ARS and Pacific Clinics Partner to Hold Upcoming Community Forums

ARS community forums

GLENDALE—The Armenian Relief Society (ARS) of Western USA and Pacific Clinics have partnered to organize a series of community forums addressing important mental health and social issues. The first set of four workshops will be held each Wednesday from November 28 through December 19 with topics covering Substance Abuse & Drug Addiction; Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Anxiety; Issues of Immigrants; and Divorce and Child Custody, respectively.

Each forum has been designed to feature an expert panel of speakers and moderator, whose field of expertise in these topics will provide a wealth of information in English and Armenian to the public. “As we apply the principles of the ARS mission to advance the social welfare of our communities, we are proud to partner with Pacific Clinics by offering these forums to disseminate information and build awareness among our community members, to help them and their families deal with their daily challenges,” said Lena Bozoyan, Chairperson of the ARS Regional Executive Board.

Admission is free. All young adults and adults are highly encouraged to take part in these informative forums. The panelists will also be available to answer any questions from the public.

For additional information, contact the ARS Regional Headquarters at (818) 500-1343 or office@arswestusa.org.

Forum details follow:

Substance Abuse & Drug Addiction
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 – 6-8 pm
Armenag Der Bedrossian Hall at St. Mary’s Church (500 S. Central Ave., Glendale, CA)
Panelists: Garo Ghazarian, Esq., Sgt. Greg Afsharian (Pasadena Police Department), Angelique Shirvanian (Action Parent & Teen Support Programs), Kevin Babayan, MA, CDAC;  Matt Zakarian, Community Lead Officer (Glendale Police Dept.)
Moderator: Suzanne Douzmanian, Chairperson, Armenian Advisory Board, Pacific Clinics

Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder & Anxiety
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 – 6-8 pm
Glendale Youth Center (211 W. Chestnut St., Glendale, CA)
Panelists: Charles Pilavian, PsyD; Ida Karayan, PsyD, LMFT, CBT; Sarkis Arevian, MD (Board Certified Psychiatrist)
Moderator: Arakel Davtian, M.D. (Board Certified Psychiatrist)

Issues of Immigrants: Acculturation, Adaptation & Generational Conflicts
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 – 6-8 pm
Glendale Youth Center (211 W. Chestnut St., Glendale, CA)
Panelists: Levon Jernazian, PhD; Viken Yacoubian, PhD
Moderator: Tamar Tufenkdjian

Divorce and Child Custody

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 – 6-8 pm
Glendale Youth Center (211 W. Chestnut St., Glendale, CA)
Panelists: Rev. Ghevond Kirazian, Maral Babian, PhD, PsyD; Mariam Vanounts, MFT
Moderator: Suzanne Douzmanian, Chairperson, Armenian Advisory Board, Pacific Clinics

The ARS of Western USA, established in 1984 and with regional headquarters in Glendale, CA, has 27 chapters and more than 1,500 members in five western states. The ARS-WUSA operates a Social Services Division, a Child, Youth, and Family Guidance Center, and funds numerous youth programs, scholarships and relief efforts.

For further information, please visit www.arswestusa.org or call 818-500-1343.

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