Passages To Recovery to Host Three-Day Intervention Certification Training at Exclusive Resort in Utah

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Mental health professionals will come together this fall to learn about the disease of addiction and its impact on the entire family system.

This training completely transformed the way I approach my job

From Oct. 20-22, professionals in the field of addiction medicine will gather from around the country to participate in a family systemic model three-day intervention certification training. Held at an exclusive, gated resort in St. George, Utah, the event will be hosted by Passages To Recovery, a wilderness-based addiction and substance abuse treatment program for young adults ages 18 and older.

Brandi Bradbury, director of admissions at Passages To Recovery, attended the training in 2007 and returned with a newfound understanding of the ways the program could better support the families of individuals struggling with addiction.

"This training completely transformed the way I approach my job," says Bradbury. "After years of working in mental health and addictions, I learned new ways to support families in crisis and to help them draw boundaries with their loved ones. When I came back to work, I immediately felt more connected with our clients and noticed how effective the family systemic model is in treating our particular clientele. I knew right away that we needed to share this knowledge with a broader spectrum of professionals working in the field of addiction."

Since Bradbury completed the intervention training last year, she has successfully worked to further integrate the family systemic model into the Passages To Recovery program, which will begin offering intensive workshops to families in 2009.

One of the main premises of the family systemic model is that chemical dependency is a disease that impacts the whole family.

"When an individual is addicted to drugs or alcohol, his entire family becomes dependent on him to play that role," Bradbury explains. "Even when the identified patient goes into treatment, the family can push him back into the role of 'addict' if they don't consciously change how they react to and interact with him. By identifying each family member's role in the recovery process and guiding each person through their part in restoring the family system to health, you set the patient up for the best possible treatment outcome."

Over the course of the three-day training, attendees will participate in discussions of the components of the systemic model, shame reduction techniques, establishing new norms, and related concepts. The educational sessions will be presented by Wayne Raiter, M.A., LICSW, LMFT, author of the new Systemic Intervention model and former clinical director of the Johnson Institute, who has more than 30 years of experience in training and consulting with professionals worldwide.

In addition to essential learning and enlightening discussion in a quaint and friendly atmosphere, the Utah training promises to be a great networking opportunity for educational consultants, therapists, interventionists, and addiction treatment program personnel. Capped at 40 participants, space is limited. For professionals interested in attending this year's training or registering for future training opportunities, please contact Brandi Bradbury at (866) 625-8809.

Passages To Recovery is an eight-week addiction and substance abuse treatment program set in the pristine wilderness of central Utah. Using an innovative dual-diagnostic approach to addiction treatment, Passages To Recovery addresses chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health issues through a unique blend of traditional interventions, the 12-Step model, wilderness therapy, and research-based methodologies.

Passages To Recovery is a proud member of Aspen Education Group, the nation's largest and most comprehensive network of therapeutic schools and programs. Aspen Education Group offers professionals and families the opportunity to choose from a variety of therapeutic settings in order to best meet a student's unique academic and emotional needs. Aspen Education Group has been profiled by major news and television organizations around the world, including U.S. News and World Report, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and People magazine, as well as on CNN, ABC's 20/20 and Good Morning America, NBC's The Today Show and Dateline NBC, National Public Radio, and the syndicated television show Dr. Phil.

Aspen is a division of CRC Health Group, the nation's largest chemical dependency and related behavioral health organization. For more information about Aspen Education Group, visit or call (888) 972-7736. For more information about Passages To Recovery and the benefits of wilderness therapy, please call (866) 625-8809 or visit


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