Professional Events

Sierra Tucson is a leader in the industry for providing innovative, progressive, and clinically sound workshops, conferences, and events nationwide. Networking opportunities also allow professionals to better serve clients and assist one another by expanding our knowledge of resources. Professional/clinical events are listed on these pages and are updated regularly. Please use the convenient online "Register Now" buttons for quick, secure registration.


Phoenix Area Professionals' Breakfast
Bimonthly

Presented by Sierra Tucson.
Schedule:
Held the second Wednesday on the following months:

September 10, 2014 (See Topic/Speaker below)
November 12, 2014

Schedule:
7:30 - 8:00 a.m. - Registration
8:00 - 10:00 a.m. - Presentation

Location:
The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
Veranda Room, Palacio Building
7677 North 16th Street (& Morten Avenue)
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602-997-2626)

Google Maps Link

Cost & Registration:
Sign up and save! $15 per person with pre-registration by the Wednesday prior to the event (no refund after the due date). Please use the "Register Now" button below to register online with credit card. Include your name, address, telephone, and credit card information - card number, exact name on card, expiration date, security code. (Late registration at the door, $25 cash or check.)
For additional information you may call Chrissy Lamy at 480-231-0260.

2 Contact Hours, Certificate of Attendance

September 10, 2014 <09/10/2014>
"Educational Consulting-Who, What, Why"
Speakers: Lynn Presley, M.A. and Brenda Loringer, Certified Addiction Specialist and Family Systems Trained Interventionist


We will discuss the role of an Educational & Treatment Consultant in long-term planning and potential out of home placement for children, adolescents and young adults with special needs. The presentation will provide information for the audience on the spectrum of special needs programs including Diagnostic Facilities, Residential Treatment, Therapeutic Boarding & Transitional Living programs. Special focus will be on Outdoor Behavioral Care (WildernessTreatment) and how it is used in the process.

Objectives:

  • Identify when to utilize and Educational Consultant.
  • Identify the distinctions between levels of care.
  • Discuss the history and common misconceptions regarding Outdoor Programs.

  • Lynn Presley, M.A. has a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology and has worked with children, adolescents, young adults and their families in the mental health and recovery fields since 1989. She is an Independent Educational & Treatment Consultant specializing in the therapeutic and educational placement of youth and young adults who struggle with issues related to mental health, substance abuse and eating disorders. She provides ongoing oversight and case management services to the family during the placement. She also works with local professionals to coordinate prevention or discharge planning services for her clients. Lynn has been married to her husband Darren for 15 years and they have two children, ages 12 & 9. She enjoys traveling for work and with her family, walking and running and spending time with her family and close friends. Lynn is a professional member of IECA- Independent Educational Consultants Association and NATSAP- National Association of Therapeutic Schools & Programs.

    Brenda Loringer is a Certified Addiction Specialist and Family Systems trained Interventionist. She specializes in working with older adolescents and young adults and is the lead consultant at EduPlanners in Nashville, TN. Brenda began her career in 1988 working at a primary treatment center in Northern California. Her experience in primary treatment ranges from assessment, treatment planning, utilization review and discharge planning to the more administrative aspects of licensing, contracting, accounts receivable and personnel. In her Marketing and Business Development role she has worked for some of the top treatment centers in the country and has developed relationships with clinicians of all disciplines throughout the country. She has held positions on the Board of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association and both the Silicon Valley and Phoenix Chapters of the Womens Association of Addiction Treatment.


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    Denver Area Professionals' Luncheon
    See Schedule

    Presented by Sierra Tucson.

    Schedule:
    Held on Friday on the following dates, 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    (Lunch served at noon)
    September - No Meeting
    November TBA

    Location:
    Cool River Cafe
    8000 East Belleview Avenue
    Greenwood Village, CO
    (303-771-4117)Google Maps Link

    Bring your business cards and brochures to share.



