Upcoming Events

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Ministry Leader Forum - Zoom Meeting on the First Thursday Monthly


Discussion Topic: Ways to decrease overwhelm during the holidays as a ministry leader.

This is for anyone in a church ministry leader position: pastor, youth/children leader, music minister, women's ministry leader, home group leaders, recovery group leaders, pastoral staff and pastoral interns, etc.


This forum will give you the ability to introduce yourself and what type of ministry you lead, followed by a 20-30 min interactive discussion around a relevant mental health topic to provide information and resources to you and those you serve.


Discussion Led by Carrie Breedlove MS, LPC, CRC at Breedlove Counseling

Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite and Celia Brannon from Promises

Worship Music by Lisa Veneralla with Seacrest Recovery Center

Hope Rising Conference

Out of the Belly of the Whale 

Fri, January 21, 2022
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM CST


In Honor of Pastor John Hereford
The Woodlands First Baptist Church
11801 Grogan’s Mill Rd, The Woodlands, TX 77386

General Admission and Professionals Needing CEUs  PARTICIPANT – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


Sponsorship Opportunities   SPONSOR – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Hosted by
The Woodlands First Baptist Church
Houston Area Spiritual Care Network

Mosiacs of Mercy
Behavioral Health & Suicide Prevention Task Force of Montgomery County

Hope rising

Recorded Events
See the complete library on our YouTube Channel

SCN Webinar - Spirituality in Recovery - SPIRITUALITY CANNOT BE TAUGHT OR GIFTED
Presentation by Jessica Gibson LPC-S and Russell Gibson
Co-Founder of Counseling and Recovery Guidance
Zoom provided by Starlite Recovery Center

1. Examine foundations of spirituality in early recovery
2. Discuss ways to support spiritual growth for persons in recovery
3. Explore personal experiences, biases, and hopes for spirituality in recovery

Transforming the Therapy Process through Horses
By Melanie E. Flint, LCSW, CGP, EAP; Founder & Clinical Director of JEM Wellness & Counseling
Hosted by Eric Ayles and Kim Livesay
I will introduce what Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is and the diagnoses, disorders, challenges and client populations we see most beneficial. We will discover why horses are utilized in this treatment modality, and then I will explain the treatment structure, treatment team roles and share testimonials from those who have engaged in EAP.

SCN Webinar: How Sex and Love Addiction Impacts the LGBTQI Community

Presentation by Joni Ogle, LCSW, CSAT
CEO of Transcend Recovery Community

Zoom provided by Starlite Recovery Center
Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite, Jeanne Vandervort from Transcend
and Kim Livesay from La Hacienda

The Art of Spiritual Discernment

Presentation by Lisa Veneralla
Zoom provided by Starlite Recovery Center

August 20th at Noon

1 - To acquire tools for discerning difficult decisions
2 - To learn the importance and art of intuitive thinking
3 - Discernment in prayer

SCN Webinar: Understanding the Black Indigenous Experience: Insight into the Past, Present and Future of Behavioral Health

Presentation by Helena Washington, M.Ed., LCDC, ICADC, MAC

Codependency or Love Thy Neighbor
Presentation by Michele V. Arney, PhD., LPC., NBCC from Resurgence Behavioral Health

June 18 2021

The topic of codependency is deep and vast. Codependency is a topic that can be uncomfortable and complicated. Although most families have some level of codependency, very few know how to identify it. The goal for this presentation is for participants to feel empowered, inspired and informed around the difference between loving people and enabling.

SCN Webinar - The Split Soul: Identity, Purpose and Destiny.

Presentation by Claudette Morgan-Scott, Ph.D.

Friday, May 19, Noon - 1:00

by the Spiritual Care Network
Zoom provided by Starlite Recovery Center
Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite Recovery Center and Hena Hafizullah

Spirituality and Gratitude in Recovery

by Rev Dr Elizabeth Hulford from Timberline Knolls

Summary: This presentation aims to educate and enlighten professionals in the role of spirituality in mental health counseling and recovery. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of gratitude within spirituality and how gratitude as a practice can assist professionals in connecting with their clients and enhancing their recovery experience. The presentation will conclude with an experiential activity meant to connect the professional with an individual experience of gratitude, thus demonstrating the ease and availability of spiritual connection with gratitude in therapeutic practice.

Zoom provided by Starlite Recovery Center


Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite Recovery 

Kim Livesay, LCDC from La Hacienda Treatment Center

Diane Faison-Roe from Timberline Knolls

The Hard Questions They Ask

"If God's so powerful, why won't he fix me?"

