Chemical Health Webinar

Webinar IconVinland is pleased to announce the next webinar in our chemical health webinar series. The series offers valuable information on chemical health services for individuals living with cognitive disabilities. The free webinars are held quarterly, with recordings available for viewing on our website here.

Registration is currently open for the next webinar in the series. Registered attendees will receive 1 CEU credit.

Active Case Management and Discharge Planning Makes a Difference for Clients with Cognitive Deficits and Addictions
Presented by Tim Grathwol, BA, JD, LADC, CBIS, Chemical Health Case Manager at Vinland Center
When: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Register: Click Here
Overview: Clients with cognitive deficits and addictions often struggle to find a lifestyle that supports their attempts at recovery. Chemical dependency treatment and mental health services provide them with information and coping skills. Beyond that, many clients need community support for housing, employment, and ongoing healthcare. Chemical health case managers and counselors can do their clients a valuable service by actively seeking out and connecting clients with community support to give them a better chance to succeed in recovery.
Objectives:
  • Participants will have a better understanding of the issues clients and counselors face when working in treatment with CD clients with cognitive deficits.
  • Learn how to start planning for “life after treatment” from the beginning of the treatment experience. This will give clients a better chance for success after leaving the “bubble” of treatment.
  • Give participants ideas of how to contact and build a network of community resources clients can use to help them succeed in recovery.
Speaker: Tim Grathwol has worked as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor since 2003. He has been a Chemical Health Case Manager at Vinland Center since 2005. He is also a certified brain injury specialist. Tim has seen that for many of Vinland’s clients who have been through multiple treatments, “lack of information is not the problem.” Tim has worked on finding ways to set clients up with community resources such as housing, medical and mental health services, employment or volunteer opportunities. This is based on a belief that clients are more likely to succeed in recovery when their fundamental needs are met.
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Women and Prescription Drug Abuse

Women have been abusing prescription drugs throughout the years to help them deal with stress, frustration and anxiety compounded with the responsibilities of being a mom, wife and career woman. ABC News says that in the past decade there has been a 750 percent increase in the use of Adderall (a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) among women 26 to 39, and not all of these women have the ADHD. Adderall can give you a huge boost of energy, allowing you to get a ton of tasks done while still smiling as serenely as a Stepford wife.

Mothers on Drugs Infographic
Source Recovery Connection

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Meet Our Intern Rachel

DSC_0453 copyRachel McGuigan is a marketing intern at Vinland’s main campus in Loretto. She is currently earning a bachelor’s degree in strategic communications from the University of Minnesota with an expected graduation date of December 2014.

How did you become interested in strategic communications?
I enjoy interacting with people. I want to make a positive impact through communication.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
This internship offered an opportunity to work for an organization that helps people. Vinland also seemed to offer a different internship experience, and I liked that Vinland was a Top 100 company.

What are your goals after graduation?
I am looking for a non-profit communications job in the Twin Cities.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to read, play tennis, and hang out with friends.

Where did you last go on vacation?
Studied abroad in Rome for a semester last year.

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Thailand

What is your favorite TV show, movie, or book?
Book: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

TV: Modern Family

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
Swim underwater in the ocean

If you could witness any even past, present, or future, what would it be?
Creation of the universe

What is your favorite quote?
“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl

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Meet Our Intern April

April Van Iseghem is an intern in Vinland’s residential chemical health program. She is currently earning a bachelor’s degree in alcohol and drug counseling from St. Cloud State University with an expected graduation date of August 2014.

How did you become interested in substance abuse counseling?
I think that people are more capable of change than they actually realize, so seeing people make an effort and learn new things about themselves is really rewarding.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
I didn’t know what population I wanted to work with, but I have family members that have cognitive impairments so I knew this was an experience I wanted to be a part of.

What are your goals after graduation?
I’m hoping to find a job and eventually go back to school to become a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

What do you like to do in your spare time?
What spare time, haha? I have two kids and full-time school that keeps me busy. :)

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Ireland

What is your favorite TV show or movie (or both)?
Movie: Crazy Stupid Love

TV Show: New Girl

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
Base jumping

If you could witness any even past, present, or future, what would it be?
The knocking down of the Berlin Wall.

What is your favorite quote?
“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. ” –Charles R. Swindoll

What is one question you wished more people asked you?
To genuinely ask how I am.

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Meet Our Intern Eric

DSC_0393Eric Shedd is an intern in Vinland’s outpatient chemical health program. He is currently earning a degree in Addiction Studies from Hazelden Graduate School with an expected graduation date of December 2014.

What interests you about addiction studies?
That it involves working with people and making a difference in their lives.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
I came down for a visit and liked the clientele and people that worked here. I thought it would be a great learning opportunity.

What has been your most rewarding experience so far at Vinland?
Seeing people gain some of their self-esteem back, walking taller, and talking more.

What are your goals after graduation?
Continue the mental health education track.

What do you do in your spare time?
I’m a big golf fan, so hitting balls on the driving range or playing.

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Take a train up to Machu Picchu, and then hike back down.

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
Fight sharks or wrestle alligators.

What is your favorite book or movie (or both)?
Movie: Shawshank Redeption

Book: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life & Business

What is your favorite quote?
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right. “–Henry Ford

What is one question you wished more people asked you? And what is your response?
“How much money do you need?”
What do you got?

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Meet Our Intern Megan

MeganMegan Boster is an intern in Vinland’s residential chemical health program. She is currently earning a bachelor’s degree in alcohol and drug counseling from Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) with an expected graduation date of December 2014.

How did you become interested in substance abuse counseling?
I just wanted to help people with addiction.

Why were you interested in an internship at Vinland?
I heard what a great place it was to intern, and working with the traumatic brain injury/specialty population would be great. Once I interviewed and toured, I knew it was the right place

What are your goals after graduation?
I would like to continue my career in probation and work with my new degree.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I pretty much spend time at home with my American Pit Bull Terrier, Lila.

Where do you most want to travel, but have never been?
Greece

What is your favorite book or movie (or both)?
Movie: Bridesmaids

Book: Great Gatsby

If you were immortal for a day, what would you do?
A lot of jumping off stuff.

If you could witness any even past, present, or future, what would it be?
The signing of the Declaration of Independence.

What is one question you wished more people asked you?
What is your story?

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Earn CEUs with Vinland’s Online Webinar Libary

Webinar IconYou can watch recorded webinars on Vinland’s website and earn CEUs for free. Webinar topics include substance abuse treatment for individuals with cognitive impairments, dual diagnosis, therapeutic exercise, and mindfulness meditation.

Vinland offers free webinars as a way to share our expertise with other health care professionals.

To view recorded webinars, visit VinlandCenter.org/Events.

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