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Bill W. Documentary Screening

Posted 9/26/12 (Wed)

The Heartview Foundation along with American Bank Center, Mental Health America of North Dakota and the Governor's Prevention Advisory Council on Drugs and Alcohol sponsored a very successful Recovery Month event - the screening of "Bill W." a new documentary about the life of AA founder Bill Wilson. The 1st screening of the movie in North and South Dakota at the Grand 15 Theater.

The Bill W. documentary on September 24, 2012 was a sold out event with over 220 people in attendance. It gave those in recovery a special venue to come together for the one time showing of this event. As the event occurred in our local movie theatre, it gave everyone in attendance an opportunity to bond with each other while viewing the life story of someone who greatly influenced recovery and blazed a trail for others to follow.  The event also included an expert panel to address questions following the film. This allowed the experts to educate those in attendance on current substance use trends and treatment practices. The film helped to reduce stigma by recognizing the incredible accomplishments of Bill W. Time Magazine recognized Bill W. as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century.

The panel was comprised of: (from right to left)

- Professor Jim Renner , Chairperson, Department Behavioral Sciences University of Mary Jim plans the curriculum for Social Work & Addiction Counseling Majors. He has served on the ND Board of Addiction Counseling Examiners for 20 yrs. He also teaches a class on AA.

- Kurt Snyder, MMGT, LAC, LSW the Executive Director at the Heartview Foundation.

- JoAnne Hoesel, is director of the Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse, Department of Human Services.  In this position since 2004, JoAnne is also chair of the Governor's Prevention Advisory Council on Drugs & Alcohol.  JoAnne advocates for enhancing and growing recovery supports in ND and was instrumental in starting the Department's Recovery Council and Telephone Recovery Support Program.  In her role as the chairperson for the Prevention Council, she works to provide opportunities for people to take action to bring change to the state's underage drinking and binge drinking culture.

- Dr. Melissa Henke the Medical Director at the Heartview Foundation she is a double boarded psychiatrist and internal medicine doctor in Bismarck.

- Tom Regan, a native of Milwaukee, has been a North Dakotan for over 30 years. He works at Kat Communications and serves on several boards, including Mental Health America, North Dakota. He also is working on his Addiction Counseling degree at Univ. of Mary.


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