Puerto Rico Addiction Research Foundation
2da Conferencia La Adicción y sus Efectos en la Familia…
San Juan, Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico Addiction Research Foundation (PRARF) presentara su segunda conferencia “La Adicción y sus Efectos en la Familia”, los días 6 y 7 de septiembre del 2013 en el Centro de Convenciones de Puerto Rico, con la destacada participación de los expertos y líderes en el campo de la adicción, trauma y relaciones de familia. Todo dentro del contexto del núcleo familiar que sufre de los efectos de la adicción y alcoholismo.
PRARF una entidad sin fines de lucro y establecida con la misión de llevar el mensaje de recuperación de la adicción a todas las personas y familiares que de una forma u otra sufren de esta enfermedad y sus efectos en el entorno familiar. En esta nuestra segunda conferencia, PRARF presentara a profesionales líderes como el Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, líder en el tema del trauma y sus efectos en desarrollo del individuo, extensamente publicado y profesor de Psiquiatría en el Boston University Medical School, Terry Real internacionalmente reconocido terapista familiar, autor y conferencista, Laurie Dhue reconocida mujer ancla de las cadenas MSNBC, FOX News y CNN, que nos brindara su historia de fortaleza , fe y esperanza en su batalla con el alcoholismo y eventual recuperación, Dra. Alexandre B. Laudet internacionalmente reconocida investigadora del comportamiento y salud en la recuperación de adicción, psicóloga y Directora del NDRI’s Center for the Study of Addictions and Recovery, así como líderes del campo de la psicología tanto locales como internacionales.
DR. Bessel van der Kolk
Bessel van der Kolk, MD, is a clinical psychiatrist whose work attempts to integrate mind, brain, body, and
social connections to understand and treat trauma. His research ranges from the impact of trauma on
development and brain imaging, to the use of yoga, neurofeedback, EMDR, and theater in PTSD. He is a
professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, medical director of the Trauma Center in
Boston, and director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network, NCTSN. Dr. van der Kolk is author of
several books and over a hundred scientific articles
Is an internationally recognized Family Therapist and Author and has been featured often onGood
Morning America and ABC News.
Terry founded the Relational Life Institute (RLI), offering workshops for couples, individuals and parents
around the country along with a professional training program for clinicians wanting to learn his RLT
(Relational Life Therapy)methodology.
A family therapist and teacher for more than twenty five years, Terry is the best-selling author of I Don’t
Want to Talk About It:Overcoming the Secret Legacy ofMale Depression (Scribner, 1997), the straighttalking How Can IGet Through to You? ReconnectingMen and Women (Scribner, 2002), and most
recently The New Rules ofMarriage:What You Need toMake LoveWork(Random House). Terry knows
how to lead couples on a step-by-step journey to greater intimacy — and greater personal fulfillment.
A senior faculty member of the Family Institute of Cambridge in Massachusetts and a retired Clinical Fellow
of the Meadows Institute in Arizona, Terry has worked with thousands of individuals, couples, and fellow
therapists. Through his books, the Institute, and workshops around the country, Terry works with women
and men, parents and non-parents, to help them create the connection they desire in their relationships.
Martha Stark MD
Martha Stark, MD is a psychiatrist/psychoanalyst in private practice in Boston. She is on the Faculty at
Harvard Medical School (where she is Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry) and a Teaching/Supervising Analyst
at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis. In addition, she serves on the Faculty of the Continuing
Education Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard
Medical School), is Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at the Massachusetts General
Hospital (Harvard Medical School), and teaches in the continuing education programs at the
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and the Smith College School for Social Work.
