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Oxford House Substance Abuse Recovery Programs Lecture March 24

March 22, 2006

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MACOMB, IL - -Western Illinois University’s psychology department will host a lecture by Joseph Ferrari, psychology professor at DePaul University, on “Oxford House: Building Community for Safe and Sober Living” at 3 p.m. Friday, March 24 in Waggoner Hall 054.

Oxford House is a national program that provides self-help services to persons recovering from substance abuse. There are more than 1,200 Oxford Houses in the U.S. that implement abstinence-based programs similar to the more common 12-step programs. However, at Oxford House there is no single prescribed course for recovery that all members are required to adhere to.

Ferrari will discuss the 14-year university-community collaboration with Oxford House, including two National Institutes of Health grants designed to assess the effectiveness of the Oxford House program. Ferrari is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society and the Society for Community Research and Action. He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community and recipient of DePaul UniversityÂ’s Spirit of Inquiry research award for outstanding and creative scholarship.

This lecture, open free to the public, is part of WesternÂ’s psychology departmentÂ’s spring 2006 lecture series. For more information, including future topics and dates, visit the psychology department website at

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