Our Counselors

Making a difference — one patient, one family at a time

Jason Donlon, LAC

I have 15 years of extensive drug and alcohol counseling experience working within the Outpatient level of care and 2 years within the Intermediate/Reintegration Residential setting. Proven excellent abilities with working in assisting at-risk adult and youth populations progress through their stages of recovery change while developing and increasing their relapse prevention skills through evidenced-based harm reduction approaches/methods. Building healthy partnership relations within their community to assist them with additional resources and ongoing recovery support networks.

  • Promoting a Drug and Alcohol Free Lifestyle
  • Promoting Self Discovery
  • Promoting Healthy Habits
  • Promoting Independent Pro Social Skills

I am a very work driven and dedicated person. I have vast experience with all types of people and love building positive relationships. I am very good at networking; am highly motivated and tend to be very energetic. I am a person that gets the job done and done right. I am very determined and do not give up until the job is done.

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Kirk Weaver

Kirk has been a counselor, teacher, chaplain, and minister for 30 years. Having earned a Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling, Kirk has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups across numerous settings. For the past 10 years, he has worked full-time with individuals struggle with addiction. He is a National Certified Counselor and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor through NBCC and holds licenses in Kansas as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor, as well as being a Board-Approved Clinical Supervisor. A clinical hypnotherapist, Kirk holds special interest in the treatment of complex trauma and co-occurring disorders. In addition, he is certified as a Master Addiction Counselor with NCCAP; a Psychotherapist member of ACPE – The Standard for Spiritual Care & Education; and Member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association.

Ordained as a pastor in the Baptist tradition, Kirk has also been a practicing, nonsectarian Buddhist for almost three decades and enjoys exploring the mind-body connection with clients in recovery from mental illness and addiction.

Our Staff

The backbone of any rehab program is the staff members. The hard-working individuals who run that rehab center and keep it flowing and delivering. This is the lifeblood of any successful center, and this is the key to the success of any facility. At Sunflower Wellness Retreat, we believe in this with our entire heart. A rehab center can have the best facility imaginable, in the best location, and with the best amenities; however, if the addiction treatment staff members do not work well together or do not possess the skill or experience necessary, then the overall success, vitality, and accomplishments of the rehab center will dwindle. Furthermore, a rehab center can have in it the best array of treatment programs available, but if the staff is not up to speed and capable of really delivering it, then the rehab center is in for hard times ahead.

Structurally speaking, a drug rehab center is run like almost any other organization. There is more of a family dynamic to Sunflower Wellness Retreat, but ultimately, the concept is very much the same. For example, treatment facilities have an executive and administrative staff that run the day-to-day operations. Meanwhile, professional staff members provide rehabilitation services. Additionally, there is the business side of the staff that manages the overall organization. Of course, there is also the delivery personnel themselves that actually run the services provided at the rehab center. At Sunflower Wellness Retreat in Kansas, the only difference really is that all of our addiction treatment staff, regardless of their position, works together as a cohesive family-based unit, intent on achieving the goal of rehabilitating people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol.

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The Importance of Experience

For addiction treatment services to work, the staff has to be both stellar and experienced. The staff at any rehab center in America will usually reveal decades of professional experience in the field of addiction. We at Sunflower Wellness Retreat are no different. In fact, some of our staff members are veterans of addiction treatment with multiple decades of experience in the field. Our addiction treatment staff members have all their licenses, training, and certifications. It is important to understand and remember that drug treatment facilities are state-run. Usually, the professionals who work at such facilities are subject to a stringent state credentialing process. In fact, the requirements for inpatient rehab centers are some of the most stringent and advanced out there for residential organizations.

We are proud of our incredibly knowledgeable addiction treatment staff, whose degrees including MD, MD Psychologist, RN, LPN, LAC, LMSW, MBA, MSEd Physiology, and TLAC.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration published a National Review of State Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs and Certification Standards for Substance Abuse Counselors and Prevention Professionals. It describes licensing requirements from state to state, and it is very thorough. The review actually covers the different compliance requirements that all facilities must follow. It also covers the licensing, certifications, and credentialing that staff has to have to be employed at such a facility. At Sunflower Wellness Retreat in Kansas, we are a fully licensed, Joint Commission accredited rehab program and our addiction treatment staff is up to date with their training, their certifications, their licenses, and their credentials.