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Suffering and the Change Process: Providing Meaningful Treatment and Avoiding Common Missteps within the Clinical Approach

October Road & PFBH Seminars

Friday, October 18, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 12:45 PM (EDT)

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Course Overview:

People seek out therapy in an attempt to alleviate suffering. Avoidance of suffering is the unwitting goal of substance use, eating disorders, isolation, grief, and so on. We attempt to find relief through avoidance of our experience, and ultimately end up exacerbating our distress. As treatment professionals, we are often a part of this need for escape and consolation. The purpose of this presentation is to learn how to approach suffering as productive in the treatment process and a meaningful component of the human condition. In particular, we will look at the complexity of co-occurring conditions and the ways that suffering can help facilitate the change process.

Learning Objectives:

  • Conceptualize suffering in the context of the treatment process and individualized experience.
  • Facilitate connection between suffering and productive change for clients.
  • Analyze and discuss common ineffective approaches within the treatment field and plan for ways to avoid clinical missteps.
  • Create effective, in-depth treatment planning for clients with trauma related conditions including substance use and eating disorders.


Jessie Alexander, LPC- Executive Director for Silver Ridge and Tapestry Treatment Centers

Prior to her time with Pyramid Healthcare, Jessie managed a clinically integrated treatment program with a focus on trauma, eating disorders, and addiction. She has worked in trauma specific, gender specific, and developmentally specific therapeutic settings in her career providing treatment and program management for the adolescent, young adult, and midlife adult populations, and served on the founding executive committee of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Atlanta Chapter. Jessie’s primary focus is in clinically integrated treatment and complex trauma. She has contributed to research and presented on a range of topics including the midlife stage of development and substance use trends, treatment integration for trauma and eating disorders, family dynamics, the phase-oriented approach to trauma treatment, psychophysiology and coping skills, multicultural bias in clinicians, and high risk behaviors and substance use. Jessie completed her undergraduate education with dual degrees in Psychology and Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences, and received her graduate education from Georgia State University in Professional Counseling.



Paul Weaver, LPCS, LCAS, CSI  Clinical Director | Red Oak Recovery

“With a Masters in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University, Paul has worked extensively with Emerging Adults in both hospital and outpatient settings, largely focusing on the client with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders. Being deeply influenced by the work of Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, and Carl Jung, Paul tends to focus on themes of autonomy and power, identity formation, and meaning and purpose in his work with clients. Paul brings to Red Oak Recovery® experience and interest in program development and training.

Paul and his wife’s passion for the outdoors and for sustainability drew them to the Asheville area. Working at Red Oak enables Paul to continue to focus on his work with Emerging Adults and explore his interests in Eco and Adventure Therapy. When not working, Paul, his wife, and their two young children spend much of their time camping, hiking, and enjoying the serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains.”


Continuing Education Credit: 

 Application has been made and approved by LPCA-GA for 3 core continuing education hours

 Application has been made and approved by GSCSW for 3 continuing education hours


Refund Policy:

Requests must be in writing. Refunds will be given on requests postmarked or faxed no later than 7 business days prior to the seminar. No refunds will be issued for "late arrivals" and "no shows". Address: October Road, Inc, Erin Evans, Administrative Assistant/Seminar Coordinator, 119 Tunnel Road Suite B, Asheville, NC. 28805-1800. Fax: (828) 350-1300. Requests may also be emailed to


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When & Where

Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare
11138 State Bridge Rd
Suite 100 A
Johns Creek, Georgia 30022

Friday, October 18, 2019 from 9:30 AM to 12:45 PM (EDT)

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October Road & PFBH Seminars

Each individual seminar will focus on a variety of clinical skills to enrich your practice and client experience. Attendees will receive CEUs towards their license.

These training sessions are appropriate for psychologists, licensed professional counselors, social workers and addiction counselors.

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