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International Fellow Visits "Drugs and Society" Class
Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Contact:  Brian Kirschner
Contact Email:  b.kirschner@usp.edu
Contact Phone:  215.895.1186

Wynford Ellis Owen, the chief executive of the Welsh Council on Alcohol and Other Drugs and a recipient of the 2010 Winston Churchill Fellowship, was a guest in the Drugs Behavior and Society class recently.

Owen came at the request of Adjunct Assistant Professor Dr. Roland Lamb who also serves as Addiction Services Director for the Department of Behavioral Health and Mental Retardation Services, Philadelphia Department of Health.

“I asked Wynford to visit the Drugs Behavior and Society class to talk about addiction treatment in Wales and his project,” said Lamb. “He came away very impressed with the students."

“The aim of Owen's fellowship is to visit some of the new recovery community centers in Vermont, Connecticut, Philadelphia, Washington, and Richmond, Va., that achieve long-term recovery from severe alcohol and/or drug-related problems. Visiting these centers will provide very useful ideas on how to better build a strong “peer culture” into the services being established by the Welsh Council.”

The Winston Churchill Trust is the national memorial and living tribute to Sir Winston, who died in 1965. The Trust’s objectives are to encourage the advancement and propagation of education in any part of the world for the benefit of British citizens of all walks of life. The aim is such that this education will make its recipient more effective in their life and work, whilst benefitting themselves and their communities, and ultimately the UK as a whole.

Owen will also produce a transmission-quality video-diary of his visit that will help to develop positive images of people who are in recovery and it will be a permanent and valued resource to testify to the effectiveness of these innovative approaches.

Dr. Lamb's class in Drugs, Behavior and Society is one of several Behavioral and Social Science offerings in drugs, crime, or social justice that students may pursue as part of the sociology minor, or the interdisciplinary program in forensics offered at USciences.

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