"If He's so merciful/good, why did this happen to me?"

by Lee Goff, BA,MBA

Facilities Director at Acendus Behavioral Health

Friday March 19

Post Traumatic Growth

Dr Jason Powers

Chief Medical Officer at Positive Recovery

Recorded February 19, 2021

Dr. Jason ZW Powers, MD, MAPP, is the creator of the Positive Recovery©
approach to treating addiction. In addition he serves as Chief Medical Officer of Positive Recovery Centers.  He is a member of the Editorial Board of Addiction Prevention and Treatment Magazine, has had blogs on Huffington Post and Psychology Today, has a private addiction medicine practice in Houston, Texas and works as an interventionist.

Gender Differences in Mental Health

by Kristina Zetlmeisl, LCSW, LCDC
Clinical Director at Serenity Light Recovery

Recorded Jan 22, 2021

Kristina attended the University of Houston, obtaining her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Masters in Social Work. She is also a LCDC and has been trained in EMDR for both trauma & addiction. Kristina has been a part of the recovery community for over a decade. Her personal struggles with addiction ignited in her a passion to help others. Kristina worked as Serenity Light Recovery's Program Coordinator for 4 years and has been the Clinical Director for 1 year. She has recently added a new addition to her family, baby Max. Kristina has a love for laughter and life and in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family and loves offshore fishing.

Ethical Considerations in Individualizing Care After SUD Treatment.

By Dan Caldwell, MA, LCDC-CCS, CCTP, NCIP, LPC Associate

Recorded Dec 18, 2020

Hosted by Eric Ayles and Kim Livesay

Dan holds a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling and is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor – Certified Clinical Supervisor (LCDC - CCS), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Nationally Certified Intervention Professional (NCIP), and a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC Associate), that has worked in the field of addiction recovery for a decade with much of that time spent at one of the local Houston area treatment centers.  Along with a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, Dan has completed certification courses offered from Yale University and Johns Hopkins University and is currently providing services as an adjunct professor at University of St. Thomas.

“Have you seen my MRI?…I Neeeeeed These Meds for Pain”
- Real-World Help for Treating Addiction Patients with Chronic Pain

Recorded Nov 20 

Hosted by Eric Ayles and Kim Livesay

Presentation by Dr Michael Sprintz

Dr. Sprintz is one of an elite tier of physicians who are triple board-certified in Pain Medicine, Addiction Medicine, and Anesthesiology. Having trained at some of the most prestigious institutions in the US, including Johns Hopkins and MD Anderson Cancer Center, along with his unique personal and professional experience, Dr. Sprintz is a subject matter expert in chronic pain and addiction and serves as a consultant to the FDA’s Analgesic and Anesthetic Drug Products Advisory Committee.

Modern day medicine has made the spiritual foundation of 12 step recovery obsolete.  Fact or fiction?
by Dr James Boone 

October 16, 2020

Hosted by Eric Ayles and Kim Livesay


Dr. James Boone has served at La Hacienda Treatment Center since 2004. He graduated with honors in 1984 from Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and did his internal medicine internship and residency at Baylor University Medical Center. He earned his board certification in internal medicine in 1987 and began his career in his family’s private practice in Pasadena, Texas. In 2004, he joined Dan Boone in the full-time practice of addiction medicine in Hunt. A member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine, he is board certified in addiction medicine.

Story of Hope by Sara Bolton and Judge Bonnie Hellums 


Zoom Meeting Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite Recovery

Join us as we hear the story of Sarah Bolton, her journey to recovery and the judge that helped her get there. The Honorable Judge Bonnie Hellums served over 20 years as the judge of the 247th Family District Court in Harris County. She started a Family Drug Court and Infants and Toddlers court in Harris County. Originally a therapist, she worked hard to attain her law degree, and changed many lives in Houston as a result. Sarah and Judge Bonnie will tell their story of how God brought them together and the journey that began as a result

Sarah Bolton has worked in the addiction field for 4 years in business development and is a mindful art facilitator. She is the founder of Sober Eve, Houston’s only alcohol-free, pop up nightclub for New Year’s Eve. She is also an active member of the local recovery community. Sarah has been a board member of the Spiritual Care Network and an active member of TAAP since entering the industry.

Healing the Mind, Body and Spirit with Biosound® Therapy

Presenters: Rick Gallant CEO Chris Gallant COO

Guest Panelist Christine Brannan M.Ed., LPC, LCDC, owner of Relaxing Rhythm Sound Spa

For over ten years Biosound Technologies has served Addiction Treatment and Mental Health Professionals in helping patients cope with stress, depression, anxiety and many other symptoms.
Biosound Technologies is honored to have been invited to introduce this technology to the critical and important work that the Spiritual Care Network of professionals is providing to their communities.