    Cost & Registration:
    Sign up and save! $15 per person with pre-registration due Thursday one week prior to the Friday event, (no refund after this date). Please use the "Register Now" button below to register online with credit card. Include your name, address, telephone, credit card information - card number, exact name on card, expiration date, security code. (Late registration at the door, $25 cash or check.)

    For additional information, you may call Libby Timmons at 520-610-8471.

    2 Continuing Education Credits:

  • MFT, LCSW as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Approval #PCE3587.
  • Sierra Tucson is a provider approved by NAADAC. Approved Education Provider Program, Provider #471 for 2 Contact Hours.
  • RN as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Approval #CEP 12719.
  • Psychologists - This program is sponsored by Sierra Tucson. Sierra Tucson is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; Sierra Tucson maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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    Tucson Area Professionals' Networking Breakfast
    Bimonthly

    Presented by Sierra Tucson.

    Schedule:
    7:30 - 8:00 a.m. Registration
    8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Presentation & Networking

    Held the following dates:
    Oct 1, 2014 (See Topic/Speaker below)
    Dec 3, 2014

    Location:
    Westward Look
    Santa Catalina Ballroom
    245 E. Ina Road
    Tucson, AZ 85704
    (520-917-2939)
    Google Maps Link

    October 1, 2014
    "Cultural Sensitivity and Eating Disorders"
    Speaker: Lesley Williams, M.D.


    Eating disorders affect people of all sizes, shapes and colors. Unfortunately, women who do not fit the previously conceived image of an eating disorder patient are less likely to be diagnosed and receive appropriate treatment. This talk will explore the multiple cultural influences that impact this disparity in diagnosis and treatment.
    Objectives:

  • Describe the prevalence of eating disorders among a variety of ethnic groups.
  • Explain how cultural differences may influence the development, presentation, and diagnosis of eating disorders.
  • Describe ways to better relate to patients whose culture of origin is different than yours.

  • Lesley Williams, M.D., CEDS is a highly acclaimed board certified family medicine physician and the co-founder of Liberation Center in Phoenix, AZ. She completed her residency training at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ and has extensive psychiatric experience with a focus on depression, anxiety, eating disorders and substance abuse. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and certified as a Diplomat of the American Board of Family Medicine. At Liberation Center, she combines her background in physical and mental wellness to assist each patient in achieving a happy, healthy life free from eating disorder behaviors.

    This is an introductory presentation that targets all therapists and healthcare professionals that may deal with a crisis.

    Cost & Registration:
    Sign up and save! $15 per person with pre-registration by the Wednesday prior to each breakfast (no refund after this date). Please use the "Register Now" button below to register online with credit card. Include your name, address, telephone, and credit card information -
    card number, exact name on card, expiration date, security code.
    (Late registration at the door, $25 cash or check.)
    For additional information you may call Chrissy Lamy at 480-231-0260

    2 Education Credits available:
  • MFT, LCSW as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Approval #PCE3587.
  • Sierra Tucson is a provider approved by NAADAC. Approved Education Provider Program, Provider #471 for 2 Contact Hours.
  • RN as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Approval #CEP 12719.
  • Psychologists - This program is sponsored by Sierra Tucson. Sierra Tucson is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; Sierra Tucson maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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    Fairfield County "What's New With You?" Professional Breakfast Series
    See schedule

    What's New With You 2014 will be hosted by Fairfield University Counseling Center and Psychological Services and co-sponsored by Fairfield University Counseling Center and Psychological Services, Marworth, Mountainside and Sierra Tucson.

    Schedule:
    Thursday, October 9, 2014
    Thursday, November 13, 2014
    Friday, December 12, 2014 - Holiday Party

    8:30 Breakfast and Networking
    9:00-10:00 Presentation

    Location:
    Fairfield University Alumni House, 1073 N. Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT
    Please see Directions

    Thursday, October 9, 2014
    "The Dance of Recovery: Special Considerations when treating Addictions and Trauma"
    Speaker: Paige A. Greytok, LMFT, LMHC, CADC


    Working with people diagnosed with addiction (alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorder, sex addiction, etc) as well as having a history of significant trauma (sexual/physical abuse) and/or PTSD, creates a delicate working balance for the clinician that requires them to be in fluid movement to address the changing aspects of their clients recovery. This lecture will address the various special considerations including gender issues, cross addictions, transference and safety issues, types of trauma and effect, blockage to effective treatment, and integrated treatment options.

