Meet Your Counselor: An Avatar for the September 13th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, September 13th, Nonprofit Commons is happy to feature Brenda Bryan (Brena Benoir in SL) who will present on virtual counseling and share outcomes of the Preferred Family Healthcare (PFH) three year Portal I Program, an innovative online counseling and treatment program. PFH is the largest substance abuse and mental health services provider in the state of Missouri and support in Kansas. Learn the challenges and successes that paved the road to support future programs from local counties to state organizations and the federal government. Barriers and benefits will be addressed including: treatment overall, practitioners, clients, and technology.


More on the Preferred Family Healthcare virtual world programs:


Brenda Bryan has been employed by Preferred Family Healthcare for nearly 18 years. She currently holds the following credentials: Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Anthropology and a minor in Criminal Justice; CRADC (Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor); CCDP (Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professional); and SATOP SQI (Substance Abuse Traffic Offenders Program Qualified Instructor). She has been serving in the capacity of a Virtual World Counselor for approximately 6 years. She has held various positions including Community Support Specialist, Therapist, Family Therapist, in addition to working directly on the residential substance abuse treatment units. She has extensive experience in working with adolescents and young adults who suffer with drug and alcohol issues and mental health issues.


Join us in Second Life!


Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, September 13th, 8:30 AM PDT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater 


AGENDA (all times PDT)

    •    8:30 am Introductions

    •    8:40 am TechSoup Announcements

    •    8:45 am Mentors Central – ThinkererSelby Evans

    •    9:00 am Featured Presentation – Brenda Bryan (Brena Benoir in SL)  

    •    9:30 am Open Mic / Announcements

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

Written by: Rhiannon Chatnoir