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August 19, 2019

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A&E 'Intervention' counselor to deliver keynote address at addiction workshop

Best known for his work on A&E's Emmy-winning show "Intervention", author and professional counselor Jeff VanVonderen will be the keynote speaker at the Overcoming Addiction Together workshop to be held Friday, Aug. 16, at Nicolet College in Rhinelander.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the college's Lakeside Center.

The cost is $20 and free to students, recovery coaches, and peer specialists, organizers said in a press release.

Professionals working in addiction fields as well as members of the general public are invited to attend to the workshop.

"Quite often people try, with the best of intentions, to help themselves or their loved ones through a problem or crisis, only to discover that the help is not helpful, or even harmful," VanVonderen said in the release. "They find themselves supporting and helping to prolong on the outside, the very thing they do not support on the inside."

"Individuals and families become dysfunctional by accident. But they get well on purpose and this is what I'm about, helping them do that," he added.

From 10:05 a.m. to noon participants will select three out of five breakout sessions centered around the theme of self-care for providers and concerned loved ones. Session options will include Aromatherapy, Yoga, Art Therapy and Pet Therapy, Mindfulness Meditation, and the Taking Care of You Workshop.

Along with working on the TV show "Intervention," VanVonderen is the author of seven books on addiction and co-founded and is the former director of Passages Counseling Center, a licensed out-patient mental health clinic in Minneapolis.

For more information about the workshop, and to register, visit

This workshop is the last in a three-part series. The webpage also includes recordings of the first two workshops.

The event is presented by Wisconsin Area Health Education Center Program in partnership with Nicolet College, Ascension, Northcentral Technical College, Oneida County Health Department, Marshfield Clinic Health Systems, Americorps, UW-Madison Extension, Marathon County Health Department, North Central Health Care, and Options Counseling Services.

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