The Open Dialogue Approach
February 15, 2010
Hosted by Mary Woods
Mary Olson, Ph.D., LICSW is an international lecturer in the fields of communication and family therapy. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Smith College School for Social Work and an affiliate of the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical School MA. In 2001, she was Fulbright professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Jyvaskyla and has been a visiting professor at other universities in Finland, Italy, and the US. From 1990-1995, under Dr. Carlos Sluzki, Chairman, she was the Director of the Clinical Externship in Systemic Family Therapy in the Department of Psychiatry, Berkshire Medical Center. She has numerous publications on the open dialogue approach, training in network and language-based therapy, eating disorders treatment, and the effects of managed care. She has an independent psychotherapy and consultation practice at the Mill River Institute in Haydenville, MA.
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.