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Life of Purpose Treatment to Speak at VCU’s From Research to Recovery

Life of Purpose Treatment to Speak at VCU’s From Research to Recovery

Life of Purpose Treatment is proud to announce its participation in Virginia Commonwealth University’s From Research to Recovery Town Hall Meeting. From Research to Recovery: A Town Hall Meeting on Substance Use and Young People, presented by the College Behavioral and Emotional Health Institute and the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, will be held on April 18 and 19, 2017.

Andrew Burki, MSW, Founder and CEO of Life of Purpose Treatment, will present a talk at the two-day event. Titled, “Building a Comprehensive Academically Focused Continuum of Care for Adolescent and Emerging Adult Populations,” the presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 18th at 2:30 p.m.

The second-annual event will be held at VCU, and it will bring together researchers, practitioners, and members of the public to discuss the latest research on substance use, treatment, and mental health among young people.

“We applaud VCU for holding this conference and having the courage to take the public health crisis of substance use disorder head on,” stated Andrew Burki. “We are honored to support them in this initiative. It is going to take a concerted effort by all of us to make a real and meaningful systemic change in the way we view, treat, and establish protection for our youth from this most deadly of plagues. VCU’s efforts and ones like it at universities across the nation are the front line in actually winning and ending the drug war.”

Keynote presentations at the town hall will address topics such as behavioral health, race and the drug war, the opioid epidemic and pathways to recovery. Speakers include Dr. Marc Fishman, Dr. John Kelly, Dr. Lula Beatty, Dr. Judson Brewer, Dr. Deb Gorman-Smith, Eric Sterling, Dr. Mishka Terplan, and many more.

COBE is a research institute launched in the College of Humanities and Sciences in November 2015. The institute’s mission is to promote health and wellbeing on campus and in the community by linking researchers to coursework, programming and policy related to substance use and mental health.

The cost for the two-day event is $40 and it includes lunch. Seating is limited. To register, visit the COBE website. A full event agenda is located online at

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