News from Sherry Collear, Prevention Services Supervisor for Goochland Powhatan Community Services, announces a free and open to the public series that will be held in Founders Hall on the campus of Sabot at Stony Point School. To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org
“Dispelling the Myths” – October 24, 2013 – 7pm to 9pm
Bill Maher, CADC, ACI and Dr. David Leszczyszyn, MD, Ph.D.
Nationally recognized Interventionist Bill Maher and VCU Child Neurologist Dr. David Leszczyszyn will present current trends in adolescent substance abuse. They will also explore the damaging effects of adolescent drug and alcohol use and discuss warning signs and strategies.
“Effective Parenting in a Toxic Time” – January 23, 2014 – 7pm to 9pm
Leandra Doane, NCC
What can parents do to help their children avoid problems with drugs and alcohol? Leandra Doane will present parenting skills for resiliency and resistance including family communication tips and peer strategies.
“When Effective Parenting is Not Enough” – March 27, 2014 – Laurie Rokutani, CPP, MAC, NCC
Despite all our best efforts, children may still need substance abuse interventions. Laurie Rokutani will discuss various interventions and what to do when a family member has substance abuse issues.
Bill Maher, CADC, ACI, is a highly successful and innovative Interventionist specializing in the Gentle, Respectful, Invitational Model, which addresses the effects of addiction on the whole family. He is a nationally recognized expert in the field of intervention for chemical dependency. He is a preferred interventionist for a number of the country’s top treatment centers, including the Betty Ford Center. A sought after speaker and trainer in the field of intervention, Bill has appeared on Good Morning America and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and WVTF Public Radio on the topic of substance abuse intervention.
Dr. David Lesczyszyn was voted one of Richmond’s “Top Docs” in 2012 for Child Neurology (Richmond Magazine). He is Board Certified in Child Neurology as well as Sleep Medicine.
Leandra Doane, NCC, is currently the Student Services Specialist at Rappahannock Community College. From 2009 until January 2013, she was a therapist with Chesapeake Counseling Associates, PC, where she developed a co-parenting program (Partnerships in Parenting) and provided a variety of clinical services to children and families. She has also worked with struggling, at-risk high school students including implementing a drug prevention program for 10th graders. Prior to teaching and counseling, Leandra spent years as an administrator in early childhood programs. She has also worked with Early Head Start as an education coordinator. Leandra is the mother of two teenagers and a preschooler (as well as 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 7 hens).
Laurie Rokutani, CPP, MAC, NCC, has been a counselor for over thirty years serving a wide variety of clientele, from indigent substance abusers to the very affluent. She has worked in a wide variety of settings, both private practice and community agencies, all across the United States. Having moved from general counseling to substance abuse counseling, she then shifted gears into youth substance abuse prevention (K-12) and into academia at The College of William and Mary. Laurie has received special training from the Harvard Mind/Body Institute in stress management and currently teaches an online course in spirituality and addictions. Most recently, she has launched her own consulting business, MoonShadow, where she seeks to connect resources in the substance abuse and counseling fields.