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Tenth Annual
Mike Townsend Leadership Academy-2015

The Michael E. Townsend Leadership Academy is a professional development opportunity for professionals in the field of Addictions. The purpose of this initiative is to develop leadership talent and skills for the future of Kentucky substance abuse prevention and treatment.

The class will be limited to 23 participants each year with half being emerging leaders and the other half consisting of highly respected, well-established leaders in their disciplines who will serve as mentors.

Participation/nomination to this prestigious class is an honor.

The Michael E. Townsend Leadership Academy will provide an excellent opportunity for future leaders to interface with those professionals who have demonstrated a true passion and dedication to the substance abuse arena. We are thrilled to be able to offer this exciting opportunity and look forward to many years of developing our future leaders.

Candidates for the Leadership Academy will complete the application to attend the Academy on a scholarship basis.

The Leadership Academy will consist of a three-day intensive workshop on July 13-15, 2015 and two follow‐up sessions throughout the year. The follow‐up sessions will be held in October 2015 and April 2016 at state parks (TBD) and will require travel on the part of participants. Participants are expected to actively participate in the Leadership Academy throughout the year. Group discussions and projects will focus on the "at work" application of leadership, experiences and lessons learned.

Topics covered will include: Creativity and Leadership; Networking, Innovation and Collaboration; Leadership Communication; Diversity, Turfism and Conflict; History of Recovery in Kentucky; Successful Messaging; and Strategic Planning.

Participants will be expected to pay for their travel and any miscellaneous expenses while attending the Leadership Academy. As a scholarship recipient, 2 nights and food vouchers will be provided.

To register for lodging for July 13-15, 2015 at Natural Bridge State Park (let them know you are with the Leadership Academy), please contact them at 800-325-1710 or online at

for submitting Participant Application and booking Lodging accommodations at Natural Bridge State Park is June 12, 2015 by 3pm est.

Please complete the survey here to be eligible for the Michael E. Townsend Leadership Academy Scholarship. Scholarship applications will be reviewed and recipients of the scholarship will be notified.
For further information or questions contact Mike Barry at PAR-People Advocating Recovery.
Thank you!

Leadership Academy is sponsored by Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Division of Behavioral Health, Adult Substance Use and Recovery Services Branch


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