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Family Education Weekend: A Co-Learning Journey to Well Being

Although the first days of April saw our most recent Family Education Weekend (or “FEW,” as we call it), CooperRiis has been providing educational programming to its residents and family members since its inception in 2003. In the fourteen years that this psychoeducational program has been offered, core principles guide its structure. Education. Support, and …Continue

CooperRiis Names New Executive Director

CooperRiis Names New Executive Director, Highly Acclaimed Psychologist Michael Groat Michael Groat, PhD, a clinical leader at the Menninger Clinic in Houston for 9 years, will be the next Executive Director and President of the CooperRiis Healing Community starting Jan. 2. He will succeed Virgil Stucker, who last year announced his intention to step down …Continue

New Training Teaches ‘Compassionate Communication’

A prominent trainer in Compassionate Communication (also known internationally as NVC or Nonviolent Communication) has been working with CooperRiis, and she says the effort is some of the most exciting work she has done in the U.S. Roberta Wall, who is certified by the Center for Nonviolent Communication, has coached thousands of trainees on five …Continue

A Recovery College with the Benefits of an Asylum

  For many years, if people needed help with mental illnesses, they were sent to places called “asylums.” The word “asylum” means protection or sanctuary. In many cases, there was no specific medication for mental illnesses, but residents received “moral treatment,” according to an article by Oliver Sacks, a renowned neurologist, best-selling author and professor …Continue

World-class Harvard neuroscientist joins CooperRiis for cutting edge research to improve how the brain functions

An award winning neuroscientist from Harvard, Carl M. Anderson, has joined our healing community. He will be our research director, and he will spearhead leading edge studies to improve the brain. Carl has co-authored more than 50 scientific papers, and his research has been featured in several top media outlets, including NPR, Time magazine and …Continue

Leaders in Business, Psychology Join Our Board of Directors

To help strengthen our leadership team, we’re excited to announce two appointments to our board of directors. Sharon Decker is a former N.C. Secretary of Commerce who previously chaired the Charlotte Chamber and was named the city’s Woman of the Year in 1998. Before that, Sharon worked at Duke Power, now Duke Energy, where she …Continue

CooperRiis sponsors the 12th annual Power of the Purse

CooperRiis prides itself on building a community of philanthropy. We also pride ourselves on the philanthropy we do in other parts of our community. On Tuesday, the first African-American female astronaut, Mae Jemison, will speak in Asheville at the 12th Annual Power of the Purse luncheon. CooperRiis Healing Community, thanks to our co-founder, Lisbeth Riis Cooper is …Continue

Philan’therapy’ at its Best!

In the beginning of December we stood before a challenge and opportunity. An anonymous donor offered up to $100,000 to match gifts from new donors and increased gifts from current donors. We reached the destination, made the match and ended up with $242,722 for the month to help with ‘scholarships’ and program support! How did …Continue

Reaching for a Collaborative Solution – A Residential Recovery College

Dr. Dominic Sisti and his colleagues have triggered a debate with their promotion of restoring/redeveloping a modern asylum in response to our nation’s faltering mental health system and consequent use of jails and prisons for individuals with mental health challenges. Opposing the ‘asylum’ are those who worry that this move might take away resources that …Continue

Former CEO of Pavillon International Joins CooperRiis Board of Directors

In May 2015, the CooperRiis Board of Directors unanimously voted for Anne Vance, former CEO of Pavillon International, a nationally respected addiction treatment program, to join the CooperRiis Board as its newest member. Anne says, “Turning one life around helps the lives of many people. Making a contribution to this, in some small way, is what …Continue

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