The Alumni Association and the colleges host many exciting and educational activities and events each year.
Here's what's coming up -

  • Beyond the Disease Concept Workshop - August 27, 2016


    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.”

  • Addiction Studies Alumni Club 5th Annual Recovery Walk


    All alumni, students and community members are invited to this free event. For more information, visit the Alumni Clubs Addiction Studies Alumni Club page

    Saturday, September 17, 2016
    Governors State University Hall of Governors
    8 a.m. Registration
    9 a.m. Program and Walk