    Paige Greytok is a psychotherapist in private practice in Greenwich CT, with additional licenses in New York and Illinois. She is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, and Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor. Paige's areas of specialty include addiction, relationships, families, LGBT focus, and trauma. In addition to her private practice, she has also worked in group practice and led treatment at facilities such as Hazelden and Rosecrance. She is the recipient of the Spirit Award from Sierra Tucson and The Recovering Community of Chicago in 2011.

    Thursday, November 13, 2014
    "Internet & Video Game Addiction What Mental Health Providers Need to Know"
    Speaker: Paul Weigle, MD


    Regular computer use among youth has rapidly escalated in recent years and has dramatically changed the landscape of childhood and adolescence. The average American youth spends 3 hours each day using computers for entertainment, as a part of over seven hours per day of electronic media. A significant body of scientific research indicates that a significant minority of youth suffer from a behavioral addiction to video games and the internet, and reveals epidemiology, comorbidity, and effects on parameters of psychological well-being, including effects on academic achievement, sleep, and behavior. Research and clinical experience is beginning to reveal ways mental health providers can identify and treat these problems in affected youth.
    Participants will:

  • Appreciate the extent of video game and Internet habits in the lives of American youth.
  • Identify symptoms of a behavioral addiction to video games or the Internet, and the evidence surrounding this controversial diagnosis
  • Understand research findings regarding the epidemiology of Internet and video game addiction including risks factors, co-morbidity, and outcomes.
  • Be able to help parents promote healthy media habits in their children.

    Paul Weigle, M.D. is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist and the president of the medical staff at Natchaug Hospital, an affiliate of Hartford Healthcare. He provides psychiatric care for children and teens at the Joshua Center partial hospital programs, and performs psychiatric evaluations for Connecticut schools. Dr. Weigle has served on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrys Media Committee since 2002. He has closely studied the effects of internet and video games habits on mental health, and has given numerous presentations, workshops, and seminars on this topic at the AACAPs annual meetings. His latest publication, entitled Internet and Video Game Addiction: Evidence & Controversy, appears in the April-June edition of the Journal of Adolescent Psychiatry, for which he served as a guest editor.

    Cost & Registration:
    $10 per person with pre-registration by the Monday prior to the Breakfast. Seating is limited to 50 participants for each session, with no exceptions. Therefore, walk-ins may not be accommodated at this event. Please use the above blue button to register online. All payments are now $10 cash or check and payable at the door.

    For additional information, you may call Lisa Sarno at 888-452-8458.


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    Boston, MA "What's New with You?"
    See Schedule

    Boston, MA "What's New With You?" is hosted by Mountainside Treatment Center & Sierra Tucson.

    Schedule:
    September 18, 2014
    December 18, 2014

    8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

    Location:
    Hotel Indigo
    399 Grove Street
    Newton, MA 02462

    Breakfast, networking and thoughtfully facilitated clinical discussion from 8:30 - 10:00 a.m. at Hotel Indigo. Please bring your business cards and brochures to share.

    September 18, 2014 <09/18/2014>
    "Adolescent/Post-adolescent Males New to Recovery"

    For young males coming out of treatment, finding their way in a new sober world is difficult, to say the least. Everything seems the opposite of how it should be and how it used to be, where down is up, and up is down. Young men find this adjustment to be particularly challenging because most of the things they used to rely on for their confidence have been stripped away. And since the other thing(s) they used to help them in hard times is also gone, what remains to help them continue the rebuilding process rather than shutting down? Andy Kang has done extensive work with adolescent and post-adolescent males (19-30) recently out of treatment and new to recovery. At this critical time, creating a strong bond with the person is essential to therapeutic success. Since Andy still considers himself to be an 18 year-old stuck in a mid-40s body, he has developed some skills in relating to young males. Andy forms rapport through a no-nonsense, respect-based approach that fosters trust and openness, and uses humor to balance the expression of dark thoughts and feelings. As trust matures, the young male is able to hold true feelings up to the light and begin to sort through the things that got them into treatment in the first place.

