School of Psychology & Counseling

Dr. Evelyn Biles Presents “From Trauma to Addictions” for Those in Helping Professions

May 29, 2009

From Trauma to Addictions

All students, alumni, staff, faculty and all interested community members are welcome to attend this informational workshop which explores the relationship between exposure to traumas and frequently resulting addictions.  ICISF Certification is awarded upon completion.

Presenters include Evelyn Biles, D.Min., adjunct professor for the Human Services Counseling program of the Regent University School of Psychology and Counseling and founder and President of Global Mosaic International, Inc.  Biles is an Approved and Certified Trainer in: Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support and Stress Management for the Trauma Provider.  Also presenting is Linday Willimason, CTR. 

Individuals who work in “helping professions” are at a statistically greater risk for developing addictions.  The use of alcohol, drugs and other activities as a means of self-medicating for overwhelming job-related stress and chronic exposure to emotionally charged events is common place.  The workshop will look at personality traits and the human culture of “helpers” as well as family dynamics.  Good critical incident stress management must include a component that addresses the danger of addictions and offers tools to address those potential dependencies.

The workshop will be held on Friday, June 5 from 6-10 pm and Saturday, June 6 from 9:00 am – 3:30 pm at the Regent University Classroom Building room 228.  Register by June 1 by emailing your name, address, and phone number to Dr. Biles at evelbil@regent.edu.  There is a $60 fee for the course, which can be paid in cash at the door, online at www.globalmosaic.net/donations (make a $60 donation to GMI with a credit card), or by mailing a check made out to GMI to Global Mosaic International, Inc., 204 York Warwick Drive, Yorktown, VA 23692-4037.  Please email Dr. Biles with any questions.

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