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College Presents Addiction Recovery Documentary

March 24, 2014

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The psychology department at Saint Anselm College presents the first event of their speaker series Enhancing Recovery: The Hechtl/Lasky Psychology Lecture on April 2 at 7 p.m. with the screening of an addiction recovery documentary, "The Anonymous People," followed by a panel discussion of local community experts. The screening and discussion at the Dana Center is free and open to the public.

"The Anonymous People" highlights the emerging addiction recovery movement involving more than 23 million Americans. It shines a light on the personal and societal value of recovery through the stories of those living in long-term recovery.

Following the feature film, the panel discussion will be moderated by Saint Anselm College psychology Professor Loretta Brady, Ph.D., and include substance abuse professionals and a person in recovery.

The psychology department's new speaker series is designed to highlight the way every day people, research, and public policy can work together to make progress for those living with psychological illness.

The series is in honor of former faculty members Richard Hechtl and Julian Jack Lasky, who were leaders in the psychology department, having devoted their careers to promoting wellness through basic and applied psychology research.

Professor Emeritus Hechtl is responsible for developing the psychology curriculum at the college and was the first chair of the department. In addition to serving many roles at the college, he worked at various facilities as a clinical psychologist. He passed away in May 2013.

Professor Lasky taught in the psychology department for many years following a distinguished career in the field. Past roles included chief of psychology for the V.A. Hospital System and running the selection program for the Peace Corps. He passed away in January 2012.

The film is sponsored by Health Services and will be followed by a panel of recovery community members. Food donations are being accepted at the door to benefit the Greater Manchester AIDS Project. Additional information and resources will also be available in the lobby.

Panelists include:

  • Jerry Hevern, MD, Family Physician at Suncook Family Health Center, PA and Elliot Pain Management Center; Board Certified in Family Medicine by The American Board of Family Medicine and Addiction Medicine by The American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Stephanie McNeil, Easter Seals
  • Tym Rourke, MA, Director of SUD Grantmaking, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and Chair of the Governor's Commission on SUD
  • Meghan Shea, MSW, LICSW, MLADC Family Willows Manager and Therapist
  • Eric Spofford, Founder of The Granite House sober living for men and recovering addict
  • Cheryl Wilkie, Psy.D., MLADC Senior Vice President Farnum Center and Webster Place Recovery

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