Help clinicians further understand the role of the brain, neural connections and learning as it relates to addiction.
Improve counselors' understanding of brain-based treatment.
Improve counselors' skills in applying brain-based approaches with their clientele.
This presentation is for counselors, social workers, and/or addiction professionals at any level who are interested in a new approach to working with patients who have substance abuse and addiction problems. The methods used in this presentation include audio/visual elements (powerpoint, short video), lecture, and audience interaction.
About the Presenter
Heath W. Bechler
With 25 years' experience in the substance abuse treatment field, there isn't much Heath Bechler hasn't encountered. Learning the ropes from the ground up as a 3rd shift tech, he began to understand the basic tenets of substance abuse treatment. As a counselor, he weathered radical changes in how treatment was being implemented system-wide, moving from 12 Step methods over to more cognitive approaches. Understanding and implementing evidence based practices was important, and brought this approach with him as clinical director, and program director of an adolescent inpatient program in Wichita, Kansas called Options Youth Services. It was there where he met his future business partner and they created King's Treatment Center, operating nearly a dozen different programs statewide, including inpatient for adults, recovery homes, adolescent group homes and outpatient services.
After successfully selling the company in 2012, Mr. Bechler had the opportunity to do consulting, helping non-profits and small businesses operate better, especially in the realm of improved quality of products and services. He also was given the opportunity to teach undergraduate psychology, sociology, public speaking and business leadership. Many other training and seminar opportunities were provided, and he quickly became a premier speaker at many different social service and business organizations on a variety of different human behavior related subjects.
Mr. Bechler has his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Kansas State University, Masters in Christian Ministry from Friends, and a Masters of Business Administration from Tabor College. Furthermore, he is licensed as a Clinical Addictions Counselor in the State of Kansas, and is currently the CEO of Bel Aire Recovery Center, a new medically monitored detox and inpatient treatment program just outside Wichita, Kansas. He is married with four wonderful sons, and absolutely adores his first granddaughter, Charlie. Heath has an affinity for large dogs, including Great Danes and Newfoundlands.