ASAP offering symposium on ‘Rethinking Wellness’

Republic file photo An exterior view of Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress Bartholomew County in Columbus.

In a proactive effort to address substance misuse and promote overall well-being in Bartholomew County, ASAP (Alliance for Substance Abuse Progress) will host the “Rethinking Wellness” symposium on June 6.

The event will feature local and national wellness specialists and an interactive wellness workshop preview available to all employers and community organizations.

The symposium’s keynote speaker, Joel Bennett, PhD, president of Organizational Wellness & Learning Systems, will share key insights for overcoming stress and building resilience with his evidence-based, nationally-recognized curriculum. This curriculum has been adapted by Bennett to meet the county’s unique health and wellness needs as identified by 30 local employers and community organizations.

A special highlight of the event will be an interactive sneak preview of ASAP-sponsored workshops offered at no cost to organizations. Bennett will share highlights from the newly developed “Thriving from Stress: Building Resilience & Wellness. Skye Nicholson, M.Ed., founder of Soul’s Truth Coaching will share highlights from her uniquely designed training “Managing the Stress Cycle.”

“This symposium is about embracing wellness for lasting impact against substance misuse,” says Sherri Jewett, ASAP executive director. “Ultimately by addressing stressors at both individual and organizational levels, we can build a more resilient community capable of thriving in the face of adversity.”

The symposium will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6 at Ivy Tech Community College Columbus Moravec Hall, 4475 Central Ave. Registration is required by May 24. To register, visit

The event is free and includes lunch and refreshments.

ASAP’s Rethinking Wellness initiative aims to prevent substance misuse in Bartholomew County by raising awareness and educating vulnerable populations about the importance of reevaluating their current health practices and adopting sustainable habits for overall well-being. Learn more:

Funding for the Rethinking Wellness initiative of ASAP has been provided in part by Indiana Family and Social Services Administration’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction and SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.