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November, 2006 Common Health: Substance Abuse through the Ages

The November 15, 2006 Common Health program considers changes in substance abuse over the ages - including youth, young adults, middle age and senior citizens. We'll als0 look at trends, the challenges we face and public health strategies for preventing substance abuse.

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Dr. Lenard Kaye
Ed Oechslie

Lenard W. Kaye, Ph.D. is Professor of Social Work at the University of Maine School of Social Work and Director of the University of Maine Center on Aging in the College of Business, Public Policy & Health. During the 2000-2001 academic year, he was the Visiting Libra Professor in UMaine's College of Business, Public Policy & Health. Previously, he was Professor of Social Work and Social Research and Director of the Ph.D. Program at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and Associate Director of the Brookdale Institute on Aging & Adult Human Development at Columbia University.

Ed Oechslie, M.A., ATR-BC, LCPC: Ed Oechslie, a board certified art therapist and licensed clinical counselor, joined the staff as Executive Director of the Acadia Family Center in January 2006. He holds a degree in art therapy from Southwestern College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has extensive experience in the trauma-sensitive treatment of substance abuse and codependency.
Before returning home to Maine, he worked as a primary therapist at a nationally known treatment center for emotional trauma, and most recently developed an art therapy component for all levels of treatment at a comprehensive substance abuse rehabilitation center in southern Maine. He has presented on the use of art therapy to treat trauma and addictions at local and national conferences.
In his approach with clients he often uses expressive therapies, and has a gentle, client-centered focus. He describes his role in the therapeutic relationship as “a witness for each client's journey to empowerment through self-discovery.”


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