• Strengths Planning for Building Recovery Capital

    For decades, addiction professionals have been providing screening and assessment instruments that evaluate problem severity, complexity, and chronicity, but offer little data on the internal and external resources individuals and families can mobilize in resolving such problems (White & Cloud, 2008).

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  • Social Determinants of Health and Behavioral Health Challenges

    The behavioral health field is engaged in a movement to expand the conventional medical treatment model of care that emphasizes diagnosis and subsequent treatment to the more comprehensive and inclusive model of population health. Improving “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” (Kindig & Stoddard, 2003) is the critical focus of the population health model.

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Sydney  Smith
MS, LPC

She is a PhD Candidate, and is the founder of RISE Center for Recovery in Las Vegas, NV, an intensive outpatient treatment Program for problem gamblers and their families.  Devoting 15 years to the counseling field, she has spent the majority of her career working with co-occurring disorders as a substance abuse and gambling addiction therapist practicing in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her expertise resides in the treatment of problem gamblers and their families. In collaboration with UCLA Psychiatry Department, she and her affiliates are conducting research focused on empirically based treatment of spouses and families of problem gamblers.