Matt Bellace: Marijuana, the Developing Brain & Behavior


Photography by Lisa Schaffer.

Following up after Matt Bellace’s Presentation about Marijuana, the Developing Brain & Behavior.

On Thursday, January 14, 2016, Matt Bellace, PhD addressed more than 100 participants at the Horsham Community Center. We discussed many aspects of marijuana and its impact on young people in particular.

114Finding a “Natural High” in School!

Earlier in the day, Dr. Bellace conducted two assemblies focusing on “Natural Highs” with Keith Valley Middle School students, as well as moderating a workshop with student leaders from “KV Knex” (middle school) and Hatboro-Horsham High School’s “Link Crew.”

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Here are some helpful links related to Dr. Bellace’s presentation:

Visit Dr. Bellace’s website
“SAM” – Smart Approaches to Marijuana
“Natural High” – What’s Your Natural High?
Report Shows Adolescents’ Marijuana Use Largely Unchanged
Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know (from NIDA)
Marijuana: Facts for Teens (from NIDA)
NIDA: Marijuana Use Can Lower Your Grades
Parent Talk Kit: Tips for Preventing Drug & Alcohol Misuse

Follow Matt Bellace, PhD on Social Media:

View photos from Dr. Bellace’s assemblies and workshop at Keith Valley Middle School on January 14, 2016
View photos from Dr. Bellace’s community event, “Marijuana, the Developing Brain & Behavior” on January 14, 2016

Dr. Bellace’s appearances were made possible thanks to the support of:

Kim Porter, CFRS

Executive Director at Be a Part of the Conversation
Kim Porter, CFRS is the Executive Director of Be a Part of the Conversation. Having served as the Community Program Coordinator and Parent Liaison for Be a Part of the Conversation since its inception in 2011, she was named Executive Director of this vital organization in 2014.

Kim's Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential was created for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance use disorder. The CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. A CFRS is trained to help families move into and through the recovery process.

With more than 25 years of experience in graphics and marketing, Kim had a freelance graphic design business and was the Marketing Coordinator of the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation after several years as a member of their Board of Directors. Today she is happy to put all that creative energy into spreading the word about Be a Part of the Conversation.

Kim earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism at West Virginia University, with a concentration in public relations. She was proud to serve as WVU's student body president. Kim started out as an advertising account executive at a newspaper, then learned the graphic design trade while working with her mentor and friend, Chuck Moran, at his design firm in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Kim currently lives in Newtown Square, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She previously lived in Horsham Township for 22 years, where she and Michael raised two wonderful children who support this amazing journey she has embarked upon.
Kim Porter, CFRS
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