B E H A V I O RA L  H E A L T H  N E W S

Dr. Tonmoy Sharma, CEO of Sovereign Health Group, Will Present on Cognitive Defects in Addiction and Mental Health

The Sovereign Health Group announced that its Chief Executive Officer Dr. Tonmoy Sharma will give a presentation on cognitive remediation at a continuing education luncheon on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the Center Club in Costa Mesa, California, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The talk titled, "Un-frying the Neurons: Reversing Cognitive Deficits in Addiction Treatment and Mental Healthwill explore how the proactive application of cognitive remediation methodologies can be valuable tools in reversing the deficits left behind by the use of harmful substances and can also improve cognitive deficits caused by mental illnesses.
Noted Ash Bhatt, M.D., Sovereign Health Group's Chief Medical Officer, "As the scientific and treatment communities have come to understand and recognize addiction as a disease, Tonmoy Sharma's presentation will help to better understand the influence illicit drugs and alcohol have on the pathogenesis of disease severity and cognitive deficits. Equally critical are the potential benefits of certain treatments, such as cognitive remediation, on reversing these deficits."
Dr. Tonmoy Sharma has been recognized with numerous awards, honors and grants for his work in advancing mental health and its treatments in the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asia. In 2009, Dr. Sharma helped to found the Sovereign Health Group, one of the country's leading behavioral health treatment companies, which now operates nine treatment facilities throughout the United States.
This presentation will provide one continuing education (C.E.) credit (free to all attendees) and is approved for one contact hour by the California Board of Registered Nursing and meets the qualifications for one C.E. credit per the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) and the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)

Introducing Kevin F. Gallagher, Chief Financial Officer

Kevin F. Gallagher joined Sovereign Health Group on March 22 as the company's chief financial officer. With an MBA from Farleigh Dickinson University, he has over three decades of financial and operational managerial experience, including a decade as the CFO and COO of a Los Angeles-based distributor of health and wellness products. He also held financial executive positions at Nestle USA, Inc. and Witco Chemical Corp. We spoke with Mr. Gallagher at his office at Sovereign Health, San Clemente, California.

My role as Sovereign's CFO

The multi-dimensional role of a Chief Financial Officer extends much farther than that of just handling finances. It involves working with every aspect of the organization and understanding and prioritizing the respective needs and goals, ensuring that the needs of each little piece of the organization are being funded and accommodated to yield the maximum benefit.
M E D I C A L  N E W S

The Sovereign Health Group is pleased to release its editorial campaign "Unlocking the Black Box of Schizophrenia." This series will explore the biological origins, symptoms and stigma associated with schizophrenia. This month-long campaign is designed to promote schizophrenia awareness during the month of May, which is designated as Mental Health Month, and in observance of Schizophrenia Awareness Week from May 17 through May 23. Our coverage includes investigative reporting, educational articles, infographics and interactive elements such as slideshows.

Track this story and future campaigns at the Sovereign Health Group website, and on Facebook or LinkedIn. You can also follow us on Twitter and track the discussion by searching for #mentalblackbox, #AskSovereign and #SovTalk  

Researchers Identify Schizophrenia's Strongest Genetic Link 

Schizophrenia is a psychiatric illness that affects roughly 1 in every 100 adults. To put this into perspective, you are more likely to develop schizophrenia than to win the lottery, even if you buy over 130,000 tickets.

7 Myths About Schizophrenia

Few mental disorders are as misunderstood as schizophrenia. When we turn on the television, we're saturated with images of unpredictable "psychotic" villains. The word "schizo" is an insult that might be heard in a high school hallway. People with schizophrenia are often discriminated against, in part because most of the public doesn't understand what schizophrenia really is.

Interview: Contemporary Issues In The Diagnosis and Management Of Schizophrenia
Q&A featuring Ashish Bhatt, M.D., the Sovereign Health Group's chief medical officer

Until a cure for schizophrenia is developed, clinicians will be challenged to manage patients with schizophrenia by minimizing morbidity and mortality and maximizing quality of life. Staying informed about changes in treatment protocols and advances in neuroscience are integral to providing optimal care. From laboratory benches to patients' bedsides, experts in neuroscience are striving to improve the lives of people afflicted with schizophrenia and their families.

Such advances have led to changes in diagnostic criteria, psychopharmacology and more effective psychotherapeutic techniques. In addition, novel approaches to the diagnosis and management of schizophrenia are emerging through progress in neuroimaging, genetics, bioelectromagnetics and drug delivery systems. Models are also emerging to streamline delivery of coordinated, multidisciplinary care to this population.

