Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery

  • Specialty Care
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Keynote Speakers

Tony Mandarich – NFL Alumni, Speaker, Author, Photographer

  • “Why Not Me?: - Former NFL player’s personal story of addiction and recovery

Lyle Prouse – Retired 747 Captain, Author

  • “A Story of Recovery” - First airline pilot arrested for flying ‘under the influence’ and his road to recovery

Alex Berenson – Journalist and author of “Tell your Children: The Truth about Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence”.

  • “Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence: The Evidence” - He will be discussing what scientific studies and other evidence tells us about the links between cannabis and severe mental illness.

Lisa J. Merlo, PH.D., M.P.E. – Dr. Lisa Merlo is a licensed clinical psychologist and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Florida.

  • “Physician Health Programs: A Model for Recovery” - She will describe the experiences of physicians with substance use disorders who participate in treatment and monitoring by a physician health program. The physician health program (PHP) model will be explained. Results of research examining physician satisfaction and recovery-related outcomes following participation in monitoring will be presented.

Ismael David Yanga III, MD – Chief Medical Officer for Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery.

  • “Adjusting the Lens: The addiction Crisis, Redefining Effective Treatment” - Dr. David Yanga will provide an overview of the most recent data related to the “opioid epidemic” and review the impacts of addiction on cognition and introduce the new paradigm as the gold standard in effective treatment.

Marty Ferrara, MA, CCS, ICCADC, LADC, CMAT – Senior Director of Community Relations for Caron Treatment Centers.

  • “Beyond the Bubble: Longitudinal Care and Effect on Outcomes” - He will examine various strategies and forms of continuing care beyond primary treatment, as well as outcomes and the efficacy of such approaches. Individualized approaches to continuing care, including variable length of stay, tele-health medicine, and treatment beyond primary residential will be reviewed.

Cherie Sammis, D. Bioethics, RN, NP – Director Ethics Integration Ascension Michigan

  • “Look Beneath the Surface- Identifying and Caring for Victims and Survivors of Human Trafficking in Health Care” - Understanding the scope and awareness of labor and sex human trafficking.

Judith M. Malinowski, MA, LLP, CAADA, CCS – Outpatient Behavioral Health, Eastwood/Novi

  • “Human Trafficking” - Human trafficking within and into the United States.
  • “Understanding of the 6 Emotional Needs and How They Impact Stages of Change” – Identification of the 6 emotional needs of every human being.

Virginia M. June, DD, LMSW, MAC, CAADC, ICAADC – Therapist at Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery

  • “Who Moved My Chi?” - The NADA auricular acupuncture protocol for addiction and behavioral health treatment.

Mark Weiner, MD, DFASAM – Section Chief of Addiction Medicine, Medical Director of Substance Use Disorders, and Program Director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.

  • “Updates in the Treatment of Chronic Pain and Addiction” – The presentation will involve an overview of common management pitfalls in treating patients who have chronic pain on long-term opioids.

Tim Ringgold, MT-BC- Speaker/ Author/ Music Therapist

  • “Music Therapy as an Evidence Based Tool for Addiction Treatment and Self Care” – In this interactive and experiential presentation, you will learn shy music is not only effective but efficient at helping a person stay present, open up, be creative, escape stressors, and reconnect.

Wendy Case, LPC, ATR-BC, CAADC, MAC – Director of the Art Therapy Program at Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery

  • “An Art Therapy Perspective” – This will focus on the power of using resistance as a tool to help people understand their potential and the power of art therapy to reinforce mastery.

Ismael David Yanga III, MD - Chief Medical Officer for Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery

  • “Nutrition and Addiction: Exploring the Connections between Trauma, Nutrition and Behavioral Health” – This session will be focused on the connections of nutritional deficiency states and clinical syndrome that derive from nutritional deficiency.

David Marshall, PH.D., ABPP-CN - Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Co-Investigator in the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program Michigan Medicine | University of Michigan

  • “Impact of co-morbid Substance Use Disorders on clinical and cognitive outcomes in Mood Disorders” - Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a severe and chronic psychiatric disorder and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. High rates of Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) have been reported in those with BD with a lifetime occurance as high as 60%. Research shows that BD with co-morbid SUD have worse clinical outcomes including increased number of hospitalizations, increased suicidal ideation, and decreased treatment compliance, as well as greater difficulties in memory and executive functioning. Early identification, including additional screening and monitoring of individuals who are at risk of abusing substances, could provide additional interventions and resources which might help mitigate the long-term effects of these conditions.

John Young, MA, LPC, CAADC - Therapist at Ascension Brighton Center for Recovery

  • “Trauma and the use of EMDR and Qigong for Emotional Regulation” - Participants will be given an overview of trauma and will discuss treating it in a residential setting.