Alpha Ministries, Inc

 Church in the Woods at ....
                                                Freedom Ranch

PAM HERMAN
Training Director
LCSW, CAP

Pam is a graduate from Barry University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW). She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) and a member of the first graduating class from Alpha Center for Training as a Certified Faith Based Recovery Support Counselor.
Pam has 23 years of professional experience helping those with addiction and mental illness to find recovery.




Tom Benbow

 Tom graduated Mercer University College of Pharmacy in 1981. He has practiced community pharmacy in Okeechobee, Florida since 1983. He also is ordained as a Minister of the Gospel by Alpha Ministries and is licensed by the Florida Certification Board as a Certified Recovery Support Specialist.

Well versed in the Journey to Freedom curriculum, Tom has over 10 years experience teaching and counseling in men’s recovery programs under the umbrella of Alpha Ministries as well as community based out-reach settings.   Tom’s experience in both the pharmacy profession and the recovery community offers a unique perspective in teaching medical professionals, recovery professionals, ministers of the Gospel, and lay-persons alike.



• Can you be spiritual without being religious?
• How does “faith” help someone in recovery?
• Is recovery more than just abstinence?
• Where is God in my recovery?

This series of training courses addresses the important role of spirituality in recovery from substance use disorders. Each course benefits both the treatment community and faith community in their efforts to assist persons suffering from substance use disorders by making a clear distinction between the spirituality needed for recovery and the religiosity that so often hinders recovery. Whether you provide treatment services or recovery support services you need to know the difference between true spirituality based on authentic faith and religiosity based on toxic faith.


The 9:00 am to 2:30 pm schedule provides  (5) CEU’s for the Florida Certification Board. (Check with their website for more information to be certified through the state). The cost is $35.00 per course (Discounts are available, please visit our Payments & Donations page).  Classes held at Alpha Ministries in Okeechobee.


Faith Based Recovery Support Counselors

The emphasis of this training is on recovery from a variety of life-controlling issues and is even recognized by the Florida Certification Board for continuing education credits for professionals in the field. The emphasis on spirituality in recovery is the basis of the training needed to become a faith based recovery support counselor. 

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