Every Brain Matters is a community of support and advocacy based on science and live experiences. Join us as we find freedom from marijuana and the drug culture expansion. 

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Mar-Anon Family Group is a fellowship of those affected by another person’s marijuana use and is independent of Every Brain Matters.  To view, Mar-Anon meetings, go to: mar-anon.com/meetings/

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Should I Drug Test My Child?

Should I drug test, My child?

Parents are unprepared for this new era of industrialized THC and the expanding drug culture. In this webinar, Laura Mangum, Resilience Coach, and Author from I Cope 2 Hope, provides families with information about whether to drug test their children or not.

Then, Aburee Adams, Director of Every Brain Matters and former host mom for youth in recovery, gives families a plan of action on what to do if their child has a positive test.

June 29th, 2023, 5:30 pm Central Time

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Stages of Change: How to Respond to Loved Ones in the Addiction Cycle – Presented by Dr. Crystal Collier

Stages of Change: How to Respond to Loved Ones in the Addiction Cycle 

Presentation by Dr. Crystal Collier, PHD, LPC-S

Therapist, Researcher, Educator

Join us for this presentation that provides families with valuable information that relates specifically to using the Stages of Change concepts as a tool for assisting family members when approaching loved ones who are struggling with ambivalence toward goal achievement.

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the stages of change in health behavior change.
  2. Describe unhealthy vs. healthy family interventions.
  3. Describe the levels of use and appropriate interventions.
  4. Learn how to utilize stages of change strategies from a family perspective.

The participant will have an understanding of the Stages of Change, including

  • How to identify each stage
  • Understanding addiction and how it relates to change
  • Which techniques are appropriate depending on stage of change
  • Dealing with resistance

Crystal Collier, PhD, herself a person in long-term recovery, is a therapist and educator whose comprehensive prevention model, which teaches the neurodevelopmental effects of risky behavior to students, school staff, and families, was selected for the Prevention and Education Commendation from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Dr. Collier received the Torch Bearer Award from the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, Outstanding Research Award from the Association of Alternative Peer Groups, and voted Counselor of the Year by the Houston Counseling Association.

The Hope and Healing Center and Institute in Houston, TX, granted Dr. Collier a research fellowship to support the completion of The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide published in 2020. Her FOO Mapping workbook published in 2023, is designed for people who want to map the family-of-origin patterns that no longer serve them.

Since 1991, her clinical work focuses on adolescents and adults suffering from mental illness, behavioral problems and substance use disorders Her area of expertise includes adolescent neurodevelopment, prevention programming, parent coaching, addiction, family-of-origin work, and training new clinicians.

www.drcrystalcollier.com           www.knowyourneuro.org

 

 

 

Motivational Interviewing: How to Respond to Loved Ones – Presentation by Dr. Crystal Collier, PHD, LPC-S

Motivational Interviewing: How to Respond to Loved Ones

Presentation by Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S

Join us for this presentation that provides families with valuable information that relates specifically to using the Motivational Interviewing technique and concepts as a tool for assisting family members when approaching loved ones who are struggling with ambivalence toward goal achievement.

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the role of ambivalence in health behavior change.
  2. Describe unhealthy vs. healthy family interventions.
  3. Describe the fundamental spirit, guiding principles, and strategies of motivational interviewing.
  4. Learn how to utilize motivational interviewing strategies from a family perspective.

Presentation Objectives: The participant will have an understanding of Motivational Interviewing including

  • What motivation is
  • The motivational interviewing concept
  • Using questioning and listening strategies
  • Using the MI concept to engage family members
  • Using the loved one’s motivation as a pathway for change
  • Understanding extrinsic and intrinsic motivation
  • Dealing with resistance

Crystal Collier, PhD, herself a person in long-term recovery, is a therapist and educator whose comprehensive prevention model, which teaches the neurodevelopmental effects of risky behavior to students, school staff, and families, was selected for the Prevention and Education Commendation from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Dr. Collier received the Torch Bearer Award from the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, Outstanding Research Award from the Association of Alternative Peer Groups, and voted Counselor of the Year by the Houston Counseling Association.

The Hope and Healing Center and Institute in Houston, TX, granted Dr. Collier a research fellowship to support the completion of The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide published in 2020. Her FOO Mapping workbook published in 2023, is designed for people who want to map the family-of-origin patterns that no longer serve them.

