Thursday, September 13th
5:00 - 8:00pm
Seattle Central Public Library
If you have ever wondered what the impact of Family Care does in the recovery of Substance Use Disorder, our panel of experts will provide valuable insights. We will explore the challenges and solutions that families face when confronted by crisis and recovery. This is an engaging and fresh look at long-term healing.
I’ve been writing non-fiction books for nearly forty years. My first book, Under the Influence: A Guide to the Myths & Realities of Alcoholism (co-authored by James Milam, Ph.D.) was published in 1981 and is considered a classic in the addiction literature, along with The Spirituality of Imperfection (1992, coauthored by Ernest Kurtz). The Only Life I Could Save: A Memoir, my 17th books, is about my journey with my son Ben through his addiction and recovery. My books have been published in sixteen foreign languages and have sold nearly 2 million copies.
In 1999 I began volunteering at the Juvenile Justice Center in Walla Walla, Washington leading educational groups and working individually with adolescents in trouble with alcohol and other drugs. For four years I wrote a bi-monthly newspaper column for the Walla Walla Union Bulletin titled "Straight Talk About Drugs.” I’m the founder and former executive director of Trilogy Recovery Community, a grassroots, nonprofit organization in Walla Walla dedicated to developing and expanding community-based recovery support services for chemically dependent youth and their family members.
I live in Walla Walla, Washington with my husband, Patrick Spencer, a geology professor. We have three grown children: Robyn, 36, a speech therapist living in Portland, Oregon; Alison, 34, a special education teacher living in Seattle, Washington; and Benjamin, 32, a writer and researcher living in Walla Walla with his wife Miriam.
Stephanie Mannion is the Changes Parent Support Network, Board of Directors President; as well as an active member in the weekly Redmond Changes meeting. She has served the organization in many capacities, on the Board of Directors and volunteer roles in the Redmond Chapter. She was instrumental in the expansion of Changes beyond Seattle, helping to establish two new chapters.
Stephanie is the mother of an addict in recovery. She has made it her mission to expose as many families as possible to Changes. Currently building partnerships with other community organizations that focus on treatment and recovery for individuals who struggle with self-destructive behaviors.
Stephanie Mannion | Board President
Changes Parent Support Network
As a single mom, dealing with my son’s anxiety and substance abuse, I first found support with Changes Parent Support Network when my son was 15 years old. At the age of 21, he was ready to address his heroin addiction. In his journey to recovery, after multiple treatment centers, he spent 5 months in Aftercare at Gray Wolf Ranch. GWR provided the peer support, independence, and the right environment to nurture his recovery. CPSN and the GWR family program provided me with tools and resources to take care of myself and set appropriate boundaries while supporting his recovery.
Vice President of Changes Parent Support Network
I have almost 25 years of experience in the field of treatment and recovery. I have a strong passion for working in inpatient treatment and supporting families.
I started as an inpatient and family counselor at Edgewood Treatment Center in Nanaimo BC, Canada. Since then, I’ve trained at the Betty Ford Center, owned and operated the Northwest Center for Change in Kirkland, WA (which later merged with Edgewood to start Edgewood Seattle), and worked as the Family Counselor at Edgewood Seattle Addictions Services.
Since working in Seattle, I have worked with Gray Wolf. Gray Wolf is a leader in treatment, and I am excited to be part of such an amazing team.
My favorite part of the job is watching families heal. I don’t believe that there is one way to recover, so it’s so important to be able to meet families where they are and explore options.
Outside of work, I love to spend time with my family. I am blessed to have twins, Jack and Gemma who are 10, and Ben who is 8. They keep me on my toes with sports, and I love every minute of it. I also love working out and being active.
Michael is a licensed clinical psychologist, adjunct professor and the CEO of Bayside Marin, in San Rafael, California. He has worked and trained in a variety of treatment settings, including private practice, residential and outpatient addiction programs, community mental health clinics and inpatient psychiatric hospitals. Indeed, he has encountered and helped treat a wide range of mental health issues. But Michael’s focus has been on those suffering from substance misuse. This is seen in such things as his dissertation on long-term recovery from addiction and education and supervision of psychotherapists working with recovering patients. Because of this background, Michael’s goal as an administrator is to provide exceptional, ethical and collaborative clinical care. He uses this as a guide to the management of facility operations and resources, and as a commitment to quality assurance and an emphasis upon open, transparent communications.
Joyce Sundin, based in Seattle, Washington, is well known in the Pacific Northwest for effective interventions. She is one of the pioneers of intervention in this region and has been training and facilitating interventions since 1979.
Over 90% of the individuals who go through the process with her seek treatment. Joyce is a seasoned interventionist and case manager, working with some of the most difficult and reluctant clients.
Joyce is a Certified Intervention Professional. Additionally she’s been a Board Registered Interventionist II, a National Certified Addictions Counselor II, a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor II and a Certified Problem Gambling Counselor. While she works primarily in the field of chemical dependency, she has been successful with interventions on eating disorders, gambling, smoking cessation, sexual compulsivity, internet addiction and unhealthy dependencies in the workplace and relationships.
Joyce received her formal education from Seattle University. She later became adjunct faculty in their Addiction Studies Program. Joyce has been trained in the Johnson Institute Model, the Invitational Family Systems Model, the ARISE Model and the Storti Model of Interventions. She has served on various Boards dealing with addiction and recovery.
Edward Mosshart joined the Wolf Pack in June, 2018, after a 12 year-run in a very successful Private Practice in Seattle, Washington. He has a 25+ years of experience in the behavioral health field, with a longstanding interest in the intersection between mental/spiritual health and substance dependence.
He has (also) served in a variety of management and administrative positions though the course of his career, including 6 years as the Clinical Director for Sundown M Ranch residential youth treatment center (the largest youth facility on the west coast, treating 400-500 youth annually). Outpatient Clinical Director for the Virginia Mason Medical Center Behavioral Health and the Outpatient Clinical Director for Triumph Treatment Center.
Ed is a NW original... His (wild) young adult life was spent working for the Federal Government, re-surveying original wilderness park boundaries, the Idaho Montana state line and random plots of Government land. Ed is a loving father, an educator, a writer and a poet. He has a baseline motivation to follow his own particular eclectic spiritual path, he seeks wisdom where he finds it.
Ed is an ardent wildness athlete (having established dozens of difficult first ascents on technical rock, big wall speed and alpine ascents). He loves skiing and cycling and open-water swimming, and has logged 10,000 hours walking on the beach or on mountain trails with his amazing dog Ruby.