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Two Centerstone Employees Honored during 12th Annual Biennial Conference of the American Re-Education Association

Centerstone helps host national conference celebrating 50th anniversary of Re-ED

Nashville, Tenn. – Centerstone, the nation’s leading not-for-profit provider of community-based mental health and addiction services, and its leadership hosted the 12th Biennial Conference of the American Re-Education (Re-ED) Association (AREA) in Nashville, Tenn. on July 23-24. During the event, two Centerstone staff members, Ashleigh Hall and Michelle Miller, were honored with Teacher-Counselor of the Year awards.

Based on 12 principles and founded by Dr. Nicholas Hobbs, Re-ED is a philosophy for working with youth who have emotional and/or behavioral disorders. Based on research and best practices, it is a systematic approach helping guide child development and mental health professionals in their work with children and families, helping create collaborative and supportive relationships and a healthy environment in which they can thrive.

“It was an honor to bring this important event back to Nashville, where the philosophy of Re-ED began in the 1960s and to celebrate the great impact organizations like Centerstone have had on so many young people by implementing the Re-ED principles,” said John Page, Chief Operating Officer for Specialty Services at Centerstone and Co-Chair of the 2012 AREA Conference.

During the recent Re-ED conference, which celebrated 50 years of the philosophy, 22 individuals were honored as Teacher-Counselors of the Year, including two staff from Centerstone. Teacher-Counselors are committed to the well-being of children and to the proposition that children with behavioral problems can be helped by the process of re-education.

The Centerstone Teacher-Counselors of the Year honorees are Ashleigh Hall, an Outreach Specialist for Centerstone’s Prevention Services and Michelle Miller, a home visitor for Centerstone’s Healthy Families program.

“Both of these ladies are so deserving of this esteemed award,” said Page. “Every day, they go above and beyond in their duties, spearheading programs, overcoming challenges and advocating for children and their families in need, all while displaying the principles of Re-ED in everything they do. We’re proud they’re part of the Centerstone team.”

The American Re-EDucation Association (AREA), established in 1982, helps child development and intervention professionals in their work with troubled and troubling children & youth and their families. AREA members are people just like you, dedicated to working with children who have emotional and/or behavioral problems, creating collaborative and supportive relationships with their families, and contributing to the development of a healthier, more effective ecology for each of them.



Standing, l to r: Rebecka Warren, Coordinator for Centerstone School-Based Services; Debbie Cambridge, Mental Health Liaison for Centerstone School-Based Services; and Elizabeth Porter, Coordinator for Centerstone School-Based Services.
Sitting, l to r: Melaton Bass-Shelton, Clinic Manager of Centerstone’s Child and Youth Specialty Clinic; Andrea Sonnabend, Coordinator for Centerstone School-Based Services; Kara Merriam, Senior Clinician at Centerstone.



Ashleigh Hall, Outreach Specialist for Centerstone Prevention Services and winner of the Teacher-Counselor of the Year Award and Camille Lashlee, Program Manager for Centerstone Prevention Services.



A time capsule, created by AREA in 1982 that was opened at the recent 2012 AREA conference, which celebrated 50 years of Re-ED.



Beth Hail, Director for Centerstone School-Based Services and Gino DeSalvatore, Director of Centerstone Residential and Academy Services.



John Page, Chief Operating Officer of Specialty Services for Centerstone and Co- Chair of the 12th Biennial Conference of the American Re-Education (Re-ED) Association (AREA).



Ashleigh Hall, Outreach Specialist for Centerstone Prevention Services accepting her Teacher-Counselor of the Year Award.

About Centerstone

Centerstone, a not-for-profit organization, has provided a wide range of mental health and addiction services to people of all ages for more than 55 years. Through more than 50 facilities and 160 partnership locations across Middle Tennessee, Centerstone serves 50,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors each year. Centerstone is accredited by CARF International. For more information about Centerstone, please call 888-291-4357 or visit www.centerstone.org.