Central Recovery Treatment (CRT) recently announced that Johanna O’Flaherty, PhD will serve as its chief executive officer. O’Flaherty comes from the Betty Ford Center where she served as vice president of treatment services.
O’Flaherty is a certified trainer for critical incident crisis debriefing programs, and she is also a nationally certified addiction specialist (advanced level) and a certified employee assistance professional (CEAP). She developed and implemented crisis response programs for Trans World Airlines (TWA), and 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, 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.
O’Flaherty has thirty-five years of personal recovery and says that regarding treatment, 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.”