Free Presentations Offered to Community: “Parents of Autistic Children” and “Faces of Addiction”

Posted on 6/27/2013 12:21:40 PM

On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, the 25th annual MARTI Summer School Conference will have evening presentations offered free to the public beginning at 7:00 p.m.

“Breakthrough Innovative Strategies for Parents of Autistic Children”

  • Presented by Bryn Hogan, executive director of the Autism Treatment Center of America
  • Beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Toretti Auditorium in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

Hogan will provide concrete, bold strategies you can implement now for the immediate gain of the children/adults with whom you work. With humor and inspiration, she will outline some crucial yet often-overlooked aspects of autism and its treatment. She will also recount the story of her own daughter’s journey to full recovery. Her lecture focuses on some innovative, outside-the-box techniques you can use today to help your children/adults: move beyond “stimming” (without you stopping or discouraging their behavior), learn new skills (without you having to push or pressure), and, most especially, to form meaningful, caring relationships with others.

The Son-Rise Program was originated by Barry Neil Kaufman and Samahria Lyte Kaufman in 1974 for their son, Raun, who was challenged by autism. Their autism education model has changed the way children with autism are helped worldwide and was the subject of a 1988 movie, Son Rise: a Miracle of Love.

“Faces of Addiction: From Wall Street to Hunts Point”

  • Presented by Chris Arnade, Ph.D., photojournalist
  • Beginning at 7:45 p.m. in Toretti Auditorium in the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex

Arnade will present his 45-photo photojournalist journey capturing the faces of drug addicts and prostitutes in the Hunts Point section of New York City. He stated out as a professor with a Ph.D. in mathematics and went on to become a successful Wall Street trader. Unhappy with Wall Street, he gave it all up a year ago to immerse himself with marginalized people in New York City as a photographer. His subject include addicts, prostitutes, and children, many of whom are trapped by poverty, abuse, and addiction. By photographing them and listening to their stories, he hopes to paint an honest picture of people who have been traumatized and abused as children and have turned to drugs as a way to deal with that trauma. He regularly visits the neighborhood of Hunts Point and records life in what many refer to as New York City’s red light district. Arnade will present his photomontage message of human desperation, resiliency, and hope in his powerful presentation to the public.

MARTI (Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute) has established itself as the region’s premier continuing education program devoted to training professionals on behavioral health issues involving high-risk children, youth, adults, and families. Their conference attendees include teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, psychologists, alcohol and drug counselors, clergy, juvenile justice workers, social workers and family therapists, health care professionals, and community behavioral health specialists. Sponsors of this year’s event include the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, Gateway Rehabilitation, Indiana Regional Medical Center, Citizens Ambulance, and Adelphoi Village.

More information about the MARTI Summer School Conference can be found online.