Two public presentations are scheduled for tonight as part of Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Mid-Atlantic Addiction Research and Training Institute Summer School. The free programs will be held at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
Bryn Hogan, executive director of the Autism Treatment Center of America, will present “Breakthrough Innovative Strategies for Parents of Autistic Children” at 7 p.m. In her presentation, Hogan will provide concrete, bold strategies outlining some crucial yet often overlooked aspects of autism and its treatment. She also will discuss what she describes as her daughter’s journey to full recovery.
Her program will be followed by “Faces of Addiction: From Wall Street to Hunts Point,” a presentation and exhibition by photojournalist Chris Arnade that documents the lives of prostitutes and addicts in the Hunts Point section of New York City. Arnade, who holds a Ph.D. in mathematics, was a professor who went on to become a successful Wall Street trader. Unhappy with Wall Street, he decided to immerse himself in the streets of New York City as a photographer.
His subjects include addicts, prostitutes and children, many of whom are trapped by poverty, abuse and addiction. By photographing them and listening to their stories, he hopes to paint an honest picture of people who have been traumatized and abused as children and have turned to drugs as a way to deal with that trauma. He regularly visits the neighborhood of Hunts Point and documents life in what many refer to as New York City’s red-light district. Arnade describes his presentation as one of human desperation, resiliency and hope.
MARTI Summer School, in its 25th year, is designed to address the changing needs of today’s youth and families. Presentations will include the latest information on treatment for young children, improving school-based programs, working with adolescents, sexual abuse intervention, improving cultural competency, adult recovery strategies, anger and violence, building resiliency in children, and other topics.
MARTI is one of the first organizations to employ the expertise of treatment programs and the resources of a university to offer training in the treatment of chemical dependency and associated problems. It is directed by Victor Garcia, a member of the anthropology faculty and IUP’s 2013 Distinguished University Professor.
It was co-founded by Robert Ackerman, an internationally known expert and author on topics including children, addiction and family relationships.