Since 1991, her clinical work focuses on adolescents and adults suffering from mental illness, behavioral problems and substance use disorders Her area of expertise includes adolescent neurodevelopment, prevention programming, parent coaching, addiction, family-of-origin work, and training new clinicians.

www.drcrystalcollier.com           www.knowyourneuro.org

Involuntary Commitment to Treatment Can Help your Loved Ones Recover from Cannabis-Induced Psychosis

For at least the last 5 years, we have seen a significant increase in the number of young people experiencing psychotic-like features after using cannabis in its various forms. Psychosis makes it difficult for parents to rationalize with their young adult children about their need for treatment. That’s where the court system can help.

Joe Considine has practiced law in South Florida since 1983. His practice focuses on addiction-related law, including the Marchman Act and family law. He works extensively with families whose loved ones have substance abuse and mental health problems and has handled hundreds of Marchman Act cases in various circuits in Florida. Joe is committed to educating mental health professionals, the legal community, and the public about the efficacy of the Marchman Act. He has presented to conferences of mental health professionals, treatment centers, and civic organizations. He has also written many articles about the Marchman Act, which are easily accessible at JoeConsidineLaw.com.

In addition to leading a well-regarded law practice, Joe has served on the Board of Directors of The Fern House in West Palm Beach, a residential rehabilitation facility for indigent men with substance use disorders, for more than 25 years. He also enjoys assisting and participating with the Max Planck Institute for Neuroscience as a member of its Brain Trust. A native of Palm Beach County, Joe currently lives in West Palm Beach, has three adult children, and loves painting, mountain biking, and tending to his butterfly garden.

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Helping a Loved One with Cannabis-Induced Psychosis (CIP)

In this presentation, Aubree Adams and Amber Moore will educate about cannabis-induced psychosis and provide personal stories, family resources, and practical tools to respond to a teen or loved one with CIP and pathways to recovery.

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Objectives: Participants will learn:

The signs and symptoms of cannabis-induced psychosis

How to provide a healthy environment.

Resources to take appropriate steps for support and recovery pathways.

Parenting tools to clearly and kindly respond to any negative or destructive behaviors.

 

Aubree Adams is the director of Every Brain Matters. She lived at ground zero of the marijuana expansion movement. Still, she found refuge in Houston, Texas, where she and her two sons joined a dynamic, enthusiastic recovery community where she became a host parent for youth in recovery. Aubree states that families and communities are unprepared for this era of industrialized marijuana that targets youth with flavored candies and vapes that provide a rapid and potent chemical assault to the brain. She is passionate about providing families with resources to prevent, manage, or recover from a child or young adult addicted or psychotic from cannabis.

Amber Moore is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and assistant director of Every Brain Matters. After experiencing first-hand the harmful mental and physical effects of cannabis, Amber became passionate about sharing scientific-based education with teens and families. She believes everyone has the right to be informed and know the truth about the harmful side effects of marijuana and industrialized THC products.
Amber’s mission is to spread both education and hope to individuals and families affected by marijuana.

 

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Vaping: Is History Repeating Itself? – Dr. Crystal Collier

In this presentation, Dr. Crystal Collier will discuss capitalistic patterns of public health problems, why nicotine is so addictive,  how vaping marijuana exacerbates the problem, and what parents and clinicians can do if young people start vaping.
Objectives:
Participants will learn the historical patterns that influence public health disasters.
Participants will learn the effect of nicotine and marijuana on the brain.
Participants will learn coping mechanisms and behavior modification techniques to use with youth who vape.

Crystal Collier, PhD, herself a person in long-term recovery, is a therapist and educator whose comprehensive prevention model, which teaches the neurodevelopmental effects of risky behavior to students, school staff, and families, was selected for the Prevention and Education Commendation from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Dr. Collier received the Torch Bearer Award from the Texas Association of Addiction Professionals, Outstanding Research Award from the Association of Alternative Peer Groups, and voted Counselor of the Year by the Houston Counseling Association.

The Hope and Healing Center and Institute in Houston, TX, granted Dr. Collier a research fellowship to support the completion of The NeuroWhereAbouts Guide published in 2020. Her FOO Mapping workbook published in 2023, is designed for people who want to map the family-of-origin patterns that no longer serve them.

Since 1991, her clinical work focuses on adolescents and adults suffering from mental illness, behavioral problems and substance use disorders Her area of expertise includes adolescent neurodevelopment, prevention programming, parent coaching, addiction, family-of-origin work, and training new clinicians.

www.drcrystalcollier.com           www.knowyourneuro.org

REGISTER HERE