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Dr Tony Rao is an honorary lecturer at King’s College London and a consultant psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust on the elderly and alcohol. Over the past 13 years, he has published widely on the subject of alcohol misuse in older people. He was visiting Professor of Addiction in Older People at London South Bank University from 2010-2012 and is a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry. He was also co-author of The Royal College of Psychiatrists Report Our Invisible Addicts in 2011. He has acted as a specialist advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse, the Institute of Alcohol Studies and Alcohol Concern. He received a Clinical Governance award from his Trust in 2007 for work on service development for dual diagnosis (alcohol misuse accompanying other mental disorders) and helped to set up the first dual diagnosis working group for older people there. He is chair of the Substance Misuse in Older People Working Group at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and co-author for a book on older people and substance misuse. Mandy Saligari MSc, Fdap and NCAC (accred) is founder and executive/clinical director of Charter Harley Street. She came into treatment in 1990 after working as a TV producer. Earning her stripes in group work and interventions, and showing a particular flair for family work, Mandy began to lecture as part of the PSHE provision in independent schools on addiction, emotional coping mechanisms and self-esteem. Around the same time, she took on clients wanting to get well from addiction, earning a reputation for clinical excellence, delivering thorough recovery outcomes. 20 years on, and specialising in individuals and families affected by broad-spectrum addiction and addictive processes, Mandy is a relationship and parenting expert, a straight-talking speaker – and presenter of Channel 5’s TV series Violent Children, Desperate Parents (see pages 26-27 of accompanying journal). Paul Spanjar has been CEO of Providence Projects since 2013, after working there in a comprehensive range of roles since 2002. The Providence Projects, established in 1996, is a residential detox and rehab centre based in Bournemouth. It offers all aspects of the journey from detox through to aftercare and reintegration with bespoke and tailored packages available to suit the individual. Importantly, Providence Projects has been treating intervened-patients for some years so is familiar with their specific needs and requirements, and the procedures which rehabs need to put in place to admit these patients. It has also identified what interventionists need to know about what differentiates their clients from others after being admitted to treatment, so that their intervenedpatients’ have improved outcomes for long-term recovery. Bill Stevens is a Certified Intervention Professional and the cofounder of RedChair, an addiction intervention company which operates across the UK and Europe. He is a full member of the Association Of Intervention Professionals, and is its UK liaison. Bill has 16 years’ experience as a psychotherapist, working with behavioural and substance addictions; for over 10 years he was employed at The Priory Group as an addictions counsellor. He often appears on TV and radio. Steve Valle is president of AdCare CJ Services, and a recognised leader and international expert in the addiction, criminal justice and mental-health fields. In 1993, He was nominated by Senator Harold Hughes to serve as director of the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in the Clinton Administration. In 2009, he was invited to address the UK Parliament regarding prison reform and addiction issues. Steve is founder of Accountability Training®, a behaviour change model for offenders with addiction, author of over a dozen journal articles and the text, Alcoholism Counseling: Issues for an Emerging Profession, and editor of Drunk Driving in America: Strategies and Approaches to Treatment. He has served as associate editor of Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly. More panellists will be added to this list from across the UK and Europe including Richard du Plessis, Santiago Rotaeche, Philip Fisher, Daniel Gerrard... The list will be regularly updated over the coming months at www.recoveryplusdb.com. R+ programme preview: due to life, changes might occur – updates at recoveryplusdb.com


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