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Celebrating the 21st Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium

Friday, March 1, 2019
8:45am – 3:45pm
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Cocoanut Grove Grand Ballroom

Opiate Use: Mental Health Considerations for Recovery and Hope

The objective of this year’s symposium is to explore the opiate epidemic. Presentations regarding the current range, impact, and preventive strategies based on scientific, treatment, community and personal/family experiences will be reviewed and discussed at this comprehensive symposium with both national and local considerations.
The keynote speakers are David Thomas, PhD and Sarah Duffy, PhD – Health Science Administrators for the National Institutes on Drug Abuse / NIH Pain Consortium. They will be joined by Shaina Zurlin, LCSW, Chief of Substance Use Disorders Services in Santa Cruz County to look at the local issues and discuss identification, treatment, prevention and coordination of care. 
To ensure that we examine this multifactorial topic from all perspectives, the morning speakers will be joined in the afternoon by local experts for a panel discussion with questions from the audience. This program will be of interest to medical and mental health professionals as well as educators, law enforcement personnel, parents and students.  

On the day of the event, check-in registration closes at 8:45am. PARTIAL CREDIT WILL NOT BE GIVEN: To receive course credit, one must arrive on time, stay to the end of the program, complete and turn-in the course evaluation.

Thank you for your interest in this year’s symposium, our on-line registration is now closed. A limited number of "walk-ins" may be accommodated on Friday morning between 8:00 and 8:30 AM on a space available basis.

The $75 registration fee includes lunch and complimentary parking.

Please visit the Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium Website for more information.

The Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium has brought world-renowned speakers and local experts together for over 20 years in order to improve the lives of adolescents, young adults and their families in Santa Cruz County.


David A. Thomas, Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse

After 12 years as a pain and opioid researcher, in 1995 Dr. Thomas joined the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) where he has managed much of NIDA’s pain and opioid research efforts.  In 2015, he joined DESPR’s Services Research Branch.  He currently is co-chair of the NIDA Prescription Opioids and Pain workgroup, which fosters pain and opioid research and education. He is also a founding member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pain Consortium, which promotes and pain research across the NIH. He is also a member of the Department of Health and Human Services Behavioral Health Coordination Committee Prescription Opioids Subcommittee, National Pain Strategy working group on Provider Education, and the Interagency Pain Research Coordination Committee.  Dr. Thomas served as the NIH liaison to the CDC in the development of the CDC guidelines on opioid prescribing for chronic pain.   Dr. Thomas is also the lead on the NIH Pain Consortium Centers of Excellence in Pain Education which is promoting pain education in medical, dental, nursing, pharmacy and other professional schools.  

Sarah Q. Duffy, Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Dr. Duffy joined NIDA's Services Research Branch (SRB) in 2006, where she is responsible for the economics, opioid use disorder treatment services research, and quality measurement and management of extramural research grant portfolios. Prior to joining NIDA, she spent eight years as a senior research economist at the Office of Applied Studies at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) where she used data from large national data collection projects, including the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS), to conduct economic and health services research on substance abuse treatment and costs. Prior to joining SAMHSA, Dr. Duffy worked for the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality where she published several articles in the substance abuse treatment, health services research, and economics literatures. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Shaina Zurlin LCSW

Shaina Zurlin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and doctoral candidate with more than 15 years of experience in behavioral health service provision and administration. Her clinical expertise lies in motivational interviewing, gender responsive trauma informed care, and cultural transformations in a range of milieus. Emphasizing a holistic strengths-based approach, Ms. Zurlin connects with clients, participants and multidisciplinary staff to generate successful and sustainable change which best meets individualized needs in dynamic, supportive settings. She has delivered vibrant and engaging presentations to a variety of audiences in such venues as the California Department of Health Care Services Substance Use Disorders Statewide Conference, the California Quality Improvement Coordinators Conference, the California Department of Public Health, the University of California San Francisco, San Diego State University and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.

History and Legacy

In 1995, the Calciano family lost Jon, their 23-year-old son, and brother, to suicide. After two years of collaboration with the Dominican Hospital Foundation, the family inaugurated the Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium to strengthen adolescent behavioral health resources in our community. These annual symposia enable local families, educators, and mental and medical health professionals to hear and interact with renowned specialists in a wide range of timely topics. Over the past twenty years, areas of focus have ranged from suicide to bullying, ADHD, substance abuse, and gender identity.

The Calciano family is grateful for the hundreds of symposia participants who work tirelessly to improve the mental health and coping abilities of adolescents in our community. We welcome you to join us at our 20th anniversary event.

Please visit the Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium Website for more information.