COVERSATIONS ABOUT ADDICTION
Award-Winning Neuroscience Author, Journalist & Mental Health Advocate
Maia Szalavitz is an award-winning author and journalist
who covers addiction and neuroscience. Her latest book, the New York Times bestseller, Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction uses her own story of recovery from heroin and cocaine
addiction to explore how reframing addiction as a learning disorder can transform prevention, treatment and policy. It was published
by St. Martin’s Books in April 2016, with paperback forthcoming in 2017.
Her work speaks to people with addiction, their family members,
policy makers, concerned community members, politicians, treatment providers, physicians, social service agencies affected
by addiction, university communities, criminal justice officials, and others who want to improve the way we prevent, treat
and manage drug problems.
She spoke this year at Harvard Medical School’s widely respected annual conference on Treating the Addictions, keynoted the
2016 meeting of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, appeared on panels and as a speaker at multiple Drug Policy Alliance conferences
and at the Harm
Reduction Coalition conference. This year alone, she’s spoken to classes at Yale, Columbia, and New York University and
she will speak at M.I.T. and U.C.L.A in coming semesters. She moderated a panel on Ithaca’s forthcoming drug policy changes (including
a safe injection facility), spoke to town leaders and concerned citizens in Blackburg, Virginia and to tech leaders in Boston at a "hackathon"
to fight the opioid crisis sponsored by GE, Massachusetts General Hospital and the City of Boston.
She’s the author or co-author of six previous books, including
the bestselling The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog (Basic, 2007), which is widely used in psychology and
social work classes as an introduction to child trauma issues; and Born for Love: Why Empathy
Endangered (Morrow, 2010), both with leading child psychiatrist and trauma expert Bruce D. Perry, MD,
Her book, Help at Any Cost:
How the Troubled-Teen Industry Cons Parents and Hurts Kids (Riverhead, 2006) is the first history of widespread systemic abuse in "tough
love" programs and
rehabs and helped spur Congressional hearings, Government Accountability Office (GAO) investigations and proposed legislation
to regulate these groups. She also co-wrote the first evidence-based consumer guide to addiction treatment,
Options: The Complete Guide, with Joe Volpicelli, MD, PhD. (Wiley, 2000).
Currently, she writes a twice-monthly column for VICE on drugs and addiction.
From 2010 to 2013, she wrote daily for TIME.com and she continues to freelance there and for other publications including
York Times, Scientific American Mind, Nature,
Magazine online, Pacific Standard, Matter, Nautilus, and The
Szalavitz has won major awards from organizations like the American Psychological
Association, the Drug Policy Alliance and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology in recognition of her work in these
areas. A book that she co-wrote as a ghost received the Pen / E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing.
8:00 - 9:00 AM Participant Registration
9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome
Angel Young-Gill, Dinwiddie County & Stephan Stark, ncgCARE
9:15– 9:45 AM Local
Task Force Panel
10:45 AM Keynote Speaker: Maia Szalavitz, Conversations About Addiction
10:45 – 11:15 AM Break/ Provider Exhibits Open
11:15 – 12:15 PM Keynote Speaker: Maia Szalavitz,
Conversations About Addiction, continued
12:15 - 1:15 PM Lunch
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1:15 – 3:00 PM Keynote Speaker: Maia Szalavitz, Conversations About Addiction, continued
3:00 - 3:30 PM Door Prizes, event ends
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