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 Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, where she serves as the organization’s Clinical Operations Director. In this role, she provides clinical direction and supervision for Pine Grove’s addiction treatment programs including the Women’s Center, Legacy, Gratitude, and Next Step. Dr. Bennett also oversees Pine Grove’s professional treatment programs, including the Professional Enhancement Program, known as PEP, and Pine Grove’s Professionals Recovery Track, which is designed for the organization’s 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 patients who have struggled in a variety of ways live their lives in a manner where they are able to engage at their highest potential.x
Chaz Richardson, MD
Dr. Charles “Chaz” Richardson is a graduate of The University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS where he also completed his psychiatry residency. Dr. Richardson completed his fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at Emory University in Atlanta, GA and is a member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association, and Mississippi State Medical Association. Dr. Richardson joined the Pine Grove staff in 2018 and currently evaluates and treats adult patients for Pine Grove's inpatient and residential treatment programs.x
Peter Kamp, MD
Dr. Kamp is a graduate of University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He completed the residency program at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. in 1990 and a Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship in 1991. Dr. Kamp is board certified is a member of the American Medical Association. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He joined the Pine Grove staff in 1991 and currently sees patients in an outpatient setting for assessment and medication management and serves as a Consultation Liaison Psychiatrist at Forrest General Hospital.x
Lacey Herrington, Ph.D.
Dr. Lacey Herrington is a licensed psychologist with the Evaluation Center at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. She is also works with 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. She was licensed in 2017. Her primary interests include: assessment, personality disorders, substance use disorders, forensic psychology, and trauma.x
Amanda C. Watts, Psy.D., BCBA
Amanda Watts is a postdoctoral psychology fellow at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. Dr. Watts currently divides her time between Pine Grove’s Professionals Recovery Track and Pine Grove’s Professional Enhancement Program. She has also worked at Pine Grove’s Evaluation Center, Employee Assistance Program, and Gratitude Program. She has worked in a number of other areas including inpatient acute psychiatric care, integrated primary care, community mental health, substance abuse treatment with college students, and the comprehensive assessment and treatment of autism. Dr. Watts completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, with Master’s degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis (dual track in Organizational Behavior Management) and Psychology. Her professional interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, program development, and the assessment and treatment of addiction, trauma, and personality disorders.x
Stephanie Smith, DSW, LCSW
Dr. Stephanie Smith is the Clinical Director of the Women’s Center at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services in Hattiesburg MS. Dr. Smith earned her Doctor of Social Work (DSW) in Clinical Practice and Leadership from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has been a LCSW in the State of Mississippi since 2009. She served on the Mississippi National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Board as a Region 3 Representative from August 2015 - July 2017. Dr. Smith has specialized training in TF-CBT, child-parent psychotherapy, integrative treatment for complex trauma and forensic interviewing. She served as an expert witness testifying on behalf of vulnerable women and children from 2009-2017. Her areas of expertise include emerging adult depression, adult and child trauma, child welfare, mothers with borderline personality disorder, chemical dependency and couples engaged in high conflict divorce. Prior to joining the Women’s Center, Dr. Smith practiced as a Clinical Instructor and Clinical Field Specialist at The University of Southern Mississippi School of Social Work. Additionally, she practiced as a family therapist and clinical supervisor for the School of Social Work’s MSW Interns at the Family Network Partnership Counseling Center.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
John Herrington, MS, LPC
John Herrington is a licensed professional counselor with the Next Step program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology and master’s degree in counseling psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. John worked for five years with Pine Belt Mental Healthcare at Oak Arbor working with clients struggling with addiction. He has experience working with drug court, VA, and other local and state resources. John began his work with Pine Grove in March of 2011 working with the Next Step and Sober Living programs providing individual and group therapy for those struggling with addiction. He worked with Pine Grove’s Legacy program as a therapist and then as a Clinical Director for four years before returning to Next Step as Clinical Director.x
Sally Moody, LCSW
Sally Moody is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Therapist with the Professional Enhancement Program (PEP) at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services, where she serves as Clinical Director. Moody is also a Clinical Therapist for Pine Grove's Professionals Recovery Track. She earned her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Mississippi College in Clinton, MS and her Master’s 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..x
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.