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 LION UP Recovery Scholars Series (Virtual)

Scholarship Fundraiser for LION UP Recovery Students involved in the Collegiate Recovery Program of Southeastern

We hope that you will consider joining us with our series of presentations on Recovery, Collegiate Recovery, and Advocacy. The Programs offered are listed below. You can register by clicking on the blue link. 




Virtual Recovery Series Registration


One Registration Fee - to access ALL Virtual Zoom events with the Recovery Scholars Series!


Allies in Recovery Kick Off                      

Wednesday, July 15th, 2019

12:30 - 1:30pm


Allies in Recovery Training, Presented by LION UP Recovery Coordinator (Collegiate Recovery Program), Madison Evans, LPC. She serves as Coordinator of Southeastern Louisiana University Collegiate Recovery Program: LION UP Recovery. She graduated in 2015 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in French. She then went on to complete her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Southeastern Louisiana University in 2017.  Madison is a licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor. 

This training promotes the inclusivity and sensitivity towards individuals in recovery by empowering attendees with the tools, resources and knowledge to interact empathetically and knowledgeably to support those in recovery and/or those struggling with active substance use. 

Length: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to confidently support individuals by:

1. Understanding the complex nature of addiction as a disease and that substance used disorders often cannot be resolved by the individual making a choice. 

2. Confronting the stigma associated with addiction and recovery and how its negative impact deter individuals from seeking support and perpetuates irresponsible drug use. 

3. Using empathetic language and terminology when a person discloses that they are struggling with substance use. 

4. Being available to effectively listen and use tactful communication techniques to respond to those who express the need for support. 

5. Defining and understanding that recovery is a lifetime journey with multiple pathways to achieving wellness in recovery. 

Music and the Brain in Recovery              

Friday, July 17th, 2020

11:30 to 1pm


Music and the Brain in Recovery, Presented by John McAndrew/Recording Artist/Recovery Music Specialist/LADAC of Cumberland Heights

Singer/Songwriter and piano player John McAndrew takes us on a musical and spiritual journey from self-centeredness to humility, using stories and songs. This journey is a long and difficult one in recovery. Recent studies show us that music can reach parts of the brain that are linked to addiction and can function as an integral part of recovery. This experiential session demonstrates how music and music therapy can be applied in a variety of treatment settings to bring about therapeutic change. 

** Professional Counselors THIS is a CE event (1 Clock Hour)***

Learning Outcomes: 

1. We will discuss the brain in simple terms and how it is affected by music. New research and new evidence about the power of music and the scientific evidence.

2. Be part of an event that creates thoughtfulness, joy, and celebration of recovery from substance abuse, alcohol, and mental illness. John will perform several of his own compositions to describe the events in Recovery that make a difference to recovering addicts, alcoholics and people with dual diagnosis disorders. Attendees will also participate in a sing-a-long. 

3. Experience the difference music makes in a recovery person's Journey. John will demonstrate how various Therapy Models worked in his, and others Recovery, utilizing Music and Stories to describe six essential experiences in Recovery. Attendees will be able to take these demonstrations/examples to their clients. 

Narcan Training            

Tuesday, July 21st, 2020



Narcan Training - Southeastern's LION UP Recovery Program is partnering with the Opioid Response team (Volunteers of America) to host a Naloxone (Narcan) training.

This is a non CE event. 

An estimated 130 People die every day from opioid related drug overdoses (NCHS Vital Statistics System). Naloxone (Narcan) can save someone's life by counteracting the life threatening effects of an opioid overdose. Attendees will hear real life experiences about how naloxone has saved lives. Attendees will also learn how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose and how to administer Naloxone (Narcan). 

Learning outcomes:

1.  Identify three risk factors associated with opioid overdose. 

2. Explain how to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose in the community. 

3. Demonstrate the use and administration of various naloxone (Narcan) kits.

4. List educational points on the safe and effective use of naloxone (Narcan). 

Tim Rabolt, Executive Director of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education     

Friday, July 24th, 2020

10 am 


Tim Rabolt, Executive Director of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education Speaking on his personal experience with Collegiate Recovery, History/Current State of ARHE and will host a Question/ Answer session.

Tim graduated from The George Washington University in 2015 with his Bachelor's in Business Administration, and then again in 2017 with his Master's of Arts in Education and Human Development. Tim received numerous awards during his time At GWU, most notably The George Washington Award for his work in recovery advocacy. The GW Award is the university's highest honor. During his time at GWU, he founded GW students for Recovery and interned for the White House on National Drug Policy. He's been in recovery since 2011 during his senior year of high school in Wilmington, DE. He currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

The Subconscious Games Wii Play: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Insecure Attachments and the Death of Authentic Intimacy

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

11 am 


The Subconscious Games Wii Play: Adverse Childhood Experiences, Insecure Attachments and the Death of Authentic Intimacy, Presented by Caroline Smith, MA, LPC, CSAT-S, CMAT, CIP, EMDR of Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services

Caroline Smith is the Director of Pine Grove's Addiction Services and Intensive Workshops. Smith has over twenty years of expertise working with high profile, international clients dealing with intimacy disorders and sexual addiction betrayal. Smith frequently speaks at professional conferences throughout the United States and Internationally.  She also had the honor of providing a plenary session during Ireland's first Neuroscience and Addiction Conference, and she authored a chapter in the published book, Mending a Shattered Heart; A Guide to Partners of Sex Addicts, 2nd edition. Caroline Smith holds two Master's degrees in Professional Counseling and Traumatic Abuse from Ottawa University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist - Supervisor, and a Certified Interventionist Professional. She is EMDR trained and holds clinical expertise in the areas of trauma resolution, relationship attachment patterns and addiction interaction disorders. 

