Upcoming Events

Event Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 8:00am, Event Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 8:00am

Whether it’s on the evening news, your Facebook newsfeed or a commercial, we often hear, “there’s a pill for that.” And, while that’s true, we have found that teaching adults skill building, such as how to deal with stressors and respond appropriately to situations, is a greater indicator to success than just taking their medicine every day.

Join us for the morning to hear from Oaklawn's Medical Director, Dr. Daniel Kinsey, as he shares his expertise on the following topics:

1.       The  evidence-based support of developing  life-skills before prescribing

2.        How immediate prescribing can lead to inappropriate effects on the individual

3.       The value of psychotropic medications in treatment

4.       The method of complimentary skill-building and medication management to improve an individual’s chance of recovery

Register for the Elkhart location on March 8 by clicking this link

Register for the South Bend location on April 12 by clicking this link

Event Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 8:00am, Event Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 8:00am

Does operating from a trauma informed perspective pose unique ethical considerations? This workshop explores the elements of a trauma informed approach and how they influence the environment of care and the work of individual practitioners.

  • Review SAMHSA’s trauma informed approach and ways these apply in behavioral healthcare settings.
  • Understand competencies needed for effective trauma informed work.
  • Discuss the complex influences of race, culture, gender and religion on exposure to and interpretation of trauma.
  • Reflect on personal experience and its influence on our work with individuals who have experienced trauma.
  • Learn strategies for self-care that promote health and well-being.

Register for the South Bend location on March 21 by clicking this link

Register for the Elkhart location on April 18 by clicking this link


Event Date: Friday, May 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join us for the evening to hear from baseball legend, Darryl Strawberry. 

About Darryl

Darryl Strawberry is a baseball legend. He boasts 335 home runs, 1,000 RBIs, four World Series championship wins and eight consecutive appearances at the National League All-Star game. Yet his struggles off the field are equally legendary.

During the course of his 17-year career, he was suspended three times for substance abuse. He was in and out of rehab. He was arrested multiple times, including for alleged domestic assault, possession and solicitation. He was indicted for federal tax evasion. He eventually served time in prison.

For Strawberry, drugs, alcohol, sex, even the game itself, was all an escape from the depression that came from growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father.Strawberry grew up in south central Los Angeles. He was the middle of five children. It was Strawberry, the second oldest son, Ronnie, and their mother who bore the brunt of their father’s abuse. In his autobiography, “Straw: Finding My Way,” Strawberry writes:

I clearly remember one night after he beat us both, Ronnie and I were lying on our beds. His shirt was off and I could see the terrible welts on his back. “I’m not going to live like this,” he said. “We’re going to have to kill him. We’re just going to have to kill him, that’s all.” Imagine a fourteen-year-old boy talking about his father that way. And me, thirteen, agreeing. Imagine hating your dad that much. We both hated our father, hated what he had done to us and what we became. We became monsters inside.

Not long after that, his father came home drunk, took his shotgun from the closet and threatened to kill the whole family. The boys, along with their...


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