Zoom Sponsored by Eric Ayles from Starlite Recovery Center

Hosted by Kim Livesay from La Hacienda

Jamie McKibben from Life Giving Life

Bridging the Gap Between Mental Health and Faith

Friday Sept 4th

Self Balance and Worship Time 
Inspirational Words by Pastor Michael Head

Worship Music Led by Lisa Veneralla from Lakeview Health

Zoom Meeting Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite Recovery



The Problem of the Plague

by Dr Paul Looney, teaching pastor at the Woodlands Church

Recorded Friday, Aug 21


Zoom Meeting Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite Recovery

The Bible is full of examples of people who overcome difficult situations. Some are traumatized by their situation (PTSD) and others are resilient (PTG). Dr. Paul Looney's wisdom of Biblical principle as a pastor, and clinical insight as a psychiatrist, will lead him in discussing the different outcomes that life challenges (like COVID-19) can have on individuals and society, and how we can help others navigate.


"How to make stress your friend" Kelly McGonigal on ted.com
Mind Over Medicine - Lissa Rankin (also on ted.com)
The Happiness Hypothesis - Jonathan Haight
The Body Keeps the Score -  Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Redirect - the surprising new science of psychological change - Timothy Wilson, PhD

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How Not to be a "Snake-Oil Salesman": Marketing Ethics by Brooke Martin

Recorded Friday, Aug 7, Noon - 1:00
Zoom Meeting Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite Recovery

Ethical marketing is imperative, especially in the mental health and substance abuse industry. According to the Ethical Standards for Counselors, Social Workers and other licensed professionals in the mental health and substance abuse field, the ethical presentation of abilities and scope of practice is essential. Brooke Martin has over 25 years of experience in corporate marketing in the industry and believes that every business has its own unique story to be found, and that story can be the key to successful marketing. Join Brooke to learn the history of healthcare marketing and how to find your story, as well as Biblical principles to guide and motivate you.

Addiction from an ER Physician's Perspective: Clinical and Spiritual Insight

by Jake Mumm MD, Medical Director of Olive Branch Recovery


Free 1 Hour CEU coordinated by Brooke Martin PR

Zoom Meeting Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite Recovery

Recorded July 24, 2020

 As an ER Physician and a man of faith, Dr. Jake Mumm has seen many of the worst moments in people's lives, including addiction crises in patients and their families. His perspective led him to take action. During this presentation he will share his observation and insights, as well as clinical information about addiction. 


Webinar Topic: Socially Distant, but Spiritually Deep: Nurturing the Anxious Soul Through Uncertainty  

Presentation By Carrie Breedlove, MS, LPC, CRC

Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite Recovery Center
Recorded: Apr 17, 2020 11:34 AM

Zoom Meeting Recording:


Link to the PowerPoint  Www.BreedloveCounseling.com/webinars

Webinar Topic:

Dealing with Grief from Unexpected Loss and Disappointment

by David Bueno Martin, MA, LPC-S

From Martin Counseling

Friday, June 5, Noon - 1:00

Free 1 Hour CEU coordinated by Brooke Martin

Zoom Meeting Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite Recovery

Keeping Mental Health Professionals and Spiritual Leaders Healthy in Mind, Body and Soul

Self Balance and Worship Time
Recorded on Friday, May 15
Inspirational Words by Speaker/Author Chris Padgett
Worship Music Led by Lisa Veneralla from Lakeview Health
Zoom Meeting Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite Recovery


Spiritual Perspectives in Personality Functioning

by Vaughn M. Bryant, III, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC-S, LCDC-CCS

Recorded on Friday, June 19, Noon - 1:00

Zoom Meeting Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite Recovery


Summary of Workshop: The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 5th Edition (DSM-5) provides an alternative model for understanding personality functioning and personality disorders. Sacred texts also provide descriptions of personality virtues and vices that have similarity to traits presented in the DSM-5.  This presentation will examine the concept of personality functioning in the DSM-5 with the concept of vice and virtue in sacred text to construct an integration of mental healthcare and spiritual care for the treatment of impaired personality functioning.


Bio: . Dr. Vaughn M. Bryant, III is a Mental Health Specialist at J. Flowers Health Institute in Houston, Texas. The J. Flowers Health Institute specializes in comprehensive diagnostic evaluations and concierge wellness programs. Dr. Bryant is licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT-S), Professional Counselor (LPC-S) and Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC-CCS). He also holds Approved Supervisor status on all three of those professional license boards. His career has included three decades of clinical service, clinical education and executive management experience in large corporate healthcare settings, substance use disorder treatment centers, a large military hospital, clinical pastoral care and as a professor in higher education.

Presentation and Handout


Bridging the Gap Between Mental Health and Faith

Self Balance and Worship Time 
Inspirational Words by Nicole Goodman from Black Pearl Blue Hope

Worship Music Led by Lisa Veneralla from Lakeview Health

Zoom Meeting Hosted by Eric Ayles from Starlite Recovery