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 2016/2017 series will launch in September 2016 and will mark the twenty-sixth 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 from substance addictions. The Ed Series helps support the recovery process and contributes to a community culture supportive of recovery.

Dates and times: Programs are generally held on the last two Tuesday evenings from September through May or June each year. There will be no programs in December 2016, and there will be one Thursday evening presentation by Dr. Kevin McCauley on April 20, 2017. Some presentations will be preceded by a reception as noted below, with light food, beverages and the opportunity to meet and socialize with colleagues and contemporaries. People are welcome to come a little early and stay a little late to browse through materials on our information table and talk with the presenter(s) and the Education Series coordinator.

For the upcoming 2016/17 Series Dawn Farm is excited to partner with the University of Michigan Students for Recovery and Collegiate Recovery Program to co-sponsor two additional events, one by Dr. George Vaillant on September 20, 2016; and one by Dr. Kevin McCauley, MD on  April 21, 2017. These will be held at the University of Michigan Rackham Auditorium.

Location: EXCEPT AS NOTED, all programs will be presented at the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Education Center auditorium, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti Michigan 48197. Park in parking area P. (See directions below.) EXCEPTIONS: the programs on September 21, 2016 and April 21, 2016 that are co-sponsored by Dawn Farm and the University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP) and the University of Michigan Students for Recovery (SFR) will be held at the University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School, 4th  floor Amphitheatre and Assembly Hall, 915 East Washington Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109. Please see the program pages for details.

Registration and CE:  No registration is required. Each Tuesday evening 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) (the co-sponsored events on September 21, 2016 and April 21, 2017 provide MCBAP CE and do not provide NAADAC CE.) 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.

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 videotaped. We also offer slidecasted programs. 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 Emily Hagen LLMSW.

2016-2017 Printable Flier

2016-2017 Schedule:  

September 20, 2016Positive Emotions and the Success of Alcoholics Anonymous. (Reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm)  Flier

September 21, 2016  Paths In To and Paths Out Of Alcoholism (Reception from 6:30pm to 7:30 pm) at University of Michigan Rackham Amphitheater. Flier 

September 27, 2016 Addiction 101.

October 18, 2016  – The Intersectionality of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Substance Abuse.

October 25, 2016  Trauma and Chemical Use and Addiction.

November 15, 2016 Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family. (Reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm) Flier

November 22, 2016 In Our Midst:  The Opioid Epidemic, and a Community Response.

November 29, 2016Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances.

January 17, 2017Safe and Effective Management of Pain and Addiction.

January 24, 2017 How To Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction.

January 31, 2017 Suicide Prevention and Addiction.

February 21,  2017Addiction and Families.

February 28, 2017 Relapse Prevention.

March 21, 2017In the Doctor’s Office: Recovery Friend or Foe?

March 28, 2017 –  Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery.

April 18, 2017 Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery.

April 20, 2017 Emerging From the Darkness: The End of the Drug War and the Rise of Recovery by Dr. Kevin McCauley, MD. (Reception 6:30 to 7:30 pm) Flier

April 21, 2017 The Brain and Recovery: An Update on Neuroscience of Addiction by Dr. Kevin McCauley, MD.  at University of Michigan Rackham Amphitheatre 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm (Reception from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm) Flier

April 25, 2017 Spirituality in Recovery: The Many Paths to Spiritual Fitness.

May 16, 2017 Does Treatment Work?

May 23, 2017Tobacco Cessation and Addiction Recovery.

May 30, 2017 Co-Occurring Disorders: Understanding Self-medication and Complex Recovery.

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.

The St. Joseph Mercy Hospital web site provides an overview of the hospital campus here. The web site provides a link here where you can  access driving directions from your area.  


For more information please contact Dawn Farm at 734-485-8725 or The Education Series is coordinated by Emily Hagen, LLMSW. 

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