October 2010- President's Message


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our attendees, vendors our three speakers for contributing to a successful day of learning at the Lansing Lexington Hotel October 15, 2010.

A special thank you to our speakers:

Vern Jones, CSI President Alternative Safety & Testing Solutions Inc. who gave a great presentation on the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act of 2008, Challenges MMMP Poses to Employers; Diane Heinlein, L.M.S.W., C.A.A.C., Adult Recovery Services, Livingston County Community Mental Health, who provided a very educational and informative presentation regarding Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders and John Lee, Ph. D, Staff Psychologist, MECCA, M.S.U. Counseling Center, who provided discussion and group based exercises pertaining to Cultural  Diversity and the Intersection of Culture, /Race and Ethics in Human Service Delivery. Attendees noted they were interested in a full day presentation in the future.

I would also like to thank all of our vendors who provided updates about their company as well as their continued support: Advantage Mobility, Neuro International, Wright & Filippis, Spectrum Continuing Care, Health Partners Inc., Hope Network Rehabilitation Services, Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers Inc., The Standing Company, Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center and Fitness Therapy Unlimited.

This one day conference was well attended and received. Evaluations were very positive with high marks for each of the speakers.

During our annual meeting, members voted to approve having one student representative from each of the C.O.R.E accredited universities offering advanced education in Rehabilitation Counseling, whereby the student is given a free non-voting membership. We are attempting in the future to align our conferences to the specific sections our members have joined.

Fellow board members and I will be busy planning our next educational event. We welcome your suggestions and involvement in two committees, membership and conference planning.

We welcome news updates and articles for our newsletter which will have highlights from the National Conference scheduled in New Orleans the beginning of November.

Please contact one of the board members with questions, comments and concerns and visit our new website at: www.rehabpro.org/chapters/michigan.

Respectfully submitted,                                                   

Joanne Pfeffer, President