Join us for the 5th Annual Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium!

Symposium-Logo-Header---generalHosted by the Porter-Starke Services Foundation, the Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium educates, advocates and celebrates mental health and wellness. Featuring leaders and innovators from the field of mental health, our forum of clinicians, sponsors and the community create a ripple effect of health, balance and hope within and beyond Northwest Indiana!

The Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium takes place Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Harre Union/Valparaiso University 1509 Chapel Drive Valparaiso, IN 46383

william-c-moyersBeyond Broken: My Story of Addiction & Redemption
with William C. Moyers
Vice President of Public Affairs & Community Relations, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Keynote Breakfast 8:00 am - 10:00 am

From the depths of an Atlanta crack house to the ranks of leadership at Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, William C. Moyers shares his personal story of addiction and journey to recovery.

The privileged son of journalist Bill Moyers, William's teenage drug use gradually evolved into an adulthood addiction to alcohol and crack cocaine. His final binge at age 35 became the turning-point in his recovery.

Now clean and sober for two decades, William's honest and inspiring account is a reminder that there is more to recovery than abstinence, that hitting bottom isn't just about alcohol or other drugs, and that some of life's most valuable lessons materialize along the road traveled.

margaret-wehrenbergAnxiety: Use Your Brain to Change Your Brain
with Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy. D.
Expert in the Treatment of Anxiety & Depression

Full Day Workshop: 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Anxiety disorders are among the most common and pervasive mental disorders experienced by Americans. Licensed Clinical Psychologist Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D. addresses the physical, emotional, and behavioral symptoms of anxiety, from everyday worry and stress to panic, generalized anxiety and social anxiety. Stress and anxiety can be more physically and emotionally challenging for those with trauma in their history or individuals in recovery from addiction. Additionally, stress and anxiety can be relapse triggers in any addiction. Drawing on basic brain science, Dr. Wehrenberg explains how and why your brain causes anxiety, how to identify triggers, and shares the top ten techniques for managing anxiety. Using a practical mind-body focus, these methods apply to all age groups and populations.

The Living Health, Balance and Hope Symposium offers 6.5 hours of continuing education units to mental health professionals who attend the full day event.

  • Keynote Breakfast Presentation: $35 (8:00 am - 10:00 am)
  • Full Day Conference: $125 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)
  • Partial Day: $100 (10:30 am - 5:00 pm) - includes lunch, but excludes keynote breakfast

For more information or to sponsor, please contact the Porter-Starke Services Foundation at 219.531.3580 or visit

William Cope Moyers from ManyFaces1Voice on Vimeo.

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