Sept. 22, 2005
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RUSSIAN SUBSTANCE ABUSE
COUNSELORS TO VISIT SRU SEPT.
TO EXCHANGE TREATMENT
AND PREVENTION METHODS
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.
– Three Russian substance abuse counselors and a medical
school administrator visit Slippery Rock University Tuesday [Sept.
27] to exchange treatment and counseling methods, followed by a
meeting with SRU’s Russian club.
The Russian experts will
brainstorm anti-drug strategies and treatment methods with
SRU’s Dr. Gerard Love, associate professor of counseling and
development and coordinator of the university’s graduate
program in addiction counseling. They’ll spend the evening
with the Russian club in Carruth Rizza Hall at 7
are pleased to have these international experts coming to
campus,” SRU President Robert Smith said. “Globalism is
a priority at Slippery Rock University -- we want our students to
graduate with a broad understanding of the world. Any exchange of
information on the important topic of substance abuse prevention
will produce growth for all involved.”
The visit is being
hosted by the Greenville Rotary and organized by SRU graduate
William Kirker, second vice president of the club. The Open
World Leadership Center at the Library of Congress is bringing the
group to western Pennsylvania. Its Open World Program fosters
mutual understanding by enabling emerging political and civic
leaders from former Soviet countries to work with their American
counterparts. The Russians, who will also visit schools and
drug-treatment facilities in Sharon, Greenville and Mercer, will be
in the area Sept. 24-Oct. 2, staying with American families in
About the visitors
Aleksandr Balykov heads the Khvalynsk branch of the No to Alcoholism
and Drug Addiction Foundation, established in 1987 in Moscow during
perestroika. Yelena Belevich is a project manager at the
St. Petersburg branch of the British-based EveryChild
organization, where her activities include conducting seminars and
workshops on HIV/AIDS.
Natalya Lebedeva serves as assistant
director for academics atYaroslav Mudry (Yaroslav the Wise) Novgorod State
University Medical College, in Nizhniy
Novgorod. She launched a volunteer program at the
college aimed at combating juvenile drug addiction.
Psychologist Viktoriya Mushnikova is the deputy director of the
Dialogue Center in the Siberian city of Irkutsk that focuses on
SRU’s graduate program in addiction
counseling, accredited by the Council for Accreditation of
Counseling and Related Educational Programs, prepares graduates for
work in hospitals, private practice, mental health clinics and
other treatment centers.
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