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Kenneth Thompson, MD, FASAM

Corporate Medical Director, Caron Treatment Centers, Strasburg, Pennsylvania

presenter photoKen Thompson has worked in the field of addiction medicine for over 25 years mostly as a clinician and is currently the Medical Director of Caron Treatment Centers. Ken would most like to be thought of as an Addiction Medicine clinician and educator who believes in the power of spiritual interventions as much as biologic interventions for the treatment of addiction. Most recently, he helped establish an ABAM recognized Fellowship at Caron, a non-university, twelve step oriented residential treatment center, where this philosophy can be taught. He has been involved in the care and follow-up of professionals including physicians and attorneys for much of his career. He was originally certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine in 1990 and had been a Past President of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and is Board Certified in both Addiction Medicine and Internal Medicine. He had been instrumental in the development and opening of the Florida Recovery Center, the University of Florida College of Medicine's first addiction treatment facility that specialized in the treatment of impaired professionals and has been involved in the training of Fellows in Addiction Medicine since 1998. He is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in Department of Psychiatry at Pennsylvania State University. He has a special interest in treatment of healthcare professionals, chronic pain and addiction, spirituality, and the therapeutic and diagnostic value of step work.

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Scott A. Teitelbaum, MD, FAAP, FASAM

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry Chair, University of Florida, College of Medicine Chief, Division of Addiction Medicine Medical Director, Florida Recovery Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

presenter photoOriginally from New York, SCOTT TEITELBAUM, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.A.S.A.M., received his undergraduate degree in psychology at Lehigh University, attended medical school at Rochester University, and completed his internship residency in pediatrics at the University of Connecticut. He led a major pediatric private practice for ten years before completing a postdoctoral fellowship in addiction medicine and another in child psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He joined the UF Department of Psychiatry faculty in 2002 and now serves as a Professor, the Department Vice Chair and Clinical Chief of the Addiction Medicine Division and is the Training Director for the UF American Board of Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Florida. His expertise includes alcoholism, chemical dependency and treatment of impaired professionals facing addiction. Dr. Teitelbaum evaluates and treats impaired healthcare and other professionals, teaches American Board of Addiction Medicine/American Society of Addiction Medicine fellows, psychiatric residents and medical students. Through his efforts, Florida Recovery Center has offered evidence-based addiction evaluation and treatment which has been called the best in the United States by world-class experts. He has expanded FRCs services from evaluation and hospital treatment to partial hospitalizationandlong-termrecoveryprograms.

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Gregory K. Gable, PsyD

Executive Director, Professionals Program, Caron Treatment Centers, Wernersville, Pennsylvania

presenter photoGreg Gable is the Executive Director of the Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers. He is a licensed clinical psychologist with special interests in addiction treatment and neuropsychological assessment. Greg has worked as the director of the Pennsylvania Physicians Health Programs, for approximately 24 years and in private practice. Greg has been with Caron for 4 years, working primarily with health professionals, including the 4th step group process for the past 3 years.

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Focus Session Track

A “Novel” Group Approach to Removing Barriers to Long Term Recovery

A "Novel" Group Approach to Removing Barriers to Long Term Recovery

4/24/2015

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Room: Governors Ballroom D, Fourth Floor

Organizer (Presenting)(s):

Kenneth Thompson, MD, FASAM

Corporate Medical Director, Caron Treatment Centers, Strasburg, Pennsylvania

Presenter(s):

Scott A. Teitelbaum, MD, FAAP, FASAM

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry Chair, University of Florida, College of Medicine Chief, Division of Addiction Medicine Medical Director, Florida Recovery Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida

Gregory K. Gable, PsyD

Executive Director, Professionals Program, Caron Treatment Centers, Wernersville, Pennsylvania

This session will present the 20 year experience of three doctors who developed and facilitated a structured group process in an extended residential setting. As outlined in the Textbook of Alcoholics Anonymous, they utilize elements of the fourth step as a framework to not only teach patients the value of steps, but a methodology that helps identify issues that would be barriers to ongoing spiritual recovery and provide a common language consistent with TSF.
Clinicians and persons with addiction often underestimate the importance, depth and power of the 4th step, which opens the door to remove barriers to long-term recovery. Failure to complete a 4th step is often associated with a person having difficulty progressing in recovery and/or relapse. This group process has been helpful in identifying issues such as resentments, fears, secrets, family of origin issues and trauma in a setting that is supportive and nurturing. Further, this group process has become a valuable clinical tool that reveals much about our patient’s personality styling and character traits consistent with well-validated psychometric measures such as MMPI and the MCMI. How this group is performed will be described in detail utilizing multiple case examples of the process, which illustrate clinical observations and patient experiences.