    Presenter:
    Andrew D. Kang, JD, LICSW
    Andy is a licensed independent therapist. He completed his clinical training at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Prior to becoming a therapist, Andy was a counselor of a different kind, practicing law for ten years in the areas of complex commercial litigation and employment law in Boston. Andy now treats professionals, addressing the barriers to well being with an aim of de-stigmatizing mental health care and helping individuals, couples and families in need. Utilizing modern mindfulness and behavioral combined with classical psycho-dynamic techniques, Andy helps clients achieve insight into the origins of their problems and to realize how their current behaviors cause or contribute to those problems. By working through resistance, utilizing insights gained, and changing maladaptive behaviors, Andy's clients experience improvement in day-to-day living and overall contentment.

    Cost & Registration:
    $10 per person with pre-registration by the Thursday prior to the event (no refund after the due date). Seating is limited to 40 participants for each session.

    For event questions, please contact:LSarno@SierraTucson.com.

    Lisa Sarno
    Regional Outreach Specialist
    Sierra Tucson and Four Circles
    617-283-3038
    or
    Sarah Verrelli
    Vice President of Marketing
    Mountainside Treatment Center
    860-248-0721


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    N.E.S.T.
    05/15/2014

    Sierra Tucson's
    "N.E.S.T."
    Networking to Energize Stressed Therapists

    Creative, fun energizing networking event for Valley Professionals that will give you skills you can use in sessions and in your own lives. After a brief period of milling about, participants will be directed in exercises specifically designed to build relationships, reveal participants' strengths, talents, and interests; and allow for the sharing of resources and opportunities in our professional community.

    Schedule:
    November 20, 2014
    February 19, 2015

    Location:
    Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort
    7677 N 16th St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85020

    Cost & Registration:
    $10 per person with Pre-registration due one week prior or $15 at the door. (No refund after this date.)
    Register at AzPsychodrama.
    Seating is limited; first-come, first-served for clinicians only please.

    For more information, you may call Chrissy Lamy at 480-231-0260


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    LA Professional Development Series
    10/17/2014

    Sierra Tucson Celebrating 30 Years and Gary Fisher, Psy.D. present..

    Schedule and location:
    Friday, October 17, 2014
    8:30 - 9:00 AM - Registration & Networking
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Presentation
    Lunch is included

    Napa Valley Grille - Westwood
    1100 Glendon Avenue, Suite 100
    Los Angeles CA 90024
    310.824.3322
    Non-hosted parking is available


    Cost & Registration:
    $70 Pre-registration; $100 at the door. R.S.V.P. by October 10, 2014, as seating is limited. Please use the "Register Now" button above to register online.

    For additional information, you may contact: PSeidenfeld@SierraTucson.com.

    "Shame: The Dis-ease of Addiction and 12 Step Recovery"
    Speaker: Gary Fisher, Psy.D.

    This course will explore both a theoretical and practical framework for the dis-ease of addiction (whatever its form) and the 12-step approach to recovery from it. Early definitions and models for addiction (e.g., medical/behavioral models) will be discussed along with the ways those models approach the treatment of addictive disorders, along with an in depth look at the steps and some of the scientific and historical support for the steps.

    Target audience includes CAADAC I & II and CAADE certified counselors; LMFT, LCSW, LEP, and LPCC's and pre-licensed interns; Psychologists and Psychological Assistants, and anyone wishing to increase their knowledge of addiction and 12 Step recovery. Contains introductory, intermediate, and advanced information.

