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Collegiate Recovery Programs, Recovering From a Substance Use Disorder Speaking Event

January 15, 2019 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

As part of our standing bi-weekly meeting, the Frankford-Northeast Philadelphia Rotary Club is pleased to welcome John Watson, MS, NCC, LPC and Director of Counseling Services at Holy Family University.  Given the prevalence of substance abuse throughout society, John will speak to us on this topic from the perspective of how colleges and universities are working to support students who identify as being in recovery from a substance use disorder in the form of collegiate recovery programs.  Additionally, John will provide commentary on ways organizations like Rotary could play a supporting role.

TOPIC:  “Young People in Recovery:

What are colleges and universities doing to support college students in recovery and how can community and civic groups support this work?”


  1. Substance use disorder trends among today’s youth; both use and transition into recovery
  2. The growing need and demand for recovery support services at our colleges and universities
  3. What are local institutions doing to support college students in recovery
  4. What schools are doing
  5. How can members of the community as well as civic and service organizations support the work being done at area colleges and universitie

Please plan to join us to learn more about this important topic that has so greatly impacted people within our communities.

John Watson, MS, NCC, LPC (Bio)

John currently serves as the Director of the Counseling Center at Holy Family University where he helps the university provide strategic programs and services to support the mental health and well-being of all students.  Prior to coming to Holy Family, John worked in the areas of counseling and health at multiple institutions of higher education over the last 25 years. 

Twenty of those years were spent at Drexel University. While at Drexel John served as a founding member of the Student Counseling Center team and eventually assumed the role of Direction of Alcohol, Other Drug, and Health Education, opening the CHOICES Center for Alcohol, Other Drug and Health Education at Drexel in 2010.  This center serves as both an office providing services for students and a training site for counseling and public health students.

In 2014 John lead Drexel’s efforts to establish a Collegiate Recovery Community, The Haven at Drexel, which centered on a recovery house and a peer support philosophy.  Currently, John is engaged in research focused on collegiate recovery support programs and services. John has served as a formal and informal consultant on substance abuse issues in higher education for the US Department of Education, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.  In addition to this work, John is a Clinical Associate at Jeremy Frank and Associates, a group practice that specialized in working with substance use disorders.

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January 15, 2019
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


Frankford Northeast-Philadelphia Rotary Club
Email: franknephilarotary@gmail.com


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