self, Others and One's Higher Power thru Mindfulness
· 3:20 p.m. - Becoming Eating Disorder Sensitive: Treatment Site Recommendations
· 4:20 p.m. - Final Q & A
· 4:30 p.m. - Adjourn - CEs Provided

Nine-Part Lecture Series at Transfiguration Lutheran Church
Based on the new book by Rev. Dr. John MacDougall
Being Sober and Becoming Happy

 

June 18, 2015 6:30 p.m. Free

Love and Romance

 

Transfiguration Lutheran Church
11000 France Avenue South (110th Street and France)
Bloomington, MN 55431
952.884.2364

WWW.TLCMN.COM

 

Rev. Dr. John MacDougall, one of the most respected voices in the field of addiction and recovery, presents a series of lectures beginning on January 8, 2015.

 

This series is appropriate for all people interested in learning how to apply the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to daily life. No familiarity with addiction or recovery is required to attend.

 

All are welcome

Refreshments and optional discussion groups follow.

 

July 2015

Nine-Part Lecture Series at Transfiguration Lutheran Church
Based on the new book by Rev. Dr. John MacDougall
Being Sober and Becoming Happy

 

July 9, 2015 6:30 p.m. Free

Hope

 

Transfiguration Lutheran Church
11000 France Avenue South (110th Street and France)
Bloomington, MN 55431
952.884.2364

WWW.TLCMN.COM

 

Rev. Dr. John MacDougall, one of the most respected voices in the field of addiction and recovery, presents a series of lectures beginning on January 8, 2015.

 

This series is appropriate for all people interested in learning how to apply the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to daily life. No familiarity with addiction or recovery is required to attend.

 

All are welcome

Refreshments and optional discussion groups follow.

 

August 2015

Nine-Part Lecture Series at Transfiguration Lutheran Church
Based on the new book by Rev. Dr. John MacDougall
Being Sober and Becoming Happy

 

August 13, 2015 6:30 p.m. Free

Finding Joy In Life

 

Transfiguration Lutheran Church
11000 France Avenue South (110th Street and France)
Bloomington, MN 55431
952.884.2364

WWW.TLCMN.COM

 

Rev. Dr. John MacDougall, one of the most respected voices in the field of addiction and recovery, presents a series of lectures beginning on January 8, 2015.

 

This series is appropriate for all people interested in learning how to apply the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to daily life. No familiarity with addiction or recovery is required to attend.

 

All are welcome

Refreshments and optional discussion groups follow.

 

September 2015

Nine-Part Lecture Series at Transfiguration Lutheran Church
Based on the new book by Rev. Dr. John MacDougall
Being Sober and Becoming Happy

 

September 10, 2015 6:30 p.m. Free

Becoming Happy

 

Transfiguration Lutheran Church
11000 France Avenue South (110th Street and France)
Bloomington, MN 55431
952.884.2364

WWW.TLCMN.COM

 

Rev. Dr. John MacDougall, one of the most respected voices in the field of addiction and recovery, presents a series of lectures beginning on January 8, 2015.

 

This series is appropriate for all people interested in learning how to apply the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to daily life. No familiarity with addiction or recovery is required to attend.

 

All are welcome

Refreshments and optional discussion groups follow.

 

The Heart of Compassion and Forgiveness

A residential retreat presented by The George Mann Project for Spiritually Centered Living - Programming to Enrich Well-Being

 

2015 Retreat Dates

All Retreats are held Sunday-Tuesday.

 

September 13—15

October 4—6

November 15—17

December 4—6 (held in Springdale, UT)*

 

Join us on a journey to self love, kindness and ultimately, forgiveness of self and others where you'll experience powerful transformational tools that will help you find a deeper sense of peace.

 

We will practice mindfulness, compassion and forgiveness through meditation, and unique practices that address healing of every kind mental, emotional, physical and spiritual.

 

Everyone is welcome! Our presenters are fluent in the AA Steps and Traditions, but our programming serves everyone, whether struggling with chemical dependency or other life limiting

The cost for each retreat is $200, including lodging, meals & materials. Scholarship funds are available.

 

*Room and board is not included in this re-treat fee.

For additional information, or to register, call 952.476.0566 or 952.767.0334
or visit our website: www.theretreat.org

 

Park Nicollet Melrose Center and Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation present:

SET Your Clients Up for Success
Learn to Spot, Engage and Treat Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and Substance Abuse

An experiential workshop for mental health providers and CD counselors

 

Wednesday, April 22 or June 17 or September 23
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Park Nicollet Melrose Center
3525 Monterey Drive
St. Louis Park, MN
1st Floor Conference Rooms


7.25 CEs provided by the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies
Through experiential meals, exercises and didactic training, clinicians working with individuals suffering from both eating disorders and substance abuse will explore the similarities, differences and treatment options for this co-occurring disorder.


