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

The 2018/2019 series will launch in September 2018 and will mark the twenty-eighth 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 June (NOTE: There will be no programs on December 25, 2018 or January 15, 2019) from 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM. The programs on December 18 by Jeff Jay, April 16, 2019 by Debra and Jeff Jay, and April 30, 2019 by Father Greg Boyle will have book sales/book signings following the event. 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: Most 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.)*

*EXCEPTION: The program on April 30, 2019 by Father Gregory Boyle will be held in the Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence Building, Washtenaw Community College, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105. A Washtenaw Community College campus map is here.

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 (

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR A SERIES FLIER. Please note: this flier is intended to be printed on 8- 1/2 by 14 inch paper. It will print on standard size 8- 1/2 by 11 inch paper but the print size will be small.

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

2018-2019 Series Schedule

The 2018 – 2019 Education Series will have exciting new programs as well as updates to previous favorites. Please check back shortly to find links with more information for each presentation!  

2018-2019 Education Series programs:

September 18, 2018:  Addiction 101 by James Balmer; President, Dawn Farm.

September 25, 2018: Addiction and Families by Lynn Kleiman Malinoff, Ed.D.

October 16, 2018: Addiction and Older Adults by Charles E. Coleman LLMSW, Primary Therapist, Dawn Farm Downtown; and Matthew Cremin, LLMSW; Foreclosure Prevention Coordinator, Housing Bureau for Seniors.

October 23, 2018: The Intersectionality of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Substance Use/Substance Use Disorders by David J.H. Garvin MSW, LMSW; Vice President, Programs & Facilities, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County and Founder, Alternatives to Domestic Aggression, Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County; and Barbara Niess May, MPA, MSW; Executive Director, SafeHouse Center..    

October 30, 2018: Becoming Active Agents in Our Own Recovery by Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, SpA, CADC; Dawn Farm Personal Medicine Therapist and Didactic Group Facilitator

November 20, 2018: Parenting in Recovery by Mary Jo Desprez, MA; Director, Wolverine Wellness, University Health Service, University of Michigan; and Amber Horwitz, B.S., MSW candidate, Founder Proud Parents of Loss,

November 27, 2018: An Introduction To Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery by Elizabeth A.R. Robinson, MPH, MSW , Ph.D.

December 18, 2018: Navigating Grace: The Power of Connection and Transformation by Jeff Jay; best-selling author, speaker, clinician and educator (book sale/signing following the presentation.)

January 22, 2019: Safe and Effective Management of Pain and Addiction by Carl Christensen, MD, Ph.D., D-FASAM; and Mark A. Weiner, MD, D-FASAM.

January 29, 2019: Trauma, Chemical Use and Addiction by Tana Bridge, PhD, ACSW, LMSW, ACTP; Professor, School of Social Work, Eastern Michigan University.

February 19, 2019:  Dispelling Myths about Smoking, Mental Health/Substance Use Disorders and Recovery by Rosemary Bak Lowery, MS, CHES®, CNP, ACSM-CPT; Certified Health Education Specialist.

February 26, 2019: Co-Occurring Eating Disorders and Addiction: Implications for Recovery by Tiffany Schultz, LLMSW; Dawn Farm Outpatient Therapist    

March 19, 2019: Does Addiction Treatment Work? by Carl Christensen, MD, PhD, D-FASAM

March 26, 2019: Grief and Loss in Addiction and Recovery by Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, SpA, CADC; Dawn Farm Personal Medicine Therapist and Didactic Group Facilitator; and Barb Smith, author of “Brent’s World.”

April 16, 2019: Intervention to Durable Recovery: The Power of Family by Debra Jay and Jeff Jay; best-selling authors, speakers, clinicians and educators (book sale/signing following the presentation.)

April 23, 2019: People Like Me: Mutual Aid and Recovery from Substance Use Disorders by Todd Diana, Dawn Farm staff

April 30, 2019:  Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship  by Gregory J. Boyle; founder of Homeboy Industries  (book sale/signing following the presentation.)
NOTE LOCATION: Washtenaw Community College Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence building, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor Michigan 48105-9481.

May 21, 2019: Relapse Prevention by Erik Anderson, LMSW, CAADC; Embedded Social Worker, College of Engineering for Counseling and Psychological Services at University of Michigan.

May 28, 2019: Co-Occurring Disorders: Understanding Self-Medication and Complex Recovery by Jeremy Suttles, MSE, LMSW; Clinical Social Worker, University of Michigan Hospital – Adult Inpatient Psychiatry.

June 18, 2019: Coordinating a Community Response to the Opioid Epidemic by Molly Welch Marahar, MPP; WHI Opioid Project Coordinator, Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation; and  Carrie Rheingans, MSW, MPH; WHI Project Manager, Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation.

June 25, 2019: Spirituality in Recovery: The Many Paths to Spiritual Fitness by Jerry Fouchey, BS, MA, SpA, CADC; Dawn Farm Personal Medicine Therapist and Didactic Group Facilitator

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.*

*EXCEPTION: the April 30, 2019 program will be presented at Washtenaw Community College Towsley Auditorium, Morris Lawrence building, 4800 East Huron River Drive, Ann Arbor Michigan 48105-9481. Please click here for a map of the Washtenaw Community College campus. Please note: All the buildings on the campus have the same address and it is an extensive campus. GPS devices will not generally show you the correct building location. If you are unfamiliar with the campus, we suggest checking the map before you come.

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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