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Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI-II President, Founder of ARISE®

Judith Landau, MD, DPM, LMFT, CFLE, CIP, CAI, President and CEO of Linking Human Systems, LLC, and ARISE® Network, and President of LINC Foundation, Inc., is a child, family and community neuropsychiatrist. She is a former professor of psychiatry and family medicine, who has devoted her career to developing Evidence-Based, Best Practice collaborative care family and community systems and resilience models. She enjoys overcoming challenging patient, family, business and community issues, and unraveling complex systems. Dr. Landau has consulted with addiction and mental health treatment centers, mental health professionals, consultants, organizations and interventionists around the world. Former professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester, and Senior Consultant to the Trauma Studies Program at NYU and Columbia, Dr. Landau developed the Evidence-Based, Best Practice ARISE Continuum of Care, LINC Community Resilience, and the LIFE Model. These are all clinically tested methods based on her Transitional Family Therapy model, the first integrative model of family therapy. Dr. Landau draws upon 40+ years of research and experience aimed at facilitating long-term healing for addicted individuals and their families.

Author of over 200 publications, she has taught in over 100 countries, trained more than 2000 Certified ARISE Interventionists, been principle investigator on research conducted through WHO, NIDA and NIAAA, SAMHSA and has consulted to UN, WHO, NIMH, NIDA, NIAAA, SAMHSA, CDC & P, and several international governments (including Hungary, the former Yugoslavia, Argentina, South Africa, Kosovo).

A Senior Fulbright Fellow, and Fellow of Orthopsychiatry, Association, AAMFT and NCFR, she is the recipient of awards for AAMFT’s Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Marriage and Family Therapy and AFTA’s Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy.

Dr. Landau continues to explore the interface of trauma, resilience and addiction and its interface with mental and physical health by identifying trauma that spans generations. Her current presentations and recent TEDX talk, “Family Stories, Secrets and Survival,” focus on family resilience, trauma, addiction, behavioral health, mental illness, and collaborative care. She is also an Isangoma or traditional African healer and a member of 4 Winds Indigenous Healers, an organization committed to bridging traditional wisdom and western science. Click here for CV.

Sarah Hills, LPC, CAC III, CIP, CAI-II Associate Director of ARISE® Training, Senior ARISE® Trainer and Senior ARISE® Supervisor

Sarah is a seasoned therapist, addiction counselor, and Certified ARISE® Interventionist who has specialized in helping families and individuals in the addiction treatment field in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her therapeutic approach is very client-centered and she considers herself to be a “reality-based” therapist, utilizing whichever tools seem best suited to helping the client reach their therapeutic goals. Her collective experience has allowed her to intervene with families at many levels and enabled her to work with the myriad of problems that go along with addiction. She is highly adept at helping families with dual-diagnosis. Click here for CV.

James Ott, LCSW, CIP, CAI-II Associate Director of ARISE® Service, Senior ARISE® Trainer, Senior ARISE® Supervisor

James is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified ARISE® Interventionist with a practice in Salt Lake City, Utah that focuses on helping individuals and families with mental health and addiction issues. His past experience includes working on an outpatient, residential, and inpatient psychiatric basis. He is a consultant for several addiction treatment facilities to bring them into compliance with Joint Commission accreditation standards. James is currently involved in the State of Utah Policy Implementation and Reform committee, which diverts drug offenders from incarceration to treatment. He also serves as the Board Chair of a non-profit agency that provides scholarships for addicted individuals to receive appropriate treatment. He is currently working toward becoming an ARISE® Trainer and an ARISE® Supervisor. Click here for CV.

Gale Saler, LCPC, CRC-MAC, CIP, CAI-II Senior ARISE® Trainer, ARISE® Supervisor, Associate Director of ARISE® Consulting

Gale Saler, LCPC, CRC-MAC, CAI, CIP, is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Master Addiction Counselor as approved by the Commission for the Certification of Rehabilitation Counselors and the National Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors, respectively, and is approved through the Pennsylvania Certification Board as a Certified Intervention Professional.

She received her B.A. in psychology from The American University and her Masters degree in education/rehabilitation from George Washington University in Washington D.C. Gale has worked in the addiction, mental health and rehabilitation field for over 30 years, during which time she has developed, opened and operated some of the most effective treatment and recovery programs in the region. Her experience includes working with adolescents, young adults and adults, including those who are adjudicated and/or have co-occurring mental health or behavioral issues.

