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Title: Building & Sustaining a Successful Sober Home Business – Best Practices for Sober Home Management
   
Date: Monday, July 15
   
Time: 8:30 AM – 5:45 PM

 

C4 Events is excited to offer a full-day of learning and discussion for sober home owners and professionals at CORE. Be ready to:

  • hear directly from treatment centers on key criteria for being part of a continuum of care organizations
  • find out from the experts the latest regulatory changes and updates and how to stay ahead of upcoming regulations
  • learn how to form and nurture great referral relationships from some of the best treatment centers
  • participate in a Q&A with industry leaders that can help you better operate and manage your facility
  • gain knowledge of how to create a sober living setting that supports and sustains recovery

The Sober Living event is included with a registration to CORE, however if you wish to attend this event only the registration fee is $100. Simply use the link below to register. If you are registering for the Sober Event only, make sure you select the “Sober Living Track Only (Monday Only)” checkbox on the main menu. Please note that if you are registering for the Sober Event only that lunch will be an additional $50 if you wish to attend.

 

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Agenda


 

210. How and Why You Should Measure Outcomes of Your Sober Living Program (1.5 NAADAC Credit Only)
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Rourke Weaver
Kim Koslow, LMHC, MCAP, CTT, BCPC
David Mosberg
Aaron Levine, MSW
Tracie Duich, CIP, CRC
Megan Leach
Supported by: Spero Recovery, Futures Recovery Healthcare, Onward Living Inc., Starbent Recovery & Banyan Treatment Center

Measuring the outcomes of your alumni post program is becoming more and more important. We can all agree on this, but how do you reach patients and gather data on them after they have left your program? It is crucial to understand the best way to gather data, and how to analyze and revamp your program accordingly.

 

230. Best Practices in Engaging Alumni (1.5 NAADAC Credit Only)
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Rourke Weaver
Ryan Miller, MSW
Tim Westbrook, MS
Peter Brunzelle
Supported by: Spero Recovery, Futures of Palm Beach, Camelback Recovery and WisHope Inc

Providing support and engaging with alumni after they are discharged from your program is very important. Our panelists will go over how they structured their aftercare programs, how they engage with alumni, and how they have created a community for alumni to rely on.

 

260. How to Avoid Conflict With Your Community: Best Practices on Working With Your State, Neighbors and Zoning Board (1.5 NAADAC Credit Only)
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Rourke Weaver
Anthony Foster, PhD, MCAP, SAP, ACRPS
Joe Bryan
Thomas Mouracade, CRRA
Peggy Mouracade, MD
Supported by: Spero Recovery, Center for Sobriety, Spirituality & Healing, The Beachcomber Rehabilitation, Inc., & The Kimberly Center

There have been many changes in our industry. States are imposing more regulations on sober livings; different models of sober livings have emerged. Panelists will talk about the best ways to interact with communities, government, zoning boards and neighbors so that your sober living flourishes and avoids conflicts with your community.

 

280. The Benefits of Peer Support Specialists and Recovery Coaching (1.5 NAADAC Credit Only)
4:15 pm – 5:45 pm
Rourke Weaver
John Hulick, MS
Tim Westbrook, MS
Steven Farnsworth
Supported by: Spero Recovery, Palm Beach County Community Services Department, Camelback Recovery & Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR)

Everyone is becoming a peer support specialist or recovery coach these days. Even Medicaid is starting to reimburse for peer support. But what exactly does a recovery coach do? How can you get trained or incorporate recovery coaching into your program? Is it effective? Peer support services are delivered by individuals who have common life experiences with the people they are serving and has become an increasingly utilized intervention in the substance use disorder continuum of care. The early evidence on this emerging intervention, particularly when coupled with recovery support services, is promising and public payors are beginning to fund and reimburse for these services as a result. Defining peer support; addressing some of the intervention’s shortcomings; and, exploring cutting edge recovery capital outcomes measuring and monitoring tools will round out this panel’s discussion.

