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Dr. Johanna O'Flaherty

September 1st, 2007 – Posted by Betty Ford Center in Recovery News
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Vice President, Treatment Services, Betty Ford Center

Dr. Johanna O’Flaherty was recently appointed Vice President, Treatment Services, at the Betty Ford Center. Dr. O’Flaherty actually began her association with the Center nearly 20 years ago when she first referred airline employees who needed treatment for their alcoholism/drug addiction to Betty Ford. The Ireland-born Dr. O’Flaherty developed and managed Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) for several airlines. She has long been committed to helping people by focusing on grief, trauma, addiction and healing.

Dr. O’Flaherty is a Certified Trainer for Critical Incident Crisis Debriefing Programs. She developed and implemented Crisis Response Programs for TWA; she has facilitated the training of Crisis Response Teams for several airlines, as well as Critical Incident Response training for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Dr. O’Flaherty was called to New York to assist with counseling airline employees and to facilitate Crisis Response training for the New York City Transit Authority.

Johanna O’Flaherty’s doctorate, in clinical psychology, is from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is a Nationally Certified Addiction Specialist (Advanced Level) and a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP).

Dr. O’Flaherty is about to celebrate 30 years of personal recovery. Discussing her philosophy vis-a-vis treatment, Dr. O’Flaherty says empathy with the patient is the key. “I consider myself a witness to the individual in treatment,” she says. “For me, it’s an honor to walk with the patient on her or his journey of healing.”

“I have already stepped into the river of healing, and it is so life-affirming to be able to accompany others on this amazing adventure of getting one’s life back.”

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