The Dawn Farm Education Series – April Series
The Dawn Farm Education Series provides free community education designed to replace the myths and misinformation surrounding substance use disorders with practical, factual information – and hope. We’d like to ask your help to inform your followers about upcoming Education Series programs. ** Two of this month’s programs will be presented by New York Times best-selling authors! **
The following programs will be presented in April 2019:
“Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family” will be presented on Tuesday April 16, 2019, from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm (book sale/signing following the presentation) by Debra Jay and Jeff Jay; best-selling authors, speakers, clinicians and educators. Addiction is often described as a “family condition” – but families have often been left out of the recovery equation. Involved, supportive families play a critical role in the recovery process, from initiation through long-term recovery, and families provide an important reservoir of influence and support towards making lasting sobriety a reality. Through extensive work in intervention and family recovery, Debra Jay and Jeff Jay have developed highly effective, detailed Intervention and Structured Family Recovery™ processes that unlock the secrets of lasting sobriety – techniques that help addicted physicians and pilots attain lasting recovery – and make them available to families. The intervention process starts with a concerned family and the Structured Family Recovery™ process ends with a family recovery team that maximizes the potential for a successful outcome for all involved. This presentation will describe how to do an intervention and how to build a recovery team that unites the person with addiction and his/her family in working towards the common goal of sustained recovery.
“People Like Me: Mutual Aid and Recovery from Substance Use Disorders” will be presented on Tuesday April 23, 2019; from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm; by Todd Diana, Dawn Farm staff. Since the 1700’s people have banded together to help each other recover from substance use disorders. Today, people seeking peer support for recovery from substance use disorders, as well as family members and friends of people with substance use disorders, have an expansive menu of mutual aid groups they can participate in. Research demonstrates that active involvement in mutual aid recovery groups significantly improves a person’s chances of long-term recovery and supports the effectiveness and practical impact of mutual aid groups. For people seeking recovery support, mutual aid groups often provide a sense of belonging, understanding, acceptance and connection as well as practical help and support. This presentation will provide an overview of the history, development and current status of mutual aid recovery programs in the USA, and the research supporting the efficacy of mutual aid participation in supporting sustained recovery. The program will include a panel discussion by members of a sampling of substance use disorder recovery mutual aid programs. (Please note: Dawn Farm is not affiliated with any recovery mutual aid program or group.)
“Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship” will be presented on Tuesday April 30, 2019; from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm (book sale/signing following the presentation) by Gregory Boyle; founder of Homeboy Industries and best-selling author. Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city. Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in Los Angeles in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992. In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings. In this presentation, Gregory Boyle will share how compassion, kindness, and kinship are the tools to fight despair and decrease marginalization. Through his stories and parables, all will be reminded that no life is less valuable than another.
· APRIL 16 and April 22: St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center Auditorium (ground floor,) 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
· APRIL 30: Washtenaw Community College Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence building, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor Michigan 48105-9481.
WHO’S IT FOR: People interested for any reason, personal or professional – ALL ARE WELCOME!
ADMISSION: Admission is FREE and open to all. No registration is required. A certificate to document attendance can be provided on request. FREE CE credit for addiction professionals is provided.
SPONSOR: The series is organized by Dawn Farm, a non-profit organization that provides a continuum of treatment and recovery support services for people with substance use disorders.
FURTHER INFORMATION: For information, please contact Dawn Farm:
Phone: (734) 485-8725.
Web site: http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series.