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9 June 2005

Appalachian School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies Begins June 13

By Sherry Kughn
JSU News Bureau

About 200 professional counselors will become students for a few days on June 13-16 at JSU’s fifth annual Appalachian School of Alcohol and Other Drug Studies. The school is designed for counselors helping clients in all areas of chemical abuse and dependency.

Michael Lee Clayton will deliver a keynote speech on addiction and abuse entitled, “The ‘Rockin’ Robin Show.” Mr. Clayton works as a star double for actor Robin Williams.

Closing keynote speaker is Glenda Crump, who will discuss how to tackle problem solving in innovative ways.

Other teachers at the event will be Janice Gabe, a therapist who specializes in treating adolescents; Dr. Merrill A. Norton, who studies the effect of methamphetamine on the brain; Mark Brannon, a certified senior prevention professional; Juanita Ausbon and Tanya Tilberg, who will speak on the role of clinical supervisors; Dr. William Jerry Howell and Jackie Fazeli, who will speak on current trends of alcohol and chemical dependency and their influence on people of all ages; Kelly Price will speak on patients who are mandated referrals; Mark Spurlock will speak on basic concepts and information needed to understand addiction; Dr. Sam D. Bernard will speak on addition among school-age students and group crisis intervention; Dr. G. Michael Shehi will speak on neurochemistry and the role of psychotropic medications; Dr. Hayden Center, Jr. will speak on alcoholism and youths; and John V. Nicolini will speak on the role of family roles in addiction.

Sponsors of the school include the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Alabama Department of Education, the Office of Continuing Education, Counseling and Career Services, the Department of Counselor Education and The Southern Coast Addiction Transfer Center.

Several groups will sponsor meals – The Bridge, Inc., BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama, Mountain View Hospital, Alabama Sheriff’s Association, and Sodexho Marriott Services.

For further information, contact JSU's Office of Counseling and Career Service at 782-5475.


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