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Spotlight Series – Dr. Bob Lynn, Ed.D

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bob-lynnDr. Bob Lynn Dr. Bob Lynn, Ed. D – Chief Clinical Advisor

Dr. Bob Lynn is an internationally recognized lecturer, researcher and clinician in the fields of Counseling Psychology and Substance Use Disorders. Dr. Lynn has an impressive forty-year history of providing care for the unique challenges of all age groups including adolescents and older adults.He has an extensive background in developing treatment systems and programs to address substance use disorders in the United States, Europe and the Middle East.As Chief Clinical Advisor at Origins Behavioral HealthCare since 2012, Dr. Lynn has focused intently on developing treatment systems driven by individual client needs that are informed by research and outcomes. His ability to help restore hope in families overwhelmed by despair through the creation of systems for growth and empowerment that promote long-term recovery may be his most significant accomplishment.

What brought you to Origins?

After more than 40 years in the field, I wanted to align myself with a program that I believed to be client focused based on the best research available on treatment for substance use disorders. At Origins, the clinical program is continually evolving to define what may be termed best practices in the treatment of addictions.

If there were only one thing you could tell us about working within your client specialty area, what would it be?

That it is my role to assure that all of our clinical practices are informed by outcomes, research and ongoing case management based on individual client needs.

What have you learned through your experience working in treatment?

Treatment programs must continually evolve utilizing the best theory and practice methods available. They must be able to use both a wide lens working with family and community and an introspective lens working with individual client needs in order to treat the entire person. Treatment must be understood as being in three distinct stages: client engagement, primary care and continuing care. The chronic disease of addiction must be approached using psychological methods to develop stability and the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous to assure long-term recovery.

Do you hold any credentials or certifications, or do you participate in any other professional activities outside of work?

My doctoral dissertation was in outcomes and treatment efficacy. I am a senior fellow in biofeedback, a licensed therapist, a master family therapist and a clinical
supervisor. In addition, I often publish articles and speak at professional forums. I am also a long-term faculty member at Rutgers School of Addiction Studies.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Do you have any pets or engage in special hobbies?

I am an avid sailor and a horseback rider. I love anything to do with the outdoors. I have dogs, horses, chickens, donkeys, goats, and I love them all. Mostly, I love camping with my wife and horses.

Is there anything else you might like to share?

Working in the field of addiction treatment requires both training and a big heart. Our training can only take us so far; our love for the struggling addict takes us the rest of the way. This is much more than a job. It is a life long commitment. The effective therapist is not only working with clients, they are working on their own program of growth and self-actualization. It is a joy and a gift to be able to work within a program that is, above all things, client focused.