Beyond the Disease Concept
Presented by Dave O'Donnell, MHS
Saturday, August 27, 2016
- Examine the history and origin of the Traditional Medical Model of Addiction
- How it works
- Who it works best with
- When it doesn't work
- This workshop will explore other models of addiction as possible alternatives to T.M.M. that have proven efficacy
will partake in open discussion examining the "Politics" of the
addiction field. The discussion will focus on what participants feel the
Addiction field needs to do to improve treatment outcomes.
Networking/Registration: 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Workshop: 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Cost: $15 per person ($5 for current GSU students
Where: Hall of Honors – Governors State University (across from bookstore)
Includes: Three CEU credits from IAODAPCA
for: Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, MISA I or
II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP I, CRSS II, MAATP I or II, NCRS I or II, CFPP
Three CEU credits for Social Workers
Print registration form or call 708.534.7892 to registered by phone with a credit card
About the Presenter:
Dave O’Donnell, M.H.S.
Dave O’Donnell (M.H.S.)
is currently a full-time faculty member of the Addictions Studies Program at
Governors State University. Mr.
O’Donnell has held this position since 1991.
In addition, he worked in the addiction field for 25 years as a
Substance Abuse/Mental Health therapist until he retired in 2010. In 1988, he authored one of the first Early
Intervention grants funded by D.A.S.A. to provide services for identified “high
risk” youth in the south suburban elementary school system. The program was designed to provide
counseling and support to children growing up with parental addiction. Mr. O’Donnell has long been an advocate for
programs and interventions that focus on client resiliency, strengths, and
empowerment, rather than confrontation as a means to enhance motivation. He is also a staunch supporter of treatment
models that are client centered and provide choices to clients in treatment
that expand beyond the limits of total abstinence. “There needs to be a commitment to go where
the client is at and work from there, not the other way around.”