Seminar: The Legacy of Shame and Addiction in Irish Family Systems

The RISE Foundation is holding a half-day seminar on the legacy of shame and addiction in the family system and the devastating impact that addiction has on families on Monday, May 14.

The Foundation is delighted to have secured a number of top international speakers, Dr. Garrett O’Connor and Professor Alex Copello,  who are recognised as authorities in the field of addiction.

Date: Monday, May 14 from 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (with lunch from 12.30 p.m.)

Venue: Croke Park Conference Centre (Hogan Mezzanine Suite)

Registration: All attendees must register in advance.

Cost: €50 per attendee (paid in advance)

Opening Address: Roisin Shortall T.D. – Minister of State  for Primary Care.

Chairperson: Rolande Anderson  B.S.S. (Hon.), C.Q.S.W.Addiction Counsellor, lecturer and published author:  Living with a Problem Drinker: your survival guide (2010).

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Garrett O’Connor is former  Chief Psychiatrist of the Betty Ford Center, one of  the USA’s leading addiction treatment facilities, and former  President of the Betty Ford Institute for Education, Research and Prevention  in Addiction.  He is  an internationally recognised expert with  wide  experience in the field,  and  has held  senior  faculty positions in the Departments of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and UCLA,  where he  was Medical Director of Alcohol and Drug Treatment  Programmes  at both institutions. He has written articles and lectured on addiction topics in many countries, including Russia, Kazakhstan, the U.K., Spain, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Iceland, and Nicaragua.

Prof. Alex Copello Bsc, Msc, Phd, is Professor of Addiction Research at The School of Psychology, University of Birmingham and Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Birmingham and Solihull NHS Foundation Trust addiction services. His interests include the study of the impact of addiction upon families and the development and evaluation of family and social network based interventions. Alex has been involved in international cross-cultural research assessing the impact of addiction on families in Mexico, Australia and Italy. He publishes regularly in scientific journals and has co-authored/edited a number of publications including:  Living with Drink: Women Who Live with Problem Drinkers (1998); Substance Misuse in Psychosis: Approaches to Treatment and Service Delivery (2002) Cognitive Behavioural Integrated Treatment (2004), and Social Behaviour and Network Therapy for Alcohol Problems (2009).

Stephen Rowen – Senior Addiction Therapist with The RISE Foundation (Former Clinical Director of the Rutland Centre)

Frances Black – Founder and C.E.O. of The RISE Foundation