Addictions Consulting

Addictions are the most common human frailties. For more than 30 years, Ross has worked extensively with many forms of addiction. He has developed a holistic approach that addresses the ways in which addictions, trauma, and the themes of personal development play themselves out in the daily lives of people struggling to grow and to heal. And now, as technology addictions exert ever-increasing momentum in our daily lives, Ross consults widely – to families, school, and organizations – on the rapid migration away from substance addictions and toward technology use. In multiple contexts, Ross brings an integrative perspective to the work of addictions recovery and to the urgent challenges of human health and development.

Clinical Supervision

Ross provides clinical supervision to various addictions agencies. He works with support staff, counsellors, site managers, administrators, and organizational leaders. He also provides professional development training for staff, works with teams to deal with critical incidents, and provides training on a wide range of themes including ethics, professional practice, organizational development, leadership, and strategic planning.

Parent, School, and Community Presentations

Ross often provides presentations to educators, parents, and community groups on the challenges associated with addictions and effective approaches in health and healing. Please see the 2017 and 2016 project pages for more information.

Innovations in Addiction Recovery

The landscape of addictions recovery is evolving rapidly. New norms and best practices are emerging, new innovations are shaping service delivery, and the field is undergoing a broad renewal. These changes are taking place within a context of increasing urgency, as overdose deaths are on the rise and a paucity of treatment options adds new challenges for those seeking help. In response to this urgency and change, Ross works with various organizations to explore solutions and innovations for addictions recovery. A selection of these partnerships is shown below.

Naloxone safety

Ross worked with a broad network of health organizations to develop policy and practice for a new service through which addictions clients will receive education about Naloxone and will receive a Naloxone safety kit upon discharge from treatment. This pilot project was the model for other social service agencies in helping to address the ongoing crisis of overdose deaths in British Columbia.

Outdoor Curriculum

Ross worked with an addictions treatment facility to develop policy and practice for the fastest-growing innovation in addictions recovery: the use of the natural environment as a context for health and healing. Outdoor and wilderness services for mental health and addictions recovery are in their infancy in BC. Shared standards and practices do not yet exist. To deal with this challenge, our group has begun to map out a program of outdoor experiences that is research-based, ethical, safe, and useful.

Therapeutic Writing

Ross worked with an addictions treatment facility to develop innovative services for expressive arts and narrative healing modalities. Storytelling and writing as healing practices are currently undergoing a renewal in which older, more formalized methods are being replaced by innovations and contemporary best practices in trauma healing.

A Shared Responsibility

The above projects represent unique and diverse partnerships between academic institutions, community-based programs, and a broad network of partners that includes professionals, students, and clients. These projects are innovative and proactive responses to an increasingly challenging landscape of mental health and addictions services.

One of Ross’ aims in working with community partners on these initiatives is to provide pathways for other service or programs, to offer insight about challenges and discoveries, and to provide a context for how others might apply innovative ideas.

NOTE: Feel free to get in touch with Ross directly for further details about any of these projects.

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