The Family Program at Northbound Treatment Services is a monthly program designed to help families repair relationships damaged by drug and alcohol abuse.
At Northbound, we look to heal not only the victim of substance abuse, but also the family that is also suffering from the effects of seeing a loved one in the grip of addiction.
The Family Program at Northbound Treatment Services is a monthly program designed to help families repair relationships damaged by drug and alcohol abuse. The program incorporates group counseling, lectures and Al-Anon meetings over the course of four days, and is designed to help family members reconnect and understand the roots of addiction.
The family members of the alcoholic or addict often have difficulty dealing with a whole range of emotions, including feelings of helplessness, confusion and anger. The Northbound Family Program helps family members understand that they can’t control their loved one’s addiction, nor can they cure it.
The program is among the best available treatment options for families and is included in our comprehensive fee. Priority in the Northbound family program is reserved for those in our community who would most benefit from participation. To get the most help in repairing the family system, Northbound turns to therapists and addiction treatment experts outside our center in addition to our own clinicians.
The Northbound Family Program Addresses:
- Family Roles
- Medical Disease Model of Addiction
- Healthy Communication
- Family Recovery
Scott and Jenny Graham of Carefrontations lead the Family Support Groups portion of the program while nationally acclaimed addiction speaker Dr. Kevin McCauley leads a number of lectures covering the disease of addiction.
Our program provides:
- Healing time for families
- How to avoid being trapped by manipulation
- Focus on personal care
- Opportunity to meet with Case-Manager and Therapist
- Structured time with loved one in treatment
The Northbound Family Program is among the best available treatment options for families in this particular situation. It is included in our comprehensive fee, and depending on availability, will be reserved for those who would benefit most from participation. During this process, Northbound with enlist the aid of additional therapists and addiction treatment experts to help bring the family back together.
We also recommend and make available Parent CRAFT an evidence-based, interactive online course that teaches you how to effectively interact with your children in order to change drug and alcohol behavior, and guide them into accepting treatment. Parents CAN make a difference! find out more at www.CadenceOnline.com.
Because Northbound is strongly committed to helping families heal from the effects of addiction, we do everything we can to make it easier for them to attend our program—including offering special rates for accommodations in our area. For more information about our preferred rates for families, please download the information below.
Our Dedicated Family Program Staff
Matthew is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 4 years of experience working with clients struggling with addiction. He came into the field of treatment with clinical training as a Marriage and Family Therapist intern. As an MFT-Intern he led Proposition 36 substance abuse classes and worked with court ordered youth from the Juvenile Drug Court of Orange County treatment programs. While clinical work as a therapist brought him into substance abuse treatment, he currently utilizes his unique skill set in the role of Director of Training & Program Development. He is in the process of completing a Psy.D in Marriage and Family Therapy at the California School of Professional Psychology. Matthew possesses a wide range of work experience: advertising executive, headhunter, and teacher are all job descriptions included on his resume. He has also held many positions of leadership and guidance for organizations he found inspirational. Past roles include Trustee for Alliant International University and Advisory Board Member for The Future Leader’s Institute. He has a curious mind and is usually engaged in some sort of outdoor activity. He has a teaching certification for skiing and snowboarding. He also enjoys woodworking, anything to do with cars, fine arts, and family. Currently, home is in Long Beach with wife Caroline and Piglet, a canine rescued from the streets of Los Angeles.
Kelsey Huberty received her Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies and Sociology from St. Catherine University. She worked with the Jeremiah Program, a nationally recognized non-profit organization aimed at helping women and children transform their lives from poverty to prosperity. Recognizing the impact and rewarding nature of this work, Kelsey left the organization and began to work for The Emily Program, an eating disorder clinic. Her work at these organizations, combined with personal experience, led Kelsey to pursue a Master’s of Arts in Addiction Counseling through the Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Upon graduation she worked for both Hazelden St. Paul and Hazelden Plymouth, the organization’s facility for adolescents, young adults, and families. Kelsey joined Northbound in May of 2013 and has worked for the organization in different capacities. She enjoys working with the clinical staff, program managers, and executive team to ensure clinically innovative programming and a therapeutic experience for all clients. Kelsey has received her CADC-II and her ICADC from the California Consortium of Addiction Professionals.
Barek joined Northbound as a Therapist in 2014 and has been working in the field of chemical dependency since 2011. Prior to joining Northbound, Barek worked with adolescents, adults, couples, and families, focusing on emotional, cognitive, relational, and chemical dependency issues. His experience encompasses problems such as depression, anxiety, violence and sexual assault, anger management, trauma, and various other mood and personality disorders. Barek has conducted lectures, workshops, and has facilitated groups on various topics which have included chemical dependency. Barek received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as his Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University. He uses a multifaceted approach to therapy, utilizing a combination of Object-Relations, Family Systems, and Cognitive Behavioral approaches. His focus in treatment is to help clients increase self–insight, develop effective coping and communication skills, and build healthy and lasting relationships. In his spare time Barek enjoys outdoor activities, reading, camping, and spending time with his wife and two boys.
Crystal is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s degree in counseling. She has experience working with several different populations including mentally ill adults, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, senior citizens with memory loss, people with legal problems, and dual diagnosis clients. Crystal believes in empowering her clients to develop the motivation to fight for themselves, often in regard to learning how to manage addiction or to cope with mental health symptoms. She specializes in doing cognitive behavioral therapy, teaching mindfulness and emotion management, and assisting clients with self-esteem issues, anxiety, and depression. Crystal thoroughly enjoys her work with Northbound clients, and feels very rewarded by often having the opportunity to see them make major changes over the course of treatment.