Program Description: This session will explore the many faces of insecure attachment and its impact on adult primary relationships. Adverse Childhood (ACE), three basic attachment styles and effective clinical strategies will be considered and explained. The presentation integrates four well respected therapeutic models attachment theory, ego state identification, transactional analysis and internal family systems. 

Target Audience: The target audience is social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, graduate students and other mental health professionals. 

Learning Objectives:  

  • Attendees will discuss the neurological and psychological impact of early childhood experience on the development of three basic types of attachment patterns. 
  • Attendees will analyze how these early attachment templates impact health and intimacy throughout the lifespan. 
  • Attendees will identify five clinical strategies effective when working with clients who manifest symptoms of insecure attachment and destructive intimacy. 
  • This session will be a video with live question/answer session to follow (this is not a CE event)

Advocating for Change: Adding our Voices to the State and National Conversations   

Friday, July 31st, 2020

12 noon


Advocating for Change: Adding our voices to the State and National Conversations about Addiction and Recovery Presented by Sherri Layton, LCDC, CCS of La Hacienda

More attention is being paid to addiction and recovery policy issues than ever before. We must contribute our voices to our local, state and national Conversations  or policy will be set by the politicians! In this presentation, we will discuss building relationships with your elected officials and how to have your voice heard. 

Learning Objectives: 

Attendees will also learn the importance of bringing the local picture into focus for your legislators, and we will review current legislation in Washington DC. A novice in advocacy will be prepared to get started, and the more experienced will get ideas. 

In Recovery? Transitioning back to School      

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

12 noon

Best Taylor 

 In Recovery? Transitioning back to School, Presented by Taylor Wesley of The Ranch at Dove Tree

Taylor Wesley is a keynote speaker and mental health advocate through sharing her experience with addiction and recovery. After seeking treatment at The Ranch at Dove Tree, Taylor returned to Auburn University where her goal was to use her story to change the way people saw mental health. She used her platform "Spread the Wellness with Wesley"  to encourage transparency by revealing her story of recovery and life as a sober college student. Now she travels nationally for The Ranch at Dove Tree providing resources for anyone looking for help with addiction and other co-occurring mental health issues with a primary focus on emerging adults. 

Learning Objectives

1. Learn about the current climate with substance abuse on college campuses. Particularly, substance use and greek life. 

2. Be able to identify different levels of substance abuse treatment.

3. Learn importance of being a student in recovery and plugging into a campus community.

4. Understand the power of We; feeling confident with sobriety and mental health. 

Eating Disorders, The Unseen Crisis

 Thursday, August 13th, 2020



Eating Disorders, The Unseen Crisis Presented by Marion McGavran, MSW, LCSW, BACS, CCTP

Ms. McGavran is the Program Director of the Eating Disorders Treatment Center at River Oaks Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Master's Degree in Social Work from Tulane University and joined Social Services at River Oaks in 2003, gaining experience in the treatment of teens and their families on the Child and Adolescent Unit. After identifying an interest in the field of eating disorders, Ms. McGavran was transferred to the Eating Disorders Program, where she was soon named lead therapist. In 2006, She was promoted to Program Director. Ms. McGavran is a member of the International Academy of Eating Disorders and her interests include Family Therapy, Motivation Enhancement and Relapse Prevention. 

Eating Disorders, The Unseen Crisis

This presentation will provide some historical background on the presentation and diagnostic history of the primary eating disorders.  I will also establish some foundations for characteristics of medical consequences and diagnostic criteria. Levels of care for treatment will be discussed as well as primary components of an appropriate treatment team. There will also be a list of resources provided near the end of the session. 

Learning Objectives: 

1. Provide history and background for primary Eating Disorder diagnosis as well as current diagnostic criteria and how their presentation has changed over the last century. 

2. Elaborate on fundamental risk factors for persons susceptible to this illness. 

3. Discuss the identified reinforcing factors associated with Eating Disorders, making them one of the more difficult psychological illnesses to recovery from. 

4. Provide explanation on different levels of care and then interdisciplinary approach to recovery. 



Development, Resilience, and Collegiate Recovery Programs

August 14th, 2020

12 noon


Development, Resilience, and Collegiate Recovery Programs,  Presented by Mandy Baker, MS, LCDC

Mandy Baker, MS, LCDC is the Chief Clinical Officer for the BRC Family Recovery Programs. She formerly served as the CEO of the Ranch At Dove Tree, the Vice President of Clinical Services at Origins Recovery Centers, and the Co-Founder and Clinical Director of Windhaven Counseling Center. Prior to her career in the treatment industry, Ms. Baker was the Associate Director for Grants and Special Projects at the Nationally recognized Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery (CSAR), where she worked as lead project manager for the CSAR's efforts to implement recovery support systems at institutions of higher education across the nation. With her Colleagues at Texas Tech, Mandy managed the development of multiple recovery support systems at colleges and universities across the nation. Their work sparked the recovery campus movement which significantly impacted the ways in which colleges and universities address addiction and support recovery on their campuses. 

Program Description: Collegiate Recovery Programs are critical components in the fight against illness. Despite over two decades of existence within the higher education community, they still lack the recognition and understanding of other elements in the continuum care for individuals struggling with addiction, particularly in adolescents and young adulthood. This Presentation seeks to briefly integrate the existing literature on addiction/recovery, neuroscience. and human development to show how collegiate recovery programs provide timely and necessary support for young people with substance use disorder. 

Learning Objectives: At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

1. Understand the biological and sociological development of individuals in the 18-25 year old demographic and how addictive illness specifically impacts their lifespan trajectory. 

2. Articulate the Components of collegiate recovery programs and how they address the specific developmental and recovery needs of the populations they serve. 

3. Review the research on the effectiveness of collegiate recovery programs for the individuals participating in them.