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 2015/2016 series marks the twenty-fifth 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. 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 (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 stay a little late to browse through materials on our information table and talk with the presenter(s) and the Education Series coordinator. Some presentations will be preceded by  a reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, with light food, beverages and the opportunity to meet and socialize with colleagues and contemporaries.

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 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 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 Mark Albulov, LLMSW. Printable flier available 2015-2016 Educations Series.

2015/2016 Schedule:

(All presentations are 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm; reception’s as noted)

September 22, 2015 Opiates and Medicine; Where Are We, America?

September 29, 2015Chemical Dependency and the Family

October 20, 2015The Intersectionality of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Substance Abuse

October 27, 2015Navigating Grace: Sustaining Recovery through Grief and Loss (Reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm)

November 17, 2015Trauma and Chemical Use and Addiction

November 24, 2015How To Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction

December 15, 2016Relapse Prevention

January 19, 2016The Brain and Recovery: An Update on Neuroscience of Addiction (Reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm)

January 26, 2016Telling Our Stories: Narratives for Recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous

February 16, 2016Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances

February 23, 2016Suicide Prevention and Addiction

March 15, 2016Does Treatment Work?

March 22, 2016The History of Narcotics Anonymous (Reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm)

March 29, 2016 Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family (Reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm)

April 19, 2016Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery

April 26, 2016Christian Spirituality and Recovery From Addiction

May 17, 2016Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery

May 24, 2016 The Recovering Body (Reception from 6:30 to 7:30 pm)

May 31 2016In the Doctor’s Office: Recovery Friend or Foe?

June 21, 2016Tobacco Cessation and Addiction Recovery

June 28, 2016Spirituality in Recovery: The Many Paths to Spiritual Fitness

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. 

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