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Life Recovery Center Training Institute (LRCTI) staff have presented at professional conferences, probation offices, courts, churches, universities, hospitals, high schools, elementary schools, and more. We are regular presenters for the Indiana Judicial Center, which provides all training for Indiana probation departments and drug courts. We offer educational programming and professional presentations for corporations, schools, mental health and addiction treatment centers, and other organizations designed to promote further understanding of behavioral health issues and how they are best treated using evidence-based practices. LRCTI exists to make resources available for behavioral health professionals as well as individuals battling addiction, mental health, problem gambling, and domestic violence-related issues. 

 

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Eric L. Davis, PhD, LCSW, LCAC, ICGC-II

Co-Founder, Director of Training & Education

Dr. Eric Davis has worked in the field of mental health and addiction treatment for over twenty years. He co-founded Life Recovery Center in 2004 and currently serves as Co-Executive Director. A devoted lifelong learner, his primary areas of professional interest include mental health and addiction recovery, counselor supervision and education, psychopathology and criminal thinking, and the role of spirituality in the therapeutic process.

 

Eric is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC), International Certified Gambling Counselor (ICGC-II), and ICADV-Certified Domestic Violence Batterers Intervention Program Senior Facilitator (BIP-SF). He obtained his Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) in 1999, Master of Social Work (MSW) in 2002, and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Christian Counseling (Ph.D.) in 2010. He also holds advanced international certifications in the areas of addiction counseling, gambling counseling, and Christian counseling. He was ordained into the ministry on March 22, 2009, and is happy to offer Christian counseling upon client request.

 

Eric is the author of the book, The Bible and Recovery: A Review of Biblical Aspects of the Twelve Steps and Other Recovery Principles, and has contributed articles on addiction recovery, self-help, and mental health-related topics to national magazines. He has been featured on the radio, podcasts, local news, and in the Indianapolis Star, USA Today, and the NY Daily News. He is a regular trainer for the Indiana Office of Court Services and has been a guest speaker and presenter at numerous professional conferences, universities, churches, courts, probation offices, hospitals, and treatment facilities. 

 

Eric is currently serving his second term as President of the Indiana Credentialing Association on Addiction and Drug Abuse (ICAADA) and sits on the Board of Directors for Mental Health America of Indiana, the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the Indiana Counseling Association, and the Indiana Council on Problem Gambling. He also serves as a committee member on both the Human Services Advisory Committee of Ivy Tech Community College and the Recovery Committee of the National Council on Problem Gambling. In addition to the professional associations mentioned, Eric is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Psychological Association, the International Association of Christian Counseling Professionals, and is a charter member of the American Association of Christian Counselors.

 

In 2015, Eric was appointed by Vice President of the United States Mike Pence (then Governor of Indiana) to the State of Indiana's Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Council (DVPT). Later that same year, he was named "Outstanding Batterers Intervention Professional of 2015" by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The following year, on behalf of Life Recovery Center, he accepted an award for being named "Outstanding Community Partner of 2016" by the Phylis Lan Lin Department of Social Work at the University of Indianapolis.

 

In addition to his work at Life Recovery Center, Eric is extremely active in academia. He is a faculty member of the Phylis Lan Lin Department of Social Work at the University of Indianapolis and regularly teaches for the Indiana University School of Social Work at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the Department of Psychological Science and Counseling at Marian University - Indianapolis.

 

Eric is also a professional musician (drummer, guitarist, and vocalist) who enjoys writing and performing music.

 

Tom Prendergast, LCAC, ICAADC, ICOGS

Co-Founder, Trainer

Mr. Tom Prendergast co-founded Life Recovery Center in 2004, where he currently serves as Co-Executive Director and Director of Domestic Violence Programming. He has worked in the field of addiction counseling for nearly thirty years and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience. Throughout his career, Tom has worked as an addiction counselor, program manager, and administrator. He has extensive experience working with a variety of populations, including adolescents, adults, families, individuals, and teams. 

 

Tom is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC) and holds a Bachelors degree in Addiction Studies (BS) as well as advanced international certifications in the areas of addiction counseling and problem gambling counseling. He is an Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence-Certified Batterers Intervention Program Senior Facilitator (BIP-SF) and has been featured as an expert discussing the dynamics of domestic violence on Fox 59 news. 

 

Tom is very active in the fight against the disease of addiction and domestic violence and has served on the board of directors for both the Indiana Credentialing Association on Addiction and Drug Abuse (ICAADA) and Drug-Free Johnson County. He is also a member of the National Council on Problem Gambling. A firm believer in the power of education and prevention. Tom is a regular trainer for the Indiana Office of Court Services and has facilitated numerous educational presentations throughout the years. He has presented for professional conferences, courts, treatment facilities, and probation offices.

 

Always bringing his down-to-earth personality and a profound sense of humor to the forefront of his therapy sessions, Tom is insightful, genuine, and straightforward with his clients. He empowers them to see their inner capacity for change and to take the initiative to improve their lives through recovery. 

 

Tom's primary areas of professional interest include addiction treatment and recovery, domestic violence prevention, batterers intervention programming, and working with military veterans.

 

Tom is proud to be an Honorably Discharged Veteran of the United States Air Force and enjoys riding motorcycles in his spare time. 

Michael D. Allen, LCAC, ADS, ICAADC

Trainer

Mike is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC) and Licensed Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) who has been in the field of mental health and addiction for nearly 40 years. He holds certifications as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor IV (CADAC IV) and Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC). In 1980, he completed the United States Navy Alcohol Treatment Specialist Course. Mike also holds a Bachelors degree in General Studies and a Certificate in Addiction Treatment, both from Indiana University.

 

Mike has facilitated numerous professional training sessions on addiction-related topics throughout the Midwest and has become a well-known and highly sought presenter in and around the addiction treatment community. He received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition in 2012 and was named "Counselor of the Year" by the Indiana Credentialing Association on Addiction and Drug Abuse (ICAADA) in 2013. 

 

Mike is proud to be an Honorably Discharged Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and enjoys reading and researching historical topics in his spare time.

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