October 6, 2008
Hosted by Mary Woods
Ken Norton, a licensed clinical social worker, serves as the Director of the Center For Community Based Suicide Prevention and the Frameworks Suicide Prevention Project at NAMI NH, the National Alliance On Mental Illness. He played a lead role in the development of the Frameworks Project which is designated as a national best practice program in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. Ken participated on the committee which wrote NH's state Suicide Prevention Plan and was instrumental in passage of legislation which establishes a state Suicide Prevention Council and currently sits as a member of that council. Ken was recently appointed to the steering committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The impact mental illness and suicide have had on Ken's family deepened his professional efforts to reduce stigma and promote help seeking and early recognition and treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders.
One Hour AT A Time
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Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves.
Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.