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International Conference on HIV/AIDS and Substance Abuse
8th November 2000.
Session No.3: New Treatment and Prevention Paradigms
Chairperson: Ms. Niti Khosla.
Speakers:Dr. Nancy J. Smyth & Ms Elaine M. Maccio (USA) - 14.30 - 14.55

Bio-data:
Dr. Nancy J. Smyth is associate professor and associate dean at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She is also a clinical social worker who specialises in the treatment of addicted trauma survivors. Dr. Smyth is Chair of the Research Committee of the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA), a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, a certified EMDR practicioner and an EMDRIA - Approved EMDR Consultant and Instructor.


Bio-data:
Ms. Elaine M. Maccio is a doctoral student of Social Welfare at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She has an educational background in alcohol and other drugs and is trained in the use of EMDR. Her research interests include sexual orientation, reorientation therapy, and gender and diversity issues. She is currently in practice as a family therapist at Child and Family Services in Buffalo, New York.


Topic of Presentation: EMDR - Research on EMDR, a trauma treatment method & its application to treatment of Substance Abuse.
Abstract: The paper was a research paper on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a trauma treatment method, which was summarised and the implications for substance abuse prevention and treatment explored, including protocols that apply EMDR to substance abuse and to disorders among youth.


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Speakers: Dr. Louis Glicksman (Canada) - 14.55 - 15.20

Bio-data:
Dr. Louis Glicksman is the Director of the Social, Prevention and Health Policy Department of the Centre For Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto and a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Western Ontario. His primary areas of interest have been in prevention and health promotion, particularly in the evaluation of interventions in a variety of health settings. He has been the principle investigator in a number of research projects in the prevention field.


Topic of Presentation: Drug Treatment Court : A Marriage of Demand and Supply Reduction Philosophies.
Abstract: The Toronto Drug Treatment Court (DTC) was introduced in December of 1998. Two of the objectives of the program are to determine whether it reduces recidivism (by reducing demand), and whether it is cost-effective and thus frees resources of police and courts. The project is being extensively evaluated with respect to process, outcome and cost-effectiveness. The presentation described the philosophy and approach of the Drug Treatment Court, the obstacles that had to be overcome in starting up, and presented some early findings.

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Speakers: Mr. Anand Chaudhuri (India) - 15.20 - 15.45
Bio-data:
Mr.Anand Chaudhuri is the Programme Officer - UNDCP in India.


Topic of Presentation: Reducing Vulnerability in Injecting Populations.
Questions & Answers - 15.45 - 15.55
Coffee/Tea Break - 15.55 - 16.10

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Session No.4: HIV/AIDS - Information & Dissemination
Chairperson: Mrs. Anju Rajesh Amin.
Speaker: Dr. Rosy Chhabra (USA) - 16.10 - 16.35

Bio-data:
Dr. Rosy Chhabra has been a post doctoral fellow of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA, with a doctorate in Psychology. She has over 15 years experience in psychological intervention with HIV+ve population, and currently heads a research group designed for HIV+ve Women with children (Mom's Place).


Topic of Presentation: Implementing a Resource Program for Women with HIV/AIDS
Abstract: This paper discussed how issues of discrimination, stigma, disclosure and confidentiality in HIV/AIDS take on a new meaning when coupled with the social dimensions of being a woman with a substance abuse history, and illustrated how the resource program responds to the needs, challenges and concerns expressed by HIV+ve women, and helps them by offering education and information.

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Speaker: Ms. Tatiana Semikop (Ukraine) - 16.35 - 17.00

Bio-data:
Ms. Tatiana Semikop of Ukraine is a graduate of the Odessa State University. She is currently working with the Regional Department of Police as Chief of the Criminal Police. She is also Chairman of the NGO, Public Movement "Faith, Hope, Love" since 1996. This organisation is involved in implementation of new methods of negative social phenomena prevention.


Topic of Presentation: Role of NGO in the Response to the Epidemic of AIDS.
Abstract: The paper examines the public movement "Faith, Hope, Love" which was organised by an initiative group of professionals in public health services, lawyers, employees of militia, as well as volunteers who had begun their work in the direction of AIDS preventive maintenance among vulnerable groups of the population. Methods examined in the paper include : involvement of vulnerable group representatives in preventive work, qualitative development of educational materials, opening up of confidence stations and mutual aid centers in order to facilitate communication between vulnerable group representatives and professionals etc.

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Speaker: Mr. Shu H. Cheng ( U.S.A) - 17.00 - 17.25
Topic of Presentation: Parent skills training as a prevention strategy in the U.S
Abstract: In replicating a parenting program , DARE TO BE YOU, amongst Vietnamese, Korean, Tongan, Samoan and Laotian families in Salt Lake city, significant results were found in several areas. Parenting program taught to immigrant parents of young children enhanced their family bonding by increasing communication.

Questions & Answers - 17.25 - 17.35
A parallel workshop entitled "HIV & Substance Abuse Prevention & Control in India" was organised from 16.10 to 18.30 at The Chancery Room, Taj President Hotel, chaired by Dr. Chan Makan and Dr. Yusuf Matcheswala.
Participants included:
  1. Mr. Kiran Sharma
  2. Ms. Jayita Kar
  3. Mr. Mrinal Kanti Dutta
  4. Ms. Usha Rani Srivastava
  5. Dr. Anita Shyam
  6. Dr. B. Vidya Kumar
  7. Dr. Tinni Dutta
  8. Dr. K. Rameshchandra Naidu
  9. Mr. Biswajit Panda
  10. Ms. Prarupa Mukherjee
  11. Mr. Malay Dewanji

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