    Objectives:

  • Identify what the dis-ease of addiction is versus the disease of addiction, and be able to articulate how the use of the dis-ease model will be beneficial in the underlying issues present in addictive disorders (e.g., anxiety, trauma, etc.).
  • List at least two models for addiction and how they approach treatment of addictive disorders
  • Describe both the recovery and dis-eased principles found in the 12 steps.
  • Describe the difference between mere abstinence and recovery, including the difference between recovering and recovered.

    Gary S. Fisher, Psy.D., C.A.D.C., EMDRia Certified - Dr. Fisher has worked in the treatment of addictive disorders for the past 33+ years as a counselor, administrator, and therapist, both in private practice and in conjunction with treatment programs in Texas, Hawaii, Australia, and California. His wide range of experience includes work with adolescents, adults, dual-diagnosed clients, couples, and families, in culturally diverse populations. Utilizing a combination of cognitive-behavioral and transpersonal psychological approaches, he is qualified to aid individuals, couples, and families, in the difficult task of dealing with an addictive disorder, as well as other life issues, including relationship difficulties, life stage transitions, and grief work.

    CE Credit:
    6 Continuing Education Credits available:
  • MFT, LCSW as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Approval #PCE3587.
  • Sierra Tucson is a provider approved by NAADAC. Approved Education Provider Program, Provider #471 for 6 Contact Hours.
  • RN as required by the California Board of Registered Nursing.Approval #CEP 12719.
  • Psychologists - This program is co-sponsored by Sierra Tucson and Outback Therapeutic Expeditions. Sierra Tucson is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; Sierra Tucson maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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    Chicago Gratitude for Giving Celebration
    11/14/2014

    Sierra Tucson will be recognizing professionals in Chicago for their years of giving to others. Please join us in honoring your selected peers who have made a significant contribution to our community. Sierra Tucson staff will be available.

    Schedule:
    Friday, November 14, 2014
    8:00 a.m. – Registration
    8:30 - 10:00 a.m. – Breakfast, Presentation of Awards, and Networking

    Location:
    W Chicago Lakeshore
    Altitude, 33 Floor
    644 North Lake Shore Drive
    Chicago, IL 60611
    (312-943-9200; Hosted Parking available)
    Google Maps Link

    Cost & Registration:
    Tickets to this event are $35 per person or $300 per table of 10. All tickets must be purchased by October 31, 2014. Only table tickets purchased by October 3 will be recognized in the "Gratitude for Giving" Program. Due to the nature of this event, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. If purchasing a table, please provide the names of guests.

    We invite you to nominate your peers for the awards below before September 12, 2014

    Click here to nominate
    Categories of Recognition:

    • Compassion Recognition honors a professional in the medical community for his/her contributions to the wellness of others.
    • Hope Recognition honors a professional who has contributed to prevention and education.
    • Humility Recognition honors a professional who has served as an advocate to others.
    • Spirit Recognition honors a professional who has assisted clients in a specialty area such as eating disorders, chemical dependency, or mental health.
    • Gratitude Recognition honors a professional for Lifetime Achievement.

    For additional information, you may call (800) 624-5858 ext. 2303.


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    Dallas-Ft. Worth "Gratitude for Giving Celebration"
    11/21/2014

    Sierra Tucson will be recognizing professionals in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area for their years of giving to others. Please join us in honoring your selected peers who have made a significant contribution to our community. Sierra Tucson staff and tables to display your literature will be available.

    Schedule:
    Friday, November 21, 2014
    8:00 a.m. – Registration
    8:30 a.m. – Breakfast, Presentation of Awards, and Networking

    Location:
    Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
    2821 Turtle Creek Blvd.
    Dallas, TX 75219
    (214-559-2100; Hosted Parking available)
    Google Maps Link


    Cost & Registration:
    Tickets to this event are $35 per person or $300 per table of 10. All individual tickets must be purchased by November 7, 2014. Only table tickets purchased by October 10, 2014 will be recognized in the "Gratitude for Giving" Program. Due to the nature of this event, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. If purchasing a table, please provide the names of guests.

