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Release Date: 01.12.2018 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Caron Treatment Centers

Caron Treatment Centers - Atlanta: Do Boundaries Really Work?

Caron Atlanta, 1200 Ashwood Parkway, Atlanta 30338, Saturday, 1/20/18, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

There are many different types of boundaries and they are used in several different ways. They can be personal, physical, and emotional. Boundaries communicate needs, preferences, expectations, consequences, and limits. They convey self-esteem, values, and self-respect. Yet, at times, boundaries do not appear to be effective, especially during emotional times of crisis. Many are constantly challenged, tested, manipulated, and even ignored. Others are well intentioned but misconstrued by others. They may say one thing but mean another. Some boundaries are clearly stated but personal actions convey a different message.

Despite the complexity of the process, boundaries can be effective. Healthy boundaries create a gateway to open communication, self- awareness, and authenticity. This interactive session will detail the purpose of boundaries and provide insight into the traps that render boundaries ineffective. The program will delve into techniques to develop, communicate, and maintain effective boundaries. So, yes, boundaries really do work!


Vanessa Sommer, MA, CADC, ICADC, is a Family Counselor at Caron. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Alvernia University, where she studied Clinical Psychology and Addiction Counseling. She continued her education at Rosemont College, receiving a Master’s Degree in Community and Applied Clinical Psychology. Vanessa began her career working as an in-home family counselor, assisting families in rebuilding their relationships after extended separation events, developing parent education programs and implementing family workshops. Since joining the team at Caron in 2004, she has worked extensively with families impacted by addiction. She has particular expertise working with the families of Older Adults, Healthcare Professionals, and parents of Young Adults. She is an experienced public speaker and presents on Addiction as a Disease, Recovery and Relapse, Family Dynamics, and Addiction as well as Communication and Boundaries. Vanessa was a principal member of the Young Adult Program Family Education Program at its inception. Vanessa currently leads the Primary Women, Health Care Professionals, and Older Adults Family Education Program at Caron. She is passionate about addiction education and family recovery.

Dean Monteleone, MS, LPC, CAADC, CCDP, NCC is the Clinical Director for Caron Atlanta’s outpatient program – the Atlanta regions’ longest freestanding Intensive Outpatient program for Teens and Young Adults. Over the course of his career, Dean has worked directly with adults, teens and families affected by addiction, cancer, mental health issues and intellectual developmental disabilities as well as the unique challenges faced by healthcare professionals struggling with their own self-care. Dean was an instrumental part of the original Caron team that launched the My First Year of Recovery Aftercare Program. He provided assessment, consultation and monitoring services to patients and their families for up to four years following their discharge from primary treatment. Dean earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, his Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University and has been a Licensed Professional Counselor in PA since 2005.

$25.00 Registration fee is required.

Supported by the Catherine Caron Fund and the generosity of Lauren & Jay Springer.


Contact Info

Contact Name: Nancy Zintak

Company: Caron Treatment Centers

Phone: (404) 805-1442