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Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / AARC "conference"
« on: February 20, 2012, 08:29:19 PM »

How to win in adolescent addiction; an evidence based practice

Presented by
Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre
How to win in adolescent addiction; an evidence based practice
Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre
Ann McCaig Centre
303 Forge Road S.E.,
Calgary, AB T2H 0S9
Phone: (403) 253-5250
Fax: (403) 640-2520
February 27th & 28th, 2012
To better address the effects of substance abuse and addiction in the
community this two-day conference will provide evidence based
research approach with the intent of informing and creating
significant professional relationships within the community.
This Conference is of significant importance as it will allow delegates to better
address the effects of substance abuse and addiction in the community.
How to win in adolescent addiction; an evidence based practice will share a
message of experience, strength and hope regarding drug and alcohol
use and abuse and the disease of addiction within the family dynamic.
Monday February 27th, 2012
Registration & Breakfast
Opening by M. Ann McCaig
Keynote Dr. Ken Winters
- “This is Your Brain on Adolescence:
Implications of Brain Development Science for
Enhancing Treatment of Substance Use Disorders.”
Dr. Lori Hogg
- “Drug Induced Psychosis: When and What to Treat.”
Dr. F. Dean Vause
Natalie Imbach, M.Sc.
Colin Brown, M.Sc.
- “Success in Treating Adolescent Addiction “
Dr. Peter Choate
- “Role of the Parents in Adolescent Addiction”
Closing by Dr. F. Dean Vause

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012
Welcome - The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative
Keynote Dr. Amelia Arria
- “Risk Factors for Underage Drinking and Drug Use:
What does the research tell us?”
Jennifer Edmondson-Neily, B.A., B.Ed.
Donna Price, B.PE., B.Ed.
Gisele Kreuger, B.Ed., M.Ed.
- “The Roles Schools Can Play in Supporting the
Adolescent Addict”
Tia Salter, B.A. CRIM
- “Accreditation, Quality Assurance and Outcomes”
Dr. Stuart Wilkinson, Pure North S’Energy
- “Healthy Living”
AARC Parents & Kids
- “Success Stories from Parents & Youth”
Closing Remarks by Dr. F. Dean Vause

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / AARC's fFirst grad dies
« on: September 30, 2010, 02:24:13 PM »
Anthony Congo, the first graduate of AARC died this month. He was a great guy and had a terrible battle with mental illness and hardcore drug use.

Straight, Inc. and Derivatives / What is going on with AARC?
« on: August 10, 2010, 08:10:55 PM »
I noticed that after their big begathon "gala" this year ther was zero press. I know there "client" numbers are very low - no that it matters, the money is still rolling in.

Liberal MLA raises security bar issue
By Renata D'Aliesio; With Files From Joel Kom, Calgary HeraldApril 7, 2009
With the deaths of three renters in a northwest Calgary basement fire raising questions over security bars on windows, a Liberal MLA questioned on Monday why fixed bars are allowed for other structures where people live.
Photograph by: Ted Rhodes, Calgary HeraldWith the deaths of three renters in a basement fire raising questions over security bars on windows, a Liberal MLA questioned on Monday why fixed bars are allowed for other structures where people live.

Harry Chase raised the issue Monday in the provincial legislature, wondering why bars are a deemed a danger to renters in secondary suites but are allowed for owner-occupied homes as well as residential treatment centres such as Calgary's Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre.

"Why aren't they considered a threat for home-owning family members or for the vulnerable youth prisoners of forced AARC confinement?" he said in question period.

Chase accused the government of failing to look after the well-being of children "imprisoned in homes."

Municipal Affairs Minister Ray Danyluk said the province works with cities to make sure standards are in place, but didn't directly answer Chase's question about bars on owner-occupied homes or residential treatment centres.

Chase's charges follow three deaths in a Calgary basement fire in January.

The Alberta Building Code allows fixed bars on bedroom windows if they can be easily removed. Other bars, even if they're not easily removed, are allowed on any non-bedroom window in a home.

As for buildings such as treatment centres that may require more security, external bars are allowed on windows as long as other fire safety measures are taken and pass a fire department inspection.

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald

This happens right after the government passes a law banning the practice of giving double time served credit (sometimes triple). This guy now has no reason to hang around in Remand.

Date set for plea in drug killing
 Calgary HeraldMarch 21, 2009
A 24-year-old man charged with first-degree murder for a late-night, drug-related shooting nearly three years ago is expected to resolve his case without a trial.

Lawyer David Chow set an April 14 date for plea for Cody William bates during Queen's bench criminal appearance court on Friday.

Bates was scheduled to face a four-week jury trial starting Sept. 14, along with co-accused Jason Malin Woods, in the death of Ali Khamis, 30. Khamis died from a single gunshot fired at close range just before midnight June 6, 2006. Woods, 21, is charged with manslaughter.

A third suspect, Justin Gittens, 26, was arrested a year later in connection with the same slaying. He was charged with manslaughter, robbery and possession of a prohibited weapon.

Khamis was found slumped behind the wheel of his Ford Mustang parked outside the shawnessy Community association in the city's south end. He had been shot once.

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald

NDP calling for youth centre investigation
Gwendolyn Richards
Calgary Herald

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The provincial NDP's children and youth services critic is calling for an investigation into an addictions recovery centre in Calgary following reports some teens were victims of abuse.

Edmonton-Strathcona MLA Rachel Notley made the call for the investigation following question period Tuesday, where the issue was raised.

Liberal MLA Harry Chase initially called on the government to explain how the Alberta Adolescent Recovery Centre is licensed and monitored.

Children's Minister Janis Tarchuk said she was concerned about the allegations, but her ministry is not responsible for the treatment centre.

"In terms of AARC, my department does not have any capabilities or mandate to license a non-residential addiction treatment centre," she said during question period.

Her response, combined with Health Minister Ron Liepert's comment that the province provides $300,000 in annual funding, is a concern, said Notley.

"Regardless of whether the ministry of children and families does not license this place, they have a responsibility to respond to any complaints of abuse in the community,"she said. "The government seems to be washing their hands of it."

She added that because judges are ordering youth to attend the centre, the government has an obligation to ensure it is operating with best practices.

A spokeswoman for Alberta Children and Youth Services said the allegations of abuse are alarming, but the department's responsibility does not include third par-ties, only cases where the allegations are made against parents or guardians.

"We do take all reports of allegations of abuse very seriously. We do recommend people contact police if they have been abused," Dawn Delaney said.

Alberta Health and Wellness spokesman Howard May said the ministry has no plans to investigate the facility, pointing out any allegations of abuse fall under the children's ministry, while questions around the provision of drug counselling services is the responsibility of his department.

Notley said the government has an obligation to examine the allegations.

Also troubling, said Notley, is that peers are serving as counsellors in the facility despite having no training and without supervision.

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© The Calgary Herald 2009

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