WELCOME TO THE BEYOND ADDICTION SUMMIT
With Myrna Harris and Jodi Liston
Jodi Liston, President and Managing Director, works tirelessly helping children, adolescents and young adults with educational, behavioral, emotional, psychiatric and dual-diagnosis needs to receive the support and interventions necessary to thrive. Jodi’s strength in effectively assessing complex cases that require therapeutic interventions, coupled with her experience in educational advocacy, has served her clients well for more than twenty-five years.
Myrna Harris has a career spanning 30+ years as an administrator, special educator, teacher, and leader in a variety of settings: hospitals, residential treatment centers, and urban and suburban school districts. Myrna has been an Independent Educational Consultant since 2008 serving clients with learning differences, behavioral challenges, psychiatric issues, spectrum disorders, and dual diagnosis needs. She has had the privilege of serving hundreds of struggling families during her professional career. Myrna travels all over the country visiting therapeutic placements so that she knows first hand the culture, leadership, and mission of every program she refers to. In her tenure as a consultant, Myrna has visited wilderness therapy programs, residential treatment centers, therapeutic boarding schools, adult transition programs, hospitals and a variety of different programs that treat addiction and substance dependency.
Myrna holds a Masters degree in Special Education from Fordham University, as well as a post-graduate degree from Columbia University Teachers College in Educational Administration and Leadership. She is a licensed New York State Special Education teacher and New York State School and District Administrator. As a former Adjunct Instructor of graduate and undergraduate education courses and a speaker to both educators and parents, she has given numerous national, state, and local workshops and seminars on meeting the instructional and behavioral needs of students with challenges.
Myrna is a Nationally Certified Educational Planner (AICEP) and her Professional organizations and affiliations include: Therapeutic Consultants Association (TCA) the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), and the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA); Advisory roles include: former advisor and program development for Ramapo for Children, as well as the Asperger Syndrome Training & Employment Partnership (ASTEP).
For the last five years, Myrna has developed expertise in the area of adolescent and adult substance abuse. She has worked with respected clinicians, as well as visited programs locally and throughout the country learning best practices that serve to educate and eradicate this national epidemic.