Brad Schweitzer, BA, CADC, CIP, CRS, CRSS

Owner/Director of Training Development & Facilitation

                                                            Brad Schweitzer has been working within the behavioral health field for over a decade. His                                                                              treatment work experience includes: Associate Director of Operations, Peer Support Supervisor,                                                                    Recovery Support Services Supervisor, Therapist, Case Manager, Mental Health Recovery Coach,                                                                    and Addictions Navigator. He is the Owner of Behavioral Health Education Services LLC, for which                                                              he develops and facilitates trainings focused on professional peer workers seeking Pennsylvania                                                                    Certification Board (PCB) approved education for initial and recertification purposes. He is one of the Lead Subject Matter Experts (SME) for the PCB Approved CRS/CFRS Curriculum released in January 2021  and one of the PCB Master Trainers responsible for training all future CRS/CFRS trainers.  Additionally, he works for Community Health and Dental in Pottstown, Pennsylvania as a Community Based Care Manager for individuals involved in the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program. Brad Schweitzer holds an A.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Behavioral Health – Addictions. He is currently pursuing a M.S. In Human and Social Services at Walden University. His professional credentials include: Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC), Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS), and Certified Recovery Specialist Supervisor (CRSS). He also has been a presenter at the 2018 and 2019 PCB Annual Conferences. As an individual in long-term recovery, he has a personal understanding of the struggles those in early recovery experience finding an individualized recovery pathway, and accessing the services they desperately need to support and enable long term recovery success. His focus on the development of quality professional education offerings helps to fulfill one of his passions; to thoroughly train individuals seeking Certified Recovery Specialists (CRS) certification. He takes great pride in preparing CRSs to collaboratively work with individuals to overcome personal barriers to recovery and access resources needed to promote and strengthen their ongoing recovery.

Phillip Bennett, CRS, CAAP

Training Facilitator

                                                  Phillip Bennett has worked in the Drug and Alcohol Recovery field since 2015.  His treatment                                                         

                                                  experience includes: House Manager, Case Manager, Recovery Support Specialist, and                             

 

                                                  Counselor’s Assistant. Additionally, Phil works for Caron Treatment Centers in Wernersville,                                                          

                                                  Pennsylvania.  His credentials include Certified Recovery Specialist and Certified Allied Addiction

 

                                                  Professional. He is also a PCB approved CRS training facilitator and has been since 2018.  As a person in

 

                                                  long term recovery, Phillip understand the day to day struggle of early recovery, and how to navigate

 

                                                  challenges that may arise in long term recovery as well.  This experience allows Phil to help other persons

 

in recovery overcome those challenges to achieve long term recovery. .

 

 

Ryan Herrera, BA, CADC, CRS

Training Facilitator

 

                                                Ryan began working part-time at the YMCA of Reading in 2009 as a Case Manager Assistant while                                                       

                                                finishing his degree in Psychology from Temple University. He was promoted in 2010 to oversee the

 

                                                County’s Second Offender DUI program and worked in that position until 2014.  In 2014, Ryan was given

 

                                                the opportunity to be part of the formation of Camp Joy; which at the time was a newly remodeled 20 bed

 

                                                transitional living facility serving males with substance use disorder that are also involved in the Berks

 

                                               County Criminal Justice System.  Since then, Ryan has overseen the development of Camp Joy’s

 

                                               Recovery Housing and its day-to-day operations while also working in a supervisory role as the Director of

 

                                               Social Services within the Housing Department at the YMCA of Reading. In April of 2021, Ryan was

 

promoted to the position of Executive Director of Social Services at the YMCA.  Ryan is a member of the Berks Opioid Coalition

editorial board and is currently in his final year of study at Millersville University where he is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Clinical

Psychology. Ryan holds multiple certifications from the Pennsylvania Certification Board including his CADC (Certified Drug and

Alcohol Counselor) and CRS (Certified Recovery Specialist), and was recognized for his work in the areas of addiction prevention and

treatment at the 2018 Council on Chemical Abuse Yearly Conference.  Ryan states, “I have always strived to serve anyone struggling to

overcome a substance use disorder with compassion, empathy, and the inherent dignity that all human relationships are founded

upon and I am very thankful for all of the opportunities that have been afforded me throughout my career.”

Don Altemus, MS, CAADC,CPS, CRS, CRSS

Training Facilitator

                                                  Don’s experience includes training, coaching, motivational speaking and he’s a person with lived

                                                   experience who has assisted people working on their recovery for the past 15 years. Don has presented

 

                                                   on an international level in advancement of peer support, community inclusion and self-direction. Don

 

                                                   holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in

 

                                                   Behavioral and Addiction Counseling from Drexel University. He is a Certified Life Coach, Certified Peer

 

                                                   Specialist and Certified Recovery Specialist with a specialty in self-direction. He is one of the Lead

 

                                                    Subject Matter Experts (SME) for the PCB Approved CRS/CFRS Curriculum released in January 2021  and

 

                                                    one of the PCB Master Trainers responsible for training all future CRS/CFRS trainers. Don volunteers his

 

time to give back to his community and currently serves as a member of the OMHSAS Adult Advisory Committee, Board Member for

 

the Chester County MH/IDD Advisory Board and Board Pennsylvania Certification Board. Don is also a well-versed instructor for QPR

 

Suicide Prevention and acts as an adjunct trainer/peer experience presenter for Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) to police throughout

 

the state of Pennsylvania.  Don takes pride in utilizing a path of self-direction with his clients allowing them to discover their own

 

strengths on their unique path to recovery, self-direction and personal growth.

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