Meet Our Expert Presenters!
Kari Yuen, M.A. in School Counseling, joined FCD in 2009, and is currently a Senior PreventionSpecialist and Regional Officer. A native Californian now living in Colorado, Kari has worked in wilderness therapy programs for teens and young adults who are struggling with substance abuse and other behavioral disorders. She is deeply involved in a variety of community activities, including Bridging the Gap, which helps individuals transition from treatment facilities into home environments. Kari, a licensed school counselor, has a BS in Psychology from the University of Phoenix and an MA in School Counseling.
Stephanie Haines, MEd is a Senior Prevention Specialist and has taught thousands of students at hundreds of schools across five continents. Before joining FCD in 1999, Stephanie was a licensed occupational therapist working with students ages four through 12. She currently also holds the position of prevention education specialist at Walden Center’s School-Based Eating Disorder Prevention Program. Stephanie holds a BS in Behavioral Science from Granite State College and an MEd from Plymouth State University in Health Education, Eating Disorders Concentration.
Eric Bricker, LMHC, CAP is an accomplished South Florida veteran in the chemical dependency treatment field, having joined Life of Purpose as the clinical director in 2014. He is responsible for the oversight and development of the clinical program including the supervision of the clinical staff, development of agency policies surrounding standards of care, refining of operational procedures and quality assurance.
Eric received a Master in Counselor Education and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, both from Florida Atlantic University. He has served as an adjunct professor in the Counselor Education Master’s program at Florida Atlantic University. In addition, Eric has been a substance abuse counselor educator, trainer and supervisor having provided consulting services for several addiction counselor training programs throughout South Florida. His current areas of interest include the use of existential therapies in the treatment of substance abuse, and the inclusion of meaningfulness and education in chemical dependency treatment models.
Shannon Thompson Jones, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Imago Coach. She has a private practice in Lake Park, Florida, where she has specialized in codependency, families of addiction, adolescents and couples. She has worked in the mental health and addiction field since 1999. Shannon was a consultant therapist for Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches Family Program for 11 years and has presented on codependency and family dynamics across the country. She is passionate about breaking the cycle of addiction in families.
Kim Despaquale, Yogi is leading all our participants in a beautiful opening heart practice. Kim is a certified 200 hour E-RYT who shares her yoga practice on land and water. When not in the studio, organizing activities at Blueline, you can find her instructing yoga on a paddleboard. Besides her incredible involvement in the community she is also a mother of two outstanding young ladies and wife. She helps her students re-connect with the elements and re-discover their true authentic self. Her practice is inviting and heart felt, reminding each student "You Are Always Enough".
The conference will conclude with a panel of presenters including our members sharing their experiences with the work they do, why it’s important to them and then allow the audience to ask questions.