Prakash Ellenhorn, the Cambridge, Mental Health Program Participates in a Symposium in London
08/10/2012

Prakash Ellenhorn participated in the 9th U.K/European Symposium Addictive Disorders.

Online PR News – 10-August-2012 – Massachussetts – CAMBRIDGE, MASS.,–Edwin I. Levin, LICSW, has returned to Cambridge, Massachusetts following Prakash Ellenhorn’s first foray into the international conference scene. The 9TH UK/EUROPEAN SYMPOSIUM ADDICTIVE DISORDERS was held in LONDON, May 9-12 2012.
There were over 40 presentations offered by noted professionals including a presentation by John F. Kelly, Ph.D.,Associate Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kelly summarized research on the range of mutual aid groups and their effectiveness (like AA and SMART Recovery) available for individuals suffering from addictions and co-occurring psychiatric issues. Of particular interest were studies about what clinical treatment programs can do to increase use of these free mutual aid groups following involvement in a clinical treatment program.
In addition to Prakash Ellenhorn representatives from premier treatment programs had exhibit booths or sponsored presentations.These professionals from the UK, the US, South Africa and Thailand added much to the exchange of ideas and the development of professional networks.

Mr. Levin, Prakash Ellenhorn’s Director of Business Development, went to raise the profile of Prakash Ellenhorn, a private, primarily non-residential treatment program offering clients a multidisciplinary, highly individualized team approach as a proven-effective alternative to residential or hospital programs.

Mr. Levin attended several of the workshops but was particularly taken with presentations by two interventionists: Heather Hayes and Brad Lamm. Heather and Brad, in separate presentations, demonstrated an understanding of the clinical complexities and complicated dynamics involved in bringing people with significant mental health issues into treatment. Addressing the needs of the family in these kinds of situations wasclearly a focus of their work.Heather identified different strategies that may be used depending on the nature of the mental illness. Brad discussed and gave informative examplesof the modality that he calls an “invitational” model of intervention. (http://www.heatherhayes.tv/ and http://www.interventionspecialists.org/)

“I’m excited about using their services to assist individuals and families resolve their ambivalence about seeking treatment,” said Levin. “Treatment at Prakash Ellenhorn is primarily offered by a team on an outpatient basis.We have found that clients who experience treatment in a more normalized setting like Prakash find it less stigmatizing, avoiding the damage to self-esteem that often comes with being isolated in a residential or hospital-like treatment program. Individuals whose ambivalence is fed by having to give up many personal freedoms with the resultant loss of dignity may find it more acceptable and consequently, more beneficial, to enter the Prakash Ellenhorn program.”

Prakash Ellenhorn is a Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) team, offering the coordinated services of psychiatrists, nurses, therapists, social workers, vocational counselors and personal trainers to people with severe and persistent mental illness.Addressing the ‘whole person’ through a full range of treatment resources, often delivered in the client’s own home, PACT is a documented ‘best practice’ in community-based psychiatric care.

For more information on Prakash Ellenhorn, visit
www.prakashellenhorn.com or email info@prakashellenhorn.com

To contact Edwin I. Levin, Director of Business Development,
email him at eilevin@prakashellenhorn.com or call him at (802) 922-3048

Prakash Ellenhorn is a private PACT (Program for Assertive Community Treatment) team, providing richly comprehensive, personalized and multidisciplinary psychiatric and psychosocial services to clients who, for the most part, live in their own apartments in the community.The PACT model is endorsed by both the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and the National Institute of Mental Health as an effective evidence-based treatment, and as a ‘best practice’ in community mental health. Offering each client a balance of psychosocial and medical approaches, Prakash Ellenhorn is equally focused on relieving the ravages of stigma, loss of social role and institutionalization as on treating psychiatric illness. The program serves men and women, 18 years and up.

Contact: Edwin I Levin, LICSW
(802) 922-3048
eilevin@prakashellenhorn.com