Cohesive Family Engagement

*This presentation is no longer eligible for the 1 CE credit*

This workshop will explore the family systems roles in addiction treatment. We will discuss how best to overcome barriers to family engagement and the power associated with it for early and long term recovery.

We will also provide an overview of family systems theory with a discussion on how it can best be applied in addiction and mental health treatment settings.

Daniel Lettenberger, MS, LMFT
Regional Executive Director for Georgia Operations
RiverMend Health

Daniel Lettenberger-Klein, MS, LMFT, is Regional Executive Director for Georgia Operations, where he oversees
business operations, recovery programming and clinical processes related to patient care at all of our RiverMend
Health Georgia addiction treatment and recovery centers. His leadership over all Georgia recovery programs promotes
quality and consistency in treatment as patients seamlessly progress through the continuum of care.

Daniel received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Bradley University and his Master of Science in Marriage
and Family Therapy from Purdue University. He has worked in every level of substance abuse treatment as a substance
abuse counselor, family therapist and counseling supervisor. His responsibilities included conducting biopsychosocial
assessments, creating individualized treatment plans and providing individual, couple, family, group and multifamily
group therapy. As a supervisor, he oversaw hiring, provided case consultation and managed staff. In 2012, he started his own practice, offering individual, couple and family therapy with a specialization in addiction and trauma. He is certified to provide EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to help patients overcome trauma. A certified instructor for the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI), he also trains employees at healthcare facilities to prevent, identify, diffuse and manage disruptive behavior and aggression.

Before joining RiverMend Health, he served as the executive and clinical director, and later regional director, for a
detox center with locations in three states. In that role, he oversaw the clinical and admissions departments, worked
closely with a multidisciplinary team to coordinate patient care, implemented performance improvement initiatives,
ensured compliance with Joint Commission accreditation requirements and worked with leadership teams. Drawn to help those with addictive disorders because of his own family’s history of addiction struggles, Daniel’s goals are to ensure the admissions process is thorough and inviting and to make sure patients receive individualized, integrated care. He is committed to including families in the recovery.