Project 180 and The Boxser Diversity Initiative present the

2021 Strong Voices Lecture Series 

The Intersection of Trauma, Addiction, and Incarceration: Implications for Mental Health and Well-Being

The series will be held via ZOOM and each lecture begins at 11:30 and ends at 1:00. Tickets are $35.

A man, woman, or child attempting to cope with a traumatic experience may seek solace in alcohol or drug use to deaden the physical and emotional pain of the traumatic event. When substance use devolves into the disease of addiction, incarceration almost always follows.

Rather than resolving the pain of trauma or addiction, involvement in the justice system may cause other traumatic events, both physical and psychological, resulting in further threat to the mental health and well-being of the individual.

Join Project 180 and our partner, The Boxser Diversity Initiative, in the eighth season of the Strong Voices Lecture Series to explore the nature of trauma, why and how well substance abuse and addiction act as coping mechanisms, the inherent trauma of incarceration, and the complex ways in which these three factors intersect.

via ZOOM: March 5. Hank Brightman, Ed.D. The series kicks off Friday, March 5 with keynote speaker Hank J. Brightman, Ed.D. Dr. Brightman is a criminologist, psychotherapist, research professor at the United States Naval War College, certified clinical trauma professional in private practice, and graduate of the Assisi Institute’s Archetypal Pattern Analyst Program. Hank’s unique background and inquisitive mind make him one of the most fascinating speakers in the field.

via ZOOM: April 2. John Annis, Senior Vice-President for collaboration and impact at the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation moderates a panel of local experts in trauma, addiction, and incarceration.

via ZOOM: May 7. A formerly incarcerated citizen shares the ways in which trauma, addiction, and incarceration have affected his life journey.

Tickets are available on this website under Lecture Series.

Strong Voices is held each year and features national, regional and local experts. Over the past six seasons, the series has explored

  • Barriers to Successful Reentry (2014)
  • The Implications of Disadvantage for Crime and Punishment (2015)
  • Addiction, Reentry and Recidivism (2016)
  • The Prison Experience (2017)
  • The Effects of Incarceration and Reentry on the Family (2018)
  • Models for the Future at Work Today: Successful Strategies in Incarceration and Reentry (2019)
  • Celebrating Second Chance Employers (2020)

In 2013, Project 180’s national media audit reflected that prisoner reentry was not a topic of public discourse. In order to bring the issue of prisoner reentry out of the halls of justice and into the public domain, Project 180 began the Strong Voices/Strong Subjects lecture series.

Since its inception, the series has drawn over 2,100 attendees.

Project 180. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-7352), OR VIA THE INTERNET AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. (Registration Number CH27315).
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