PUBLIC SEMINAR: New Solutions to Drug and Alcohol Prevention in Adolescents


Wed, 12/07/2016    
5:00 pm-7:00 pm


Larrick Center
900 Turpin St, Richmond, VA , 23219

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This event is sponsored and hosted by Beacon Tree Foundation, VCU Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies.


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We have the opportunity to make Virginia the first state in the US to pilot this evidence-based drug prevention program featured in this New York Times article, The 4 Traits That Put Kids at Risk for Addiction.

The program, called Preventure, has successfully reduce drug and alcohol abuse in schools by 30-80% at two year follow up in countries outside the US including Canada and Australia.

The Preventure Program, originally developed by Dr. Patricia Conrod, a professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal, identifies how a child’s temperament or personality traits drive risk for drug use which can lead to addiction.

Speakers on the brain science behind addiction include:

5:10- Anne Moss Rogers – Emcee-President, Beacon Tree Foundation

5:20 -Linda Hancock, Director, The Wellness Center, VCU
We Can Do Better for Our Youth

5:30- Jasmin Vassileva, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies, VCU
Impulsivity: Novel behavioral target for treatment and prevention

5:50- Patricia Conrod, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Montreal, Canada
Preventure: A drug and alcohol prevention program targeting four personality traits associated with risk for substance misuse in adolescents

6:20-6:30- Brittany Anderson, Director of Legislative and Constituent Affairs, Office of the Attorney General, Richmond VA



Preventure. Evidence-based school drug prevention program coming to Virginia


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Anne Moss Rogers

I am an emotionally naked mental health speaker, and author of the Book, Diary of a Broken Mind and co-author with Kim O'Brien PhD, LICSW of Emotionally Naked: A Teacher's Guide to Preventing Suicide and Recognizing Students at Risk. I raised two boys, Richard and Charles, and lost my younger son, Charles to addiction and suicide on June 5, 2015. I help people foster a culture of connection to prevent suicide, reduce substance misuse and find life after loss. My motivational mental health keynotes, training and workshop topics include suicide prevention, addiction, mental illness, anxiety, coping strategies/resilience, and grief. As talented and funny as Charles was, letting other people know they matter was his greatest gift. And now the legacy I try and carry forward in my son's memory. Mental Health Speakers Website. Trained in ASIST and trainer for the evidence-based 4-hour training for everyone called safeTALK.

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