Upcoming at The Depot Youth Center

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This program on Thursday, April 19, at 7:30 is a follow-up to the program on March 15, 2018 with Dennis, Maggie and Holly. Attendance of the first program is not a prerequisite for this one.

Dennis Bludnicki has been with Liberation Programs, Inc. for over 12 years, working as a drug counselor at Greenwich Youth Options, and a counselor at Liberation’s outpatient clinic in Stamford facilitating early recovery skills for adults. Dennis now works with youth and their families, providing prevention, education and drug and alcohol counseling.

Maggie Young has been with Liberation Programs, Inc. for over 24 years, working as a case manager, counselor, team leader, and Director of the agency’s male (Liberation House) and female (Families in Recovery) inpatient treatment programs. She is currently the Director of Women and Children Services in Greenwich.

Holly Robinson joined the Liberation team in 2017. She specializes in substance abuse prevention, education and counseling to youth and their families.

Depression — the silent killer

What are the signs and symptoms of depression? How can I help my child, relative or sibling? How do I protect myself while supporting a person suffering from depression? Answers to these questions and a discussion about depression will be presented by Robert DiRoma.

The program will be on Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at The Depot. DiRoma specializes in substance and alcohol abuse and mental illness. He has worked as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Licensed Masters of Social Work for the past ten years with substance abuse and mental health populations. Some therapeutic techniques Rob provides are CBT, long term dynamic therapy as well as taking a trauma focused approach dealing with childhood, teen and adult development.

The Depot is a collaborative youth center, the first and oldest of its kind in the nation, where community needs are addressed with staff supported guidance, programming by youth, and parenting education. An alcohol and drug-free zone monitored by caring, vetted adults, The Depot provides a safe space for youth to develop leadership, planning, and decision-making skills, interact with people of different backgrounds, access adult role models and serve as community assets.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Janice Marzano at 203-655-0812 or email at janice@dariendepot.com.