Featured Faculty Biographies


Peter Brunzelle

We need to be heard before we can be healed. With more than 20 years of substance abuse and behavioral health experience, I’m dedicated to helping humans be “free” from the inside.
My gift is seeing the processes that communities and companies need to create to help their people be content with their lives.
I’m passionate about building individualized curriculum based off of the industries’ best practices.
I’m dedicated to helping humans live “free” from the inside. And what I mean by that is this – YOU know people who seem to walk through life and you can see their grounded… they’re comfortable with their lives? As director of WisHope – I want that feeling for everyone. I know how hard it is for the person dealing with addiction and mental health issues to start the work to recovery. I know how hard it is for their families to try to help and support them. I want people to know there is hope and WisHope is the place to start.


Joe Bryan

Joe Bryan began working at the Beachcomber in 1980, shortly after the Beachcomber opened. He followed in the path of his father, James Bryan, who founded the facility in 1976 and whose career spanned decades of leadership in the field of alcoholism and addiction treatment. Joe has held all positions at The Beachcomber and is now the owner and CEO. Joe has a degree in Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University and is currently in school pursuing a degree in Nursing. His expected graduation date is 09/2019.

Joe has been an active advocate for the recovery community and has organized numerous functions to better the community and bring awareness to the horrendous affliction that addiction has on individuals, families and the community. Joe believes treatment centers have a responsibility to do more than just treat patients; they need to be a positive part of the community and start taking leadership roles. Joe started a non-profit FATC to help those who have addiction problems and promote the best treatment centers in Florida. Additionally, Joe serves on the board of the Care Hope College of Nursing. In January 2019 Joe was awarded the FMHCA award for outstanding community service.

 


Tracie Duich, CIP, CRC

Tracie Duich, CIP, CRC, Vice President for The Recovery Team in North Palm Beach, Florida, has over 25 years of experience in Sales, Marketing & Management, with companies such as Motorola, Chevrolet, Sun Financial Group & Estee Lauder. Ms. Duich felt compelled to enter the field of Alcohol & Drug Treatment a dozen years ago, after having her own personal struggles with Addiction. Tracie first started in the Sober Living arena, which is where her passion was ignited. Working firsthand with women in recovery, and helping them lead meaning and purposeful lives was extremely rewarding. It was years later, after a successful track record in launching and branding Treatment Centers, that Tracie followed the guidance and direction from her long-time friend and colleague, Kim Koslow, and became her lead recovery coach at Butterfly House., which was an amazing experience. It was after working for Kim, and getting trained as an Interventionist, that Tracie embarked on her dream of opening her own sacred place for women in recovery, and ultimately Tracie’s Place was created. Creating a safe, structured and beautiful residence for women, Tracie’s Place was quite successful, particularly with women who had never been to sober living. Many of them are still clean and sober to this day, from their initial stay at Tracie’s Place. It was in 2017 that the dream had to be put on hold, as Tracie embarked on growing her National role in the treatment industry, which involved extensive travel. Plans are to reopen at a later date.

 


Steven Farnsworth

Steven Farnsworth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Technology and Management from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. After college, he worked as a Technical Writer for Rockwell International, publishing maintenance manuals for the Space Shuttle and the U.S. Air Force B-1 Bomber. From there, he was accepted into the Naval Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida and then on to flight school to become a Naval Aviator. Leaving active duty of six years, he worked in Intelligence Analysis for the Naval Reserves, while completing some post-graduate work with the Naval War College. During his time with the Navy, Steve began his personal recovery and has maintained his sobriety since 1989. He has been actively engaged in helping others with their recovery throughout. He has participated in the development and management of recovery residences in York PA, Amherst MA and Baltimore MD. Steve has a passion for supporting recovery events of all types, attempting to promote hope within the recovery community. In November, 2017, he left his twenty-year tenure working in the Quality Control and Administration department of an aircraft parts manufacturer in Maryland to accept the position as the Executive Director of the Florida Association of Recovery Residences. With three decades of service to the recovery community, he believed strongly that his experience deserved to have a voice in the opioid epidemic and with the mission to provide a constructive path for the promotion of legitimate recovery residence providers and protect their interests from the negative effects of unethical providers.

