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Television interventionist presents in Juneau May 15

Posted: May 12, 2012 - 11:03pm

Many of you may have seen Jeff VanVonderen on TV — he is a featured interventionist on the A&E’s Emmy-nominated documentary series Intervention. VanVonderen will come to Juneau and share his knowledge Tuesday evening. He will give a public presentation at Centennial Hall on Interventions for Addictions: How Formal Interventions Help a Loved One into Treatment. A reception with refreshments at 6:15 p.m. will be followed by the presentation at 7:00 p.m.

An internationally recognized speaker and consultant, VanVonderen has more than 25 years experience in the areas of addiction, family systems and recovery. He has authored six books on addiction and recovery, as well as articles in several magazines and journals, and he has been a featured guest on radio and television shows across the country. VanVonderen has served as an expert witness in legal cases in Minnesota, Alabama, Wyoming, Washington, and Hawaii. He even facilitated a formal intervention in Anchorage several years ago.

VanVonderen, a Level II board-registered interventionist, has been a counselor in residential inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. He has served on the faculty of Bethel College in St. Paul, Minn. and the University of Minnesota, and has 15 years leadership experience in faith-based recovery programs. Jeff co-founded and is the former director of Passages Counseling Center, a licensed outpatient mental health clinic in Minneapolis, Minn. He has served on the advisory boards of the National Association for Christian Recovery and the Urban Ventures Foundation, and has memberships in the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors, the American Association of Christian Counselors, and the Association of Intervention Specialists.

“Quite often people try, with the best of intentions, to help themselves or their loved ones through a problem or crisis, only discover that the help is not helpful, or even harmful,” VanVonderen said. “They find themselves supporting and helping to prolong on the outside, the very thing they do not support on the inside.”

“Individuals and families become dysfunctional by accident. But they get well on purpose and this is what I’m about, helping them do that.” He said.

In addition to the public presentation, VanVonderen will conduct an all-day counselor workshop on interventions on Wednesday; the cost is $80 for eight chemical dependency counselor certification hours. Space is limited, so call 463-3755 to register.

Jeff’s visit is sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Juneau, with support from the City/Borough of Juneau, Gastineau Human Services, Juneau Youth Services, Juneau Alliance for Mental Health, Inc., National Alliance on Mental Illness-Juneau, and Rainforest Recovery Center.

For more information please call NCADD at 463-3755.

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