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UMFK to host HIV/AIDS and substance abuse workshop

April 8, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent division of nursing, in cooperation with Northern Maine Medical Center and the Acadia Health Education Coalition, is hosting an HIV/AIDS and substance abuse workshop on Friday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference room.

The two-hour session is designed for student nurses, registered nurses, social workers, substance abuse counselors and community members interested in learning more about the topics covered.

Areas that will be explored include a more thorough understanding of the pathophysiology of HIV infection, as well as an outline of the progression of the HIV disease in the context of an untreated infection.

Participants will also learn about the diagnostic criteria for AIDS, as well as the collaborative management of the HIV infection and the long-term consequences of both the infection and its treatment.

The section of the workshop dealing with substance abuse will provide attendees with information on addictions, addictive behavior and substance abuse.

Specifically, the session will focus on substance abuse problems in rural Maine.

Topics covered will include the effects of stimulants, depressants, hallucinogens and inhalants.

The workshop will be presented by Katherine Cook, a psychotherapist with Eastport Health Care in Eastport, Maine.

Cook has spent the past decade working with various groups of individuals promoting HIV/AIDS and substance abuse awareness.

In her current position in Eastport, she is responsible for providing full-time counseling and therapy to adults, adolescents and youth, assessing patient's public health risk and offering HIV, STI and substance abuse/use education.

Prior to her present employment, Cook has worked as an adherence counselor and case manager at with the Down East AIDS Network in Machias, as a director of social services at the AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland, Ohio, and as a liaison social work counselor at the Hospice of Western Reserve in Cleveland.

Cook received her bachelor of arts degree from Cleveland State University and a master of social science administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

For more information on the HIV/AIDS and substance abuse workshop or to register, contact the UMFK division of nursing at (207) 834-7580.