2021-2022 Michael E. Townsend Leadership Academy (Natural Bridge State Park – September 1-3, 2021)

May 6, 2021 By People Advocating Recovery

Click here to download the Michael E. Townsend Leadership Academy Information and Application Package 2021-2022 (PDF)

Natural Bridge State Park
September 1-3, 2021

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.

2021-2022 Leaders and Presenters include Tim Schladand LCSW, LCADC, CDWF

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.

2021-2022 Leaders and Presenters include Mike Barry, CEO, People Advocating Recovery (PAR)

Specifically, during the 3 day workshop and the two retreats, the Leadership Academy participants 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.

2021-2022 Mike Townsend Leadership Academy

The Michael E. Townsend Leadership Academy is a professional development opportunity for those in the field of addictions and mental health. The purpose of this initiative is to develop leadership talent and skills for the future of these fields.

The Leadership Academy consists of a three-day intensive workshop and two follow-up retreat sessions throughout the year. The follow-up sessions will be held in October 2020 and April 2021 at state parks and will require travel on the part of participants. In addition to the time spent together, participants are expected to actively participate in the Leadership Academy throughout the year.

The cost is a $150.00 non-refundable fee once accepted which covers 35 CEUs and all materials. (Approved for Social Work (NASWKY#091820) NASW-KY is an approved provider for social work credits through the KY Board of Social Work. 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.)

Participants will pay for all travel, room, and meals at Natural Bridge State Lodge for the 3 day workshop and the two one day retreats. Deadline for submission is August 13 COB. If accepted you will be notified by the end of business day 8/20.

Before attending, we must receive your deposit and at that time,you will receive further instructions on reserving your room at Natural Bridge State Park.

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