who we are
Ivan Nelson BS, LADC
CPPHe attained his Bachelors of Science at Metropolitan State University in 2016. He acquired 2021 certification to facilitate Driving With Care 1-2 &Therapy. A Prevention Professional since 2018 with Minnesota Certification Board. Ivan is a trained Thinking For Change cognitive skills group facilitator since 2014 with Federal Bureau of Prisons. He has worked in the non-profit sector for many years providing counseling and intensive case management services for single adults and families impacted by chronic homelessness, mental illness and substance use disorders. He is a proponent of Seeking Safety, an evidenced based, present-focused counseling model to help people attain safety from trauma, PTSD and Substance Use Disorders. He feels a deep appreciation for every opportunity to engage the clients he serves with dignity and respect, believing – perhaps the only gratification that can come from suffering is to learn from it and try to transform it into something that can help others.
Our mission atForward Motion Recoveryis to provide culturally relevant individualized care from co-occurring disorders, which include substance abuse, unaddressed mental and behavioral health issues, with the ongoing support, appropriate environment, and professional services they need to facilitate their reintegration into the community and transform them into productive members of society.
The whole person is our first and most important priority. We work tirelessly to understand their needs and deliver the best care that ensures their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
At Forward Motion Recovery, we believe in coming along-side everyone in overcoming issues they face by demonstrating compassion. This involves listening to understand the clients’ pain, challenges with empathy, which is appropriate channeling pain and responding appropriately by developing and implementing clinical interventionsthat help to minimize suffering.
We acknowledge the sensitivity of the issues that our clients struggle with and the importance of effective interventions. As such, the program only employs highly skilled staff and has a curriculum in place to guide its interventions and ensure we not only treat and address individual issues, but also extend preventative methods that may reduce recidivism.
We utilize a “village approach”, and we encourage our staff to work together while also involving the client and their families to make sure that our programs are satisfactory, beneficial, and effective.