Camden County Drug Court Adopts Life and Mindfulness Coaching Workshop "Embracing the Leader Within" from Leadership Placement for Drug Court Participants

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The Embracing the Leader Within (ETLW) workshop series was created by Donna Valente, founder and President of Leadership Placement, and Tara Timberman, an adult reentry program consultant. ETLW is an intensive life coaching and mindfulness-based stress management program designed to support recovery and relapse prevention.

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According to Valente, ETLW helps participants achieve greater self-awareness and self-discipline in the interest of their recovery process, so they can access their inner leader and improve their ability to reach short and long-term personal and professional goals. This is accomplished through the use of mindfulness-based stress management and relaxation techniques, positive affirmation training, and best practices in life and career coaching.

ETLW facilitators, Valente and her co-facilitator Mark DiFilippo, a mindfulness coach, create a safe, supportive environment in which participants learn to identify core values, set priorities, and design value-based life plans. In addition, workshop participants are taught strategies for addressing anxiety, stress, depression, impulsive behaviors, negative thought patterns, and other threats to their recovery and relapse prevention success.

"This workshop series is designed to meet individuals where they are in their lives, rather than defining for them where they should be," Valente states. "Therefore, the curriculum is suitable for diverse audiences regardless of socio-economic status, educational attainment, and other demographic indicators. Valente adds, “We are thrilled that Camden County Drug Court is offering their participants this type of powerful support. Our goal is to have a positive impact on these folks, and we're proud of the work we are doing for and with them."

Leadership Placement's new contract with the Camden County Drug Court follows the success of the 6 week, 15 hour ETLW program completed in October 2013, which served 30 adult participants. The Drug Court System works to prevent the abuse of alcohol and other drugs, as well as related criminal activity through the close collaboration of criminal justice and drug treatment professionals. The five-year program is engineered by a team of court staff, attorneys, probation officers, substance abuse evaluators and treatment professionals working together to support and monitor the recovery of non-violent participants.

Valente is a graduate of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a trained professional Co-Active leadership coach certified by The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She specializes as a leadership and career development coach in working with high-potential performers striving to reach their next professional summit. She has nearly two decades of sales leadership and management experience, including expertise in the educational technology/e-learning and higher education markets.

For more information about Valente and her work in leadership placement, career coaching, and other professional development services, please visit or call 610.449.5653.

About Leadership Placement International
Founded by Donna Valente, Leadership Placement International has been serving the needs of employers and job seekers since 2003. The company is an executive search firm that offers an array of integrated services, including career coaching and counseling and retained searches.

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