 


Anthony Foster, PhD, MCAP, SAP, ACRPS

Dr. Anthony (Tony) Foster is passionate about helping people overcome substance abuse and addiction. With over 15 years of extensive experience at all levels of care in the substance abuse industry, Dr. Foster has held positions as a Counselor, Clinical Director, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive. He also has comprehensive experience developing effective behavioral healthcare programs and curriculum for those seeking to recover from addiction. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counseling from Florida Atlantic University and a dual Master’s Degree in Mental Health and Rehab Counseling, also from FAU. He has been certified nationally as a Rehabilitation Counselor, in Florida as a Master Certified Addiction Professional and Advanced Certified Relapse Prevention Specialist, internationally accredited as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor, as well as being an accredited practitioner of Rapid Trauma Resolution therapy. He has written extensively on substance abuse treatment and the methods for achieving a long term recovery. Dr. Foster is also an active member of the recovery community for the last 16+ years.


John Hulick, MS

John Hulick currently leads the opioid response strategies for the Palm Beach County, Florida which has been considered the epi-center of the State’s opioid epidemic. He is also responsible for policy and service planning, as well as the County’s coordination and delivery of, addiction recovery, treatment and prevention services.

John has been described as “a fierce advocate and service provider to those with addictions and is widely recognized in the behavioral health community for his leadership.” He is considered a leading expert on addiction policy and has trained community leaders throughout the country to equip them with essential skills to address this devastating social problem.

John served as Governor Christopher Christie’s Policy Advisor for Human Services, Children and Families and was nominated by him, and confirmed by the State Senate, to serve as Executive Director, Governor’s Council in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. There he led efforts to combat the state’s heroin epidemic.

John directed NCADD – New Jersey’s public policy initiatives for sixteen years and is founding executive director of Signs of Sobriety, Inc., a nationally recognized agency that provides addiction services for deaf individuals.

John is in recovery from alcoholism for 33 years and has the unique ability to marry his addiction policy and service expertise with very personal experiences. He has been informed the most by navigating the care of his daughter’s early onset mental illness, heroin addiction, and subsequent traumatic brain injury from a violent assault that left her comatose and on the brink of death in 2017.


Kim Koslow, LMHC, MCAP, CTT, BCPC

Kim Koslow, LMHC, MCAP, CTT, BCPC, joined Futures almost 2 years ago with almost 20 years of experience in the addiction treatment field. In her role as Clinical Outreach Professional, Kim acts as a representative of the organization focusing on community relations, relationship cultivation and intervention services. A native New Yorker and long-time resident of Palm Beach, Kim focuses on the Northeast, while maintaining long-standing relationships in South Florida.

In 2001, she began her career at Hanley Center. While working on the Women’s unit, Kim saw a need for support in aftercare, thus creating an Alumni Program. In 2008, under her parent company, Got Real Recovery, she founded BUTTERFLY HOUSE, one of the first FARR Certified Recovery Residences for women. She served as CEO of Butterfly House until she closed the doors in late 2016.

Kim is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Certified Addiction Professional (MCAP), and the 60th Certified Trauma Therapist (CTT) in the country. As a Board Certified Professional Counselor (BCPC), Kim has been facilitating interventions for most of her career. She is also the past president of the board for Gratitude House and current board president of Fern House.

Specializing in women’s issues, trauma, family, motivational intervention, building community, Kim combines her own personal experiences along with her education and training, to envision and provide a unique blend of clinical care and outreach for individuals and families.

As a woman in recovery, her mantra is “It was in my heart to help a little because I was helped much.” – Kahlil Gibran


Megan Leach

Megan Leach, unlike many people who came to South Florida in order to seek recovery resources, was born and raised in the “Sunshine State.” She was able to seek help for her own struggles with addiction at the young age of 19, and as a result has fallen in love with helping others who face those same struggles. In 2012 Megan was given an opportunity to help others struggling with addiction when Kim Koslow, Elle Dupree, and Hester Williams hired her as a recovery coach and community outreach specialist at Butterfly House Recovery Residency. Megan recognizes the importance of this moment in time as the kickstart to her year 7-year career, but it also gave her ethical and training in good practice. Since then, she has carried what she learned into every position she has taken, all client engagement, and within her personal life. Her philosophy is: everything that happens after treatment is what sets the stage for the client’s long-term recovery. Megan prides herself on her authenticity and ability to bring her personal passions and lifestyle into her work. She personally thrives off continuous growth through taking chances, using physical health and wellness to clear her mind which in turn allows her to truly help clients after treatment. She knows that through passion and support you can build a life of value while enjoying a life of recovery.


