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On Campus At GCC: Alcohol/drug studies summit planned

September 04, 2010|By Wendy Grove

Students in the Alcohol/Drug Studies program and the Alcohol/Drug Studies Club are sponsoring "Addiction Summit 2010: Counselors, Clinicians and Community" from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Sept. 29.

The event will feature guest speakers and focuses on the treatment profession. The summit is free and open to the public.

Renee Zito, director of the Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs for the state of California, is the keynote speaker. She will discuss the treatment profession from a global perspective. Her presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.


There will be breakout sessions with other speakers, all held in the Student Center beginning at 8 p.m.

One of the featured speakers is Dr. Joy Chudzynski. She is assistant research psychologist in the Integrated Substance Abuse Program at UCLA's Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Behavior and a licensed clinical psychologist. She has done research on the development, refinement and dissemination of behavioral therapies for the treatment of substance use disorders.

Also scheduled to speak is Father Jack Kearney, an instructor at Loyola Marymount University, board member of California Assn. for Alcohol/Drug Educators and president of Family Intervention and Services. He will discuss legal and ethical issues.

The event is also supported by the GCC Nursing Department. Nursing instructor Michelle Ramirez will give a talk from the medical perspective on the addiction treatment field.

For more information, contact Orlando Rivera, instructor in the college's Alcohol/Drug Studies program, at (818) 240-1000, Ext. 1385.



The GCC Lifelong Learning Seminars program for seniors covers a wide range of topics and interests in free classes held at convenient local sites.

This semester the free seminars are held at the Life Skills Building at the college's main campus off Mountain Street near the Glendale (2) freeway; Pacific Park at 501 S. Pacific; The Professional Development Center, 2340 Honolulu Ave., Montrose; the Adult Recreation Center, 201 E. Colorado St., and Sparr Heights Community Center at 1613 Glencoe Way.

Courses may be entered at any time during the semester with either in-person enrollment at a class meeting or online at

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