On the Street and in the Schools: Addressing Drug Use in Brazil

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
10:00 am
410 Sherbourne Street, 3rd floor
Toronto , ON
Ontario CA
Event Description: 

In Brazil, the major drug on the street is crack.  Very young people are using it - usually to survive homelessness, poverty and social isolation.

Dr. Gandolfo will tell us about her experience using creative approaches to engage with these young people and also about Brazil’s national school-based drug education program (which is definitely not DARE), that she helped to develop, and how it has positively influenced public policy.

Dr. Gandolfo is a psychologist and psychodrama specialist who earned her Masters and Doctorate degrees from the Universidade de Brasilia (<?xml:namespace prefix = st1 />UNB) and did a post-doctorate in Social Psychology at Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF).  An associate professor at UNB and coordinator of the Laboratory of Family, Groups and Communities of UNB, she is the author of numerous books and articles on psychodrama, adolescence, social inclusion and drug addiction.

The focus of Dr. Gandolfo’s work is qualitative research methods, particularly related to addiction, HIV and harm reduction. She is visiting the Dalla Lana School of Public Health for the 2012 calendar year.