Michael E. Townsend Leadership Academy (Natural Bridge State Park – September 16, 17, & 18, 2020)

March 25, 2020 By PAR

Click here to download the Michael E. Townsend Leadership Academy Information and Application Package 2020-2021 (PDF)

The Michael E. Townsend Leadership Academy is an opportunity for those who wish to become leaders throughout Kentucky in the field of substance abuse/recovery and mental health to collaborate and further enhance their skills.

Since 2005, participants in the Leadership Academy have been challenged to grow both individually and professionally. The larger outcome of the Leadership Academy Challenge Projects has been widespread influence throughout law enforcement, prevention, recovery and treatment arenas, and many of the results of these Challenge Projects have continued to be widely used today.

The definition of leadership we use is: Leadership is a process of influence that generates the commitment and capabilities required to translate vision into reality.

Leadership a process that creates change. It’s the role of leadership to bring about change, to drive innovation, encouraging people to do different things differently.

Leadership is about influence and therefore is a social process, with the result being the willingly commitment by people to the vision and the process of change.

Given that leadership is about change it requires the development of new capabilities required to translate vision into reality.

The Leadership Academy views leadership as a set of interrelated capabilities and provides a lens to assist a leader to develop a robust approach and guide for action. This leadership framework is based around five interrelated leadership capabilities, each supported by a number of leadership practices. These five leadership capabilities include leadership context, setting direction, building capability, inspiring commitment and personal effectiveness.

Specifically, during the 3 day workshop and the two retreats, the Leadership Academy cohort will be introduced to skills required to become the next leaders in their fields, including building coalitions and teams, effective strategic planning, communication, decision-making, creativity, resolution of conflicts, dealing with diversity, press relations and messaging, and more.  They will also hear about the histories of substance abuse and recovery and mental health treatment in the State of Kentucky to gain context for their work.  The teaching methodology during the Leadership Academy includes techniques they can employ immediately in their own workplaces.

In addition, the Leadership Academy participants will be required to work on a team of their Leadership Academy peers for the entire year, creating and regularly reporting on projects that will be designed by them to greatly benefit their fields.  These projects are the legacies the Leadership Academy members leave behind as a service to their fields.

They will also be required to read and review current leadership literature provided to them both before and during their Leadership Academy year, and complete other assignments as directed.

(Approved for the Kentucky Boards of: Alcohol & Drug Counselor & Social Work (NASW-KY-01-U8—17)17. Approved for continuing education requirements for community support specialist per 908 KAR 2:250, adult peer support specialist per 908 KAR 2:220, family support specialist per 908 KAR 2:230, youth peer support specialist per 908 KAR 2:240 and targeted case management per 908 KAR 2:260.)