To get a sense of the state of the science in schizophrenia diagnosis and management, we asked Dr. Ashish Bhatt, chief medical officer of the Sovereign Health Group, to explain how contemporary issues in the field relate to his clinical practice. An expert in the field of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry and neurology as well as addiction medicine, Dr. Bhatt also explains how developmental differences and substances affect patients with schizophrenia and how clinicians can provide safe and effective care.
SlideShare: Schizophrenia: Where Science and Myth Converge

Schizophrenia is a disease that is sorely misunderstood in the minds of the general population. The science behind treating this disease is moving forward, but misinformation has kept schizophrenia in the fog of myth.
F E A T U R E  N E W S

The latest installment examines the evolution of American drug policy. It looks back to the first steps made by the government to restrict potentially dangerous drugs from public consumption. It follows this path through the War on Drugs to the present day, where a growing movement has begun advocating prevention and treatment as a superior alternative to enforcement and incarceration. Read more in the article titled, "The Criminalization of Addiction" here: 

Going "Beyond Schizophrenia" To Combat Stigma and Spread Knowledge

Schizophrenia is a complicated and commonly misunderstood mental health disorder. Often mixed up with multiple personality disorder, schizophrenia symptoms often entail:
  • Auditory and visual hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Disorganized thinking and speech
  • An inability to function normally (e.g. showing emotion through facial expression)
The thing is though that this information is available. Current research continues to dive deeper into the minute details of the "how" and "why" of the disorder, and yet society continues to struggle with looking beyond stereotypes and seeing the reality of what schizophrenia is.

It is worst for those dealing with the disorder and their loved ones. 

 T E S T I M O N I A L S

Megan - Schizophrenia and Substance Abuse Treatment at Sovereign Health Group
 L E T T E R S  T O  T H E  E D I T O R

We now welcome letters to the editor in response to any of our articles on any topic in the behavioral health field. Letters cannot be longer than 200 words and should be submitted to news@sovhealth.com Please list your full name with academic credentials, organization, what your official title is, which department you work in, email address and phone number. Submissions that do not include this information cannot be published. Letters may be edited for space or style and will appear in our external, internal and continuing care newsletters. You will be contacted if your letter is a candidate for publication. We look forward to reading your work. Read an example here: 

E V E N T S  A N D  W E B I N A R S 

Webinar : Preventive and Therapeutic Interventions:  Treating the Whole Person with Integrative Care 

Presented by Joseph Rapahel, Dr.P.H., F.A.C.A.L.M., M.B.A., M.D., L.M.F.T. 

Interdisciplinary treatment approaches consider the biological, social/environmental, personality/emotional and spiritual variables that maintain an addiction.  Addiction manifests chronic maladaptive ways of coping.  Integrative care means that there is time to develop a relationship with the client in an environment conducive to healing. Register for the Wednesday, May 18th free online webinar at:

Event: Trauma And Addiction

Presented by Suzanne S. Drury, Ph.D. 

This seminar will focus on the traumatic roots of addiction and will address how we acknowledge addiction in a trauma informed way. Register for the Thursday, May 19th continuing education and networking event at the Sovereign Health Group's Chandler, Arizona location here:

Event: Sovereign Health of San Diego 
Announces Networking Event to Launch 
Adolescent Eating Disorder Program

Presented By Anthony J. Mele, Psy.D.  Janet Whitney, M.A., L.M.F.T.,  & Jade Recchia, R.D.N.

On Tuesday, May 24, 2016, Sovereign Health of San Diego will host a special event to introduce its new Eating Disorder program for adolescents.The event, which takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., will include special presentations by Sovereign Health Group's Chief Clinical Officer, Anthony Mele, Psy.D.; Janet Whitney, L.M.F.T., Sovereign Health of San Clemente's Eating Disorder Program Director; and Jade Recchia, R.D.N., Sovereign Health of San Diego's Registered Dietitian. Lunch will be provided for this complimentary event. Guests will also be invited to tour the facility and eating disorder house. Register for the open house here.

Video: Doing Business with the Inner Critic: How Using Action Can Help Quiet Those Little Voices In Your Head

Presented by Jean Campbell, at the Center Club in Costa Mesa, California 

Sovereign Health Group hosted a continuing education and networking event at the Center Club in Costa Mesa, Calif., titled, "Doing Business with the Inner Critic: How Using Action Can Help Quiet Those Little Voices in Your Head." Neurobiological research shows that shame and other negative criticisms can hold a place in the body as well as in the brain, but they cannot be easily accessed or healed through positive affirmations and speaking alone. Watch the video from the continuing education event here:
N E W S  A R C H I V E S

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S O V E R E I G N  I N  T H E  N E W S 

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P S Y C H O L O G Y  T O D A Y

Traumatic Brain Injury: The Invisible Illness: How A Single Concussion Can Change Your Life
-By Ralph Ryback, M.D., and Courtney Lopresti, M.S., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group

Most of us are aware of the controversy surrounding concussions and football players - specifically, football players receive concussion after concussion, ultimately retiring from their careers with higher rates of depression, memory loss and even suicide


After a Terrorist Attack: History Shows That Human Resilience Wins Over Terror
-By Ralph Ryback, M.D., and Kristen Fuller, M.D., senior staff writer for Sovereign Health Group

As a human race, we are resilient. We can become broken, beaten, pushed, bombed and shot, yet still manage to survive physically, emotionally and mentally.
S O V E R E I G N  U P D A T E S 

Sovereign Health Group Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month 2016

Sovereign Health of San Diego Announces Open House to Launch New Eating Disorder Program

Judy Sylvia Joins Sovereign Health Group as Senior Director, National Admissions Strategy

Lorna Pham, Psy.D., Joins Sovereign Health Group as Director of Compliance

Sovereign Health of Chandler Announces New Phase of Trauma Program

Sovereign Health Recognizes Schizophrenia Awareness Week 2016
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"Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Responds to Youth Rx Abuse with 'BREAKING POINTS' Short Film"- Partnership for Drug Free Kids

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