Awakening the human potential for inspiring sustainable, impactful, solutions.
October 27th-29th 2017
Omni Charlottesville Hotel, Charlottesville, Virginia
Action Focus Track
with Barnett Gilmer and Debbie Trent
Track outline coming soon.
I have a passion for helping people improve their lives and I have exercised that passion in the treatment and recovery industry. And while I have worked in outstanding facilities, I felt there was room for improvement… so I opened my own with the focus on the “guest.”
While working in other treatment facilities, I found inconsistencies (staff and counselors not “walking the walk,” preferential treatment, etc.) that adversely affected those who were seeking help. I found that handling the “details” such as atmosphere, food, cleanliness of facility, treating people with dignity and respect and a staff having a caring attitude was almost as important as the program. If the “guest” is not treated with dignity and importance; how do they build it in themselves?
I made a decision to build a treatment facility I could be proud to own and worked hard to move the idea from a concept to a reality. First, I acquired my master’s degree in health care administration emphasizing residential substance abuse treatment. I then worked with a team of doctors, psychologists, licensed mental health counselors and former clients to create it. Our top priority when developing our program and treatment center was the “guest.” We focused on giving each guest the best possible chance of recovery.
I applied my observations & learning’s to my facility: Gulf Breeze Recovery. I knew we could create a better way. While we are very proud of our facility and get great grades from our guests, we consistently take an inward look at ourselves and our program to assure we avoid complacency and are always working to improve.
Debbie Trent has a Master’s Degree and an Education Specialist Degree in Counseling from Marshall University Graduate College. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.
A native West Virginian, Debbie’s work included community based substance abuse prevention efforts, community mental health services, adjunct faculty at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, and Marshall University Graduate College, as well as her private practice called New Attitude.
After moving to Florida in 2006, Debbie became executive director at Cypress Initiative, Inc., a non-profit organization in Tampa offering trainings in correctional settings, for businesses and organizations, and in the community. She left that position to again go into private practice.
Debbie joined Gulf Breeze Recovery as their first full-time therapist, and later accepted the position of Clinical Director. What she loves most is helping people understand that they can have peace, happiness and contentment despite past or current life stressors.
Debbie and her husband Guy live in Gulf Breeze, Florida. They have one daughter Leona, a physician assistant in Dunedin, FL.