    We invite you to nominate your peers for the awards below before September 22, 2014. You may nominate for more than one category. Our Awards Committee will review all nominations submitted by the deadline.

    Click here to nominate

    Categories of Recognition:

    • Compassion Recognition honors a professional in the medical community for his/her contributions to the wellness of others.
    • Hope Recognition honors a professional who has contributed to prevention and education.
    • Humility Recognition honors a professional who has served as an advocate to others.
    • Spirit Recognition honors a professional who has assisted clients in a specialty area such as eating disorders, chemical dependency, or mental health.
    • Gratitude Recognition honors a professional for Lifetime Achievement.

    For additional information, you may call Rosemary Werner at 972-248-3964.


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    Phoenix "Gratitude for Giving" Celebration
    12/05/2014

    Sierra Tucson will be recognizing professionals in the Phoenix area for their years of giving to others. Please join us in honoring your selected peers who have made a significant contribution to our community. Sierra Tucson staff and networking tables will be available.

    Schedule:
    Friday, December 5, 2014
    8:30-9:30 a.m. – Registration, Networking, and Welcome
    9:30-10:30 a.m. – Breakfast and Award Presentation
    10:30-11:00 a.m. – Networking

    Location:
    Arizona Biltmore
    Grand Ballroom
    2400 East Missouri Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85016
    (602-955-6600; Non-hosted Parking available)
    Google Maps Link

    Cost & Registration:
    Registration for this event is $35 per person or $300 per table of 10. Registration must be by November 21, 2014. Only Sponsored Tables purchased by October 24 will be recognized in the "Gratitude for Giving" Program. Due to the nature of this event, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. If purchasing a table, please provide the names of guests.

    We invite you to nominate your peers for the awards below before October 3, 2014. You may nominate for more than one category. Our Awards Committee will review all nominations submitted by the deadline.

    Click here to nominate

    Categories of Recognition:

    • Compassion Recognition honors a professional in the medical community for his/her contributions to the wellness of others.
    • Hope Recognition honors a professional who has contributed to prevention and education.
    • Humility Recognition honors a professional who has served as an advocate to others.
    • Spirit Recognition honors a professional who has assisted clients in a specialty area such as eating disorders, chemical dependency, or mental health.
    • Gratitude Recognition honors a professional for Lifetime Achievement.
    For additional information, you may call 800-624-5858, Ext. 2303.


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    Fifth Annual South Florida "Gratitude for Giving" Breakfast
    12/05/2014

    Sierra Tucson will be recognizing professionals in South Florida for their years of giving to others. Please join us in honoring your selected peers who have made a significant contribution to our community. Sierra Tucson staff and tables to display your literature will be available.

    Schedule:
    Friday, December 5, 2014
    8:30 a.m. – Registration
    9:00 a.m. – Breakfast, Presentation of Awards, and Networking

    Location:
    The Ritz-Carlton
    Grand Ballroom 2 & 3
    1 North Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    (954-465-2300; Hosted Valet Parking available)
    Google Maps Link

    Cost & Registration:
    Tickets to this event are $40 per person or $350 per table of 10. All tickets must be purchased by November 21, 2014. Only table tickets purchased by October 24, 2014 will be recognized in the "Gratitude for Giving" Program. Due to the nature of this event, we cannot accommodate walk-ins. If purchasing a table, please provide the names of guests.

    We invite you to nominate your peers for the awards below before October 3, 2014. You may nominate for more than one category. Our Awards Committee will review all nominations submitted by the deadline.

    Click here to nominate

    Categories of Recognition:

    • Compassion Recognition honors a professional in the medical community for his/her contributions to the wellness of others.
    • Hope Recognition honors a professional who has contributed to prevention and education.
    • Humility Recognition honors a professional who has served as an advocate to others.
    • Spirit Recognition honors a professional who has assisted clients in a specialty area such as eating disorders, chemical dependency, or mental health.
    • Gratitude Recognition honors a professional for Lifetime Achievement.
    For additional information, you may call 800-624-5858, Ext. 2303.


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