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Recovery and Wellness for Veterans

An Introduction for Veterans and their Families

Each Thursday in April, the William Joiner Institute will host informal workshops and informational sessions on the topic of substance abuse and recovery techniques in the veteran community.

Come enjoy a free lunch while listening to discussions led by veterans who are experts in this field. They will focus on veteran-specific information and recovery resources available in the greater Boston area.

Time is 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for all dates. Family and friends of veterans are all welcome! 

Locations and Days:  April 6 and April 20 (ISC 4300), April 13 and April 27 (ISC 1400)

Special speakers include:

  • Donna McCarten White, PhD, RN - the Addiction Specialist for the Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a Public Health Hospital for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and a Fellow-American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She is a graduate of Boston City Hospital School of Nursing and earned a BSN from Curry College in 1985. She holds an MSN from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, is a licensed drug and alcohol counselor with additional certification in advanced Drug and Alcohol Counseling, is certified in Chemical Dependency and Addictions Nursing and is an advanced practice Clinical Specialist in Public Health. Dr. White is the statewide Chairperson of the Massachusetts Nurses Association Addictions Council and completed her doctoral studies in Human Behavior with her dissertation in Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Traumatization in Healthcare Professionals. Dr. White has trained and lectured at numerous colleges, universities and health institutions and agencies nation-wide and is a recognized leader in the field of Addictions Treatment, Impaired Practice and Peer Assistance, as well as Healthcare Professional Stress and Compassion Fatigue.
  • Cary Rothenburger, M.Ed., LSCW - fellow at the Boston Institute for Pyschotherapy. Cary is a Vietnam veteran, who now leads various inpatient and Intensive Outpatient Groups, and engages in outreach to the community in support of veterans and families impacted by military service. He also collaborates with local Veterans Administration offices, Veterans Courts, and various addiction treatment facilities. Cary received a BA from UMass Boston, a Masters in Education from Antioch University, and a Masters in Social Work from Boston College. While a student at UMass Boston, Cary served as the student trustee with Chairman Joseph P. Healey, and founded the Student Advocacy Center.
  • Denis Meacham, DMin, LADC1, CAS - a Unitarian Universalist minister, a psychotherapist, and a licensed drug and alcohol counselor. He was educated at Princeton, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Medical School Division on Addictions (Zinberg Clinical Fellow), and Andover Newton Theological School.  In addition to parish ministry and his therapy practice, Meacham has served as a chaplain at several large teaching hospitals and hospice organizations. He is the author of The Addiction Ministry Handbook and A Ministry of Presence.
  • John Burke - Professional Wellness Advisor for Lynch Wellness Professional group, Inc. John completed the Addictions Counselor Education Program at the College of Advancing and Professional Studies at UMass Boston. He has experience with developing programs to address addiction as it relates to Veteran issues such as PTSD, TBI, substance use disorders and behavioral healthcare. John was the Senior Advisor for Veterans Program Development at the William Joiner Institute, and he has been volunteering and working in the recovery community for forty years.
  • William Carlo, MEd, LMHC, LADC I, CEAP - Program Director for the Addictions Counselor Education Program at UMass Boston. William is also co-director of BC-AIM, a substance abuse program for Boston College, and an instructor and clinical supervisor.
  • Dan Lynch, LADC-1, CIP - President of Lynch Wellness Professional Group. Dan is also the National Treatment Advisor for Origins Behavioral Healthcare, the nation’s premier alcohol and drug addiction treatment center. Dan’s insight and empathy is strengthened further by the fact that he personally has been in recovery for three decades. Dan also served as the Regional Vice President for Caron Boston, a nationally recognized provider of alcohol and drug addiction treatment. Dan is a member of the Association of Intervention Specialists (AIS), South Shore Coalition of Independent Therapists and The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.
  • Ann Stewart, LISCW - Director of Social Work for Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base. Ann utilizes the Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) integrated with Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to provide therapeutic support to 70-patient caseload comprised of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression, substance use disorders and Traumatic Brain Injury.

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This projects is sponsored by a grant from the Greater Boston Council on Alcoholism; a free curriculum and resource guide will be available to those who attend all four sessions.

For more information or questions, please contact Erin Leach-Ogden -, 617.287.5860

ISC = Integrated Sciences Complex (Building #5) - view a campus map here.

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit two weeks prior to the event.

William Joiner Institute

100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393

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