Dr Stark is the author of three award-winning textbooks on psychoanalytic theory and technique – Working
with Resistance, A Primer on Working with Resistance, andModes of Therapeutic Action – all three of
which have earned the top rating of five stars on amazon.com
Alexandre B. Laudet, Ph.D, is a nationally recognized Addiction and Recovery Scientist. Her federally
funded research in the past 15 years has focused on what helps people with drugs and/or alcohol problems
quit drinking or getting high and how they stay in recovery. A social psychologist, her main goal is to
translate scientific knowledge into effective services and policy to create opportunity for long-term recovery
and improved quality of life for people with substance problems. She has published numerous scientific
articles, presents regularly at national and international conferences, serves on the editorial board of
several peer reviewed publications and community based organizations. Most recently, she was appointed
Director of the Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addiction's Recovery Research Center
(IRETA); she also provides consultancy to domestic and foreign government and community-based
agencies on promoting opportunities for addiction recovery.Dr. Timko completed her doctorate in social psychology at the University of Massach
Dr. Timko completed her doctorate in social psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in
1984, and a postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology at Yale University from 1984-87. Her
undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania was in psychology. Dr. Timko joined the VA in 1987,
and is currently working at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.
Dr. Timko's research focuses on the quality of care for patients with substance use and/or psychiatric
disorders. Currently, she is implementing and validating guidelines to help providers make effective
referrals to self-help groups for substance use disorder and dual diagnosis patients (IIR 20-067 and IIR 05-
014). In addition, she is examining gender differences in the course of treated and untreated substance use
disorders. Dr. Timko is developing and evaluating specialized treatments for substance use disorder
patients with the co-occurring problem of suicidality, interpersonal violence, or a disabling medical
Dr. Timko's recent publications include: "Dual diagnosis patients in community or hospital care: 1-year
outcomes and health care utilization and costs" (Journal of Mental Health, 2006); "Predictors of 16-year
mortality among initially untreated individuals with alcohol use disorders (Alcoholism: Clinical and
Experimental Research, 2006); and "Intensive referral to 12-step self-help groups and six-month substance
use disorder outcomes" (Addiction, 2006).
At the height of her career, Laurie Dhue was at the depth of her alcoholism.
From the early 1990s through 2008, Dhue rode a successful career as the only person to hold anchor
positions at all of the top three cable news networks: CNN,MSNBC and Fox News. To the world, she was
the essence of professionalism—poised, intelligent, authoritative. Name the attributes on any news
executive’s wish list: Dhue filled them all, at least when the cameras were on.
But off camera?
“It was just sad,” Dhue says. “There would be days I would come into work so hungover, I would have to
curl up in a fetal position on the floor of my office and lie under my desk just to get through the time before I
had to go on TV. I would be writing scripts fighting the urge to throw up, saying those foxhole prayers: ‘God,
just get me through this show, and I will never drink again!’ And as soon as I walked out of that news
station, I’d think, ‘Well, maybe I’ll just have a few drinks.’”
The double life is nothing new for us in recovery. We’ve all heard it, and most of us have lived it. But think
back to that confused and frightened state before we found help, back when we all thought we were the
only one, back when we had no idea what was happening to us or what help would look like if we could
even imagine it was out there at all.
For many of us, that period tends to get forgotten among the horrors of using, the defining moments of
hitting bottom and the joys and challenges of early recovery. But Dhue fiercely embraces that specific point
in her history: the time when she just didn’t know. It is the energy that fuels hermission to use her celebrity
podium to educate the world on addiction and recovery and make sure suffering addicts know three things:
“Help is out there. You’re not alone. You don’t have to die from this disease.”
Today, Dhue is a leading voice calling for openness and access in the recovery movement. She serves on
Caron’s New York Advisory Board and the boards of the National Youth Recovery Foundation and the
Bridge Way School in Philadelphia. Her calendar is filled with speaking engagements in which she strives
to educate the public on the nature of addiction and reality of recovery.
Santisteban, Daniel, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Center for Family
Studies University of Miami School of Medicine
Affiliated Faculty, Center for Research on U.S. Latino HIV/AIDS and Drug Abuse
Daniel Santisteban earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami in 1991 and
completed his internship at Bellevue Hospital/NYU. He is currently Research Associate Professor of
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami, Center for Family Studies. He has published
over 15 articles and chapters. His interests are in treatment development, family therapy research with
adolescents, and Hispanic families. Dr. Santisteban is the Principal Investigator of two grants funded by the
National Institute on Drug Abuse and one funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr.
Santisteban has been a co-leader of the Center for Family Studies Externship program for the training of
family therapists; has focused on developing new culturally appropriate family treatment interventions for
specialized populations; and is leading efforts in blending research and practice at the national and state
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