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Dr. Charlie Nelson August Speaker San Diego Society of Addiction Professionals

Dr. Charlie Nelson
Founder, Change with Direction
August 29, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

Self-Care While Working in the Chemical Dependency Provider Field:
Can You Ever Get Enough of This?

Chemical dependency treatment providers often develop burnout while working in the field. We become witnesses to our clients’ lives simply by doing our jobs– listening to the vivid accounts of the traumas and “wreckage” of their real experiences and creations.

Physical and emotional burnout and negativism are common in those who have been around in our field for a while.

In the aftermath of hearing such stories, it’s not unusual for us to find ourselves experiencing similar thoughts, behaviors, and emotions as those we are helping.  This is the reasoning behind the use of the term:  “Contagion Effect”.  This has also been referred to as “compassion fatigue” and “vicarious victimization.”

Dr. Nelson will help participants to understand, assess, prevent, and treat these common conditions found in the residential treatment providers and supervisors. Excellent thorough handout provided.

About the Speaker:

Charles E. Nelson, Ph.D. is the founder/director of Change with Direction.  Charlie is one of those fortunates who, while in grad school, studied under such giants as Viktor Frankl, Carl Rogers, Abraham Maslow, Jay Haley, Albert Ellis, and more.

Charlie has worked over 45 years in the mental health field and is well-published including writing for Hazelden Educational Materials.

He is credited with writing the first book with the word “Co-dependency” in the title in 1982. Charlie is a recognized international trainer on chemical dependency and trauma. Among the U.S. based organizations he has trained are:

  • Hazelden (Center City)
  • The Betty Ford Center
  • The Meadows, Sober Living by the Sea
  • The Clint Eastwood Youth Program
  • Community Hospital Recovery Center
  • U.C.L.A.’s Annual Drug & Alcohol Conference
  • The San Diego Psychological Association

Internationally, he has trained the Ministry of Health – Government of British Columbia, Canada, the Alcohol & Drug Advisory Council of New Zealand, and the Cuban Psychological Association at the University of Havana.

He has actively participated as a consultant to television, screenwriters, and stage theatre staff regarding relationship dilemmas and other psychosocial issues facing script characters.

Productions include (but are not limited to):

  • All in the Family
  • Eight is Enough
  • Murder She Wrote
  • Trapper John, M.D.

For 16 years, Charlie was the master of ceremonies for the monthly meetings of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency–San Diego Chapter.

Charlie was selected by the California Governor for the coveted “Doris G. Tate” Crime Victim Provider of the Year Award for his years of dedication and service to people suffering in the wake of trauma.

In addition, Charlie has over 37 years of one-day-at-a-time active and grateful recovery under his belt.


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CCAPP CEUs are available with each meeting.







Lunch provided by our August sponsors

A Mission for Michael/Better Life Recovery


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