Pine Grove's Professionals Recovery Track
Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services is proud to offer our patients, who are licensed professionals, a specific Professionals Recovery Track to enhance their recovery and promote post treatment success. This program provides dedicated focus to the issues that are specific to licensed professionals, in order for these patients to be better equipped to return to work safely upon discharge.
About the Professionals Recovery Track
The Professionals Recovery Track is designed for Pine Grove's Residential addiction treatment patients, who hold a professional license, within our Next Step, Legacy, Women's Center, and Gratitude programs.
The Dedicated Professionals Recovery Track team
Additionally, our accomplished Professionals Recovery Track treatment team consisting of a Program Director, Psychiatrist / Addictionologist, and two Clinical Therapists, all with extensive experience working with licensed professionals, provide Pine Grove's referral sources with detailed discharge recommendations that outline what the patient needs to fulfill in order to practice their occupation safely following their discharge from Pine Grove.
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Leah Claire Bennett, Ph.D.
Dr. Leah Claire Bennett is a licensed psychologist with the Professional Enhancement Program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, where she serves as the Program Director. Dr. Bennett is also the Director of Pine Grove’s Professionals Recovery Track, which is designed for the organization’s residential addiction treatment patients who hold a professional license. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Baylor University in Waco, TX and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. Dr. Bennett has worked with the Professional Enhancement Program since 2005 where the focus is working with professionals with vocational and relational issues, maladaptive personality problems, addiction, disruptive workplace behavior and sexual issues. Dr. Bennett’s primary focus is to help professionals who have struggled in a variety of ways return to work in a manner where they are able to engage at their highest potential. She practices an integrative therapy combining elements of interpersonal, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches.x
Diane Walker, MD
Dr. Diane Walker is the Psychiatrist for the Professionals Recovery Track at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. Dr. Walker has been with Pine Grove since 1991 and serves as the medical director for psychiatric services at Forrest General Hospital. She is a 1986 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She completed a psychiatry residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in 1991. Dr. Walker is board certified in adult, child and adolescent psychiatry, a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as the American Psychiatric Association. She is also certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine.x
Vanessa Cox, MSW, LCSW, CSAT
Vanessa Cox is a Clinical Therapist with the Professionals Recovery Track at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. She received her Bachelor of Social Work and her Master of Social Work Degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently working on her EMDR certification. She is also the Clinical Director of Pine Grove Next Step and has been a part of the Pine Grove team since October 2005. She worked as a Clinical Therapist at Next Step until 2008 and as Clinical Director of Pine Grove Women Center before returning to Next Step in 2014. Before joining the Pine Grove team, Vanessa worked in the fields of addiction and mental health as House Manager, Counselor Associate, Counselor, and Clinical Director from 1990 to 2005. During that time she provided therapy for individuals, groups, including dual diagnosis and aftercare, families, and facilitated intensive workshops.x
Sally Moody, LCSW
Sally Moody is a Clinical Therapist with the Professionals Recovery Track at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, she is also a Clinical Therapist for Pine Grove's Professional Enhancement Program. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS and her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Denver in Denver, CO. Moody has experience with chemical dependency case management with Arapahoe House, Inc. and in evaluating and monitoring medical professionals with the Colorado Physician Health Program, both in Denver, Colorado. She previously worked with Pine Grove's Legacy program developing, implementing, and treating addiction in adults age 55 and older.x
Amanda Kirtland, LPC
Amanda Kirtland is a Clinical Therapist with the Professionals Recovery Track at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, she is also a Clinical Therapist for Pine Grove's Gratitude Program. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Masters in Community Counseling from the University of South Alabama. Amanda is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has clinical experience working in a variety of settings including residential, outpatient, and partial hospitalization. She has worked with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral issues, adults with severe mental illness, the local Drug Court program, and adults with vocational and relational issues, maladaptive personality problems, disruptive workplace behavior, addiction, and sexual issues.x
Amy Robertson, Psy.D.
Amy Robertson, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with the Professionals Recovery Track. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Auburn University in Auburn, AL and her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Dr. Robertson has clinical experience in a variety of settings including a university psychological services center, adult prison, the juvenile justice system, a community mental health center and in residential treatment. Dr. Robertson completed her internship and post doctoral fellowship at Pine Grove, working in several programs including Outpatient Services, the Evaluation Center, the Sex Addiction Treatment Center and PEP completing assessments and providing individual, family, couples and group therapy. She currently works with professionals on maladaptive personality traits, disruptive behaviors, addiction, vocational issues, self-management, boundary setting and interpersonal and relationship functioning.x
Postdoctoral Psychology Fellow
Dr. Lacey Herrington is a postdoctoral fellow with the Evaluation Center at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. She is also a co-group leader of the Professionals Recovery Track, which provides daily group therapy addressing issues of professionalism for professionals receiving treatment in Pine Grove’s residential programs. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Mississippi State University in 2008, as well as her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2015. Dr. Herrington completed her pre-doctoral internship at Tulane Medical School in New Orleans, LA from 2014-2015. Her primary interests include: assessment, personality disorders, substance use disorders, forensic psychology, and trauma. She is an adjunct supervisor for interns working on the Outpatient Services Rotation.x
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Specific Post Treatment Recommendations
Post discharge recommendations that are tailored to each specific professional in treatment at Pine Grove assist referring professional licensing bodies with creating personalized monitoring contracts. These valuable contracts provide ongoing accountability for professionals in treatment.
Components of Treatment
Patients within Pine Grove's Professionals Recovery Track meet daily for 90-minute group sessions for the duration of six weeks within their treatment process. The Professionals Recovery Track is inclusive with the patient's primary treatment program, such as Next Step, Legacy, the Women's Center and Gratitude. The topics our professionals in treatment address within the 90-minute group sessions include:
Professionalism: Professionals will gain an understanding of what defines professionalism and responsibilities inherent to their role as a professional. They will discuss behaviors that erode professionalism and how their addiction has impacted their ability to fully function in a work setting. Professionals will also discuss anger in the workplace, including disruptive behavior, perfectionism, and maladaptive personality traits that impair their relationships at work. They will also work on developing an assertive communication style in order to practice open, honest and direct communication in order to facilitate teamwork in a work setting.
Boundaries: Professionals will understand the importance of establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries within their work setting. They will increase their understanding of Professional Sexual Misconduct and examine specific behaviors they need to avoid. They will examine the role of social media in their professional life and look at the implications and ways to use social media safely. They will also create a Return to Work Plan to detail specific changes that outline how they will interact with others at work.
Monitoring: Professionals will process the role of a monitoring agency and how this will provide accountability for their recovery and increase their overall success with sobriety. They will look at common myths about monitoring programs as well as improve their understanding of the role monitoring will play in their life post-treatment.
Career Factors: Professionals will examine the specific ways their addiction has impacted their ability to practice safely and engage in a professional manner. They will explore their current or most recent work setting, including specific job duties, schedule, work related stressors and the responsibilities they hold or held. They will understand the importance of being able to recognize areas of competence and when they are working outside of their areas of expertise.
Relapse Prevention: Professionals will understand the importance of relapse prevention for both their personal and professional life. They will look at specific risk factors associated with their profession and work roles such as working around controlled substances, seeing clients after hours, or giving clients and patients personal cell phone numbers. Professionals will create a plan that will best support their recovery as they return to work.
Self Care for Professionals: Professionals will examine the impact of stress in their day to day functioning and learn effective coping strategies to use to reduce stress. They will also explore terms such as Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, Compassion Satisfaction and Vicarious Trauma. They will also create a plan of Work-Life Balance and examine ways to implement this plan post-treatment.