Dr. Jean LaCourDr. Jean LaCour

Dr. Jean LaCour is a Certified Prevention Professional (CPP), an author, and a trainer with extensive experience in the addiction recovery field. She is the co-founder of the NET Training Institute Center for Addiction and Recovery Education, a 501 c3 tax exempt nonprofit corporation, which offers online training in addiction, counseling, pastoral care, peer specialist support and recovery support services. She has served as a national panelist for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and serves on its Partners for Recovery steering committee helping to differentiate and validate recovery support services from addiction treatment services. She is currently President of the UK based International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition (ISAAC) with members in seventy nations. She has trained in sixteen nations as a consultant, curriculum developer and an international participant in United Nations projects. She is creator of the podcast ‘Prevailing Wins in Recovery’ hosted online by the Women’s Information Network. Her mission is to raise the standard of care through worldwide collaboration and comprehensive online addiction recovery training. As a tireless advocate for people in recovery and for people who serve in the addiction field around the world, Dr. LaCour launched the Recovery Heroes Initiative in 2009.

Dr. LaCour has worked in India, Egypt, Russia, Pakistan, and Malaysia as a trainer and consultant. She took part in the United Nations NGO drug policy workgroup in Vienna, Austria in 2008 and was a special NGO invitee to the UN General Assembly in New York in 2012 which addressed the impact of drugs and crime on developing nations. In support of a UN project in Egypt, she trained over 100 HIV/AIDS and addiction workers from a dozen Arab nations in 2009 while sponsoring and validating the first professional addiction certification examination in the Middle East.  For two years she served as the statewide Faith Coordinator for the Florida Department of Children and Families and helped to bring $21 million to Florida as part of a federal program called “Access to Recovery” which served over 12,000 Florida clients statewide and integrated faith-based recovery programs with clinical treatment. 

Since 1996, Dr. Jean LaCour and the NET Institute have trained thousands of people who desire to serve the addicted, the marginalized, and the poor. She oversees curriculum development, faculty selection and insures the maintenance of professional standards. She interacts with professional Certification Boards and represents the Institute nationally and internationally. 

Director Cheryl Brown

Director – Cheryl Brown Merriwether, MHR, SPHR, CM, CRSS, CPC

Cheryl A. Brown, has more than 20 years of experience as a human resources, management, recovery and education professional.  She is currently serving as the Director of the NET Institute – Center for Addiction and Recovery Education.  Cheryl’s accomplished career has taken her in many directions.  She is the former Director of Training and Development for Florida’s Blood Centers and has acquired broad experience through her work as a Human Resources Manager. As an Organizational Development and Training Specialist with industry leader, AT&T, Cheryl was recognized nationally for other work that she did relating to corporate compliance and the development of online learning systems. In additional to being an advocate for lifelong learning, Cheryl has been a University level faculty member since 2004, currently teaching at University of Phoenix and Strayer University.  

Cheryl earned a Masters degree in Human Resources Development and Administration from Barry University, and a Bachelors degree in Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University. In addition to her degrees, she is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Certified Manager (CM) and was the 2008-2009 Chairman of the Board of Regents for the Institute of Certified Professional Managers (ICPM). She is a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) and her professional associations include the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).

Dr. Robert Perkinson

Robert Perkinson, PhD

Robert R. Perkinson is the clinical director of Keystone Treatment Center in Canton, SD. He is a Licensed Psychologist, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, South Dakota Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, Level III, Nationally Certified Gambling Counselor and Supervisor. His specialty areas focus on treating alcoholics, addicts, and pathological gamblers.

He is the author of Chemical Dependency Counseling: A Practical Guide, Fourth Edition, 2012, by Sage Publications which is the leading treatment manual in the world for chemical dependency counselors. With Dr. Arthur E. Jongsma, Jr. he is the coauthor of The Addiction Treatment Planner, Fourth Edition 2009, by John Wiley and Sons, the best selling treatment planner and computer software program for mental health and addiction professionals. He has published The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Client Workbook, 2012 and the Gambling Addiction Client Workbook, 2012 by Sage Publications. These workbooks have all of the exercises patients need to enter a stable recovery. He has a new book by John Wiley and Son's titled Treating Alcoholism: How to Help Your Clients Enter Recovery 2004 that trains professionals how to treat patients with alcohol problems. He is the author of the book God Talks to You by First Books, and the meditation tape, A Communication from God by cdbaby, which help addicts make their first conscious contact with God.

Dr. Perkinson is also a composer and has completed his second CD, Peace Will Come, music that helps addicts learn the essentials of a spiritual journey. With Dr. Jean LaCour he wrote the Faith-Based Addiction Curriculum (2004) to teach professionals of faith how to treat addiction. Dr. Perkinson is an international motivational speaker and regular contributor to numerous professional journals. He is the webmaster of several WebPages including, robertperkinson.com, alcoholismtreatment.org, keystonetreatment.com and godtalkstoyou.com where he gets over 2.6 million hits a year and answers questions on addiction for free. His biographies can be found in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in Science and Engineering and Who's Who in the World.


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