The Addictions Studies Alumni Club hosts many events throughout the year.

  • ASAC Workshop for CEU Credits


    Beyond the Disease Concept
    Presented by Dave O'Donnell, MHS

    Saturday, August 27, 2016

    • Examine the history and origin of the Traditional Medical Model of Addiction
      • How it works
      • Who it works best with
      • When it doesn't work
    • This workshop will explore other models of addiction as possible alternatives to T.M.M. that have proven efficacy
    • Participants will partake in open discussion examining the "Politics" of the addiction field. The discussion will focus on what participants feel the Addiction field needs to do to improve treatment outcomes.

    Networking/Registration:  8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
     Workshop:                            9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 
     Cost:                                      $15 per person ($5 for current GSU students
     Where:                                   Hall of Honors – Governors State University
    (across from bookstore)
     Includes:                               Three CEU credits from IAODAPCA
     (approved for: Counselor I or II, Preventionist I or II, CARS I or II, MISA I or II, PCGC II, CCJP II, CAAP I, CRSS II, MAATP I or II, NCRS I or II, CFPP II )


                                                    Three CEU credits for Social Workers

    Print registration form or call 708.534.7892 to registered by phone with a credit card

    About the Presenter:

    Dave O’Donnell, M.H.S. 

    Dave O’Donnell (M.H.S.) is currently a full-time faculty member of the Addictions Studies Program at Governors State University.  Mr. O’Donnell has held this position since 1991.  In addition, he worked in the addiction field for 25 years as a Substance Abuse/Mental Health therapist until he retired in 2010.  In 1988, he authored one of the first Early Intervention grants funded by D.A.S.A. to provide services for identified “high risk” youth in the south suburban elementary school system.  The program was designed to provide counseling and support to children growing up with parental addiction.  Mr. O’Donnell has long been an advocate for programs and interventions that focus on client resiliency, strengths, and empowerment, rather than confrontation as a means to enhance motivation.  He is also a staunch supporter of treatment models that are client centered and provide choices to clients in treatment that expand beyond the limits of total abstinence.  “There needs to be a commitment to go where the client is at and work from there, not the other way around.”



  • 5th Annual Recovery Walk - Saturday, September 17


    Thank you for your interest in the Addiction Studies Alumni Club 5th Annual Recovery Walk.

    Saturday, September 17, 2016

    Registration: 8 to 9 a.m.
    Event:  9 a.m.
    Walk:   10 a.m.
    Closing Ceremony:  Noon 
    Governors State University Hall of Governors


    • Free Admission
    • Door Prizes
    • Refreshments
    • Music and Entertainment
    • Resource Fair

    Featuring: Master of Ceremonies, Peter Palanca, Executive Vice President and COO, TASC, Inc.; Keynote Speaker, Benneth Lee, Founder and CEO, NAEFI, and Administrator, Community Liaison, TASC, Inc.; DJ entertainment and more.

    Register now and be entered for a special prize drawing at the event.

    Thank you to our many sponsors:

    Aurelio's Crete
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
    Chicago Dough Company Richton Park
    Handwritten Greeting Cards
    Illinois Certification Board
    South Suburban Council on Alcoholism & Substance Abuse
    Starbucks Homewood
    TASC, Inc.
    Sunrise Greenhouses Grant Park
    Walt's Food Centers 

    For more information or to sponsor the event, call Alumni Relations at 708.534.4128