Aaron Levine, MSW

Aaron Levine, MSW graduated from Adelphi University, then New York University earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees respectively in Social Work. A frontrunner in his class, he received honors from both institutions, and was presented the prestigious Dean’s Award for Excellence in Social Work Practice upon graduation. Aaron began his behavioral health career in 2006 when he joined a prestigious Southern-based inpatient treatment facility as a Counselor Assistant. Following this work, he segued to a smaller, community-focused Long Island consulting firm where he worked directly with at-risk teens through the design and implementation of process groups and one-on-one coaching. Transitioning into New York City in 2012, Aaron joined Mt. Sinai’s Beth Israel Medical Center as Relationship Management & Utilization Insurance Specialist, pioneering the creation of the hospitals Utilization Department for Chemical Dependency, and working directly alongside patients as an advocate in treatment. He oversaw the company’s team of Admissions staff in facilitating entry to their inpatient detox, rehab, and outpatient programs, in tandem with running Solution Focused process groups. In 2014, Aaron was recruited to South Florida by an esteemed and highly revered treatment facility in Boca Raton as an expert Case Manager and Private Practice Therapist. Aaron maintains a private practice concierge Case Management company in Boca Raton in addition to serving as Executive Director at the Onward Living program.


Ryan Miller, MSW

Ryan Miller, MSW joined Futures in September 2012. Before joining Futures, Mr. Miller worked in residential and IOP settings as a group facilitator and case manager/counselor and is a certified recovery coach. He is intervention trained through ARISE and is a certified recovery coach and recovery coach trainer through the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR). Mr. Miller is a proud Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with honors graduate from the University of Florida. Since joining Futures, he has completed a trauma-informed Master of Social Work (MSW) with honors at Barry University and a two-year clinical internship at an inpatient psychiatric unit for children, adults, and seniors. Mr. Miller is the Board President for Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS). TPAS is an international non-profit professional organization committed to fostering long-term recovery through continued care and alumni services. As Director of Alumni Services, Mr. Miller is involved in developing Futures programming for current clients and clients and families, as they transition to post-treatment life as alumni. He is responsible for the Coining In process of current clients and Days of Ascent for alumni and families. Mr. Miller trains Futures staff and the greater community as recovery coaches through the CCAR Recovery Coach curriculum. The alumni services department has two main aims, proactive support, via regular phone calls, text messages, and emails and fostering community through regional alumni meetings and sober outings.


David Mosberg

David Mosberg comes to Starbent Recovery after a successful career in business development and healthcare administration. He completed his undergraduate studies at Touro College and Hofstra University. He has been involved personally in the recovery community for over 12 years in Long Island & NYC.

 


Peggy Mouracade, MD

Peggy Mouracade, MD otherwise known as “Dr Peggy”, serves as the Medical Director for The Kimberly Center, an abstinence based treatment center focused on treating individuals suffering from alcohol and substance use disorder. She spent her formative years in the tow of Parkersburg, West Virginia. She attended Wake Forest University for both undergraduate and medical studies. She became a Floridian when she moved to Gainesville, Florida for her medical training. She then moved to Fort Myers and has since been an active member of the medical community She holds board certification in the fields of Internal Medicine, Nephrology and Integrative Medicine. She is in the midst of obtaining board certification in the field of Addiction Medicine. She embraces the philosophy of patient centered care and enjoys being involved in each patient’s journey of recovery. In an effort to gain better understanding of the needs for those in recovery, she obtained certification for Recovery Residence Administration (CRRA). She believes that the journey of recovery is multifaceted and is in need of a deeper understanding as well as better support at each level in order to meet the needs of those who have the disease of addiction. She remains hopeful and passionate in helping individuals to restore their lives and to sustaining their recovery.


