Compass Mark is Having a Conference on Tuesday, October 26th Entitled “From Challenges to Choices: Creating Positive Change”

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Compass Mark is having a conference on Tuesday, October 26th entitled “From Challenges to Choices: Creating Positive Change.” Formerly known as the combined Student Assistance Program Conference and Prevention Forum, the Positive Change Conference will be covering important topics for addictions prevention and treatment professionals, educators, human service workers and anyone interested in positive community development.

Compass Mark is having a conference on Tuesday, October 26th entitled “From Challenges to Choices: Creating Positive Change.” Formerly known as the combined Student Assistance Program Conference and Prevention Forum, the Positive Change Conference will be covering important topics for addictions prevention and treatment professionals, educators, human service workers and anyone interested in positive community development. The conference is scheduled as follows:

Opening keynote speaker: Stephanie Roy and Carl Robertson, “Gambling and Cyber Activity: Pathways to Harmful Behaviors or Innocent Fun?”

Breakout workshops: After registration, participants will receive an email that will allow them to elect one of the following workshops:

  •     “Dying to be Thin”: Melanie Lynch
  •     “Strategies to Prevent Youth Gambling and Cyber Addiction”: Stephanie Roy and Carl Robertson (follow-up to keynote)
  •     “Treating the Resistant Client”: Delbert Boone
  •     “Identifying and Engaging Veterans with Substance Use Disorders”: Keitha Beamer

The conference is free to those who work or live in Lancaster County, and $20 for anyone else who would like to attend. Checks for out-of-county registrants can be mailed to:

Compass Mark
ATTN: Phyllis Spencer
630 Janet Ave, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Please include the names of registrants the check is covering.

Other October events for Compass Mark include:

October 11th: “Always Connected: How Digital Technology and Client Multitasking Influence Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment.” According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 8 to 18 yr. olds spend more than 50 hours a week, on average, participating in online activities. Several authors, including Gary Small, M.D., argue that digital technology has altered the neural circuitry in human brains. Shorter attention spans and expectations of instant gratification may result.

October 19th: “Parents Night: Talking to Teens About Alcohol and Drugs.” The event will inform participants about chemical abuse in youth. There will be teaching on stages of addiction, what to look for, how to talk to a teen if you suspect alcohol or other drug use, and where to go for help. This program is free to any Lancaster County parent or youth mentor.

October 22nd: “Education in Lancaster County from K12 to College: A Comprehensive Approach on Diversity, Family Engagement and Student Success.” This forum is an opportunity for students in middle school and high school, parents, teachers, staff, administrators, government officials, community leaders and the general public to engage in workshops and presentations aiming to improve educational conditions in Lancaster County. Sponsored by the Lancaster Latino Education Committee. This event is free, but registration is required by October 8th.

Compass Mark has been focusing on helping young people develop the leadership skills needed to prevent drug abuse, alcohol abuse, substance abuse and other addictions since 1966. They are a central information and referral resource for drug and alcohol rehab centers in Pennsylvania.

http://www.compassmark.org

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