A quality standards based conference for those who work with young people and families at risk of substance misuse.
The day will include the following guest speakers:
Kevin A. Sabet PHD Author, consultant, advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations, and assistant professor, Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for almost 20 years. He has worked in the Clinton (2000), Bush (2002-2003), and in 2011 he stepped down after serving more than two years as the senior advisor to President Obama’s drug control director, having been the only drug policy staffer to have ever served as a political appointee in a Democrat and Republican administration. He has appeared since at the Aspen Ideas and New Yorker festivals, on the Organization of American States blue ribbon commission advising hemispheric drug policy, and in hundreds of forums and discussions promoting the ideas outlined in his first book, Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana, published by Beaufort.
Deirdre Boyd has been a leader in the field of recovery from addiction, for two decades, based in the UK with an international reputation. She owns DB Recovery Resources which supplies a daily news service to the international alcohol/drug-treatment field on addiction recovery. Prior to that, she was for over 20 years CEO of the Addiction Recovery Foundation, editor of the influential Addiction Today/ Intervenejournals, cofounder/organiser of the UK/European Symposia on Addictive Disorders, author of Addiction & Recovery: self-help for friends, families and addicts, serves on the Centre for Policy Studies’ Addictions and Prisons committee and on IC&RC’s Advisory Council, and contributes to government policy. Deirdre will discuss the findings of an evaluation of the declassification of Cannabis in the UK and also what DB Recovery Resources is and how it can assist those working with people in substance misuse.
Philip James trained as a psychiatric nurse in Dublin 1999, was appointed as the first Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adolescent Substance Misuse in 2006 with YoDA and is a qualified cognitive behavioural therapist. In addition to his clinical work, he has been involved in a number of research projects and publications. He has published various research articles and is co-author of The Handbook of Adolescent Substance Use which was published by Radcliffe in late 2013. He provides lectures on a variety of addiction and mental health related topics with a number of colleges including University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, University of Limerick and the Irish College of Humanities and Applies Sciences to name a few.Philip will present YoDA’s findings on a study co-authored by Dr Bobby Smith. This yet to be released study is based on Cannabis, the perspectives of young smokers.
Parentline, will present information on Non Violent Resistance Training a brief, practical and research based programme aimed at providing parents with strategies for coping with child to parent violence.
Lunch will be provided. There will be Q&A sessions with speakers.