Fairfield University, CT (PRWEB) April 10, 2014
On April 11, 2014, Thomas A. Ahern, MA (aka Stephron Roberto MacCarthy) will be the featured speaker at the What's New With You? professional networking breakfast held in the Alumni House at Fairfield University. The topic of his discussion is titled, "Hide and Seek.... An Adoptee's Journey to Identity."
An adopted child himself and one who was raised in a home with four other adoptees, Mr. Ahern has the unique perspective of having gone through the challenges that most adopted people eventually face at one time or another as well as a clinical background in psychology, education, and behavioral healthcare. Using his professional experience and personal story as the guidelines, Ahern will be openly discussing the challenges he faced as an adopted child and the common characteristics clinicians need to be sensitive to when treating adopted teens and adults who are suffering from issues like unresolved grief and loss.
"In the United States, between two and two and a half percent of the population is adopted, but approximately sixty percent of the population as a whole is exposed to adoption either through family, friends, or colleagues," said Thomas A. Ahern. "The What's New With You? lecture series at Fairfield University is the perfect setting for my experiential lecture because these events are so welcomed and well-attended by leading clinicians in the fields of therapy, healthcare, and addiction recovery. It is my goal to provide attending professionals with the resources they need to identify and treat certain issues significant to adopted children and adults."
Sarah Verrelli, Vice President of Business Development at the Mountainside Treatment Center, is looking forward to Ahern's lecture, adding, “Adopted children share an emotional experience that non-adopted children are simply unable to relate to. For these children, the feelings of loss, separation, detachment, and disruption from their caregivers are commonplace and as such, they can fester into more serious issues as they enter adulthood if they are not identified and treated sensitively and compassionately. I look forward to Mr. Ahern's lecture so we, at Mountainside, can incorporate his fundamentals into our treatment modalities and provide our adopted clients with the highest quality of care possible.”
The What's New With You? professional networking breakfast is hosted by Fairfield University Counseling Center & Psychological Services, Marworth, Mountainside Treatment Center, and Sierra Tucson. Mr. Ahern will be speaking at the event held on Friday, April 11, 2014 in the Alumni House on the campus of Fairfield University.
About Thomas A. Ahern
Thomas A. Ahern, MA is a former School Psychologist working as the Regional Clinical Manager for CRC Health Group that includes Sierra Tucson and Aspen Education Group. Mr. Ahern has served in both clinical and leadership positions in education and behavioral healthcare for most of his professional career and has been an innovative contributor to enhancing the system of care for people with behavioral health and substance abuse needs. Mr. Ahern earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Boston University, a Master's in Education, sixth year in School Psychology and an Educational Leadership Certificate all from the University of Connecticut. He resides in Old Saybrook with his wife and children.
About Mountainside Drug Rehab and Alcohol Treatment Center
Mountainside is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of its drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs. Our Integrative Care Model provides a comprehensive set of treatment and care offerings coordinated by a multidisciplinary treatment team to best fit the unique needs and interests of each client. We are lauded for our ability to partner with each client and the client’s family and healthcare professionals in developing and executing individualized treatment plans that promote long-term sobriety.