From Harford County government:
On Wednesday, June 23, FACE-IT will present the 2010 Symposium on Drug Prevention, Intervention and Treatment at Patterson Mill Middle/HighSchool, 85 Patterson Mill Road, Bel Air, from 8 AM to 4 PM.
This year the theme, “Generation X & Y Coexisting,” will highlight effective techniques for understanding and communicating between generations.
The yearly Symposium explores current health and safety issues facing our youth in Harford County. These concerns generate the topics of the workshops that are useful to social workers, drug counselors, nurses, educators, and the public. The topics chosen this year will enable participants to expand their knowledge about, and on, generational issues such as internet social sites, media stereotypes, mediation and problem solving, as well as the latest trends in drug and alcohol abuse, intervention, prevention and treatment.
“A top priority of this administration is to place Harford County as a leader in current health and safety issues,” stated Harford County Executive David Craig. “The annual Symposium highlights pertinent issues and I encourage everyone to attend to learn how to effectively address concerns involving our area youth.”
The Symposium includes a series of workshops with topics ranging from; “An Intimate Look at Alcohol and It’s Sobering Facts” and “Abuse of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs,” to “How Music and Media Reinforce Gender Role Stereotypes” and “Sexting”, to name just a few. This year Caprice Smith and Rodney Hill will be co-Keynote and Plenary Speakers.
The Keynote address will explore internet social sites (Facebook, Myspace, etc.) and highlight how they diminish the normal boundaries of personal safety. The Plenary address will recap the day with an emphasis on how the awareness of generational similarities and differences can change our perceptions so our community can co-exist and effectively communicate. This year the focus is on how social media sites have taken over as a form of communication which has impacted both generations with positive and negative consequences. By educating the professionals who work with youth and their parents, we can, as a society, build awareness, overcome the problems, and work on solutions.
“We encourage Harford County citizens to join us for a useful day of eye-opening education,” says Joseph Ryan, Manager, Office of Drug Control Policy.
To register, and for more information, contact Barbara Mason at 410-638-3381 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is also available online athttp://www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/drugcontrol/Symposium.cfmDisability-relatedaccommodations available upon request. The 2010 Symposium is presented by FACE-IT, in partnership with the Harford County Department of Community Services’ Office of Drug Control Policy; Addiction Connections Resource, Inc.; Harford County Public Schools; and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. Six Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) will be granted for this training.
Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Federal Drug Free Communities Grant from Substance Abuse & Mental Health Series Administration (SAMHSA). Faith Activated Community Empowering Intervention Training (FACE-IT) was formed to provide educational intervention through training to prevent substance abuse and combat addictions in Harford County. The group’s purpose is to build a community ofspiritual healing by empowering and supporting faith and community organizations in theirservice to people suffering from substance abuse and other addictions through prevention, awareness, education and training.