Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) CT and the Westport Prevention Coalition present a program that empowers parents of middle school and high school students to have ongoing, intentional conversations about the dangers and consequences of underage drinking.
For more than 20 years, hundreds of high quality clinical studies in the United States and Europe have shown that the earlier in life young people drink, the more frequent and severe the problems they face in the short and long term. It is important to realize that no matter how mature young people act they are not simply small versions of adults. Young peoples’ brains are still in a critical period of development well into their 20’s. As a parent, you have power to equip your child to make smarter, safer choices and to help prevent tragedies.
The event was video taped so you may watch it here.
Nicole Wichowski is the Youth Program Manager at Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Nicole has a background in social work and has been with MADD for 3 years, educating teens, parent, and community members on the dangers of underage drinking and marijuana use.
Margaret Watt is the Prevention Director at Positive Directions-The Center for Prevention & Counseling, a Westport-based nonprofit behavioral health agency. Kevin Godburn is the Youth Services Director for the Town of Westport. He also oversees Toquet Hall and the Juvenile Review Board. Together, Margaret & Kevin co-chair the Westport Prevention Coalition, which brings together community members and agencies to prevent substance misuse across the lifespan.
Ann Rodwell-Lawton, associate director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and a local mental health clinician will discuss the generational impact of trauma on children with Liz Modugno, a licensed alcohol and addiction counselor. Their presentation will include:
If you missed the event, you may watch the recording here.
Ann Rodwell-Lawton is the Associate Director of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and oversees DVCC’s community initiatives, counseling department, and quality assurance efforts. Previously, she was the Director of Education, Training, & Outreach at the Women’s Center of Greater Danbury for five years. Ann earned her Master's in Social Work from Hunter College with a concentration in community organization, planning and development. Ann has extensive knowledge of youth primary prevention programming and has been trained in many evidence-based programs including Safe Dates and Shifting Boundaries.
Liz Modugno is Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Alcohol and Addiction Counselor and the owner of Aspire Counseling of CT. Liz has been in the field for over ten years and during that time has been the Clinical Director of two local Intensive Outpatient Programs while practicing as a clinician in Westport for the last eight years. Liz specializes in addiction, mental health, traumatic experiences and life changes. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Processing therapy.
Meet John Moe, critically-acclaimed public radio personality and host of The Hilarious World of Depression Podcast, when he discusses his struggle with depression with Karen K. It plagued his family and claimed the life of his brother in 2007. As he faced his own illness, he began to see similar behavior patterns and coping mechanisms in his conversations with others. The Hilarious World of Depression is a memoir of Moe’s own journey, revealing more than he’s ever discussed on the podcast. The book is also a treasure trove of laugh-out-loud stories and insights from his interviews with comics, musicians, writers and public figures who have dealt with depression.
“I was inspired by the illness that I’d carried around most of my life,” Moe says, “and how society has insisted we keep quiet about it, even though not being quiet is one of the best things we can do. I wrote the book to tell people that they’re not alone, it can get better, and we can even have some laughs on the way.”
Wrapping up with nine essential things Moe has learned about depression (the eighth of which is “there’s no tidy ending”), this powerful book illuminates depression in an entirely fresh and inspiring way.
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John Moe has served as host of national public radio broadcasts such as Weekend America, Marketplace Tech Report and, from 2010- 2015, Wits. His reporting has been heard on All Things
Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, Day to Day, and more. His writing appears in humor anthologies, The New York Times Magazine, McSweeney’s, and The Seattle Times.
Karen Krupnik is a therapist at Positive Directions –The Center for Prevention and Counseling in Westport. She is a licensed professional counselor with many years of experience providing counseling services in the non-profit sector to clients of all ages. She holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairfield University.
"Moe takes the stigma out of discussing mental illness and offers camaraderie to those who suffer from depression... [His] words should supply help, hope, and humor to many readers. " — Library Journal
"Moe’s edifying, enjoyable take on the realities of living with depression will uplift any reader." — Publisher's Weekly (starred review)
"This book is an excellent life raft for those of us who are so sure that we are alone in our struggles.” --Jenny Lawson