Second Saturday Workshops

Recovery Enrichment Workshops

Second Saturday workshops are free to all members of the community and focus on addiction and recovery. National and local speakers present on current topics of interest ranging from Eating Disorders to Self Care and Boundaries to Soul-Based Psychology to In-depth Focus on Step Work and much more.

Workshops are held from 10 AM to 12 PM the second Saturday of each month (except December) at:

Austin Recovery
8402 Cross Park Drive
Austin, Texas, 78754

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Two hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are offered to chemical dependency professionals with LCDC, ADC, LMFT, LCSW and LMSW certifications as approved by DSHS and TCBAP.

For any questions on Second Saturday, feel free to email Ramona Cruz-Peters at

Next Workshop:

April 12, 2014
10 a.m. to Noon

“Science of High-Risk Behavior: Integration of Neuroscience in Counseling Practice”

In this presentation, learn how the teenage brain processes information at different stages of development in order to create a roadmap for group process that increases the prefrontal cortex skills of group members. Traumatic events and drug or alcohol abuse can delay the brain's developmental growth, a state commonly called arrested development. Teens who suffer from this arrest may present a challenge in treatment centers or private practice groups due to their lack of insight and processing ability. Adolescent parents and group facilitators can increase these skills in their teen group members by adding specific skills building activities and directives during psychotherapy group. Presentation participants will learn how to identify developmental deficits in their adolescent clients and develop a road map for lifting this developmental arrest.

Presented by Crystal Collier, PhD, LPC-S Director of the Behavioral Health Institute The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston

Crystal has been working with adolescents and adults suffering from mental illness, behavior disorders, and substance abuse since 1991. She has been licensed by the State of Texas as a professional counselor since 1999 and counselor supervisor since 2008. Her area of expertise includes adolescent development, prevention, anger management, independent living skills, trauma resolution, DBT, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family of origin, and counselor education and supervision. Crystal is currently the Director of the Behavioral Health Institute and the Choices Prevention Program for The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston. She provides individually tailored therapy that address a person’s cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual development. At, The Council Crystal offers psychotherapy groups, parent and teen groups, individual, family, and couples therapy.

Upcoming Workshops:

May 10, 2014

Presented by Greg Liotta, MSW, CAC-p.