If a child cannot learn the way I teach, then I must teach the way he learns.
--Anna Gillingham, educator and psychologist

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Town Hall Meeting to Feature Leading Expert in Teen Substance Abuse Disorder

Dr. Duncan Clark, director of the Pittsburgh Adolescent Alcohol Research Center, will speak at the upcoming Youth Connect town hall meeting on Saturday, April 27, in the Quaker Valley Middle School auditorium.  Entitled, “It’s No Big Deal… Right?”, the focus of the meeting will be the scope, nature, and problems associated with adolescent use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs, and what parents can do about it issue.

A nationally recognized expert, Clark will discuss his 20+ years of clinical research studying the causes and consequences  of alcohol substance use disorders in adolescents, including the impact on brain development.  An associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, Clark also holds a Ph.D. in psychology from UCLA, along with an M.D. from Harvard; he did a residency in psychiatry at Stanford.  His work has been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, the American College of Psychiatrists, and the American Psychological Association, among others.

Clark’s work includes a study published in 2000 that examines brain characteristics in adolescents with alcohol use disorders, using neuro-imaging techniques. He is currently partnering with the National Institutes of Health and scholars from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as four other research institutions on the most definitive project to date studying the effects of alcohol and other drugs on teen brain development.

Also participating in the morning event are: Jeff Bennett, of Bell Acres, who will share the story of his daughter’s struggle with substance abuse; Debbie Kehoe, executive director of The Alliance Against Drugs, who will screen Listen II, an Alliance documentary that features Bennett, among others; as well as local high school students, who will wrap up the presentation with a frank discussion of what parents can do to help their children avoid the lure of drugs and alcohol.  

The event is free and open to the public; parents of children in grades 4 though 9 are especially encouraged to attend.  For more information on the town hall meeting, email youthconnect@hotmail.com.  Youth Connect is a group of concerned adults and students from schools and organizations in the Sewickley area working to provide the information, resources, and support our young people need to avoid risky behavior and enjoy their teen years.

For more information please contact youthconnect@hotmail.com or visit youthconnectnews@blogspot.com.  

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