May 2019 Lunch and Learn – The Woodlands, TX

Presenters: Ward Blanchard, MA, CSI, LCAS

Location: Lakeview Health, 2610 Technology Forest Blvd
The Woodlands, TX 77381

Date: May 22, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT

Continuing Education: 1 unit/credit*

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Event Summary

Neuroarchitecture of Family Systems: We are all “Chemically Dependent”

The concept of how mental illness and/or substance use disorders “impact the whole family” is a common therapeutic ideal most professionals have heard before. However, the professional community is rarely provided the information and education on the neurological changes identified patients, families, loved ones, or other caregivers experience when involved in a relationship with someone suffering from a mental illness or substance use disorder. An expert in family systems, Ward Blanchard will review the most up-to-date neurological findings in helping professionals understand what exactly the words “family system disease” means, what evidence-based treatment options are most effective, and what role professionals play in the treatment of the family.

Participants will:

  1. Learn the basics of neuroscience of SUDs
  2. Be introduced to the neuroscience and chemical changes involved in a family system
  3. Be introduced to:  The stress coping paradigm, and how symptoms appear in family system
  4. Learn effective, evidence-based treatment approaches for treatment and communication with family system
  5. Understand professional roles when working with clients and families

  *This continuing education offering has been submitted for approval for 1 CEU by Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals, Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapist, Texas State Board of Social Workers Examiners, and Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

About the presenter

Ward Blanchard, MA, CSI, LCAS

Since moving to Charlotte in 2014, Ward Blanchard has become one of the most prominent addiction and mental health professionals on the east coast. Ward founded The Blanchard Institute, LLC, an Intensive Outpatient Center that treats co-occurring Substance Use Disorders in 2016. Ward and his team approach addiction through a family systems model, guiding entire families toward healthy recovery.

Ward has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy. Specializing in addiction, Ward obtained his advanced addiction counseling education and credential through California Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC-II). Ward is also a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and a Clinical Supervisor (CSI).

Ward spent over a decade in Southern California furthering his education while also working alongside some of the world’s most well-known addiction and mental health treatment centers like The Betty Ford Center, Michael’s House Dual Diagnosis Center, and Foundations Recovery Network. Ward has worked in all facets of dual diagnosis treatment: interventions, admissions, business development, therapist, continuing-care, and operations. He presents at national conferences, hospitals, continuing educational events, and treatment centers. Ward has an altruistic passion around educating the professional community about Family Systems, Substance Use Disorders, co-occurring disorders, the opioid epidemic, and chronic pain.

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