Date: 22nd November 2014 Time: 1.00pm – 5.00pm
Venue: Education Centre, 4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh
During this four hour workshop the three presenters will take participants along the addiction road as lived by the presenters both personally and professionally.
Simon Bowen – My Story
A story of addiction past.
Simon will share his story of the addiction maze, the beginnings, the losses, and the coldness of homelessness in the winter woods of the U.K. The addiction to alcohol, heroin, cocaine and others held Simon too closely for him in the end to prevent the loss of his wife and daughter. Simon can now speak of the addiction as part of his past since stepping out of the addiction maze to ‘clean’ since 2003. The presentation expands from the personal to the exploration into the physiology of the brain. Simon explains how the neurobiology of addiction kicks off specific responses to addiction and then how this new condition is processed.
Through the years of recovery Simon has gained professional standing with the completion of studies in Cert IV’s AOD, Business Management and Training and Assessment, and is presently completing a Diploma in Counselling, and will commence a Bachelor in Applied Social Science (Counselling) 2015.
In addition to the study he has worked in the largest drug and alcohol treatment facility in the UK as an Admissions Manager, and on his return to Australia in 2011, opened treatment facilities here in Adelaide. He is now the Managing Director of Visible Recovery in Adelaide. This not for profit organisation offers a solution for addicts exiting prison, including the provision of programs to both those who are long term unemployed and those on disability support.
Mim White - The Struggle for Wholeness
Addicted people are simply people who are trying to become more complete.
Mim’s presentation will consider the process of addiction. Present how the addicted person experiences the struggle for wholeness, and in this work the meaning of struggle is the strenuous effort, the striving to progress with great difficulty as they search within an addictive substance or behaviour to find all the components, parts and elements of themselves. It is the delusional quality of addiction that makes it extremely difficult to treat, identify and understand the feelings of being different and how this separates them from others.
Mim will also speak to the need to recognise that addicts and their significant others are trapped in this process, they are not immoral or short on will power – they are people who need help when they reach out for it. This knowledge may help to build compassion in the wider world to the struggle for wholeness and, then, there may be a place for celebration when the community understands that recovery is and can be a long, slow yet rewarding process for all concerned. New coping skills and psychological processes cannot be learnt overnight – Recovery is a Process, not an Event.
Mim has over 20 years experience in the field of Chemical Dependency and co-founded HCS Home Care Services and Addiction Counselling Services. Her extensive work in the field of health includes nursing, post graduate studies with a Masters in the fields of trauma, grief and loss counselling and specific studies in Addictive Disorders. Today, Mim is running a live-in program for people requiring recuperation for addictive disorders which offers the range of inpatient and outpatient treatment programs The Manor Born, Fleurieu Peninsula.
June Lake – Benefits of Working with Process in Groups with Addicted People
Me Myself and I now hold accountability.
In order to begin the process of recovery the addicted person needs to develop awareness of their own destructive patterns, hold that awareness in place through accountability and learn to track trigger points, feelings, emotions and moods and develop a proactive change program which is disclosed to others for transparency, trust reality checking, support, empathy and relationship development.
June will walk participants through the ways of developing and holding accountability in the individual and then facilitate a small group making use of the available dynamics by “mobilizing the energy of the group” to become the ‘agent of change’ versus the facilitator doing one-on-one work in the group. The process group is the perfect environment for this to occur.
Participants will gain experience of group process skills by observation of interactions within the group that are a microcosm of a person’s life. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more in a brief Q&A session.
June’s expertise in counselling theory and group therapy facilitation allows her to work and demonstrate a unique ability with deepened awareness and sensitivity towards change and growth.
June’s work is supported by her professional credentials which include Addictions counselling, work as a clinical supervisor, Gestalt Therapist and co-founder and a Director of the Australian Institute of Counselling in Addictions since 1987.
Registration opens Fri October 31st on the CASA website