Participants will learn how to:

  • Spot the warning signs of an eating disorder and how to screen clients effectively.
  • Engage your clients to reduce harmful behaviors and increase willingness to make changes.
  • Treat co-occurring symptoms at your practice or facility and learn when to refer out.

Due to the experiential nature of this workshop there are limited spaces available. Preregistration is required. Register online here


Cost is $150 per person and includes snacks and meals.


About the Presenters:


Eating Disorder Assessment for Chemical Dependency Providers
Becoming ED Sensitive: Treatment Site Recommendations
Dr. Jason Reed, PsyD, LP, is the clinical lead of the Melrose Center ED/CD Program. Dr. Reed completed his pre- and post-doctoral training at Hazelden Foundation and has worked in the area of addiction and co-occurring disorders for the past 10 years in a variety of positions.


Psychiatric Update for ED/CD
Dr. Gavin Meany, MD, joined Park Nicollet Melrose Center as a staff psychiatrist in August of 2014. Prior to Melrose, Dr. Meany was with Sanford Health System North and Centracare Health System. His training at the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute in Fargo, ND, emphasized various facets of Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and other eating disorders, including Night Eating Syndrome and the impact of bariatric surgery on weight, substance use disorders, and general health and wellness, especially the interaction with pharmacotherapies.

 

Coping with Trauma through Eating Disorders and Addiction
Dr. Ryan C. Van Wyk, PsyD, LP, joined the Park Nicollet Melrose Center team in 2012 as a licensed psychologist to continue the development of the ED/CD Program. He completed his post-academic training at Hazelden Foundation. His experience working with eating disorders and addiction has led to a specialty in understanding how trauma contributes to the development of co-occurring disorders and complicates recovery.


Eating Spectrum: "Normal" - Eating Disordered Behaviors seen in Treatment

Including Food Insecurity and Compulsive Eating Behaviors
Elizabeth Jackson, MS, RD, LD, has worked as a dietitian at the Park Nicollet Melrose Center outpatient services since 2010. She worked in Michigan for 19 years in private practice, specializing in eating disorders and child and family feeding issues. She also taught at Central Michigan University.

 

Connection to Self, Others and One's Higher Power thru Meditation
Janet Kirkland Stark is a Board Certified Chaplain and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She graduated with a Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary (2004) and completed her Clinical Pastoral Educations at Methodist Hospital Eating Disorder Institute (2004-2005). Janet is passionate about how people connect to their "true self, others and to lives that have meaning and purpose. Her work with individuals and families as they struggle with eating disorders allows her to explore this passion while integrating the best of spiritual care practices, progressive spirituality, integrative healing modalities and mind/body awareness.


Schedule
· 7:30-8:00 a.m. - Registration/Continental Breakfast - Networking
· 8:00 a.m. - Welcome, Introductions, Housekeeping details, Melrose overview and EDCD program
· 8:30 a.m. - Interactive Assessment of ED Knowledge
· 9:00 a.m. - Mindfulness exercise


SPOT
· 9:15 a.m. - Eating Disorder Overview and DSM 5 update
· 9:45 a.m. - Eating Disorders and Substance Use Disorder, Food Addiction
· 10:30 a.m. - Break with snack
· 10:40 a.m. - Psychiatric Update for Eating Disorders/Chemical Dependency
· 11:00 a.m. - Eating Disorder Assessment for Chemical Dependency Providers (Typical Signs and symptoms seen in treatment/sober home settings)


ENGAGE
· 12:00 p.m. - Presentation of three case studies and brief introduction to experiential meal experience
· 12:15-12:45 p.m. - Supervised experiential lunch -Meal provided will be consistent with case study cohort
· 12:45 p.m. - Process supervised meal experience in case study cohort
· 12:45-12:55p.m. - Mindfulness exercise
· 1:00 p.m. - Eating Spectrum: "Normal" - Eating Disordered Behaviors Seen in Treatment, Including Food Insecurity and Compulsive Eating Behaviors
· 2:00 p.m. - Coping with Trauma through Eating Disorders and Addiction
· 3:00 p.m. - Break with snack
TREAT
· 3:10 p.m. - Connection to Self, Others and One's Higher Power thru Mindfulness
· 3:20 p.m. - Becoming Eating Disorder Sensitive: Treatment Site Recommendations
· 4:20 p.m. - Final Q & A
· 4:30 p.m. - Adjourn - CEs Provided

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