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Hope Transcends  •  39th Annual Summer Institute on Substance Abuse & Mental Health  •  July 26th-30th, 2010 •  Newark, DE

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40th Summer Institute ~ 2011-- Information Below 


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Be sure to check out the complete list of workshops! 39th Summer Institute Brochure (PDF)

'Hope transcends' is an open-ended statement; hope transcends personal feelings, situations, traumas, experiences, losses, illnesses, frustrations. Hope is intangible and indefinable and, yet, is the very foundation of recovery. It is the catalyst of the recovery process. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration states that hope is a fundamental element of a person's recovery. The challenge of hope is how to build it, how to enhance it, and how to make it a visible component in an individual's recovery.

Photo: Keynote speakers, Dr Dan Gottlieb and Debra Gottlieb-Ewing

In the Pazzaglini Keynote Address, Dr. Dan Gottlieb and Debra Gottlieb-Ewing, father and daughter team, presented a personal approach to 'Hope, Hopelessness, and Healing.' Dr. Dan Gottlieb has many years of experience as a psychologist, a consultant, a trainer, and a speaker.

Since 1985, Dr. Dan has been hosting "Voices in the Family", an award-winning mental health call-in radio show aired on National Public Radio (NPR). Dr. Dan spoke from a personal aspect of hope and healing, as he has experienced severe losses in his life - the loss of his mobility due to a near-fatal car accident and the losses of his sister and parents.

Debra Gottlieb-Ewing was a young girl when her father was involved in the auto accident that nearly took his life. She is now the Executive Director of The Brendan Corporation, a sailing program that builds confidence and improves self-esteem from youth with learning differences.

Together, Dr. Dan and Debra shared the cyclical life cycle of emotions that many persons experience when faced with major hurdles - the points in individual's lives when hopelessness can lead to hope and the resulting healing that takes place. This year's Summer Institute focused on the essential role of hope, from an individual's perspective and from a service provider's point of view. Workshops will provide tools for enhancing and fostering hope, as well as how to cultivate a culture of resiliency and empowerment.

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1H13S9015994-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.