Speaker Bio & Presentations

JD Kalmenson

Special Speaker

Rabbi Yekesie (JD)Kalmenson

JD Kalmenson is the CEO/Founder of Renewal Health Group, a family of addiction treatment centers, and Montare Behavioral Health, a luxury brand of mental health treatment facilities in Southern California.  Kalmenson is a skilled facilitator, teacher, counselor, and speaker, and his diverse work experience as a rabbi, chaplain, and CEO has informed his multifaceted understanding of effective mental health treatment and long-term sobriety. Kalmenson is a Yale Chabad Scholar, and has provided chaplain services to prisons, local groups, and remote villages throughout the world. Through his outreach and service, Kalmenson witnessed the lethal effects of mental health disorders and chemical dependency, often providing a combination of counseling, guidance, and therapy to the individuals he served. His work inspired his mission to create and develop a world-class behavioral healthcare company, one with the vision of not only providing treatment, but of transforming the landscape of mental health and chemical dependency. Kalmenson is currently working on developing a system of care called the Discovery Model, which will further tailor both treatment and aftercare to each client’s unique background and needs.

Presentations & Workshops

Reconceptualizing Relapse Prevention: Addressing Patients’ Unique Needs

In this presentation, participants will analyze the importance of understanding a client’s unique background for successful relapse prevention. We will review current relapse prevention research and data to will examine effective strategies and approaches, as well as perceived gaps in knowledge, practice, and patient outcomes. Kalmenson will introduce his emerging Discovery Model – which envisions a next step forward in relapse prevention. Informed by the successes and failures reflected in research data, the Discovery Model offers a new holistic lens for viewing optimized patient outcomes based off of individualized treatment strategies. Research suggests that a critical element of relapse prevention is the identification of clients’ unique high-risk situations (Witkiewitz & Marlatt, 2007), and as such, the Discovery model proposes grouping relapse stressors into three categories: unresolved mental health, circumstantial, and intrinsic. Participants will examine the most effective and specialized strategies for reducing stressors and increasing patient outcomes for each unique category.

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