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Recovery Month 2009 on Facebook

by James Heller 3. August 2009 14:22
Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles is participating in Recovery Month 2009 by contributing time and staff for local events.  It is a wonderful opportunity to spread awareness to the public about alcohol and drug treatment in Los Angeles.  We invite you to join us in celebrating recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction.

Since Recovery Month includes events all over the United States, we would like to inform those outside of Los Angeles County how to find events in their area.

There is now a Facebook page for Recovery Month 2009.  

If you already have a Facebook account:

  1. Log in to your account
  2. Type “Recovery Month” in the Search box
  3. The first result should be for the official government page, with their logo at the left.  
  4. Click on “Become a Fan” to join, and you will start getting news.

For those who don’t know, Facebook is a social networking web site where people interact with friends, family and others.  It is the new way to stay in touch with people, share stories and photographs, and to make recommendations to others.  The growth of Facebook has encouraged businesses and organizations to create their own pages to keep information flowing to customers, members, and fans.

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles makes a daily effort to find treatment news articles that we can share with our readers in the alcohol and drug treatment community.  

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley, and in Santa Ana.

Recovery Month 2009 Events

by James Heller 30. July 2009 13:12

Tarzana Treatment Centers in Los Angeles is participating in Recovery Month 2009 with informative articles and by planning and attending local events.  During the month of September our goal is to bring awareness to the general public about recovery from alcohol dependence and drug addiction.  We recognize that our commitment to integrated behavioral healthcare in alcohol and drug treatment is only effective when alcoholics and drug addicts know where to begin their journey to recovery.

August 20-30    - Visit the TTC information booth in the Antelope Valley Fair!

September 1     - Join us  at Los Angeles City Hall for an official proclamation of Recovery Month

September 2     - We will  attend the Los Angeles Rally for Recovery

September 14   - San Fernando Valley Rally for Recovery - SF Government Square (event pending confirmation)

September 26   - Attending "A Taste of Recovery" hosted by the Substance Abuse Foundation of Long Beach

September 30   - Join us  in a March for Recovery hosted by our Antelope Valley site  at 44447 10th St West. Lancaster, CA 93534

More events are sure to be planned.  So bookmark this page and return to keep informed of how you can help bring recovery awareness to others and support alcohol and drug treatment in Los Angeles.

Tarzana Treatment Centers invites everyone to join us in our activities, and to offer events of their own as well.  If you are interested in planning your own event, go to http://www.recoverymonth.gov/Community-Events/Event-Planning.aspx.

If you need help with alcoholism or drug addiction, and are considering alcohol and drug rehab, please call us at 888-777-8565 or contact us here.

Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California in Los Angeles County and Orange County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley, and in Santa Ana.


by James Heller 23. April 2009 09:44

The Los Angeles County Psychological Association Presents:


Using Motivational Interviewing

to Engage Patients in Treatment

Saturday, May 16, 2009
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Skirball Cultural Center
(Continental Breakfast included)


3.0 Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists, MFT's and LCSWs

See a description of this and the remaining 2009 LACPA Continuing Education programs below.
Click here for the registration form.

How often have you worked really hard to encourage, persuade, cajole, even scare a patient into addressing an alcohol, drug, or other self-destructive behavioral problem, yet find all your effort, support, and caring fruitless?  You watch someone continue to use this drug or this behavior for comfort, to numb out, to forget, to cope...and you watch them have problems in relationships they care about, have problems at work, and you may even see them doing apparent good work in therapy, but there is little change.  You may see them develop health problems yet continue in the self-destructive behavior.  And every time you bring up their alcohol, pot, cigarette, or other problem behavior, they defend, minimize, or avoid the issue - or get annoyed or angry with you!
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is both a philosophy and a counseling approach that helps engage patients in the treatment process.  The therapist who uses MI knows that persuasion is not effective in helping those with addictions resolve their ambivalence toward treatment. They know that motivation must come from inside the client.  MI seeks to mobilize the client's own values and goals to stimulate change.  This approach helps clients articulate and resolve their ambivalence toward treatment using a collaborative therapeutic relationship.  MI is being embraced more and more by substance abuse and mental health treatment providers, and there is research to demonstrate its effectiveness.  Participants will receive an overview of MI, learn the theory underlying this counseling approach, practice basic MI skills, and recognize how MI can be used to address ambivalence in any psychotherapeutic setting. 
Ken Bachrach, Ph.D., is Clinical Director of Tarzana Treatment Centers.  He has been engaged in clinical practice, research, and training for over 25 years. Dr. Bachrach is site principal Investigator in the Clinical Trials Network of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which tests new treatment protocols.  He is also President of Professional Psych Seminars, a leading continuing education provider for psychologists and other mental health professionals. 
Saturday, May 16, 2009,  9 am - 12 Noon
Using Motivational Interviewing to Engage Patients in Treatment
Ken Bachrach, Ph.D.

3.0 CE hours
The Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles 90049
This event will also be held at the beautiful Skirball Cultural Center.  In this setting, Dr. Bachrach will talk to us about how Motivational Interviewing helps those with addictions to resolve their ambivalence toward treatment.  LACPA members have expressed an interest in learning about this approach. 
Saturday, June 6, 2009,  9 am - 4 pm
The Evaluation of Child Sexual Abuse for Intermediate and Advanced Forensic Practitioners
Barry Hirsch, Ph.D.

6.0 CE hours
17277 Ventura Blvd., Suite 202
Encino, CA 91316
Many of our CE events are introductory programs. There is a need for some information better suited to those who have already begun to develop skill and expertise in an area.  This program presents an advanced workshop for the professionals who perform evaluations of child sexual abuse and the attorneys who examine them.  It is designed for those who have mastered the basic factors within this area and who wish to further hone their knowledge and skills.  This program will be held at the LACPA office in Encino.

Saturday, September 12, 2009, 9 am - 4 pm
Natural Alternatives to Prozac: Theories, Practices, and Research
Kathryn P. White, Ph.D., D.H.M. L.ac., Dipl. Ac, & C.H.

6.0 CE hours.
Huntington Memorial Hospital
100 W. California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91105
Many LACPA members know Dr. White from CSPP.  Dr. White is a psychologist, acupuncturist, Chinese medical herbologist, Ayurvedic medicine practitioner, and a doctor of homeopathic medicine. So many of our members work with patients who use these alternative methods - or work with people who might prefer them to psychiatric medications for depression.  As their psychologists, we want and need to know something about these treatments and the practitioners who perform these services.  Dr. White will provide a great deal of information about acupuncture, herbs, Ayurvedic medicine, homeopathy, and nutritional medicine for the treatment of depression and those who practice these methods. This program will be held at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena.

Click here for the registration form.