Thomas Mouracade, CRRA

Thomas Mouracade, CRRA is the Founder of The Kimberly ReGenesis Center in Fort Myers, FL. The Kimberly Center is a DCF Licensed Facility treating Substance Use Disorder in Adults. Sober living is part of the continuum of care, with a 14 bed MAT Residence. Mr. Mouracade is a Certified Recovery Residence Administrator, and as such oversees the operation of The Kimberly Center Recovery Residence. Tom is also very active in his community, both locally and nationally. Mr. Mouracade serves as Vice Chairman for the Coalition for Drug Free Southwest Florida, sponsoring SADD Clubs in local schools and facilitating events such as Drug House Odyssey and The Busey Bank Run for Prevention. Mr. Mouracade also Chairs Prevention for the Neo-Natal Abstinence Syndrome Task Force at Golisano Children’s Hospital, facilitating care for expectant mothers suffering from Substance Use Disorder and promoting prevention to women of child bearing age. Tom’s formal education culminated in a Magna Cum Ladue BBA Finance from The Hagen School of Business in New York. Tom worked in New York’s Financial District at both Bear Sterns and Legg Mason Wood Walker before entering treatment. As a person in long term recovery, Tom was able to realize his dream of providing care to those who still suffer. The Kimberly Center continues to overcome active opposition from local government and adjacent property owners by holding to the highest ethical and moral standards. Mr. Mouracade has founded Free2Recover, a non-profit which promotes overcoming discrimination and dispels stigma associated with Substance Use Disorder.


Rourke Weaver

Rourke Weaver is the current Chief Operation Officer with Spero Recovery; A peer run non-profit based off The Retreat model offering 30 days of care for those suffering with substance use disorders. Before joining Spero Rourke spent the previous 3 years at Red Rock Recovery Center as the Director of Business Development working with the team to support poorly operating program to one of the most trusted programs in Colorado. The 8 years before that Rourke worked in the Recovery Support services field with The Phoenix where he ran programing, open chapters both in Colorado and nationally, lead events and started his advocacy work. All this lead him to form a deep passion for the power of community and the necessity for greater focus on building stronger bridge’s into recovery.

Being an advocate for Treatment, Recovery and Recovery Support Services he has, and continues to, engage in the discussion around substance use disorder, recently passing legislation and organizing stakeholders to fight for better regulation and better funding for both Treatment and Recovery. Rourke is the Attorney General Appointed Co-Chair of the Recover Ready Colorado work group tasked with presenting the Recovery Strategic plan for Colorado, Vice President of Colorado Recovery Residencies, Colorado Professional Liaison Association Leadership committee, and member with the Colorado Providers Association. Rourke continues to have a deep passion for programming and working with those in or seeking recovery. Truly enjoying the process of building strong teams, meaningful programming and honest connections that is a crucial pillar for long-term recovery.


Tim Westbrook, MS

Tim Westbrook, MS is in the business of helping people recover from alcoholism, drug addiction, process addictions, and mental disorders. He was born and raised in Southern California and spent his teen years in Oxnard, California. He attended the University of California, Davis where he obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business. Most of his post-college years were spent in the San Francisco Bay Area, until he moved to Arizona in 2006. Struggles with substance addiction eventually began to affect every area of his life. By March of 2011, he hit his bottom and became willing to go to any lengths to get and stay sober. Through his journey out of addiction and in recovery, he brings experience, strength, and hope to the man who wants lifelong sobriety. His passion for health and fitness, long-term sobriety, and changing lives is not only what inspired him to open Camelback Recovery, but accounts for their high success rates as well. He has held board positions for several non-profits, he actively work a 12-Step program, and he is well connected in the recovery community. He is also an Ironman and yogi. In the interest of furthering his education and becoming a better tool for Camelback Recovery, he obtained his Masters of Science in Addiction Counseling at Grand Canyon University in 2016. His recovery has led him to living a happy, useful and whole life in sobriety.


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