The Real American Idols; Performing with a Brain Injury
July 20, 2009
Hosted by Mary Woods
Guest host Dr. Mark Green, will be interviewing certified brain injury specialist and musician Jerry Burton. Jerry is a certified brain injury specialist who has been in the human services field for 30 years, divided almost equally between MH/MR and TBI. He currently serves as director of Development for Whitemarsh House, a personal care facility located in Flourtown, Pa. Prior to coming to Whitemarsh House, Jerry served for 10 years as administrator and residential manager at Success at Rockridge, a TBI facility located in Quakertown, Pa, where he established "Rockridge Live", the annual music event for clients, their families and friends. Think American Idol with no losers. Jerry maintains that it could be only done through the universality of music. A similar program is in the works for Whitemarsh House. Jerry is also a musician, composer, performer, and record producer. He studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston and at the proverbial "School of Hard Knocks'. His latest work is "SIDEWAYS", a CD by Bishop Clay, a Pittsburgh area group.
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.