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For Immediate Release
November 20, 2009

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Nicholas Mascari

Russian Social Service Professionals Visit Campus

Press Release Photo Gary Metz, health science, discusses ways to identify drug paraphernalia.

A delegation of Russian visitors made The College at Brockport one of their stops (Thursday, Nov. 19). The group, from Velikiy, Novgorod, Russia; a Rochester sister city, is spending a week in the area meeting with a variety of agencies involved in youth drug abuse prevention and treatment.

While on the Brockport campus, the group met with Gary Metz, health science, to learn about the College’s program in alcoholism and substance abuse counseling and credentialing. His presentation included details about the training of future substance abuse professionals (including courses, curricula and certification), the Substance Abuse Prevention and Intervention Project, and the role of the media and social marketing in drug abuse prevention.

The Russian group included a school principal, a family services psychologist, a child protection specialist, and a director of a child health education center.

The visit is sponsored by Linkages of Rochester, a not-for-profit organizations which sponsors many exchanges between Rochester and Novgorod focusing primarily on business, the arts, health and social services. The exchange program is also sponsored by Open World, a Library of Congress-administered program to enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia and the Baltic States. The Open World project focuses on developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and its free-market system. ###

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