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Presented By: The Living Undeterred Project, Area Substance Abuse Council (ASAC)
& Linn County Mental Health Access Center

SATURDAY MAY 6, 2023 | 8:00AM - 4:00PM


Keynote Speakers



Athlete, Mental Health



Author, Recovery Activist



Author, Mental Health Advocate


Breakout Sessions



Transformational Speaker

Jennifer Tracy has shared her message of HOPE with countless thousands... she is a highly sought-after author, transformational speaker, grief and trauma coach & guide, and mental health advocate. Jennifer began her career as an inspirational speaker five years after the death of her husband and daughter in 2004.
Drawing from decades of lived experience, she shares a message of HOPE, provides practical insights, and inspires others to find the courage to overcome some of the toughest challenges we face today; depression, grief, PTSD, anxiety, and even suicidal ideation.

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Presented By ASAC

With Opioid related overdoses at record high numbers, harm reduction strategies are becoming increasingly important. Narcan is a medicine that rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist. This means that it attaches to opioid receptors and reverses and blocks the effects of other opioids.

Learn how to properly administer Narcan at this informative breakout session!

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Mike Farr, Founder/President Project Safe of the Cedar River Corridor Area (CRCA)

The first part will be discussion on the loss, the initial shock, how it affects family members and friends. How to create a plan for you and your loved ones to make it through each day, week, month, years and beyond. 

The second part I will talk about what life may look like for you 5 years out after your loss! How to get more involved and help others so they don't have to experience the same loss that you did.

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Robert Otto 
Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Iowa City VA Health Care System

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for veterans under age 45. This presentation will cover suicide prevention concepts and lethal means safety, military culture, as well as mental health and other programs and resources that are available to military Veterans.

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Erin Foster, Linn County Mental Health Access Center Director

Learn more about Access Centers and the vital role they play in our communities. 

Psychology Session

Co-Occurring SUD and Psychotic Disorders in Community Treatment Settings

Ashley Wood, LMSW, CADC, Manager of Community Based Services, Abbe Mental Health Center

This training will provide the basics of psychotic disorders. From there, we will discuss and identify the relationship between psychotic disorders and SUD co-occurring diagnoses, provide information on various treatment strategies and programs that provide services to assist with this. It will also provide information on the common substance use that is seen with those with psychotic disorders and symptoms that may be noticed.

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Smashing Trauma: Fixing The Cause Of My Addiction.
Charlie Ray, Founder Charlie Ray International, LLC

Brief description of speaking topic: Trauma comes from different areas of your life experiences. Most of these experiences have environmental implications. If the associations you make at a young age cause you to have false neuro associations it can lead to alcohol, drugs, and risky behavior. I will show individuals the exact methods I use in order to help over 4,000 people let go of their trauma and create a new life for themselves.


Together we RISE: Building Pathways of Resilience, Hope, and Wellbeing

Jennie Null, LMFT, RPT
Institute of Learning Director, Therapist at Tanager

Over the last several years, our country has had a brighter light shined upon the various stressors, struggles and pain impacting mental wellbeing of our youth, families, and communities. This growing awareness has called us all to action in search of how to help our youth, families, communities, and ourselves cultivate resilience and wellbeing. This presentation provides a pathway to creating resilient and hope-filled spaces using the RISE: Wellness & Resilience Framework. The RISE Wellness and Resilience Framework takes a holistic approach to creating environments and relationships that are trauma informed, resilience oriented, and restorative. The framework is evidence-informed and uses brain science to create daily experiences aimed to rewire the brain and offer healing. The framework is rooted in the power of relationships and opens the door to creating opportunities to foster indicators of wellbeing, enhance social and emotional development, and promote the integration of the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.

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Rod Courtney, Executive Director CRUSH Recovery Community Center

Recovery Community Centers are new in the State of Iowa. Information will include how CRUSH Recovery Community Center came to be, the work we are doing in the community, and future plans. 


Our Journey: Alcoholism, Recovery and Giving Back

Merrilee Ramsey, RN, FNP-C and Sue E. Gardner, RN, PhD Co-founders, President and Vice President of Iowa City Sober Living Board

Presenters will share their story of recovery from Day 1 to today as co-founders of Iowa City Sober Living: A Recovery Home for Women and the joy of giving back.

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Alive and Running
Amanda Anderson, Board Member of Alive and Running/QPR Instructor/Certified in Mental Health First Aide

This presentation will cover the story of spousal suicide survivors. 


More Breakout Sessions To Be Announced! 

If you are interested in hosting a breakout session, contact Sarah Hoffman at

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