Adolescent Counseling Services hosting Substance Abuse Symposium

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS), a community-based nonprofit agency delivering comprehensive mental health services to help individuals grow and thrive during the challenges of youth, is presenting a free community symposium on adolescent addiction.  Protecting Our Developing Youth: Adolescent Addiction, Prevention & Recovery will be hosted on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula headquarters at 2013 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto, CA 94303.

The morning session will feature local experts who will present on various topics related to adolescent addiction.  Keynote speakers are: Stephanie Brown, Ph.D., founder and director of The Addictions Institute, an outpatient therapy program in Menlo Park, CA; Anna Lembke, M.D., current Chief of Addiction Medicine Services at Stanford University;  and D’Anne Burwell, M.A., award-winning author of “Saving Jake: When Addiction Hits Home.”

The afternoon session will offer the following breakout workshops:  Advanced Motivational Interviewing with Rosalind Corbett, M.S., a registered addiction specialist and consultant; Understanding the Realities of Teen Substance Abuse with Connie Mayer, LMFT, Director of Outpatient Services at ACS; LGBTQQ+ and Addiction with Gabrielle Antolovich from Voices United; and ‘Everything You Want to Know about Your Teen but are Afraid to Ask’ with Philippe Rey, Psy.D., Executive Director of ACS.

Protecting Our Developing Youth is presented by the Esther Ting Foundation, whose mission is to protect adolescents from the risks of substance abuse. Additional event sponsors include: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, Project Safety Net, Youth Community Service (YCS), Palo Alto Police Department and Voices United.  This seminar is free of charge but attendees must register online at   For more information on the symposium or how to register, contact the ACS Marketing Department at 650-424-0852 ext. 111 or email

Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS) exists to support the wellbeing of all teens, tweens, and young adults in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.  ACS’ networks of skilled family therapists and professionally-led support groups have been a resource that youth and families can rely on since 1975.  Trained professionals  offer on-campus and community counseling, substance abuse treatment, LGBTQQ+ support services, and community education programs.  ACS supports individuals to overcome obstacles, develop confidence, and be empowered to build happy, healthy futures.


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