Events: Past Programs

Below is a list of previous events hosted by ARCH.  Most recent events are listed at the top. 

As available, links to handouts and/or additional information are provided as available.​

UNGUARDED: A conversation with Chris Herren about Drug addiction and Recovery

October 1, 2014 – an evening event held at Conestoga HS

  • ARCH was proud to co-sponsor this event with CHS SADD Club & CHS Student Council, TESD, FLITE and Paoli Wildcats

  • Chris Herren, a high school basketball legend from Fall River, MA, realized his lifelong dream of playing for the Boston Celtics, only to lose it all to alcohol and drug addiction.  Sober since 2008, Chris shares his harrowing story of abuse and recovery.

  • Read SPOKE cover story and access related links.

 

Parenting Teens with a Positive Twist

September 24, 2014 – a morning event held at T/ESD

  • Speaker:  Karen Moon, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in Wayne.

  • Karen's talk focused on how parents can positively impact this critical developmental period in our children's lives by identifying and re-focusing on our kids' strengths and resilience.   She emphasized the importance of parents understanding, being present, listening, and making the choice to focus on the positive aspects of a teen’s choices and experiences. 

  • Link to Suggested Reading List.

  • Link to 10 Tasks of Parenting Adolescents

 

Screening of The Anonymous People

April 9, 2014 – a daytime event held at T/E Administrative Offices

  • THE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE is a feature documentary film (88 minutes) about the 23.5 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. 

  • Watch Trailer

 

In Their Words

May 1, 2014 – an evening event held at T/E Administrative Offices

  • The panel will consisted of young adults from our community who are in recovery as well as parents from our community who have a child in recovery.

  • They shared their experiences with addiction.

  • This event intended to raise awareness of how teen alcohol & drug use can lead to addiction. 

 

Why it’s STILL not ok for your teen to get high

February 19, 2014 – a morning event held at T/E Administrative Offices

  • In light of recent legislation legalizing marijuana in some states, the increased use of marijuana for medical purposes, as well as public use by pop figures… the group discussed how our adolescents might be getting the wrong message about the danger of smoking marijuana.

  • Link to meeting recap

 
Understanding & Managing the Challenges of Raising Adolescents

November 13, 2013 – an evening event held at VF Middle School

  • Speaker:  Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S.Ed, is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at CHOP and a Professor of Pediatrics at Penn Medicine. He’s passionate about
    building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience.

  • Dr. Ginsburg offered practical approaches that parents, professionals and communities can use to prepare children and teens to thrive.

Understanding & Managing the Challenges of Raising Adolescents

November 13, 2013 – an evening event held at VF Middle School

  • Speaker:  Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D., M.S.Ed, is a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at CHOP and a Professor of Pediatrics at Penn Medicine. He’s passionate about

 
Our Teens’ Social Lives

September 18, 2013 – a morning event held at T/E Administrative Offices

  • A group discussion on our teens’ social lives, from middle school through high school, and how we can best tip the odds in favor of good decisions and outcomes.

 

Book Talk Letting Go with Love and Confidence

October 17, 2012 - a morning event held at T/E Administrative Offices

 

The Effects of Alcohol and other Drugs on the Adolescent Brain

April 12, 2012 – an evening event held at VF Middle School

  • Speaker: Ken Thompson, M.D., FASAM; Medical Director, Caron Treatment Centers

  • Adolescence can be a time of experimentation with drugs and alcohol.  Unfortunately, it is also a time that the brain is still developing. 

  • Early drug and alcohol use raises the chance of persisting neurological changes and has a fourfold or greater risk of addiction developing as compared to an adult brain. 

  • Dr. Thompson shared the current neuroscience of substance use and addiction and its relevance to the adolescent drug and alcohol user. 

  • Chilling evidence supports the need for early intervention and not just accepting drug and alcohol use as a phase that kids go through.

  • Watch Ken Thompson deliver same speech in Hatboro/Horsham

 

Race to Nowhere Screening

November 17 2011 – a morning event held at T/E Administrative Offices

  • RACE TO NOWHERE is a close-up look at the pressures on today's students, offering an intimate view of lives packed with activities, leaving little room for down-time or family time. 

  • The movie (80 minutes) was be followed by a discussion led by a moderator.

  • Link to RTN website