Riley's Wish Lecture Series

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Join the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery and The Riley’s Wish Foundation for the third annual Riley’s Wish Lecture Series.

This year’s lecture series will have a special focus on supporting those with co-occurring mental health issues in collegiate recovery and peer communities. Keynote speakers this year include Tom Bannard, CADC, MBA, Program Coordinator for Rams in Recovery, Virginia Commonwealth University and Joan Scully, LCSW, MCA, Clinical Director at Gainsville Recovery Resources. We will also be joined by speakers Dr. Lawrence Bryant, PhD, MPH, BSW, RRT, Assistant Professor (part-time), Department of Health Promotion at Kennesaw State University; Dr. Josh E. Gunn, PhD, Executive Director, Counseling and Psychological Services at Kennesaw State University; and Chrissie Hodges, CPSS, Certified Peer Support Specialist and Mental Health Advocate at Effective OCD Treatment.

October 18, 2019 | 9:00AM – 3:00PM

Kennesaw State University
Joe Mack Wilson Student Center Ballrooms
860 Rossbacher Way, Marietta, GA 30060
$30 Registration, Kennesaw State University faculty, staff, and students are eligible for complimentary registration.
CEU hours available: NASW, GACA, LPCA, APA, LCSW, CHES
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Riley's Wish Lecture Series is synthesizing how we can better serve co-occurring issues in various settings and help families support their loved ones.
"Addiction is universal. It is not a new problem, but recently record numbers of Americans have lost their lives to addiction. Families and professionals alike seem confused as to the best way to combat this growing, deadly problem. Frederick “Riley” Sisson was excited to share this article to raise awareness to those afflicted with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and addiction; sadly he lost his courageous battle to OCD and addiction from an accidental overdose on September 1, 2014. He was just 25 years old. Right up until his death, he was an advocate for those suffering from OCD and addiction. This article reflects Riley’s work. Riley inspired many people not only in his short life, but also in his death. Margaret, his mother, is devoted to carrying on his work and his message. So here’s to you, Riley!"

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