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, (addiction, or substance use disorders) recovery, family and related issues.  The Ed Series dispels the myths, misinformation, secrecy, shame and stigma that prevent chemically dependent individuals (people with addiction, or people with substance use disorders) and their families from getting help and getting well.

The 2017/2018 series will launch in September 2017 and will mark the twenty-seventh 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  will be held on the third, fourth, and fifth Tuesday evenings from September through May (no programs in December;) from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.  The program on November 21, 2017 (“Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family by best-selling authors Debra Jay and Jeff Jay) will also have a book sale/signing after the program. People are welcome to 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 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.) 

Registration and CE:  No registration is required. Each Education Series program will provide 1.5 hours of FREE CE approved by  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.

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.

2017-2018 Series Schedule

The 2017 – 2018 Education Series will have exciting new programs as well as updates to previous favorites. See the links below for more details and (where available) information, handouts, audio recordings and video recordings from previous programs. (Printable flyer available here.)

September 19, 2017: Addiction and Families by Dr. Lynn Kleiman Malinoff, Ed.D

September 26, 2017: Addiction 101 by James Balmer; President, Dawn Farm

October 17, 2017: Tobacco Recovery by Anna Byberg, LMSW, CAADC; Program Coordinator, Dawn Farm Spera Recovery Center

October 24, 2017: In the Doctor’s Office: Recovery Friend or Foe? by Mark A. Weiner, MD, D-FASAM; and Matthew Statman, LMSW, CAADC; University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program Manager

November 21, 2017: Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family by Debra Jay and Jeff Jay; best-selling authors, speakers and counselors.

November 28, 2017: Personal Medicine: Becoming Active Agents in Our Own Recovery by Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, SpA, CADC; Dawn Farm Outpatient and Personal Medicine therapist

January 16, 2018: Safe and Effective Management of Pain and Addiction by Carl Christensen, MD, Ph.D., D-FASAM; and Mark A. Weiner, MD, D-FASAM

January 23, 2018: How to Support Recovery and Not Support Addiction by Dr. Charles F. Gehrke, MD, FACP, FASAM

January 30, 2018: Trauma, Chemical Use and Addiction by Tana Bridge, PhD, ACSW, LMSW, ACTP; Professor, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University

February 20, 2018: Does Addiction Treatment Work? by Carl Christensen, MD, Ph.D., D-FASAM

February 27, 2018: Relapse Prevention by Erik Anderson LMSW, CAADC, University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services.

March 20, 2018: Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery by Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, SpA, CADC; Dawn Farm Outpatient and Personal Medicine therapist; and Barb Smith, author of “Brent’s World”

March 27, 2018: Collegiate Recovery Programs: Supporting Second Chances by Mary Jo Desprez, MA; Director, Wolverine Wellness, University Health Service, University of Michigan; and Matthew Statman, LMSW, CAADC; University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program Manager

April 17, 2018: Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery by Elizabeth A.R. Robinson, MPH, MSW Ph.D.

April 24, 2018: Suicide Prevention and Addiction by Raymond Dalton, MA, CAADC; Coordinator, Dawn Farm Outpatient Services

May 15, 2018: Co-Occurring Disorders: Understanding Self-Medication and Complex Recovery by Jeremy Suttles, MSE, LMSW; Clinical Social Worker, University of Michigan Hospital – Adult Inpatient Psychiatry

May 22, 2018: Gratitude and Addiction Recovery by Amy R. Krentzman, MSW, PhD.

May 29, 2018: Spirituality in Recovery: The Many Paths to Spiritual Fitness by Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, SpA, CADC; Dawn Farm Outpatient and Personal Medicine therapist


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 and west side) and McAuley Drive (north and east 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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