Education Series

About the Dawn Farm Education Series


The Dawn Farm Education Series is a FREE, annual education series developed to provide accurate, helpful, hopeful, practical, current information about chemical dependency, recovery, family and related issues.  The Ed Series dispels the myths, misinformation, secrecy, shame and stigma that prevent chemically dependent individuals and their families from getting help and getting well.  The 2014/2015 series marks the TWENTY-FOURTH year of Dawn Farm providing this educational resource for our community!

All programs are free. Anyone with a personal or professional interest is welcome! The Education Series is designed to help people with alcohol/other drug addiction to achieve, maintain and strengthen their recovery. The Ed Series helps family members and friends understand and support recovery in people they care about as well as maintain their own health and well-being. The Ed Series teaches professionals and students in various disciplines to work effectively with individuals and families suffering addictions, helping support their recovery process; and contributing to a community culture supportive of recovery.

Dates and times: Programs are generally held on the last two Tuesday evenings (last three Tuesdays in months with five Tuesdays) from September through June (exception: only one program in December.)  All presentations are scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm and end at 9:00 pm. People are welcome to come a little early and/or stay a little late to browse through materials on our information table and talk with the presenter(s) and the Education Series coordinator.

Location: All programs are presented at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti Michigan 48197. Park in parking area P. (See directions below.)

Registration and CE:  No registration is required. Each Education Series program provides 1.5 hours of FREE CE approved by the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) and the Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP.) Approved CE credit for other disciplines is not provided; however some disciplines accept attendance at this program for CE purposes. If you would like to determine whether attendance at Education Series programs is accepted for CE by your discipline, please check with the governing or licensing body of your discipline. A certificate to document attendance for CE or other purposes is provided on request at the end of each program.

Distance CE: If you are unable to attend and want MCBAP and/or NAADAC CE credit, distance CE credits for several past programs are available for a small fee at

Audio recordings, video recordings and slidecasts: If you are not able to attend an Education Series event or would like to see or hear a program again, or share it with someone else that is interested, many of our programs are audio and/or videotaped or slidecasted. Check the program page to see if the program was recorded and find a link. To see all our audio-recorded, videotaped and slidecasted programs: Audio recordings of past programs can be accessed here; video recordings and slidecasts can be accessed here and here.

For more information please contact Dawn Farm at 734/485-8725 or The Education Series is coordinated by Mark Albulov, LLMSW. Printable flier available here Flier 2014-2015 .

2014/2015 Schedule:  (All programs are 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm)

September 16, 2014 – Addiction 101

September 23, 2014 – Opiates and Medicine: Where Are We, America?

September 30, 2014 – Chemical Dependency and the Family

October 21, 2014 – Addiction Recovery Management (reception from 6:30 – 7:30 preceding the presentation.)

October 28, 2014 – Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery

November 18, 2014 – The Doctor’s Opinion on Alcoholism

November 25, 2014 – Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances

December 16, 2014 – Suicide Prevention and Addiction

January 20, 2015 – Christian Spirituality and Recovery From Addiction

January 27, 2015 – Substance Use and Mental Disorders: One, the Other, or Both?

February 17, 2015 – Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery.

February 24, 2015 – The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Substance Abuse.

March 17, 2015 – Al-Anon: A Panel Discussion

March 24, 2015 – Recovery and Spiritual Change

March 31, 2015 – Trauma and Chemical Use and Addiction

April 21, 2015 – Intervention

April 28, 2015 – Tobacco Cessation and Addiction Recovery

May 19, 2015 – The Physiology of Addiction

May 26, 2015 – In the Doctor’s Office: Recovery Friend or Foe?

June 16, 2015 – How to Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction

June 23, 2015 – Relapse Prevention

June 30, 2015- It Takes a Family: A Cooperative Approach to Lasting Sobriety (reception from 6:30 – 7:30 preceding the presentation; book signing opportunity following the presentation.) 

Directions to the Presentation Site:

Education Series programs are presented in the auditorium of the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center, located at 5305 Elliott Drive in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  We will place signs directing you from the main entrance of this building to the auditorium.

The hospital campus is circled by Elliott Drive (south side) and McAuley Drive (north side.) All streets leading to the hospital campus connect with either Elliott Drive or McAuley Drive. If you enter the campus onto McAuley Drive, follow it around to Elliott Drive. Follow Elliott Drive to the Education Center building at 5305 Elliott Drive (THIS IS THE SAME BUILDING AS THE “ADMINISTRATION” BUILDING – it is located between the Emergency Room, and the Family Birthing Center and Imaging Center.) There are signs in front of each parking area that identify what building(s) can be accessed from the parking area. We suggest parking in parking area “P”.

To find the auditorium: Enter the Education Center through the front door at 5305 Elliott Drive. Walk towards the elevators on the left side of the lobby; continue past the elevators, through one set of double doors and proceed straight down the hallway ahead. Turn left at the first corridor and proceed through the double doors and down the hall to the auditorium.

Maps to the Education Center:

There are several ways to get to the Education Center from major highways and surrounding areas.

The St. Joseph Mercy Hospital web site provides a map with an overview of routes to the Education Center. It also provides a link to MapQuest, where you can access driving directions from your area.

– Education Center Location.

– Hospital location web page.

– Overview map (pdf) of the hospital campus.

For more information please contact Dawn Farm at 734/485-8725 or The Education Series is coordinated by Mark Albulov, LLMSW. Printable flier available here Flier 2014-2015 .

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