All Set for the XVI International EWODOR Symposium

The event, organized by Dianova Italy, Dianova International and the University of Ghent, will be held at the LUMSA University of Rome on 22 and 23 September.


The XVI International EWODOR Symposium is rapidly approaching.

EWODOR (European Working Group on Drug-oriented Research) was born in 1983 in Rotterdam (Netherlands) with the aim to create a forum dedicated to exchange and disseminate research studies, methodologies and procedures in the field of substance abuse treatment and prevention amongst addiction experts and counsellors, through benchmarking analysis of models and outcomes.


This year’s symposium will be entitled “The Therapeutic Community Model as a Tool for Empowerment”. It will pay special attention to the various elements which form the bedrock of the empowerment process within addiction therapeutic communities by way of an analysis of their various methodologies, strategies, and outcomes, and placing further emphasis on such factors as age, gender, family status and legal situation.

Thursday, September 22, first full day of the symposium, will consist of plenary sessions offering addresses by high level speakers, including: Dr. Gilberto Gerra, Chief of Drug Prevention and Health Branch – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC); Dr. Patrizia De Rose, Head of the Italian Department for Drug Control Policy; Dr. Marica Ferri, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA); Dr. Maurizio Coletti, President of the European Systemic Consultancy Training Institute (IEFCoS); Prof. Giuseppe Carrà, psychiatrist and professor at the University of Milan-Bicocca; and Dr. Cindy J. Smith, Director of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). The second day will consist of six different workshops with the participation of over 30 speakers from around the world.

Besides its involvement in organizational issues, Dianova will contribute to the event through two presentations: “Empowerment in Dianova’s Therapeutic communities” and “Modern Communities for Adolescents – New Educational Challenges”. The first one will be held during the plenary sessions by Dr. Michela Pozzoli and Dr. Indira Pastoris, a psychologist and professional educator respectively, both employed by Dianova in its therapeutic community of Garbagnate (Milan region). The speakers will address the question of the intervention model implemented in Dianova facilities, and a research study on the evaluation of change through the MAC instrument will be presented. The second one will be held during workshop n°2 (“Age, Gender and Family Implications”) by Ms. Ester Bagnato, responsible of “La Villa” Group Apartment, an educational centre for adolescents opened three years ago in the city of Palombara Sabina. Ms. Bagnato will analyze the experiential education methodology as a tool for empowerment through a group and personal skill development process designed to help young residents achieve educational goals.

The official conference language will be English and a simultaneous interpretation (Italian/English – English/Italian) will be provided during plenary sessions.

The Symposium will be covered and documented by Redattore Sociale, a press agency dedicated to social commitment in Italy and around the world.

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