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Expert on alcoholism and families is guest speaker for UI program's 25th anniversary

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- One of the country's leading experts on how alcoholism affects families will be the guest speaker for sessions to mark the 25th anniversary of the Substance Abuse Counseling Program at the University of Iowa College of Education Friday, Oct. 9 and Saturday, Oct. 10.

Barbara McCrady, clinical director for the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University, will present "Til Death Do Us Part: Working with Couples with Substance Abuse" as part of a training session for counselors from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Oct. 9 in room 301 of the Lindquist Center on the UI campus.

McCrady's presentation will be followed by a panel discussion on "Working Smarter, Not Harder, in a Managed Care Environment" from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Panelists include Kermit Dahlen of the Gordon Recovery Centers in Sioux City; Chad Jensen of NCARF in Fort Dodge; Vickie Lewis of SATUCI in Marshalltown; and Arthur Schut of the Mid-East Council on Chemical Abuse (MECCA) in Iowa City.

The Substance Abuse Counseling Program will also be the host for a banquet for alumni and friends beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10 in the R. Wayne Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The training session and the banquet are open to the public but require advance registration. Fees are $25 a person for the training session and $25 a person for the banquet. (The cost is $45 to attend both sessions.)

McCrady has done extensive research in the area of alcoholism and its effects on the family. She is the author of nine books, more than 35 book chapters and several journal articles.

She has been a professor in the Rutgers University School of Applied and Professional Psychology since 1983.

One of the first such programs of its kind in the country, the Substance Abuse Counseling Program was founded in 1973 and trains graduate students to be counselors who work with people who have substance abuse problems. About 30 students annually enroll in the program and about 100 students from throughout the UI annually take classes through the program.

For more information contact the Substance Abuse Counseling Program, N351 Lindquist Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1529; phone: 800-553-IOWA; or send email to