Third Annual Collegiate Recovery Conference to be Held at UCR

Event focuses on supporting individuals in recovery and advancing knowledge and research in the field of addiction recovery programs


The theme for the 2014 Collegiate Recovery Conference is “Branching Out.”

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The third annual California Unified Collegiate Recovery Conference will be held on the campus of the University of California, Riverside on Nov. 7-9, 2014.

The conference is a student-run, student-driven event that is focused on supporting individuals in recovery and advancing knowledge and research in the field of Collegiate Recovery programs. Hosted by the Healing Highlanders at UC Riverside, the theme of this year’s CUCRC conference is “Branching Out.” Individuals interested in attending the conference may register online.

“CUCRC is geared towards college students who are involved in, or looking to be involved in a Collegiate Recovery program or who have an interested in learning more about current research and best practices in the Collegiate Recovery field,” said Audrey L. Pusey, director for Residential Conduct & Advocacy, founder of The Loft Collegiate Recovery Program, and an advisor for the Healing Highlanders student organization at UCR. “In addition, we welcome advisors, administrators, faculty and clinicians who hope to improve upon, or create, a Collegiate Recovery Program within their campus.”

“We hope that this year’s conference, in particular, will encourage students, university members, and community partners to branch out – to create inspiring communities together,” said Alexandra Villamor, president of the Healing Highlanders.

The general conference program begins Friday evening with an open 12-step meeting and social event, with presentations, panels and speakers beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and continuing through Sunday.

The opening keynote address will be presented by Reverend Matthew Russell, the former associate director at Texas Tech University’s Center for the Study of Addiction and Recovery and founder of the recovery community Mercy Street.

Teresa Johnson, MA, LPC, the founding president of the Association for Recovery in Higher Education and director of the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery at Kennesaw State University, will hold an honorary keynote session.

Daniel Fred, a certified peer recovery coach trainer and project coordinator of Nevada’s Recovery and Prevention Community (N-RAP) at the University of Nevada, Reno will present the closing keynote.

Other speakers include Recovery Grads co-founders Sharon Weber and Holly Sherman, Oregon State University’s Robert Reff, Gerry Frank and John Ruyak. A full list of speakers is available on the CUCRC website.

The University of California Office of the President will be sponsoring a pre-conference retreat during the day on Friday, Oct. 7. Continuing education units (CEU) will be offered to registered nurses, marriage and family therapists and licensed social workers.

Founded in 2011, the Healing Highlanders is a self-funded group that focuses on service as a major component of the recovery support program and is open to all students in recovery from addictive disorders. The organization provides fellowship, sober activities, resources, scholarships, opportunities for students to engage in the community as advocates, and assistance for the student seeking recovery.

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756

Additional Contacts

Audrey Pusey
Tel: (951) 827-4252

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