Gale is a Certified Intervention Professional specializing in ARISE® invitational interventions. These interventions emphasize and build on the strength and love which exists in the family system to assist the individual to accept help and enter treatment. She brings extensive experience in assessment and treatment placement to her intervention work. She is also a national trainer and supervisor for the ARISE® model.

As a life coach, Gale has been at the forefront of modifying the model and developing a program of recovery coaching. She is dedicated to developing the necessary resources to help her clients build the foundation for a lasting recovery.

Gale is an active advocate for prevention, treatment and recovery. She served as President of the Maryland Addiction Directors Council for six years and currently serves as President Emeritus. In 2013 Gale was presented a Governor’s Citation in recognition of her advocacy on behalf of the citizens of Maryland, as well as the Excellence in Leadership Award from the State Associations for Addiction Services. Click here for CV.

Doug LaBelle, LCSW, CEAP, NCGC II, CIP, CAI-II Senior ARISE® Trainer, Senior ARISE® Supervisor

Doug LaBelle is a licensed clinical social worker with 28 years experience in the addiction field. His private practice is based in Lake Bluff, IL. and Kenosha, WI. LaBelle’s work focuses on individual and family counseling and psychotherapy, Behavioral Health and Employee Assistance Programs and Intervention Services, with special emphasis on gambling, substance abuse, and dual-diagnosis. LaBelle is certified as a National Certified Gambling Counselor II, a Certified Employee Assistance Professional, a Certified Intervention Professional and a Certified ARISE® Interventionist. He is a Senior ARISE® Trainer and Supervisor for the LINC Foundation. Click here for CV.

Heather Hayes, M.Ed., LPC, CIP, CAI-II Senior ARISE® Trainer

Heather Hayes, a licensed professional counselor, Certified ARISE® Interventionist, and level II Board Registered Interventionist, has been working in the addiction field for more than 27 years and is well-known throughout the United States as an Interventionist. Her private practice is based out of Atlanta, GA where she also serves as a psychological profiler for the Hostage Negotiation and SWAT team for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department. Hayes specializes in the treatment of adolescents/young adults, trauma, brain disorders and the full spectrum of addictive disorders. In addition to her private practice, Heather travels nationally and internationally presenting on addiction, co-occurring and psychiatric disorders, disordered eating, trauma and adolescent/young adult issues. She is currently President of the Network of Independent Interventionists (NII) and a Senior ARISE® Trainer for LINC Foundation. Click here for CV.

Kevin Keefe, MSW, LICSW, CAI-II ARISE® Supervisor, ARISE® Trainer

Kevin Keefe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). His skills are utilized in human resources, direct care, family work, supervising the evaluation team as well as maintaining positive relations with: current and former families; participants; the community; and the industry. Kevin graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has 14 years of postgraduate experience working with individuals and families in crisis as well as direct care management in a community based setting. Kevin managed two separate programs for the State of Washington: a secure residential facility for dual diagnosed adolescents; and a statewide team which investigated allegations of abuse/neglect in licensed care facilities. Kevin has also worked in emergency services which supported individuals and families through acute crisis. Just prior to coming on board with WestBridge, Kevin worked with another non-profit agency, Child & Family Services of NH, where he was a member of an integrated team which provided home and community based services to families.

Andrea Rand, LICSW, CAI-II ARISE® Supervisor

Andrea is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Certified Arise Interventionist (CAI-II) in the state of Massachusetts. Andrea graduated with her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI and her Master of Social Work degree from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA. Andrea has experience working with a wide range of populations across the lifespan from child to geriatric. She has expertise working with mental health disorders and both addiction and dual diagnosis disorders. Andrea has extensive work history within the residential, inpatient, outpatient, and triage levels of care. Currently, Andrea works as a Clinical Case Manager for one of the largest behavioral health managed care organizations in the country. She is a compassionate social worker and ARISE® Supervisor, who is clinically sound and practices her innovative thinking to approach life optimistically.

Our Other ARISE® Service Professionals

In addition to our senior professionals, our Certified ARISE® Interventionists and IRI Certified Recovery Specialists provide a national and international service. Our 24/7 hotline specialists will match your needs to those of the most appropriate professional closest to your geographic location.