Farah completed her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University and received her Bachelor’s degree from UCSD. Prior to joining Northbound, she worked as a clinical therapist at Phoenix House working with individuals, couples, and/or families who dealt with both mental health and chemical dependency issues. During her time there, she gained experience in working with victims of gang violence, trauma survivors, and clients with severe mental illness. When it comes to establishing a therapeutic relationship, she believes strongly in using humanistic and collaborative approaches. She truly believes that human beings are inherently good, resilient, and have the potential to lead healthy and happy lives. Her ultimate goal as a therapist is to provide hope and motivation for her clients in order for them to gain a genuine understanding of who they are and feel empowered to move forward in sobriety.
Gayle brings years of experience successfully coordinating, implementing, and managing research-based intervention and prevention programs related to mental illness. She has her Master’s in Science from Hofstra University and is practicing as a registered BBS Marriage and Family Therapist Intern. She is currently working on her doctorate in School and Community Psychology. Areas of specialty consist of substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, mood disorders, and educational and developmental disorders. She has a proven ability to provide effective Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Experiential Therapy, and other evidenced based practices. Gayle prides herself on providing a safe space as a platform to grow and heal the mind, body, and spirit. Her favorite part of the job is watching the light come on in another’s eyes and to see their growth into the person they always wanted to be. As an active member of 12 step programs, she believes that her primary purpose is to help another alcoholic or addict achieve and maintain sobriety, both physically and emotionally.
Kellie Berry is the Spiritual Advisor at Northbound. Kellie brings a passion and commitment to treatment based on her desire to see transformation happening in the lives of clients. She likes to see positive change come to those whose lives and relationships have been damaged by addiction. Kellie gets energy from helping these individuals reframe their experiences and integrate the tools of the 12 steps so that they are restored physically, emotionally and spiritually. Kellie comes from a staff church position where she served in Soul Care and Recovery Ministries, as well as doing Life Care Counseling and serving as one of the Community Pastors. Kellie’s personal struggles and working through the brokenness of being an adult child of an alcoholic give her a perspective that helps her connect uniquely with her clients. She earned an Associate’s Degree in Human Services from Orange Coast College and attended the Institute of Addiction Counseling and Intervention, graduating as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor.
Ilana Zivkovich joined Northbound in January 2015. An experienced clinician, executive, and clinical development officer, Ilana celebrates and emboldens Northbound’s renowned focus on fostering a flourishing and healthy organizational culture. Trained in positive psychology, Ilana believes in the strengths and potential of every client and team member she has the opportunity to work with. She utilizes her signature strengths of curiosity, love, and honesty to help others identify and build upon their unique set of strengths to live within the upper reaches of their potential. In recovery herself since the age of 16, Ilana is grateful for the opportunity to help young and emerging adults develop a fulfilling lifestyle of recovery. In her role as Northbound’s Chief Clinical Officer Ilana oversees the clinical service development and delivery, and does her part to ensure that Northbound’s ethos of transparency, authenticity, and collaborative leadership are able to flourish. Prior to joining Northbound Ilana held a variety of leadership roles within the addiction field, most recently serving as the Executive Director for Promises Austin. Ilana holds a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC), and a Certified Daring Way Facilitator Consultant (CDWF-C). Additional areas of clinical specialization include shame resiliency, dual diagnosis, family of origin and family dynamic issues, and positive psychology.
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Dr. Edward Kaufman
Northbound Treatment Services is proud to announce the addition of Edward Kaufman, M.D. to the clinical team. Dr. Kaufman assumed the role as Northbound’s Medical Director in February 2012. The medical director position was created in response to the growth and expansion of Northound programs and the sub-acute residential detoxification services. Dr. Kaufman’s appointment further indicates the Northbound commitment to quality care and marks another milestone in the realization of Northbound’s strategic vision. Dr. Kaufman has been practicing psychiatry for over 40 years. He blends his knowledge of psychology, family systems and psychopharmacology to meet the client’s individual needs. He was a former president of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and Editor of the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Dr. Kaufman received his medical training at Jefferson University, USC and Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. He has authored 3 books, edited 5 more, and written over 200 articles and book chapters on family therapy, alcoholism, drug addiction, anxiety and depression. He was a full professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine, where he was the Director of Psychiatric Services, Residency and Medical Students Education and private alcohol/drug services. With the addition of Dr. Kaufman Northbound has further solidified its position as the area leader for comprehensive alcohol, drug, and dual-diagnosis treatment.
Ari comes to Northbound with over a decade of experience working in the addiction field. As an experienced therapist and case manager, he has worked in a variety of addiction centers treating women, adolescents, and adults. His leadership skills are fine-tuned as well, having served as clinical and program director for all levels of treatment. He also taught addiction counseling, physiology and pharmacology, co-occurring disorders, and special populations at the Training Institute for Addiction Counselors where he took over for Dr. Kevin McCauley. With his own undergrad in English, philosophy, and psychology, and a Masters in Psychology MFT from Chapman University, Ari has helped found and formed programs focused on young men to help them achieve autonomous healthy living. From writing clinical programs, to working with clients, and teaching aspiring counselors, Ari is passionate about every aspect of the industry. When not working, Ari likes to stay balanced by spending time surfing (he’s been catching waves since he was 7), spending time with his wife, and playing with his son, Gavin, and two dogs, Izabella and Einstein.