Past: WISE Coalition Meeting: Recovery Realities and Provider Challenges of Fatigue and Stigma

Aug 17, 2022

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Our Speaker for this past WISE Coalition Meeting

Dr. Warren Braden is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He worked for the Chicago area Health and Medical Careers Program at the Illinois Institute of Technology.  His role was to provide academic and psychological support to students interested in pursuing careers in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing.  During his tenure there, he completed his M.S. Ed. and Ed.D. in Adult and Continuing Education/ Psychology from Northern Illinois University.  He focused on African American males in high-risk communities.  His dissertation was titled “Homies: A Study of Peer-Mentoring Among African American Males in Relation to Adult Education in Chicago” and was published by LEPS Press. He also worked at Project Upward Bound as a counselor and instructor for at-risk teens. Dr. Braden served as Associate Director of the Wisconsin Area Health Education Center System at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Department of Family and Community Medicine.  He accepted an appointment in the School of Human Services at Springfield College, Milwaukee. During his time there, he worked closely with students and alumni implementing and evaluating community-based programs, as well as offering recommendations to improve programmatic outcomes. Dr. Braden is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-In Training in the State of Wisconsin. Dr. Braden is also an online instructor at the University of Phoenix and Concordia University, Wisconsin.

Our time with Dr. Braden is broken into three sections.

  1. Insights from experience with pre-service providers (students) in recovery: Becoming a substance abuse counselor while “wrestling with personal demons.”
  2. Historical transformation of how providers experience fatigue and the impact on quality of care.
  3. Advice on minimizing and managing the fatigue of working alongside clients with SUD and mental health issues.

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