I will be on the radio again in March.

I just spoke with John Sarna, with 88.3 KABF’s show “It Could Be You” and set a date for another on-air interview, March 30, 2016 from 2-3:00 PM.  The format is part presentation, part discussion and part call-in.  If you type in:  http://www.kabf.org and click on the “Listen Live” link, you can hear it anywhere in the world.

I came up with a short list of topics that I would like to touch on, including the role of substance use in crime, symptoms of sobriety, and meeting challenges.  There are a few others; but, I think we will find plenty to talk about.

So far, my practice has been going well.  I have visited with a number of referral sources and treatment centers and been well received.  I have yet to be kicked out of anyone’s office and nobody has tried to eat me.

I will post a link to that show when I get it posted.  I have asked for a recording of the one I did earlier this month and will post it as soon as I am able.

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Substance Education Class

I am starting a Substance Education Class on February 23, 2016. This is something intended for first time, low-level offenders that have had relatively minor drug-related infractions such as possession, public intoxication, etc. I taught a similar class for an agency in North Little Rock for a number of years and it seemed to make a difference in some peoples’ lives to have some information as part of their consequences, in addition to fines, incarceration and community service.

 

Substance Education Class
Offered by Christopher Gerhart, LLC
401 West 4th Street
North Little Rock, AR 72114
(501) 478-0182
http://www.christopherhgerhart.com
christopherhgerhart@gmail.com
High quality, three-hour substance abuse education classes.
$50 per class
I take cash, money orders or credit cards.
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00-noon
Unless you have pre-paid, plan to arrive by 8:45 AM.
Nobody will be admitted after 9:00 AM
On bus and trolley lines.
From Little Rock, take Route 4 or 10, outbound, stop at 4th and Main, walk one block west.
From North Little Rock, take Route 4 or 10, stop at 4th and Maple.
The Blue line runs in front of the building, stops at Maple and 6th, or Maple and Broadway.
If you are driving, there is a large, free parking lot behind the church. The easiest way to get there is from Orange Street.
Enter through the door on the alley that runs between Maple and Orange, below the sign for Infrared Studios.
Although I rent office space from the First Presbyterian Church, I am in no way affiliated with the church, nor is this a religious program.
Classes start February 23, 2016

Having taught a class like this, I was always amazed at how many people in the community would approach me at the grocery store, hardware store or many other public places and comment on how that class had an effect in their lives.  Sometimes they had a change pretty quickly, others not so much; but, it did plant a seed.

I also offer private, confidential substance abuse counseling services including a range of assessments, individual counseling and tobacco cessation services.

DOT SAP Evaluations

One of the areas of my business where I have seen some growth is providing DOT/SAP evaluations.  Quite simply it works like this:

  1.  A person in a safety-sensitive position has a positive drug screen.
  2. They are removed from that position by their employer, fired or suspended.
  3. They are then referred to a person known as a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) for an evaluation.
  4. The evaluation includes an assessment, several screening instruments, developing a treatment plan and referral to a service provider.  At a minimum, a person that violates a substance abuse rule must complete an educational program, usually 9-12 hours in length.
  5. After the client has completed the required program, they are re-evaluated to determine the need, if any, for further services.  At this point a final evaluation is made and a specific recommendation for a testing schedule is made to the employer.

Anyhow, I really like doing these evaluations.  It is kind of like getting a survey done on a boat or a pre-purchase  inspection done on a house in that the person making the assessment is not the person, or agency, providing the service or making the repair.

Tags:  SAP, DOT, Evaluation, Assessment, Little Rock, Arkansas, Substance Abuse, Counseling

Reviewing the Situation

A month into my own business and I am just beginning to be profitable.  I have paid the rent for February and have already had paying customers this month.  The mixture of excitement and terror about making my own way is nearly an addiction of it’s own.

Most of the business I have had so far has come from my online presence and advertising.  When I started laying the groundwork for this venture in November and December, I got myself this website, a facebook account and gmail.  I already had a linked-in page; but, had not done much with it.

I figured out that whenever I post so much as a photograph, I need to tag it with something related to my business using a number of key words such as counselor, substance abuse, North Little Rock.  There is some sort of algorithm that is used to figure out which posts get put on top.  Some of it has to do with the number of views; but, some of it is promoted by meeting certain criteria.

One thing that I need to do is make a youtube video that promotes my business.  I have been told that I have a face for radio, so I may use my daughter’s stuffed animals as prospective clients seeking services.

Anyway, that’s about all for now.  I have to get back to actual work so that I can keep this thing going.