Kevin McCauley, MD | Fall 2016
On October 18, the Great Valley community was treated to a remarkable
presentation by Kevin McCauley, MD.
A capacity crowd of 250 people gathered at Immaculata University for a fascinating lecture about the science of addiction and recovery. Our guest speaker was Dr. Kevin McCauley, an addiction medicine expert who masterfully explains the confounding disease of addiction. Participants broke into conversation groups then finished with a Q&A.
“Exceptional presentation and a very engaging speaker. The group discussions and Q&A period were very effective!”
“Every person over the age of 12 or 13 should hear this presentation to understand that addiction is not a choice.”
“Loved the ‘Periodic Table of Intoxicants.'”
“The whole evening was amazing. Dr. McCauley is a great speaker!”
“Thank you for sharing such an intellectual and inspiring message. It is rare to be able to weave them together in one presentation. Many thanks to Be a Part of the Conversation for your great work.”
Special Thanks to our very generous Event Sponsors!
Steps4Hope is a nonprofit foundation founded in memory of Jonathan Moules, who tragically passed away on January 7, 2014. Steps4Hope is committed to raising awareness of substance use disorders. They support and partner with both local and national organizations, such as Shatterproof, The Herren Project, The Adolescent Awareness Foundation, Be a Part of the Conversation and Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education. These important organizations educate students and communities, advocate for desperately needed changes in legislation and health care and work to end the stigma associated with the disease of addiction.
Caron’s mission is to transform lives impacted by drug and alcohol addiction through proven, evidence-based, comprehensive and personalized behavioral healthcare. Caron’s core purpose is to ease the pain of individuals and families by restoring health, hope, spirituality and relationships.
Professionals from the therapeutic community gathered for a three-hour training addressing “The Neurobiology of Addiction & Recovery”
The last twenty years have produced an explosion of understanding not only about addiction (substance use disorders) but how our brains enable our most human capacities such as hedonic valuation and decision-making. This lecture summarized the most current neuroscientific research about addiction – research that explains how the brain constructs pleasurable experiences, what happens when this process goes wrong, and why this can have a dramatic impact in our ability to make proper choices.
Dr. McCauley Presented His Talk to More Than 200 AP (Advanced Placement) Biology and Psychology Students at Great Valley High School
During the school-day hours, Dr. McCauley gave a presentation to Great Valley High School students about the challenge of deciding whether addiction is a choice or a disease . . . or both? Students from Advance Placement (AP) Biology and Psychology classes were given the opportunity to hear Dr. McCauley’s powerful presentation. Afterward, students and staff had a private lunch with Dr. McCauley and engaged in a stimulating conversation about the role genetics play in the risk of becoming addicted, the challenges of today’s opioid crisis, and much more.
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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.